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La Ristrettos Cafe, Novena Medical Centre

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If you’re thinking of where you should head to for good coffee and brunch, then give La Ristrettos a try! I’ve first heard about La Ristrettos from an ex-colleague, E, and his girlfriend who have sung praises of it for a long time.

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Bangkok, Thailand: NAHM

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Chef David Thompson’s restaurant serving modern Thai cuisine in Bangkok, NAHM, is probably one restaurant that has been awarded with the most number of awards in the past year or so. A few months ago, it took the No.1 spot in the S. Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and a few weeks back, it took the honour of No. 13 on The World’s Best 50 Restaurants. That said, both lists are published by the same company.

On the topic of rankings, the irony is that while I claim to not take heed of them, here I am visiting one of Bangkok’s top restaurants according to a list. At least, there were reviews by other food critics on magazines, newspapers and other bloggers which seem to make dining at NAHM, a rationale choice. The reviews found on Trip Advisor seemed relatively positive too.

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With heightened expectations, I walked into NAHM hoping that it would be a meal to remember.

Priced at THB 2,000 per person (about SGD 80), the set dinner menu allows you to pick items from the a-la-carte menu. The set dinner comprises of a selection of canapés, a choice of one dish from each section to be shared with diners on the table, followed by the dessert. The portion sizes are determined by the number of people ordering the set menu.

Bangkok, Thailand: SabX Wanton Mee

SabX Wanton Noodles

SabX Wanton Noodles

Much has been written about this particular Wanton Noodles establishment in Bangkok – SabX Wanton Noodles. The menu is relatively simple – (1) Dry version; (2) Soup version. Don’t you love it (sometimes) when there are less options to choose from, in the already complex life that we live.

For what it’s worth, especially with all the hype surrounding it, I thought of it as being fairly decent. Granted, it was different as compared to our local renditions – read: more spicy (the “kick” comes in depending on the amount of chilli that you add yourself. Do note that portions are small but are perfect for a quick meal almost any time including in-between shopping trips to Platinum Shopping Mall (SabX is located opposite it).

To get there by foot, on the road opposite of Platinum Mall, walk towards Shibuya 19 Mall and McDonald’s (against the traffic flow). When you see the big M (i.e. McDonald’s), turn right into Soi 19. SabX is about 200 metres down that street.

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Soi 19 Petchburi Road, Pratunam,
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand: Coconut Ice Cream, Chatuchak Weekend Market

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If memory serves, there was more than just the one stall dishing up servings of Coconut ice cream at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Word on the inter-webs is that one particular stall, located between Sections 1 and 2, serves the best rendition. But to be honest, any cold ice cream on a hot day would taste as perfect as the next.

If you’re there, give it a try. At less than SGD 2 for a serving with your choice of toppings (the selection varies from stall to stall, but generally includes corn, peanuts, glutinous rice, sweetened kidney beans),what’s stopping you!

Symmetry Cafe – Bugis, Singapore

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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: Forest, Resorts World Sentosa

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The last restaurant that we visited during Restaurant Week 2014 was Forest by Chef Sam Leong (formerly of Tunglok) at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Singapore. Suffice to say, it was the least enjoyable as compared to the other 2 restaurants that we patronized during Restaurant Week. Click here to read reviews on those 2 restaurants: Review 1 on OSIA and Review 2 on Summer Palace.

Forest was awarded 1 Dining Star by DiningCity, the organizer of Restaurant Week in Singapore; which meant a surcharge of S$20++ for applicable for dinner.

Restaurant Week 2014: OSIA, Resorts World Sentosa, RWS

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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.

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