Singaporeans are no strangers to Indonesian cuisine and some of our all-time favourites include the likes of Ayam Penyet, Beef Rendang and Bebek Goreng. While there is a slew of Indonesian restaurants around Singapore, few serve Indonesian Chinese cuisine quite like Kota88—and that’s saying a lot.
Hailing from Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown, Kota88 proudly brings to our shores their culinary heritage, serving a wide array of Indonesian Chinese cuisine not commonly found in here.
If you are a nature lover or simply someone in search of a tranquil respite away from the bustle of the city, Chinese Garden in the West can be an option to consider. The 13.5-hectare garden was built in 1975 by renowned Taiwanese architect, Professor Yuen-Chen Yu, and it has since become one a hotspot for tourists—yet, it’s ironic that so many Singaporeans haven’t even been there before.
From the garden’s stunning bonsai collection, pavilions and pagodas, Chinese Garden is perfect for an outing if you’re ever in search of a new adventure. And while it does not boast the same glamour and majesty of Gardens by the Bay, it is still one of the most iconic parks in Singapore.
Before you go on to say that this underrated garden has nothing to offer, here is a list of the things that you can do there. So go on, pretend you’re a tourist for a day and explore Singapore’s Chinese Garden.
Determined to serve customers hearty Thai dishes just the way they should be but in a modern setting, OchaFresh Thai is a no-frills Thai eatery that dishes out healthy Thai food without the use of MSG.
This 10-week-old establishment features a cosy yet modern dining experience, serving quality Thai cuisine at affordable prices.
We managed to speak to the owner of the restaurant before he went home to fulfil his daddy duties and realised that their restaurant caters mainly to the lunch crowds as it was located right smack in the CBD area—which explains why there wasn’t a single soul when we arrived at dinner time.
Fish and chips are probably one of the few dishes that we grew up with and it is a dish that’s fit for any occasion.
The first fish and chip shop is said to have opened in the 1860s in London and since then, the British snack has quickly become a staple food across many different countries due to how delicious it is and how easy it is to put together. With the delicious golden-brown fish fillets that are deep-fried to perfection and a simple side of crispy fries, what’s there not to like about this comforting dish?
From hipster cafes to hawker centres, you can find different renditions of this dish almost anywhere in Singapore. As a tribute to the humble English meal, we present to you a list of 13 fish and chips in Singapore you sea-riously need to check out.
Do a quick Google search on chocolates and you will probably find Wimbly Lu either on that list or topping it. Known for their array of chocolate desserts, ice cream and waffles, Wimbly Lu first started off in a quaint neighbourhood of Jalan Riang and now has 2 other outlets in the heartlands of Singapore.
Located just a few doors away from Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee, the outlet at Tyrwhitt Road is definitely more accessible as compared to the one at Jalan Riang and the café boasts a cosy decorum that has been remodelled from an old shophouse.
We headed down on a rainy Friday afternoon to seek refuge from the rain as well as to indulge in some sweet treats, to which we were not disappointed.
We’ve seen countless food and restaurant concepts from all over the world opening up here over the years and while Singapore remains a hub for all things new and trendy with regards to gastronomy, there are several heritage gems that still, and will always, bear timeless appeal.
These are the places that our parents and even grandparents used to frequent, the original hangout spots before the era of modern cafes and posh eateries. Taking a trip down memory lane, here is our list of 10 dining establishments that will transport you back to old Singapore.
One of the newer additions to Sunshine Plaza’s slew of hidden food gems is Steakville, a humble hole-in-a-wall that serves up some seriously good steak as well as a myriad of other enticing mains.
Striving to bring the “farm to table” dining experience, Steakville sources their beef from specific farms, ensuring that only the best quality beef is chosen. Costing only S$15 for a hanger steak, we were beyond impressed given the quality of it. On top of their food, they also serve solid artisanal cuppas as well as an array of cocktails.
Located within walking distance from NAFA and Kaplan, this new steak joint is definitely a great hangout spot for students as well given its location and affordable prices.
Offering a full-on menu of both Asian and Western fare, Colbar is one of the few gems in Singapore that we can safely say, has truly stood the test of time. Opened in 1953, the establishment formerly served as a canteen for the British army. It, therefore, gave rise to its name, Colbar, otherwise referred to as ‘Colonial Bar’.
Granted that it’s a little out of the way, especially for those who do not drive, it is still a charming spot that’s worth the trip. It is a retreat from civilisation and it is also a great place to catch a glimpse of the old days.
This rustic hideout is furnished with retro interiors like Formica tabletops and old photographs, which bring an air of nostalgia that sets you back in time. Whether you’re pining for a beer, some food or a place to chill, Colbar is one that’ll guarantee you a relaxed and tranquil experience.