Izy Restaurant & Bar, Club St

Japanese dining is continuously evolving in the fast-paced society that is Singapore, to keep relevant to its increasingly sophisticated market. Izy Restaurant & Bar at Club Street is not new to the scene but it continues to cater to palates of all levels. The modern restobar serves up only the best Japanese cuisine while specialising in sakes and Asian-inspired cocktails. Izy hosts up to 25 patrons at its long sprawling bar, which allows for diners to have a good view of som

The Refinery, Lavender

Tucked away in a corner of King George's Avenue near an industrial area Lavender and Jalan Besar is The Refinery. Perhaps the space it sits in used to be a refinery of sorts, but we know for sure it is definitely a refined experience to dine here. Food here is largely Japanese-based with a hint of western influence, though its cocktails are definitely not Asian-inspired. The Refinery is popular among both the lunch and dinner crowd with dinner attracting more happy hour hunte

Skullduggery, Bukit Damansara

Speakeasy bars have been popping up left right centre all around Kuala Lumpur. How true they are to what speakeasies were meant to be historically, that is up for debate. But they have provided plenty of new options for drinking and hanging out with friends. Skullduggery is one of Bukit Damansara's newest drinking spots. It's a little challenging to find the entrance because you will have to walk behind Huckleberry Food & Fare into the back alley to find it. But you shouldn't

Le Noir KL: the cocktail experience

Having lived in Singapore for a couple of years, I got used to having really great live music places to frequent during the week. I even found myself frequenting the same places just to catch a certain group or singer-songwriter. But when I returned to KL, I was surprised to find that there were far fewer spots with really good live bands to catch. It is a shame, really, since it is such a treat to have after a long day of work. Thankfully, when Le Noir opened in KL (having h

Botanica+Co, Bangsar South

Dining in the park is something Malaysians don't do often because of the humid weather. It is not exactly glamorous to dress up in a pretty summer dress, lay out a picnic mat and just melt in the scorching tropical heat that we have in this part of the world. Thankfully, the founders of Botanica+Co (also the same owners of Botanica Deli just next to it) understand our pain and decided to create a comfortable indoor park-like atmosphere for diners to allow them to feel like th

Rumpoles Bar, Hotel Jen Tanglin

Starting this August, Rumpoles Bar at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore will be serving five hawker-inspired cocktails. Wacky and unique reinterpretations of popular local favourites like teh-o limau ice, kopi-c and ice kachang, these drinks were the brainchild of Rumpoles’ resident bartender, Ms Nur Veronica. For instance, if you reckon you are an adventurous person, Kopi-B is the cocktail to try. Unique and nutty, the combination of Highwest rye-infused bacon whiskey, Punt e Mes

Bar Metropole, KLIA2

Some people get a bit antsy before flying and what better way to get the edge off than to knock back a couple of cocktails? There's no need to overdo it and get totally smashed, but one or two cocktails can help with pre-flight nerves. Bar Metropole is a classy, brightly lit bar in KLIA2's international departure area on the way to gates P and Q. If you're early enough for your flight, it's a nice place to chill out at. Wifi is available here, which is great for travellers. T

Tiki Taka, Jalan Kasah

After a long day, Tiki Taka is the perfect place to unwind. With its creative cocktails, ice cold beer, array of mouth-watering food and FREE valet parking -- it has all the right ingredients for a good night out! Located in a cozy corner along the very happening Jalan Kasah in Medan Damansara (where parking is notoriously limited), Tiki Taka offers fusion dishes with a creative twist. Inspired by his travels around Europe, owner Hans Gill alongside head Chef Carrie draw insp

Jigger & Pony, Telok Ayer

My recent trip to Singapore involved a lot of drinking at bars around the central business district - not that there should ever be a reason not to drink in the CBD when I am down in Singapore. I just ventured beyond my usual haunts to try new spots with a friend familiar with the area. Should I end up working in the CBD in Singapore, I believe having been to a couple of new places should give me plenty of choices to go for an after-hours drink (because I anticipate I will di

Must-visit cafes when you're in Kota Kinabalu

Recently visited KK for the first time and found some absolute foodie gems! Biru Biru Cafe It isn't hard to fall instantly in love with this place. It is unpretentious, has just the right mix of vintage authenticity and the people are incredibly friendly (much like the whole of East Malaysia!). It has all the trappings of a hipster cafe but you will likely see more backpackers here than hipsters as it is also part of a backpackers' hostel. Expect world class coffee and fresh,