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Maru, Icon Village


Maru is an Asian fusion eatery that is newly opened in Icon Village at Gopeng Street. Like its food, the vibe of the place cuts across two or more cultures; the name sounds Japanese but the interior feels very backstage broadway. There’s even a cosy corner for added privacy if needed.

Maru’s menu is separated into lunch and dinner, which I think gives better focus and efficiency during the respective peak hours. I tried their lunch.

Bonito Grilled Eel Fried Rice, $13.

When I read that it was fried rice, I instinctively prepared myself for minced unagi fried rice topped with bonito flakes (come on, at $13 in Tanjong Pagar, who wouldn’t think so?). Surprise surprise! Two chunks of eel with bonito flakes, chives, furikake, omelette shreds and seaweed. Mix everything together and viola! You’ve got yourself a delicious rice bowl.

My friend tried the Uni Ikura Angel Hair Pasta ($26) and she said it was super good! I guess it’s another excuse for me to return to this place for lunch again.

Mixed Lotus Roots and Potates with Truffle, $8.

These thinly sliced vegetables with truffle oil are so crispy and addictive! I normally wouldn’t finish sides, but I couldn’t stop for this!

Popcorn Shrimp with Wasabi and Sour Cream, $8.

My impression of the shrimps is that they were very well drained. Throughout my whole meal, the prawns stayed crunchy and pleasant to the bite. I felt that the prawns can stand alone actually, no need for the sour cream sauce and corn bits.

Overall, I really like this place as the fusion food they serve is really quite creative. They have other items like iberico pork ramen and grilled pork jowl which sounds delicious. Might head here for dinner as well as!

Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, #01-05, 078877

Mondays to Fridays: 1130am to 11pm

Saturdays and PHs: 4pm to 11pm

Closed Sundays.

+65 6327 1123

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Pince & Pints, Duxton Road


Rated as having one of the best lobster rolls in Singapore, Pince & Pints can be hard to miss if you’re not paying attention since the whole row of shophouses along Duxton Road is nothing short of restaurants and bars. Its closed doors doesn’t look particularly inviting as well. However, step inside and it’s a different vibe all together.

Pince & Pints exudes an American burger joint vibe. The staff are friendly, the place is brightly lit, the chairs are red, chunky and cushiony.

The menu is encapsulated between two metal grills which seems like a representation of how lobsters are caught – in metal cages. 

The position of the food items is precisely in each square. How creative!

The Lobster Roll, $58.

The Lobster Roll is the classic, must try dish if you’re here for the first time. Large chunks of juicy lobster bits stuffed in a buttered bun and topped with chopped chives is the bomb. I ate this bun by the mouthfuls and each bite I took was filled with lobster. Wah damn shiok.

The Truffle Roll, $68.

You can never go wrong with truffle, can you? The Truffle Roll comes with truffle sauce and is topped with truffle shavings and truffle caviar. Luxurious much. Compared to The Lobster Roll, I much preferred The Truffle Roll. But like I said, if you’re here for the first time, do go for The Lobster Roll. It’s like eating steamboat, you have to try the soup au naturel first even though you know it’ll get better as you add your ingredients in.

Overall, Pince & Pints takes their lobster business seriously. No complaints about this place, except for the price. The two rolls above, after the relevant taxes, came up to $148. Yes the rolls were delicious, but was it worth this high a price? I don’t really think so. With this amount of money, you could be better off feasting on a decent buffet where the lobsters are free flowing. Also, they don’t serve plain water, which means you’ll have to fork out a couple more bucks for either still or sparkling bottled water. Pfffft. It was a good meal, but I won’t be going back again.

32, 33 Duxton Road, S(089496)

Mondays to Fridays: 12pm to 230pm, 530pm to 11pm

Saturdays and PH : 12pm to 11pm 

Closed Sundays

+65 6225 7558

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Wonton, Seng’s Noodle Bar, Amoy Street


Noodles for the people! Wonton, Seng’s Noodle Bar specialises in wonton noodles and has dedicated a whole premise for it. In Singapore where delicious wonton noodles are ubiquitous, does their bold slogan still hold?

From a distance I saw someone leaving with about 10 bowls of tabao-ed wonton noodles.  I understood why when I finally entered the premise. 

Super, super, super limited seating. Wonton, Seng’s Noodle Bar uses mirrors to amplify the space, but it hardly helps. The tables are small and closely packed next to each other, while the counter seats are skin to skin. They offer a $1 discount on all takeaway bowls. Good move.

Self service soup. On every table there is a flask of soup which you will pour for yourself with the bowls provided. Well played, Seng’s Noodle Bar. One less thing to do for the kitchen. I’m not complaining though, because their soup is very fragrant! They definitely spent some effort concocting this soup. With this flask, you can help yourself to unlimited servings of the soup, which you will do so for sure.

Char Siew Noodle Bowl, $7.

The texture of the egg noodles is similar to Sarawak Jia Xiang Kolo Mee. It’s springy, supple and well cooked. I poked around my friends’ bowls and they were all the same consistency. My only complaint for the noodles is that it’s not served piping hot. Could be the manner the noodles are cooked to ensure this consistency though. 

The wonton bowl comes with torched char siew pork belly which was a tad disappointing for me. While it’s well flavoured, I would have preferred the pork belly to be softer. The boiled wontons were normal. 

Not surprising, Wonton, Seng’s Noodle Bar has their own homemade chilli. I usually pair my food with chilli, but for this, I felt that the noodles were already flavourful enough. No need for additional condiments. 

Overall, what will make me go back to Wonton, Seng’s Noodle Bar is their soup, as well as the other dishes on their menu. For example, they have Crispy Duck Noodles and Homemade XO Sauce Fried Dumplings. I do think the limited and squeeze seating can be a bummer though. While I was luckily to be able to get a seat during lunch on my first try, I felt that my meal was very rushed and I had no personal space to maneuver my food.

52 Amoy Street, S(069878)

+65 6221 1336

Closed Sundays

Lunch Mondays to Fridays: 1130am to 230pm

Dinner Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays: 6pm to 10pm, Fridays: 6pm – 11pm

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Kuro Maguro, Tanjong Pagar Centre


Kuro Maguro sits within the newly renovated Tanjong Pagar Centre (just above Tanjong Pagar MRT) For lunch, the fresh sashimi bowls come with affordable prices which makes it a good value.

For a small space, the high ceiling works to give a comfortable feeling. I was told that the Japanese chef changes his hair colour and style every now and then so it’s definitely something to look out for.

Salmon Ikura, $20.80++.

Barachirashi, $18.80++.

One of the things I look out for in gauging the authencity of a Japanese restaurant is not only the nationality of the chef, but also little details like the quality of wasabi and origin of the rice. Kuro Maguro didn’t disappoint. The wasabi is freshly grated, complimenting the soft and fluffy Japanese rice. My only qualm for the above two bowls is that the amount of ikura could be more generous. Come on, have you tried those in Japan?

Kuro Maguro offers other rice bowls such as those done aburi style or with tuna as the main fish (sorry, I’m a super big fan of salmon and ikura, hence you can see the similarity in the two bowls above), which I would definitely want to try some day.

They offer much more for dinner in terms of side dishes to share, but If you’re headed here for lunch, do go early as seats are really limited. 

Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street #01-04 S(078884) 

+65 6386 8561

Daily 1130am to 2pm, 530pm to 10pm 

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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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PoCha, Tanjong Pagar Road

Worth a try.

PoCha Korean restaurant along Tanjong Pagar Road doesn’t look inviting at all. Throw a stone at any direction along Tanjong Pagar Road and you’ll find a yummy Korean treat easily. So is PoCha worth a try?

Yes. PoCha is an abbreviation for “street food” in Korean. Street food is unpretentious, so I guess that’s where the restaurant was heading for when they designed this layout. To be seated, you’ll have to walk up the stairs to the second floor.

Ah, so much more comforting up here.

If you don’t like the lively ambience, you can request to have your own private room!

Upon seated, we were served with some sides and a seaweed soup. The seaweed soup was warm and yummy. Sides are free flow here so don’t hesitate to ask for a refill. The peanuts looked tasty but they were quite bland. 

We placed our orders and more side dishes came (left and right). Am not sure if these extra side dishes are because of our orders, or that they just took a wee bit longer to come. Suspect it’s the former though. Anyway, they weren’t out of the ordinary so no damage done if you missed them.

Army stew!

Their army stew was delicious! Adequately seasoned, the soup packs a good punch of spiciness and flavour. Could take on another pot anytime.

BBQ beef and pork set. 

This was really disappointing. The meat were tough and dry, and although they claimed it was marinated, I definitely couldn’t discern any sort of flavour. 

Leek pancake.

Okay I have to admit that this is the prettiest Korean pancake I’ve eaten thus far. No other restaurants bother to decorate their pancake so this was a pleasant surprise. Taste wise, not bad, but I would have appreciated it more if it were crispier. 

Overall, I guess I wouldn’t be visiting PoCha again. The army stew was great, but the rest of the food wasn’t satisfying, and to be honest, there are other army stews out there that are equally as good. 

60 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088481) 

p/s I don’t know why Google will tell you it’s 35 Tanjong Pagar Road. It’s wrong!

+65 8163 6570

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Warung Lele

Tell someone who knows about this place and you’ll hear them shout, “ayam kalio!!!!!”


Unfortunately my phone’s camera is too lousy. The picture does not do justice to the food at all. At first glace it looks spicy but don’t be apprehensive, it’s not spicy at all! It’s super delicious! I focused all my attention on it so much that my friend was very amused as she filled my plate with the other food (broccoli and BBQ squid) we ordered.

I also had their highly popular avocado drink topped with a choice of cocoa (not as sweet) or gula melaka (sweeter). I chose gula melaka as it sounded more traditional. Avocados are great for a smooth complexion, and this rendition is rich and creamy. I could drink a cup everyday! A pity there were only two of us so we didn’t try their fried catfish and the yellow rice that my friend so raved about was sold out by the time we got there for dinner. However, based on the three dishes we ordered and the friendly and homely staff, im definitely going back there again!

Where: 8 Shenton Way, AXA Tower, #01-16/19, Tanjong Pagar
Opening times: 1130am-10pm
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