Tokyo Secret, One Utama

Tokyo Secret has been commanding long lines since opening just recently. The famed baked cheese tarts have drawn crowds from all over the Klang Valley. All the tarts are baked fresh on site and if they run out of tarts, you'll have to wait for a fresh batch to be ready. But it is worth the wait. Trust me. They don't look like much... In fact they look like our typical egg tarts you can find anywhere. But make sure you get the tarts warm and eat it on the spot! Don't bother bringing it home or beyond 100m from the stall because it's just so good when eaten warm. The tart crust is crumbly and slightly sweet and complements the soft, gooey and rich cheese filling. I believe I was speechless for

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South

I think my generation (the Gen-Y, if you hadn't already figured that it from following this website) is starting to move towards the health food trend and overall fitness. Of course, there have been quite a number of "healthy cafes" popping up. I've been to a number already and generally quite like them. So when Botanica Deli invited me to their newly opened cafe within the first week of opening, I was quite excited to try it. The owners are from Singapore, and also engaged a Singapore-based interior designer to come up with the he concept for the cafe. The clean, tiled floors against the wooden panelled walls make the entire cafe pop with vibrancy and life. Potted plants carefully arranged

Gin Khao Bistro, Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove

By Estee Ng Nestled among the array of other gastronomic selections and retail shops in Sentosa, Gin Khao Bistro stands out with its red in black facade, catching many a passers-by's eyes. It was empty as we were early for dinner, allowing us a moment to enjoy the evening breeze and yacht marina view. We start off the meal with a classic Thai Iced Milk Tea, a staple drink to have at every Thai restaurant. Gin Khao Bistro ups its Thai Iced Tea game by adding a special ingredient to it. Their version is a Thai Iced Rose Milk Tea ($5.80), a shot of rose syrup is added into the iced tea. Rose syrup can be a tad sweet and cloying, but what is special about this blend is that the rose adds a layer

Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean: Never a Boring Moment On Board

I was recently invited aboard the Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas for a 4D3N stay on its maiden voyage to Port Klang from Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore. Obviously, I was really excited to go on board, being a cruise virgin myself. I had heard stories from friends and family, of course, that cruises were really boring and for old people. But it didn't deter my excitement to go on this ship. It is touted to be the largest ship in Asia at 374m long and 18 decks high. This (giant) baby is 168,666 gross registered tonnes and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities on board. The billion-dollar smartship offers WiFi onboard and connection is fast even out at sea because of RC's o

Red House Seafood, Prinsep St

Just a stone's throw away from buzzing Orchard Road sits Red House seafood along Prinsep St. Designed to look like a classic old school restaurant in both the interior and exterior, Red House has a certain vintage charm to it. Its fare is far from vintage, with very modern local cuisine offered to its patrons. When we paid a visit to Red House, we got to sample some of their signature dishes like the charcoal buns with chilli crab fillings ($10 for 3, 40% during lunch from now till December in conjunction with their 40th anniversary). I have always loved how charcoal powder mixed into the bun just makes it so soft. The bright orange also pops from the dark grey/black of the bun, making it lo

PS.Cafe, Palais Renaissance

By Estee Ng PS.Cafe is one of those names that every Singaporean knows and now, slowly, Malaysians are getting introduced to. Our Malaysian managing editor, Sarah, has heard rave reviews about this place from her friends back home and has indeed also tried one of the outlets when she was visiting Singapore. We've mostly heard about the widely known truffle fries, but PS.Cafe serves up more than just great truffle fries. We made a trip down to the Palais Renaissance outlet one day to try their dry prawn mee, a classic local dish, sure to please many a tastebud. PS.Cafe has a lovely al fresco seating area for those who like to enjoy a little piece of nature while eating. PS.Cafe has an asian m

A Malaysian's Unbiased Opinion Towards Singapore Food...

The perennial debate over whether Malaysia or Singapore has better food is something that need not exist, in my opinion. Having lived in both countries and tasted food from every level, it is hard to say either country is better in anyway. Just like everything out there, both have its strengths. While I personally believe Malaysia probably fares slightly better for hawker food in general, I believe Singapore easily overtakes Malaysia for specialty dishes chili crabs and chicken rice. When I was down in Singapore for two weeks, I got to try Red House Seafood's chili crab ($72 per kg) with fried mantous and their house special, charcoal buns with chili crab filling ($10 for 3, 40% during lunch

Yunomori Onsen Spa & Cafe, Kallang Wave Mall

This spa has been making waves in social media as of late. It has only been open for less than a month but the hype surrounding it made us curious about its offerings. We decided to head down early one Wednesday morning to see what having an onsen in sunny Singapore would be like. The name Yunomori means hot water in the forest, and since Singapore is a garden city, I suppose it is quite fitting. The interior is very evidently a nod to Japanese culture - clean, white and neat. But there's a little sign on the warming list that says no yakuzas allowed inside the Onsen. That made me laugh out loud. The men's and women's sections are predictably segregated. Yukata are available at the counter a

Souper Tang, Centrepoint Orchard

Souper Tang, also known as Tang Shifu, has made its way into its first international market. Originally a Malaysian brand started by a TCM expert, Souper Tang only serves up the healthiest, heartiest soups and Chinese fare, incorporating TCM expertise into the dishes. The media tasting menu we were treated to included the Souper Tang Signature Soup ($26.90 for two, $39.90 for four; pictured below) and the Shi Quan 10 Herbs Soup ($13.90 per portion). Both were incredible herbal concoctions with polarising tastes. The Signature soup is quite a common ginseng soup boiled with conpoy, mushrooms, fish maw and chicken. While this soup is often quite oily, Souper Tang manages to keep the oil to a m

JTown, Midpoint Orchard

There are few places I actually go to repeatedly in Singapore for comfort food. One of them is JTown. The small establishment hidden away in a corner of Midpoint Orchard is one of Orchard's hidden gems. Serving up casual Indonesian fare at incredibly affordable prices, JTown is consistently packed with Indonesians living in Singapore, looking for a fix of their local cravings. Their signature dish is a bakmie, simple hawker style noodles served with small cubes of chicken, mushrooms, fried shallots and a bit of steamed vegetables. It is best eaten with local Indonesian sweet soy sauce and chili. Each table is equipped with a bottle of each for you to add to your liking. They also have a Mee

Hello Kitty Cafe Orchid Garden, T3 Changi Airport

To all of my new followers, let me start off by saying that I have a bias towards Hello Kitty as it has always been my favourite Sanrio character. And for those of you expecting a glowing review of anything Hello Kitty, I am sorry to disappoint. In fact, I believe I am far more critical of anything Hello Kitty as a fan. So let me get started by saying that when I first saw the cafe, I was very underwhelmed. I cannot believe that people started queuing hours before this cafe opened. I expected it to be a lot bigger. The shop doesn't really inspire me to shop much - unlike the Bangkok outlet, which had me pulling out my credit card and personifying the "shut up and take my money" meme in extre

JuiceWorks Raya Special

The month of Ramadan is upon us and JuiceWorks Malaysia has come up with a drink to make the breaking of fast a lot more enjoyable. Their Fresh Dates Shake will be available at various JuiceWorks kiosks around the country. Dates have been a long standing traditional staple at many a dining table during this fasting month. These naturally sweet morsels of goodness are harvested from palm trees under the Arecaceae family, botanically named as Phoenix dactylifera. Believed to have originated from the fertile riverbanks of the Nile and Euphrates in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, dates have been harvested for many years by nomadic tribes and are now grown commercially for a worldwide market. Now,

Travel: A Culinary Adventure with ANA

In an effort to dispel misconceptions that plane food isn't tasty, ANA will be introducing a special gastronomical experience to the Fukui, Yamanashi and Kagoshima prefectures through its flights. Happening between June and August 2016, ANA will be rolling out its twelfth edition of the group's 'Tastes of Japan' programme. ANA’s inflight menus as well as offerings at various airport lounges in Tokyo will be refreshed with the finest produce from the three prefectures. This quarter, food and beverage offerings inspired by the northern region of Japan include: Fukui Sample the freshest catch from the waters off Fukui at the “Dining h” restaurant located inside the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda A

Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Ion Orchard

Just before I went to Singapore, I still had no plans of expanding FVSW into the island country because I felt that I would have no place there. But after being there for two weeks, I felt more at home than I did in Malaysia. If it is one thing Singapore does better than Malaysia (but let's face it, pretty much everything is better in the Garden City), it would be upscale dining. Service standards in Singapore far surpass that in Malaysia and the overall vine is very accommodating. We made a trip to one of the best restaurants (in our humble opinion) in Singapore and were not disappointed. You're treated to panoramic views of Singapore, even so far as the sea. At 55 levels up, that isn't sur

Hotel Jen J65 Lunch Buffet, Tanglin

What was previously Traders Hotel in Tanglin is now refurbished and reopened as Hotel Jen Tanglin - a hip and edgy addition to the hotel scene in Singapore. Walking into the hotel, leaving the humid Singapore weather behind, it is easy to fall in love with the place. Quirky touches give the otherwise contemporary hotel a very welcoming vibe. Especially if you're a hipster. Oops, yes, I just said that. This will be made clear when you walk past the wall with vintage bikes mounted on it. One has to suppress hipster urges to ride those bikes... Its design is versatile and easily adaptable to business travellers, families and even couples. Really cutesy signs outside the restroom give a splash o

Roast Paradise, Old Airport Rd Food Centre

It isn't often you find young hawkers. The trade has seen a sad decline due to the aging population. Without much of the younger generation to take the places of older, tired hawkers, the hawker food trade is at serious risk of being lost to foreign talent and also diminishing quality. But hawker food is so deeply ingrained in the Singapore culture that it would be a waste to see it die off. This is something that Randall and Kai, who run the Roast Paradise hawker stall at the Old Airport Road Food Centre hopes to prevent. The 26 and 28 year-olds are a rare pair who dare (check out that rhyme, amiright?) to break out from the norm in pursuit of their dreams. Both were from a PR background bu

Pacamara & Habitat Coffee, Upper Thomson Rd

We dropped by a couple of cafes in Upper Thomson for a quick drink a couple of afternoons. Cafe culture is still going very strong in Singapore and cafes are often packed even at odd hours. But none that we actually have to spend hours queuing up for (I think the concept of queuing for food is just ridiculous, but this seems to be a common occurrence in Malaysia and Singapore and probably some other Asian countries). The interior of Pacamara is very industrial-chic, a common making for hipster cafes nowadays. Of course they serve up hot lattes, standard coffees and cake combinations. But even though we didn't order any food during our visit (it was about 5PM on a weekday), many of the people

Velvet Confectionery, Rodyk Road

This small neighbourhood bakery has been open since 2014. It is tucked away in a cosy lane facing the Singapore river. Velvet Confectionery is opened by Aniqa Zaman and it boasts a ten cupcake flavours at any given time and their house specialties - red velvet and chocolate truffle brownies. Cake slices are also available here in classic favourites like carrot cake and of course, the universally worshipped Nutella. The cafe is a great place to sit back and relax while you read a book as it is located in a quiet part of town. Enjoy the cakes with a coffee or tea and the staff will attend to all your needs. The cupcakes look gorgeous and are presented beautifully on individual cupcake stands,

Privé, Clarke Quay

Apart from its Keppel Bay, CHIJMES and Asian Civilisations Museum outlets, Prive is now also open at the heart of the buzzing excitement of Clarke Quay. Facing the fountain area, Prive is the perfect spot for people watching. It is also close to designated smoking spots, which smokers would be pleased to note. Live music is available in the evenings, so you can enjoy being serenaded while dining. The menu here caters to both locals and tourists with local and Western fare. Those looking to get their drink on will also be pleased to know that this Prive carries a good selection of drinking games to keep things lively. The interior is dark and alluring and great for adult parties. The night we

Bounce Inc, Cathay Cineleisure

Bounce Inc, Singapore's newest trampoline park, opens just in time for the June school holidays at Cathay Cineleisure in Orchard. The park offers activities that are both kid and adult friendly, from dodge ball, basketball, leap of faith to an obstacle course, all while incorporating some bouncing, of course! The Bounce x-park is the first indoor obstacle course of its kind, mimicking Japanese or American game shows like Wipeout, but much less intense. But don't discount the x-park, only those who have a really strong upper body can complete the course, with some difficulty too. It is also one of two indoor obstacle courses in a trampoline park in the world, the other in Australia. There are