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Holey Moley Golf Club at Clarke Quay

Concept bars and clubs are aplenty in Singapore but a golf club and bar? Surely you want full focus on your game before hitting the bar afterwards. But not to worry, at Singapore’s first mini golf club & bar, the game is not going to hurt your handicap but it will certainly test your aim after you knock back a couple of drinks.

Taking over the former site of nightclub Shanghai Dolly, the Holey Moley Golf Club concept first appeared in Brisbane and is the brainchild of parent company Funlab. It features a wacky mini golf course and cocktail bar that turns a traditional game of putt-putt into a labyrinth of holes you can play – with a drink in your hand of course.

Holey Moley Golf Club - E.T.
Holey Moley Golf Club mini golf
Holey Moley Golf Club - Hawker food
Holey Moley Golf Club Iron Throne
Holey Moley Golf Club mini golf

Holey Moley Golf Club can host as many as 450 guests and features a total of 27 holes split across two floors. Each hole pays homage to a range of pop culture themes – from TV shows (Game of Thrones, The Simpsons) to classic childhood films (E.T., Jaws) and nostalgic board games (Monopoly). To add a local twist to the concept, the Funlab team added a putting hole named ‘Upside Down’ which literally has your favourite hawker food hanging right above you.

Holey Moley hopes that its launch will inject a new element of fun into Singapore’s thriving entertainment landscape. With its technicolour and super Instagram-friendly decor, the latest venue at Clarke Quay looks set to draw millennials and young working adults.

For food and drinks, Holey Moley seems to have put more focus on its cocktails menu. Hunger patrons can expect crowd-pleasers like burgers, fried chicken and pizzas while cocktail enthusiasts can try out unique concoctions like Candy Man, a margarita with blended jelly beans and topped with fairy floss as well as classics with-a-twists like the ‘Austin Sours’ and ‘Putta Colada’.

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Holey Moley Golf Club Candy man
Holey Moley Golf Club cocktails

 

Holey Moley Golf Club

Address: Block B #01‐01 Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179021
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm – late, Saturday and Sunday 10am – late
Web: Holeymoley.com.sg

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    Dusk at Faber Peak

    There is a new restaurant in town, and it’s a just that little bit more special due to its location, which is at the peak of Mount Faber.

    So needless to say, the view at Dusk, as the new restaurant is aptly named, is breathtaking.  On the day, we arrived just before dusk to catch the sun setting over the lush greenery. We took the opportunity to enjoy the view of Sentosa island and Harbourfront with some of their specialty cocktails, one of the restaurant’s specialisations – and has a full-serviced bar to show for it.

    Let’s dig into the food

    Food wise, Dusk Restaurant & Bar specialises in European Tapas. For starters, we tried the Citrus Frementle Octopus ($25). Prepared in sous-vide style, the octopus had a springy texture and the salad of micro greens tossed with a sweet dressing went well with it.

    Dusk Restaurant Citrus Freemental Octopus

    Citrus Frementle Octopus ($25) has a nice, springy texture

    The Forest Mushroom with Sherry ($14) was up next. The dish provided a twist to the usual mushroom soup. It is made by sauteeing different types of mushrooms in a rich Sherry wine cream. According to French-cuisine trained Chef Kenny, Executive Chef of Dusk, the secret to making the dish is the precise cooking time and controlled fire.

    Dusk Restaurant Forest Mushroom with Sherry

    The secret to the Forest Mushroom with Sherry ($14) dish is the precise cooking time.

    Big Plates

    For big plates, we went for the Tiger Prawn Capellini ($28), which consists of angel hair pasta cooked in aromatic lobster-infused oil and Kombu (Japanese seaweed). Let the chef know if you prefer your pasta to be softer as ours ended up being too al dente.

    Dusk Restaurant Tiger Prawn Capellini

    East meets West: Tiger Prawn Capellini ($28)

    We also tried the the Cote de Boeuf ($98), featuring 700g of Prime Rib (bone-in) cooked sous-vide style to seal in the juices. The generous portion is great for meat lovers and good for two.

    Cote de Boeuf ($98) - a beef lover's dream
    Cote de Boeuf ($98) – a beef lover’s dream

    Knock back a few cocktails

    Indulge in a cocktail or two while you’re there. We like the Sunset Spritzer, a decadent cocktail-dessert combining orange liqueur, sparkling wine and icy mango sorbet. For something a little more dramatic, try the Passion fruit Nitro-Frost Carvier martini, and watch your concoction smoother from the liquid nitrogen– total Instagram- story material. The cocktail also comes in Cosmopolitan and Lychee flavours but we prefer the passion fruit for its tangy flavours.

    Dusk Restaurant cocktails
    Enjoy a cocktail with the stunning hilltop view

    Planning your next chill out session? Be sure to check out Dusk Restaurant & Bar.

    Alfresco dining at Dusk Restaurant. Image: Dusk Restaurant & Bar

    Alfresco dining at Dusk. Image: Dusk Restaurant & Bar

    Dusk Restaurant & Bar

    Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2

    109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203

    Tel:  6377 9688

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      Making of the Angel Prawn at Rokukakutei
      Making of the Angel Prawn

      Another Michelin-starred restaurant has landed in Singapore.

      Located at Odeon Towers, Rokukakutei is a one-star Michelin Japanese restaurant specialising in food on skewers – also known as kushikatsu. It’s the perfect first-date meal where all the dishes are served in neat, manageable portions. You don’t even have use for any clanky cutlery – simply eat off the stick.

      Rokukakutei, which originated in Osaka only serves Omakase meals. You can choose from 10 skewers ($118++) or 20 ($134++). You get items such as meat, vegetables and seafood — all deep fried to a perfect crisp.

      The skewers are placed in front of you on a plate lined with a thin slice of bread – meant for soaking up excess oil (there wasn’t any). You will also be served an array of accompanying dips and sauces. The servers are trained to point each end of the skewer to the dipping sauce that goes best with the food.

      Wowed by the seafood

      Despite fiddling quite a bit to get the best shot of our food, the dishes were still steaming hot when we bit through the crispy cocoon of deep fried batter. Of the sticks we had, the seafood skewers were outstanding. Items like the Scallop and Angel Prawn retained their tenderness and umami flavours under the batter. The Salmon with chrysanthemum petals complemented each other exceptionally well, with the floral scent of the petals neutralising the natural fishiness of the salmon. For the non-seafood selection, we particularly enjoyed the chicken with perilla and croquette of green peas. In fact, anyone who could make ordinary green peas taste so good deserves an accolade.

      Go for the wine pairing, it’s worth it!

      Apart from the seafood, the restaurant also excels in their choice of wine pairing. The wine pairing menu comes with 15 skewers and a selection of wines at $288. We kicked off with a heady champagne, followed by a Sauvingnon Blanc from Napa Valley which went beautifully with the scallop and fish skewers, before finishing off with a robust red wine that paired well with the Duck and Welsh Onion. If you like wine, the pairing menu is definitely worth it.

      To our surprise, we were pretty stuffed by the time we had our 12th skewer – with three more to go. As dainty as they looked, the small sticks of food really add up.

      Our only gripe was that there wasn’t any sweets to seal the meal. After all the deep fried food, we were yearning for a dessert to break up the monotony. It didn’t help that our last course was a stick of creamy fried cheese, which tasted rather blend. We couldn’t help but feel that the final omph to round off the meal was missing. But despite that, our Rokukakutei experience – also our first taste of kushikatsu omakase fare —  will stick in our memory for some time to come.

      Rokukakutei

      331 North Bridge Road

      #01-04 Odeon Towers

      Singapore 188720

      Open: 4-11pm (daily)

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        BURG Kitchen at Eat at Seven

        Don’t we all crave for comfort food once in a while? When the craving strikes, where do you get your fix?

        We recently discovered a new Japanese joint at Eat at Seven called Burg Kitchen. It specialises in Japanese style burger meals and other Western dishes.

        Our favourite burger is the Cheese Burg ($19.80++). It comes topped with melted, gooey Colby and Cheddar Cheese on a sizzling metal plate. Instead of serving the burger patties between two buns, the burgers here are served with rice – typical of Japanese-style burgers— that lets you mop up all the delicious sauce. There’s also a small side of pasta and miso soup, making it a really satisfying meal.

        Cheese Burg, BURG Kitchen
        Cheese Burg, $19.80
        Cheese Burg, BURG Kitchen
        The patty is thick and moist and adding Wagyu fat certainly adds a lot of flavours flavours

        If the idea of melted cheese over a generous 200g burger patty with rice sounds too heavy for you, try the Original burger ($18++) instead. The bovine flavours of the Original burger patty comes through better when it’s not drowned under all that cheese.

        Comfort food aside, the burgers at Burg Kitchen are actually pretty good. They are made from 100% Australian beef, consisting of a blend of minced beef and wagyu fats. This gives the patties just the right texture and a lot of flavour.

        Penne meat sauce gratin, BURG Kitchen
        Penne meat sauce gratin, 14.50
        Golden Curry with Homemade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs, BURG Kitchen
        Golden Curry with Homemade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs, $15.50
        Chicken wings with spice blend, BURG Kitchen
        Chicken wings with spice blend, $14.50

        Other than hamburgers, there are other main courses to choose from. The Golden Curry with Homemade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs ($15.50++) is another good choice. We like that the gravy is not as sweet as the usual Japanese curry – and even has a hint of heat in it. The croquet had such a nice and crispy crust, we wished there was another one. Then again, this is just the greedy side of us talking because we were struggling to finish the meal as it is.

        To top it all off, all the sets at Burg Kitchen come with a free buffet of salad and desserts. While not rave-worthy, the buffet dishes offer variety on top of the sets and exceptional value. Burg Kitchen is worth checking out when the craving for burgers or comfort food strikes.

        BURG Kitchen interior and salad bar
        The set meals at Burg Kitchen come with a free buffet of salad and desserts
        BURG Kitchen menu
        The menu is simple and the dishes are affordably priced

        Burg Kitchen

        Address: Eat at Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-315, Suntec City Mall,  Singapore 038983
        Phone: +65 6266 5338
        Opening hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30 – 10pm (daily)

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          Chef Wan's Kitchen

          Fans of food programmes in Asia will be familiar with the flamboyant and animated Chef Wan. The celebrity chef from Malaysia served royalties, sultans and celebrities across the world and cooked up 35 years of culinary experience. After  shuttering 1 Market by Chef Wan, a halal Asian cuisine buffet at Plaza Singapura, Chef Wan is back to launch Chef Wan’s Kitchen at Esplanade.

          So what’s the difference?

          The new restaurant no longer serves buffet. Chef Wan’s Kitchen is the chef’s first a-la-carte concept, in Singapore. The restaurant features recipes that has been passed down for generations–from his grandmother to his mother and then to him–and a mix of authentic heritage Asian and international dishes. From Peranakan and Moroccan to Javanese and Spanish cuisines, Chef Wan’s Kitchen has a curated menu of the chef’s favourite and memorable dishes.

          Our top 5 dishes at Chef Wan’s Kitchen

          1. Bibik Neo’s Laksa (S$15.90)

          Some of my favourite dishes at the restaurant are not the sophisticated ones but rather those that are quite traditional. The Bibik Neo’s Laksa (S$15.90) for example, elevated the humble hawker dish by using a unique blend of spices, grinded fresh sea prawns and coconut milk. If I wasn’t sharing this dish with someone, I would have polished the creamy, rich and mildly spicy gravy. This dish is also Chef Wan’s favourite childhood dish that is cooked by his grandmother on special occasions.

          Bibik Neo's Laksa
          Bibik Neo’s Laksa

          2. Mee Rebus with Prawn Fritters (S$15.90)

          This dish is certainly a surprise for me as I am not a huge fan of mee rebus and I also don’t like the thick yellow noodles. The mee rebus sauce is one of the best I have tasted with a good balance of spiciness and sweetness. The consistency of the sauce also helps coat the noodles evenly. No wonder the royal family of Brunei sang praises of the dish when Chef Wan presented this dish to them. Cik Aini’s Mee Rebus with Prawn Fritters is special to Chef Wan. Serving this dish in his restaurant is a way of paying tribute to his mother, who made a living selling this dish for 31 years in order to bring up her children. I didn’t really appreciate the prawn fritter which was covered in too much batter and slightly over-fried.

          Cik Aini's Mee Rebus with Prawn Fritters
          Cik Aini’s Mee Rebus with Prawn Fritters

          3. Oxtail Soup (S$17.90)

          A favourite of the Brunei Sultan, Chef Wan’s Oxtail Soup (S$17.90) is a dish that is simmered and boiled for many hours. The soup is full of flavours from the medley of spices and the meat of the oxtail falls off the bone easily. This dish reminds me of Soto Ayam (Malay chicken soup) but has bolder and more robust flavours.

          Chef Wan's Oxtail Soup
          Chef Wan’s Oxtail Soup

          4. Selangor Beef Rendang (S$22.90)

          For those who loves rendang, you will not be disappointed with Chef Wan’s Selangor Beef Rendang (S$22.90). If you have tried making rendang at home, you will appreciate the effort it takes to cook this dish. Unlike dishes that you can whip up a la minute, the flavours of rendang develops with time. The version here is drier and less oily and I like it that they use a leaner cut of beef. The tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture of the beef coated with thick, dark gravy makes this dish a must-try.

          Chef Wan’s Selangor Beef Rendang
          Chef Wan’s Selangor Beef Rendang

          5. Chilled Coconut Custard (S$5.90)

          Ending a meal here with a Chilled Coconut Custard was definitely the right choice. Chef Wan hit a home run with this cold, smooth pudding topped with high-quality sweet and salty gula melaka (palm sugar) dessert. The grated coconut bits and taste reminds us of the Indonesian snack ondeh-ondeh and the popular chendol dessert.

          Prawn Curry with Pineapple
          Prawn Curry with Pineapple
          Ayam Goreng Java Chef Wan
          Ayam Goreng Java Chef Wan
          Lawar (Balinese Vegetable and Chicken Salad)
          Lawar (Balinese Vegetable and Chicken Salad)

          Other highlights include the Prawn Curry with Pineapple ($21.90), Lawar Salad (S$17.90) as well as dishes like the Moroccan Harira Lamb Meatball Soup (S$17.90) made with chickpeas, coriander leaves, ginger, onions, parsley, tomatoes, tomato purée and turmeric.

          Chef Wan’s Kitchen is located on the second floor of Esplanade Mall. The modern interior with a view of Marina Bay Sands makes the dining experience even better.

          Interior of Chef Wan's Kitchen
          Interior of Chef Wan’s Kitchen

          Interior of Chef Wan's Kitchen

          Chef Wan’s Kitchen

          Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-14 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
          Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 12.00PM – 2.30PM, 5.30PM – 10.30PM
          Phone: +65 63974911
          Email: [email protected]
          Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

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            Get a taste of Southern US cuisine at the all-new The Bird Southern Table & Bar opening at the Marina Bay Sands.

            The Bird is a 190-seater two-storey restaurant set against the scenic Marina Bay waterfront, allowing diners to enjoy the scenic views of the waterfront while dining. There’s also al fresco seating available, great for people watching on cooler evenings.

            the-bird-low-country-laksa

            Southern comfort cusine may not be familiar to many. So here are some dishes you can expect. First up, there’s the famous 100-year recipe Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken, consisting of tender fried chicken with waffles and cubed watermelon on the side. Other dishes include Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Salad. Amongst the classic southern favorites, The Bird will also create Singapore-exclusive dishes such as the Low Country Laksa, featuring a grilled snapper fillet served with a Carolina Gold rice pilau and caramelised ginger and coconut broth.

            The Bird butter milk biscuits
            The Bird butter milk biscuits

            The Bird is known to have an extensive collection of Burbon from around the world. Some of its bourbon-based cocktails include Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade and The Bird’s Old Fashioned with bacon-infused bourbon. For an interesting mix, try the Japanese Porkchop, made with Yamazaki 12yr, dijon mustard, Marugoto Shibori Yuzu, unfiltered apple cider and fresh thyme.

            The Bird restaurant is a collaboration between MBS and 50 eggs Inc., which was founded by renowned restaurateur John Kunkel.

            The Bird Southern Table & Bar

            B1-07 (Galleria Level) & L1-82 (Bay Level)

            The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

            2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

            Tel: +65 6688 9959

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              Papa Poika crew
              The crew at Papa Poika

              Located in the heart of Orchard Road, Papa Poika is a modern barber concept that targets the busy family man. Papa Poika or “father and son” in Finnish, offers professional haircuts and premium services like shaving, ear cleaning and even massages at affordable prices.

              Fathers can either slip in for a haircut while shopping along Orchard Road or bring their kids with them to the barber to have a haircut together. The brightly coloured store with a Lego kids corner centrepiece will out their kids at ease and allow fathers to have some “me” time and be pampered by Papa Poika’s professional crew.

              All the hairstylists at Papa Poika have over 10 years of experience in both adult and kid haircuts and at any one time, the shop only attends to three adult customers and one kid giving customers a personal and cosy experience.

              Papa Poika entrance
              Entrance
              Papa Poika interior
              The colourful interior of Papa Poika

              When I went for my haircut at Papa Poika, I am surprised at how comfortable the barber chairs were without realising that they were Takara. The 4 retro-looking barber chairs are specially imported from Japan and costs over $10,000 each! With full leather and durable upholstery front and back you can really relax and sink yourself into the chair. All I had to do was to tell the hairstylist that I need a haircut.

              Halfway through the cut, I decided to ask the hairstylist a burning question “What is the best way to tell a hairstylist the kind of hairstyle I want, instead of saying ‘cut it short’?”. He eluded that even though a haircut might seems simple but it requires a hairstylist to be observant on face shapes and hair texture on top of trends. Most men, according to him, likes a hairstyle that is easy to manage and trendy. Even though he generally have an idea what could be a suitable style for that someone that sits down on the barber chair, he further assesses whether the customer would be comfortable with that the style he is going to execute from conversations. For me, I left it entirely to the professionals at Papa Poika and I am glad with the outcome.

              The hair wash here is also an unique experience. Instead of moving you somewhere to wash up, you literally sit where you are for the wash. All you need is to bend forward towards a hidden sink and shower tucked stealthily inside cabinets and be done in 3 mins. Fast, efficient and saves water!

              Papa Poika Ear cleaning kit
              Ear cleaning kit

              Father’s Day Promotion

              • In celebration for Father’s Day, Papa Poika is offering free hair cuts for kids (12 years old and below) and free American Crew Shampoo worth $24 for fathers.
              • All men will also receive a complimentary Power Cleanser Style Remover by American Crew (250ml, $24) shampoo when they cut their hair at Papa Poika.

              Papa Poika services and prices:

              Papa Poika price list
              Prices and services

              Papa Poika

              Address: 290 Orchard Road #05-30A Paragon, S238859
              Operating Hours: 11am – 8.30pm
              Contact number: +65 6235 4312

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                Desserts at Misato

                The next time you’re in town, make a stop at Misato restaurant. The food at this newly opened Japanese restaurant is really something to shout about.

                Located in the new expansion area on level one of Centrepoint known as Gastro+, Misato specialises in Japanese food and imports 70% of its ingredients directly from Japan. Quality ingredients aside, Misato also makes a lot of its dishes from scratch, including many of its broth, dips and desserts.

                tablewares at misato
                Look at the cute chopsticks holder shaped like a teapot
                tablewares at misato
                These ‘kawaii’ tablewares are hand-picked by the owner

                Some of our favourite dishes include the Okonomiyaki, Seafood Kaminabe Set and cha soba.

                We enjoyed the Okonomiyaki ($14.90) here as it tasted lighter and fluffier than the ones we’ve had elsewhere, thanks to the lower proportion of flour used. Misato’s version was packed with heaps of sweet, crunchy cabbage imported from Japan and topped with a sweet-savoury sauce that was not overly salty.

                The Seafood Kaminabe Set ($20.80) was prepared with a delicate homemade niboshi (dried baby sardines) stock which didn’t overpower the broth’s seafood flavours. And what a photogenic dish it was – the pot was brimming with fresh vegetables, seafood like prawns and salmon. Paired with steamed rice, this is a perfect dish on a rainy day.

                Seafood Kaminabe Set at Misato
                Seafood Kaminabe Set with homemade niboshi stock
                Okonomiyaki at Misato
                Okonomiyaki uses less flour and a lot more cabbage
                Cha Soba at Misato
                The Cha Soba broth is homemade and tastes much sweeter and tastier

                Many people make their own Cha Soba at home because it’s so simple to prepare and you end up with a dish that tastes pretty much like what you get at many restaurants. However, we recommend you give the cha soba at Misato a try as the broth is homemade and tastes much sweeter and tastier than the ones we’ve tried. At $13.80 you get three bundles of noodles served in a beautiful bento box with the dip served alongside. Admittedly it’s a a little pricey for cha soba but you can definitely taste the difference this handmade dish.

                The gyoza at Misato, including the dumpling skins are all made in-house
                The gyoza at Misato, including the dumpling skins are all made in-house
                Gyoza at Misato
                The gyoza is moist and fragrant and the skin has a nice crisp
                Mixed fried set consisting of breadcrumbed chicken, tiger prawn and cheese korokke, $18.80
                Mixed fried set consisting of breadcrumbed chicken, tiger prawn and cheese korokke, $18.80

                At Misato, the desserts are a must, especially if you’re a matcha lover.

                Get ready to be blown away by the homemade Sanshouku (3-flavoured) Warabe Mochi ($8.80), which comes in 3 flavours: Kinako (roasted soya bean flour), Goma (Sesame) and Matcha (green tea). Enjoy the trio of mochi by starting with the most delicate flavour of the three, the Kinako, and work your way to the Goma before finishing off with the matcha. Unlike the chewy type of mochi, the ones here have an exceptionally soft texture, yet they are strong on flavours. This was particulary evident in the matcha mochi, which had a slightly grassy punch and ending with a bold bitter-sweet finish. The homemade mochi uses ingredients imported from Japan and takes more than 2 hours to make. Made fresh daily, best to go earlier in the day to try this dessert that’s limited in quantity.

                Another must-try green tea treat at Misato is the Matcha Bavarios ($7.80). Don’t underestimate this wobbly- looking pudding. We took turn to jiggle it around just to see if it would hold its shape. The dessert not only stayed firm after rounds of jiggling (something very fun to do), it also stood up to the taste test. Bursting with green tea flavours, the pudding was spot on in its balance of milk, green tea and bitter-sweetness.

                If you want to try a traditional Japanese dessert, order the Kuzukiri ($8.80) a refreshing dessert consisting of smooth ribbons of arrowroot noodles soaked in iced water to retain some firmness. On their own, the noodles tasted rather plain, but they paired very well with the sweet Kuromitsu sauce (black sugar syrup) served on the side. Taste wise, this dessert is refreshing and light.

                Matcha drink
                Hot matcha tea
                Matcha Bavarios at Misato
                The ‘Boomerang friendly’ Matcha Bavarios – you have see the wobble
                Sanshoku Warabi Mochi  (all 3 flavours – goma, kinako and matcha), $8.80
                Sanshoku Warabi Mochi (all 3 flavours – goma, kinako and matcha), $8.80
                Kuzukiri arrowroot dessert
                Kuzukiri is a dessert that is harder to see on the menu of Japanese restaurants

                While you enjoy the excellent food here, don’t forget to take some time to admire the exquisite tableware. Owner Tony Young personally sources all the various awe-inspiring pieces from Japan and spent a total of $400,000 on them! But we’re glad none of that exorbitant price was passed on to the diners as the food at Misato are more than reasonable for its quality and good looks.

                Misato is located at the Gastro+ zone at Centrepoint
                Misato is located at the Gastro+ zone at Centrepoint

                The Misato

                Address: 176 Orchard Road, #01-33E The Centrepoint (Gastro+)

                Phone: +65 6235 2822

                Opening Hours: Daily 12.00pm – 10.00pm (last order 9.00pm)

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                  SENS Sashimi Moriawase Mix - 7 kinds

                  SENS, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, is a 42-seater restaurant located within Taste gourmet grocer. If you have not heard of Taste, it is a brand new gourmet grocer that recently opened up at Raffles Holland Village. For those who loves Japanese cuisine, the chefs at SENS whips up a wide range of contemporary Japanese favourites like sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki, tempura and yakitori dishes that will be able to satisfy you cravings.

                  Not only that, SENS’ unique location within Taste grocer also means that you can enjoy a bespoke meal experience. All you need to do is to shop for the ingredients at Taste and let the chefs at SENS know how you want it prepared. A fee of $8 for every 100 grams of ingredients applies. The restaurant at Raffles Holland Village basement also boasts one of the largest selections of Japanese craft beers, sake and wines sourced from breweries across Japan.

                  SENS Interior
                  Judging from the weekday crowd, SENS is certainly popular
                  Sashimi moriawase mix with 7 varieties
                  Sashimi moriawase mix with 7 varieties

                  Helmed by Chef Kent Seah, who has over 22 years of experience in Japanese cuisines, Chef Kent has been hands on from the sourcing fresh food and quality ingredients to the plating design for the over 100 dishes and items served at the restaurant. Take for example their Sashimi Moriawase Mix that starts from $48.80 for 5 varieties; the sashimi are air flown from Japan and plated on a black slate atop a wooden box to showcase the glistening freshness of the seafood. The choice of sashimi include botan ebi (giant sweet shrimp), tako (octopus sashimi) and mekajiki (sword fish belly).

                  A5 wagyu blow-torched to perfection
                  A5 wagyu blow-torched to perfection
                  Wagyu Tataki at SENS
                  Wagyu Tataki

                  Other highlights of SENS include the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu (S$17.50), a generous piece of crispy black pork loin tonkatsu that is juicy and succulent, the Beef Kaku Ni (S$16.80), a flavourful beef brisket dish that is marinated and stewed till fork tender. Beef lovers will certainly be delighted that SENS serves the prized “Japanese Black” cattle, 100% purebred Japanese Wagyu from Miyazaki Prefecture. The Wagyu Tataki ($68.80) is lightly seared with a blow torch before being sliced and served with a citrusy Yuzu Ponzu sauce. Every piece of this premium ingredient simply melts in your mouth.

                  Kurobuta Rosu Katsu
                  Kurobuta Rosu Katsu
                  Sirloin beef teppan at SENS
                  Sirloin beef teppan
                  Yakitori platter at SENS
                  Yakitori platter

                  SENS has a really extensive menu. From yakitori and teppan to maki and noodles, we are certain that you will find something you like.

                  SENS

                  Address: 118 Holland Avenue Raffles Holland Village #B1-12/13 Singapore 278997
                  Opening Hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm

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                    LiHo Singapore
                    Image: Edited from LiHoSG facebook page

                    Gong Cha is so popular in Singapore that they probably served enough milk teas to fill a Singapore reservoir. They are so sought after that they actually have 80 outlets peppered all over Singapore. But come 5 June 2017, it will be Gong Cha no more, as all its outlets will be rebranded as LiHo.

                    According to The Straits Times, the courageous move to rebrand all Gong Cha outlets to LiHo is made by the very same man who introduced Gong Cha to Singapore a few years back, Mr Rodney Tang. The decision certainly didn’t come easy for the businessman as the Gong Cha brand rakes in $30 million annually.

                    The main motivation to rebrand Gong Cha was due to the recent change in ownership of the parent company in Taiwan, Royal Tea Taiwan. It was sold off to Gong Cha Korea owned by Japanese private equity firm Unison Capital. Mr Tang decided to go for a made-in-Singapore creation with a new menu instead of abiding by the new terms.

                    LiHo or 哩喝, which is Hokkien for, “How are you?” will offer a new menu that features cheese tea drinks. Mr Tang has assured fans of Gong Cha that LiHo’s teas will be of a good quality, if not better than the brew currently used for Gong Cha.

                    We will be trying them out soon.