Hidden retreats

They are meant to be underground bars, secret watering holes with no signboards or distinctive facades and some requiring passwords, but hush-hush cocktail bars here are mushrooming at such an alarming rate that they risk becoming mainstream. In the last five months, at least five have opened here. First came a nameless hole-in-the-wall joint behind

One-stop foodie haven

SINGAPORE – You might not need a concrete paperweight in the shape of png kueh, or a US$200 chopping board engraved with a banana and five mangosteens, arranged to resemble our national symbol of five stars and a crescent moon. But a visit to Batch (www.batch.sg) certainly makes you feel like you do. The freshly-launched

Turkish Food

Carousel’s First Turkish Food Promotion

SINGAPORE – Carousel’s first Turkish promotion will feature Guest Chefs Ahmet Akpinar and Cafer Kokcek, who will showcase their culinary skills with a spread of traditional dishes and desserts. Chef Cafer Kokcek, who owns and runs his own restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey, is flying in specially for the ten-day joint food promotion once in a

Travellers’ favourite places to dine in Singapore this week

SINGAPORE – Where do travellers like to eat when they are in Singapore? A TripAdvisor weekly report reveals that visitors to the city like Italian food, cocktail bars, dining in the dark, some Asian cuisine and the occassional splurge at hotel restaurants. The trip review website released its inaugural Buzz Report which names the city’s

Urban farmers: Growing own greens fast becoming food trend in S’pore

SINGAPORE – Vegetable farms in Singapore? Lim Chu Kang isn’t the only area in the country where edible greens are grown. From private balconies, to office premises, and neighbourhood plots, a growing number of folks are digging their fingers into dirt and planting crops. Spa Esprit’s CEO Cynthia Chua recently invested in Edible Gardens, an

Can chicken really make your cough worse? 8 food beliefs investigated

To eat or not to eat – that’s the nagging question in your mind when you’re about to stuff your face against Granny’s advice. Some food myths are so ridiculous, they’re obviously untrue (read: “Finish your rice or your future husband will get pockmarks”), while others seems to have survived the test of time. But

French restaurant Beni sold, Hashida Sushi expands

Less than a year after opening at Mandarin Gallery, upscale French restaurant Beni has been sold. The new owners include a “veteran food and beverage operator who has dining establishments in Marina Bay Sands”, says a spokesman for the restaurant, who declines to reveal the sale price. A director from its sister restaurant Hashida Sushi,

7 things non-coffee lovers can do at Singapore Coffee Festival

The inaugural Singapore Coffee Festival (SCF) at the F1 Pit Building opens to the public this Friday (June 10) and many caffeine addicts are raring to go. But what about those who don’t fancy having a cup of joe? If you are attending the event to accompany your coffee junkie friends, or if you don’t

Shrimps with banned substance came from neighbouring countries 

KUALA LUMPUR: Local prawn farmers are livid, saying shrimp found with traces of banned antibiotics were not coming from their farms. Rather, they are coming from neighbouring countries that are using illicit exporters and Malaysia’s certificate of origin in order to get into the United States. Malaysian Shrimp Industry Association (MSIA) Syed Omar Syed Jaafar

10 Dining Deals for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day guide: 10 dining deals for Mother’s Day you need to know about It’s Mother’s Day, so naturally she shouldn’t be the one doing any of the cooking! If you’re not a chef, here are some restaurants that can provide you with an easy way out Mother’s Day is just next week, and we’re

It’s time to strip naked and have dinner in London

Putting on clothes can be such a hassle sometimes. If you ever fantasised about letting it all hang loose while enjoying a fancy meal, your dreams has now become reality. Bunyandi, which means “natural” in Hindi, is London’s first restaurant to ever offer a naked dining experience for its customers. And boy, are people hungry

Food at Ramadan bazaars goes hipster – or just bizarre

Instead of having just curry puffs, goreng pisang and Ramly burgers, Ramadan bazaars are now offering hipster options like rainbow bagels, macaroon ice cream and flavoured churros. The rainbow bagel, introduced by Ms Shereen Anwar, 32, is a colourful favourite among visitors to the bazaar. The co-owner of Upper Thomson Road cafe, Word, had sold

Progress report on Singapore’s locavore movement

Progress report on Singapore’s locavore movement Supply-side challenges Piles of scrap metal dot its entrance and just beyond, a cluster of metal sheds sit serenely, speckled orange by rust and dust. To the first-time visitor, Lian Wah Hang Farm would seem to be more like a sleepy wasteland than an active quail farm – a