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Necessary Provisions


Does Singapore need yet another coffee-cafe? It does look like there is no stopping these entrepreneurs. Necessary Provisions is opened by the good people behind Smitten at Robertson Quay and of the now-defunct Henry Congressional at Henry Park.

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. 

Casa Verde

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Casa Verde, essentially means, “green house” in Italian and what an apt choice for a name! Casa Verde is nestled within the Singapore Botanic Gardens close to the Visitors’ Centre,  away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, yet with the added convenience of being just 5 minutes drive away. Sitting 110 diners, 80 of which are situated within the al fresco area, Casa Verde is a collaborative effort between the venerable Les Amis Group and Buko Nero restaurant.

Lunch is a semi-self service affair, where you go over to the counter to place your order. Dinner, on the other hand, is slightly more service-oriented where the order counter is shut and you have wait staff coming by to take your order. I am pretty sure many will shun going there for lunch but really? I really much preferred it to remain this way – the whole idea of queuing up and placing an order at the counter just seems to fitting for the environment. Casual, relaxed and where company takes precedence. P.S. Pets are allowed in the al fresco area!

I’ve been here for both lunch and dinner due to its close proximity to home but make no mistake,on each and every occasion, both the service and food seemed rather good, self-service or not. They topped up the glasses without being asked and always seemed to be around yet being non intrusive.

Jack’s Place

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I can’t speak for you but Jack’s Place was my first foray into the realm of proper Western Food.  I humbly admit that up till that point of time, the only Western restaurant (if you can ever categorize them as restaurants), was McDonald’s. I used to visit Jack’s Place almost once a month, always right before my piano lessons when I was 7-8 years old. It was also at Jack’s Place, that I had my first bite of a Beef Steak (and have  never looked back since).

Indeed, Jack’s Place’s no longer posses that dimly-lit old world charm about them, yet dining here, with their steaks served in their signature hot plates definitely brings back wonderful memories of yester years.

The Ship Restaurant

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The Ship Restaurant at Shaw Centre has been around for the longest time. Just a simple line would better describe its longevity than just a simple numerical figure of years of existence:

It used to be a place where my parents went for dinner dates, back in their courting days.

My prior visit to The Ship was probably 2-3 years ago, back when the shops around the restaurant were open for business (most of them have a ‘For Lease’ sign on the glass doors). I clearly remember there being a Samsonite store directly opposite the restaurant.

So what did I think of this one-time popular Hainanese style western steak house? Does it hold its own against the new entrants to the ever-vibrant Singapore F&B scene?

Everything with Fries

Botak Jones

*Note to Readers: According to Bernie, owner of Botak Jones, this Set Lunch menu is no longer available for the public as he felt the standards that were far from what he had envisioned them to be. This review is from my guest author, CY.

Personally, I felt that while it is a disappointment that the public will not be able to savour the dishes we tried, it is heartening to know for a fact that Bernie and his team at Botak Jones constantly seek feedback from their customers and strive to be innovative in their creations. Kudos to Bernie and his team.

We were invited for this tasting event at the Botak Jones on the 30th of January.  Admittedly, prior to this, I have never dined at Botak Jones, so this was quite a new experience.  I’ve heard a few things about Botak Jones and as my memory tells me, they were all good commentaries.

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