Tag Archives: Hidden Find
Lepark, the newest hipster hangout at the rooftop carpark of People’s Park Complex has a laid-back vibe and grungy attitude to boot. Playing on the Malay word- “Lepak”, which means to loaf around or to spend one’s time aimlessly i.e. “chillaxing”, this refreshing F&B concept is all about comfort fusion bar grub- tapas style, craft beers and a creative space for arts and music to come together. Since its inception into our local food scene few months back, Lepark has already played host to multiple live music gigs, outdoor movie screenings and even getai shows- all in a bid to support local musicians and artists, and promote our culture.
Getting to Lepark itself is a bit of a challenge and requires strict adherence to the following set of directions or you might find yourself a little lost: take the lift up to level 5 and climb up the dingy albeit dodgy flight of stairs to level 6 where you will reach this hole-in-a-wall opening with its aluminium shutter sliding doors, which leads to a spacious, airy canteen-like space.
Ordering of food is done at one end of the counter while drinks on the other, and your order number will be flashed on the electronic display when the food is ready for collection. Simple, straightforward and mostly self-serviced. With that said, prices are all nett.
The menu offerings were fairly decent and affordable. Tapas such as Chunky Spam Fries, Poached Chicken Sushi and Otah Bomb start from $8, Spicy Seafood Salad at $12, Mains of Slipper Lobster & Crabmeat Tom Yum Pasta from $18, and Shared Platters ranging between $18 – $40.
L’ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle has finally opened their brick and mortar store in the heart of Orchard Road. Dubbed as Singapore’s first eclair boutique, L’ÉCLAIR located at the ground level of Singapore Shopping Centre brings a bit of Paris to our island with their exquisitely designed cream-filled choux pastries. Aesthetically charming and simply pleasing to the eyes, each eclair is practically an art piece served on a plate that has been taking social media by storm with how photogenic they are on camera.
The duo behind L’ÉCLAIR- Sarah and Michelle, initially started out as an online business, supplying eclairs to other cafes such as Mean Bean Wicked Grind (where I first got a taste of those pretty little things) before moving on to pop-ups hosted at Three Years In A Balloon and Artistry. The establishment of this physical store has therefore been long time coming.
Previously located within the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) campus, Bread Yard has since moved to a cozy corner space of the Galaxis Building at 1 Fusionpolis Place. Specialising in handcrafted breads, the menu is decidedly modest, offering sandwiches, toast, bread puddings, all day breakfasts and naturally-leavened pancakes. Prices are extremely affordable as well, with full platters starting at $10 and sandwiches at $7. No added service charge or GST either.
For more eateries/cafes in Singapore with no GST or service charge, check out my list of 25 Places to Eat in Singapore with Nett Prices.
We made our way here for lunch on a Thursday and the cafe which seats about 50 pax, was packed with hardly an empty table around. Filled mostly by staff from the surrounding offices, Bread Yard is certainly a crowd favourite with their fuss-free ordering system and laid-back setting.
Spa Esprit Group has done it again with their hottest new collaboration- Open Farm Community (OFC). Teaming up with Tippling Club’s Ryan Clift and Edible Gardens’ Bjorn Low, OFC is more than just a restaurant and fancy cocktail bar. It is instead an initiative to create a sustainable farming concept which supplies the greens and exotic herbs featured in the dishes at OFC- all grown and harvested in the backyard garden of their 6,000 sq metre property.
The restaurant itself seats about 60 people with an open-concept kitchen and glass panelled floor-to-ceiling windows allowing just the right amount of sunlight to flow through. Service was great, effortlessly smooth and attentive without being overly intrusive. I do appreciate it when service staff are enthusiastic to share more about the dishes and make informative recommendations on what to order. OFC had that part covered quite well.
Brought to you by The Lo & Behold Group (Loof, OverEasy Bar and Diner, The Black Swan), The White Rabbit is probably one of the most understated fine-dining restaurants in the scene. Lauded as the ideal and romantic venue to hold your wedding, The White Rabbit located atop Dempsey Hill and housed within the architectural frame of a 1930s chapel, is everything and more when you step through those majestic tall iron gates. Walls are white-washed with iconic lancet windows while stained glass details and high ceilings complete the “chapel” experience. Suffice to say, The White Rabbit exudes both charm and beauty in its cosy intimate space.
The menu, which is predominately classic European fare, recently received an uplift and revamp of flavours as Head Chef Benjamin Tan sought to introduce cleaner and lighter approaches in his cooking methods for a touch of elegance.
For more on Chef Benjamin and his culinary inspirations, check out our interview with him.