November was a busy month, but that doesn’t stop us from indulging in a spread of good food! Here’s our top eats for November which we truly enjoy and you definitely should not miss out!
Clarke Quay is a familiar spot for friends and family to gather, have dinner, drinks and party the night away. How about having a lunch date here for a change of scenery? Now there’s even more reason to with Brewerkz’s new items on their set lunch menu available daily!* Set with a typical American diner interior of warm lights, booth seats, cosy chairs and bar-styled chairs with soft music in the background, you and your company will enjoy a hearty meal or drink in comfort and style. If you prefer, choose for alfresco dining and enjoy the breeze alongside the Singapore river.
For just $16.50++, indulge in a 3 course set lunch with a choice of starter (Soup of the Day, Caesar or House Salad) a main course (Beef or Salmon Burger, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pizza, Fish & Chips, Grilled Chicken Tacos, Lamb Pitas, Vegetarian Lasagna), and dessert (a scoop of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream). Also included in the set lunch is a soft drink (or upgrade to a pint of beer for $5). For starters, we tried the Clam Chowder Soup – a rich and creamy texture with chunks of ham at every spoonful and the Caesar salad – a familiar and rather usual plate of grated cheese, croutons and dressing drizzled on a bed of lettuce. For mains, we recommend the Smoked Salmon Burger with Fries – a chunky and succulent salmon patty with hidden gems of spices packed within accompanied with thick and non-salty fries (just the way we like it!) and the Grilled Chicken Tandoori Tacos – a wrap with juicy and tender chicken pieces combined with salad, spices and yogurt creating a perfect balance. For dessert, we had the vanilla and chocolate ice cream – rich, not too sweet and a perfect end to the meal. For beers, have the Apricot Beer if you like a fruity blend or Wheat beer which has a soothing slightly bitter after taste.
*Valid for dine in only:
Mon – Sun 12-3pm @ Riverside Point
Fri – Sun 12-3pm @ Indoor Stadium
Mon – Fri 12-3pm @ Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
2. Enjoy Mala
Located in the heart of town at Orchard Central, Enjoy Mala serves a variety of authentic Sichuan dishes and Lok Lok selections set amidst a modern and rustic design style. We recommend Sichuan specialties featuring meats and seafood atop a bed of beansprouts and soaked in mala broth made with over 20 different spices. Try the Spicy Pork Ribs – with juicy meat that falls off the bones at every mouthful, Spicy Scallop – fresh pieces of succulent scallops, Beef Omasum – a generous serving of thin slices of tripe and Spicy Lala – fresh chewy shellfish which absorbs the full flavours of the broth. Choose your level of broth spiciness from soft, moderate to OMG; we had the moderate which was comfortable and gave just the right amount of kick. Prices of these specialty dishes range from 7.80 – 15.80 in either small or medium portions.
Alongside these dishes, have the Spicy and Sour Crystal Noodle – a sumptuous bowl good for two of glass noodles with beansprouts, scallions and nuts and the Pig’s Trotters – soaked in a clear and slightly herbal soup which perfectly balances the flavourful mala broth. Finally, don’t miss the Lok Lok featuring a variety of over 20 selections of meat, seafood and hotpot items which are dipped in a large bowl of mala broth and vegetables. Choose your favourite skewers and be ready to warm your tummies and hearts.
Enjoy Mala @ Orchard Central
Address: 181 Orchard Road #04-22/22b Singapore 238896 (Map)
Contact: +65 6509 0295
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm (daily)
3. Domino’s Pizza
Savour a taste of Japan with Domino’s Pizza’s new Sugoi menu! Highlights include 3 new sides – toriniku wings, cheesy crunchy goma and yakitori chicken, and 2 brand new pizza flavours. For those who love unagi, the Sugoi Unagi Pizza is a must-try. Each pizza is topped with roasted honey glazed eel slices atop a bed of mushroom and nori. Or go for the Sugoi Chicken Pizza topped with juicy chicken chunks prepared and grilled Tori Yaki style.
Address: Multiple locations islandwide
4. House of Happiness
Claypot rice has long been a source of comfort to many and House of Happiness serves bowls of goodness that leave you, yes you guessed it, happy. From the creators of Mr Lorbak known for its mouth-watering braised pork belly, claypot rice dishes here are also derived from a well-preserved family recipe that will make you feel like you are having your mother’s home-cooked food at home. Tucked along the row of shops behind Simpang Bedok, its unassuming and humble ambience will draw you in as you enjoy your favourite dishes in a homely setting with affordable price tags. What makes this place so special is that apart from the innovation and creativity put towards the claypot rice dishes, you can also literally taste the passion that goes behind the cooking.
We highly recommend the 12 hours Slow Braised Pork Trotter ($8) – a generous portion of fall-off-the-bone chunks of tender pork and skin deliciously marinated and braised for hours, making the saying “Patience is a virtue” so apt. All the Claypot Rice dishes are authentically crafted with a familiar yet classic twist, adding new bursts of flavours combined with the charred and crisp rice bits that will have you scrapping to the last bits. We loved the Lorbak, Onsen Egg and Bak Choy option ($7) and the Onsen Egg, Ikura and Tobiko option ($11). But the winning number has to be the Teriyaki Pork Jowl – juicy slices of pork marinated in thick teriyaki sauce and slow cooked for 16 hours. There is even a vegetarian option of Assorted Mushroom (oyster and shimeji) and Baby Bak Choy. The dishes are accompanied with Peranakan-styled Hae Bie Hiam (spicy dried shrimps sambal) also homemade from a family recipe.
The menu is changed regularly by the creative chefs and we are definitely coming back here to try more options and for a quick fix of happiness in a bowl.
House of Happiness
Address: 294 Bedok Road Singapore 469450 (Map)
Contact: +65 6241 2648
Opening hours: 12 – 10pm (daily)
5. Kyoaji Dining
Irasshaimase! いらっしゃいませ! (meaning ”Welcome to the store!” or “Come on in!”) – a warm Japanese hospitality greets you the moment you enter the Noren (traditional fabric dividers) at Kyoaji Dining 京味. For an authentic experience of Japanese cuisine, this restaurant located conveniently in the heart of Orchard, at The Centrepoint, is a must-visit. The ambience comprising of soft warm lights, typical-styled bar counter, comfortable seats and accompanied by soft music in the background, will immerse you right into the Land of the Rising Sun’s culture.
Satisfy your cravings from a wide variety of side dishes to sashimi, sushi and lunch/dinner sets meals prepared upon order. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, simply omakase (meaning “In the chef’s hands”) and be pleasantly surprised by the masterful off-the-menu creations. We enjoyed the Fresh Oyster with Homemade Yuzu Sauce – a perfect pairing of citrus and floral blends that melts in your mouth, Flounder with Truffle Sauce – a delightful taste of the complementing flavours and fresh fish slices all in one bite, Smoked Trout (Ayu) – a serving good for two and bursting with soft egg roe, Steamed Yam with Unagi, Prawn and Mushrooms – a unique and original twist to the yam paste dessert we love, into a savoury one which combines the best ingredients, and finally, the Grilled Baby Lobster with Garlic Sauce – a dish that is sure to tantalise your tastebuds and leave you wanting more.
6. Pezzo Pizza
Hainanese chicken rice pizza? You heard that right – get a taste of the unique Hainanese Chicken Rice Pizza, with fragrant chicken rice, roasted chicken, fresh cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, topped with chili sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. Sure to be a hit with local foodies, this mod-sin creation is also a tribute to one of Singapore’s best-known local dishes! Besides this new addition, don’t miss out the Kebab Boom Boom! Pizza topped with flavourful, juicy meat that is barbecued in-house. With the Thin Crust, this pizza can even be wrapped and eaten as a pizza-kebab!
Address: Multiple locations island wide
7. Pizza Hut
Savour Pizza Hut’s latest Knotty Cheesy Pizza along with festive sides for the entire family to enjoy this Christmas with the Big Santa Box ($41)! Sink your teeth into the melting mozzarella cheese stuffed knots around the crispy crust, while enjoying the harmony of flavours with chicken cheese sausages, turkey bacon strips, and roasted chicken toppings. Other sides to look out for in this merry box include Turkey Bacon Aglio Olio, Chicken Spam Fries, Honey Roasted Wings, and the absolute people’s favourite–Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Drumlets.
Address: Multiple locations island wide
If you’re looking for an artfully crafted Japanese omakase menu for your next gathering, check out RIZU located at the bustling Duxton Hill enclave. Helmed by head chef Noboru Shimohigashi, the omakase menu features a spread of traditional Japanese dishes prepared to precision. Highlights from this 10-course menu include an indulgent Lobster Bisque, Foie Gras, Waygu steak and many other decadent treats. If you’re dining in for Christmas this December, enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne on the house (for groups of 4)!
9. Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House
Located along the stretch of Ann Siang Hill shophouses, step into the good ole kampong days when you visit Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House. With an unpretentious and humble “warung” (street food stall) concept, enjoy the comforts of a variety of authentic Indonesian dishes, soups and snacks served here. Easties will be excited to know that its third branch at Paya Lebar Square will be opening mid December.
Share the goodness of communal eating with the Nasi Tumpeng ($178) – a giant platter (good for 10 or even 20 pax) which consists of an array of dishes including turmeric rice, fried vermicelli, galangal fried chicken, bergedil (potato cakes), sweet and spicy tempeh (fermented beancurd) and omelette slices. We also recommend the Siomay Bandung ($8) – an appetiser of fish dumplings, potatoes, tauhu and boiled eggs with a generous dollop topping of peanut sauce which adds a crunchy and soft texture in every bite. We tried the Soto Betawai (Jakarta Beef Soup) ($9.50) – a bowl of milk-based soup with chunks of beef, tomatoes, lontong and belinjau crackers and the Soto Madura (Madura Beef Soup) ($8.80) – a bowl of clear broth with succulent beef chunks and hard boiled eggs offering comfort at every slurp.
For the mains, we recommend the Nasi Campur Bali ($9.90)- almost like a plate of Nasi Padang that is good to share consisting of tender Balinese-styled Beef Rendang, Sambal Shredded Chicken, Beef Slices cooked in Sambal, Long Beans and Beef Skewers accompanied with the must-have homemade sambal atop fragrant rice. The Ayam Bakar ($8.80) is also a must try – Indonesian Grilled Chicken with tauhu and tempeh which offers simplicity and comfort. Finally, end your meal with the Es Cendol (choose either the original, jackfruit or durian) ($4.50) – a traditional iced sweet dessert loved by many, topped with coconut milk, gula melaka and rice flour jelly.
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House
Address: 18 Ann Siang Road #01-01, Singapore 069698 (Map)
(Other locations available)
Contact: +65 6221 1760
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (daily)
10. The Gyu Bar
A go-to place for an authentic yakiniku experience, check out The Gyu Bar at Dine At Stevens for theirr beef-centric omakase menu. Guests can look forward to eight different cuts of meat and eight different methods of beef preparation including the must-try Yaki Shabu (thin-sliced sirloin, Japanese egg yolk, black truffles, sukiyaki sauce and rice ball) that literally melts in your mouth and The Gyu Bar’s signature fresh Japanese Uni and beef tartare that are packed into the delicate Uni Yukke Cone.
The Gyu Bar
Address: 30 Stevens Road, #01-08 Dine At Stevens, Singapore 257840 (Map)
Contact: +65 6732 0702
Opening hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Tues to Sun), Monday closed
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food