Think of Serangoon Gardens and you think of good but greasy hawker stalls and a wet market. While some of that is still around, it fast has to share space with modern, trendy eateries like Friends. This 110-seat restaurant with an alfresco section serves a combination of Asian, Australian and Italian cuisine. Try their Australian crab cakes that come in a herb crepe with pesto potato and ginger carrot sauce or their fusion style aglio olio with New Zealand mussels, Alaskan scallops, Mulawara prawns, fish of the day with garlic, olive oil, wine white and chili padi. Now isn’t that a mouthful. A solid selection of New World wines are also available, mostly modestly priced but with pricey premium bottles going up to $399. Kids meals are on offer, as are a handful of vegetarian options.