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1 Tyrwhitt Bistro Bar, Tyrwhitt Road


1 Tyrwhitt Bistro Bar sits in the vicinity of Farrer Park MRT, at a corner just opposite Jalan Besar Stadium. It is the place to go whether you’re looking to gather with a big group of friends, or when you just want to have one or two drinks with your buddy.

Screenshot from 1 Tyrwhitt Bistro Bar’s Facebook page.

Truffle Egg Pizza, $23.80.

I’ve been here a couple of times, including when they first started out a couple of years ago. Pretty happy to say that the Truffle Egg Pizza is still my favourite pizza to order when I’m here. The toppings are generous and the pizza base is thin and crunchy.

Mushroom Risotto.

This truffle aroma of the risotto was super satisfying! I also liked that they chose the right type of grains for their risotto.

Mushroom Prawn Aglio Olio, $16.80.

I was surprised when I took my first bite because this certainly didn’t taste like your usual aglio olio. In fact, it tasted a bit like 麻辣香锅. As a result, it was a great hit with my guests. This should be on our list of to-orders when we’re back here the next time.

Four Cheese Gnocchi.

At this point I must say that you should have your gnocchi done four cheese style IF you’re a serious cheese lover. The flavour was intense. I had two potato bites and I was done with this dish.

Chicken Chop, $16.80.

I know, it looks like a mess here but I would say that this dish is worth every penny. There’s mushroom medley, mashed potatoes, salad and a huge serving of chicken chop. The chicken chop was still juicy when it reached me!

Tiramisu, $8.80.

After gorging on the above, if you find that you only have space for one dessert, please go with the tiramisu. The whole tiramisu was well constructed, with each layer encompassing just the right amount of alcohol-coffee mix.

1 Tyrwhitt Bistro and Bar has got a huge variety on their menu. With soups to finger food to pasta, pizza, mains and desserts, you’ll definitely find something to share or to pair with your wines and spirits. Bonus point: they have a huge seating area and they open till 12 midnight so you can yak away comfortably!

1 Tyrwhitt Road, S(207522)

Closed Tuesdays.

Mondays, Wednesdays to Sundays: 1130am to 12midnight

+65 6341 5167

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Bangkok in 5 Days and 4 Nights

I recently went on a 5D4N trip to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand and thought that I should pen down my itinerary here with some tips for you guys, as well as recommend some food places.

Day 1 – Talad Rot Fai Ratchada

I arrived at BKK on Saturday night, about 730pm. As soon as I cleared immigration and bought my data sim card (300baht for 8 days, 4G speed capped at 2.5GB), I booked an Uber to my hotel. I stayed at Arte Hotel, located within walking distance to Terminal 21. My fare there cost 300baht, $13 SGD.

Tip: Use Uber/Grab to get around BKK. That way, you wouldn’t need to bargain with taxi/ tuk tuk drivers, and you can be sure that your Uber driver would know where to alight you. Plus, you won’t have weird charges after your ride (I took taxi once and the driver wanted to charge me an additional 50baht for going a “faster” way). On average, the difference in price as compared to taking a metered taxi isn’t that much.

After checking in, I headed out and took the metro from Sukhumvit to Thailand Cultural Centre. Followed the crowd and cut through Esplanade Shopping Mall before exiting via the carpark which would eventually lead me to Rot Fai Ratchada.

River Prawns Combo, about 370baht, $15 SGD.

The best food I found at Rot Fai Ratchada was river prawns in a bag! I went for the river prawns combo because river prawns in Thailand are huge!!! Not like the tiny ones you get when you prawn in Singapore for an expensive $36 for 3 hours. I picked the original non spicy flavour but I’m not sure if they mixed up my order or the original taste was as such because it sure was spicy! Taste wise it had a strong hint of tom yam amidst other herbs. Yums.

End off your meal and walk with a thirst quenching (and pretty looking) ice blended watermelon for 60baht ($2.50 SGD).

Talad Rot Fai Ratchada is open from Thursdays to Sundays, 5pm to 1am.

Day 2 – Chatuchak Market, Siam, Talad Neon

Started the day at the famous Chatuchak Market, which opens at around 9am. I would suggest having breakfast elsewhere before heading to Chatuchak, because the food at Chatuchak is not exactly cheap and good. Plus, no rush to get to the market early because some of the shops won’t be fully operational till about 11am. 
Tip: Bring shades. And a battery operated fan. You probably won’t have the stamina to comb through the entire market systematically, so just make the best out of it. Also, if you see something that you like, just get it. Some shops at Chatuchak now are actually quite affordable. 

You would still be full from breakfast and Chatuchak snacks (be sure to eat their coconut ice cream with peanuts!), so head back to your hotel to rest and relax before starting your evening again. 

Tip: Bring your swimming gear along. Find a hotel with a swimming pool. Have fun!

Left my hotel at about 4pm and took the BTS from Asok to Siam. My main aim there was to eat beef noodles at Siam Paragon and shop at Siam Square One.

Australian Wagyu, 550baht, $25 SGD.

Introducing Nuer Koo! It’s basically sliced beef in a simmered beef broth that’s not any like I’ve tried before. These beef noodles do not come cheap, ranging from 180baht to 950baht ($8 to $38 SGD) for various types including rib eye and Kobe beef. The beef doesn’t come with staple so you’ll have to top up another 25baht for noodles. I tried the Australian Wagyu and it was so good. Trust me, it was so good that I’m having cravings for it right now in Singapore. Grrrr. 

I wanted to try the desserts at After You because  of all the rave, but decided to go for something mango because, Thailand. Googled around and they pointed me to Mango Tango along Siam Square.

Mango Tango with Sticky Rice, 160baht, $7.

Looks totally Instagram worthy, but sigh it’s not as delicious as it looks. The mango pudding was so disappointing. I liked the mango sorbet though, it had a thick, solid texture.

After my food I walked around Siam Square hoping to bag some shopping deals but unfortunately nothing caught my eye. So I headed to my dinner venue instead.

Ban Khun Mae Restaurant (screenshot from Ban Khun Mae’s website). 

My friend told me that this place had a long history and I didn’t believe him at first but after trying the food here, I second and triple him. A must try for this place is their Baked Pineapple Rice. 

To digest dinner quicker, I walked all the way from Siam to Talad Neon which is behind Platinum Fashion Mall. It was at least a 30 minute walk. 

At Talad Neon, I didn’t eat or buy much stuff. The place was similar to Rot Fai, so I got bored quickly after awhile. I did come across this sparkly drink.

You can have it either as a cocktail or mocktail. Prices are within 100 to 200baht ($4 to $8 SGD). I guess you could try it for the novelty, but that’s about it. 

Ending off the night, I went for a Thai massage at Healthland Asok which was near my hotel. It’s supposedly a popular place for  Singaporeans as well. A 2 hour massage cost 600baht ($26 SGD), which is quite reasonable given the better condition of this place. I tipped my masseuse 20baht, because she was standing there bidding me goodbye so I paiseh. I’m not sure if such a practice is still commonplace these days.

Day 3 – Platinum Fashion Mall, Chinatown

Woke up and Ubered to Platinum Fashion Mall for shopping. My friends said that the food court at Platinum Fashion Mall is not bad, but how, how can I resist the wonton mee and braised pork rice at one of the streets opposite Platinum Fashion Mall?

Braised Pork Rice.

Wonton Mee.

The wonton mee and braised pork rice isn’t cheap at 100baht ($5 SGD) each, which probably isn’t worth the price according to BKK’s standards, but still worth a try if haven’t done so. Chilli is a must for your wonton mee. Don’t say that you’ve tried their wonton mee until you’ve eaten it with chilli. The braised pork rice was also very pleasant; rather flavourful but don’t ever scrutinise their preparations haha. 

The feel of Platinum Fashion Mall is still the same, but majority of the clothes here sell for 250baht and above even at “bulk” price. That’s like $12 SGD. Still cheaper compared to the clothes in Singapore, but not as cheap as a couple of years ago where you could still get a decent skirt and dress for 150baht. And mind you, not like there was an improvement in quality of the clothes. 

After a lot of walking, I headed back to my hotel where I went for a swim again! 

Tip: Don’t bother getting an Uber from Platinum Fashion Mall. The roads there are too congested for any Uber car to reach you within 10minutes. 

Screenshot from Terminal 21’s Facebook.

After a good rest at my hotel, I walked over to Terminal 21 where it’s mainly window shopping. Each level is of a different theme, so you have London, Paris, Japan, Hollywood etc. Really cool but again, nothing much to be bought from this mall. I was more excited over the food variety in Terminal 21 hehe. Terminal 21 has many restaurants like Coco Ichibanya, MK Steamboat, Tony Roma’s, Ootoya, Swensens but I think the best place to dine at is the food court, also known as Pier 21.

The prices at Pier 21 are so affordable (average about 50baht, $2.50 SGD)! The natural instinct is to over order, but please control yourself. I tried the Pad Thai, Papaya Salad, Tom Yam Soup, Braised Pork Rice and Mango Sticky Rice. Of all the dishes here, the weakest was the Tom Yam Soup. You can skip it. 

Pad Thai.

Tom Yam Soup.

Papaya Salad.

Braised Pork Rice.

Wholesome pot of braised pork. See already also shiok. 

It sounds really crazy but after all these feasting at Pier 21, I headed to Chinatown to eat seafood dinner! It’s so strange, somehow I just could eat meals after meals after meals. Anyway, Chinatown is some distance away from Terminal 21 so there’s time to disgest the food in your tummy. 

Tip: Take an Uber to Chinatown. Being such a far place, few taxis will send you there on a meter. 

I dined at this place called T & K Seafood. It’s super chaotic on the ground level, so you’ll be quickly whisked away to the upper floors. Rule of thumb — minimally order crab, steamed fish and clams or mussels.

Crab with Glass Noodles, 400baht, $17SGD.

The glass noodles were soooo flavourful!! Reminds me of japchae, the Korean glass noodles. Also has the wok hei taste which makes it super yummy.

Steamed Fish in Garlic and Lemon Soup.

The fish wasn’t very big, it’s probably good enough for 3 pax. I liked the lemon soup! Masked the fishy smell and gave the extra punch.

After dinner I headed next door for bird’s nest at Nam Sing (strange, seems like everyone visits BKK’s Chinatown for three things only: seafood, bird’s nest and shark’s fin). Again, contrary to perception that food in BKK is cheap, my bird’s nest cost 300baht (about $14 SGD). It’s nice though, and the toppings are very generous. 

Bird’s Nest.

Day 4 – Roast Cafe, Asiatique

Having done all my shopping the past 3 days, I dedicated day 4 to cafes. By my friend’s repeated recommendation, I headed to Roast at EmQuartier Helix Building B. Because I was early, I got the sit by the full length windows and you know what? Best view ever.

Truffle Alfredo Pasta, 280baht, $12 SGD.

 The pasta was impressive. It’s freshly handmade, so the Tagliatelle strands are of varying sizes. It was also cooked al dante, and the toppings are generous. The creamy sauce can get a little jelat towards the end though. 

Slow Roasted Fried Chicken (480baht, $20 SGD). 

The Slow Roasted Fried Chicken was by far the best roast chicken I’ve ever eaten in a cafe. Having marinated in buttermilk and homemade hot sauce for 48 hours, the flavour of the chicken really hit the spot for me. The chicken comes with their special chilli in a separate bottle, but I didn’t think it was necessary. 

After my meal I was too full to do anything else. Not even have desserts! This was something I regretted. Should have eaten lesser so that I have space for desserts. Tried to walk off the heavy feeling but I just couldn’t, so I ended up going back to my hotel to swim (again!!!).

Headed out to Asiatique for the evening (because a lot of websites hailed Asiatique as one of the best night markets in BKK) and I must tell you here and now that you should skip this night market entirely. It was a total waste of my time. The shopping was mediocre and the food was unmemorable. Plus, the prices of everything was on the high side. To add on, getting here is not easy. You have to take the BTS to Saphan Taksin (44baht from Asok, $2 SGD) and then queue up for a free ferry which can take awhile because the ferry runs once every 15 minutes and if you’re going during peak hours, good luck.

Left within a couple of hours and since it’s my last night in BKK, I went for a full body massage at Healthland Asok again. Shiok.

Day 5 – Back to Singapore

My flight was at 12noon, so I checked out of the hotel at 930am and took Uber to the airport. The journey took about half an hour, and the fare was 375baht (inclusive of 25baht toll free, $15SGD).

At Suvarnabhumi Airport there are shops selling food and souvenirs. I grabbed a quick meal at Ippudo Express before getting onto my flight and it’s home sweet home Singapore!

Overall I feel that the three essential places to shop and eat in BKK are: Rot Fai Ratchada (one night market is enough, trust me), Platinum Fashion Mall, and Chatuchak Market. Shopping wise it was disappointing for me, while food wise I’m glad I found some really good ones.

All prices in SGD in this post are an approximate and not to be taken as is.

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Pasta Licious, Temple Street


The plethora of cuisines along Temple Street in Chinatown is not unfamiliar to locals and tourists. Further diversifying this melting pot is Pasta Licious, an eatery offering pasta, and much more. 

Pasta Licious did its market research well. They knew a pasta shop was lacking along Temple Street, so they opened one. They also knew that folks like you and I like to chat over affordable beer, so they kept their beers and snacks reachable. What surprised me was they were well aware that bingsus were the current hot favourite for desserts, so even though bingsus typically do not pair with pastas, they did the unthinkable – bingsu on their menu. Super no reason for you not to visit.

Aglio Olio with Bacon and Mushrooms, $13.90.

Pasta Licious has got interesting pastas such as Spcial Pumpkin and Truffle Mushroom Carbonara. But since it allows you to customise your pasta (of course right), I obligedly did so and chose my favourite two toppings done aglio olio style. I liked that they used whole strips of bacon as opposed to bacon bits. It’s just more shiok to munch on. 

Grilled Chicken Thigh, $15.90.

The chicken thigh was so juicy! It is quite tough to get the timing of the grilling right, and I’m glad Pasta Licious done it well.

Pasta Licious is a family business, so expect to be served by your typical local friendly aunty. If you chat with her enough, she will share that the cook behind your dishes is actually her daughter. You can hear a mother’s pride and joy as she shares her daughter’s achievement with you. Really heart warming, this place. 

3 Temple Street, S(058556)

Daily: 12noon to 930pm

+65 6920 1308

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The Assembly Ground, The Cathay


If you’re thinking of a full day shopping trip in town, why not start your day with The Assembly Ground? Located at The Cathay which is a good landmark for the start of your shopping trip, The Assembly Ground serves coffee and food to start your day right.

The Assembly Ground has got a very relaxing interior. It is one of the better designed cafes in Singapore.

Truffle Scented Mushroom and Egg Pizza, $22.

You can’t really go wrong with this combination of truffle, mushroom and egg. While the crust was light and crispy, I would prefer if there were more mushrooms though. The pizza does get boring towards the edges, and unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to finish the ends. The pizza was also served on a metal tray, which can be a little hot to the touch if you’re not careful. 

Salted Yolk Chick ‘N Waffles, $19.

Southern fried chicken with waffles, my comfort food. With so many elements on the plate, you kinda don’t know which one to chiong first. I went for the potato gratin and wow! It went beyond my expectations. The potato gratin was soft, flavourful and nicely layered. 

The main star of the dish, the southern fried chicken, was crunchy and not at all oily. Dip it into the salted egg yolk sauce for that oomph!

The charcoal waffle was a little disappointing because it wasn’t warm enough to melt the butter so I had to cut the butter into bits and fit them into the waffle squares. 

I think the best way to eat this dish is to combine everything together – waffle, fried chicken with salted yolk sauce, and potato gratin on top. Yummy.

The Assembly Ground offers a rather extensive lunch menu with local touches such as Bak Kwa Carbonara and Rendang Mac and Cheese. Would love to be back to try these dishes out.

2 Handy Road, #01-21, S(229233)

+65 6733 3375

Weekdays: 11am to 10pm

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Nun Song Yee, Bukit Timah

Worth a try.

Located within the Korean neighbourhood of Bukit Timah, Nun Song Yee is a convenient dessert place to end off your meal after a visit to Oven & Fried Chicken next door. 

Nun Song Yee sits a comfortable crowd of people and I was told that this place is packed at nights. Not to worry about not getting a spot though, the cafe is open 24 hours so you’ll definitely get your bingsu fix at one hour or the other.

The seating below the platform doesn’t seem right. Allows cheekopek eyes to peek into the skirts and shorts of girls seated on the platform. Plus, it’s kinda awkward to be next to someone’s butt while you enjoy your bingsu.

Black Sesame Bingsu, $18.90.

For all black sesame lovers out there. The Black Sesame Bingsu is topped with a generous helping of red bean, four cubes of chewy mochi and almond flakes enough to last till the very last spoon. They also serve it with a tiny cup of condense milk which is optional but trust me, it makes the bingsu so much nicer. As you dig into the bingsu, you’ll realise that there are layers of black sesame and soybean powder within the snowflake ice. Don’t bother rationing your  powder on top for the last few mouthfuls.

Pat Bingsu, $14.90.

Having eaten the Black Sesame Bingsu, the Pat Bingsu pales in comparison. I guess if you’re not hungry but craving for that little bit of bingsu to satisfy your sweet tooth, this is the bingsu for you. As with the Black Sesame Bingsu, Pat Bingsu has layers of soybean powder within the snowflake ice. However, because it’s so light, condense milk is a must for this to sustain your interest all the way till the end.

Overall, Nun Song Yee is a convenient place to hang out with your pals until the wee hours of the night. The prices are on the steep side if you order their premium range such as the Black Sesame Bingsu, but hey, the portion is for 4 to share. 

I said worth a try at the beginning of my post because the taste of the bingsu here didn’t really impress me. Yes the portions are generous but tastewise it can be forgettable. Not something that I would think of eating out of the blue. 

9 Yuk Tong Avenue, S(596314)

Daily 24 hours

+65 9728 8563

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5 The Moments, Tanjong Pagar Road


5 The Moments along Tanjong Pagar Road breaks the momentum of a street lined with salivating smells of Korean BBQ and fried chicken. The colourful outlook and gelato signage were screaming out to me on a hot and sunny afternoon.

The interior is decorated with vintage items which keeps you occupied while you wait for your food.

They have a variety of waffles with ice cream (approx $11) starting with the all familiar buttermilk as your safest bet, to red velvet if you’re feeling more adventurous. They also have lava cakes in either chocolate or matcha flavour. If you don’t feel like having sweet stuff, they do have light bites (approx $9) such as Korean Fried Chicken. Heh but seriously who will order fried chicken here when there are established fried chicken eateries just next door?
Matcha waffles with ferrero rocher ice cream.

Buttermilk waffles with salted caramel ice cream.

The waffles, while crispy, were too thin. I’m the kind that will cut according to the waffle lines into little squares before scooping a spoonful of ice cream into those little squares before gulping them down. Sadly for me, the waffle squares didn’t hold up after being cut.

The salted caramel ice cream was rather weak too. I’ve tried many salted caramel ice creams, and this is one of the weaker ones. The taste and texture really didn’t impress. The ferrero rocher was all right.

On a whole, the waffle with ice cream wasn’t worth it. They also don’t serve water and do not provide serviettes. Put it bluntly, it’s homemade food at restaurant prices. I’ll leave it to you to be the judge if you ever drop by.

P/S: Stop trying to figure it out. “5 The Moments” stands for “Find The Moments”.

73 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088494)

Sundays to Thursdays: 12pm to 11pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 12pm to 1130pm 

+65 6493 1839

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Ice Lab, Orchard Shopping Centre


I’ve eaten a lot of Bingsu before but could never  really tell the difference or justify why it’s so popular, until I tried Ice Lab.
Brought my mom there on a weekday afternoon and it was rather empty except for pockets of students here and there.

So cute right! Artificial snow constantly drifts down on their in-house friendly polar bear. You can choose to sit around the bear while having your Bingsu for that added winter country feel.

After payment at the counter, you’ll be given a buzzer which cues you to collect your Bingsu atop this flight of stairs when it’s ready.

My mango and banana Bingsu! I rarely see bananas being paired with mangoes (should not come as a surprise then, that Ice Lab doesn’t have chocolate banana on their menu) but this combination was not bad at all. 

Upon my first spoon of the Bingsu, I can see why this place is usually packed to the brim at night. The texture of the ice was super soft and smooth! Arguably the best Bingsu I’ve eaten thus far. The mango chunks were sweet and just sufficient to last till the very last bit of ice. Oh, bonus points here as they keep their place very clean and tidy. No sticky tables!

321 Orchard Road #01-01/02 Irchard Shopping Centre, S(238866)

Daily 11am to 11pm

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