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WOK°15–Great Chinese food with a marina view!

WOK˚15 Kitchen - Chilli Crab $55 per kg (1)

If you’re looking for a good Chinese/Cantonese restaurant with a view, you might just want to put the five month old WOK°15 at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove on your radar. Helmed by Executive Chef Chum Kar Ho, WOK°15 aims to serve exquisite Cantonese dishes such as seafood and dim sum dishes in an artful presentation. Wong Ah Yoke from the Straits Times had given WOK°15 the thumbs up, so I was quite keen to pay this restaurant a visit despite it not being so close to my home.

Thankfully, and thoughtfully, all diners to WOK°15 get free entry into Sentosa as well as free parking at ONE°15, so make sure you ask for the entry letter into Sentosa when you’re making your reservation.

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5 things you must try at the new Japan Food Town, Wisma Atria

Japan Food Town

If you’re in the Orchard area and not sure what to have for dinner again, you simply have to check out the newly opened Japan Food Town located on the 4th floor of Wisma Atria. Aptly named, once you step into Japan Food Town, its as if you are leaving Singapore behind and stepping into a little piece of authentic Japan. The 20,075 sqft space exudes a modern Japanese feel, with Japanese elements such as unvarnished wooden lattice, black clay walls and cutlery decorating the space.

Japan Food Town comprises 16 outlets featuring a vast selection of Japanese delicacies. All 16 tenants will procure more than 50% of their ingredients directly from Japan fresh, in some cases on a daily basis, as part of the collaboration with the Japan Association of Overseas Promotion for Food and Restaurants (JAOF). Bulk procurement will reduce shipping expenses, thus keeping the menu at Japan food Town at an affordable range.

4. Tempura Tsukiji Tenka #04-42

Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka #04-43

I had the pleasure of sampling some of the 16 restaurants at Japan Food Town, but really, I only skimmed the surface and it would take me numerous visits to really experience all the restaurants, and I can’t wait to go back again!

But here’s a quick list on 5 dishes you must try at the Japan Food Town!

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999.99 (Five Nines) – Best beef tenderloin and lamb chops

It’s not often that I come across a restaurant with this many laudable dishes, but yes, nearly every single thing that I tried at 999.99 (Five Nines) at Keong Saik street was delicious and memorable. What sort of weird name is Five Nines, you may ask. Well, 999.99 is the finest form of gold and is considered the gold standard. The team at 999.99 holds themselves to this gold standard in the food that they serve, be it quality, service or presentation. Five Nines is helmed by Chef Masanao Saito, where his previous experience included being Head Chef of the Japanese Embassy in Sweden, serving Japanese Kaiseki and French cuisine to dignitaries.

Let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you which dishes to order to maximise your dollar. Without a doubt, do not leave Five Nines without ordering either the Smoky Lamb with Eggplant, the Beef Tenderloin and Foie Gras, or the Lobster Gratin. These 3 were absolutely mind blowing.

Five Nines - Smoky Lamb with eggplant $22 (1)

Smoky Lamb with eggplant $22

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Hai Tien Lo (Pan Pacific)–MEGA rice dumplings!

There are rice dumplings, and then there are mega rice dumplings. This bak chang season, check out these premium handcrafted rice dumplings from Hai Tian Lo, specially prepared by Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping. They are so huge (almost big enough to cover my face!), they are sure to make a statement to whoever whom you gift these bundles of treats to!

Traditional Cantonese Jumbo Rice Dumpling

Traditional Cantonese Jumbo Rice Dumpling $29.90 – Including premium ingredients such as dried oysters, dried scallops, Japanese mushroom, succulent pork belly and salted egg yolk, this is a perennial must order from Hai Tien Lo. I had an entire one for lunch and was stuffed!

Classic Five-Spice Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Yam

Classic Five-Spice Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Yam $19.90 – Slightly smaller than the jumbo dumpling above, this dumpling holds its own with its sweet and savoury flavours thanks to the five-spice powder.

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Salt Tapas & Bar– Surprisingly affordable brunch menu!

Salt Grill & Sky Bar has always been on my list of restaurants for special occasions thanks to the good food, exquisite presentation and amazing near 360 degree views of Singapore from the 55th floor of ION Orchard. But to dine here costs a pretty penny which is why it is reserved for special occasions. But did you know that Salt Grill & Sky Bar has a “sibling” in the form of Salt Tapas & Bar located at Raffles City shopping centre, which offers dishes at much more wallet friendly prices?

Salt Tapas & Bar is an extension of the existing “Salt” Brand by celebrated Australian Chef Luke Mangan. The menu has recently been revamped and now presents quality modern tapas with an Australian twist, at affordable prices. I am always wary about tapas places as the portions tend to be miniscule while charging full appetiser prices. Not so at Salt Tapas & Bar. Quite a number of the dishes we tried, in particular the brunch menu items, are large enough to be considered as mains. And the amazing thing is that the pricing is comparable to cafes you find in Singapore, and we are talking about food from a celebrated brand name located in the heart of town! This is probably one of the best kept secrets and I wish I’d known about it earlier!

The brunch menu is particularly worthwhile checking out for its affordable prices. For example French toast with clotted cream and Okinawa ice cream at $15, or scrambled eggs with ratatouille on toast at $15 or even the grilled sirloin with mash, salad and poached egg at $18!

Salt Tapas Bar - Egg berentine with bonito flakes - $14

Egg berentine with bonito flakes – $14 

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