27 Apr 2016
1. Crave (Local)
#B4-58/59 ION ORCHARD, 2 ORCHARD TURN, S238801. TEL: 6238-7181. OPEN DAILY. 9.30AM-9PM. LAST ORDERS AT 9PM. WWW.CRAVE.COM.SG
Now you can get a good nasi lemak fix in town, and more importantly, in air-conditioned comfort. This 21-seater at Ion Orchard is the third and newest ‘atas’ outlet bringing together famous hawkers stalls Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak from Adam Road and Rafee’s Corner teh tarik from Amoy Street (there are two other Crave outlets, one in Bedok and another in Hougang). Here, the nasi lemak and teh are prepared using the original recipes. For a satisfying meal, order the Crave Royal Rumble ($6.90) that comes with its signature coconut-infused basmati rice, chicken wing, bergedil (potato patty) and fried kuning fish. Pair it with a cup of Teh Tarik (from $1.80). Don't expect Rafee himself to pull the tea here, though.
27 Apr 2016
2. Aryaa (Greek/North Indian)
#01-201 DINERS BUILDING, 7500E BEACH RD, S199595. TEL: 6291-6009.
OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN. MON-FRI NOON-3PM & 6PM-11PM; SAT 6PM-11PM. LAST ORDERS AT 2.30PM AND 10.15PM. WWW.THEARYAA.COM
Opened by the people behind Middle-Eastern restaurant Beirut Grill, this 55-seater is inspired by Alexander the Great’s conquests in the Mediterranean, Middle East and North India. Arya (the restaurant spelled it with an extra A) means ‘noble’ in Sanskrit and according to the PR rep, also ‘late’ in Greek, the latter a reference to how the restaurant is transformed into a lounge on Friday and Saturday nights with live music and DJs. The menu offers a range of Mediterranean eats (mostly Greek) and also some North Indian cuisine. Order The Aryaa Meze Platter ($18) of Greek dips with hard-to-pronounce names, like Melitzanosalata, roasted eggplant with tomatoes, garlic, onions, served with pita bread. For flavours closer to home, try the Butter Chicken ($22) with tandoor-grilled chook bathed in a rich gravy.
27 Apr 2016
3. Pompompurin Café (Japanese/Western)
#04-08 ORCHARD CENTRAL, 181 ORCHARD RD, S238896. TEL: 6509-8672. OPEN DAILY. 11AM-10.30PM. LAST ORDERS AT 10PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/POMPOMPURINCAFESG
Here’s a cutesy cafe for Sanrio fans. Expect everything to be Pompompuri-fied, from the dining ware to a three-metre-tall tree (not living, of course), the centrepiece of the 78-seater. The Singapore branch, opened by Sanrio Japan and local restaurant group Create Restaurants Asia, is themed “garden city”. It's decorated with potted plants, synthetic grass and pebbled walkways as a backdrop for the canine character. Of course, the Japanese-Western food here is kawaii too. The Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship ($19.99) features a Pompompurin-shaped rice mound in a mug, served with minced beef, pork and veggies. For dessert, there’s the Pompompurin Mango Parfait ($19.99), layers of sponge cake, vanilla ice cream and mango chunks topped with pudding shaped like, yes, Pompompurin. Time to get busy on Instagram. You can take more than photos home too: there’s adorable merchandise, like water bottles and plush toys, for sale.