Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

We sample a few of their new dishes during the media tasting and I was thoroughly impressed with the flavours and presentation. Dishes that are available at Crystal Jade Golden Palace includes the starter of Teochew Four Delights ($58) whereby the order comes in a large platter filled with braised duck, chilled lobster crystal jelly that pays homage to pork trotter jelly, crispy crab roll and chilled mala jellyfish with Chinese yam in aged vinegar. All these small bites and refreshing flavours help to whet the appetite for the later dishes. This was followed up with the Pan-fried Red Grouper with Radish & Yellow Bean (seasonal price) that is prepared the Teochew style. The firm texture of the grouper gives it a nice bite, complemented with the umami sauce.

The subsequent dishes are available at Crystal Jade Palace such as the Superior Bird’s Nest with Fresh Crab Roe ($88) served with a side of Jinhua ham soup that is meant to be enjoyed separately. The richness from the bird’s nest and crab roe is balanced with the soul-comforting broth. Served tableside, the Braised Whole Thick Fish Maw ($78) is unlike any fish maw that you would have eaten elsewhere as this is top-quality fish maw that has a gelatinous mouthfeel cooked with spring onion and served with a thick braising liquid. The Sauteed Spare Ribs with Aged Black Vinegar & Lychee ($32) is an appetizing meat dish with the aged black vinegar bringing the tanginess to awaken the senses.

A unique dish is the Poached Cabbage in Porridge Water with Conpoy & Garlic ($26) with the porridge water being a thickener while the garlic brings another layer of flavour. The carbs for the day went to the Mee Pok ($28) that has been tossed in the homemade XO sauce and topped with crispy pork lardon and crackling pork belly, making it a fitting end to the meal before the dessert of Chilled Beancurd with Ginger Osmanthus Syrup ($8.80) with the addition of more candied ginger to give more antioxidants into the body.
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✨ Crystal Jade Golden Palace
📍 290 Orchard Road, Paragon, Unit 05-22, Singapore 238859
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Guests will start with an Amuse-bouche before diving into the first course, and on that day, we got the Fluffy Egg “Souffle” that has a cloud-like texture and is paired with a vin jaune yellow wine reduction, bacon, and tableside shavings of fresh black truffle. This dish is divine, and you would want to get a piece of bread to mop up all the egg.

This was followed by the main course of roasted local duck from Toh Thye San farm, served with endives, a piece of duck liver and a kaffir lime sauce. The duck has been treated with so much love and care that there is zero gaminess from it, and the kaffir lime sauce helps to balance the richness too. the meal ended on a sweet note with the dessert course of Cacao Leaf, the beautifully plated of a leaf made from Dominican chocolate with fillings of sea buckthorn and marigold. The realism of the chocolate leaf is just a masterpiece on its own.
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✨ table65
📍 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael, Unit 01-104/105, Singapore 098138
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This National Day set menu will be available from 12pm to 5pm and comes with 2 glasses of Milo-tini with the following 3 dishes: “Nasi Lemak” Chicken Wings, Seafood Laksa Pasta and Jumbo Chicken Satay. The chicken wings are especially tasty with the berempah spice mix with the sweet-spicy sambal tumis while the laksa sauce on the pasta has the right balance of lemak and spiciness.
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✨ Binary
📍 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, Unit 01-01A, Singapore 23887
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This limited-time only sukiyaki incorporates favourite flavours of Singapore to pay tribute to the nation’s 57th birthday.

We had the 250g Assorted Platter of Hida, Miyazaki, and Olive Wagyu Sirloin ($328++ for dine-in, $268+ for takeaway) that is good for 2 pax and each set comes with assorted vegetables and tofu, konnyaku noodles, two bowls of Hokkaido rice, and raw Okinawa egg as a dip. If you are dining in, you will get to enjoy a platter of seasonal starters including the uni yukke cone. What is unique in this sukiyaki is that it uses house-made warishita and infused with fresh peeled tomatoes, with optional add-ons of chilli padi and deep-fried garlic chips on the side if you wish for a touch of spiciness and extra flavour. The meats will be prepared in two styles of sukiyaki, kanto and kansai.
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✨ The Gyu Bar
📍 30 Stevens Road, Unit 01-08, Singapore 257840
🌐 https://www.thegyubar.com.sg/order/
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Available from now to 31 August, you can get to try the Ayam Masak Merah with Rice ($9) that is inspired from a family recipe of one of Toast Box’s chef, a meaty chicken drumstick that is first deep fried then cooked in a sauce comprising shrimp sambal paste, rich curry paste, tangy tomato puree and yellow onions. The dish is completed with white rice, homemade achar and a sunny side up egg. To complete the meal, there is the Berry Perfect ($3.20) of a strawberry and full cream milk combo.
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✨ Toast Box
📍 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, Unit 01-67, Singapore 188021
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For me, it has to be toast, soft boiled eggs and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. If you want something different, you can also check out Good Morning Nanyang Coffee for their signature orange ciabatta toast, spread with homemade Kaya and butter.
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✨ Good Morning Nanyang Coffee
📍 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, Unit 02-23, Singapore 228213
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Now you can as Tablescape introduces the new Rooftop Garden Bar & Grill at the rooftop garden of Grand Park City Hall, that will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from August onwards. There will be meats and seafood from the barbecued platters’ menu and drinks from the bar counter as you welcome in the weekends from the alfresco dining experience.

There are four different barbecued platters from the Family Grill ($198) that serves 4 persons to the Grande Meat ($118), Seafood ($118) and Meat ($88) options which are suitable for 2 persons. The piece de resistance of the Family Grill will feature portions of beef striploin, baby chicken, juicy bratwurst sausages, king prawns, lobsters, mussels, and octopus while the Grande Meat is for the meat lovers with Sanchoku Wagyu, smoked lamb rack, organic baby chicken and bratwurst sausages. To go alongside all the meats and seafood, there will four unique sauces such as the Angry Sauce, Sambal Belachan, Merlot Jus and Pesto Sauce.

With such a nice and relaxing ambience, there are attractive happy hour promotions from 6pm to 9pm with housepour wines and liquors starting at $8++ and $10++ respectively should you fancy a tipple while enjoying the food.
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✨ Tablescape Restaurant and Bar
📍 10 Coleman Street, Grand Park City Hall, Singapore 179809
🌐 https://www.parkhotelgroup.com/singapore/grand-park-city-hall/offers/rooftop-garden-bar-grill
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Starting off with Paradise Dynasty’s Laksa Xiao Long Bao ($9.80) that has a spicy flavoured broth with the pork filling before moving into Canton Paradise’s Crispy Chilli Crab Pastry ($7.80) that pays homage to one of Singapore’s iconic dishes as a bite-sized delight.

Warm the heart and soul with Paradise Classic’s Double-boiled Pork Rib and Chicken in Bak Kut Teh Soup ($26.90) that brings sips of nourishment and tender-to-the-bite pork and chicken meat, followed by the Stir-fried Crystal Prawn in Singapore Chilli Sauce ($23.90) that has a mild spiciness level. Representing Seafood Paradise are the Kang Kong with Cuttlefish in Satay Sauce ($17.80) and Singapore Style Wok-fried Hokkien Mee with Seafood ($18.80), the former is a heritage dish that is not commonly seen these days while the latter is the popular hawker dish that has been elevated with a medley of clams, prawn and squid.

Lastly, LeNu presents the Beef “Bak Chor Mee” ($11.90) which comes topped with a variety of ingredients including braised mushrooms, fried pork lard, meatballs and a sweet minced meat sauce that you can mix everything up with the noodles and the accompanying sambal chilli.
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✨ Paradise Group
🌐 www.paradisegp.com
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Vin Geek is interpreted as the wine geek, whereby the restaurant is a purveyor of a wide range of wines, especially from France and Italy, from the easy-to-drink selections to the premium ranges. When you are dining in, there is a limited selection of wines that are available via the wine dispenser that you can sample based on your volume preference. From white wine to red and rosé, you have an option to select your desired quantity of pour in three tasting measures of 30ml, 90ml and 150ml, and pay accordingly thereafter. This way, you have a chance to sample a flight of wines during your drinking experience.

To go alongside the wines, there is a menu of food from salads to small plates and for the hungry, there are pastas, mains and even a seacuterie of cured fish platter. We got the Burrata salad which is the centrepiece surrounded by arugula and cherry tomatoes, with a generous drizzle of balsamic vinegar, the Salt-N-Pepa Squid ($18) that has been tempura battered and served with a black ink mayonnaise and the Crab Cake ($22) which is a huge wild-caught Jonah crab meat patty that is paired with a sweet chilli sauce.
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✨ Vin Geek
📍 9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza, Unit 01-04/07, Singapore 228210
🌐 https://www.vingeek.sg/
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We were pleasantly surprised by the taste and quality of food, especially the Spicy Prawn Aglio Olio ($18.80) which comes with a sizeable portion of spaghetti that has been tossed in a garlic, olive oil and parsley mixture, and served with deshelled prawns and a touch of chilli flakes to bring the heat. The pasta was cooked till al dente and the flavours were balanced with the right amount of savouriness and spiciness.

One of the popular menu items is the Homemade Angus Burger ($20.80), which comes with a giant beef patty with tomato, bacon, fried egg, onion, and cheddar cheese. The burger comes with a side of crispy fries and mesclun salad. There is also a whole menu of bar bites to go with your drinks such as charred Edamame ($7.80), Crispy Chicken Skin ($8.80) and Crispy Whitebait ($13.80).
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✨ Grapevine Guillemard
📍 393 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399790
🌐 https://grapevineguillemard.oddle.me/en_SG/
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I had many fond memories of this eatery back then and I was disappointed when they moved out but fortunately, they are finally back! I got the Nasi Ambeng Original ($12, 1 pax) that comes with 7 different ingredients surrounding the mountain of rice with beef rendang, pineapple achar, cucumber achar, bergedil, sambal brinjal, sambal paru and sambal goreng. To top if all off, there will be serunding and belacan that will be added into the mix before serving. Quality and flavours are still as comforting and homely as before with a portion size that will make you feel very satisfied.
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✨ ENAK
📍 47 Arab Street, Singapore 199744
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This new outlet will offer both Singaporean and Hainanese specialties across new and heritage brands. Some of the new dishes include the Traditional Oxtail Pot Pie ($17.80) from Uncle Robert Western & BBQ that comes with a stew of boneless oxtail meat, carrots, celery, onions, and mushrooms that has been cooked in a tomato puree and enhanced with black peppercorn. One of the new additions in this outlet is 218 Hainanese Lor Mee and what we have gotten is the Authentic Jiaji White Braised Duck Hainanese Lor Mee ($16.80), in which the duck is served on the side with a bowl of laksa noodles, ngoh hiang, braised egg, corn fritter and crispy pork lard in a viscous gravy.

If you are craving for a snack, look no further than the Ice Plant Summer Fruit Rojak with Shredded Cuttlefish ($16.80), an unconventional rojak with the crunchy ice plant and sweet fruits. There are also the Hainanese Grandma’s Golden Fried Chicken Wing ($5.60 for 2pcs) that has been marinated with lemongrass before battered and deep fried.
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✨ The Hainan Story Chapter Two
📍 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, Unit B2-201/202, Singapore 819666

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