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Berthold Delikatessen – Hidden gems at Arcade @ Capitol Kempinski

It’s unbelievable how crowded everywhere is on the weekends when we are supposed to be practicing social distancing. It’s like being let out of a two month jail sentence (circuit breaker) and we’re trying to catch up on lost time. Recession, job cuts, what recession?

Anyway, I was supposed to meet a couple of friends at Clinton Street Baking Co along Purvis street last Saturday. Lest you think I’m calling the kettle black, this was the first time I was out in town on a weekend. But due to a botched up booking, we had to quickly scramble for a new place to have lunch. But where, because every potential cafe would surely be fully booked, especially given a lower seating capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Arcade at Capitol Kempinski

Photo Source: www.kempinski.com

I was at Raffles City so I kinda found myself gravitating towards Capitol Kempinski, while my friends who had already arrived at Clinton Bakery started throwing up other alternatives. Luckily I remembered that there is this chic stretch directly next to the Capitol Theatre that usually has a low footfall. This place is called Arcade @ Capitol Kempinski. It’s actually an extension of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.

On hindsight, no wonder the place looks so sophisticated. I’ve always thought that this place deserved more airtime. The area exudes a contemporary yet slightly whimsical vibe, thanks in part to a balcony overhang seating area for each restaurant. So much potential!

Better yet, the prices of the restaurants here are very attractive! There are 7 restaurants here. Each of them feature a weekday set lunch. For example, La Scarla Ristorante has a set lunch promo going at $19 for a 2-course meal. That’s a very affordable price for a prime location like this. Unfortunately, because of the upscale decor, most people shy away from Capitol thinking that it would be expensive to dine here. Certainly that was the first reaction from my friends when I suggested this place.  Doesn’t help too that it’s slightly hidden from the main road, and I don’t recall seeing any marketing of this place.

Berthold Delikatessen

Photo Source : www.kempinski.com

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What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

This is an updated article to the previous What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens that I wrote quite some years back. A lot has changed since then. Not only has our beloved Singapore Botanic Gardens been inscribed as a World Heritage Site on 4th July 2015, it has also seen a number of significant expansions in the form of the new Learning Forest, the new Gallop Extension, newly redeveloped Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and National Orchid Garden. If you’ve not visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens in recent years, you really should! In fact, I think it would take several days to fully cover every single aspect of the Gardens, as the area is so vast!

So, the question is, what is there to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? There are quite a number of F&B options at the Gardens suiting all budgets, ranging from a Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, to casual restaurants and cafes, takeaway kiosks and even a food court. As the Botanic Gardens is so huge, I will segment the F&B outlets by location:

– Bukit Timah Gate (nearest Botanic Gardens MRT Station)

– Nassim Gate

– Tyersall Gate

– Tanglin Gate (nearest to Gleneagles Hospital and bus stop with buses to Orchard Road)

These are also where the car parks are located. If you refer to the Singapore Botanic Gardens map, the Bukit Timah Gate is on the far right, followed by Nassim Gate and Tyersall Gate in the middle of the Gardens, and Tanglin Gate on the far left.

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Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant – 1 for 1 dim sum at $38++ (Eat all you can!)

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant is having a super 1-for-1 dim sum all-you-can-eat deal where 2 diners can eat for the price of $38++. That’s $38++/2 per pax! The dishes in the menu include dim sum dishes, small plates, rice and noodle dishes as well as 1-time-order large platters. There are no further hidden charges unless you wish to order water ($3 per pot per table refillable) or tea ($3.50 per person refillable). I was a little apprehensive that they might ask us to pay for compulsory wet wipes or peanut/cold dish appetisers as Chinese restaurants often do, but they didn’t. Yay!

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant Dimsum (17)

It was too good a deal to miss out so I made a booking immediately when I saw the ad. I’ve been to Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant several times over the years and enjoyed the food there. So I knew that this dim sum had to have a minimum standard. Went there today and it was the 1st time since the start of the circuit breaker that I have dined together with my parents!

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Kiyoshi Izakaya Japanese Restaurant – Affordable Bento sets available for delivery

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Now that Phase 2 is here and dining-in is acceptable once again, although limited to a maximum of 5 in a group, many of us still plan on eating at home to minimise time spent outside. Recently I had the pleasure of receiving a delivery from Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant. Of all my food deliveries so far, Kiyoshi’s meal was the most convenient because we had ordered bento boxes so the meal already came nicely laid out in bento box form. So here’s a tip if you want a fuss free delivery meal, order bento boxes, be it Japanese or Chinese. Otherwise, be prepared to unwrap lots of plastic containers or packets!

Launched in May 2020, Kiyoshi prides itself on fresh ingredients prepared using an innovative, contemporary approach. The restaurant specialises in inaniwa udon, Other highlights of Kiyoshi include sashimi, donburi, ramen, yakitori and affordably priced bento sets. We ordered 2 bento sets and 2 sides to try. Their bentos start from $9.90 a set.

Kiyoshi Izakaya Japanese Restaurant (2)

Pictured here are Pork Katsu Bento – $16.80+ | Unagi Bento – $18.80+ | Chicken Karaage – $9.80+ | Ebi Tempura- $14.80+

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The Famous Kitchen – Homely Nanyang cze char dishes available for delivery

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Recently, I had the pleasure of trying out the food at Famous Kitchen. The Famous Kitchen is a casual family restaurant specialising in local seafood creations and traditional Nanyang cuisine inspired by owner, Jeffrey Foo’s travels around China. I have heard good reviews of Famous Kitchen and in fact, I have even tried their sister restaurant Famous Treasures at Capitol, and found the food to be very appetising and value for money. I wanted to visit Famous Kitchen a number of months back, but because they are located in Sembawang, and I live in the East, I did not manage to make it there in the end.

Although we would all wish for COVID to end immediately, I must say one of good things that have come out of this bad situation is that many F&B are now offering island-wide delivery. It gives us the opportunity to try restaurants that are too inconvenient to go to, or boast too long a queue, right in the comfort of our own home.

The Famous Kitchen (3)

The 4 dishes that I tried at The Famous Kitchen are:

1. Venison with Ginger and Scallion $18

2. Deep fried Marble Goby $72

3. Salted Egg Yolk Prawn with Italian Sauce $27

4. Charcoal Beancurd with Enoki Mushrooms $16

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