Posts Tagged Singapore

Ah Yat Kitchen, Food Republic, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

Several months back I visited Ah Yat Kitchen the the Capitol Piazza in Singapore and swore I’d be returning.

And so I was walking into the Capitol Piazza for lunch on New Years Eve and down the escalator to Food Republic.

The food at Ah Yat Kitchen is Hong Kong dumpling, the selection is wide and varied, and the taste is pretty damn good.

Today I wanted to have a meal rather than a snack so ordered 3 dishes that were then freshly cooked for me, and about 10 minutes later the buzzer went off for me to collect my meal.

I’m a sucker for duck on any day of the week so when I saw the option for rice with roast pork and duck I knew what one of my dishes would be. I also love dumplings so ordered a serve of Shrimp Dumplings and a serve of Shanghai Pork Dumplings.

All of the dishes were sublime. It was a decent sized meal and I was definitely full afterwards.

After this amazing lunch I headed up for a beer at TAP.

Love this place!

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TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore

TAP Craft Beer Bar in the Capitol Theatre in Singapore is a magnificent bar that I have visited several times before.

And so it was a short trip to Singapore between Christmas and New Year that saw me pulling out the bar stool at the bar of TAP for a couple of refeshing ones.

The tap beer menu is very good and constantly changing so you’ll always find something to your liking.

Mid afternoon on New Years Eve I was wandering back from a great lunch and popped in for a beer and noticed that there was a special offer going. For $15 you get 3 beers from the tap beer menu. Any beers – it was a pretty good deal but you didn’t get pints as you usually would, the glasses were slightly smaller.

My choices were:

  • Coronado IPA
  • Coronado Pilsner
  • Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat

The Coronado beers were pretty good, but I just couldn’t get into the Tangerine Wheat… but I had to try it!

Give TAP a go, if you like beer, you’ll like TAP.

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Ah Meng Restaurant, Singapore Zoo, Singapore

It was a hot and steamy Friday morning in Singapore with warnings of torrential rains late in the afternoon.

I enjoy Singapore Zoo, you don’t have the depressing concrete and wire cages that you see in many zoos around the region.

You can explore the zoo in 4 or 5 hours but be warned that on a hot and humid day you’ll be well worn out by the time you finish.

The temperature was hovering in the low 30s when I arrived and I spent around 3 hours wandering around and watching the show.

On the show, is it my imagination, or have they made the show shorter with less animals than 5 years ago? It was a little dissapointing, but I guess its really for the kids.

They’ve also started doing “theatre”, for the want of a better word, with a Dinosaur walk that was somewhat underwhelming.

But I’m not supposed to be writing about the zoo itself, rather the meal that I had.

Come 2pm I was feeling peckish and ended up in Ah Meng Restaurant which is setup as a mini hawker centre with about 5 or 6 different styles of meals available.

I chose the Indian chicken curry briyani option. It was freshly cooked which then allowed me to join the queue of 30 people who were snaking around the restaurant to pay the single cashier. Pathetically noone bothered to open the 2nd or 3rd registers to let us pay faster.

So, I then sat down with a COLD briyani – yes, it took about 15 minutes to get to the register to pay for my meal. While it had a decent taste, it had no kick to it and was not what I would have expected.

Overall, while the zoo itself is good, the whole experience at Ah Meng was pathetically bad. Food should be more authentic and the management need a good, solid kick up the arse for keeping people waiting so long to pay for their meals.

Ah Meng == don’t bother!

As I jumped into my taxi to get back to my hotel the heavens opened and one of the most torrential storms I’ve ever seen descended on the city. By the time I got to my hotel around 30 minutes later it was still bucketing down. Ahh… humidity!

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Hakata Ikkousha Ramen, Chjimes, Singapore

Wanting a taste of Japanese for dinner I saw Hakata Ikkousha Ramen while I was walking through Chjimes early one evening and decided to drop in for a meal.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle tonkotsu (pork bone broth) soup dish served with sliced pork, seaweed, a boiled egg and sliced green onions, and more boiled eggs on the side. The serving is HUGE and I could feel my stomach sloshing around while I was walking back to my hotel. 

My starter was 5 pieces of pan fried gyoza.

A half litre of authentic Kirin beer helped me wash down my meal.

This was probably the best meal I had in Singapore during this trip.

I will definitely be dining here next time I visit.

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Alt. Pizza, Suntec City, Singapore

Another revisit for a restaurant I tried last time I was in Singapore. I had a pizza and a couple of US microbrewery beers at Alt. Pizza back in December.

You can almost get to Alt. Pizza without walking outside (and thus no need to get hot and sweaty) buy taking the underground walkways from the Swissotel Stamford / Raffles City to Suntec and then through Suntec to Tower 4. You probably only have to walk 30 metres or so in the open to get to the restaurant. Fifteen metres from the subway to Suntec Mall, and then probably 15 metres from Tower 4 to the restaurant door.

I walked in around 5:30pm for an early dinner and there weren’t too many people eating on a workday.

There was a beer and pizza special running – a signature pizza and a glass of beer. I ordered “The Hangover” pizza and a glass of Lost Coast Great White beer.

Once I’d finished my first beer I chose a Californian Coronado Brewing Company Orange Avenue which is a wheat beer brewed with honey and spices. A really interesting beer.

As an indulgence I also ordered desert – Nutella Pizza Doughnuts. My mouth is watering just thinking of them. A great taste but you wouldn’t want to eat them everyday.

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