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Diamond Kitchen at Laguna Park Condo

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Now here’s a place that is really old school and out of the ordinary. Have you ever heard of restaurants located within condos? Marine Parade Road may sound familiar to you, especially if you live in the East, but unless you’ve travelled past sitting on the upper deck of a double decker bus, you probably might not know of the existence of a row of shops within the Laguna Park Condominium. A row of trees and hedges pretty much block the shops from view, and they are not allowed to advertise. 

I happen to know of its existence because this was the route I would take on my way to my secondary school eons ago, but even I, who have lived in the East all my life, have never ventured past the fences to check what was there. My hazy memory tells me there used to be some hairdressing salon there once upon a time.

Laguna Park Condominium

Anyway, Diamond Kitchen is one of the new kids on the block, having taken over the premises formerly occupied by some other restaurant. I am told that the owners, young entrepreneurs Josh Chow, 30 and Lambert Chen, 27 wanted to serve up Chinese seafood dishes in a restaurant setting, at cze char prices, hence the off the radar location. I think it’s a really smart move because they do have some what of a captive audience with the people living at Laguna Park, as well as all the other condos nearby but no other restaurants within walking distance.

Diamond Kitchen - Josh Chou, one of the owners of Diamond Kitchen

This is Josh Chou, one of the owners of Diamond Kitchen, who looks younger than his 30 years…. The family is in the gem business, hence the name Diamond Kitchen. In case you were wondering. I have to agree, the name is rather befitting, as it really is a shiny gem of the East. In a way, I’m glad Diamond Kitchen is located in this quiet community, because that’s exactly the type of place i want to go for quiet family dinners. My mother accompanied me for this tasting and we both agreed that would have to bring my father here to check it out.

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Naïve

There are precious few vegetarian restaurants around, much less those which are good. I’m so glad to report that one such vegetarian restaurant exists and it is located in the East, specifically East Coast Road! It’s the row of shophouses just opposite 112 Katong, but for some reason, I always walk past it without noticing it’s there. There are a lot of nice eateries located along that stretch, ranging from Peranakan to Indian, to Vegetarian to even cupcake stores. Bet many of you also know Saveur the French restaurant, it once used to be located at the Ali Baba Eating House at the junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road!

Anyway, enough of other restaurants. Today I want to just focus on my latest find, Naïve! My mother originally wanted to go to Dann’s Pescetarian Cafe for their fantastic warming fish soup but it closes early at 7pm. Since I’m the food blogger, everyone expects me to be the walking directory. I have this secret weapon called Google but if you try googling “Organic or Vegetarian restaurants in the East, Singapore”, you would probably not find anything useful. We’re really not into the vegetarian mock meats kind of thing either. So I was really so glad when after 10 minutes of searching, I found out about Naïve. I was a little apprehensive since the review was done a few years ago. I called up and luckily the restaurant hadn’t gone kapoot!

Naive Restaurant -

Pretty self explanatory why the restaurant is named so…

Seriously, to cut to the chase, all of us loved the food at Naïve! It’s really a shame that we haven’t chanced upon it earlier! Naive does vegetarian food in Chinese Cze Char style, but in a nice modern looking type of restaurant. They also serve some Western dishes but we didn’t try any. All the Chinese dishes we tried were great! The food was tasty, not oily or greasy like alot of lousy Cze Char places are apt to be, and refreshing tasting! I totally didn’t feel like I wasn’t eating meat. I’ll put a disclaimer up front though, I am more used to not eating meat than the average person because my father is a pescetarian. But I would think that if you’re keen to try out cze char dishes without meat, Naïve is certainly a good restaurant to do so.

Naive Restaurant - Olive Brown Rice $8

Olive Brown Rice $8

I think brown rice has suffered from a bad reputation for quite a long time. I recall 10 to 20 years ago, the only type of brown rice one could get in Singapore would be the rather reddish kind. It had a very rough texture and of course when compared to white rice, wasn’t as nice to eat. These days, there are quite a variety of brown rice available to the consumer. Seriously, if I hadn’t told you so, would you have noticed that this above was brown rice? This dish tasted like olive fried rice. Tasty and fragrant!

Naive Restaurant - Mango Tofu Cake with Thai Sweet & Sour Sauce $11.90

Mango Tofu Cake with Thai Sweet & Sour Sauce $11.90

This tofu cake was fried to a crisp, and was a delight to eat. It was very crispy on the outside, and a little bouncy on the inside as it’s made of folds and folds of Tau Kee. The green shreds above are mango in sweet and sour sauce, which added a tanginess to the tofu. Very delicious.

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Boxing Crab Restaurant

Last month, I had the opportunity to try out a wonderful seafood restaurant. It’s a new seafood restaurant located in Sentosa itself, situated behind the Underwater World and next to the Shangri La Rasa Sentosa Resort . Imagine dining amidst the evening glow and lapping of the waters, it’s not an everyday occurrence I can tell you that.

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - (31)

Try to come before night fall to enjoy the scenery while there’s still some light. Another reason also is that at approximately 630pm, a humongous cruise liner will sail past to dock at HarbourFront. It’s quite an interesting experience, and the people on the cruise liner actually waved at me as the ship sailed past!

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - Kir Royale (champagne with creme de cassis)

Kir Royale (champagne with creme de cassis)

A welcome drink to start the evening off! Sweet and refreshing!

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - Otah cigar with mango salsa canape

Otah cigar with mango salsa canape

Seldom get canapes with asian fillings. These were unique and delicious.

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - Crispy Peppered White Bait

Crispy Peppered White Bait

Wow I couldn’t keep my hands off the crispy white bait the whole evening! I had the plate strategically placed near me so ever so often I would sneak some into my mouth. Extremely crispy yet not oily tasting. Good to order and share amongst the table!

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