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The Halia @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

Halia at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is an iconic landmark nestled within the only tropical garden to ever be conferred the title of an UNESCO World Heritage site. Known for its fusion fare and lush landscapes of greenery with a ginger garden at its backyard, Halia recently underwent an overhaul, both exteriorly in its decor and interiorly in its menu. Even the uniforms of the service staff have been replaced with batik fabric, as the restaurant stays true to its Asian roots and culture.

We dropped by a week ago to try out some of their new dishes and started with a Goat’s Cheese & Honey Mousse $16 for an appetizer. While I was initially apprehensive about the strong distinct lingering taste that is usually characteristic of Goat’s Cheese, I was pleasantly surprised at how effortlessly it could be used as a spread on the crisp slices of bread and after topping it off with some fresh tomato salsa, I concluded that this starter was indeed done tastefully, literally and figuratively. Must try if you are up for something different.


Moving on to the Lemongrass & Ginger Tiger Prawn Salad $19 for a touch of Thai, this bowl admittedly impressed with its colour palette and refreshing notes of sweet mango and the signature ginger flower dressing. Made a tad more substantial with the addition of the al dente glass noodles, this salad was certainly a crowd-pleaser.

The Knolls @ Capella Singapore

Lauded as one of Singapore’s most luxurious hotels with a premium postal code to boot, Capella Singapore with its sprawling grounds is lavish and fancy on all counts. It is after all, strategically located on Sentosa island, making it the ideal tropical getaway without having to use your passport. The setting at Capella is tranquil and beautifully landscaped by lush greenery and nature. A room here is by no means cheap, but it is no secret that privacy and quiet does come at a cost in Singapore.

If however, an hour or two respite is all you need from the hustle and bustle of city life, then there is a more affordable option- Lunch at Capella’s The Knolls. With the al-fresco terrace overlooking the South China Sea accompanied by sporadic visits from the stunning wild peacocks that roam the premises, suffice to say that your afternoon here will feel as if you have been effortlessly transported to a beach resort, though really, you are only minutes away from town.


Our afternoon escapade in little tropical paradise of Capella began with a cold appetizer of Octopus Ballotine $27 presented in a medley of colours made up of fresh ingredients. Special mention to those cross-sectioned octopus pieces which were nicely tender, still chewy and finished with a Orange Martini dressing. Lovely balance of sweet and citrus in this one.

The Waterfall @ Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Located at the newly renovated Garden Wing of Shangri-La Hotel is The Waterfall- a dining concept which focuses on Southern Italian fare. Helmed by Sicilian native, Chef de Cuisine Marco De Vincentis, The Waterfall introduces diners to this bountiful region through hearty creations that feature the freshest of seafood produce, handmade pastas and rich flavourful tomato sauces.

The menu at The Waterfall was recently given an overhaul and along with it came 26 new à la carte dishes, accompanied by a variety of gloriously sharp artisanal cheese options at the display counter and cured meats from the charcuterie specialty show kitchen. Guests who opt for the Antipasti Semi-Lunch buffet to compliment their entrée can enjoy unlimited servings of the cheeses and cold cuts.


We started with the Insalata di Granchio Arance e Finocchi $22, a tropical fruity salad with a cheery attitude. Made luxurious with chunks of real sweet delicate crab meat and delightful with a burst of citrus from the orange fruit segments, this was a lovely refreshing light preview to our heavier and more indulgent main courses.

London Fat Duck @ Scotts Square

Close to the heels of the opening of Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant at Capitol Piazza, London Fat Duck located at the basement of Scotts Square is the newest duck specialty restaurant franchise to hit Singapore. A collaboration between the Akashi Group (Akanoya, Gyoza-Ya) and Fei Siong (EAT, Legendary Hong Kong), this restaurant claims to use only a specific breed of Irish ducks and prides itself for serving the “wagyu of ducks”. A mighty bold statement to be made but judging from the crowds that have filled the place within the first few weeks of their opening, it is clear that many Singaporean fans have been anticipating their arrival.


Before we go on to their London Roast Selections proper, London Fat Duck also offers a decent range of Dim Sum priced between $4.80-$6 and other Hong Kong comfort fare such as noodles, dumpling soups and congee starting from $6.80. Fairly reasonable prices considering their postal code.

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.