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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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:
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.
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!
‘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.
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.
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.
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:
Are we already in December? Time slips by when we are having fun, but we should really take a little breather, slow down and savour the remaining moments of 2014. Bonuses are coming in, Christmas is round the corner, and soon before we know it, we’d be counting down to a new year.
What are your plans for the yuletide festivities? Have you started feasting already?
If you haven’t had an idea, we have (more) suggestions on how to pamper your taste buds. Well, we always do, and this time, it is at one of our favourite hotels no less. Be enraptured in all the warmth of festivities at PARKROYAL on Pickering, and spend the lasts of 2014 with traditional goodies in the lush iconic urban resort.
Sitting adjacent to the historic Hong Lim Park, PARKROYAL on Pickering is fast becoming the icon of Chinatown. Its award-winning architecture is a sheer sight to behold, with greenery in abundance, and charming cascading plants that caress the building so mysteriously yet beautifully. And what lies beneath is a supremely gorgeous restaurant-in-a-garden that we fall in love with over and over again.
There’s always something very inviting about Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Pickering, it makes us feel all warm and cozy like we’re coming home for Christmas. We always love a good meal there, and even more so when the culinary team helmed by Executive Chef Vijayakant is all geared up to pamper us with their bests for the year-end celebrations.
And here are some of our picks from PARKROYAL on Pickering’s festive menu 2014 – some for a scrumptious dinner at Lime, and some to take home to host our guests with the best party food.
Are we all done with event planning yet? December is the most celebratory month of the year, and our calendars are packed with house parties and events. Everyone is in the mood to wine and dine, and we deserve to give ourselves a pat on the back for all our hard work in 2014.
We’ve discussed about food catering for your festive parties previously. And what about those booze that we’d need to host our parties and to have fun with our guests? Christmas and New Year’s parties mean we have to pop that champagne, to stock up on the beer in our fridge, and to do our shots neat. And we can do all these without breaking the bank.
Spare yourself the exorbitant price tags and unnecessary premiums when you order your Beers, Wines and Spirits (BWS) from Asher BWS www.asherbws.com. They offer the friendliest prices in town, and with a user-friendly website and convenient delivery options, fret no more when it comes to booze. Asher BWS is offering an exclusive 10% discount for our readers when you cart out using the promo code: ‘ladyironchef’.
We will tell you just why Asher BWS is your top choice and the various star products to buy.
Some months back, we visited Sunday Market at Lim Tua Tow Road located just off Upper Serangoon Road on a sleepy Sunday afternoon for brunch. We were not expecting much, but what greeted us was a wondrous entrance of plants and a red-and-white signboard that looks like something plucked off from the 80′s. The cafe may seem inconspicuous from the main road, but just look out a little and you will find the unit that sits right at the left hand corner.
Cuppage Plaza is an old and dodgy building in the Somerset area, but it is also home to many fantastic Japanese restaurants and eateries. Kaiho Sushi, a hole-in-the-wall sushi joint, is one of them. It has been around for years and it is where food lovers in-the-know head to for some authentic Japanese cuisine indulgence.
While there are always new and trendy restaurants to check out every week, mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore remains a perennial favourite when we want to reward ourselves with a good meal. Places like these comfort you with their promise of delivering consistently quality dishes in a familiar environment, with a team of dedicated staff to pamper and make you feel at home.
The theme for Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Christmas 2014 is aptly named ‘A Grand Welcome Home’. Whether it is a sumptuous Christmas dinner with your family, a gathering with friends, or a romantic date with your partner – dining at Grand Hyatt Singapore always makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Take the opportunity to treat yourself to a feast, book a table at mezza9 for a Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch, and reward yourself for a whole year’s of hard work! From 1 to 25 December 2014, mezza9 presents a festive ala carte menu that uses the freshest seasonal ingredients. And there is a 15% early bird discount if you book for New Year’s Buffet Dinner before 15 Dec 2014.
Here, we share with you some of our favourites:
We are so lucky to call Singapore home. Our sunny little island may be just a small red dot, but this dot has proven herself to be a foodie’s paradise with cuisines of all kinds, celebrity restaurants, international names, independent restaurants and what-have-you. You will never be caught in the situation of not knowing where to dine at, neither will you need you pull your hair out when thinking of a worthy place to dine for special occasions.
The addition of Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) to Singapore’s tourism is definitely a great move, but more than its theme parks and attractions, do you know that they are a gourmet’s playground too? With an impressive list of celebrity chefs’ restaurants and family-friendly restaurants, RWS is one of the most comprehensive dining destinations in Singapore.
Christmas is approaching and the joyous festive spirit is filling the air fast. Everyone we know is making plans for dinners and that well-deserved indulgence, and by now, we have our own lists of go-to places and restaurants. But the more the merrier, right?
We went on a food trail some weeks back to curate today’s post, and we are so stoked to be sharing with you some of the festive highlights that you can find at RWS this Christmas. There is surely something that entices, and we know many families will be happy to find friendly options here that suits every generation!
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