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5 Best Italian Restaurants in Singapore

Italian cuisine has always been a hit with Singaporeans. Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Cheese and Tiramisu. You name it, we love it. Comforting, creamy and pairing off beautifully with a glass of wine, Italian food is hard to resist for both the young and old. But with so many Italian restaurants popping up everyday, where do you know where to go and what to eat there?

In this round up, we share where are some of the best places to enjoy what the different regions of Italy have to offer, here on our little island. Read on for our 5 Best Italian restaurants in Singapore.

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OTTO Locanda

32 Maxwell Road #01-­03 Tel: 6224 0978
Opening hrs:  Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
Lunch is not served on weekends. Restaurant is closed on Sundays

Situated barely a stone throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, casual trattoria-­style Italian restaurant- OTTO Locanda fronts the white and regal statuesque building, Maxwell Chambers. Opened by the same people behind fine-dining sister branch- OTTO Ristorante one block down the road, the former instead offers homely Italian fare with the introduction of regional speciality dishes from the different regions of Italy every month in a charmingly rustic space which is both comforting and relaxing.

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Recommended for: Those who work in CBD. OTTO Locanda also offers 3 course set lunches for $32.
Must tries: Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Pappardelle all’ Anatra and Astice alla Griglia

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Zafferano

Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43 10 Collyer Quay Tel: 6509 1488
Opening hrs:  Monday to Friday 11.30am – 3pm, Monday to Saturday 5.30pm – 11.45pm
Restaurant is closed on Sundays

At 240 metres above ground, perched at the top floor of the Ocean Financial Centre in Collyer Quay, contemporary Italian restaurant- Zafferano (Italian for Saffron) joins the likes of KU DÉ TA and Jaan with its gorgeous bird’s eye view of our beautiful city skyline that is absolutely captivating in the night. With nature as its asset and a glowing circular bar lit by a thousand saffron tendrils which takes centre stage in the lounge, Zafferano is primed with great potential. With new Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli in tow, who brings with him more than two decades of culinary experience across Europe, along with a spanking new menu of traditional Italian signatures, Zafferano is set to impress with its emphasis on natural flavours as it pays tribute to the authentic origins of produce from both North and South Italy.

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5 Best Places For Waffles In Singapore

Revised on 22 January 2014

Every ice-cream/breakfast place sells Belgium waffles but not many can do a good tribute to this characteristically deep grid patterned dough-based cake. I personally enjoy my waffles served warm, crisp on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside, with those square imprinted pockets that soak up the heavenly combination of ice-cream, chocolate sauce or maple syrup and even cream. A good Belgium waffle in my opinion has to be a bit doughy, chewy, good to eat on its own but even better with toppings.

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So here are my top 5 waffles places in Singapore in no particular order.
Read on to find out if your favorite made the cut!

Creamier

128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-835 Tel: 62501476
Opening hrs: Tue – Thu: 12:00 – 22:00, Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 23:00, Sun: 10:00 – 22:00

Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee is Toa Payoh’s funky addition to this otherwise old-school estate. Making all their ice-creams and sorbets with their own recipes, this Singapore-born ice-cream parlor opened by a couple has been nothing short of a success story. Their waffles come in pairs so stacking adds onto the satisfaction factor but while they were crisp and complimented the creamy ice-creams perfectly, they were a little bland to eat on its own. But I did appreciate the generous border of maple syrup and chocolate that made finishing the last part of the waffles a breeze.

Recommended for: Those who love their waffles extremely sweet and sticky
Cost: Waffle + ice-cream $8.30 (additional scoop $2.50)
My pick of ice-cream: Earl Grey Lavender, Sea Salt Gula Melaka

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Travel: 5 Things To Do & See In London

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Back in December, I acted on a spurt of spontaneity and tagged along with my sister to London for her work trip, where I spent about 10 days there exploring the beautiful cosmopolitan city with its rich culture and architecture dating back to the medieval times. I did most of the traveling in the day by myself as my sister was working and while there was definitely some anxiety having to navigate the huge city by myself, especially since I have not been back in the last 17 years, I did end up having an amazing time.

With the help of Googlemaps and a London Tube iPhone App, getting around London was a breeze and even though we were there during the Winter season and London is notoriously known for its gloomy and rainy weather, we were extremely blessed to have had days of sunshine and little rainfall during our stay there.

And now I have put together a list of 5 things to do and see in the capital city of the United Kingdom which I hope will come in useful for anyone planning a free and easy trip there in the future!

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London is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites- the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, the whole area made up of the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church and the historic settlement of Greenwich. These historic sites are insanely rich in history and is certainly worth the visit for a few (or many) photographs as keepsake, just to say ‘I HAVE BEEN TO LONDON’!

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Recommendation: Take the tube to Westminster Station where you will exit right in front of the iconic Big Ben. The exit is also alongside the Victoria Embankment where you will be able to snap a couple of photographs with the London Eye (tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe) as your backdrop.

Guide to Rundle Street Restaurants and Cafes

Happy 1st Birthday to Gninethree! It has been officially 365 days since this baby was born and the 285th post I have posted. Here’s to many more years to come!

To celebrate this one year anniversary, I have decided to put together the list of restaurants and cafes that have been very close to my heart and my home literally. Having been fortunate enough to stay in the Rundle Street area for the past 2 years and being at the heart of where the best foods are, even till late at night, this is my guide through my favourite one road street.

According to rundlestreet.com.au, Rundle Street East is the heart beat of Adelaide’s ever popular cosmopolitan East End District. Specifically located between Frome Street and East Terrace, this area is known for the many cafes, restaurants which offer many affordable lunch specials, quirky shops and Palace Nova with $6 movie tickets for Monday movies before 4pm!

Instead of using the website’s definition of Rundle Street (between Frome Street and East Terrace), I will be including places from the start of Pultney Street as well i.e. once the Rundle Mall stretch ends, to the beginning of Rymill Park. The places are categorized according to the various types of meals- mainly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert for convenient referencing.

Travel: 5 Best Brunch Places in Adelaide

So apart from desserts, breakfast is the no. 1 meal for me. Love a good start to the day and love waking up early for a good breakfast meal with friends! So here’s my list of my favourite brekkie and brunch places in Adelaide.

1. Queen Street Cafe in Croydon
12 Elizabeth St, Croydon 5008

Must tries are Avocado, Black pepper, Lime on Dark Rye with Crispy Speck and Blue Swimmer Crab Omelette with Fresh herbs

2. Zest Cafe Gallery
2A Sussex Street, Glenelg SA 5045