FiftyThree

FiftyThree

(Update – 27th April 2012: FiftyThree has moved to 42 Tras Street, Singapore)

FiftyThree

Heading up the kitchens of FiftyThree is Chef Michael Han, a lawyer-turned-chef, who partnered up with Les Amis to open his much lauded restaurant in Armenian Street. Voted Best Gourmet Restaurant in CNNGO’s Best Eats for 2010 and more recently the Indoguna Restaurant of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit 2011, I’ve been wanting to set foot in this restaurant. I’ve heard many good notes about the restaurant – impeccable levels of service and high standards of culinary execution. On my recent trip back to Singapore, one of the few restaurant stops that I made was to FiftyThree.

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Casa Turtufo

Casa Turtufo

Classic Tajarin with our Truffle Sauce (S$22++)

Fancy having some good Italian in a shopping centre along Orchard Road? Well then, look no further than Casa Tartufo. The first time that I heard an Italian restaurant was going to be open up along Orchard Road, the few shopping malls that came to mind were Paragon, Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard. So, imagine my amazement when I realized that it was to be located inside the Forum Shopping Centre.  For readers who are unfamiliar with Forum it is situated in between the Hilton and Orchard Parade hotels and has Toys ‘R’ Us and its anchor tenant.

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No. 18 Zion Road Char Kway Teow

No. 18 Zion Road Char Kway Teow

Everyone get cravings. It’s not just the prerogative of pregnant woman. Just as we would give in to any of the demands, however absurd they may be, of the mother of our children, we always give in to the weird cravings that our tummy calls out for without complaints.

On my last trip back to Singapore, I had one of those cravings. It was 10pm and I had just landed in Changi from Perth. I was hungry. And the meal that my tummy called out for, was not a five course French dinner or a plate of Italian pasta, it was a plate of potentially artery-clogging plate of Char Kway Teow (CKT)

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Cocotte

Cocotte

Cocotte. Why would anyone name their restaurant a prostitute? But herein lies two reasons why it is aptly so named.

  1. Cocotte is located within the premises of the new-ish Waanderlust boutique hotel in Little India. Admittedly, the area that surrounds Wanderlust is a little shady considering the number of transit hotels sprouting up every so often and;
  2. Cocotte is what you call a serving dish that was traditionally used for individual diners, which is used quite frequently in French cooking.

I’ll have to be frank upfront and confess that Cocotte was not the first choice venue for dinner that evening – Black Sheep Cafe was. Unfortunately and fortunately for us, Cocotte was a mere minutes walk away from Black Sheep. Before my visit, I’ve heard of Cocotte from both traditional offline and social media platforms. Since most of the reviews somewhat illustrated a positive experience for reviewers and diners alike, I was looking forward to my meal here.

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