Tucked away on a street in Samcheong-dong in Seoul, GLOBO Coffee Faktory is an unassuming cafe front with a gorgeous secret hideout deep within it. If you stroll into the cafe, you will be greeted by a massive coffee roaster as the cafe roasts their own beans.
We knew we had to have a taste of their coffee after being pleasantly overwhelmed by the aroma of coffee beans. Little did we know that deeper into the cafe, is a patio with indoor and alfresco seating with natural sunlight streaming in. How delightful!
The patio at the back of the cafe is probably one of the most photogenic spots we have stumbled upon in Seoul, South Korea. The quiet and intimate ambience makes the patio a great place to sit and relax for a bit while sipping on some amazing coffee.
It is difficult to pick the trendiest neighbourhood in Seoul. There is Gangnam for those who are into nightlife, Garosu-gil for its amazing concept cafes and Hongdae, which is a shopping paradise. Needless to say, these popular districts have an energetic and vibrant atmosphere which appeals to many young Koreans and tourists.
However, there are days when we prefer to be away from the crowds and during times like these, we head to Gyeonridan-gil (also spelt as Kyungridan-gil or Gyeongnidan-gil) in Itaewon instead.
Located just 10 minutes away from Myeong-dong by taxi, Gyeonridan-gil is a charming neighbourhood which boasts cafes, restaurants, bakeries and multi-concept stores. If you have not been there before, here are 16 cafes at Gyeongridan-gil you need to add on your bucket list.
With Ramadan just around the corner, Singapore’s biggest pasar malam event is back again this year—yes, it is the highly anticipated Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar! Soak in the festive vibes and exciting atmosphere at the night market which will be running from 12 May to 14 June 2018 along Haig Road and the Malay Village.
This year’s Geylang Serai bazaar proves to be equally spectacular—featuring both classic, traditional Muslim cuisine to creative hipster food that is created to stand out on your social media feeds. The plethora of street food and Halal delights that are offered at hundreds of stalls in this massive bazaar is nothing short of impressive and it will probably take you more than one visit to see everything.
As usual, admission to the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar is free so there is really no reason why you shouldn’t be making plans with your family and friends to be a part of the buzzing Ramadan festivities these few weekends! READ ON
Want to try the world’s richest black sesame ice cream?
Then you’d have to head to Tokyo. Located in Omotesando, Gomaya Kuki is a takeout-only ice cream store and is home to the best sesame ice cream we’ve ever tasted. It was simply unforgettable and if you haven’t tried, you are really missing out big time.
Gomaya Kuki is truly a hidden gem of Tokyo and here’s everything you need to know about their sesame ice cream.
Back at it again with their stellar lobster and crab offerings is Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Helmed by our friend and the maestro behind their innovative seafood-centric spread is Resident Executive Chef Low Hoe Kiat.
This season, ‘A Clawsome Seafood on Grill’ showcases an incredible spread of crustacean delights with a touch of local influences, and BBQ seafood will be added to the repertoire; think of it like dining in a sea of oceanic gems enjoying a decadent amount of premium seafood and local favourites – at an unbelievable price.
Diners looking for a hearty indulgence will be thrilled by the new Lobster and Seafood Shanghai Noodle Soup, with its robust seafood broth, topped with oceanic gems such as lobster, crab claw and scallops as well as our personal favourite, Chef Low’s piquant Braised Crab Bee Hoon that teases any palate with its aromatic wok-hei flavour.
With so many exciting lobster and crab dishes to look forward to, you’ll be insane to give this a miss. And as if this stunning buffet could not get any more enticing, our readers can quote ‘ladyironchef’ to enjoy 25% off for both the lunch and dinner buffet from 01 April to 30 June 2018. That means you only pay S$51++ per adult for both the Weekend lunch and Daily dinner buffets!
Making its way to our shores and offering a whole new cheese-filled pastry to look forward to is Gushchlibauer.
Hailing all the way from Austria, Gushchlbauer—one of the country’s leading bakeries—has opened its first outlet in Singapore at Punggol Waterway Point.
With nearly a century’s worth of experience (having been established in 1919), the bakery will introduce its pride and joy—the signature Devil Quarter Cheese Bun that promises oozy, gooey cream cheese and satisfaction unlike any other.
This weekend, make your way down to Punggol Waterway Point from as early as 10am to snag yourself one of these decadent cheese-filled buns that are available in 4 enticing flavours, and as part of their opening promotion, they will be giving away 500 free cheese buns each day between 09 to 11 March 2018—so you have to be quick!
Make no mistake, this is one opening you do not want to miss!
Nestled within Emporium Shokuhin in Marina Square, Gyuu+ Yakiniku Grill is Japanese beef heaven.
Their all-you-can-eat buffet option is available for lunch but the premium a la carte wagyu dinner buffet is what you should be looking out for. Featuring the best of Japanese beef cuts—including succulent beef aged for 14, 21 and 28 days—and other types of fresh meat, seasonal fish and seafood, this is one Japanese barbecue restaurant that will leave you with happy bellies.
When it comes to crab and seafood buffet, our minds naturally gravitate towards Chef Low and his team at Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. Drawing inspiration from Singapore’s culturally-rich ethnic landscape, the chefs at Ginger never fail to impress us with their tantalising array of seafood offerings each time we visit.
This Lunar New Year, usher the Year of the Dog with Ginger’s value-for-money buffet that will feature Boston lobsters in its Prosperity Trio. That’s right, lobster fans will be thrilled to hear that this all-day-dining restaurant is introducing a new Prosperity Lo Hei that swaps out the traditional salmon slices with luscious chunks of Boston Lobsters.
Exclusively for the dinner buffet from 05 Feb to 02 Mar 2018, every table will enjoy one complimentary serving of the Prosperity Trio—customised to suit the number of your dinner guests. The Prosperity Trio, is a new and exciting creation by Ginger that essentially comprises lavish delights such as their Prosperity Lo Hei with Boston Lobsters, Braised Sea Treasures (Pen Cai) and Wok-Fried Lobsters in Superior Stock.
Also making their debut on the buffet line are the Golden Sea Bass with Sha Sha Sauce, Barbecued Pork Ribs in Capital Sauce and Baked River Prawns with Garlic Shoyu (available from 01 Feb to 02 Mar 2018).
Quote ‘ladyironchef x Ginger CNY’ to enjoy 25% off for both the lunch and dinner buffet. That means you only pay S$36++ per adult for the lunch buffet and S$58.50++ for the dinner buffet!