The Wildseed Bar: Where the kitchen takes one step closer to nature.

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At Wildseed bar, one floor below the rustic Summerhouse dining room in Seletar, you're already exposed to the elements of nature. We suppose a strong gust of wind during a major downpour would soak those chiffon skirt endings or the still humidity in the air just before the storm hits, will render you listless and grumpy. But, fortunately for us, none of that today. The cascading sun radiating warm golden rays of sunshine across the magenta hued skies. If there was a perfect time to be nursing a cocktail, it would be now. And for that reason, I held on to my Grapefruit Negroni ($18) with fervour; it's absolute bitterness hugging the taste buds with warm familiarity.

The Wildseed Bar has recently revamped its menu to incorporate more nature-inspired elements, with a stronger relation to the sprawling garden at its foot, and locally sourced produce. The cocktails reflect the same conviction. One of my favourite being the Sunkiss ($18) - whimsical pulses conveyed through raspberry liquor - chambered, cointreau, fresh orange, cream and rosella; the overall mix tasting like a cross between a red velvet cake and strawberry milkshake. Sounds delightful? It is.

Xiao Ya Tou: New Brunch Menu

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There are a thousand and one variations on the classic eggs Benedict, and as much I confess to being a nazi (most probably a condition derived from being fazed by exaggeratedly bastardised versions that are both messy in appearance and jarring on the palate); Xiao Ya Tou's new Unagi Benedict ($16) radiates with a warm glow. I'm guessing its the yuzukoshu hollandaise at work, but no. The star of the dish being the attack on the flank - prawn and potato kewpie mayo salad with tobiko on crispy potato croquettes. Needless to say, the combination of mushroom duxelles, fresh fried mantou, poached egg and unagi was exceptional. This one is worth wiggling out of your PJs early for.

Xiao Ya Tou has recently revamped their menu to include a larger repertoire of local influenced dishes at more affable pricing to encourage sharing. Henceforth the best if you're an indecisive (or greedy) diner like me who are easily enticed by key words like 'kewpie', 'ragu', 'confit' and 'mantou' amidst a galore of drool worthy food jargon featured on the menu.

The KL Journal, Boutique Hotel - Come rest your bones with me

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With a twist of fate, visits to Kuala Lumpur are all but becoming regular events for me. With that, the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs comes to mind. The KL Journal conveniently located in the heart of Bukit Bintang satisfies that physiological needs to the maximum of its capabilities, providing affordable luxuries with the added benefits of convenience where traversing the city is concerned.

[NEW outlet] Ramen Champion at Clarke Quay Central

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The new outlet at Clarke Quay Central is Ramen Champion's first full-service restaurant and the only one to offer a free-flow salad bar. For a top up of $4 for every main course ordered, diners can enjoy a spread of over 20 dishes, from fresh greens to pasta, salads and the unanimous favourite mentaiko potato salad. Those with a sweet tooth would be pleased to know that the salad bar also includes desserts such as almond pudding with mango and houjicha pudding with matcha.

Friday night picks: Tapas Club @ Orchard Central

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Despite the recent, and when I say 'recent', I'm referring to a good 10 culinary years in Singapore's culinary context, Spanish cuisine has seen a booming business amongst diners. Hence its not peculiar that I've never had the urge to venture into a new tapas joint in search of greener, more authentic pastures, since most of us would have settled into the constancy of our regular Spanish joint when the craving hits. Binomio on Craig road may be a homestead for some of you, hence this news might come across as pleasantries.

D+1, the largest Spanish company in Asia's F&B industry and regional franchise owners of popular frozen yogurt chain llaollao has decided to expand its portfolio, adding a casual tapas dining concept to its empire. And despite the mass-market appeal of the brand, the authenticity factor is not displaced in the new venture,  Tapas Club, located in Orchard Central. Executive Chef Jose Alonso (also Head chef of Binomio) keeps things on a tight leash and the dishes are relatable, most of them tugging at the heart strings in regards to flavours.

Makan@Jen: East Meets West

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Juxtaposing the best of Eastern cuisine and the best of Western Cuisine, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway rolls out a buffet spread with the full works and we were allowed sneak peaks of the offer available from 2 July 2017 to 30 November 2017. For just $42++, dive into and endless array of Asian and International delights, all dubbed to be given a 'Jen' twist.

Jiak Pa Lang Eating House: reinvents Singaporean cuisine

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With National Day around the corner, there's always room for Singaporean fare, especially if you're not allocated a  waterfront spot to flail your arms in the air under the impressive illustrious displays made of drones in synchronised movement, oh how we've moved on from mass dance formations in the National Stadium.

Chef Nixon Low, previously of Portico group fame has moved on set up Jiak Pa Lang Eating house, a  restaurant that focuses on bringing a new edge to local dishes. Not limited to resuscitating hawker food, the improvisations extend to multi-cultural as well, speaking volumes about Singapore's expansive growth in terms of global reach over the mere 52 years of its independence Many of these renditions playing on food and its associated memories such as the Braised Beef Cheek which is a spin-off a chef's tale of after-hours with the buds - of Guinness stout and peanuts.

Tamoya Udon: New Hotpot Menu in the spotlight

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Tamoya Udon launches four new mainstays to the menu including sukiyaki and udon and here's what our newest contributor Belinda Yong has to say about the new offerings.

Operation Dagger: #6 in Asia's 50 Best Bar launches new seasonal menu

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Bone marrow, tomato beer, fermented red cabbage, cucumber skin and goats cheese? I threw a furtive uneasy glance at Luke Whearty as he hands me the new seasonal menu of 'dangerous drinking water' and 'natural' ferments, comfortably bubbling away underneath the staircase leading down to the tipple dungeon.

Recently awarded #6 in Asia's 50 Best Bars, Operation Dagger is in a world of its own, especially where speakeasies are slowly bed-ridden in a twist of fate, and Asian-themed libations to match Mod-Sin cuisine are superfluous. This strikingly raw bedecked bar has no identity problem. Drinks are cutting edge with the star power being it's holistic savoury approach. No need for solid sustenance here when you can get flavors as arresting as banana bread and fermented coconut wine translated into joy juices.

Provisions: Asian Skewers and Claypot Rice with a necessary side of Alcoholic Libations

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"Can I get you a drink, to start?". The keywords - to start - lighting the flames of ignition for a healthy night of libations afterwards. The moment those words escaped the lips of Head Bartender/Co-Owner KC Rahmat, this opened the flood gates to my imbibe-obsessed mind. I caught a glimpse of a bead of sweat rolling down his brow as I tossed him one challenge after another. Regrets. Retiring the night with his version of the vesper with suze bitter, gin mare gin and infused vodka, this lethal tipple carried waves of repercussions in its clear conscious.

Provisions is the newest Asian Skewers and claypot rice concept to grace the gentrified stretch of establishments on Block 7 of Dempsey Hill. It's an interesting premise, the industrial chic space exuding wintry vibes which goes hand in hand with the fuss-free, no service approach; whilst on the flip side, wooden fixtures and long tables manage to elicit thoughts of communal dining. A wild child that bears a certain sense of eccentricity, essential to standing out in the populous precinct.