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CNY ’18: A Wealth of Lunar New Year Delights Awaits @ Yàn, National Gallery Singapore

Nestled in the iconic National Gallery of Singapore, Yàn is an intimate place for convivial gatherings, where diners can enjoy Cantonese cuisine and modern art in one place. This Lunar New Year, usher in the prosperous Year of the Dog with a lavish selection of festive delights at Yàn – think specially curated set menus, auspicious a la carte dishes, gourmet takeaways and festive gifts!

From 1 to 28 Feb 18, Yàn has introduced seven set menus ranging from $188 to $268 per person, where you can expect a wide variety of new creations and Cantonese classics.

Lunar Coffee Brewers @ OUE Downtown Gallery 2

Previously featured in The Straits Times for her outstanding entrepreneurship capabilities, accomplished barista-cum-businessnesswoman, Ms Daphne Goh, 26, has opened her newest cafe in the heart of the CBD – Lunar Coffee Brewers. The 30-to-40-seater café had been furnished with glossy metallic stools and jet-black tables decorated with a tacky marble coating. An open-concept barista bar take centrestage in the middle for diners to enjoy the coffee preparation process, amidst the contrasting ombré walls where linear gradients of dirty blues disrupt the chic, industrial décor.

Having chanced upon the opportunity to meet the beauty behind the successful brand, we decided to have a quick chat with Daphne to discover more about her Asian-inspired menu for Lunar.

Travel: Mutekiya Ramen 無敵家 in Tokyo

When my colleague first told (read incessantly nagged at) me to visit this ramen shop, I was doubtful. However, a trip to this small, narrow 20-seater ramen shop proved worthwhile.

The original Mutekiya Ramen Nikutama soup base was a 5/5 and easily surpassed my expectations. It was even better than my favourite ramen shops (Santouka, Keisuke, and Ippudo)! I also ordered the Umakara-men and it was surprisingly spicier than the ones I usually have in Singapore. I wonder if waiting in queue in the chilly night weather for 45 minutes did something to my taste buds…

The noodles were 4/5 for me; cooked perfectly al-dente but probably not suitable for those preferring a softer diet (i.e. my dinner companions).

The chargrilled roast pork was the highlight of the ramen bowl; the thick slices of well-seasoned meat had almost 50/50 lean-to-fat ratio so even when thoroughly cooked, the pork was still so tender and flavourful. It would be wise to order a second serving.

Ding Dong @ 115 Amoy Street

Established in 2013, Ding Dong has been the go-to-restaurant for many diners for its experimental menu that screams passion, creativity, and excitement. The restaurant which was once located at Ann Siang Hill, has now re-settled at the corner of Amoy Street – a well-known dining enclave with serious competition. Despite the relocation and refurbishment of this beloved restaurant, the essence of their menu has not changed a single bit – Asian-inspired cuisine with modern twists.

Assistant Head Chef Miller Mike currently helms the kitchen of Ding Dong, bringing onboard a novel perspective to traditional flavours, and conjuring new dishes that never fails to leave diners impressed. To take the dining experience a level higher, Head Bartender Angeline Lim has also stepped up her game with an array of signature cocktails to complement any dish on the menu.

Boru Boru X Candour Coffee | A Lunch-Only Pop-Up Concept Serving Japanese Bowls

As its name suggests, Boru Boru (a pop-up Japanese café sharing the space with Candour Coffee) offers an affordable selection of Japanese rice bowls using the freshest seafood and ingredients. The fishes are sliced in-house with a pair of well-practiced hands to guarantee thick, uniform cubes of oceanic bliss that become sweeter the longer one chews. Diners are also free to decorate their bowls with add-ons – such as salmon roe (ikura), flying fish roe (tobiko), and caviar – at the cost of $1-$3 more per ingredient.

The space of the café is relatively small, barely fitting two adult elephants, and one may wish to come earlier to avoid the lunch crowd. Bar seats are also available for those who are unable to secure a table or would like to catch the baristas performing their coffee rituals amidst the lively atmosphere.

Our first bowl, Boru Chirashi ($13.90), features a lively mix of assorted seafood – diced salmon, tuna, octopus, shrimp, and salmon roe – atop a warm bed of sushi rice. The toppings were undeniably fresh and felt alive at times, in a good way of course, but what sealed the deal for us was the chef’s generosity with his ingredients. Moreover, the cook on the octopus and shrimp was textbook – soft, succulent, and so delectable!