Daikokuya, Raffles City, Singapore

The memories of my Japanese trip earlier on in 2015 came flooding back as I stumbled upon another good restaurant in the basement food court of Raffles City.

Daikokuya is a chain of restaurants that serve relatively authentic Japanese food. They have a very good menu and I chose one of my standard Japanese meals of Tonkatsu Curry Rice which was yummy. I also had a side dish of Chicken Wings which rounded out the meal well.

The Curry and Wings were washed down with a stubby of Asahi.

All round a reasonable meal but on the expensive side at SG$38.40.

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Urban Roti, Lau Pa Sat, Singapore

I’d been traipsing around the financial area of Singapore when lunchtime arrived. I was a block or so from Lau Pa Sat a huge hawker centre with probably 100 small food stalls selling every conceivable food under the sun.

I had an itch for Indian food and after having a quick look around settled upon Urban Roti. They offer a lunch special of Chicken Biryani but more importantly you can sit in an enclosed restaurant with air-conditioning!

The biryani was quite tasty. not as spicy as I have back home in Melbourne, but good nonetheless. And the size was just about right for lunch.

In all, a reasonable Indian meal if you’re in the area.

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Nam Nam Noodle Bar, Raffles City, Singapore

I’m not one for paying the usurious dollars that hotels charge for breakfast so, on the very odd occasion I do have breakfast, I try to find a more reasonably priced option.

In the basement of Raffles City shopping centre in Singapore is a decent food court with many and varied eating options.

I had planned to head over to Bao Today at Marina Square but walking through the food court I decided to have a look at what the Nam Nam menu had to offer. I saw Pho on the menu and my mind went back to the great soups I’d had in Vietnam so thought I might as try the Pho here.

I ordered the old standard Beef Pho which, while not of the quality you’d get in Vietnam, was quite decent and reasonable in serving size. This came with a Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk which was ok but nothing compared to the real Vietnamese coffee. Not too bad for the princely sum of SG$6.90.

I wanted to give the Chicken Pho a try so I had breakfast here a couple of days later before I was to fly home. It seems that there’s a different pricing structure on the weekend as I was charged extra for my coffee this time for a total cost of SG$12.90.

For the price it was a decent meal. I will eat here next time I go to Singapore.

Their website is http://namnamnoodlebar.com.sg/.


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Bao Today, Marina Square, Singapore

Bao Today is a Dim Sum cafe with a superb menu at quite reasonable prices which you can see of their website.

I stumbled across this place back in May 2015 and ended up taking a colleague here later on in our trip. The one I’ve eaten at is at Marina Square.

My favourite dishes for breakfast were

  • Prawn Dumplings
  • Char Siew Rice Role
  • Crispy Fried Golden Dumpling
  • BBQ Pork Bao
  • Honey BBQ Pork Bao, and
  • Braised Pork Bao

My mouth is watering just thinking back to the flavours.

There are 3 franchises in Singapore at the moment – worth a visit.

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TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore

For many years the Capitol Piazza in Singapore was being redeveloped – in fact probably for the past 5 years atleast! But finally the renovation has been finished and the results are quite good. Lots of shopping, restaurants and bars.

When I was in Singapore in May I noticed that a bar was about to open call TAP Craft Beer Bar and I made a mental note to try it next time I was in Singapore.

That next time was December 2015.

TAP has a magnificent menu of beers on tap and in bottle from all around the world. The menu on their website has around 45 beers on it! You couldn’t get through the menu if you tried!

Not going to say much more than to say

If you are a beer lover GO TO TAP!!!!!

Happy hour discounts aren’t as generous as at other bars, but the quality of the beers makes up for it.

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