Changi Airport T3 Kopitiam REVAMPED!

The Kopitiam food court at Changi Airport Terminal 3 basement (non-transit area) has reopened after a long renovation and it is a far cry from its previous version! The Kopitiam food court seems much more exciting now. It’s brighter, it seems to have more stalls and there’s just a better buzz to it. The only bad thing is, it’s even more crowded now with all the exciting stalls to try out. Previously you could also probably push your luggage trolley into the food court, forget about that now. as the place is packed with tables catering to the swarming crowd. Btw this is different from the Changi Airport Singapore Food Street located in the transit area of Changi Airport.

I was there at 7.30 pm last Saturday, which was the peak of the peak hour crowd! We had eagle-eyed people breathing down our necks hoping that we’d eat faster and vacate our seats. Queues of 5 people or more at the more popular stalls. Your best bet is to come after 9 pm or before 6pm if you don’t want to have to wait for a seat. Photos below were taken around 9.30pm! Prices are pretty similar to other food courts around Singapore.

Changi Airport T3 Kopitiam (10)

Changi Airport T3 Kopitiam (1)

Many interesting stalls. Nearly every manner of Singapore’s favourite local dishes are represented at this Kopitiam food court. I was torn between wanting to try the kway chap, the Taiwanese cuisine and the Japanese bento!

Tourists, if you’re looking for a good place to try out all these local dishes in air-conditioned comfort, you don’t even have to leave Changi Airport! It must be a really uniquely Singapore feature that our international airport functions not just as an airport but as a food enclave and mall of sorts too.

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Corner House at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Corner House, the restaurant that has taken over the previous Au Jardin’s location, is finally open! As much as I was sad to see Les Amis’ Au Jardin go, I am happy to report that the colonial building that sites Corner House will once again be bustling with diners.

I was fortunate to be able to partake in Corner House’s grand opening due to a last minute turn of events. Hadn’t even brought my bag along with me actually! Nor my usual trusty DSLR. These pictures are all taken with my iPhone 4!!

Corner House at Singapore Botanic Gardens

This conservation building, the residence of the former assistant director E.J.H. Corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens now houses the Corner House restaurant. While we won’t have the luxury of living in this building like E.J.H Corner, wouldn’t you agree that dining in this history steeped building amidst lush greenery might be the next best thing? You will be able to see some black and white photos of this former residence hung around the restaurant.

Corner House serves fine-dining French cuisine with strong elements of gastro-botanica. You will see that the the herbs and vegetables that make up your meal are given equal emphasis as with the meats and seafood.

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Afternoon tea at W Singapore Sentosa Cove

When you think of what to do at Sentosa, you think of the sun, the sand and the sea. Yes there are plenty of beach activities to enjoy at Sentosa, but there are also quite a number of luxury and relaxation options too. One such option is to have afternoon tea at the new W Hotel on the Western side of Sentosa.

Of course, afternoon tea options are aplenty too on mainland Singapore, but you will see that W Hotel Singapore’s W T Time aka Drop the Ts presents many small surprises. Chef Matthew Woolford has taken care to put in creative touches such starting with the whimsical use of the birdcage to house the sweet items. We are told the inspiration stems from days of yesteryear where people would bring their songbird cages to the park. I believe you can still find that happening in parts of Chinatown.

W Singapore T Time - Afternoon Tea at W Hotel Singapore (2)

Well there’s all the sweet treats laid out on an open birdcage. Don’t mind the Partner there photo-bombing my photo.

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The Lokal – Aussie Inspired Cafe

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The Lokal is one of those cafes where one look at it and you know it’s just going to stay crowded for many weeks to come. Located in the Duxton area, there are a surprising number of Caucasian types that were at the cafe when we were there. I guess it’s because the chef is from Sydney. Having opened not that long ago, the news does travel fast doesn’t it?

Food is definitely the highlight here, as compared to those cafes where you feel two or three food dishes have been put in the menu just so that they can say that they serve food. In fact, The Lokal can even be thought of more as a casual restaurant serving good coffee, rather than a cafe, as brunch items are definitely not a highlight here.That’s because the chef owner Darren Farr was one of the founding chefs at Tetsuya in Sydney. Yes, the Tetsuya owned by Tetsuya Wakuda who also owns Waku Ghin in Singapore. Read more about Darren Farr here.

When we were there on a Sunday, they had their brunch menu out. But it’s nothing like what the other cafes are dishing out, aka eggs benedict, all day breakfast and the likes. There is not a poached egg dish to be found on the main menu, although you can get it if you customise your own breakfast. This, I highly advise you NOT TO, because eggs are just NOT The Lokal’s speciality.

The Lokal's Brunch Menu

See this menu, it does not have an eggs based dish in the main section, and for good reason. Try the items such as the Toasted banana bread which I heard was fantastic, or the plate of smoked salmon, as it is smoked in house!

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Osia – Cooking with Friends featuring Tim Montgomery

*Media Invite*

This has got to be one of my fastest posts as it is not even 24 hours since I left the restaurant that I am penning this down. But dining at Osia at Resorts World Singapore was a wonderful experience and I need to share this news with you before Chef Tim Montgomery flies home to Australia!

Due to popular demand, Osia is once again hosting Cooking with Friends with guest Chef Timothy Montgomery from 16 to 19 July. Returning for a second stint, Chef Montgomery is a talented Australian chef who now holds the Executive chef position for both Berardo’s Restaurant & Bar and Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. Prior to taking on these two roles, he previously led Bacchus Restaurant to win four consecutive Chef Hat’s – a prestigious Australian restaurant award. In the upcoming month, Chef Montgomery will be presenting Osia’s diners with several delectable menus reflecting his food philosophy: simplicity, freshness and a deep respect for seasonal and regional produce.

Osia Restaurant - Us with Tim Montgomery

Standout dishes available on Chef Montgomery’s a la carte menu include the Moreton Bay Bug, Jasmine Rice Congee with Macadamia and Guanciale; and ‘Kokoda’ Kingfish and Scallop with Coconut, Yuzu, Fingerlime and Rice Cracker. For those wanting to add to their culinary belt, a complimentary masterclass by Chef Montgomery will also be held on the 19th of July for dine-in guests only.

3-course Set Lunch: $50++/ 4-course Set Lunch $60++

3-course Set Dinner: $90++/ 4-course Set Dinner $115++/5-course Set Dinner$135++

Available from 16th to 19th July 2014

Free cooking demonstration by Chef Timothy Montgomery: 19th July from 3pm-5pm on a first come first serve basis (max of 15 pax; reservations recommended)

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