1 PIZZAEXPRESS SINGAPORE
It was founded in 1965 in London and now has more than 550 restaurants across 15 countries worldwide.
Now, PizzaExpress has made its way to Singapore, opening its 576th outlet, at Scotts Square.
Starters on the menu include burrata with roasted peppers ($18); gamberetti piccante ($12), which is jumbo prawns; passata (tomato puree) and flat bread; and classic Italian antipasto with spicy Italian sausage and prosciutto crudo.
For pizzas, the highlight is its "hero" pizza Calabrese ($26, photo 1). The rectangular pizza is topped with ingredients such as Calabria-style sausage, spicy Italian sausage, mozzarella, jalapeno peppers and red chillies.
Other options include Veneziana ($16), with olives, capers, onions, sultanas, pine kernels and mozzarella; La Reine ($16), with mushrooms and ham; as well as thinner Rome-inspired pizzas such as Liguria ($24), with prawns, mussels, squid and clams; and Pollo Forza ($23), with chicken, smoked chilli, jalapeno and mozzarella.
Complete the meal with desserts such as mango panna cotta ($8), chocolate fudge cake ($8) and tiramisu ($8).
Where: Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, B1-08/09
Open: 11.30am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6538-0083 or go to www.facebook.com/PizzaExpressSG
2 PEACH GARDEN AT CHANGI
Travellers can head to Chinese restaurant chain Peach Garden, which has opened an outlet at Changi Airport's Terminal 2 Departure Hall.
Highlights include fried carrot cake in XO sauce ($9.80); Peking-style roast London duck ($35.80 for half or $68 for whole); double-boiled assorted seafood soup in golden melon ($16.80 a person); and crisp-fried prawn with wasabi salad cream ($23.80, photo 2).
Other dishes include stewed sea cucumber with pig tendon and mushroom ($18 a person, minimum two people to order); wok-fried Kurobuta pork cubes with leek and teriyaki sauce; deep-fried soft shell crab with pumpkin ($12); and stewed fish paste noodles with half a baby lobster in XO sauce ($29.80 a person).
Other outlets under the restaurant chain include those at OCBC Centre, Thomson Plaza and Chinatown Point.
Where: Changi Airport Terminal 2, Departure Hall, 60 Airport Boulevard, 036-084
Open: 10.30am to 11pm daily
Info: Call 6386-3033 or go to www.peachgarden.com.sg
Italian gourmet chocolate-maker Venchi has opened a shop at Takashimaya Singapore's bustling food hall, along with the likes of other prominent chocolate brands such as Godiva and Royce.
Lap up its rich and creamy gelato (photo 3), which comes in flavours such as hazelnut, pistachio and Cuor Di Cacao (chocolate). Prices range from $5.90 to $8.90.
The outlet also sells pralines ($3.20) and chocolate bars ($6 to $17).
Where: Takashimaya Singapore, World Confectionery, 205-2-1
Open: 10am to 9.30pm daily
Info: Call 6734-7244
4 155 SOUTH BRIDGE
Fei Fah Medical Manufacturing, which began in the 1950s as a prominent Chinese medical hall in South Bridge Road, launches a new cafe named after the location's address tomorrow.
While the retail store offers Fei Fah Medical's health and lifestyle products, the 155 South Bridge durian-centric cafe will launch one of Hong Kong's top mooncake brands, Chui Lau Heung, in Singapore for the first time.
Options include D24 crystal durian mini mooncake ($59 for six); Mao Shan Wang crystal durian mini mooncake ($69.90 for six); charcoal-baked Mao Shan Wang durian paste double egg yolk mooncake ($79.90 for four); and assorted durian snowy mini mooncake ($69.90 for eight). After the Mid-Autumn Festival, about 60 per cent of the range of mooncakes will still be available, at a slightly higher price.
Besides the Chui Lau Heung mooncakes, the cafe also features other durian delights, including tang yuan; egg rolls; Swiss rolls (photo 4); mochi; durian raw honey; ice cream, and durian coffee and tea. Prices range from $6.90 to $15.90.
Where: 39 Pagoda Street
Open: 10am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6652-9008 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This is for those who love Japanese green tea.
After setting up pop-up stores around Singapore, Matchaya has found a permanent location at Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar.
Milk tea options include matcha (from $4.50), houjicha (roasted Japanese green tea, from $4.50) and kuromitsu (black sugar syrup, from $4.20). Other drink options include matcha yuzu (from $4.50) and nama choco (from $4.50). Bottled versions of these drinks (photo 5) are available too.
A small dessert menu is available, with five macaron flavours ($3 each, $8.50 for three) such as matcha, yuzu and lychee rose. There are matcha and houjicha lava toasts ($5.90) too.
Where: Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, 01-72
Open: Noon to 8pm daily
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