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Gyu Bar, Stevens Road

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Gyu Bar sits within the premises of Novotel and Mecure Hotel along Stevens Road. It can be easy to miss if you’re driving quickly along the main road, so I hope with the picture below you’ll find it easier to locate it.

As the name suggests, Gyu Bar specialises in beef. The main attraction of this place is that it brings in A4 Kumamoto Wagyu from Japan, which they proudly serve during dinner along with a glass of sake. Unfortunately, I visited this place for lunch and it only offers rice bowls during daytime.

Interestingly, the menu has Korean starters, and some of the rice bowls are rather Korean-ish.

Assorted Namuru, $16.

Kimchi, $10.

Signature Beef Salad, $26.

Signature Roast Beef Don, $35.

This bowl lives up to its signature title. Slices of slow roast beef alongside a special gravy by the chef, need I say more? The beef slices had that melt in your mouth texture and the gravy was simply delicious.

Sukiyaki Don Set, $30.

I’ve honestly never eaten sukiyaki in a rice bowl before. The sukiyakis I’ve eaten thus far were all cooked in those shallow sukiyaki pot, a bit like hot pot style. So this was definitely interesting for me.

Yakiniku Chicken Don Set, $24.

This rice bowl came infused with truffle! What a pleasant surprise. The chicken pieces were also juicy and tender, just the way a good yakiniku chicken should be.

Ishiyaki Bibimbap Set, $22.

For the bibimbap, the staff will actually help you to mix the rice and spread it against the hot stone bowl. You are to wait for a couple of minutes for the rice to “chao ta” before digging in. Super fun to watch.

All rice bowl set comes with salad and miso soup. Each bowl also comes with an onsen egg which you have to mix into the rice, making the whole bowl really creamy. Now imagine having that with the slow roast beef slices (Signature Roast Beef Don). Oishii!

That said, Gyu Bar is not a place where you would have lunch at everyday because of the price, and also because the lunch menu is pretty much as above. I would definitely drop by for dinner one day if I feel like indulging though.

30 Stevens Road, #01-08, S(257840)

Closed Mondays.

Tuesdays to Sundays: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

+65 6732 0702

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Kuro Izakaya, Suntec City Tower 3

Worth a try.

Everybody loves to chill over bar bites and beer after work. Bonus points added if a place that has this combi is situated at the heart of town. Located at Suntec Tower 3, Kuro Izakaya easily attracts the working crowd when the sun goes down.

To find Kuro Izakaya, you’ll have to walk to Suntec Tower 3 (where Oppo, Harvey Norman, Timberland, GV movie are situated) and exit towards the taxi stand. It’s located outside of the building.

They have a huge range of Japanese whiskeys and beer, perfect for pairing with your bar bites (well they do have staples such as ramen and Japanese curry, but it’s really out of the place to be having those items here).

Pork Jowl, $5. Scallops wrapped in Bacon (Tare and Shio versions), $6. Pork Belly (Tare and Shio versions), $4. Enoki wrapped in Bacon, $4.

Chicken Breast with Mentaiko, $4.

The best kushiyaki? Pork Jowl, followed by Scallops wrapped in Bacon (Tare version). I tried both the tare (sweet sauce) and shio (salted) versions and I very much preferred the tare one. The scallops were huge and juicy, which I really appreciated. As for the pork jowl, I do think that it’s quite difficult to go wrong with it as the texture of the meat is excellent to begin with.

I thought I would like the Chicken Breast with Mentaiko, but unfortunately the breast meat was way too tough. Wrong choice of meat, Kuro Izakaya. Chicken thighs would have been much, much better. Either that, or you make sure you cook your breast meat well.

Kuro Izakaya is a nice and cozy place to chill, but I don’t think I’ll be back again as their kushiyakis aren’t well executed, and the place is seriously lacking in variety. Once is enough for me.

6 Temasek Boulevard, #01-604, S(038986)

Mondays to Thursdays: 1130am to 230pm, 5pm to 11pm

Fridays: 1130am to 230pm, 5pm to 1130pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 1130am to 230pm, 5pm to 10pm

+65 6235 1066

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1 Tyrwhitt Bistro Bar, Tyrwhitt Road

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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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The White Rabbit, Harding Road

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We all know that the restaurants in Dempsey are nothing short of special, romantic and classy. I’ve long heard of The White Rabbit, and finally got my chance to try it when my friend wanted to propose to his girlfriend and invited me to help with the props.

The restaurant is actually converted from a chapel! The tables are also well spaced from each other so your sweet talks are only for each other’s ears. Romantic level 99.


The Rabbit Hole, their outdoor bar, poses a more relaxed vibe with a cool bar counter and a garden complete with a herb section if you want to take a stroll. There are a couple of spots which make for a good photo during the day. Unfortunately it was night time so I couldn’t get some of the spots on my phone.


Alaskan King Crab Tagliatelle, $28 for 80g.

This pasta comes with pork broth and kombu. Having read about it on the other food blogs, I had high expectations and I’m glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. This is a dish I will definitely be ordering this again the next time I visit. They’ve gotten so many things right for this dish. The pasta was done al dente, the broth was sweet yet intense, and the serving of the Alaskan king crab was generous. 

Because I was going to have other dishes with this, I chose the smaller portion of 80g. you can choose the larger portion of 160g for $42.

Special dish for the night – 200g A4 Wagyu beef steak, $80.

The A4 Wagyu is not on their regular menu. It comes grilled with salt and pepper, just the way a good steak should be done. For those who prefer having it with sauce, they steak comes with a special red wine sauce by the side. 

I had mine medium rare, and the result is a super soft and melt in your mouth piece of steak. Unfortunately, it was slightly over salted for my liking. Like the pasta, they have a smaller portion of 160g for $70.

Truffle Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms, $14.

This dish was pretty normal, rather expected of a truffle mac and cheese. I liked that they served it in a thick metal pot because it did keep my mac and cheese warm throughout dinner.

I was too full for dessert but I did see the other tables having fanciful desserts done flambé style. Will definitely try their desserts the next time I’m here!

39C Harding Road, S(249541)

Tuesdays to Fridays: 12noon to 230pm (Set Lunch), 630pm to 1030pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 1030am to 3pm (Brunch), 630pm to 1030pm

Closed Mondays

+65 6473 9965

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