BeGin, Boat Quay

It’s hard not to fall in love with a place like BeGin. Not only because it’s got a sizeable gin library to choose from, but also for its industrial chic interior and overall unpretentious vibe. Located just upstairs from The Penny Black in Boat Quay, you have to go through the pub to access this speakeasy-like gin bar. It’s a totally different world from the pub downstairs. If the downstairs pub can be likened to a rowdy neighbourhood watering hole in Liverpool, then this gin bar can only be compared to a classic secret-societyesque establishment in downtown London. BeGin is not only a gin bar that serves great cocktails, it also prides itself on offering its patrons a delightful mix of Brit

HIRYŪ, Tanjong Pagar

Nestled in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, HIRYŪ, is one of the latest additions to the stretch of shophouses along Tras Street. Narrow yet cosy, a lot of thought has been put into HIRYŪ by Chef Raymond Tan, from the details of furnishings right down to the furniture to deliver a grandiose façade of a modern Japanese sushi restaurant. The main entrance of HIRYŪ. HIRYŪ has two floors with two private rooms on the second level. While they do accept walk-ins for lunch, it is most advisable to book in advance for its popularity. Dinner however, is strictly per reservation basis only. The larger private room which seats 10 pax. A smaller, cosier room with 5 pax occupancy. Before leaping right into t

Beauty In The Pot, Genting Skyavenue

Beauty in the Pot is finally in Malaysia and its first outlet is in Genting Skyavenue. It’s the perfect spot to open a hot pot place, of course, because of the cooling weather. Beauty in the Pot, Genting Skyavenue is pretty high in demand so make sure to call in advance to reserve your table. They’re known for their collagen pork broth, which is loosely touted to give you a better complexion. We’re not sure how much soup you’d have to drink to enjoy smoother skin but no matter it’s magical claims, we believe it’s one of the most delicious broths for hot pot. Besides the broth, of which you can choose from about 6 options, including a spicy ma la soup (spiciness adjustable), their handmade me

Chinese New Year Menu in Singapore for 2019

Chinese New Year is just a few weeks away and here are some places we think are worth a visit (and worth the calories. In this year of the pig, expect many porky mouth-watering specials! The Butcher’s Kitchen, Suntec City Mall Start the Lunar New Year right with a prosperity toss or lou hei. The 3 Treasures Porky Yu Sheng ($38.80 for 10 pax) from The Butcher’s Kitchen is unlike any other. This yusheng spots three key ingredients: golden roast pork belly, char siew and fried pork lard. On top of everything, the yusheng is topped with The Butcher’s Kitchen’s very own freshly made chips for that extra crunch. Don’t forget to also check out the other porky offerings, such as the Char Siew Pasta

Grand Chinese New Year Feast at Jade Restaurant @ The Fullerton Hotel

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore welcomes the Year of the Pig with an auspicious feast at Jade Restaurant from the 21st January to 19th of February 2019. The menu features premium ingredients such as lobster, suckling piglet, caviar and bird’s nest and priced at an auspicious $2,388(for 10 persons and orders should be made two days’ in advanced). The Grand Fullerton Golden Feast menu at Jade restaurant, isn't like any other Chinese restaurants that I've been to. You can forget anticipating for the common steamed fish with soy sauce, deep fried butter prawns, or the plain old herbal chicken soup and sweet iced Longan for dessert. Head chef Leong of Jade restaurant has really taken up traditional

Knowhere, Bangsar

We recently dropped by Knowhere in Bangsar. You can't really miss it because it is facing the main Jalan Maarof road and its logo kind of stands out, welcoming everyone to give it a try. Also it’s hilarious when Waze announces that you’ve arrived at “Knowhere”. And I can imagine conversations going: “Where are you going tonight?” “Knowhere.” Quirky name aside, I love the interior of the place. The string fairy lights give it a dreamy feel and we love the keyhole wall mural that makes the whole restobar a whimsical atmosphere. The concept of the food here at Knowhere is tapas and bar bites. Consider it a collection of international dishes with a Malaysian twist because of its combination of f

Best artisanal kayas in Singapore and Malaysia

In Singapore and Malaysia, we have so many food choices no matter the time of day. We have hundreds of options to choose from for breakfast alone that the decision might be hard to make sometimes! But you can never really go wrong with a simple kaya toast and coffee! To up our local breakfast game, we decided that it would be awesome to try locally made artisanal kaya to pair with our toast, rather than buy the generic off-brand ones from the supermarket. So here’s our roundup of the best artisanal kayas in Singapore and Malaysia Ujong Straits Kaya - Singapore Ujong Straits Kaya is by the Gryphon Tea Company and retails for $8.95 per bottle. It comes in an original flavour which is made from

Rata, SS15 Subang Jaya

From the genius team behind Two Hands comes a new brand in Rata, located at SS15 Subang Jaya. And we were really excited to try the offerings, knowing how much we loved the food at Two Hands. Walking into Rata is stepping into a laidback oasis. The bar and restaurant is welcoming and warm, with dark green and wooden tones. Boasting a mix of Western fusion dishes on the menu, there are many options for you to choose from. We let the team at Rata choose some of their best dishes for us to try and this is what we sampled. We started off with a grilled squid and summer salad (RM26). The salad was refreshing and a great start to the meal. But the meal really started when we were served the skewer

MasterChef Zander Ng x The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Singapore's very own MasterChef Zander Ng has collaborated with The Fullerton Bay Hotel culinary team to showcase his contemporary innovations from now till the 26th January 2019. His menu pays homage to his roots growing up in an Australian - Singaporean family. Expect his dished to have a combination of rich and diverse flavours. We were extremely excited to taste the four-course set dinner menu priced at S$79 per pax. The grand entrance of The Pier Restaurant was beaming with sophistication and class. The environment had a sense of peace and tranquil in the vastly spread out dining room. We started off with the Scallop Carpaccio dressed with coconut milk, kaffir lime, lemongrass and fried

FOOK KL, Jalan Sultan Ismail

Since Chinese New Year is around the corner, we’ve been going for many CNY tastings. FOOK KL, a pre-launched Asian restaurant under the famed Tamarind group, was one of them. A stunning restaurant, like its sister properties, FOOK KL dresses to impress with its empress dowager-esque settings. There is no doubt that you’re stepping into an oriental pavilion when you walk into FOOK. FOOK, which is the Chinese character for prosperity, is an appropriate moniker for the contemporary restaurant. A semi-open kitchen concept welcomes you before you enter the huge dining hall. Of course, when you think of a Chinese kitchen setup, this is not what automatically comes to mind. It should have been a go

Kampung Contemporary Dining, Petaling Jaya

Nyonya food is hard to come by. Authentic, delicious nyonya food is even more of a rarity. But from the people who brought you Alison Soup House, comes Kampung Contemporary Dining, which hits the nail on the head with its Nyonya offerings. Giving you a very airy, canteen feel, the Kampung Contemporary Dining experience is meant to be homely and casual. Come with friends and family to enjoy a hearty meal or come in a pair to get an introduction to nyonya cuisine. Of course, any good Peranakan meal is enjoyed with lots of dishes and people. So thankfully we came in a nice big group to be able to sample all these dishes. We started off with a Lobak and acar combination. Those who are familiar w

Positano Ristorante, Publika

It’s been a long time since a new player for Italian food has stepped onto the scene in Kuala Lumpur. We’ve had quite a number of brands in the country that we're familiar with but we’re glad to see that Positano Ristorante (originating from Singapore) has decided to open its doors in KL. Publika is already inundated with so many restaurants but what sets Positano apart from the rest is not only its stellar halal offerings in Italian cuisine but also its ability to elevate standards. Located at a corner standalone lot, Positano has a lot to offer in space and variety. Here, you will find delicious Italian dishes not commonly found elsewhere. We sampled Positano Ristorante’s Singapore Menu (f

Beta KL New Menu Launch

Beta KL is always full of surprises and this new version of their menu continues to impress. Our last review there was a glowing one - you can read the full review of Beta KL here. If you liked the earlier version of their menu, then this is something you would enjoy as well. Their appetisers are decadent bite-sized pieces that are easy to enjoy for anyone. We tried the turkey with cranberries served with potato, a mushroom tart with local cheese and also a sago puff with salted egg. All were equally delicious and proved to complement each other brilliantly. Next was a slow-cooked abalone served with scallop tartar with pomelo snow. It was light in flavour, even with the tartar sauce but, it