Thursday, May 24, 2007

Singapore Bar-Disco

Singapore after dark is a city of contrasts - sizzling hot and relaxingly chilled out. Sundown is one of the most captivating and seductive times of this busy nation. Watch the buzz of city mellow and meld with the crimson hue of the evening. Our city lights signal the start of a great night ahead.

For the serious party animal, your night is not complete without a visit to the Tourism Award winners of “Best Nightspots 2004”, each with their individual eccentric experience: Thumper at Scotts Road is the place to be seen – and heard. Bar hanging, terrace schmoozing, late-night dancing – Thumper is truly a party bar. New Asia Bar & Grill at Raffles City gets you high – literally.

If partying 71 floors above the ground doesn’t sweep you off your feet, the chocolate-flavoured cocktails will. A hot favourite among executives and expatriates, Bar None is the epitome of contemporary and rock ‘n roll. Or for an out-of-this-world experience, the underwater theme Aquadisiac is a playground for the wild and wacky. And who can forget the iconic Zouk which won the "Best Nightspot Experience for 2005"? With clubs, a wine bar and blistering live bands, Zouk is a household name for party!

Orchard Road
Being at the epicentre of Singapore's shopping and entertainment industries means Orchard never sleeps: in the day, shoppers throng the huge shopping centres, but its when night falls that this 24-hour zone really comes abuzz with life.

Martini Bar at Mezza9
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd
Tel : 64167189

Balcony Bar
260 Orchard Road #01-K5/#02-03 The Heeren
Tel : 67362326

Que Pasa
7 Emerald Hill Road S229291
Tel : 62356626

Alley Bar
2 Emerald Hill, Peranakan Place, 180 Orchard Road
Tel : 67326966

The Living Room/Band
Singapore Marriott Hotel, Lobby, 320 Orchard Rd
Tel : 68314506

Sanctuary (IndoChine Wisma)
435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria #01-18/23
Tel : 62389473

#01-06/08, Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade
Tel : 67350400

17 Jiak Kim Street
Tel : 67382988

Bar None
B/1, Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road.
Tel : 68314656

1st Storey, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, S228221
Tel : 67350827

180 Orchard Road, Peranakan Place Complex S238846
Tel : 62381728

Aquadisiac (IndoChine Wisma)
435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria #01-18/23
Tel : 62383452

Devil's Bar
1 Tanglin Road #02-01 Orchard Parade Hotel
Tel : 67320819

#B1-00, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd
Tel : 67381234

K Box
Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road S239695
Tel : 68373003

Party World
270 Orchard Road #B1-00 Crown Prince Hotel S238857
Tel : 63336060/50

Hard Rock Café
#05-01 , HPL House, Cucaden Road S249724
Tel : 62355232

Boat Quay

After a long day in Singapore's Shenton Way business district, office executives just walk over to Boat Quay to party and unwind the night away.

There's quite a mix of nightspots occupying the beautifully restored 19th-century shophouses; there're chill-out spots such as Q-Bar, jazz at Harry's and beer pubs like Molly Malone's; something for everyone and anyone. It really is the People's river, and this is where you get to see different locals, expatriates and travellers mixing and partying together.

On the other side of the river is Empress Place. With the Parliament House, Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre around it, Empress Place is the place for quiet, classy, high-end waterfront dining.

These entertainment establishments commonly open in the evening till late at night. Please call the respective outlets or visit their website (if available) for more information.

Harry's Bar
28 Boat Quay
Tel : 65383029

The Penny Black
26/27 Boat Quay S049817
Tel : 65382300

Eski Bar Circular Road
42 Circular Road S049401
Tel : 65363757

Jazz @ South Bridge
82B Boat Quay
Tel : 63274671

Q Bar
The Annex @ The Old Parliament House , 1 Old Parliament Lane #01-04, Singapore 179429
Tel : 63363386

Bar Opiume
1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum S179555
Tel : 63392876

Molly Malone's
56 Circular Road S049411
Tel : 65362029

Archipelago Brewery Company
79 Circular Road #01-01 Singapore 049433
Tel : 68616200

Holland Village
For a bohemian experience in Singapore, visit Holland Village - the perfect locale for a laid-back night-out in a charming blend of old and new.

From the 1930's to the withdrawal of the British in the 1970's, Holland Village has always been a centre for expatriates. This has reached a comfortable balance with the increased local patronage. The quaint appeal of Holland Village has always been its casual, understated feel.

These entertainment establishments commonly open in the evening till late at night. Please call the respective outlets or visit their website (if available) for more information.

Wala Wala Café Bar
31 Lorong Mambong S277689
Tel : 64624288

Eski Bar Hollad Village
46 Lorong Mambong S277698
Tel : 64696180

One Rochester
1 Rochester Park
Tel : 67730070

4 Rochester Park S139215
Tel : 67759000

Da Paolo
44, Jalan Merah Saga,
#02-48, Chip Bee Gardens, S278116
Tel : 6479 6522

Best Places to Dance:

  • Zouk & Velvet Underground
  • New Asia Bar – Cocktail lounge turns club on week ends, SwissHotel 70th floor
  • BarNone/Living Room – Marriott Hotel on Orchard Rd best place for after hours
  • Momo at Central Shopping Mall
  • China Black
  • Devils Bar – Large club on 3rd floor, mainly locals
  • The Liquid Room @ Gallery hotel
  • Attica @ Clarke Quay.
    The most famous hangout.
  • Ministry of Sound @ Clarke Quay: Just opened. Excellent!
  • KM8 Sentosa Island/Tanjong beach.
  • Onyx @ One Fullerton
  • DXO @ the Esplanade, nice roof-top bar

Best Places to Drink

  • Emerald Hill strip of bars - Ice Cold Beer, Number 5 and Que Pasa, Alley Bar
  • Indochine club @ Boat Quay/ Clark Quay
  • The Sound Bar @ The Liquid Room
  • The Long bar at Raffles Hotel – a must-try because of the famous Singapore sling and because of the unique colonial atmosphere
  • The Post bar at Fullerton Hotel – re-developed Singapore General Post Office. A hip-bar in one of Singapore’s historical buildings & best cocktails in town.
  • One Fullerton: Waterfront dinning and bar with a beautiful pier side view.
  • Breeze @ Scarlett Hotel – Open air roof-top bar
  • Loof
    Tourism Court, 1 Orchard Spring Lane, Singapore 247729
  • New Asia Bar
    SwissHotel 70th floor

Best strip of touristy bars

  • Boat Quay – BQ’s, Penny Black and Harry’s (famous for Nick Leeson’s lavish Friday drinking bashes in the days before he bankrupted Barings)
  • Clarke Quay – Brewekz, Iguana Café (Mexican food and Margaritas)

Best Place to Sing Karaoke:

  • Tea Lover's loungeSouth Bridge Road 273

Singapore Restaurant

FOOD is one of the most important pastime in Singapore, yet easily available and very reasonable. Common folks eat at open air eateries called "hawker centres" or in the air-conditioned version called "food courts". Food courts are pretty much franchised affairs and there is little distinction. Hawker centres however are very local and provide great value for money. A newly introduced rating system helps the novice to choose from thousand of booth offers. Go for the one having a B at minimum, and shoot for A. This is not the type of hepatitis you are going to buy but the quality of the kitchen during the yearly inspection. Avoid C as much as you can, or you will remember it. Otherwise, find a store with a really long queue and you wouldn't be too far wrong.

Some great hawker places:

  • Newton Hawker Center
    The ubiquitous tourist trap, but you have to go and just say you have been there. Although this is where I saw the biggest tiger prawn in the city, and the most expensive, they are so massive, they look like mini lobsters.

  • La Pau Sat Hawker Center
    Probably the oldest and the most beautiful hawker center in town. But what's really famous is the adjacent street where street vendors sell amazing satays and stingrays from 7-11PM.

  • Chinatown Complex Food Centre
    Located right in the heart of Chinatown, this hawker centre is a favorite of the locals. Yes it is very crowded at lunch time, but there is simply no better place to check out authentic local cuisine than this place. There are plenty of food stalls and booths to try, everything from a Char Kway Teow (local fried noodle) to Ice Kachang (a popular local ice dessert).

  • Alexandra Village
    This is the closest hawker centre to "IKEA, Alexandra Road" or "Alexandra Village Hawker Centre". It is a huge IKEA next to it also where the Swedish meatballs are really good too

  • Crystal Jade (Not a hawker centre)
    This is a great chain of shops that sell Dim Sum. The one at Holland Village is 24 hours and it’s really good for food at 4 AM on your way back home.

Here is a list of dining Precincts

  • Boat Quay
    Boat Quay is one of the best spots in Singapore for alfresco dining. Once Singapore’s busiest port in the 1960s, it has been transformed into a popular hangout for locals, expatriates and tourists, with chic cafes, high-end restaurants, yuppie pubs and designer galleries.

    Situated in the compound of an old girls’ convent school, CHIJMES today is one of Singapore’s premier wine and dine destinations.

  • Clarke Quay
    Clarke Quay is Singapore's only riverside festival village combining dining, shopping and entertainment. On the 23,000 square-metre site are five blocks of building housing and shophouses, restored to their original 19th century style.

  • Club Street and Far East Square
    Far East Square is heaven for foodies! The award-winning architectural aesthetics, and restaurants, bars and cafés attract both tourists and locals.

  • East Coast Parkway
    Away from the city, chill out by the East Coast beach and relax with the seaside crowd. The East Coast is the quintessential beachfront recreation and relaxation for many Singaporeans and travellers alike.

  • Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
    Esplanade Theatres on the Bay / One Fullerton and The Fullerton Waterboat House both located at the Marina Bay waterfront. Alfresco diners and tourists alike will be drawn by the sea-breeze, the sound of waves lapping against the sea wall, and the stunning backdrop of Singapore's skyline at Raffles Place.

  • Sentosa
    Situated amidst natural tropical woodlands and in the middle of pristine nature, minutes away from the city centre, The Sentosa Resort & Spa is the perfect place to enjoy the serenity and indulge in fine-dining.

  • Stadium Waterfront / Oasis
    Soak in the scenic atmosphere of the Kallang River and enjoy an evening under the stars as you savour the wide selection of delectable international cuisine at the Stadium Waterfront.

  • The Arts House @ The Old Parliament / Asian Civilisation Museum
    The Arts House at the Old Parliament, the oldest government building in Singapore, hasn't just injected an arty air to the Empress Place precinct; it has also boosted the area's culinary quotient, with advent of three trendy restaurants and cafés.

Night Dining
Eating, arguably one of Singaporeans' favourite past-times. And on our bustling island, there are no time limits to this hobby Tuck in at one of the many 24-hour eating places, serving a gastronomical buffet of local and continental favourites!

  • Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
    18 Raffles Quay

    How to Get There
    By MRT : Raffles Place (EW14/NS26)
    By Bus : 10, 70, 75, 82, 97, 100, 107, 130, 131, 131A, 162, 167, 186, 196, 507, 605, 608, 700, 970

  • Newton Food Centre
    Along Clemenceau Ave North

    How to Get There
    By MRT : Newton (NS21)
    By Bus : 54, 66, 67, 124, 143, 162, 162X, 167, 170, 171, 518, 700, 700A, 960

  • Geylang Serai Market
    Beside Blk 1,3,4,5 Jalan Pasar Bahru

    How to Get There
    By MRT : Paya Lebar (EW8)
    By Bus : 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 40, 51, 60, 60X, 61, 63, 67, 70, 70X, 76, 93, 94, 135, 154, 155, 197, 853C

  • Glutton’s Bay
    #01-15 Esplanade Mall, Open 6pm to 3am daily.

    How to Get There
    MRT : City Hall (EW13/NS25) Bus : 36, 56, 75, 77, 97, 106, 111, 133, 162, 171, 174M, 195, 700A, 857, 960, 961, NR1, NR2, NR6, NR7, NR8

my Best Of
Best romantic dining:

  • The strip of restaurants opposite Holland Village – it is home of the vegetarian Original Sin, the pasta place Michael Angelo’s, the pizzeria Sistina and Da Paolo’s fine Italian dining.
  • La Braceria @ Greenleaf Road is top value @ decent money Italian food, right next to a slightly spartan but terrific oyster bar.

Best French restaurant:

  • Au Petit Salut, Holland Village Tel: 64751976.
  • Sebastian’s - French Bistro (Must book in advance) Tel: 64651980.

Best Japanese restaurant:

  • SHIRO @ Holland Village it’s expensive but a must try experience. Tel: 64622774

Best Deli:

  • Corduroy and Finch @ 6th Avenue/ Bukit Timah. Book ahead if you can.

Best Fusion restaurants:

  • Try the restaurants at Club Street – notably IndoChine Tel:63230503, also Oso (Italian- Tanjong Pagar road))
  • Cliff @ Sentosa Resort & Spa
  • Graze
    No 4 Rochester Park, Singapore 139215 - Tel: (65) 6775 9000

Best Sunday Brunch:

  • Raffles Hotel! You may want to also try Fullerton Hotel (a more pricey alternative, but all drinks & champagne are included).
  • But if you really want a nice British-style eggs and bacon, try The Cellar Door on Bukit Timah Road, next to Coronation Plaza.
    Mezza @ Hyatt Hotel,
    190 Café @ Four Seasons Hotel

Best High Tea:

  • Marriott Hotel: A must try International buffet starting from 3:00 – 5:30 pm. To make reservations please call: 67358967

Best dining by the sea

  • Pasta Fresca at East Cost after the Sailing Centre – the only restaurant in mainland Singapore that has tables directly on the sandy beach.

Best cheap dining:

  • Virtually any food court in Singapore is a must-try for the brave experimenters. An air-conditioned food court version with reasonable food for around $5 is the local chain Kopitiam (one outlet that is good is at the basement of La Meridien Hotel on Orchard Road, another is at Bras Basah Road near Singapore Art Museum)
  • Also try Lau Pa Sat Food Court (near Boat Quay. Taxis know how to get there). Takashimaya food court as well as Scotts food court with a wide variety of food.

Best Dim Sum:

  • Crystal Jade various locations.
  • Lei Gardens @ Chijmes Tel: 63393822 (More fancy)
  • Hui Chi @ Takashimaya Tel:62381011 (More fancy as well)

Best Indian food:

  • Jaggi’s, all the way at the end of Racecourse Road on the left side.
    Incredibly cheap incredibly good Indian food with minimal atmosphere
  • Riverwalk Tandoor The Riverwalk,
    20 Upper Cirular Road, #B1-38 Singapore 058416 (5min walk from Qlark Quay MRT Station)
  • Banana Leaf Apollo
    54-58 Race Course Rd., Little India, Singapore - (293) 8682

Best Fish Head Curry (Local Speciality):

  • Samy’s @ Dempsey’s Road Tel: 64722080

Best pastries :

  • Paris Gourmand@ Bukit Timah Tel:64660613.

Best places to buy wine & cheese:

  • Carrefour@ Suntec City (free delivery for purchases above $50),
  • Wine Culture @ Bukit Timah, Sebatian’s.

Best Supermarkets:

  • Cold Storage (Holland Village or online) now open 24hrs,
  • Giant,
  • NTUC Fairprice,
  • Carrefour & Shop & Save.

What to eat
  • Chicken Rice
    Voted the national dish of Singapore. It’s literally chicken and rice but done in a really fragrant way. BTW, Singaporeans love chicken legs; breast meat is not that big a thing in Asia, though because of the way chicken in chicken rice is done, chicken breast is good too

    Try any "boon Tiong Kee" store - just ask any Singaporean; he/she worth his salt should know or simply go to this place:

    Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant
    Name Of Business:
    Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant
    Enquiry Hotline:
    Fax Number:
    Business Address:
    275 Thomson Road #01-01 Novena Ville S 307645
  • Char Kway Teow
    Dark noodles cooked with lots of lard
  • Others to try
    Laksa: Spicy noodles - really yums
    Roti Prata - flat fried Indian bread: watch the man flip the bread; accompany this with drink called Teh Tarik - basically Tarik means pull in Malay; and Teh means pull; so the man literally pulls the tea for you. Its quite common and you can see it around.
    Bak Kut Teh - herbal pork soup
    Rojak - a mass of fruits (ege pineapples, apples), fried dough etc;
    black pepper crab - you can get your fill of seafood at East Coast Park; order the "Sri Lankan" crab when you order the Black pepper crab and ask for "fried Man Tou" or fried bread to go with it - very local and very yummy.

Top 3 fruits

  • Durian
    also known as "king of fruits" among the locals, this green thorny fruit is an absolute awfull though I know many people who tried it will challenge me on this; the key is to get past the pungent smell, which some have likened to a stinking drain (that is an apparent understatement) to sink your teeth into the soft, sweet yellow flesh and never have contact with the fruit. Nevermind, I don't like it still, but need to try, maybe in candy or ice cream instead.
  • Mangosteens
    The counterpart of the durian, this "queen of fruits" is sweet and has what the Chinese term "colling" properties
  • Other tropical fruits
    Rambutans, jackfruits, dragon fruits (BTW, it’s called papaya, not pawpaw in SEA)

Top 3 desserts / snacks

  • Nonya kuehs
    Kueh are like little cakes; they are readily available from any "Bengawan Solo" shop which can you find at Holland Village
    Must trys are: the 9-layered kueh (Gao Ting Kueh); Pandan cake, kueh lapis (this is what we eat during Chinese New year as well), "ang gu kueh"
  • Desserts at a Hawker Centre
    Order "Cheng Ting" - actually anything at the stalls are great
    common drinks in Singapore other than the fizzy sodas: "Barley", "sugarcane" or "Soybean" drinks - go for the freshly made ones
  • Other snacks
    Muah Chee - its like sticky dough with sesame seeds on it
    Popiah - vegetarian non-fried spring rollsBee Cham Kueh - peanut filled crispy pastry

Best must-try local seafood:
East Coast Seafood Centre to #01-08 Jumbo Seafood – the pepper crabs and drunken prawns are out of this world there. For other closer alternatives Newton food court centre – the most tourist-friendly food court in Singapore with a huge variety of local food but definitely not the cheapest.

Now after having done some very intensive research and many test sample here is the official Mintalo Best of Crab series ....

  • Best BLACK PEPPER CRAB in town
    Long Beach UDMC seafood restaurant
  • Best CHILI CRAB in town
    no Signboard Seafood
  • Best WHITE PEPPER CRAB in town

And after this entire post if you still some more reference I recommend then to check out Chubby Hubby blog, source of some food fun and lovely dinner experience from a big Chubby Hubby Fan.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Singapore, Others

Singapore comprises of one main island and 63 offshore islands, just a small area of 697.1 km2.
Singaopre has 4 Seasons: Hot, Hotter, Wet and Wetter. For whose who are still have some difficulties with the late spring the lowest Temperature ever recorded was 20.5°C. But still import, sale and possession of chewing gum is banned unless prescribed as a medicine by an approved doctor.

The Favourite Pastime is EATING. 2nd Favourite Pastime - SHOPPING. 3rd Favourite Pastime - MOVIES. 4th Favourite Pastime - SMS.

True Singaporeans speak an additional language apart from English and their mother-tongue - it's called the SINGLISH. It's a mixed between Singapore and English. "lah" or "leh" is commonly attached to the back of the sentence eg "Don't be like that" in Queen's English = "Don't like that lah" in Singlish; or "Come on lah". We also like to mix Malay, Indian or Mandarin words into our everyday conversations. Eg "I blanjah you" = "Its my treat" or "Pek Chek" = a local dialect term meaning exasperated. "Cool lah?"

Singapore is a great place to be, do, see, dance, eat, run, shop, relax, sweet, walk, listen, ... and some of places are just listed below

Shopping time according to some people is the following:
-- For branded stuff – Takashimaya and Ngee Ann City on Orchard road and Paragon opposite it. 2nd Floor @Hilton Hotel.
-- For reasonable deals – ISETAN at Scotts Road, Robinson’s at CentrePoint, Raffles City Shopping Centre (above City Hall MRT), also try CityLink that connects the MRT station to Suntec City and the Esplanade, Suntec City’s shopping Centre, Holland Village.
-- IT things: If you do not know what you are looking for go to Funan Centre – six floors of reputable electronics shops. If you really know what you want, you can go to Sim Lim Square – but be careful. The vendors at Sim Lim are ruthless and will just as easily rip you off as give you a bargain.
-- Photographic equipment: Max Photo, 72 Pagoda Street, Chinatown, Tel. 62267226.


  • Roy's Master Tailoring
    #03-21 Holland Shopping Centre Tel: 6467 9285
  • Mode et Creation Pte.
    Ltd. Far East Shopping Centre (4th or 5th floor) 545 Orchard Road (next to the Hilton) Anthony Tan tel: 62353202 or cel phone: +65 9672 6113

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