The Lokal

Singapore

http://thelokalsingapore.com/

New Year’s Day brunch: Lobster Roll (26 SGD) with coleslaw and lemon mayo, chicken schnitzel sandwich (22 SGD) with avocado, fried eggs, romaine lettuce and tomatoes and truffle fries with parmesan (10 SGD). Flushed down with cup of coffee (4.5 SGD) and australian prosecco (70 SGD / bottle).

I approve.

Putien

Singapore

For New Year’s Eve we tried this Fujian (province in China) place at VivoCity. Their sister outlet on Kitchener Road has been awarded Michelin Star (2016, 2017, 2018). Managed to make to a reservation on a same day so could skip the queue this time.

For starters we had Pig’s trotters jelly (7.90 SGD). I was planning on having also Drunken Cockles (cockles in garlic sauce and chili), but unfortunately they did not have any. For main dish we took some Lor Mee (noodles with mussels, shrimps, eggs and pork belly) for 9.80 SGD, cabbage rice (19.50 SGD for medium sized, enough for two) and my absolute favourite, Shredded pork with sesame bun. You get a crispy and bit sweet sesame bun, which you fill in yourself with juicy pork and onion mixture. Absolutely amazing!

The service was good and fast, but the waiter’s english could have been a little better. Anyway we got what we ordered and got answers if it is possible to buy home their chili-sauce. They have this fabulous sauce on tables and yes, it is possible to a jar home with 6.5 SGD.

Din Tai Fung

Singapore

https://www.dintaifung.com.sg/

Never really been to a “pure” dim sum place before, so was really looking forward to try one. We selected to try Din Tai Fung at Marina Bay Link Mall. This Taiwan originated chain has places all over the world and some of them has even been awarded Michelin star. In Singapore alone they have more than 15 branches.

We had to queue a bit to get in, but meanwhile you can tick your choices from the menu. We took oriental salad and sliced duck in spring roll pastry for starters. For “mains” we concentrated to steamed buns and dumplings. Buns were filled with chili crab&pork and vegetables. For dumplings we got shrimp&pork, crab meat&pork and chicken. All really tasty, steaming hot and freshly made. Chicken was definitely my favorite.

Dumplings cost about 1-1.5 SGD / piece, sold in baskets or 6 or 10 and buns are 2 dollars up, sold individually in basket of three.

Two Men Bagel House

Singapore

http://www.twomenbagels.com/

Wanted to have nice breakfast before exploring Gardens by the Bay (which are amazing, btw). I read some good reviews about a bagel place close by, so we headed there. The reviews proved to be correct and the staff was super funny and friendly with a smile on their face. They seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

I tasted Boca with rye bread (10 SGD), which had smashed avocado, eggs, tomatoes and feta. I don’t what kind of feta it was, but it tasted a little bit different from your normal feta but suited the bagel really well giving it a bit somehow salty and sour taste. Eggs were left soft, so the made the bagel really juicy.

Another one I tried was Avo-Baco with seeded bagel (11 SGD), with bacon, avocado, some greens, tomatoes, fried eggs and aioli. Also really good, but have to say I enjoyed the first one more and it suited as breakfast better (also being listed under breakfast bagels…).

Coffee was ok, nothing special (4 SGD). They also sold some Gorilla Press juices with 8 SGD.

Wine & Chef

Singapore

http://sgwinecellar.com/

We were on a need of some dinner without having a reservation and decided to stroll on Keong Saik Road until finding something we like. Kok Sen was packed (https://guide.michelin.com/sg/kok-sen/restaurant) so we walked on until Wine & Chef.

They advertise themselves as “Hokkien-inspired (a Chinese dialect tradition) dishes that contain essence of Italian style” and thinking of Italian restaurant with some Asian twist gives you pretty good idea of their menu,

The place was full, but extremely polite and friendly waiter told that we could dine at outside table and move in as soon as something is available. Being evening, it was not too hot anymore, so we chose this option.

Started off with some decent prosecco (9 SGD, not bad) while browsing through the menus. After still being quite full after late lunch, decided to go only with a main. I chose soy and coriander cured salmon “risotto” (20 SGD) So it is not actually with rice but barley with mascarpone. The salmon was topped with some roe and the portion looked really nice, I was almost tempted to take a photo of it. Salmon was top-notch and barley really good, although it was as hot as I would have wished. As only minority of the table were having wine, went with very reasonable priced house white (7 SGD).

Tasted a bite of beef cheek pasta and slow roast duck leg and they seemed to be very good choices as well. Actually we liked it so much that made a reservation for day after tomorrow again.