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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!

$12 NETT Porridge Buffet Every Last Friday Of The Month @ The ART (Assumption Restaurant for Training)

I have blogged about The Assumption Restaurant for Training (ART) a few times before (previous posts here, here and here) because I am an ardent supporter of the restaurant’s mission and what it stands for. This training restaurant for students of Assumption Pathway School (APS) located along Cashew Road, offers a safe environment where students can gain F&B working experience with real customers and put their culinary skills into practice in an actual kitchen.

Although The ART was previously only open in the day for lunch and high tea from 12-5pm, they have since introduced dinner service every Friday evening from 6pm-9.30pm and an extremely value-for-money porridge buffet every LAST friday of the month for just $12 nett per pax, $9 nett for children below 12 years old and senior citizens above 62 years old. Nope, not kidding at all!

Offering more than 10 choices with the usual suspects such as Fried Ikan Selar, Chye Poh Neng, Braised Chicken in Soy Sauce and Sambal Long Beans etc, every dish had a homely touch to it and made our buffet even more worthwhile as we went back for seconds and thirds.

Botanico by The Garage @ Singapore Botanic Gardens (Cluny Park Road)

As mentioned in my earlier post, Botanico is one of two dining destinations by The Garage (the other being Bee’s Knees Cafe), which recently opened at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Located at level 2 of the white-washed colonial building that was built in the 1920s and carefully restored to house the F&B outlets, Botanico serves a contemporary European menu and opens only in the evenings from 6pm onwards.

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We started our dinner with a Botanico Salad $18 that was the epitome of summer with its colour palette and bright yellow edible flowers. Made up of Heirloom Momotaro tomatoes from Cameron Highlands, pickled beetroot and charred cucumbers, this garden in a plate is a dream come true for every vegetarian. Our favourite part was the soft creamy burrata which brought all the elements together very nicely.

CNY ’17: Oriental Celebration in Luxurious Paradise @ Cassia, Capella Sentosa

The Lunar New Year is less than a week away and if you are looking for a restaurant to celebrate in style and with elegance, then Cassia might just be your answer. Located at level 3 of Capella Singapore, Cassia is the hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant which serves authentic Cantonese cuisine with a modern touch.

For this year, the said fine-dining restaurant is offering 4 Lunar New Year set menus with prices ranging from $79++ to $199++ per person from 28 January to 11 February 17. Usher in the new year with decadence and a touch of fancy when you add $68++ (per serving) for the Cassia’s Prosperity Lou Hei featuring fresh salmon and passion fruit sauce or the more luxurious Cassia’s Signature Lou Hei ($39++ per person) which has fresh lobster and sea urchin.

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We had the opportunity to try the Abundant Blessing Menu ($139++ per person), with the exclusion of the Combination Plate made up of Chilled Lobster Claw Meat, Deep-fried Chicken Roll and Roasted Australian Yorkshire Pork Belly.