10 Most Memorable Meals of 2013

2013 was an eventful year for GNineThree. We ate, we travelled, we explored and we ate some more. A new column was introduced- Behind The Apron to give readers an insight into the minds of Chefs, to find out more about their passion for food and what drives them. We dined at our first Three-Michelin and Two-Michelin starred restaurant and thanks to OpenRice Singapore and OMY.sg, we holidayed in Hong Kong and Macau. We were also motivated to create more guides for a succinct overview of the dining options both in Singapore and overseas, seeing how previous ones were so well received by everyone.

And just to round up the year, we have decided to do one last guide for 2013 to reminisce on the 10 Most Memorable Meals in Singapore that we have enjoyed during the past year. A huge THANK YOU to everyone for their support and love for this humble food blog and we look forward to bringing more yummy food from our little island and around the world to you for 2014.

In no particular order:

1. The Sushi Bar @ Far East Plaza

14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #03-89


A hidden gem at the corner of level 3 of Far East Plaza, The Sushi Bar has fast earned a loyal following since their opening. We hear that now at least a 45 minute wait is mandatory each time while peak hours beg an even longer wait. No one is complaining though once they get a bite of those superbly creamy and addictive Salmon Aburi Rolls. We just cannot get enough of them either!

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2. Jaan

2 Stamford Road, Swissotel The Stamford, level 70


Perched at level 70 of Swissotel The Stamford, JAAN restaurant boasts of a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline that is simply postcard worthy and quite breathtaking. Helmed by Chef de cuisine Julien Royer, winner of the title ‘The One To Watch’ at this year’s Asia 50 Best Restaurants, where JAAN itself was ranked at No. 22, our dining experience here at Jaan was nothing short of enthralling, filled with theatrics and wonderment. Service too was top-notch.

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3. New Ubin Seafood

27 Sin Ming Road #01-174, Sector A Sin Ming Industrial Estate


Inaccessible location, brisk service, boisterous environment but the crowds just love this place. Why? The food is scrumptious, finger-licking good and perfect for large group gatherings. The 2-for-1 offer for crabs is an absolute steal while we simply cannot get enough of their Charcoal Grill section especially that US Certified Black Angus Ribeye Steak which comes with a sinfully indulgent plate of fried rice cooked in beef fat and French butter.

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4. L’Atelier TiramiSu

The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-09 Singapore 059817


Probably the first Tiramisu concept store to open in Singapore, L’Atelier TiramiSu is an exciting venture by home-baker turned cafe owner Judith Tan, together with her son Sherwin and his girlfriend Amelia. The trio spent more than 6 months perfecting the alcohol:coffee ratio as well as which alcohol best complements each flavor for their range of Tiramisu and the results have been a hit! With five flavours currently on the menu (Classico, Dark Cherry, Matcha, Lychee and Pandan), their Classico gets my vote for the ‘Best Tiramisu in Singapore’. Pair that slice of cake with a cup of coffee made from Liberty Coffee beans to complete the treat!

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5. KU DÉ TA, Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, North Tower, 1 Bayfront Avenue


Sunday brunch takes on a whole new level of luxury when you are perched 200m above ground level with a 360- degree panoramic view of our city’s skyline. The restaurant with its floor to ceiling glass windows and exquisite Modern-Asian menu offers a dining experience unrivaled by any. With the fine selection of a la carte choices, complemented by a delectable buffet spread of breads, jams, salads, fruits and desserts, KU DÉ TA certainly knows how just to spoil the gourmand in you. An indulgent affair worth the splurge and one of our most memorable weekend brunches to date.

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6. Tamashii Robataya

12 North Canal Road #02-01


A great place to initiate your inception to an authentic and unforgettable Robata experience, Tamashii Robataya is helmed by Chef Patrick Tan who boasts of 14 years of culinary experience in Japanese cuisine under his belt. Diners sit around a U-shaped counter that partitions off the working space of the chefs by a mere foot long distance of counter space which is used to display the season’s finest produce shipped in that day. Somewhat like an upscale seafood village/market place, customers need simply pick out the food they want and Patrick with his team of chefs will work their magic on the grill. Our first experience was so good that we came back time and time again after that.

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7. Bacchanalia

23A Coleman Street


Made famous by their monthly Bacchanalia Brunch Series which took Singapore by storm in 2012, Bacchanalia Singapore has since found a permanent home in the main hall of the historical Masonic Club on Coleman Street. Our dining experience here was dynamic and thought-provoking, as reflected by the effervescent natures of the young team that heads the kitchen. The trio- all previously trained at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck represent what the food here at Bacchanalia really is- innovative, creative and refreshing. An insightful experience with food not to be missed.

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8. boCHINche

22 Martin Road, #02-01


Delivering a ruckus of flavours in their food, boCHINche by the Spa Esprit Group is a collaboration with renowned Argentinian chef Diego Jacquet, introducing a refreshing concept of Argentinian cuisine served in small plates. Though I only tried their Brunch menu, it was hard to not be impressed with both the exciting myriad of colours and textures each dish offered and the finesse of its plating. The food here is all about quality, vibrance and boldness and I wholeheartedly recommended it.

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9. COMMUNAL | Diner. Bar. New American Restaurant

12 North Canal Road #01-01


Glamorizing diner food with quality ingredients and big flavours, all while maintaining pocket-friendly prices, COMMUNAL located in the CBD area is Singapore-based American chef Ryan Jette’s latest venture. The menu here though limited, leans towards mostly American comfort/diner food with offerings of Burgers, Mac N Cheese, Fried Chicken and Thick Milkshakes for under $30. We think even the dudes will approve. For the ladies with a sweet tooth, do not forget to try the Monkey Bread served warm with a scoop of Vanilla Ice-Cream. Yum!

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10. OTTO Locanda

32 Maxwell Road #01-­03


Opened by the same people behind fine-dining sister branch- OTTO Ristorante one block down the road, the former instead offers authentic homely Italian fare in a charmingly rustic space which is both comforting and relaxing. At the beginning of 2013, the Italian restaurant welcomed a new executive chef formerly from Basilico- Marco Violano who gave the traditional menu an overhaul with many new dishes inspired by his hometown of the Puglia region and a heavy emphasis on only the highest quality ingredients executed with perfection. The change was good and the improvement in food served here reflected that.

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So that sums up 2013! Thank you all for taking a trip down memory lane with us and we will be kick-starting the new year with some Chinese New Year dining options for all of you.

Here’s wishing our dear readers an amazing and blessed 2014!

Char & Crystal

Featured, Singapore

4 Responses to 10 Most Memorable Meals of 2013

  1. This is the 3rd time the Tiramisu place pops out on a top 10 list. Must pay it a visit.

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