New tapas bar Esquina to be launched on December 10

It’s undoubtedly busy season with openings aplenty, and one we’re especially excited about is new restaurant Esquina on December 10. The latest venture in foodie enclave Chinatown by hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng will be helmed by Jason Atherton.Some of you may know Atherton better as Gordon Ramsay’s protégé, but Atherton is a culinary […]

Heart Bistro to close on December 26

Heart Bistro, one of our beloved brunch spots, will be closing down come December 26. In the meantime, we’ll be mourning the impending loss with lots of fresh-squeezed goodness from their juice bar and as many of their awesome three-course brunch sets ($40) we can manage. Sigh.

Light Up Season

So let’s look at where you likely will and won’t be able to light up once the Health Promotion Board (HPB)’s consultation on extending the smoking ban closes at the end of this month. Desperate times call for desperate measures—and some out-of-the-box thinking.

Señor Taco (CHIJMES)

Buzz: Picking up from the well-established taquería at Clarke Quay, Señor Taco’s new outlet in CHIJMES is based on a classic Mexican cantina. Décor: With simple, raw wood furnishings, long benches, hefty chairs and a high ceiling, it makes you feel as if you’ve walked into a bar in Guadalajara. Drinks: Tequila is what it’s […]

Cotton Bleu

Thomson is where it’s at these days, and unlike Bukit Timah which has been gutted by MRT and condominium construction, the area around Cotton Bleu has kept its village atmosphere—it’s a place where trendy new cafés co-exist with long-standing shops, pubs and eateries. Our first impression was that Cotton Bleu seemed to have a bit […]

Two Chefs Eating Place

If the name wasn’t indication enough, we’re obliged to tell you it really is just that: an eating place. Two Chefs is completely alfresco (aircon, what’s that?), but it is sheltered, so you’re still protected from the elements. It’s even more low-key than most other tze char joints, and just so you have no illusions, […]

Tech Review: Jabra Street2

With today’s smartphones, many accessories have been made redundant but this hands-free set can still come in handy.

Interview: Kenny Leck

The co-owner of BooksActually, the coolest indie book/curio store in Tiong Bahru, talks to JFK Miller about reading, writing and feline therapy.