Guide to 20 Cafes in The East of Singapore

Cafes in East Singapore

We shared our favourites cafes and best-kept secrets in the West of Singapore previously, and today, we will let you in on our picks from the East. There are gelato bars, coffee studios, kids-friendly cafes, cake lovers’ heaven and so many more.

Characteristic and thematic in their own rights, these finds make great hang-out places and some are already our regular haunts. Some are a stone’s throw from town, and they are alternatives to go to when you need to get away from the crazy crowd. Else, there are cosy units that serve burgers and truffle fries that pack a punch. And we won’t say no to more options for our daily cuppa.

The East is a lovely enclave of artisan finds, serious brews and comforting brunch food. We are real advocators of quality over quantity, so while there may be hundreds of names out there, we really prefer sticking to the ones we know we can count on for good food and drinks.

We will update our list from time to time, but for a start, here is our Guide to 20 cafes in the East of Singapore:

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Tóng Lè Private Dining: The Best Chinese Fine Dining Restaurant in Singapore

Tong Le Private Dining Restaurant

How does it really feel like to be at the top of the world? Fantabulous, of course. What about dining while looking down at the marvellous world below you? Even better.

Well, Tóng Lè Private Dining offers such a top-of-the-world experience. Sort of. It sits within the revolving tower of OUE building, and though it is on the tenth level, the experience spans across two levels and it is absolutely incredible. Using only the finest and most premium ingredients from around the world, expect world-class contemporary Chinese cuisine prepared by the team of highly-trained chefs, impeccable service by the team of polished wait staff, and a panoramic view of the Marina and Collyer Quay from the top. Tóng Lè Private Dining is indeed one of the best-kept secrets in town.

Our recent meal was one so remarkable that had us lingering for more. We are already planning a second visit back, and the two extremely value-for-money new sets – a 6-course Sky lunch (S$60/pax) and 7-course Heavenly Dinner (S$80/pax) — sweeten the idea even further. You might think an elaborate meal like this would cost a bomb; well, we thought so too. We were pleasantly shocked by the digestible price tags.

Tong Le Private Dining

Still not your everyday restaurant prices of course, but for the amount and (superb) quality of food you get, it is a pretty sweet deal and it is little wonder the restaurant is regularly packed with loyal fans every day.

If you haven’t tried, here is sharing our experience and we know for sure you’ll be a fan with just one try. Here’s why Tóng Lè Private Dining is the best Chinese fine dining restaurant in Singapore.

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10 Things We Love About Staycation At Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Shangri La Hotel Singapore

Setting foot on Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is like bidding goodbye to the fast-paced and stressful city. It is a stark contrast of heaven and earth, and all our senses are calmed upon stepping in to the posh property. The lobby on its own is one so welcoming that you know for sure you are going to have a memorable stay.

An oasis within the urban jungle; that’s what we’d like to think of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Jacuzzi Room

While Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is a popular choice for conferences and meetings, it is really relaxing and exudes the resort vibes beyond those serious suits and ties. Nestled within a 15-acre lush greenery, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has a whole belt of accolades to boast, and is frequently nominated as one of the best hotels in the world. Comprising three distinctive wings and providing excellent Asian hospitality, a stay at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore will redefine your ideas of luxuriating.

We share with you the highlights of our staycation in the Premier Balcony Suite, alongside many other perks of staying in this award-winning property such as its BonusChoice which entitles you to enjoy value-added benefits like dining credits and late check-out till 4pm.

Here are the 10 things that we love about our staycation at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

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Why You Should Not Say No To ‘All Things Nice’ At Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore

Edge Christmas Buffet

Look, Ma! A ginger bread house!

Dreams do come true if you wish hard enough, and just when we thought no one could ever be Hansel and Gretel for real, we lived to see a life-size ginger bread house with so many trays of cookies, chocolates and freshly baked desserts. You see, life can be filled with miracles like that.

Our miracle happened at Edge at Pan Pacific edgefoodtheatre.com, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you! For our last installation for festive buffets this December, we present the wondrous All Things Nice – Pan Pacific’s culinary indulgences inspired by the flavours and spices of the Pacific.

Edge Pan Pac Christmas

With seven live food theatres and a whimsical dessert island that houses the most amazing fruit mince pies, homemade gluten-free nama chocolates and many more splendid treats, it is a lavish affair here at Edge, and here’s Why You Should Not Say No To ‘All Things Nice’ At Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore.

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Carvers & Co East Coast Road Singapore

Carvers & Co Cafe

No lack of dining options if you are at the Katong neighbourhood, and there are always new diners and cafes spouting out. But Carvers & Co got our attention for their concise and highly-raved menu. It does not have a fancy decor to boast of, but it seems they are a comfort for many residents.

They’ve got different menus for weekdays and weekends, and even lunch and dinners differ. The deals on weekends are surely more enticing, and you can expect dishes like Truffle Eggs on Toast (S$15) and Earl Grey French Toast (S$16).

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Guide to Christmas Shopping at Millenia Walk: 11 Gift Ideas For Him & Her

Millenia Walk Shopping Guide

So we’ve got the festive food, the beverages and the catering all covered. Next up is shopping. It is the season of giving, and Christmas presents always bring about so much fun.

Every year, we make a list of people we want to bless with presents. The next question is, what should we buy and where should we buy from? We are a fortnight away from the day, and there is no time to lose. Pick a date, head down to Millenia Walk, and settle all your gifts shopping in that mall that sits conveniently in the  Marina Bay area.

If you do not already know, Millenia Walk has more to offer than dining and kids’ classes. Their line-up of boutiques offers an alternative shopping experience if you do not want your usual high street labels and international brands that everyone will buy from. Packed with under-the-radar designers and quirky finds, shower your loved ones with surprises from the mall.

We have curated a selection of the finer picks from Millenia Walk, and have them categorised into gifts for him and her to make shopping a breeze for all of you. Happy shopping and don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself too!

Here is our guide to Christmas shopping at Millenia Walk:

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Why You Should Get The Entertainer Singapore 2015: Best 2-For-1 Dining/Travel App

The Entertainer

Do you remember The Entertainer?

We shared our love for our favourite app a year ago and you can read it here, and it is still our favourite dining app since. If you don’t already know, it is an app that entitles you to 2-for-1 deals for food, travel and lifestyle. Yes, you read that right. Buy 1 get 1 free – with no strings attached. We know how irritating it is when a promotion comes with all sorts of terms and conditions, so we are done with that nonsense and we are now loyal to The Entertainer.

You have no idea how much money this app has saved us for the past year, and come 2015, we will definitely purchase it again for a whole year of deals and savings. With over seven hundred and fifty offers for Singapore’s hottest restaurants, bars, cafes, spas and attractions, The Entertainer Singapore 2015 will take you through a year of unbelievable and unbeatable one-for-one fun. And if you travel a lot, be spoilt with the choices of over 250 participating 4 and 5-star hotels that are also offering two-for-one night stays!

Entertainer 2015

Get The Entertainer Singapore 2015 before 31 December 2014 and enjoy an early bird promotion at S$60 for the mobile version of the app. That’s not all. On top of the early bird promotion, readers of ladyironchef get an additional 10% off the Entertainer App when you use the promo code: 2015LIC.

We share with you why this is one app that is the best Christmas present you can gift yourself and your loved ones, alongside some sneak peeks on the deals you can look out for in the app.

Here’s why you should get The Entertainer Singapore 2015 – the best 2-for-1 dining and travel app:

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10 Easy Ways To Beat Jet Lag

How to beat jet lag

Picture this: You’re finally embarking on that perfect vacation you spent months planning and maybe even years dreaming about. You step off the airplane and breathe in the sights and sounds – you can’t believe you’re actually there. You spend the entire day exploring and wolfing down local dishes; when evening hits, you start to feel tired. So you head back to your hotel and look forward to a good night’s sleep… that’s when it hits you.

Suddenly, you’re red-eyed and ridiculously wide awake in the middle of the night. You can barely keep your head up come breakfast; you’re a zombie shuffling around from shop to shop, more concerned about crawling into bed than your surroundings. And as soon as you adjust to the time difference, you’re almost due to go home. What a waste.

You can blame your internal clock or your lousy eating and sleeping patterns, or you could avoid the dreaded jet lag altogether with a few simple steps of forward planning.

Here are 10 easy ways to beat jet lag.

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Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at PARKROYAL on Beach Road (With the Best Turkey in Town)

PARKROYAL on Beach Road Christmas

We’ve tried many turkeys for Christmas this year, but Plaza Brasserie’s rendition is hands down the best that we’ve had in Singapore. Ever since we sampled Executive Chef Jackson’s and Executive Sous Chef Ken’s tantalising roasts during For The Love of Roasts Buffet - PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s inaugural presentation of a buffet that is centered around tantalising roasts and exotic meats – we have no doubt that the duo can cook their meat really well.

So we were really excited to try their Christmas Buffet because of the various meats that are part of the Christmas lineup. The highlight is without a doubt the aforementioned traditional roast turkey, but equally good is the Hungarian Mangalica Pork – making its debut at Plaza Brasserie this year. Also, you can get two Boston Lobsters (weighing 500g each) at just S$38++ during the festive promotion every day from 12 to 31 Dec 2014.

Christmas Log Cake

We share with you the various meats that you cannot miss the world for, and yes, they are available for takeaways too. Oh, have you seen strawberry snowmen too? Too cute to be true, but we are all prey to such Instagram-worthy desserts, isn’t it?

Here are the reasons to celebrate Christmas at Plaza Brasserie, PARKROYAL on Beach Road! Have a very merry Christmas!

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5 Practical Tips To Stay Mindful On The Go

Stay mindful on the go

There is much talk these days on the topic of mindfulness. It goes by a few names – staying present, living in the here and now, being focused. Some people form the misconception that being mindful means meditating on a mat in a tranquil garden, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are others who think they need to concentrate hard on a particular object and empty their minds of thoughts.

Great news, you do not need to be someplace special and you definitely need not free up your schedule in order to feel like you’re living in the now. The gist? Pay attention to your surroundings, your breath and your thoughts. Here are some easy ways to practise mindfulness as you go about your day.

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Christmas Dinner Singapore 2014 – 8 Places That Will Fit Every Budget

Christmas Dinner Singapore 2014

‘Tis the season to be feasting again! Well, not like we really need a reason to pig out, but Christmas is always jolly and even merrier when we get to indulge in fine food! It is everyone’s favourite month. Christmas shopping will have us shopping to our hearts’ content, and Christmas feasting is a month-long affair with endless turkeys and pretty log cakes.

We have been working hard since months ago to put together our line-up of Christmas features, and in this annual Best of Christmas Dinners, we have sieved out perennial favourites and exciting creations for your enjoyment. With a series of seasonal highlights that will cater to every budget, it is high time we all start making plans on where to bring our loved ones to.

Whether you are looking for a special place to bring your date to, or enchanting options for gifts and takeaways, here is our guide to Christmas Dinner & Takeaway in Singapore 2014 – 8 places that will fit every budget for Christmas this year.

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Things You Never Knew About Traffic/Parking Enforcement Officers (A.K.A Fatimah)

Traffic Enforcement Officer Fatimah

It is most definitely a Singaporean thing to call our car park attendants and traffic wardens “Fatimah”. We are not too sure how it started too, but the term has been around for as long as we know it, and everyone sticks to it conveniently – and affectionately.

But is everyone really “affectionate” towards them? Not really. If any, almost no one likes them. In case you haven’t realised the importance of their existence, “Fatimah” is an enforcement officer and he/she plays a major role in enforcing road safety. When everyone is cursing them every time they receive a ticket, have you ever considered the fact that without them, we would be facing chaotic traffic conditions and messy parking on a daily basis? Anyone can park right at the foot of your house, and even if you have designated season lots, non-residents can park all the same and leave you lot-less.

Let’s face it – when they issue a ticket, they are but doing their jobs. And it is a very thankless job that no one shows appreciation. We all want clear roads and our parking rights, but we need to remember who are the heroes who make this happen.

We followed the enforcement officers for half a morning to have a better understanding of how they carry out their duties. Boy, was it a lot of walking under the sweltering heat!

Today, we learn about the different kinds of enforcement officers and their respective roles, the common offences and offences you never knew about, their routines and daily challenges, and to debunk the common myth that they have “quotas” to hit for commission.

Here are the things that you never knew about traffic/parking enforcement officers.

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Celebrate Christmas at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore

Westin Singapore Christmas Dinner

No matter how much we love novelty, no matter how we always crave for something fresh and new, we are all of us creatures of familiarity, and some things/ places/ people just warm our hearts whenever we revisit them.

Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore is one of them. Every return feels like going home, and we really do not mind dining there regularly because the chefs promise different experiences. The buffet line is ever-changing, with new items to excite your taste buds, and if there is something in particular that you are looking for, just let them know and they will try their best to satisfy that craving.

Roast Turkey

So, December is a special month. How can we miss out on Christmas treats at Seasonal Tastes? We heard the team had worked so hard to come up with menus that reflect the true traditions of Christmas, and we were really stoked to taste.

And boy, did they not disappoint! Indeed one of our best-loved places for buffets. Here are the various line-ups from the Christmas buffets at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore [ thewestinsingapore.com/christmasatthebay ] to expect. We are pretty sure your date will be impressed.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Opening a Cafe

How to open a cafe

New cafes are opening in Singapore at a faster rate than you can say “let’s go cafe-hopping”. Many people dream of opening their own cafe one day. But in Singapore’s competitive food & beverage industry, is it really that easy to start a cafe?

We had a chat with Miss Daphne Goh – owner of Assembly Coffee, one of our favourite coffee shops in Singapore – to find out more about the challenges of running a cafe. Before you jump on the bandwagon, here are 10 things you should know before opening a cafe:

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