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Symmetry Cafe – Bugis, Singapore


Pictured above: Symmetry Eggs Sur Le Plat

Thinking of where to have brunch for the weekend? Look no further than Symmetry, located near Bugis. In Singapore’s context, 1 year is considered to be a long time when you’re talking about the longevity of cafes. These days, it’s quite normal to see cafes open their doors for business and have them shuttered for good in the short span of a few months.

Symmetry, has defied those odds and for good reason too. The 3 brunch items that we tried were good – good enough to plan for a return trip.

Restaurant Week 2014: OSIA, Resorts World Sentosa, RWS


The only restaurant that I visited during Restaurant Week that serves western cuisine was OSIA, A brief introduction, OSIA is located along Festive Walk at Resorts World Sentosa and serves up Australian inspired cuisine. When they first launched back in 2010 or so, the media used to put much emphasis on it being run (or launched) by an Australian celebrity chef, Scott Webster. These days, I believe the restaurant prefers to let its dishes speak for themselves rather than drawing focus on the celebrity chef affiliation. That affiliation, by most accounts, seems to be that of a consultant in any case.

The Restaurant Week menu was one that surprised me – there was no cutting back of dishes from the usual set lunch menu, save for a $5 discount. The RW menu was never uploaded to the RW website so, it was a pleasant surprise. A great deal, I must confess.

Common Man Coffee Roasters


I’m an active Instagram user by most accounts and photographs of this particular cafe, Common Man Coffee Roasters (“Common Man”), have been pipping up the last 2 weekends. To say that my curiosity was not piqued as a result of the sheer number of photographs would be a blatant lie on my part. We are definitely citizens of the online Social Media world.

Common Man Coffee Roasters is the brainchild of Harry Grover (who started 40 Hands in Tiong Bahru some 3 years ago), the Spa Esprit group (Skinny Pizza, Barracks, Tiong Bahru Bakery and others) and Australian coffee roaster, Five Senses. Common Man is quite the new kid on the block, having only opened its doors sometime around the Singapore National Day (9th August) of this year. 

Rokeby Cafe

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Rokeby Road, for many of us who studied in Perth, refers to one particular street in the Subiaco suburb near my university. The street, lined with cafes, restaurants, and retail boutiques on both sides, brings back many memories of my time in Perth. It definitely does not feel like it has been 6 months since I’ve graduated from a place that I’ve called home for close to 2 years.

Anyway, ever since the day that I learnt that a new cafe, Rokeby, has set up shop somewhere along Boundary Road from a friend, I’ve had my mind set on paying it a visit. Last weekend, I decided to make an impromptu trip there, no reservations in tow. As luck would have it, it happened that a table was available, this considering how the cafe pretty much had to reject walk-ins just 10 minutes later. NB: Reservations highly recommended.

Divido, Mount Hawthorn (Perth)

Divido is a modern Italian restaurant along Scarborough Beach Road in Mount Hawthorn. Make no mistake about Divido – she is not your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. At this juncture, you ought to get pictures of large portions of pasta tossed in traditional sauces out of your mind. Instead, think multi-course, almost French fine dining style cuisine.

Must Winebar Bistro, Highgate (Perth)

MUST Winebar is a name that constantly pops up in peoples’ conversations whenever one asks for recommendations for a good restaurant in Perth. After this meal, I can definitely see the reasons behind it. Yes, service can be patchy at times but the food more than makes up for it. By the way, MUST is not a new entrant to the culinary scene in Perth – this is their 10th year in business.

There are two Must Winebars in Western Australia, the other being located down South in the Margaret River vicinity. So with a 83% approval rating based on 800 votes on Urbanspoon, read on to find out how our meal went…

Aria Restaurant (Sydney)

For fans of Masterchef Australia, Chef Matt Moran and ARIA Restaurant should be no stranger to you. Overlooking the Sydney Opera House and Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, ARIA is one of the few restaurants that matches a beautiful view with spectacular cuisine. 

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