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Sanook Kitchen– Affordable Thai food worth coming back time and again!

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t always eat at expensive restaurants. Here’s proof.

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Sanook Kitchen opened late last year at East Point mall and has been my go to restaurant for fuss-free, tasty and affordable Thai food. I have been treating it like my “office canteen” during this work-from-home period! You can basically get a meal starting from $5.90++. There are quite a number to choose from such as Basil Chicken/Beef Rice, Pineapple Fried Rice, Seafood Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste and Phad Thai just to name a few. The rice dishes come with a fried egg too.

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Enjoy 40% discount at Paradise Dynasty and Canton Paradise!

Did you know that you can dine at Paradise Dynasty and Canton Paradise and enjoy a 40% discount? Yes, the 40% discount is available if you dine during 3pm – 5pm on weekdays, on selected items. Don’t worry, the selected items are plenty and more than enough to make a meal. You have to be a Paradise Gourmet Rewards member, but that’s okay because membership is free.

Paradise Dynasty 40% discount

For Paradise Dynasty, the items that you can order are the following:

  • Xiao Long Bao
  • La Mian
  • Dim Sum
  • Desserts

For Canton Paradise outlets, you can order the following:

  • Dim Sum
  • Congee
  • Noodles  (excluding noodles with roast meats)

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Josh’s Grill – Affordable and generous portioned Western food in the heart of Bugis Junction

I like going to Bugis Junction due to its convenient location and numerous shops, but unfortunately it’s never been a place I associate with good and affordable food. Glad to report that I’ve since discovered a new and affordable restaurant to recommend everyone, called Josh’s Grill. The price point is really attractive for a restaurant. For example, chicken dishes are $10.90 and pasta dishes start from $9.90 up to $14.90. They are even cheaper than Swensens next door, which a lot of families like to go to for their relatively affordable pricing.

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But what makes Josh’s Grill even more value-for-money is that the mains all comes with your choice of two sides. This concept is not uncommon in Singapore. For example Buddy Hoagies, Astons and Kenny Rogers boast such a concept where you get to choose from a range of sides. What makes Josh’s Grill stand out is their variety of side dishes. Take for example the Mala veggies. I’ve never seen a Western restaurant offer this as a side dish, and now I’m wondering why the hell not?

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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!

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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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