The story of the Irish coffee in SF

The building housing the Buena Vista Café started as a boarding house. In 1916, the first floor was transformed into a saloon. This was the start of what would become a San Francisco landmark, known across the country for its menu and history. Visitors come from around the world for fresh Dungeness crab, the all-day…

Charley Noble @ Wellington

Charley Noble was the sailors’ name for the galley chimney, which drew the heat from the galley stove and carried it safely above decks. As you can imagine, it was a pretty important piece of equipment in the galley – for no-one wants hot coals or embers burning in the kitchen of a wooden ship!

Moosehead kitchen-bar @ Telok Ayer

Small plates dining is gaining a lot of popularity in recent times, probably because people are eating less while wanting to eat more variety. Restaurants have turned to sharing plates and small bites to give variety to a meal. Many years back, I went to one of the first to offer these small plates Mediterranean…

db Bistro Moderne @ MBS

db bistro moderne—home of the famed “db Burger” that launched the gourmet burger craze—is at the midtown crossroads of fashion and theater. Reminiscent of a contemporary bistro in France, this award-winning restaurant reflects Chef Daniel Boulud’s intrinsic love for soulful seafood dishes steeped in French tradition.

Lazy Sunday in Shanghai

What can you do on a lazy Sunday in Shanghai? Xintiandi? Tianzifang? Why not spend a quiet afternoon in an old French Concession villa for something light and some simple?

Salted and Hung @ Bugis

Salted & Hung is a Contemporary Australian restaurant with a menu that has a strong focus on in-house curing and grilling. Elements of smoking, curing and pickling are reflected through the menu using classic curing techniques with the aid of modern instruments to maintain the integrity of flavours.

Open Farm Community @ Minden

Located among Minden Cluster of the old British barracks in Tanglin Hill was a gem of a place called Open Farm Community. What they sell was “from farm to table”. Except for the some vegetables and spices, nothing else was from their on-site farm.

Wheeler’s Yard @ Balestier

Wheeler’s Yard was often tagged by my friends in FB, and I made it a cafe that I would love to try with Princess. If you are expecting fine dining, this is the wrong place.

Ash and Elm @ Bugis

Organised a farewell lunch, small budget, but still want a nice environment and good food – go to a semi-buffet. Ash and Elm caters to the nearby lunchtime crowd with a semi-buffet, offering 4 choices for mains (rotation) and buffet appetiser and dessert bar.

Alter Ego @ Esplanade

Alter Ego is the second self of A Poke Theory, dishing out Hawaiian poke bowls by day, craft beer & unapologetically sinful bar grub by night. Situated on Esplanade’s waterfront, it’s a sweet spot to knock back IPAs under the stars, to an unrivalled view of the Marina Bay.