Nan Hwa Fishboat opens a second outlet at Owen Road


Nan Hwa Fishboat is one of the oldest fish head steamboat restaurants in Singapore, with a history of almost 90 years since its opening in 1927. I have been a quiet supporter of its flagship outlet at North Bridge Road. One thing that daunts me is the sweat-inducing environment. The impact of the tropical heat is amplified when you’re slurping on piping hot broth in a non air-conditioned space. While the amount of comfort the fishboat brings to me can easily help me overcome that factor, I have to admit some days I’m just too spoilt to want to endure the heat and sweating. Well, good news for those who can relate, because Nan Hwa Fishboat has recently opened its second outlet at Owen Road that boasts a refined space, larger, clean and bright, with air-conditioning.

The best part? Prices are similar, if not identical. In sight are long-time regulars, families and friends bonding over good food and conversations.

Premium Live Dragon Grouper Fish Head Steamboat ($38/$48/$68)

To begin, fish head steamboat is, of course, essential. Choose your preferred variety of fish with prices to match your budget, available in three sizes. this is the premium live dragon grouper fish head steamboat that comes with thick slices and chunks of fish, alongside the usual vegetables and yam. Soup is refillable, thank goodness, because I can’t ever get enough of it!

Prawn with Golden Pumpkin Sauce ($18.80/$28.80)

The prawn with golden pumpkin sauce is one of my favourite dishes to order alongside the steamboat. I was in disbelief when I was told there wasn’t any salted egg yolk in there, and I still don’t believe it. Anyway, the sauce is rich and flavoursome, fragrant of laksa leaf with a spicy kick from the chilli, the sizeable prawns are fresh and succulent.

Champagne Pork Ribs ($12.80/$18.80)

The champagne pork ribs is my second favourite dish. The sweet glaze brings so much delight to the palate; the pork is nicely charred on the surface yet so tender and juicy within.

Claypot Drunken Rice Wine Clam ($15.80/$20.80)

The claypot drunken rice wine clam brims with a potent hit of alcohol. I would have preferred it to have a nicer balance of broth to Chinese wine, but those who like their alcohol will enjoy this. You might be able to let the staff know about your preference, so as to adjust the wine intensity to your taste.

Stir-fry French Beans with Dried Shrimp and Chye Poh ($9.80/$14.80)

A Chinese meal is never complete without vegetables! The stir-fried French beans with dried shrimp and chye poh is a delicious option, with the dried shrimp imparting flavour and umami, the chye poh imparting saltiness and depth.

Nan Hwa @ Owen Road (Second outlet)
93/95 Owen Road, Singapore 218907 (outside Farrer Park MRT Exit D)
Opening horus: 5pm to 11.30pm (11pm last order)

Main Branch: 812/814/816 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198779
Opening hours: 4pm to 1am (daily)
Contact: 8613 2732

Instagram: @nanhwafishboat

“The Best of Thai” at Escape Restaurant & Lounge, One Farrer Hotel & Spa (2 to 16 April 2015)


One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore collaborates with Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy to present “The Best of Thai” from 2 to 16 April 2015.

Before I begin with the food, I have to say that I am very impressed (unexpectedly) by the overall feel of his hotel, having stepped foot here for the first time. This relatively new five-star hotel, located away from the bustling city centre, strikes one as being built to anticipate the arrivals of diplomats and VIPS at first glance. As you enter the hotel, you are welcomed by a sense of sophistication. Art pieces grace the spacious lobby, with soothing music playing in the background.

At Escape Restaurant & Lounge, white linen tablecloths give the restaurant a clean and classy look, albeit too formal for buffet pleasures I feel, but nonetheless comfortable. The theatrical open kitchen grants diners unobstructed views of chefs in action. The crowd was a little sparse on last Friday evening, which was good for me because I enjoy the quiet peace and less people swarming around the buffet line, but I don’t think the restaurant will enjoy such peace for a long time, especially when more people start knowing about what a gem this place is.

Plain white plates are glued into sculptures of art and hidden away in display cabinets, replaced by various shapes and sizes of ornate dinnerware that are totally “instagram-worthy”. This is where you can truly show off your incredible food plating creativity. Continue reading

Babette – Restaurant & Bar


Babette – Restaurant & Bar beckons to lovers of good food and libations, to lovers, friends, families and colleagues. Jazzing up the Jalan Besar locale, the 64-seater Babette nestled within the new 4-star Parc Sovereign Hotel is hip with its urban industrial swank, but not just a novelty –it’s committed to serving unpretentious food that do justice to the ingredients involved.

Confit Salmon & Soba ($17)

It was such a joy conversing with owner Darren Wee (also a Radio DJ who does a Sunday morning (11am) show with Mediacorp’s 987FM) who speaks of food with so much zeal and knowledge. The name “Babette” was inspired by the 1980s Danish film titled “Babette’s Feast” a charming film about how a good meal can right wrongs, and how a good chef can transform a dinner into a love affair. The metaphors in the film about food, love and relationship, and how a good meal can transcend language and culture, has inspired him and with Babette – Restaurant and Bar, he aims to bring a simple, honest and unpretentious dining experience to diners.

House-baked Banana Bread with Ice Cream (Dessert of the Day)

The menu draws inspiration from familiar flavours in comfort dishes, but often with an inventive ‘Babette twist’. Main dishes at Babette marry French techniques with Japanese ingredients. Finicky gourmands will be pleased to know that a range of sauces are made in-house daily by strict standards. Continue reading

Dining Deals at City Square Mall – What to Eat?


Big Treasure Box ($15) – Paddington House of Pancakes

City Square Mall is giving diners huge dining discounts at participating outlets, as well as attractive gifts for shoppers such as Cedele vouchers and chic lunch pouches, from 4 July till 3 August 2014.

Deals worth visiting City Square Mall for:

– Over at KFC, grab 5 pieces of chicken for $9.90 –this promotion is available exclusively at the City Square Mall outlet.
– Get a free coke with every ice-cream creation purchased at Andersen’s of Denmark.
– Bring home a Manchester United exclusive water bottle with every $50 spent at Javier’s Rotisserie & Salad Bar.
– Get a free mini sundae with an upsized order of the BK Doubles Rendang Value Meal at Burger King.
– Promotional fondue in various flavours from $15 at Paddington House of Pancakes.
– Order a drink or dessert at just $1 with every ramen ordered at Marutama Ra-Men.
– 1-for-1 Signature Beef Noodle at Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining.
– Only $9 for Paradise Inn’s Song Fish Head (U.P. $18.90) only at the City Square Mall outlet.
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