SINGAPORE - RESTAURANT - ANDRE - Delectable

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André Chiang, born in Taiwan, had worked under French master Chefs such as Pourcel, Robuchon, Troisgros, Gagnaire… before he decided to settle in Singapore and call his restaurant home. This charming heritage house behind a welcoming little olive tree, takes you on a culinary journey and into André’s creative universe based on an “Octaphilosophy”. Unique, pure, texture, memory, salt, south, artisan and terroir.

The result is French, but different. Nouvelle cuisine, but not too much. In this place awarded best restaurant in Singapore, the meat comes from France (4 times a week), and lunch is worth the 100 dollars + you’d spend once in a while (or a lifetime) on a gastronomic restaurant.

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The daring “veal aspic” basically a deconstructed revamped “tête de veau”, would make you surprizingly ask for more brain, tongue, and other kind of offal you thought you’d never eat. Menu changes daily, but his signature dessert the “Snickers” chocolate bar (new creation each year) remains. The 2015 version is to die for.

And when André leaves you a note on a menu sheet saying “Life is about good food, good wine and lots of good friends”, it’s just delectable.

ASK: To be seated downstairs to feel the kitchen vibes.

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Singapore -Kopitiam & Cinema- Hua Bee

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Here is where you can head to if you forgot your wallet and have some change left in your pocket. A bowl of mee pok starts from 3 dollars. The flat egg noodles are served with an accompanying bowl of soup with fish cake and fish balls. The stall has been operating for more than 70 years, but it’s Eric Khoo with his first movie “Mee Pok man” in 1995 that immortalized this traditional old fashion Kopitiam (coffee shop). Atmosphere hasn’t changed, nor the decor. Marble tables, pale blue tiles, While savouring your meal you could hear actress Michelle Goh shouting “Mee Pok!!” in your head. A journey back in time. Scene in a movie.

ASK: for some teh tarik (milk tea) to go completely local

Tuesday - Sunday 7am - 3 pm

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Singapore -Candy Cake- Galicier

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This traditional Nonya Kueh, cake and pastries shop will make you feel like a kid in a candy shop. You’ll be stricken by all the colours and the wide range of choice. Don’t panic if nothing is familiar. Two of their specialties are a must try: The sweet Kueh dadar (pancake coconut roll) and salty lemper, Indonesian glutinous rice filled with chicken or shrimp. Affordable and delightful.

ASK: For the latest baked

9 am - 9 pm. Closed on Mondays.

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Singapore -The Curry Institution-Loo

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Loo is an institution. And mister Loo father and son have been serious about curry rice since 1946. The one only to be found in Singapore, as hainanese cooks learned from the nonya families. As curry alone takes three days to make, the result is a winning recipe. You can choose from the pork and vegetable chop to the spicy prawn and squids… A long queue awaits you during lunch hour, a sign that’s good.

ASK: For some cabbage to complement

8 am - 2pm. Closed on Thursdays.

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Singapore -Crazy for hawker- Tiong Bahru food Centre

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What would be a heritage neighbourhood without its food legacy? The Tiong Bahru market was the first country modern market to be built inside a housing area. Located above the wet market, the Tiong Bahru food centre has over 80 stalls and it would take weeks to try them all. Very very traditional, some of them have been in the business for over 50 years. Like “Tiong Bahru Pau” (stall #02-18), who started on Seng Poh road in 1965 and now sells its dim sum in over 6 outlets all over Singapore.

ASK : For a fresh sugar cane juice, they do it right in front of you.

Most stalls closed on Mondays

Tiong Bahru Market Food Directory by Bravo

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Mumbai -Must do/Lunch- Britannia & Co

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Certainly a must-do in Mumbai, this family run restaurant founded in 1923, settled in a Renaissance style building, is a work of art by Scottish architect George Wittet (famous for the “Gateway to India” monument). The charming 93 year old owner Boman Kohinoor will help you make your choice among his timeless Parsi and Iranian cuisine. London Dishoom restaurants found inspiration in those types of cafés, which only a few remain in Mumbai. Plus, you get to Dine below a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, Mahatma Gandhi and the Zoroastrian prophet Zarathustra. Unlikely.

ASK: For the Chicken berry pulao (rice made with Iranian barberries) and… The crème caramel.

Lunch only 12-4pm. closed on Sundays.

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Mumbai -Feel Good Cafe- The Nutcracker

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This little feel good cafe serves breakfast all day. Friendly owner Anaheeta Bafna created her mostly vegetarian menu with chefs who have worked in well-known establishments such as The Taj Mahal Palace Tower. Their sandwiches and salads are also worth a try, new on the menu is the Chunky Mushroom Burger. Fresh food is prepared in house, and the coffee, using blends of Robusta and Arabica comes from plantations of the southern peninsula region. While desserts are made from fine Belgian chocolate. “The Nutcracker” is also a posh chick headquarter; If you prick up your ears and listen a little you might be able to catch up on the latest gossip, Delightful.

ASK: For their summer cooler and shakes, goes well with anything.

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