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    Kam's Roast spread

    One of my absolute favourite go-to comfort foods is Cantonese-style roast meats. No fancy schmancy cooking methods, no artistically arranged plating. A generous handful of flavourful and robust meat slapped upon a bed of fluffy white rice. Especially after a long day, I just want to grab a good meal, bring it home, and eat it while I binge watch my current favourite series.

    Four Treasures on a Plate

    One Michelin star restaurant Kam’s Roast has just released its “Four Treasure Rice” dish – a one-dish heaven for a roast meat lover. The four ‘treasures’ found in the dish are the roast duck, char siew (barbequed pork), soya sauce chicken, and half a salted egg.

    Priced at $11.80++, the dish comes with a free soup of the day if ordered as a takeaway. That is quite a good deal, considering the generous amount of meat on top of the different varieties.

    Kam's Roast Four Treasure Rice
    Kam’s Roast Four Treasure Rice

    How’s the meat?

    The meats that I had were mainly lean cuts, but they did not taste as dry as what I would expect from lean meats. While the meats were still juicy, the duck meat boasted a very good robust and gamey flavour.

    The dish comes laden with a duck broth sauce, which is made from the roast duck drippings mixed with other sauces. Salty and full of umami flavour, it goes very well with plain rice. Ask for the spring onion and ginger sauce that goes very well with the soya sauce chicken and gives it a very herbaceous and garlicky flavour.

    If the one dish meal isn’t enough, order some Sio Bak (roast pork) to complete the roast meat quartet. The meat has a very crispy crackling, and doesn’t feel cloying nor saturated with oil. For something more unique, try the Lap Cheong (preserved sausages) which comes in two flavours. The darker coloured and sweeter goose liver sausage which has a very robust and smoky flavour, and the pink lean meat sausage which has a good balance of sweetness and saltiness, with a surprising burst of floral and fruity aromas. The restaurant prides in using a copious amount of rose wine in their preserved sausages, hence the strong fruity and floral aromas.

    Kam's Roast Lap Cheong
    Lap cheong

    What’s so special about Kam’s Roast?

    Kam’s Roast is the first overseas branch from its flagship outlet in Hong Kong named Kam’s Roast Goose. The restaurant was started by Mr Hardy Kam, who is the grandson of the late Mr Kam Shui Fai, founder of the famous Yung Kee Restaurant located along Wellington Street in Hong Kong. Because of the strict regulations in Singapore, Kam’s Roast is unable to import the geese from the supplier that provides for their Hong Kong outlet. Hence, they decided to omit the “Goose” from their outlet in Singapore to prevent misinterpretation.

    An interesting fact is that Kam’s Roast offers chilli sauce; which is not offered in their Hong Kong outlet. The reason behind it was that many Singaporeans were not used to not having chilli sauce with their roast meats, hence the chefs crafted up an exclusive chilli sauce solely to sate the local palates. The chilli sauce reminded me of the ones served with Nasi Lemak; sweet, spicy and had a strong Belachan (shrimp paste) aroma.

    Kam's Roast crackling roast pork
    Add a side of crackling roast pork for even more satisfying roast meat feast

    For the month of June, the restaurant is having their Signature Roast promotion. For every two takeaway signature roasts, get the third one at a 50% discount.

    Kam’s Roast

    Address: Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road #01-04/05/06/07, Singapore 228210

    Hours: 11am – 10pm Mon – Fri, 10.30am – 10pm Sat – Sun

    Phone: 6836 7788

     

    The article “A Meaty Michelin Star ‘Four Treasure’ Experience” first appeared on The Foodstuff.

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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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        Kam's Roast marinated duck

        We used to know exactly what to order at Kam’s Roast. Some of its duck and maybe a serving of its beautifully charred but pricey toro char siew ($22.80 per portion) made from premium pork belly, on the side. After all, the Michelin-starred eatery from Hong Kong is famous for these 2 dishes. But recently, that ordering process just got a little trickier, thanks to the newly added marinated items to its menu.

        Kam's Roast Toro char siew
        Toro char siew
        Kam's Roast roast duck
        Roast duck

        We’re not complaining, as new additions, especially the marinated duck is darn delicious – good enough to rival its roast duck. So it’s really quite a toss up. The marinated duck ($18.80 for around 4 people) is made from a blend of homemade sauce using dried spices and soya sauce. The result is a clear, light brown sauce, rather than the starchy gravy you get from the usual marinated duck rice places. The surprisingly thing was this clear, light sauce was actually very tasty and coated the duck meat well. Some people avoid eating duck meat as it can be rather fatty but the cuts used here were pretty lean with the occasional fat under skin – totally acceptable.

        Kam's Roast marinated duck
        The glistening whole marinated duck
        Kam's Roast marinated duck all items
        Marinated items from the new menu.

        Other than the duck, Kam’s Roast also added two other marinated dishes to the menu – marinated egg and tofu.We’re not exaggerating when we say that everything sitting in the sauce turned out well! The egg ($1.80 each), marinated with the shells off, took on the savoury flavours of the sauce, while still retaining its eggy freshness. As for the tofu ($4.80 per portion), we simply loved how smooth and tender it was. The whole idea of the light marinate was not to overpower the natural flavours of the ingredients.

        Kam's Roast marinated duck wings
        Duck wings

         

        If you’re in the mood for some duck meat, definitely check out Kam’s Roast. But you’ll have call the quacks whether to go with the roast or marinated duck – or both.

        Kam’s Roast

        Address: 9 Scotts Road, #01-04 Republic Plaza, Singapore 228210
        Phone: +65 6836 7788
        Opening daily: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Fri); 10am – 10pm (Sat to Sun and public holiday)

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          Hotdogs Inc ordering counter
          Order here.

          Hotdogs in Singapore feels like the neglected cousin of the burger, and a very distant one. While burgers joints have built up an impressive range of offers for diners locally from fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King to burger-only restaurants serving gourmet burgers like Omakase Burger and MEATliquor, hotdogs on the other hand owns quiet little corners peppered all over the island. Heck, most people flock to IKEA for their $1 hotdogs to get their fix.

          So when we walked past a new and courageous hotdog place recently, we had to give it a go. Hotdogs Inc is a hotdog kiosk at PoMo that offers premium gourmet sausages paired with freshly baked buns. After some digging, we realised that Hotdogs Inc is not a new brand but moved from a corner location (see what we mean by little corners?) of The Metropolis at North Buona Vista. The shift to a swankier city location with a revitalised menu could only mean that the owners are confident about their food and their concept. PoMo mall, where the new Hotdogs Inc is now, has potential to snag some limelight back from its meatier cousins due to the new location’s proximity to schools, offices and hotels.

          Hotdogs Inc is setup as a grab-and-go kiosk, which explains why the person behind the counter was visibly agitated when a few of us couldn’t make up our minds about what to order and what sides to pair with. After receiving death stares and forced smiles, we finally decided to go with a more unusual bun, the Wagyu Beef Roll, and a more familiar one, the Spicy Italian Pork for our orders. We took the “Hearty Add-on” combos, adding a side, a snack, a drink and $6 more to each meal. The kiosk is now running a $2 off opening promotion for meal combos, so our total damage for 2 hearty meals came up to about $25.

          Hotdog taste test

          First off the Wagyu Beef Roll. According to Hotdogs Inc, the dawg is made with 100% minced wagyu beef and then coated in egg-wash and breadcrumbs before deep frying it to crispy goodness. When eaten together with toppings like rocket, cabbage, diced tomato, onion confit and a blend of BBQ sauce and mayonnaise, the hotdog bun is juicy, flavoursome and has a good mix of textures and taste. Chew slowly at least for the first 2 mouthfuls to fully appreciate the traces of aromatic beef juices even after the deep-frying process. The Spicy Italian Pork in our opinion is more of a classic hotdog, one you would expect from a gourmet hotdog joint. Although it did not impress us as much as the Wagyu Beef Roll, pairing it with relish, rocket, cabbage and a tomato and cheese sauce gave the bun well-rounded flavours.

          Wagyu beef roll at Hotdogs Inc
          A la carte order for Wagyu beef roll is $9.
          Inside a Wagyu beef roll at Hotdogs Inc
          Here’s how 100% minced wagyu meat looks like.
          Spicy Italian Pork at Hotdogs Inc
          A la carte order for Spicy Italian Pork is $7.50.
          cross section of Spicy Italian Pork at Hotdogs Inc
          Cross section of the Spicy Italian Pork

          Other hotdogs on the menu include chicken sausage, Wienerli sausage, soft shell crab and crabmeat remoulade. Of the lot, the one we wanted most to try out next is the crabmeat remoulade, which the staff says is made with real crabmeat.

          Side dishes

          It is good that Hotdogs Inc doesn’t have a lot of side dishes. Firstly, it makes ordering faster without giving your brain too much to process and secondly, they are not that good. We tried out almost everything from the sides and snacks menu except for the premium sotong balls. Reasons being, we half expected it to taste, well, like sotong balls from the freezer. The items we tried are Cheeky Spicy Wings, Chicken Poppers, fries and cheese fries with bacon bits. The deep-fried spicy chicken wings have a very light batter and tasted bland. We felt that the frying temperature is a little off even though the wings were meaty and juicy. The chicken drumlet that we had was still a little pink inside. As for the chicken poppers, it was no different from the store bought frozen ones that we fry all the time using the Airfryer.

          Combo meal with add-ons at Hotdogs Inc
          Our order – 2 buns with hearty combo add-ons for $25 (after $4 off promotion)
          The hotdog kiosk at PoMo
          The kiosk at PoMo can sit 12 diners

          Frankly speaking, we were a little disappointed with the fries. Although we love thick cut fries, the ones at Hotdogs Inc were less crispy than we had hoped. For the set that came with the cheese and bacon bits, the condiments felt like an afterthought and did little to add flavours to the potatoes. They could have served corn chips and we wouldn’t even notice.

          All in all, Hotdogs Inc is still a decent place to get your hotdog fix. In our opinion, they are better for more unique sausages and buns like the Wagyu beef roll, soft shell crab and crabmeat remoulade rather than classic hotdog buns. If you are grabbing one to go, our recommendation is to just go for the hotdogs and skip the add-ons. Oh, just make sure you make up your mind quickly at the ordering counter.

          Hotdogs Inc

          Address: 1 Selegie Road, PoMo Mall, #01-23, Singapore 188306
          Phone: +65 6265 0433
          Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Closed on Sunday & Public Holiday

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            First Yentafo Kruengsonge stall in Sngapore

            Singaporeans are very familiar with Thailand, especially its food. Take for example the popular Sabx2 wanton mee in Pratunam, they dedicate posters and banners at their stall to tell Singaporean patrons specifying that they are eating at the original stall. The popularity of Thai dishes with Singaporeans has prompted many brands to set up outlets in the populated island city.

            What is Yentafo?

            The latest to join the lot of Thai food options out there is Yentafo Kruengsonge, a noodle food chain that has 28 outlets in Bangkok and 2 stores in Laos. Setting up its first Singapore outpost at Cineleisure Orchard, Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore serves Thailand’s street noodle dish of yentafo that is not as well known as popular dishes like Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai. The Yentafo dish is basically the Thai version of the Chinese Yong Tau Foo dish. Typically served with a medley of ingredients such as fish balls, tofu and mushrooms, the Thai version is served with flat rice noodles in a clear savoury broth, with a sweet and spicy pink yentafo sauce made with fermented red tofu and cooked Thai red rice. The pinkish colour of Yentafo is why this dish is often referred to as the “pink noodle dish”.

            Yentafo Kruengsonge soup from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Yentafo Kruengsonge soup
            Tom yum soup from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Tom yum soup
            Yentafo soup from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Yentafo soup

            What are the choices?

            In Singapore, four choices of Yentafo are available. They are prepared with flat wide rice noodles and pink sauce that are shipped in regularly from Bangkok.

            Yentafo Kruengsonge Soup ($8.50) with flat noodles and pink sauce is topped with more than eight items such as fish ball, squid ball, fish ball with tofu, fried tofu, fried seasoned taro and black fungus mushroom. A dry version ($8.50) is also available. Diners can choose between three levels of spiciness for their choice of Yentafo; ‘Dek-Dek’ (not spicy), ‘Jai-Soh’ (spicy) and ‘Rod-Jeb’ (screaming spicy).

            The stall also offers tom yum noodles ($9) and Thai-style clear soup noodle called Kway Teow Kruengsonge ($8.50).

            Any other dishes at Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore?

            Although its speciality is noodles, Yentafo Kruengsonge also offers diners appetisers like Kratong Tong ($5 for 6 pieces), deep-fried pastry shells filled with stir-fried minced chicken, carrots, peas and corn as well as one of our favourite Thai appetisers, the Kao Tung Rice Crisps ($6 for 4 pieces) that comes with a rich and creamy minced chicken and red curry paste dip.

            Not into noodles? Try the Nam Prik Khai Poo ($9), a rice dish that features a spicy, sweet and sour crab dip made with fresh crab meat, cooked egg yolk, curry paste and herbs. The dip is served with fresh and cooked vegetables and a delicious fluffy fish sauce omelette. Other rice dishes like Chicken Panang Curry with Rice ($8.50) and Gai Pad Krapow ($8.50) are also available.

            Kao Tang rice crisps from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Kao Tang rice crisps
            Kratong Tong from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Kratong Tong
            Yum crispy salmon skin from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Yum crispy salmon skin
            Fried seasoned Taro from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Fried seasoned Taro
            Gai Pad Krapow from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Gai Pad Krapow

            What’s for dessert?

            Yentafo Kruengsonge’s menu also has some interesting and unique desserts. The sweet and sour Santol Sweety Delight ($5) for example, takes the flesh of tropical cottonfruit and simmer it in sugar until it is soft before serving with ice. To be frank, we have only eaten this dessert once in a very traditional Thai restaurant in Bangkok and has not eaten it in restaurants here. Palmyra Fruit Delight ($5) is another unusual iced treat made from the jelly-like seed of the Palmyra tree. Warm desserts include the Nam-Wa banana in coconut milk with sesame seeds ($5) and the black beans in coconut milk with sweet sticky rice ($5).

            Santol sweety delight from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Santol sweety delight
            Palmyra fruit delight from Yentafo Kruengsonge Singapore
            Palmyra fruit delight

            The Yentafo Kruengsonge brand, founded in 1999 by Madam A.Mallika will be opening two more outlets this year at the National University Hospital and Kallang Wave mall.

            Yentafo Kruengsonge

            Address: 8 Grange Road, #02-06A/B, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
            Phone: +65 6736 0971
            Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10.00am – 10:00pm
            Cuisine: Thai
            Price: $10

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              PizzaExpress and Teochew Paradise will open at Q3 and Q2 2016 respectively
              Calabrese from PizzaExpress

              Upmarket Scotts Square in Orchard Road seems to be shifting its focus on food recently. Since the opening of bakery Maison Kayser during the mall’s remodelling back in 2012, Scotts Square has added tenants London Fat Duck, Time & Flow Champagne and The Coffee Academics to its F&B lineup. Two new restaurants, PizzaExpress and Paradise Teochew, will now add more culinary chops to its stable of gourmet offerings.

              PizzaExpress

              Since starting their first store on Wardour Street in United Kingdom 50 years ago, PizzaExpress has grown into a 500-restaurant strong organisation with outlets across Europe, Hong Kong, India and the Middle East. PizzaExpress focuses on simplicity, quality and freshness, their dough recipe for example, has been the same since their first store. Using fresh quality ingredients to produce its repertoire of handmade pizzas, salads, pastas and even gluten-free items, we look forward to satisfy our pizza cravings when it opens its first Singapore outlet at basement one of Scotts Square later this year (Q3 2016).

              Classic Margherita from PizzaExpress
              Classic Margherita
              Superfood Salad from PizzaExpress
              Superfood Salad

              Paradise Teochew

              Paradise Teochew is another dining venture by homegrown F&B conglomerate, Paradise Group. Other than Taste Paradise and Paradise Dynasty just across the street at ION Orchard, Paradise Teochew will be another conveniently located downtown restaurant at Scotts Square’s level 3. Serving authentic Teochew cuisine, Paradise Teochew is helmed by Executive Chef Cheng Fa Kwan, who has 34 years of culinary experience. The menu will include a medley of dim sum dishes as well as seafood, poultry and meat dishes like chilled yellow roe crab, braised shark’s fin in casserole and stewed duck with yam.

              Steamed pomfret from Teochew Paradise
              Steamed pomfret
              Diced chicken wrapped in egg white crepe from Teochew Paradise
              Diced chicken wrapped in egg white crepe
              Braised sliced pork belly from Teochew Paradise
              Braised sliced pork belly

              “With the entry of these new dining establishments in the coming months, we are confident that our shoppers will find more reasons to engage in the quality shopping and dining experiences that Scotts Square has to offer”, said Ms Stephanie Tay, Group GM of Wheelock Properties.

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                I SEE i SEE (sounds like icy icy), a premium handcrafted ice pop brand from Hong Kong has selected Singapore as its first overseas store. Known for its milk-based popsicles, here are 5 reasons to check this new store located at the basement of 313 Somerset out.

                1. It’s truly delicious

                Have you tried making popsicles in your regular home freezer only to be disappointed by its uneven flavour and jaw-breakingly hard texture? Unlike homemade ice pops, I SEE i SEE uses a quick-freeze method to prodcue extremely refined ice crystals and a feathery, snow-like texture and the flavour is consistently good to the last drop.

                2. It’s a healthier choice

                Using good quality ingredients for its range of fruit and milk-based ice pops, you can really taste the freshness. The ice pops have no added preservatives or colouring in them. This probably explains why their popsicles, ranging from $5.90-$7.90 each, are so pricey.

                Strawberry Hokkaido Milk
                Strawberry Hokkaido Milk

                3. Give us some of that stinky durian

                Ok, this one’s more for durian fans, but the durian ice pop is intoxicatingly strong — in a good way. It’s not called ‘stinky durian’ for nothing.

                Cheesy raspberry
                Cheesy raspberry

                4. They have flavours that pop

                With funky flavours like chilli mango and cheesy raspberry ($6.90), there’s bound to be one to pique your curiosity.

                5. And what a visual treat too

                The I SEE i SEE is probably the most instagramable popsicles at the moment. It’s a feast for the tummy and the eyes.

                 

                I SEE i SEE

                Address: 313 @ Somerset, #B3-46, 313 Orchard Rd, 238895
                Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

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                  Redbank bar & grill

                  The story of Redbank Bar & Grill started with a perfectly grilled piece of steak. Hitting it off at a barbecue outing, avid home cook John Stevens and friend Matt Connors bonded over a succulent slab of beef that fired up conversations on the quality and price of American in . And it did not take long for the two Americans to take the plunge and set up their vision of an American-styled and bar and named it RedBank Bar & Grill.

                  “We talked about tailgating for Sunday football games. This is always a special time to grill and share great dishes. And then it occurred to us, why not recreate the experience here!” – John, co-owner

                  Although there are already a good mix of American-styled restaurant in Singapore like Jerry’s BBQ & Grill, Big Bern’s American Grill and Smokey’s BBQ, owner John believes that his concept of offering quality American fare at pocket friendly prices plus the telecast of major sporting events will bring an unique American dining experience to diners here in Singapore.

                  The kitchen is helmed by Chef Nicolas, who has 18 years of culinary experience at steak houses and seafood restaurants. His style, passion and flair for cooking steaks struck a chord with John who needed someone with the professional techniques and consistency to add to his home-style cooking methods. “I honed most of my grilling skills from my days in Corsica sizzling steaks and seafood by the beach. Like John and Matt I have yet to find a classic American grill restaurant here that is up to standard with reasonable pricing. This venture with them gives me the perfect excuse to be a part of,” said Chef Nicolas.

                  RedBank Bar & Grill offers classic dishes prepared in traditional methods that have been passed down for generations in John’s family. The menu features crowd pleasers like Maryland soft shell crab, Virginia-style crab cake, oyster biscuit, and New York-style steaks.

                  Redbank bar & grill
                  Virginia-style Oyster Biscuits

                  Redbank uses the famed Josper charcoal grill to impart an outdoorsy barbecue flavour for its many signature grilled dishes, including its RB grain-fed Tomahawk steak. Each grilled meat comes with a side of fries while the seafood and poultry mains are paired with rice pilaf or fries. Other side orders include mac & cheese, hush puppies (or cornbread ball) and home-style coleslaw.

                  The bar serves an extensive range of America classic cocktails like Live the American Dream, Golden Cadillac and Blue Hawaiian as well as popular spirits and liquors. Redbank also features U.S. craft beers and independent small batch labels along with a selection of wine from Californian vineyards.

                  Located at Claymore Connect in Road, Redbank can sit 100 diners indoors while its al fresco patio can host up to 50 diners. Expect to fork out and average of around $20 for lunch and $50 for dinner.

                  RedBank Bar & Grill

                  442 -02 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879
                  Tel: +65-6694-5376
                  Opening hours: Mon to Sun – 12 noon to 12 midnight
                  Happy hours: 3pm to 8pm