Open for business: Banana Tree, Motorino Singapore, Diamond Kitchen, Chir Chir Fusion Kitchen Factory, Everton Creamery

Open for business: Banana Tree, Motorino Singapore, Diamond Kitchen, Chir Chir Fusion Kitchen Factory, Everton Creamery

BANANA TREE

The Singapore outpost of the dessert cafe, which has three branches in Seoul, opened here on Wednesday.

It has the same offerings as its Korean counterparts, comprising desserts served in unusual containers.

These include the Flower Paap ($6.50 in-house, $7.50 take-out), banana or espresso pudding served in a flower pot. Or try the Oreo Bomb ($12, above), vanilla ice cream surrounded by Oreo cookie fragments and served in a heated frying pan. There is also the Som Som Latte, a glass of latte topped with cotton candy. Have it iced ($7) in flavours such as banana or hot ($6.50) in matcha flavour, among others. You can add a shot of espresso for certain flavours.

Where: 26 Keong Saik Road

Open: 9am to 7pm (Monday to Thursday), 10am to 8pm (Friday and Saturday), 11am to 5pm (Sunday)

Info: Call 6221-5020 (from Friday) or go to www.facebook.com/bananatreesg or www.instagram.com/bananatreesg

MOTORINO SINGAPORE

This pizzeria has branches in New York, Hong Kong and Manila. The Singapore outpost is run by couple Francis Tay and Carol Lee, who decided to bring the joint to Singapore after trying its pizzas in Hong Kong.

The restaurant seats about 60. Prices start at $17 for the Marinara pizza with tomato sauce and oregano. The Specialty pizza ($26) comes with brussels sprouts and pancetta and is topped with Pecorino cheese. Extra toppings such as olives ($1.50) and clams ($8) are available too.

Where: 01-01A, Merchant's Court, 3A River Valley Road

Open:11.30am to 11pm daily

Info: Call 8182-2205 or go to www.motorinopizza.com

DIAMOND KITCHEN

The second outlet of the popular restaurant is at the Oasis (formerly known as the Science Hub). It seats up to 350. The first outlet at Laguna Park Condominium in Marine Parade Road seats about 180.

Dishes offered at both branches are the same, including favourites such as the Superior Stock Clam Bee Hoon and Gan Xiang Crab (both priced at $14 for small, $21 for medium and $28 for large).

Where: 01-01 Oasis, 87 Science Park Drive

Open: 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30 to 10.30pm daily

Info: Call 6464-0410 or go to www.diamondkitchen.com.sg

CHIR CHIR FUSION KITCHEN FACTORY The Korean fried chicken restaurant opened its 78-seat flagship outlet at 313@Somerset in February. The second one opened at Bedok Point about a week ago. It seats 55.

The menus at both outlets are the same. Favourites such as Garlicky Chicken ($28.90) and Honey Grape Salad ($18.90), a mix of grapes, ricotta salad and honey, are available.

Where: 02-05/06 Bedok Point, 799 New Upper Changi Road

Open: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)

Info: Call 6481-2098 or go to www.instagram.com/chirchirsg

EVERTON CREAMERY

The gelato bar offers 16 flavours, including coconut and gula melaka, dark chocolate and hazelnut. A scoop is $4 and two cost $7.

For $1.50, you get toppings such as popcorn and caramel or brownies and hot fudge. Or buy a 480ml tub for $13.

Where: 01-11, 7 Everton Park

Open: Noon to 9pm (Monday to Thursday), noon to 10pm (Friday and Saturday), noon to 9pm (Sunday)

Info: Call 9436-3479 or go to www.facebook.com/evertoncreamery


This article was first published on April 5, 2015.
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