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Michelin Guide Singapore 2017: Eleven new restaurants earn stars
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Michelin Guide Singapore 2017: Eleven new restaurants earn stars

It was a night full of joy and surprises as 11 new restaurants earned stars in this year's Michelin Guide Singapore. A total of 38 restaurants bagged stars – up from 29 last year

Local beauty brands in Singapore
Health and beauty

Local beauty brands in Singapore

These Singaporean beauty brands prove that you don’t have to look far for quality skincare and makeup products to pamper yourself with

Six activewear stores to check out
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Six activewear stores to check out

Sweat it out or lounge around (hey, we don’t judge) in style with threads from these activewear stores

Guide to MacRitchie
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Guide to MacRitchie

There's more to MacRitchie than just the reservoir. Hike up Windsor Nature Park and fuel up on prata, burgers and coffee at this stretch of Upper Thomson Road. Here's your cheat sheet to all the best things to do and eat while you're in the 'hood. 

Gourmet grocers in Singapore
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Gourmet grocers in Singapore

When your neighbourhood supermarket isn’t cutting it anymore, head to these specialty grocers instead

What's on in Singapore this week

Pink Dot
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Pink Dot

Ditch your white shirts and make for Hong Lim Park – Pink Dot is back for another evening of promoting diversity and celebrating the freedom to love. Celebrate with music performances, activities and speeches by prominent members of the LGBT community.

Britney Spears
Music

Britney Spears

We're so excited, we're in too deep – everyone's favourite pop princess (sorry Swifties) finally descends upon our shores for a night of nostalgic tunes. Bop along to the diva's catchy hits from the early '00s and tracks from her latest studio album, Glory.

FLOW: The Story of KoFlow

FLOW: The Story of KoFlow

Part musical theatre and part hip hop gig, FLOW: The Story of KoFlow tells the story of the local turntablist’s journey to one of the city’s best-known DJs. Featuring the musician’s original works and brand new tracks, the concert will also see appearances by homegrown acts like rapper Shigga Shay, b-boy crew Radikal Forze and RnB singer Vandetta.

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SHINE Festival
Music

SHINE Festival

Headlined by K-pop sensation Jessica Jung, this year's edition of SHINE festival also sees a slew of local acts, including The Sam Willows, Sezairi, ShiGGa Shay and more. Hop along the road between Ngee Ann City to *SCAPE and indulge in various activities. Make like Picasso at its Digital Canvas tunnel or try your hand at beating the pros at an online gaming battle. And, psst, we heard there are food trucks lined up along the stretch to keep your tum happy, too. 

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Art

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

She’s famed for her iconic polka dots and pumpkin motifs – and you’ll get to admire an extensive collection of Yayoi Kasuma’s works with over 120 paintings, installations, videos and sculptures on display alongside the Japanese artist’s experiential infinity mirror rooms. It all comes together in an examination of the societal and personal challenges that Kusama’s overcome to create an impact in the world of art.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Go back in time to post-Edwardian England and relive your favourite moments from Downton Abbey as it debuts its first-ever exhibition on our shores. See locations from the Emmy award-winning show come to life as you take a peek into the Great Hall, Lady Mary’s bedroom, Carson's pantry and even Mrs Patmore’s chaotic kitchen. Fans can get up-close with official artefacts such as the bell board used in the servants’ dining room and the telegrams sent to Lord Grantham. That’s not all – on display are more than 50 costumes worn by the cast, including Lady Mary's and Edith’s wedding dresses, and never before seen clips featuring characters like Lord and Lady Grantham. 

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New restaurants and bars in SG

Guenpin Fugu and Snow Crab Japanese Restaurant
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Guenpin Fugu and Snow Crab Japanese Restaurant

Japan’s largest pufferfish restaurant chain with 96 outlets, Guenpin, has opened its first overseas outlet here. Specialising in Tora-fugu – the highest grade of fugu in the market – the restaurant serves it sashimi-style ($28), grilled ($48) or in a hot pot ($55) with its signature ponzu sauce. Aside from pufferfish, Guenpin also carries Japanese snow crab that you can have fried or grilled.  A five-course pufferfish menu that feeds one to two people starts from $88, while set lunches with items such as a snow crab tempura rice bowl go from $19.90.

Bird Bird (new location)
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Bird Bird (new location)

Singapore's cheekiest chef is at it again – Bjorn Shen's Bird Bird moves from the CBD to the eastern 'hood of Frankel. The humble chicken ($29/$49) takes centre-stage. Choose from three flavours: Southern fried chicken served with a side of thick gravy, Bangkok fried chicken tossed with lemongrass, kaffir lime and garlic, and Lebanese fried chicken coated in honey, lemon and a sprinkle of za’atar. If that's still not enough, complement your chick with a bevvy of sides including mac and cheese, milk-braised pork doughnuts or a healthier selection of salads to help ease the guilt of the sinful meal. Be sure to leave room for dessert – the durian softie pie is a winner with its medley of textures, but if you're not a fan of the pungent fruit, there's also a range of doughnuts glazed in honey buttercream and other unique flavours. 

Flying Monkey
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Flying Monkey

No monkey business, only seriously good Indian food and cocktails at this joint on Bussorah Street. Served tapas-style, expect bites like tandoori chicken ($10) and tulsi cod ($15) fresh from the on-site tandoor. For big plates, the Nalli Gosht ($26) is a lamb shank dish that’s simmered overnight in a creamy peanut and cashew curry ‘til the meat falls off the bone. The cocktails are infused with Indian flavours, too. Expect drinks like the Goa Mamma Lassi – an alcoholic twist on the classic mango lassi – featuring a mix of mango, passion fruit, Aylesbury Vodka, Plantation Dark Rum, milk and yogurt.

Ding Dong (new menu)
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Ding Dong (new menu)

This contemporary South-East Asian restaurant by The Spa Esprit group is all things cheeky and fun. Dishes lean towards local comfort food, with items such as rendang beef brisket buns ($21) inspired by chef Miller Mai's grandmother's recipe, and the crispy pork trotter ($29) served with spiced vinegar that's large enough to share among three.  Large plates like the pork collar char siu ($26) and lobster tail in tom yum broth ($30) can be shared or had as a main with a plate of steamed rice.

Jade (revamped)
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Jade (revamped)

An à la carte dim sum menu is available during weekday lunch, and on weekends, head down for a brunch buffet that has a selection of over 50 dishes at only $39 for adults and $19 for the little ones. Expect staples such as siew mai with abalone and shrimp dumplings, as well as unique creations like deep fried taro paste wrapped in truffle and mushroom. Don’t miss chef Leong Chee Yeng’s signature osmanthus char siew bao, either – the fluffy steamed buns are meaty and bear a hint of floral fragrance that perfumes each bite. Modern Canto classics are also served in individual portions, including its eight signature dishes – the crispy roasted pork belly and sauteed diced beef tenderloin are exquisitely prepared using traditional and often labour-intensive cooking methods.

Nesuto Patisserie
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Nesuto Patisserie

Pretty cakes paired with exquisite teas, all housed in a beautifully decorated space adorned with handpainted floral murals – that's what you can expect from Nesuto Patisserie. Helmed by Alicia Wong, the head pastry chef who's spent five years in Capella's kitchen, Nesuto serves cakes, entremets and plated desserts alongside tea pairings by Antea Social. Our favourites include the Noisette Rocher, Wong's take on a Ferrero Rocher made from hazelnut praline mousse, Guanaja 70% ganache and a caramalised hazelnut feuilletine for an added crunch. For something lighter, opt for the yuzu raspberry. The light yuzu meringue and delicate Japanese cotton sponge feel like a cloud on the tongue, with a slight tartness from the raspberries coming through.

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Latest restaurant reviews

The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
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The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar

Affordable European cuisine by a celebrity chef

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
The Masses
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The Masses

Bang-for-your-buck plates

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei
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Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei

Value-for-money beef patty sets with unlimited sides

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Crackerjack
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Crackerjack

A casual cocktail bar with an honest and hearty American-inspired food menu

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Area guides

Telok Ayer
Things to do

Telok Ayer

Telok Ayer may have taken its name from the Malay community (it translates to ‘bay’ and ‘water’, respectively), but the area was mainly populated by Chinese immigrants back in the day. Originally a coastal road situated along the island’s old waterfront, the street has transformed itself into a buzzing lifestyle district, teeming with restaurants and bars to feed the CBD office crowd. Pay a visit to one of the museums around the area or pop into the lean shophouses that dot the strip, where boutiques, gyms and a dance studio are tucked away. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

Amoy Street
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Amoy Street

Anyone who tells you Amoy Street is 'boring' has clearly never stepped foot down the lane before. Because trust us, it's the complete opposite of that. Previously known for its opium-smoking dens during the British colonial era, the shophouses lined along this one-way street now house chic cafés, bars and even gyms. But if you'd like to have a taste of Singaporean flavour, hit up the hawker centre in the area that's always buzzing with people. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

Gemmill Lane
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Gemmill Lane

The small stretch between Club Street and Amoy Street – whose namesake is 19th-century banker John Gemmill – is home to a handful of stylish restaurants and bars, making it the perfect spot for a laid-back hangout. Don't stop at the end of the road either, the back alley of Amoy Street has a few hidden restaurants to wind down at for an after-work dinner and drinks sesh. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

Ann Siang Road and Club Street
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Ann Siang Road and Club Street

Named after Chia Ann Siang, a wealthy businessman, Ann Siang road is home to restored shophouses (some are still decorated with Peranakan tiles) that house clan associations, restaurants, bars and niche boutiques. There’s also a hidden green space behind the row of shophouses for a quiet stroll. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 1am, both Ann Siang Road and Club Street – the name comes from the Chinese clubs that used to line the stretch – come to life as the area is closed off to traffic and the crowd spills out onto the streets. RECOMMENDED: Check out our guide to the Ann Siang Hill area

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