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The White Rabbit

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.

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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.

Tburu at OrchardGateway@emerald

“Tburu” which means table in Japanese, is restaurateur and chef- Calvin Yeung’s newest gastronomic offering to our lion city. The man behind Kiku at Duxton and the former One On The Bund at Clifford Pier, his intention for Tburu was to recreate a multi-sensorial dining experience for diners as they revel in the sushi, sashimi and grilled dishes that this Japanese restaurant has to offer. Located at level 5 of OrchardGateway@emerald (the building opposite 313@somerset), Tburu is an airy space with a zen-like attitude along one of the busiest shopping street of Orchard but without the trappings of a city.

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Stepping into the restaurant and taking in the surroundings of the place, it is hard not to appreciate Calvin’s attention to detail in everything. We were told that he had taken a personal interest in selecting every item in Tburu- from the type of tree bark for his chefs’ sushi cutting board, to the delicately hand-carved wooden spoons and tableware that the food is served on, even the sake cups and every piece of china had been painstakingly hand-carried from various parts of Japan back to Singapore, for Tburu. Sake connoisseurs will also be pleased to know that the premium sake served here is exclusive to Tburu, procured from the Kyushu prefecture.

Wildfire Kitchen+Bar @ 26 Evans Road

Taking over the space where the former flagship branch of Hatched used to be, Wildfire Kitchen+Bar, opened by restaurateur Michel Lu, is all about good ol’ bar grub- burgers and beers. Opened earlier this year, this casual restaurant has already earned quite the reputation for serving up hearty tall stacked burgers served alongside some fries. The drill here is simple, place your orders at the counter, collect a buzzer and return to the counter for your food when the buzzer sounds. No extra service provided, therefore no service charge.

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We came here on a Saturday at around 12pm and was thus able to order from both their Breakfast and Burgers menu. The former is available from 8.30am-4pm while the latter starts from 12pm till closing time. Prices range from $15 for an Eggs Benedict to $26 for a Fullblood Wagyu Specialty Burger and $36 for the Hanger Steak (250g).

MAY MAY @ 65 Tras Street

It is hard not to fall in love with this place once you step through the modest, unassuming white doors of May May restaurant along Tras Street. Beyond that inconspicuous entrance that most would almost simply just walk past, this 40 seater space inside boasts of marbled black and white table tops, wooden accents and a glass roof that allows natural light to flood the place so beautifully. Not forgetting too that floor-to-ceiling vertical garden plot anchored against the wall, making quite a statement by adding some pop of colour and touch of nature to an otherwise sleek and modern interior design.

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Lunch here is all about Asian-inspired rice bowls with varying choices of protein, complimented by an onsen egg, oven roasted tomatoes, amongst other healthy toppings of veggies such as mushrooms and wasabi sprouts. Between the four of us, we had the Red Chilli Chicken $15, Beef Rendang $16, Braised Pork Belly $16, Butter Poached Cod $18 and Cold Somen $15. You can also choose to add $2 for a change of rice to quinoa.

Dinner on the other hand is a whole different menu featuring sharing plates- big and small, like Fried Cauliflower $14, Confit Potatoes $14, Chilean Sea Bass $32 and Lobster Rice Noodles $28.

Tea is from Tea Bone Zen Mind while the coffee beans are from Nylon Coffee Roasters. They actually do do decent latte art here as well. Cocktails and bottled craft beers are also available.

Paddy Hills @ 38 South Buona Vista Road

Another cafe in the West has opened and despite being only barely a week old, Paddy Hills has already created quite the sensation across social media for its gorgeous natural lighting, photogenic dishes that are so prettily plated and the laidback Aussie vibe that it sells. True to Aussie style as well, the prices on the menu are all nett.

The space itself was surprisingly big with communal tables, window and booth seats, and even coffee counter seats where you can catch the barista in action. And if you were wondering, Paddy Hills serve coffee roasted with Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee beans and the tea is from 1872 Clipper Tea & Co.

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Food wise, their Daytime Eats comprising of Breakfast (0830-1730) and Lunch (1130-1730) offer mainly cafe-type food with Australian-Japanese influence and a unique spin to each item. Expect creative culinary innovations such as Plantation (Quinoa, puffed rice, pine nuts & pomegranate), Salmon Carpaccio  (house-cured salmon, pickled wakame, yuzu caviar, cream cheese & baby radish) and The Asian Brick (thick brûlée brioche french toast, goreng pisang, butternut squash puree, yam ice cream & marcona almonds). Fusion is key here at Paddy Hills. After 1730, the Nighttime Nosh menu is all about sharing plates and Yakitori, with a heavier emphasis on local flavours.

Paddy Hills recently made adjustments to their operating hours and they now only open at 0930.