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Zenato Wine Dinner at Basilico

We recently attended the Zenato wine dinner hosted by Ponti Wine Cellars at Basilico, the Italian restaurant at The Regent Singapore famed for its Italian buffet. Zenato Winery is located in San Benedetto di Lugana, on the gentle hills surrounding the southern part of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. Zenato is one of the most renowned wineries in the wine producing region of Lugana, having been credited for putting the Lugana appellation on the wine map, with their successful range of whites made from local grape variety Trebbiano di Lugana. Continue reading

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Cumi Bali, Singapore

Since we moved in to the neighbourhood, everyone who has dropped in to visit us has been raving about Cumi Bali. So when we had some downtime last Sunday evening, we decided to try out this much loved family-style restaurant along Tanjong Pagar Road. Continue reading

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Gattopardo, not a fluke

Seems like we just can’t get enough of Chef Lino’s heavenly southern Italian cuisine. We were down at Gattopardo last Sunday to celebrate our friend M’s birthday and were once again full of praise for the charming chef from Sicily.

We started our evening at the restaurant’s adjacent cocktail bar where we were delighted with aperitifs and treated to a basket of super addictive Parmesan bread sticks and olives. The ultra hospitable barman Alessandro, just freshly flown in from Italy, did a wonderful job of keeping us girls very happy and spirited. Continue reading

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Gattopardo, our new love

We’ve been meaning to try Gattopardo at the new and chic Hotel Fort Canning for the past year, but never quite got round to it for some reason. Finally, entirely on a whim, we decided to try Gattopardo a couple of nights back after picking our brains for a new place to try. It was an incredible meal which floored us and left us very hungry for more of Chef Lino’s brilliance. How it has been possible for us to not have had a meal here much earlier is clearly beyond us, but better late than never…no? Continue reading

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“Art, a piece at a time” by Eugene Tan, Singapore

Fancy a life-size Vespa scooter made entirely out of Lego bricks? That, for a cool S$28,000, and other Lego artwork and installations can be yours to keep at Eugene Tan’s inaugural solo exhibition entitled “Art, a piece at a time”.

Eugene has been enamoured of the pint-sized bricks since the age of four, preferring to play with Lego over other toys or going to the playground. By eight, he had gone on to win three consecutive Lego building competitions. At department stores, he would study the designs on the Lego boxes and replicate them as soon as he got home. And for birthday gifts and rewards for doing well in exams, Eugene always received Lego sets. Continue reading

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Artichoke Redux, Singapore

Our first visit to Artichoke was great. Our second, fantastic. Chef Bjorn Shen is still keeping things real in the kitchen and producing amazing food in tandem with his philosophy of serving rustic and approachable Moorish cuisine. It is hard to fault anything that this young maverick comes up with on his small and tight menu – one thing’s for sure, he cooks with heart and it shows. Continue reading

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Dining sky high at Salt grill & Sky bar, Singapore

Luke Mangan’s trendy new outpost in Singapore has been enjoying gorgeous views of the city at 55 stories high, right smack in the heart of Orchard Road. The restaurant is Mangan’s 6th restaurant worldwide and features contemporary Australian cuisine combining fresh Australian produce with the best of local ingredients. Namesake of his original restaurant in Sydney, Salt derives its heritage from ancient Greece, when salt was a rare, precious commodity that was given to people as a symbol of hospitality and friendship. Continue reading

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DB Bistro Moderne, Singapore

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands have a super cool buzz going, thanks to 3 celebrity chefs opening their casual outposts in Basement 1 over the last few months. Cut (Wolfgang Puck), Pizzeria & Osteria Mozza (Mario Batali) and DB Bistro Moderne (Daniel Boulud) have been making waves since their opening at MBS in late 2010. During our recent visit to MBS to attend Men’s Fashion Week, we decided to dine at the very swanky DB Bistro Moderne after hearing so much about their famed Original db Burger. Continue reading

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Old Quarters Hanoi, Vietnam

Last weekend, we headed for Hanoi, Vietnam to attend the wedding of a special someone in the family. While the ceremony itself took place in the magnificent Ha Long bay, we did have a couple of days to enjoy the ever-so-bustling capital and be warmly reacquainted with the nerve-wrecking traffic synonymous with Vietnam. Here are some highlights from the trip, crammed into less than 36 hours! (Jack’s advice: give the water puppets a miss.) Continue reading

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The Disgruntled Chef, Singapore

We first visited The Disgruntled Chef (TDC), helmed by Daniel Sia (former executive chef at The White Rabbit) when it opened in September 2010. Since then, we have been eager to return to relive the wonderful experience we had.

Tucked away discreetly in the quieter side of Dempsey Hill and across the road from Tawandang Microbrewery, TDC is an oasis from the madding crowd at this hugely popular food and lifestyle enclave. The restaurant is awash in chic greyscale, with a well-stocked bar adding edge and character to the monochromatic environs.

We were offered two set lunch options ($24++ for 2-course and $29++ for 3-course), comprising a soup or salad for starters and a beef and mash or sauteed prawns penne pasta for mains, with choice of dessert from their menu. Instead of the set lunch, we decided to go for what the restaurant is best known for – their small plates. Continue reading

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