Zouk is renowned on our shores and across the border for being the place to go for a wild night out. But one thing it’s also known for? Its Flea & Easy pop-up bazaar!
Next month, the Zouk Flea & Easy will be returning once again, and you can be sure Zouk’s signature cool won’t be missing from this daytime event.
Zouk Flea & Easy X Sunset Pasar[caption id="attachment_26775" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credit: Zouk Facebook Page[/caption]
Happening at Zouk’s new home ground, The Cannery will transform into a space that’s not only family friendly, but pet friendly as well.
A collaboration between Zouk Singapore and Sunset Pasar, this alternative flea market will feature stalls hawking a tightly curated selection of emerging brands and designers, alongside tasty local nosh. Enjoy music from a line-up of live open mic performances and DJ sets!
Keen to sell your wares at the Zouk Flea? Submit your vendor application by 9 June! Want to take the stage and showcase your talents? Open mic sessions are open for sign ups, and it’ll be free.
ZouKiDisco[caption id="attachment_26776" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credit: Zouk Facebook Page[/caption]
If you think Zouk’s flea will be just like any other flea you’ve dropped in on, think again. This flea market will see the return of ZouKiDisco.
With no age limit at the door and Zouk’s resident DJs on the decks, both the young and young at heart will get to bust a few moves on the dance floor.
Also present are kid-friendly activities like face painting and bouncy castles that will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Do note that only kids between the of ages of 1 – 10 are allowed entry, and each child can be accompanied by one adult.
Entry to ZouKiDisco is tagged at $18 per pax for adults and children, and comes with 1 complimentary non-alcoholic beverage!
Looking to get some shopping done while the kids have fun? Head to Zouk Flea & Easy X Sunset Pasar! Bring your kids, your pooch, and soak up the good vibes at this chill bazaar.
Zouk Flea & Easy X Sunset Pasar
Address: Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, #01-05 Singapore 179022
Date: 9 July (Sunday)
Time: 12pm – 7pm
Whiskey lovers, this one’s just for you!
The stereotype of whiskey being only a gentleman’s drink is long gone. From the casual drinker to the zealous malt connoisseur, there are enough varieties of whiskey to satisfy everyone.
We give you the top 7 places in Singapore for the best whiskey drinking experience!
1. The Auld Alliance
One of the largest whiskey selections in the world (not just Singapore!), The Auld Alliance, carries over 1,500 whiskies, impressively stocking scotches from every distillery in Scotland.
Their dark timber furnishings and distinguished leather couches, together with towering shelves where the bar’s spirits are displayed, give the place an old world charm.[caption id="attachment_24120" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit:
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road #02-02A, Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 189559
Contact no.: 6337 2201 (phone calls only); 9670 0612 (texts only)
Opening hours: Mon – Thu, 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat, 5pm – 2am; Sun, 5pm – 12am
With 2 locations now, Highlander carries a vast selections of over 200 whiskies from different regions in Scotland. They offer the finest labels from the Speyside to Islay regions, as well as international whiskies such as Australian, Canadian, Irish, American, and Japanese whiskey.
[caption id="attachment_24817" align="alignnone" width="1960"] Image Credit: 3. Fine Spirits by La Maison du Whisky
One of the largest whiskey distributors in the world, La Maison du Whisky’s first store was opened in Paris in 1968. Fine Spirits is their 3rd outlet in the world (the 2nd is in Madagascar), bringing the same rare and collectible products to our shores. [caption id="attachment_24816" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Mike Trent[/caption]
By day, they are a dedicated whiskey retailer, and by night, they transform into a swanky bar! Their selection is outstanding with over 400 varieties of light and dark spirits by the glass, and this extends to their cocktail making too, guaranteeing you a delicious drink whatever you choose. And if you’re interested in taking home a whole bottle, knock yourself out and choose from 700 varieties of whiskies! La Maison du Whisky Urban Saloon is Singapore’s modern take on the classic western saloon. A one-stop drinking and dining destination, Urban Saloon is a bar and restaurant at the Red Dot Traffic Building promising the “ultimate bourbon whisky experience”.
Address: The Pier @ Robertson Quay, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-10, Singapore 239013
Contact no.: 6733 0059
Opening hours: Mon – Thu, 6pm – 12am; Fri – Sat, 6pm – 1am; Sun, 6pm – 9pm
4. Urban Saloon
One of the largest whiskey distributors in the world, La Maison du Whisky’s first store was opened in Paris in 1968. Fine Spirits is their 3rd outlet in the world (the 2nd is in Madagascar), bringing the same rare and collectible products to our shores.
[caption id="attachment_24816" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Mike Trent[/caption]
By day, they are a dedicated whiskey retailer, and by night, they transform into a swanky bar!
Their selection is outstanding with over 400 varieties of light and dark spirits by the glass, and this extends to their cocktail making too, guaranteeing you a delicious drink whatever you choose.
And if you’re interested in taking home a whole bottle, knock yourself out and choose from 700 varieties of whiskies!
La Maison du Whisky
Urban Saloon is Singapore’s modern take on the classic western saloon. A one-stop drinking and dining destination, Urban Saloon is a bar and restaurant at the Red Dot Traffic Building promising the “ultimate bourbon whisky experience”.[caption id="attachment_24125" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: Website
5. The Flagship
Self-proclaimed ‘Home of the Old Fashioned’, The Flagship is a whiskey-centric bar that takes its inspiration from 1960s American dive bars. From whiskey fanatics to first-timers, there’s something for everyone here!
[caption id="attachment_24126" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Website
6. The WoW
WoW, also known as World of Whisky, certainly lives up to its name! While not necessarily the largest selection in Singapore, they offer well over 200 varieties, the majority of which are unique and of single cask or cask strength bottling, allowing for plenty of exploration.[caption id="attachment_24127" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: 6818 3305
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm – 11pm
bowl that is a Scottish Gaelic symbol of welcome and friendship. After 9 years of being ‘Singapore’s Leading Single Malt Whisky & Cigar Bar’ at Waterfront Plaza, Quaich Bar opened a second outlet in 2015!
[caption id="attachment_24128" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: 5 Best Craft Beer Bars For True Blue Beer Lovers In Singapore
Running overtime tonight? That’s not a problem.
At Singapore After Nine, we bring you the scoop on tried-and-tested, late night gems for you to rest your work-weary self.
Alternatively, enjoy the breeze at the alfresco dining area:[caption id="attachment_23921" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Here is where you’ll find genuinely good Italian food that doesn’t call for a pound of flesh. They’re generous with their portions, do not scrimp on their cheese (cheese lovers take note) and use fresh, quality ingredients. Read on to see what’s good.
1. Caesar Salad from the Cheese Wheel Menu ($19++)[caption id="attachment_23902" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Prepared in a uniquely traditional Italian method right by our table, the salad was tossed in the middle of a 20kg Grana Padano cheese wheel.[caption id="attachment_23919" align="alignnone" width="871"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
While the salad was being mixed, the server scraped off fluffy cheese from the wheel to add a creamy, sweet-salty zing to the salad. Smoked chicken and light, crispy croutons were the cherry on top. It was such a refreshing accompaniment to our meal, and also doubled as an effective palate cleanser.
2. Wagyu beef carpaccio ($18++)[caption id="attachment_23904" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish consisted of finely sliced wagyu, topped with fresh rocket leaves and mushrooms, and drizzled with truffle oil. Amidst the bed of rocket leaves lay delicately-shaved pieces of 24-months old Parmesan cheese. All in all, it was a tasty, clean and refreshing dish. There were no hints of fishiness from the beef, which was sweet and tender. The rocket leaves were fresh, and tasted great with the dressing.
3. Oven Baked Eggplant Alla Parmigiana Style ($16++)[caption id="attachment_23910" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish of eggplant gratin proved to be a delicious, well-executed twist on the popular potato gratin. Baked to a pleasing softness without being overly mushy, the eggplant pieces were doused in a tomato-herb based sauce that had more flavour and depth than regular pasta sauce.
While potatoes might have weighed the dish down, the eggplant added a lighter touch that was delightfully refreshing. We bet you’ll love the chewy golden Parmesan crust atop the eggplant base. It was generously thick and stringy, and crispy at the edges.
4. District 10 Pizza ($19++)[caption id="attachment_23905" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish was the highlight of the night. The pizza arrived warm and toasty, brimming with the aroma of a good ol’ stone oven. The crust was fluffy and so chock full of ingredients that it bent under their weight when we tried to pick up the pizza slices. The Pancetta ham was smoky and savoury, its fatty juices adding a flavour burst in every bite. Refreshing zucchini pieces were thoughtfully added to counter the richness of the ingredients, which included a sunny side up egg and mushrooms.
5. Spaghetti Carbonara with Black Truffle ($24++)[caption id="attachment_23908" align="alignnone" width="871"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
This dish was another one of our favourites. Al dente pasta coated with creamy carbonara sauce and infused with truffle – what’s not to like? The dish arrived with a sprinkling of finely-shaved black truffle, and a perfectly poached egg that oozed golden yolk.
6. Homemade Angel Hair with Live Lobster, Chilli, Basil and Fresh Tomatoes ($34++)[caption id="attachment_23909" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
Looking ever so tempting, this dish no doubt lived up to its appearance. The tomato-based sauce was tangy and appetizing, which made us lose track of how much pasta we were eating. The zesty hit of tomato also went very well with the half-shell lobster, which could have been a tad bit more springy.
7. Warm Lava Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream ($14++)[caption id="attachment_23912" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Image Credit: Chong Yi Sze[/caption]
All it took was a gentle cut and the chocolate lava flowed like an endless river. Safe to say, this tops our list of chocolate lava cakes. The chocolate flavour was intense and the consistency of the lava was great. It wasn’t too runny, nor was it too thick. The cake itself was moist and fluffy, which was a major plus point.
8. Traditional Italian Tiramisu ($14++)[caption id="attachment_23996" align="alignnone" width="6000"] Image Credit: Victoinette[/caption]
Likewise, the tiramisu was another crowd pleaser. Topped with cocoa powder and garnished with a berry and holly leaves, it looked like Christmas came early. The light cream sat atop a fluffy cake base flavoured richly with coffee, and was not as bitter as some other tiramisus out there.
While District 10 is known for serving up great-tasting Italian fare, its latest outlet at Suntec City specialises in something rather more unique, but equally delicious. There, choose from an ample variety of flavoursome, dry-aged meats that are beautifully marbled and paired off with premium red wine.
Last but not least, what better way to round off the night than with these sweet deals?[caption id="attachment_23916" align="aligncenter" width="306"] Outlets
Address: 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-15/16, UE Square Shopping Mall Singapore 239917 (Corner of Unity Street and Clemenceau Avenue)
Monday to Thursdays: 11.30am to 12.00am (Last order: 10.30pm)
Fridays & Eve of Public Holiday: 11.30am to 1.00am (Last order: 11.00pm)
Saturdays: 09.00am to 12.00am (Last order: 10.30am)
Sundays & Public Holidays: 09.00am to 11.00pm (Last order: 10.30pm)
The Star Vista
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista #01-42/K3, Singapore 138617 (Beside taxi stand)
Mondays to Thursdays: 11.30am to 11pm (Last order: 10.30pm)
Fridays & Eve of Public Holiday: 11.30am to 12am (Last order: 11.00pm)
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 11.00am to 11.00 pm (Last order: 10.30 pm)
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-514/515, Singapore 038983 (Beside Tower 2 Office Lobby, near the Fountain of Wealth)
Monday to Sunday: 11.30am to 11pm
Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm (Last order: 2.30pm)
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm (Last order: 10pm)
Looking for a new place for a quick stay-cay? Look no further than the trendy and very insta-worthy Warehouse Hotel that just opened at Robertson Quay!
The hotel recently opened in January this year, and used to be a heritage building that was built in 1895.[caption id="attachment_22835" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: Image Credit: . Their names add a local flair, and ingredients are sourced locally too.
[caption id="attachment_23086" align="aligncenter" width="1149"] Image Credit: The Warehouse Hotel Remember the television show ‘Fear Factor’? The show where contestants would face their fears, which often required them to do gross things like bob their heads in tubs of blood or eat live earthworms. Despite it being a blood-curdling, stomach-churning 60 minutes, it was hard to look away. What if you could experience Fear Factor for yourself, right here in Singapore? We went out and found the craziest things you wouldn’t believe Singaporeans (or anyone for that matter) would eat! The only difference is that true to Singapore’s Foodie Nation title, these foods are actually pretty yummy. Let’s kick things off with Imperial Restaurant. Formerly known as Imperial Herbal, this branch, located at Riverview Hotel, was first opened in 1988, specialising in traditional Chinese health concepts incorporated into unique, gourmet dishes.
Venue: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
Price: ranging from $285 to $545 per night (depending on the room selection)
Reservations: (65) 6828 0000
Remember the television show ‘Fear Factor’? The show where contestants would face their fears, which often required them to do gross things like bob their heads in tubs of blood or eat live earthworms. Despite it being a blood-curdling, stomach-churning 60 minutes, it was hard to look away.
What if you could experience Fear Factor for yourself, right here in Singapore?
We went out and found the craziest things you wouldn’t believe Singaporeans (or anyone for that matter) would eat! The only difference is that true to Singapore’s Foodie Nation title, these foods are actually pretty yummy.
Let’s kick things off with Imperial Restaurant. Formerly known as Imperial Herbal, this branch, located at Riverview Hotel, was first opened in 1988, specialising in traditional Chinese health concepts incorporated into unique, gourmet dishes.[caption id="attachment_22076" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Photo Credit: As per most Chinese restaurants, you can find items like Buddha Jumps Over The Wall and Eight Treasure Rice in Lotus Leaf on the menu. Besides its use of Chinese herbs as ingredients, what makes Imperial Restaurant particularly unique is its use of ingredients such as crocodile, scorpion, deer penis, and goose web.
1. Crocodile: Braised Crocodile Tail
A tough, gamey meat that would usually have you on its plate, it comes as no surprise to anyone that crocodile is an uncommon dish. The chefs at Imperial Restaurant have mastered this protein by adding fragrant herbs to it and by braising it for hours.[caption id="attachment_22068" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo Credit: A collagen-heavy portion of the crocodile, the Braised Crocodile Tail is soft and gelatinous in texture. Fragrant herbs and spices are infused into every inch of this jelly-like dish, which is also great for smooth skin and strong hair!
2. Penis: Deer Penis Soup[caption id="attachment_22070" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Photo Credits: A natural aphrodisiac that’s right up there with ginseng and saffron, Deer Penis soup is often thought to be beneficial for men in the bedroom. Besides helping create a new generation of little you’s, this dish is savoury and delicious too! Much better than swallowing a tiny blue pill, wouldn’t you say?
3. Web Of Feet: Braised Goose Web
Who knew you could eat the web of a goose’s feet?
[caption id="attachment_22069" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Photo Credit: Braised to succulent perfection, the web is delicate but flavourful, having absorbed the herby fragrance of the soup it was braised in. Having been braised for hours, each morsel of meat falls easily from the bone, making it a great dish for toddlers and elderly alike.
4. Insects: Fried Scorpions & Black Ants
This special dish is an off-menu specialty at Imperial Restaurant, one of the only dining establishments in Singapore allowed to serve cooked insects due to its reputation as a traditional Chinese herbs restaurant.[caption id="attachment_22071" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Photo Credits: Fried golden brown and satisfyingly crunchy, scorpions are sometimes recommended by practitioners for treating headaches and joint aches. Black ants, on the other hand, can help regulate the immune system, relax fatigue and have anti-aging properties. Or you could just order this to show off your daredevil side!
Address: Riverview Hotel Level 2, 382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629
Tel: 6337 0491
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 1130 – 1430; 1800 – 2230; Sat & Sun: 1130 – 2300
5. Fallopian Tubes: Fried Fallopian Tubes
Fried eggs are a breakfast staple, but what about fried fallopian tubes?
[caption id="attachment_22072" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo Credits: A delicacy that is essentially flavourless, the fallopian tubes of a female pig are actually quite juicy. Stir-fry them with a little garlic, ginger and soya sauce, and you’ve got a delicious meal!
Old Mother Traditional Herbal Soup
Address: Blk 59 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 461059
Tel: 6841 8789
Opening Hours: Daily: 1100 – 1400; Daily: 1700 – 0130
6. Sperm: Cod Fish Sperm (Shirako)
Bend (your stomach) like Beckham, who had a taste of this dish in 2015 when he visited Singapore.
Shirako can be eaten either raw or cooked, and it melts in your mouth like butter! If you can swallow the knowledge that you’re eating fish sperm, give it a try at Teppei Japanese Restaurant!
Teppei Japanese Restaurant
Address: #01-18, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867
Tel: 6222 7363
Opening Hours: Daily 1200 – 1430; Daily 1800 – 2230
7. Squid Innards: Shiokara
Cream cheese goes well with so many things: salmon, chives, and even shiokara! To those of you not in the know, that’s fermented squid innards to you.[caption id="attachment_22074" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo Credits: @Izakayamita[/caption]
Briny and creamy, similar in texture and taste to that of uni (sea urchin), the cream cheese helps mellow the intense flavour of the shiokara.
Address: 8 Stanley St, 068727
Tel: 6327 9240
Opening Hours: 1:30AM–2PM, 5:30–11PM
While the thought of eating deer penis and cod fish sperm might make your stomach turn, these restaurant have mastered these unusual ingredients and made incredibly tasteful delicacies out of them.
If reading this article has piqued your interest, maybe you should head down to one of these places to try some of these out. It’s one thing to read about them, but it’s another altogether to experience them for yourself!
We millennials are a busy bunch. Between sitting on our butts all day, balancing school, work, our social lives and the 101 other commitments we keep these days, there are definitely some things that fall by the wayside, including our fitness, skin health, and sometimes, even our general well-being.
Who has the time to hit the gym three times a week or to religiously go through a 5-step skin routine? Well, every now and then, it’s good to stop, take a break, and find a fix for some of the things you’ve been neglecting until now.
If you’re all about quick fixes when it comes to your weight, skin, or if you just want to purge your body of all the tiredness within it, Healing Touch has your back. The beauty chain whose core services include facials, massages and slimming has won awards from CLEO, Women’s Weekly and TripdAdvisor, sealing its status as a peoples’ favourite.
Its staff are friendly and highly experienced, they use quality products and the latest technologies. And the best part? It won’t cost you a bomb!
Last week, I popped by the branch in Orchid Country Club to give its slimming treatment and facials a go and this was what went down.
The slimming treatment I tried was the Slim Lipo-Laser Treatment ($230 excl. GST) and the staff there guaranteed—as they do with all their first time customers—that I would lose 5cm around my waist. A little bit skeptical at first, I went for it and wound up losing a total of 8.5cm within the 60 minute session! I was definitely surprised by the results.[caption id="attachment_22944" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Each slimming room comes equipped with a hanger to hang your clothes and a locker to store your things[/caption]
The treatment uses a machine called a ‘Lipo Laser’. During the treatment, after the skin is prepped with a Complex AHA fruit acid, a total of 8 laser light emitting plates are strapped across the tummy region. It sounds scary, but trust me, it isn’t!
The lasers penetrate the skin, targeting fat cells and releasing water and free fatty acid. This effectively causes the fat cells to “shrink”, which is how you lose the inches around your tummy! After this, the slimming therapist conducts a Manual Lymph Drainage massage to flush out all that water and nasty toxins that was released earlier.
The heat from the metal plates can be a little painful, especially if you’re on or near the beginning/end of your period (like I was), because the skin tends to be more sensitive during this time. Don’t try to bear with it like I did! Feel free to let the attentive staff know if it’s too hot, and she will make adjustments accordingly.[caption id="attachment_22945" align="alignnone" width="1249"] The Lipo Laser machine[/caption]
As the lasers were working away at “melting” my fats, the therapist went through a questionnaire to find out more about my lifestyle habits—how much water I drink, how often I exercise, etc.—as well as my weight loss goals—what my goal weight is, when was the last time I was at my goal weight, etc.
When the session was over, we had a short consultation where she advised me on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and made sure I had realistic expectations when it came to achieving and maintaining my goal body, i.e. it takes a total lifestyle change. Slimming treatments without any accompanying changes to your nutritional habits or exercise frequency won’t do the trick, especially not in the long run.
While the Lipo-Laser Treatment is definitely a quick fix when you need it, I think it’s great that Healing Touch employs a holistic approach toward weight loss, providing nutritional coaching and motivating customers to live healthier beyond just administering the treatment, so they can better achieve their goal physiques.
For the facial, I tried the NEO Energy Advanced Facials ($226 excl. GST), a 90 minute bespoke facial where you get to use 2 of 5 cutting edge technologies, depending on your skin issues.[caption id="attachment_22954" align="alignnone" width="1126"] For the NEO Energy Advanced Facials, the facialist recommends you 2 of 5 latest technologies and customizes the treatment to your skin’s needs[/caption]
The 5 are Meso Infusion, which facilitates the penetration of serum for more hydrated, firmer skin; D-Sonic Deep Cleansing for a deep clean of the skin; Sonic Muscle Toning for firming and lifting; LED Multi-Purpose, to promote the production of collagen; as well as Bio-Mask Refining, to minimize pores as well as to brighten.
Because the beautician identified uneven skin tone, blackheads and enlarged pores as my key skin issues, she recommended Meso Infusion and Bio-Mask Refining. The treatment was so relaxing I actually fell asleep![caption id="attachment_22946" align="alignnone" width="1265"] Healing Touch uses skincare products from Japanese brands Organic Time and Dr. Proens[/caption]
After giving my face a thorough double cleanse, as well as a routine extraction, the beautician applied a customized serum to my face and gently massaged it in using the Neo Energy Mesotherapy probe which was tuned to the optimal frequency for penetration (Meso Infusion).
Next, she applied 6 pairs of electrodes to the face through a face mask. While the positive ion plates helped with detoxification and removal of dirt and oil, the negative ion plates helped with the delivery of the active ingredients of the serum used, as well as with brightening the face and the minimizing of pores (Bio-Mask Refining).
What struck me as quite unique about the facials here was that they pluck your eyebrows as part of the treatment. I was so surprised I actually asked “Is this part of the facial?” when the beautician offered to pluck them! Aside from that, the facial included a face and shoulder massage—again, an unexpected touch, but definitely a plus by me.
All the products used were lightly and beautifully scented and felt super luxurious, and as promised, at the end of the treatment, my pores were noticeably smaller and my skin felt soft and youthful again!
From my experience, it’s clear to see that the staff at Healing Touch are truly dedicated to serving its customers. With a strong no hard-selling policy, you don’t have to worry about having to commit to anything you’re not comfortable with. Whether it’s slimming, a facial, or a relaxing massage you’re in for, you’ll sure to leave feeling very, very satisfied.
The Singapore River was an important feature of Singapore’s growing port back when we were still in our developing stages.
Fast forward to a few decades later, and the River has now evolved into the urban city’s hotspot.
With thumping music and diners spilling onto the banks of the Singapore River, it’s no surprise Riverside Point has become a mainstay along the Singapore River.[caption id="attachment_19732" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Choo Yut Shing[/caption]
A stone’s throw from Clarke Quay MRT Station, Riverside Point houses popular restaurants that offer breathtaking views of Singapore’s night scene. For those of you who want a meal with a view, here are 5 Riverside Point restaurants that are serving up delicious Christmas eats this festive season!
1. Christmas Special @ JUMBO Seafood[caption id="attachment_19733" align="alignnone" width="600"] #01-01/02, Riverside Point, Riverside Point 30 Merchant Road,058282
Everyday: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 12am
Contact: 6532 3435
2. Late Night Happy Hour @ Café Iguana
Traditional Christmas dinners have never been your style?
Good news for you, because Café Iguana not only serves up authentic Mexican fare, they also want you to celebrate this festive season by letting loose!
Happy Hour starts at 10pm at Café Iguana with half-off House Margaritas!
Café Iguana wants you to unwind this holiday season with traditionally-flavored Margaritas like strawberry, and exotic flavors like soursop alongside a sizzling platter of Mexican delights, you’re bound to have a Christmas you’ll never forget!
What better way to celebrate this festive season than indulging in the joy of feasting with some friends?
Harry’s at Riverside Point is serving a dine-in buddle for 4 pax. Inclusive of Harry’s Signature Wings, a mouthwatering Triple Sausage Platter and a couple of Cupcake shooters, you’ll be stuffed-full of Christmas cheer at Harry’s!
If you’re stuck on ideas for Christmas presents, Harry’s has also got you covered.
The restaurant has got a couple of voucher packs that would fit any beer aficionado – for example, at $49, the Berry Christmas voucher gets you 6 pints of Harry’s Premium Lager, or a meal to share at any Harry’s outlet!
Brewerkz isn’t your average run-of-the-mill bar – it’s known for its high quality craft beer and a winner of several awards for its signature and seasonal beers. Serving up 13 different brews on tap, it’s no wonder beer aficionados flock to Brewerkz!
Throwing the biggest Christmas party? You’re going to need some drinks to get the party started!
This year, Brewerkz is offering up a Takeaway Special you can’t refuse. With 25% off when you purchase two 6-packs and mini kegs, and 30% if you bring home four, you know you’re pretty much set when it comes to alcohol for your Christmas get-togethers.
Let’s be honest, we Singaporeans love our spice – just look how people jumped on the bandwagon of downing bowls of Samyang Ramen! The majority of us Singaporeans also live by the mantra “the spicier the better”.
For Spicy House, ‘spice’ takes on a whole new meaning. A Chengdu-style hotpot restaurant that just opened its doors three months ago, the popular Chinese restaurant chain is known for its spicy broth and fresh ingredients.
This holiday season, Spicy House has a late night promotion with 32% off your total bill from 10pm to 3am from Fridays to Sundays! To make things even sweeter, Spicy House will be giving out cash vouchers from 10 to 18 December!
Share the joy of feasting and indulge in the restaurant’s flavourful broth with signature dishes such as the spicy beef balls!
#01-07 Riverside Point 30 Merchant Road
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 4am
Contact: 6493 7213
Christmas At Riverside Point[caption id="attachment_19741" align="alignnone" width="570"] The Joy Of Christmas Comes with A Smile[/caption]
This festive season, Riverside Point wants to treat all its Christmas shoppers to some amazing giveaways!
Spend a minimum of $50* and stand a chance to win an iPad Air, Apple Watch, and shopping & dining vouchers worth up to $250,000! Riverside Point will also be giving out exclusive journals when you spend a minimum of $100*!
With these amazing Christmas deals and restaurants serving up some delicious eats this festive season, head on down to Riverside Point for al fresco dining by the river and celebrate this year end the right way!
*Terms and conditions apply. Redemption is at Clarke Quay Central Concierge from now till 25 Dec 2016.
Clarke Quay Central Concierge is located at Level 1 (Blue Zone), 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817. The Concierge opens from 10am to 10pm daily.
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If you turned 18 in the past 25 years chances are you celebrated your 18th birthday with a bang at Zouk. Over the years, Zouk has become THE SPOT for many Singaporean youth to celebrate this momentous right of passage. There’s a pretty high chance you celebrated a slew of weekends at the popular nightspot throwing parties you’ll never forget (or ever live down)!
We take a look at Zouk’s history and how it’s celebrating its move with a bang!
Zouk @ Jiak Kim St[caption id="attachment_18382" align="alignnone" width="780"] bandwagon.sg[/caption]
A year or two after its conception, Zouk saw the start of Balearic club nights. Celebrating house music associated with Ibiza, the party island of the world, Balearic was the first of many successful themed nights. For the pioneering Zouk community, Balearic night will be the throwback party you’ve been wishing for!
Balearic Presents: Aldrin, DJB, Jeremy Boon & Cher Featuring Maniam
18 Nov, Fri
Admission: Members get in free, Non members $28/$33 (includes 2 drinks)
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The 2000s saw indie and electronic centred music coming onto the scene. Readset Glo, saw live acts and synth heavy bands helming the stage instead of Zouk’s usual DJ-centric programming.
Readyset Glo Presents Hong With Wayne The Insane At Zouk
Nov 25, Fri
Admission: Members get in free, Non members $28/33
Mambo Jambo[caption id="attachment_18405" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ambassador Highlights #3: DSG Meetup, Atlantis Fright Night and Singapore Fashion Week!
There’s nothing like ending a romantic date on a sweet note with some amazing dessert. Cue: warm dark lighting, soothing music, and decadent dessert to share. All while staring into your date’s eyes. Without further ado, we present a list of 7 Romantic Dessert Spots in Singapore!
Because, the only way to her heart is dessert.
What better way to end your date than with a dessert by the river? In the day, Privé Keppel is a relaxed restaurant-bistro and in the evening, a sophisticated and intimate space with picturesque waterfront views.[caption id="attachment_15924" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credit: The entire place is dimly lit and romantic, simply tranquil for a lovely night.
Privé Keppel PS Café is the perfect place for a romantic date night.
Address: 2 Keppel Bay Vista
Click Privé Asian Civilisations Museum
Address: 1 Empress Place
Click Privé CHIJMES
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-33
Click Privé Clarke Quay
Address: 3C River Valley Road #01-09
Click 2. PS Café
PS Café is the perfect place for a romantic date night.[caption id="attachment_15925" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image Credit: House of Queens
The Ann Siang Hill branch is particularly sleek and posh with its dark, dimly lit interiors and Victorian style décor. The other branches, Dempsey Hill, Palais Renaissance and Paragon, are also romantic dessert spots as well. Take your pick![caption id="attachment_16458" align="alignnone" width="1600"] PS Cafe Toffee Date Pudding (Image Credit: Anonymous)[/caption]
Enjoy an intimate ambience while indulging in their drool-worthy desserts like Toffee Date Pudding, Pecan Pie and more!
PS Café Ann Siang Hill
45 Ann Siang Road (ASH), #02-02
Click PS Café Palais Renassance
390 Orchard Road, #02-09A Palais Renaissance
Mon – Fri: 11:30AM – 11:00PM
Sat, Sun, PH: 9:30AM – 11:00PM
PS Café Dempsey Hill
28B Harding Road, Tanglin Village (Dempsey Road)
ClickPS Café Paragon
290 Orchard Road, #03-41/44 The Paragon
Daily, 9:30AM – 10:00PM
3. The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Dine in the gardens at The Halia, a charming restaurant nestled in the Ginger Gardens of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
With a spacious al fresco dining deck and tranquil ambience, this chic open-air concept is perfect for a romantic dinner and dessert.[caption id="attachment_16929" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Image Credit: The Halia[/caption]
Indulge in the decadent Edible Garden; a light strawberries and cream cheesecake with a shot of passionfruit and lychee liquer. Or try one of the most Instagram-worthy desserts The Ginger Garden ($12); a young ginger root crumble with ginger flower sherbet, crisp banana fritters and edible flowers![caption id="attachment_16930" align="alignnone" width="1600"] The Halia’s Ginger Garden (Image Credit: Sparklette)[/caption]
What better way to end off your date with a slow stroll and star-gazing in the Botanic Gardens?
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 5pm, 6:30pm – 10pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 8am – 10pm
4. Henri Charpentier
Of course, Henri Charpentier makes the list! There is no doubt that it is one of the best romantic dessert spots in Singapore.
A Japanese French-style patisserie chain known for its signature cakes and pastries, the flambé desserts here are absolutely divine.[caption id="attachment_16745" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Credit: Expatliving[/caption]
With such ambience and decor, you’ll surely gaze into your partner’s eyes for hours.[caption id="attachment_16746" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Credit: Expatliving[/caption]
Impress your date with the stunning Dome ($29), a chocolate-coated sphere of chocolate parfait biscuit set on fire (with liqueur) in front of you. What you will see next is the sphere melting.
Before digging in, strawberry sauce is poured over so you can enjoy a smooth mix of fresh strawberries, melting chocolate and crunchy textures.[caption id="attachment_15927" align="alignnone" width="1444"] Henri Charpentier Dome (Image Credit: Straits Times)[/caption]
Another must-try is Crepe Suzette ($22); two slices of thin crepes that go aflame before your very eyes, when the server pours heated Grand Marnier cognac liqueur into the hot pan.
Delight your sweetheart’s tastebuds with the aromatic blend of buttery silky soft crepes and flaming orange-flavoured liqueur.
Henri Charpentier Dempsey Perched on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, Jaan is one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. It offers a breath-taking view of the Singapore skyline facing the Marina Bay district.
9A Dempsey Road
Click 5. JAAN
Perched on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, Jaan is one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. It offers a breath-taking view of the Singapore skyline facing the Marina Bay district.[caption id="attachment_16931" align="alignnone" width="1536"] Image Credit: The Straits Times[/caption]
Head here after dinner to enjoy a dessert in the clouds with your sweetheart.[caption id="attachment_16932" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Jaan’s The Choconuts Grand Cru (Image Credit: ExpatLiving)[/caption]
The Choconuts Grand Cru ($28) is a must-try. With a super indulgent combination of peanut butter, chocolate, Tanariva mousse and home-made macadamia nut ice cream, this dessert is a winner.
2 Stamford Road, 70F Swissotel The Stamford
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm; 7pm – 10pm
6. Stellar at 1-Altitude
Head up to Singapore’s highest dining venue, Stellar, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.[caption id="attachment_16975" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Credit: Stellar @ 1-Altitude[/caption]
Relaxed and unpretentious, indulge in desserts with your loved one at this sky high restaurant.
A snazzy alfresco rooftop bar is available, if that’s what you prefer.[caption id="attachment_16976" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Credit: You can select from six “unforgettable dessert art” created right before you at your table by the creative pastry chefs.
We recommend the Vanilla Blancmange with Passion fruit and Almond Croquant, and the Varlhona Macae Chocolate Ganach with Orange Rum Baba.
Stellar Nestled in the bustling Holland Village, s its name suggests, it opens till 2am and has made a name for itself for its beautiful artistic desserts by Celebrity Pastry Chef Janice Wong.
#62-01, One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place
Click 7. 2am: Dessert Bar
Nestled in the bustling Holland Village, s its name suggests, it opens till 2am and has made a name for itself for its beautiful artistic desserts by Celebrity Pastry Chef Janice Wong.[caption id="attachment_17114" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Image Credit: IS Asia City[/caption]
Enjoy the night with your sweetheart while appreciating dessert art and its unique flavours; Earl Grey Bergamot Chocolate Mousse, Fruits of the Forest and Cherry, Vanilla Whisky Ice Cream, Cotton Candy and more all lovingly put together in the Cacao Forest ($24), or the beautiful Kyoto Garden ($24) made of Ginger Flower Ganache, Orange Blossom Ice Cream Rock, Pistachio Sponge and Parfait![caption id="attachment_17115" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Credit: Taste of everything[/caption]
2am: Dessert Bar
21A Lorong Lipur Holland Village
6pm – 2am
Whether you need to impress your date or add a little more spice to your relationship, we know these romantic dessert spots are for couples who would like to gaze into each other’s eyes for hours while enjoying dessert!
Hai Di Lao? Yes, you heard it. When it comes to this legendary hotpot establishment, tales abound. By now, you must have amassed your own encyclopaedia of “black market” Hai Di Lao tips to take your Hai Di Lao experience to greater heights.
To add to your plethora of knowledge, we have gone undercover and infiltrated the depths of the Hai Di Lao world, right down to unearthing their new outlet in VivoCity!
Today, we are proud to present our findings – Hai Di Lao tips that are 100% legit and guaranteed to work.
To beat the queue, arrive very early… anytime before 5pm is fine. Preferably, call before you head down. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with a horrendous queue that’ll shock the living daylights out of you.
Anytime from 10 pm is good, as the dinner crowd would be gone by then and Hai Di Lao is open till 6 am.
To ensure that your table is ready by 10pm, call in early to take a queue number and let them know that you’ll arrive at 9pm.[caption id="attachment_16494" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credits: Hai Di Lao[/caption]
Each time you dine there, you will chalk up points, which can be used to redeem gifts at no extra charge.
Every $1 you spend entitles you to 1 point. The gifts change every 6 months, so snap up that Philips steam iron before it disappears!
#1 Soup hack – thick (浓) soup base
To get the most bang for your buck, be sure to request for thick (浓) soup base during refills. Otherwise, what you get will be a more diluted version of the original soup base.
They’ll hand you a bowl of thick (浓) soup, but don’t pour it all in at once! Instead, you can adjust how thick and savoury you want your soup to be.
#2 Soup hack – 4 soup bases
If you believe that variety is the spice of life, Hai Di Lao offers 4 soup bases at virtually the same price, or even cheaper, as compared to that of 1 or 2 soup bases.
The price of 4 soup bases also depends on your ultimate choice and combination of soup. Based on our experience, it was always cheaper or the same price as choosing 2 soup bases.[caption id="attachment_16493" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Credit: youngberghill
If you come with wine or alcohol, Hai Di Lao will even open your bottle and serve it to you and your companions, free of charge!
Now, who’s up for a glass of spirits?
Mini pot hack
If you think germs and bacteria are creepy… or if your idea of fashion is a Hazmat suit, Hai Di Lao’s individual hot pots are perfect for you.
Credits: Credit: be the next Freddy Krueger try Hai Di Lao’s paper crane challenge.
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For every 30 paper cranes you fold, Hai Di Lao will reward you with a free $6 dish of your choice.
Fret not if you do not know how to fold these cranes, the staff will teach you how!
Fats? *shudders* Coagulated fats? *fear intensifies*
Congratulations, you have just discovered the hidden horror… and we’ll let you know how to overcome it. Not with a crucifix, but with your trusty ol’ ladle!
The longer you boil your soup, the more concentrated it becomes. This causes the soup to become loaded with nitrates, fats and excess protein.[caption id="attachment_16186" align="aligncenter" width="1824"] Credit: butter believer[/caption]
That white film floating on the surface of your soup isn’t the trail left by the Loch Ness monster.
It’s actually coagulated fats, nitrates and protein, which is no good for you. So, ladles up, and scoop away the white stuff!
Redeemable manicure hack
Who would pass up the opportunity of a free manicure? Not me!
The good news is, Hai Di Lao’s renowned manicure services are redeemable. Should the long queue prevent you from getting your manicure before dining, all is not lost.[caption id="attachment_16496" align="alignnone" width="640"] credit: cdn-geo dayre[/caption]
Should you wish to celebrate your grandma’s birthday there, the restaurant also offers a free platter of longevity buns to senior citizens on their special day.
This is in addition to the small gift that Hai Di Lao will present to the birthday guest, and the birthday songs that they will croon in 3 different languages.[caption id="attachment_16185" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] credit: c3.staticflickr[/caption]
A cracked phone screen is the ultimate nightmare for every phone user. This is why Hai Di Lao offers free phone screen protectors to keep your phone screens shiny and spanking new.
[caption id="attachment_16198" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Credit: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-09, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Telephone numbers: +65 6250 7557 (for reservations) +65 6250 7667 (for enquiries)
Opening hours: 10.30am – 6am
Price: varies depending on the dishes ordered
Header image credit: where to get Hai Di Lao soup base!