Nom La La by Bakerzin @ SAFRA Punggol

Nom La La by Bakerzin is a homegrown F&B enterprise armed with a second-line dining concept that is very much similar to Ikea’s. Drawing inspirations from popular dining expressions, “Nom nom nom” and “Ohh La La”, the aptly named restaurant offers a melting pot of international cuisines ranging from sophisticated European fare to popular British classics and not forgetting, old school local delights with an elevated twist to the nostalgic flavours! To top it off, main courses start as low as $6.90, and every dish on the menu does not contain pork or lard (do note however that the restaurant has yet to be certified Halal).

Nestled within the scenic Punggol Waterway Park, the 92-seater restaurant occupies a floorspace of approximately 200 square meters on the second level of SAFRA Punggol. Lit with the warm glow of incandescent lights, the restaurant’s interior provides a comforting atmosphere for diners to relax and chatter amidst the chic, industrial décor of pristine wood panels and edgy brick walls. For a vibrant touch of colours, the room has been adorned with a cornucopia of collectible knick-knacks from around the world to contrast with the wooden and metal furniture.

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Tossed in an inviting marinade of spicy-tangy sauce, the Yum Woon Sen $7.50 is essentially a Thai style spicy glass noodle salad with a generous mix of assorted seafood to allow a piece of protein in every bite.  The al dente cook on the glass noodle was truly phenomenal as it retained the desired chewy texture without being a tad too soft or hard. This dish pretty much sums up my love for Thai cuisine, and was deemed as the perfect starter to commence dinner!

Full of Luck Club @ 243 Holland Ave

From the same team behind the Award-winning Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant comes a refreshing new concept which seeks to serve classic Cantonese cuisine with a contemporary and progressive touch. Located at the heart of Holland Village, this convivial modern Cantonese kitchen aims to reach out to the younger generation through its creative interpretation of food and elements of fortune, luck and prosperity as the design of the 97-seater pays tribute to its name- Full of Luck Club.

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While the first floor of the restaurant has a open kitchen where diners can catch the skilful chefs in action, the second floor is a tad more cosy and private- great for business lunches and dinners or that intimate family gathering. Diners will also be pleasantly surprised to see a 2-metre tall Fortune Cat greeting them at the top of the stairway which connects both levels.  It is these little charms that the owners have injected around Full of Luck Club, with the belief that luck and happiness will come for all who dine here.

Patisserie Platine @ RISE Lounge, Marina Bay Sands

Built on the culinary success of Waku Ghin, Patisserie Platine – the brainchild of Chef Tetsuya Wakuda – offers an incredible selection of cakes, tarts and other delectable entremets that will charm in both taste and appearance. Every component in these desserts is painstakingly made in-house, using only the finest and most premium ingredients from Japan and Europe to offer the highest quality in taste. Giving form to these beautiful works of art is a talented pastry team led by Chef Yasushi Ishino whose 16 years of experience in the pastry sector has made him a veteran in French and Japanese Pastry techniques.

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Having chanced upon the pastry maestro this afternoon, we simply could not forgo the opportunity to capture a photo of Chef Ishino plating a dessert in his sweet-scented playground.

NINJA Bowl @ 15 Duxton Road

NINJA Bowl is all about hearty offerings of Japanese donburi bowls that are served in a Korean bibimbap fashion with a touch of western influence. Needless to say, these aesthetically pleasing bowls have been making their rounds on our Instagram newsfeed. This gave us yet another reason to check out the new place not just once but a few times! But if that is not a good enough reason to visit the place, diners would be pleasantly surprised to hear that the prices at Ninja Bowl are all nett priced with no extra service charges.

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Devoted fans of Department of Caffeine (DOC) would have known by now that the café had officially ceased operations in mid-January, freeing the space for a new tenant to take root. Despite offering a different dining experience, Ninja Bowl has retained the warm, casual ambience which the former had left behind. Furnished with matt black wooden tables and chic steel chairs, an industrial charm seeps into its contemporary setting where two elongated parquet and white walls encapsulate the timeless moment. Warm, yellow downlights soften the mood and add a cozy vibe to the dining setting, providing a convivial atmosphere for diners to congregate, relax and also indulge in their signature donburi bowls.

Crystal Jade Prestige’s Signature Weekend Brunch

Pamper your daddy this Father’s Day by treating him to an indulgent and sumptuous weekend brunch at the Crystal Jade Group’s newest luxurious concept- Crystal Jade Prestige. Set against the backdrop of Singapore’s central business district at Marina Bay Financial Centre, this contemporary Chinese restaurant is the ideal location to savour and enjoy the decadent Chinese delicacies with loved ones and friends.

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For every weekend from 1 May to 26 June between 11:30am to 3pm, diners can customise their very own brunch menu by choosing 10 items from 5 different categories, namely appetisers, dim sum, BBQ meat selection, soups, wok-fried dishes and desserts.

From the Dim Sum section, we picked 5 that piqued our interest most. The first was this Steamed Dumpling with Shrimp & Black Garlic, which was a nod to the classic Har Gow or Steamed Shrimp Dumpling. Topped with a slice of black garlic to intensify the sweetness of the shrimp, this charmed with its presentation and that flavoursome profile.

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Next to arrive was the Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling topped with Caviar, a fancy version of the well-loved Siew Mai. Hard to fault when you have plump meat pouches complimented by large firm beads of salty-sweet earthiness that added a dimension of richness to the overall dish.