1 OLIVIA & CO
This 60-seat cafe pays homage to Sir Stamford Raffles' first wife, Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt. Reflecting her globe-trotting ways , the menu is a mishmash of Western and Asian cuisine.
Signature dishes include the Quayside Soft-Shell Crab Burger ($23++), which features a tempura-battered soft-shell crab stacked on top of sesame slaw, coriander and jalapeno mayonnaise sandwiched between brioche buns and served with sweet potato fries.
For a lighter option, there is the Green Burger ($14++), with a zucchini and corn patty, sweet chilli salsa and an avocado wasabi salad.
Main courses include Asian Pork Belly ($23++), succulent pork belly topped with pork crackling with a zesty papaya and lime salad.
End on a sweet note with desserts such as the Snorlax ($12++, photo 1), which has waffles jazzed up with berry compote, bananas, bacon and a drizzle of honey.
Highlights of the brunch menu include the Olivia Sticky Date Pancake ($12++) and Cinnamon French Toast ($12++).
Where: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, between Towers 1 and 2, 01-481
Open: 9am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6337-2518 or or go to oliviaandco.com.sg
2 JU HAO
The casual northern Chinese restaurant started out as a hawker stall in the now-defunct Lavender Food Square, known for dishes such as xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) and fried dumplings.
Collaborating with restaurant chain Ministry of Food, the 100-seat eatery has expanded its menu to include appetisers, fried rice dishes and desserts. Old favourites such as the xiao long bao (from $5.80 for five pieces), steamed cabbage dumplings (from $6 for six pieces), and mushroom and minced meat noodles ($7.80), are still on the menu.
Start with appetisers such as chilled cucumber and chilled bittergourd (both $3.50). Other main dishes include Prawn Fried Rice ($13.50, photo 2), pan-fried chives dumplings ($6 for six pieces) and pork cutlet noodles ($10.80).
For a sweet finish, go for desserts such as red bean pancake ($6.80) and osmanthus jelly cake ($3.80).
Where: 10 Sinaran Drive, Square 2, 01-47
Open: 11.30am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6352-0082 or go to facebook.com/juhaobymof
3 DASHI BAR
After a nine-month revamp, Isetan Scotts Supermarket in Shaw House is back with more dining options for hungry shoppers.
Besides cooking demonstrations and sampling Japanese food products at the Kitchen Stage and Event Stage booths, there are eateries in the 18,000 sq ft supermarket. A recent newcomer is the five-seat Dashi Bar run by Japanese food brand, Ajino-Hyoshiro. This is Dashi Bar's first overseas outlet.
Slurp up the two main items - Hyoshiro Hot Udon ($7) and Hyoshiro Cold Soba ($7, photo 3). The noodles are made with Japanese wheat flour, mineral water and safflower oil, and served with bonito flakes and seaweed. There is also an assortment of mini tempura ($1.50 to $3.50) such as fishcakes and mixed vegetables. Diners can also buy its Dashi Soup Stock ($35), a concoction of flying fish, bonito, kombu kelp, mackerel, sardines and shiitake mushrooms, and packets of udon and soba ($14 each).
Where: 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House, basement level
Open: 11.30am to 9pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11.30am to 9.30pm (Friday and Saturday)
Info: Call 6733-1111 or go to isetan.com.sg
4 FRUIT DEPOT
Adding to the string of trendy cold-pressed juice and smoothie bars here is this week-old shop that sells more than 20 types of fruity beverages at wallet-friendly prices. The shop, named after its location in neighbourhood mall Depot Heights Shopping Centre, is a stone's throw from art enclave Gillman Barracks.
Sip on creative juice concoctions such as No Sweat ($3.50, photo 4), a blend of watermelon, strawberry and a dash of lemon, and Beat the Bug ($3.50), which has kiwi, pineapple and dragonfruit.
Smoothie-wise, get your chocolate fix the guilt-free way with a Cocoa Moco smoothie ($4.50), and Monkey Business ($4.50), a hearty mix of banana, mango and yogurt. Customers can also customise their juices (from $2.50) and smoothies (from $4). The shop also offers sugar cane juice ($2) and waffles (from $1.20) with fillings such as kaya and blueberry jam.
Where: Block 108, Depot Heights, Depot Heights Shopping Centre, 01-02
Open: 10am to 9pm (weekdays), 11am to 6pm (weekend)
5 SMOOTHIE HOUSE
The shaved ice dessert scene heats up with the Taiwanese chain opening its third and flagship outlet in Westgate mall in Jurong East. The popular dessert spot started out at Yong Kang Street in Taipei, and has since expanded to China and South Korea.
The highlight of its colourful desserts are the piles of shaved ice, made from fruit juice-infused ice blocks imported from Taiwan.
Choose from seven flavours of shaved ice desserts such as the Mango Snowflake Ice (photo 5), adorned with mango cubes and crowned with a slab of panna cotta. The Yogurt-Berry Snowflake Ice has yogurt-flavoured shaved ice dressed up with banana slices and berries.
For an Asian twist, opt for the Tie Guan Yin Milky Snowflake Ice, which is a mountain of milky shaved ice topped with tie guan yin tea jelly, tapioca pearls and drizzled in black sugar syrup. Prices of the shaved ice desserts range from $7.90 to $15.90.
The 44-seat cafe also serves smoothies, ice-blended fruit teas and burgers.
Where: 3 Gateway Drive, Westgate mall, 01-08
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6710-5567 or go to smoothiehouse.com.sg
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