Food Picks: Rebecca Lynne Tan recommends Manhattan, PasarBella, Roxy Laksa

Roxy Laksa at East Coast Road. -- PHOTO: MAKANSUTRA
Roxy Laksa at East Coast Road. -- PHOTO: MAKANSUTRA

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Manhattan, The Regent's three-month-old New York-esque Art Deco bar, launches its boozy cocktail brunch this Sunday. I've been so excited about it that I've already rallied together a group of friends to try it at the end of the month.

Think unlimited glasses of six different cocktails from Bellinis, made with champagne and fresh-pressed seasonal juice, to a drink called the Bartender's Breakfast Bartender's Breakfast - tea-infused Aylesbury Duck vodka, Green Chartreuse, honey water, fresh lemon and Seltzer water. If that isn't enough, there is also a D-I-Y Bloody Mary cart where you can decide what to add, from the garnishes to the type of hot sauce.

Check out the spread of delicious eats too. The seafood station serves oysters, lobster ceviche and shrimp cocktail, while the cheese room and a bagel station offer a good selection of toppings and spreads.

Where: Manhattan, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2 MRT: Orchard Open: Brunch is available every Sun from 11.30am - 3.30pm Price: $150++ a person, which includes a free flow of craft cocktails, beer & wine; $195++, includes all the above plus free flow of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne Tel: 6725-3377 Info: Go to or e-mail manhattan.rsn@

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When I saw a stall with two poffertjes skillets at PasarBella last weekend, I did a double take because it was the first time I had seen the Dutch mini pancakes being sold in Singapore.

The pans resemble takoyaki grills and also have semi-spherical grooves for the poffertjes batter, only that these grooves are more shallow.

Simply put, poffertjes are to the Dutch what crepes are to the French.

The snacks (14 pieces for $8), served with butter and icing sugar, are delicious.

Made to order, it takes about five minutes for them to be done. They are light and airy, and crisp around the edges.

I can't wait to have them again.

Where: The Food Renegade pop-up stall at Dutch Colony, PasarBella at The GrandStand (former Turf City), 200 Turf Club Road MRT: Botanic Gardens Open: The pop-up opens only on weekends, from 11am until sold out Info: Go to

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Go to this bar at The Four Seasons Hotel for martinis, cocktails and mocktails. Behind its menu is world-renowned Spanish bartender Javier De Las Muelas, who founded the award-winning Dry Martini bar in Barcelona.

Drinks include an Espresso Martini made with Ketel One vodka, a single espresso and cane syrup, and cocktails such as La Vie En Rose - Veuve Clicquot Rose, Maraschino, lychee liqueur and grapefruit juice. Mojitos are made with ingredients such as kumquat, ginger and coffee.

For groups, order a Thirst Quenching Pitcher. Try the Singapore Sangria, De Las Muelas' take on the Singapore Sling and a classic sangria - Martini Rosso, apple juice, Barcardi Superior, Ginger Droplet, passionfruit, mandarin syrup and lemon juice ($69). It makes for a refreshing and sophisticated afternoon, and night-time, delight.

Where: One-Ninety Bar, Lobby Level, The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard MRT: Orchard Open: 7.30am - 1am daily Tel: 6831-7671 Info: Go to

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I have been eating at the Roxy Laksa stall since I was a teenager and it is by far one of my favourite versions in Singapore. Before this, laksa, to me, was just too oily and cloying.

Back then, I would try and eat Roxy's laksa twice a week - once on a Wednesday and again on a Saturday - when I would go to the East Coast to sail. I would crave it so much, I even entertained the thought of tying a takeaway bag of the flavour-packed noodles in gravy to the mast of my boat for lunch while out at sea.

Unlike other versions, this one isn't served with cockles. It comes with prawns that are plump and always fresh, slices of bouncy fishcake, a small dollop of sambal and julienned laksa leaves. I love its gravy, which is more like a broth. It is full-bodied, rich and robust.

The owner, Mr Lim Swee Heng, was named a Singapore Hawker Master in 2011. A worthy title indeed.

Where: Roxy Laksa, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, 1220 East Coast Parkway, 01-48 MRT: Bedok Open: 10.30am - 8.30pm (weekday), 8.30am - 8.30pm (weekend & public holiday)