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Kafe Utu – African cuisine to make your tummy go boom!

Kafe Utu bills itself as Singapore’s original African café. But it is not merely a café, no sirree! The restaurant occupies three floors of a Jiak Chuan road shophouse, with the lounge on the second floor and a private dining space on the third. Walking in, I’m immediately drawn to the dramatically beautiful black and […]

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COL Restaurant – Bangin’ on the Wood-fired!

Walking into COL, we were greeted by friendly faces and promptly shown to our table, in the middle of the hubbub of action. Spotting a few vacant seats by the windows, I asked if it would be possible for us to move, and were politely informed that “those seats are reserved for VIPs and media […]

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Bar Cicheti for a Pasta Fiesta!

If the thought of stuffing your face with copious amounts of pasta doesn’t intimidate you, then Bar Cicheti is for you. I’m not a fan of pizza so I’ve yet to visit the “original” venue of Cicheti at Kandahar Street which prides itself on its wood-fired pizzas. Lust after pasta, however, that I do. So […]

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Gaston – Bistro for Burgundy fans at Keong Saik

Gaston bills itself as a “burgundy bistro”. Quite clearly the focus is on its extensive range of wines from Bourgogne. So much so that even Burgundy novices can kickstart their road to the famed pinot-growing terroirs because you can find some good wines that do not cost the usual bomb that Burgundies cost. For example, […]

This Butcher Boy knows how to grill!

A hop and a step away from his fine dining restaurant Cure, is Chef Andrew Walsh’s latest project – Butcher Boy. Creeping cholesterol levels had kept me from rushing to the place, considering that the moniker presents the Asian-inspired bar and grill as being nothing short of a meat-lover’s paradise, but on a whim on […]

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Wine & Chef – like your hood’s zi-char (almost)

Wine & Chef at Keong Saik road – another nod to Mod-Sin cuisine, which I welcome wholeheartedly because the supposed stalwarts of Mod-Sin (one in particular, whose latest restaurant Po is really just a great excuse to pay for overpriced local fare) really need to be shown a thing or two about genuine fusion and […]

Phat Cat Laundry Beef rib

{CLOSED} Phat Cat Laundry – Keong Saik’s new top cat in town

Phat Cat Laundry, a new addition to the Keong Saik area, greets you with kitschy messages asking you to “air your dirty laundry” and “let off steam”. Considering this isn’t an actual laundry but a new bar along Jiak Chuan street, no, the messages aren’t to be taken literally, of course. What you should literally […]

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Man Man Unagi by Teppei – Unagi Heaven!

So, the thought of queuing for 30 minutes under the mid-day sun certainly didn’t sound appealing to me, and when I arrived at Man Man Unagi, my first comment was to ask my friend if she wanted to head elsewhere. After all, we were at the Keong Saik area and plenty other options are available […]

Restaurant 999.99 Lobster

{CLOSED} Restaurant 999.99 at Keong Saik Road

{CLOSED} Sometimes the universe just dishes out bad omens like stale sashimi on a never-ending sushi conveyor belt. And last Friday night was looking like it had booked an express ride on that sushi train. Non-stop rain pelted down furiously as I tried to navigate the impossibly crowded streets around the Keong Saik area, trying […]