Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, Chow Fun Bar & Restaurant, Huang Ting Restaurant, Noshery, Honolulu Cafe Singapore

PHOTOS: HELLO KITTY ORCHID GARDEN, CHOW FUN BAR & RESTAURANT, HUANG TING RESTAURANT, NOSHERY, HONOLULU CAFE SINGAPORE

1 HELLO KITTY ORCHID GARDEN

The iconic Japanese feline makes a buzz with its first themed cafe here at the arrival hall in Changi Airport's Terminal 3.

The 84-seat eatery, which is the world's first 24-hour Hello Kitty cafe, features a whimsical wrought- iron greenhouse centrepiece. Reflecting the Garden City theme, the cafe is decorated with orchids across the ceiling and pillars.

Naturally, Hello Kitty motifs and kitty-shaped food are featured heavily in its Instagram-worthy menu of Western and Asian dishes.

All-day breakfast items include the Big Breakfast Surprise ($18.50, photo 1), which features cheddar cheese-topped Kitty-shaped waffles with scrambled eggs, smoked duck slices and sauteed shiitake mushrooms.

Mains include the Cowabunga! Wagyu ($24), which has slow-cooked beef rendang jazzed up with pineapple rempah and served with a kitty-shaped mound of rice. Desserts include Rose, Rose I Love You ($17.50), a flower pot of orange sugee cake topped with chocolate crumbs and strawberry cream, and served with gelato.

Where: Changi Airport Terminal 3, Arrival Hall Central, 01-22
Open: 24 hours
Info: Go to www.facebook.com/HelloKittyCafeSingapore


2 CHOW FUN BAR & RESTAURANT

Noodles take centre stage at this 65-seat small plates eatery-cum-bar. Slurp up more than 18 varieties of Asian and Western-inspired noodles ($2.90 a bowl, photo 2). Dishes include Wild Mushroom And Truffle Penne, Ginger And Scallion Rice Noodles and Tom Yum Cream Udon.

Other dishes include spaghetti with roasted bone marrow, garlic, lemon zest and juice and parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and Wagyu Bolognese ($4.40), which features beef that has been slow-cooked for 12 hours in a rich tomato-based sauce.

There is also Mom's White Radish Cake ($5.90) with Chinese sausages, dried shrimps and dried shrimp sambal; and the umami-loaded Potato, Bonito and Cheese Pancake ($5.90).

Desserts include Lychee Granita And Crystal Jelly ($4.90), which has lychee syrup-infused shaved ice sprinkled on rose-scented jelly.

Where: 200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand, 01-08
Open: 11am to midnight daily
Info: Call 6464-6900 or go to www.chowfun.sg


3 HUANG TING RESTAURANT

Cantonese cuisine gets a contemporary twist in this 85-seat restaurant. Helmed by head chef Alex Chuh, who has worked in restaurants such as Hua Ting and Peach Garden, the restaurant features East-meets-West signature dishes.

Start the meal with appetisers such as Scallops And Silver Fish Salad drizzled with wafu dressing ($12) and Crispy Yam Roll ($6).

Main courses include Chicken Millet Consomme With Bamboo Pith ($13.80, photo 3), Crispy Chicken With Almond Flakes And Dried Chillies ($18) and Assorted Vegetables With Shiitake Mushrooms In Truffle Oil ($18). These dishes can be paired with cocktails and mocktails (from $6.80).

There are also banquet menus that start at $48++ a person for a six-course meal.

Where: 2 Jurong East Street 21, IMM Building, 02-24
Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6896-2735 or go to www.huangting.com.sg


4 NOSHERY

Nosh, a contemporary restaurant, has opened a spin-off eatery in the quaint colonial black-and-white bungalow it occupies in the leafy Rochester Park dining enclave. Called Noshery, it is a cafe by day. At night, the outdoor patio morphs into a beer garden, serving craft beer on tap and bar snacks.

Lunch offerings include Pulled Pork Sandwich ($16, photo 4), Fish & Chips ($18) and Profiteroles plump with vanilla cream filling, dark chocolate sauce and almonds ($8).

On weekends, expect brunch delights such as Crab Benny ($20), a platter of crabcakes and poached eggs covered in coconut curry Hollandaise sauce; and Devil's Breakfast ($20), which is eggs served with a spicy tomato ragout of chorizo and potato, guacamole and housemade sambal.

Where: 9 Rochester Park
Open: 11.30am to 10.30pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10.30am to 10.30pm, closed on weekend
Info: Call 9755 -5015 or go to nosh.com.sg


5 HONOLULU CAFE SINGAPORE

The Hong Kong institution opens its first overseas outlet here. The star attraction is the egg tart ($1.70, photo 5), famed for its flaky 192-layered shell that houses a luscious egg custard centre. Each customer can buy up to 15 tarts at a time.

Other pastries include pineapple bun with butter ($2), durian pastry ($2) and BBQ Pork Bun ($2). There are also sandwiches and snacks such as the classic curry fish balls ($3) and Swiss sauce chicken wings ($6).

For those who are feeling more than peckish, order the cafe's signatures, which include instant noodles with toppings such as luncheon meat and chicken steak (from $5) and baked pork chop rice with tomato sauce ($7.80).

Making the milk tea (from $3) is Mr Luo Tak, who has won several milk tea competitions in Hong Kong and is based at the cafe here.

Where: 176 Orchard Road, The Centrepoint, 01-33F
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
Info: www.facebook.com/honolulucafesg

Kenneth Goh

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2016, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe