13 restaurants offering free corkage for your year-end celebration

13 restaurants offering free corkage for your year-end celebration
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Bring your own wine or liquor to your festive party without incurring corkage fees at restaurants like New Ubin Seafood Restaurant, Bedrock Bar & Grill, and more.

MORSELS

Photo: Morsels

Cuisine: Asian Fusion
BYOB: Free corkage on Tuesdays, one bottle per person
Tel: 6396-6302
Add: 35 Mayo Street
morsels.com.sg

Read also: Morsels among 11 hidden restaurants in Singapore

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    This remote halal restaurant leads to beautiful sunset views from a jetty.

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    Pick from hearty local fare like satay (barbecued meat skewers), chilli crab, mee goreng (fried noodles with seafood) and barbecued stingray.

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    Housed in the former quarters of the fire chief of the Hill Street fire station, the black-and-white colonial mansion that holds this restaurant is obscured from view by lush greenery.

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    Fine-dining Japanese-French fusion is the star here, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. You can also enjoy the multi-course sampling menu, or wine-pairing.

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    Kick back in this unpretentious eatery tucked inside a quaint wooden shophouse on the outskirts of Little India.

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    As its name suggests, Morsels dishes up small plates of fusion fare. Highlights here are the Hokkaido scallop ceviche and Firecracker Duroc pulled-pork shell pasta.

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    Offering a hearty, carnivore-friendly menu, this joint by the Kallang river is a great place to get away from the bustle of the city.

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    Seating is outdoors-only, so dress comfortably to enjoy the atmosphere and food. Don't forget to snap an Instagram shot of the majestic 30kg hog roasting on a spit.

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    Yorimichi (which means detour in Japanese) has its hidden entrance located right before the ramp leading to the carpark.

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    This dimly-lit, narrow joint could be mistaken for one found in a Tokyo alley. Wash down affordable sushi and yakitori (grilled skewers) with ice-cold Kirin beer. Favourites include grilled scallop with cheese.

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    Traditional and modern Thai cuisine is prepared skillfully here.

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    Housed in a colonial mansion in verdant Labrador Park, this off-the-beaten-track spot makes for a romantic night out.

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    Blink and you may miss The Flying Squirrel. The hip eatery with a concrete-meets-brick interior has its entrance located in a narrow alley off Amoy Street.

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    Savour Japanese fusion food here, especially its chirashi dons (sashimi rice bowls).

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    This humble joint in the heartlands of Toa Payoh is run by a Nepali.

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    It serves up lip-smacking Nepalese fare like chicken momo (dumplings), as well as value-for-money comfort Western food like steaks and lamb chops.

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    The Boiler brings Cajun boiled seafood to the warehouse-filled estate of Tai Seng.

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    Here, you can messily dig into bags of boiled seafood – including seasonal crabs, prawns, mussels and clams – without shame. The Boiler also has a good selection of sides, including crispy fish skin (coated in salted egg yolk).

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    Overlooking Changi Beach, Meyer House occupies a colonial bungalow built in 1927.

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    Inside, the decor recalls the 1930s with an elegant bar and dark wood panelling. Enjoy generous portions of pizzas, pastas and burgers.

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    Ensconced in a quiet residential neighbourhood, Cacio e Pepe serves up rustic Italian fare in a cosy space with cheery yellow walls.

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    Dishes here feature time-honoured pairings like prosciutto ham and melon, while there are also sumptuous pizzas, pastas and risotto. Look out for their weekend specials like hearty lamb shank.

ROLAND RESTAURANT

Photo: Roland Restaurant

Cuisine: Chinese
BYOB: Free corkage for hard liquor all-week
Tel: 6440-8205
Add: #06-750, 89 Marine Parade Central
rolandrestaurant.com.sg

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    Address: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road

    What Michelin inspectors say: "Ryan Clift's discreetly signed flagship restaurant is dominated by a long kitchen counter, which is where most diners choose to sit so that they can engage with the chefs and watch them in action - lunch is a simpler affair so come for dinner to fully appreciate their ability and ambition. They embrace all the latest techniques to produce quite elaborate and exciting dishes with some challenging combinations of flavour and texture." (Photo: Tippling Club)

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    Address: 36 Purvis Street, 01-03

    What Michelin inspectors say: "The owner-chef worked in some well-known restaurants in his native Belgium before coming to Singapore. He may describe his cooking as 'simple, honest and down-to-earth' but typical dishes include angel hair pasta with Oscietra caviar, roast rack of black pig, and a fine apple tart. Many regulars wait until they've seen the tray of the day's special ingredients before ordering, however. The two dining rooms are enlivened by some colourful art." (Photo: Gunther's)

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    Address: 04-16 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road

    What Michelin inspectors say: "A typically discreet entrance and corridor lead into two elegant counter restaurants, one of which seats just six and is ideal for an intimate dinner. There are three menu options for lunch while at dinner only an omakase is offered. For the sushi, fish comes four times a week from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market and twice a week from Hokkaido, with selected white-hulled rice also imported from Japan. The signature dish is monkfish liver with sea eel sauce."

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    Address: Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel, Level 2

    What Michelin inspectors say: "By concentrating on quality not quantity, Basilico proves that buffets and good food are not mutually exclusive. The main course at dinner is served at the table but everything else is from the various stations - all regions of Italy are covered and the dessert counter is especially good. The handsome dining room, on the second floor of the luxurious Regent hotel, comes with an impressive walk-in wine cellar, an open kitchen and an outdoor terrace." (Photo: Regent Singapore)

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    Address: The Hilton Hotel, Level 3

    What Michelin inspectors say: "It may be inside the Hilton, but this diminutive restaurant is run entirely independently. Ingredients come from as far away as France, Italy and Japan and there's a strong Asian element to the contemporary cuisine - the kitchen makes use of modern cooking techniques and dishes are vibrant and full of colour. It has just eight tables and eight seats at the dessert counter which, along with subdued lighting, make it ideal for a romantic dinner." (Photo: The Business Times)

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    Address: Marine Parade, Block 89, #06-750

    What Michelin inspectors say: "In 1956 Mdm Cher Yam Tian created her famous chilli crab and, together with her husband Lim Choon Ngee, opened a small restaurant along the Kallang River. Now occupying a vast space atop a multi-storey carpark in Katong (with a hard-to-find entrance) and run by the second and third generations. Chilli crab rightly remains the bestseller. Other dishes to look out for are black sauce prawn, crispy baby squid and pomfret done in two ways." (Photo: The Straits Times)

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    Address: 14 Haig Road

    What Michelin inspectors say: "It's no surprise that this centre is congested with customers as it's located between Katong and Geylang, two of the most popular eating areas in Singapore. There is so much to sample, like wanton mee and mee rebus - and no one should miss the famous putu piring."

    Listed stall: Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring (01-07) (Photo: The Business Times)

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    Address: 90/91 Whampoa Drive

    What Michelin inspectors say: "There are 52 stalls housed between two blocks. Stalls in Block 91 mostly offer breakfast food and many close after lunch; stalls in Block 90 are usually open for lunch and dinner or even until midnight. A wide array of good food can be found here."

    Listed stall: Huat Heng Fried Oyster (01-26) (Photo: Instagram user @saltedtamago)

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    Address: 30 Seng Poh Road

    What Michelin inspectors say: "Located in one of the city's oldest residential areas, this market is one of the most popular hawker centres. There are too many great food items to choose from, like lor mee, porridge and roast chicken. The silky white chwee kueh, topped with hot diced radish, is very tempting."

    Listed stall: Jian Bo Shui Kueh (02-05)

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    Address: Blk 6 Jalan Bukit Merah

    What Michelin inspectors say: "Opened in 1974, near to industrial and residential areas, it has almost 100 stalls and is one of the most popular hawker centres. It was the birthplace of the Archipelago Brewery Company and, in remembrance of the company, was named ABC market."

    Listed stall: Y R Ahmad (01-10) (Photo: Instagram user @unacat222)

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    Address: Blk 724, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6

    What Michelin inspectors say: "Thanks to its convenient location, this centre is always packed. It has 45 stalls offering a range of dishes to satisfy your tastebuds. The minced meat noodles fried Hokkien prawn mee, char kway teow and Hainanese chicken rice are always worth trying."

    Listed stall: Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle (01-39) (Photo: Instagram user @sparklingsofa)

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    Address: 229 Selegie Road

    What Michelin inspectors say: "The flavoursome Nasi Lemak comes with a wide selection of dishes. Beef rendang and paru-paru are very popular."

ROADHOUSE

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Cuisine: American Diner
BYOB: Free corkage from Monday to Thursday
Tel: 6476-2922
Add: 13 Dempsey Road
theprivegroup.com.sg/roadhouse

PEACH GARDEN @ OCBC

Photo: The New Paper

Cuisine: Chinese dimsum
BYOB: Free corkage for the first two bottles all-week
Tel: 6535-7833
Add: #33-01 OCBC Centre, 65 Chulia Street
peachgarden.com.sg/ocbc-centre

10 places for yummy dim sum at less than $50++ per pax

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    Swee Choon is a pretty hidden gem, unless you are a dim sum fanatic, you might not have heard of it. This well-established restaurant has been around for almost 50 years and it's located near Little India.

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    There's plenty of space available but it can still get pretty crowded due to its good variety of Hong Kong and Shanghai dim sum and cuisine available.

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    What's to love: Prompt service, huge menu (not just dim sum) and it's open late (6pm to 6am).

    What to try: Crispy fried fish skin, fried mee suah and egg crepe with meat floss.

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    The fried mee suah is a signature item from Swee Choon and I haven't seen it elsewhere. I would say it's a novelty, but in terms of taste, it's pretty bland.

    The crispy fried fish skin is a joy to munch on and great as a starter, nothing too oily and fishy there. Definitely give the egg crepe with meat floss a try as it is fragrant and has a nice chewy bite and a well-balanced taste.

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    If you are on the look out for the best liu sha bao, this is it! Victor's kitchen ranks as my top dim sum place to eat the salted egg yolk custard bun - luscious creamy egg yolk flowing out of soft white buns, this sends me to dim sum heaven each time.

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    For the egg-custard bun experts out there, if you prefer custard that's on the sweeter side, this might not be for you.

    The reason I like it here is because the creamy yolk custard tends to be on the savoury side, plus the buns are a good size to satisfy.

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    Someone looking for variety might be disappointed here though, as Victor's kitchen focuses on just a few dishes, but ensures they are top quality.

    Regulars will be glad to know that they've opened a second outlet at a more convenient location at Chinatown point!

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    What's to love: Everything on the menu is good and service is prompt. Food is relatively cheap as well.

    What to try: Golden egg yolk lava buns or liu sha bao (order two baskets straight away please!), queen-sized siew mai, steamed carrot cake with XO sauce and the crispy golden shrimp rolls.

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    We all remember how Tim Ho Wan caused such a stir when they first opened an outlet in Singapore at Plaza Singapura.

    I remember walking past two months after its debut and there were still snaking queues over the weekend!

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    Good thing that now, the well-known one Michelin star dim sum restaurant has six outlets in Singapore, and even if you have to queue, it'll probably take you less than half an hour.

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    I remember having my first taste of Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong, and well, I would say the menu has some hits-and-misses, but its affordable pricing and fresh ingredients still make a decent dim sum meal.

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    What's to love: Well, it's still got one Michelin star, baby!

    What to try: Signature baked BBQ pork buns, pan-fried turnip cake and vermicelli roll with pig's liver.

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    Mouth Restaurant is a family-friendly Chinese restaurant serving traditional Cantonese dishes and dim sum. It's a budget-friendly chain Chinese restaurant which serves up great dim sum as well.

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    The egg lava bun here is pretty special - instead of the usual soft fluffy bun, it comes in a baked bun texture, which I found was pretty similar to the BBQ pork bun from Tim Ho Wan!

    I would say it's pretty unique with the pastry skin instead of the usual bao skin and the filling is higher quality and more substantial. The filling was thicker than usual and you can also taste more of the salted egg yolk. A definite must try!

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    During Chinese New Year, you can also look out for some special items - last CNY I tried a squid ink rice roll, pretty funky right?

    You can't really taste much of the squid ink but the use of the traditional sweet sauce was light and the pork floss gave it a nice touch.

    The fried beancurd roll with prawn is pretty good as well, with fresh succulent prawns and a crust that's very different from the usual beancurd roll. This one is a little bit thicker and more crispy than the usual thin beancurd skin used.

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    What's to love: Fresh ingredients, innovative menu.

    What to try: Egg lava buns, siew mai and fried beancurd roll with shrimp.

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    At $39++ for its weekend a la carte dim sum buffet, Fullerton's Jade Restaurant is one of those places where you can consider having weekend brunch with value-for-money dim sum in a classy hotel setting.

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    With a gourmet touch to your usual dim sum, the price you pay is definitely worth it!

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    Look out for exquisite dim sum items such as steamed pork siew mai with abalone, deep fried taro paste wrapped with truffle and mushroom, poached enoki mushroom squid ink dumpling and golden "mantou" stuffed with a chilli crab meat bun.

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    What's to love: Humble dim sum using gourmet ingredients.

    What to try: Golden "mantou" stuffed with chilli crab meat bun, braised bird nest with truffle egg white in superior broth, sauteed pork ribs with coffee sauce.

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    Looking for a good dim sum place with a classy setting? There are many of these dim sum restaurants, but a prettier interior also means a higher price for their dishes.

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    Although, if you go to Bosses Restaurant from Monday-Saturday during the off-peak hours of 2.30am to 5.30am to have your dim sum, you get to shave 30 per cent off your bill! Which means that you get to enjoy really great dim sum at a superb price in a nice restaurant, what's not to love?

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    The restaurant has a pretty innovative dim sum menu and you can find them often coming up with new dim sum creations that never fail to delight and surprise.

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    What's to love: Portions are huge, and the innovative menu is a great way to have your dim sum with a twist.

    What to try: Xiao long bao, egg custard lava bun, siew mai and chilli crab tart.

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    Yum Cha, which literally means drink tea in Cantonese, was what dim sum used to be - enjoying small bite-sized food with tea.

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    The dim sum buffet of Yum Cha Chinatown is pretty famous due to its pocket-friendly prices - $23.80++ from 3am to 6am on weekdays.

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    The restaurant is also good for Chinese food and its centralised location makes it great for a CNY dinner outing as well.

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    What's to love: Affordable dim sum buffet price.

    What to try: Rainbow seafood dumpling, baked mini egg-tarts, shredded prawn congee and sea treasure dumpling.

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    If you prefer somewhere further away from the crowd, you can consider having your high tea dim sum buffet at Swatow Seafood restaurant in Toa Payoh.

    Swatow Restaurant has been around since 2010 and their focus has been on Teochew cuisine, traditionally known for its freshness and healthy tasting dishes that are light in flavour and seasoning.

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    It is thus a natural transition for Swatow to go into Hong Kong-style dim sum, since the latter follows the same principles of steamed food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients.

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    The dim sum buffet is served from 3 to 5am daily on push cart and costs just $19.80++ on weekdays and $22.80 on weekends and public holidays.

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    What's to love: Pocket-friendly dim sum buffet price in the heartlands.

    What to try: Crispy durian and shrimp roll, mini pork bun with crab meat and boat-styled congee in claypot.

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    One of the latest to join in the dim sum buffet frenzy is Bao Today at Rendezvous Hotel!

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    Late last year, the casual diner introduced its latest promotion - tapas dim sum buffet with two seatings each night (6 to 8am) and (8 to 10am).

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    The diner has been a favourite casual dim sum place I visited frequently, especially for its signature black sesame bao and sesame skin chicken bao.

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    What's to love: Its newly-launched dim sum buffet.

    What to try: Pandan liu sha bao, Teochew braised pork bun, sliced abalone and the fresh fruit scallop salad tart.

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    Have you already been to Clifford Pier? The place is absolutely gorgeous and they've launched a dim sum brunch menu last year! If you want to enjoy a bit of luxury without paying close to $80 for dim sum, here's the place to be!

    Well, I know that technically the buffet is priced at $48++ and will end up costing a bit more than $50, still, it's a well-worth amount to pay for such an opulent setting and for the huge spread of great quality food!

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    The Heritage Dim Sum Brunch takes place on weekends and public holidays from 11.30am to 2.30am.

    The concept of the brunch is to recreate scenes of the past with the nostalgia of old tea houses set with traditional dim sum trolleys and hawker stalls.

    So although it calls itself a dim sum brunch, you can expect lots of other food as well, including live buffet stations with Singaporean "heritage" food such as satay, rojak, laksa, rickshaw noodles and Hainanese chicken rice. (Photo: TripAdvisor)

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    From the dim sum trolleys, expect good old favourites such as steamed pork ribs in fermented black bean sauce, glutinous rice in lotus leafs, crystal shrimp dumplings and shrimp and pork beancurd rolls.

    Those with a sweet tooth will be happy with the decent dessert spread. You can enjoy some refreshing cut fruit on ice, mango pudding shooters, ang ku kueh, or the Fullerton cheese cake! (Photo: TripAdvisor)

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    What's to love: The luxurious colonial setting and a wide variety of food that's more than just dim sum.

    What to try: Chilli crab with mantou, fried prawn dumplings, kueh lapis and the har gow.

THE UNIVERSITY CLUB

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Cuisine: Modern European
BYOB: Free corkage from Monday to Friday for the first three bottles
Tel: 6779-8919
Add: #04-02 Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 11 Kent Ridge Drive
theprivegroup.com.sg/tuc

NEW UBIN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Photo: New Ubin Seafood Restaurant

Cuisine: Local seafood and Western
BYOB: Free corkage all-week
Tel: 6466-9558
Add: 63 Hillview Ave, level 6 Canteen
ubinseafood.com

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    For premium Japanese cuts

    Fat Cow boasts cuts from several parts of Japan, Australia and the US, and what you should really go for is the Japanese Wagyu, which they offer in grades A3, A4 and A5. Depending on your preference, you can choose how you want your steak to be cooked: shabu shabu, sukiyaki, charcoal grilled or teppanyaki. Go for charcoal grilled; they do a nice, smoky sear on the outside while leaving the centre pink, so that you get to enjoy the marbling of the beef. For a more pocket-friendly option, their lunch sets are priced from $26 (includes salad, chawanmushi, miso soup and dessert) with the Fat Cow Donburi ($39, charcoal grilled Wagyu beef, onsen egg and white leek) winning the votes of many. (Photo by Jacq Ong)

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    For super affordable steak

    Le Steak by Chef Amri is a family-friendly steakhouse that is well-loved for the superb sirloin steak, as well as grilled chicken and seared salmon - all priced reasonably below $20. Even the desserts like bread pudding or creme brulee are a hit at just under $10. If you're in the Jalan Kayu area, this is the perfect place for dinner with your loved ones. If that's too far, the newest outlet along Mackenzie Road might be a better option. (Photo by Syiqy Salleh)

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    For amazing steak in town

    This cosy spot tucked in a corner at Somerset is easy to miss, but if you love steak, then you should have heard about it. To kickstart your meal, they serve freshly baked flatbread on the house, served with butter and roasted garlic. Go straight for the Bedrock Pepper Steak ($79), a 300g slab of Angus ribeye that's succulent, flavoursome and tender, and served with a black peppercorn sauce. The steak is, however, good enough on its own. Make sure you don't miss their highly raved about Bedrock Mac n' Cheese ($20), baked with four types of cheese and drizzled with aromatic truffle oil. For a more affordable option, go for their three-course lunch sets ($38 for seafood and poultry, $58 for steaks). (Photo by Alainlicious Eats)

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    For divine ribeye steak

    The BetterField is an unassuming cafe that serves some pretty kick-ass food, and the Black Angus Ribeye is one dish that would be a sin to miss, if you love meat. It's very simply done - seasoned with salt and pepper and "pan-seared for an impeccable crust", as tastemaker Rachel Xie puts it - but more than delivers in taste. It's juicy, tender, flavourful and everything you could ever want in a steak. At just $20 for 200g (but also served in portions of 400g and 600g), this steak will definitely sate your carnivorous cravings without burning a hole in your wallet. (Photo by Julius Lim)

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    For charcoal-grilled hangar steak

    Burnt Ends is famous for their pulled pork burger and sharing plates, but they do steaks equally well. The Onglet ($26/100g) is a very well executed piece of charcoal-grilled hanger steak - charred to perfection, wonderfully tender and packs a punch of flavour along with the accompanying beef jus. The Rump Cap is excellent as well: cooked flawlessly and served with burnt onion sauce and and bone marrow. Also great is the Mayura Cube Roll ($60/100g), that as Tastemaker Veronica Phua puts it, is "buttery to the nth degree" and "expertly grilled with nothing but a sprinkle of sea salt - the epitome of a perfect steak". (Photo by Rachel Xie)

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    For value-for-money steak

    Located just beside the SMU Administration building in town, this little steakhouse is a go-to for inexpensive steaks. With beef steaks priced from $14.90 and chicken steaks from just $8.90 (with two sides), it is no doubt that it has become a popular place for university students and the working crowd. Signatures include the specialty NZ Angus Ribeye (from $19.90 for a 200g cut with two complimentary sides) and the Teriyaki Chicken Steak ($8.90). They come in big portions, and there's no GST or service charge! (Photo by Marshall Too)

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    For swanky, upscale steak

    CUT by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is a swanky American steakhouse located in Marina Bay Sands. Expect the usual cuts: sirloin, rib-eye, filet mignon. All steaks are dry rubbed, grilled over hard wood and charcoal, then finished under a 1200ºF (about 650ºC) broiler. If you're with a group, order the 990g Porterhouse Australian Angus ($175). Charred to give a slightly caramelised exterior, done medium/medium rare and ridiculously juicy and tender, this one's for meat lovers. The steaks here do not come with sides, so you can order some to share, like the buttery smooth Yukon Gold Potato Puree ($18) and the Creamed Spinach with Fried Egg ($18). (Photo by Seth Lui)

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    For Tomahawk steak and beef Wellington

    Located in Swissotel The Stamford, Wooloomooloo boasts a sexy, classy interior with a stunning view. This steakhouse originates from Hong Kong and serves up excellent, quality cuts of meat such as Australian Black Angus and USDA Prime beef. Meat lovers should go for the Australian Black Angus Tomahawk ($155), a whole rib steak which serves two ravenous carnivores. The Beef Wellington ($74) is not to be missed either - think perfectly cooked filet mignon with mushroom duxelle, wrapped in Parma ham and topped with foie gras all encased in a buttery puff pastry served with Madeira sauce. The food here comes with a slightly steep price tag, but it's easy to justify with the great view and even better steak. (Photo by Gavin Chan)

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    For steak and frites

    Les Bouchons could probably serve as the benchmark for good steak frites in Singapore. The signature dish at this Parisian steakhouse is the Grilled Ribeye Steak, served with herb butter, free-flow duck fat fries and a side of salad. The steak is cooked perfectly medium rare, juicy and well-seasoned, and the fragrant herb butter, while not necessary, lends a little bit of decadence to the dish. The fries are twice-cooked, making them extra crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside - absolutely addictive. (Photo by Shurong Lo)

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    For simple and good Angus steak

    Expect a no-frills and unpretentious platter of juicy Angus steak at this zi char place, complete with wedges, caramelised onions and beef fried rice (rice fried in beef fat). Seasoned with just salt and pepper, this is perfectly cooked to mouth-watering succulence and perfection - what's not to love? At $12 per 100g, it's not hard to see why this is a must-order when you head to New Ubin Seafood. (Photo by Peter Wong)

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    For parrilla-grilled steak

    SKIRT is a chic steakhouse at W Singapore that prides itself on sourcing only the finest sustainable ingredients and preparing them with simple yet skilful techniques, including grilling their meats on a parrilla grill. Meats here are sourced from Ireland, US and Australia, mostly dry-aged, and the selection is extensive. For something a little different, start off with the Charcuterie Plate. Most popular here is the Signature Blackmore Wagyu Skirt Steak (note that this is not dry-aged). It's juicy and full of umami and beefy flavours, but can get slightly rich due to the fat content. Otherwise, go for the Donald Russell Irish cut - dry aged, exceedingly tender and flavour packed. (Photo by Keropok Man)

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    For classic American steak

    Morton's is a fine dining establishment that ranks high up in the best places to go for a darn good steak in Singapore. The Center Cut Prime Rib-eye is the steak you'll want to go for, for a slightly charred, caramelised exterior that gives way to a juicy centre with a good amount of marbling, flavour and texture. If you prefer something that's leaner, then the Center Cut Filet Mignon is a better option. However, due to the lack of fat, you might find it less flavourful than the ribeye. Leave stomach space for their Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake, a rich, indulgent molten lava cake that is worth every calorie. (Photo by Seth Lui)

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    For spot-on Tuscan steak

    As its name suggests, this Italian steakhouse specialises in Florentine steak. The signature Tuscan Bistecca alla Fiorentina ($178, steak Florentine) weighs a whopping 1.1kg and can easily feed three to four. After a simple marination in olive oil and an herby salt rub, the thick slab of bone-in Australian F1 Wagyu is cooked over a high temperature wood-fired grill resulting in a charred crust to seal in all the juicy, beefy goodness. With a marbling score of 6+, the fat to meat ratio is spot on for an epic thick cut steak experience. (Photo by BiteClub SG)

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    For prime rib steak

    Having been around since 1999, Lawry's is a classy, well-established steakhouse located in Mandarin Gallery. And yes, this is a place you'll want to bring someone you want to impress. Go for the extremely tender Roasted Prime Ribs, their signature dish, served with Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes. It comes in several portion sizes (ranging from 160-450g), depending on how hearty your appetite is. For a sweet finale, go for the Crepe Suzette; prepared tableside, the sweet, buttery, citrusy and slightly boozy treat is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds! (Photo by belle ong)

OTTO RISTORANTE

Photo: Otto Ristorante

Cuisine: Modern Italian
BYOB: Free corkage from Monday to Wednesday for the first two bottles
Tel: 6227-6819
Add: #01-02/03 Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road
ottoristorante.com.sg

TABLE AT 7

Photo: Salut Private Dining

Cuisine: Modern European and Modern Indonesian
BYOB: Free corkage for wine on Mondays
Tel: 6836-6362
Add: 7 Mohamed Sultan Road
tableat7.com

10 best restaurants in Singapore for festive feasting with your family, friends and colleagues

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    Ambience: Perhaps the only indication that this is a Chinese restaurant are the full-sized Chinese paintings on the wall. Elsewhere, Lan Ting is pared down, with a no-frills, fuss-free decor and a subdued colour scheme. There's also a private room for 12.

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    Food: Lan Ting serves up a modest selection of Cantonese dishes at affordable prices.

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    Ambience: Mitzo may be a Chinese restaurant but it doesn't look like one. What you see: sleek, modern furniture alongside dramatic stained glass panels and screens, and iridescent pendant lamps. The long, deep space is broken into smaller pockets, to offer diners a more intimate dining experience.

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    Food: Like the interior, the food also has a modern twist, with most dishes meant for sharing.

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    Ambience: If your family likes it super casual, head to this poolside bistro that's as secluded and tranquil as it is affordable. Here, you dine al fresco style within an industrial-themed setting with exposed pipes and light bulbs, rusty metal surfaces and dark wood tables.

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    Food: The menu is filled with familiar, Western comfort food, including Giant Fish and Chips ($16), Chicken Spaghetti Bolognese ($12) and Club Sandwich ($15), so even picky little eaters won't go hungry.

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    Ambience: The modern European brasserie evokes a chill, laidback atmosphere with its tropical palette of greens, yellows and pinks, and chevron floor tiles. Comfortable leather booth seats make it conducive for afternoon tete-a-tetes, while the bar area is great for pre-dinner drinks.

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    Food: The restaurant has an all-day dining menu, with a mix of small and large plates suitable for sharing. Dishes are so beautifully plated that they are almost too pretty to eat.

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    Ambience: Black Nut is one of the many gastropubs along Orchard Road's Emerald Hill, but it is perhaps the only one that stays true to the Peranakan heritage of the sloped alleyway. The name itself is inspired by buah keluak, seen in Peranakan cuisine.

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    Food: Black Nut celebrates Singapore's unique blend of cultures by using Asian flavours in its cocktails and food.

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    Ambience: 1-Altitude has everything you need for a good night out with friends. It is split over four levels: A.L.T. Cafe & Bar on the ground level for beer and pre-dinner snacks, fine dining restaurant Stellar at level 62 that serves up Australian cuisine, Club at Altimate at level 61 that plays live music, and the Rooftop Gallery and Bar on level 63 that offers tipples to savour as you admire 360-degree views of the city.

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    Food: A.L.T. and the Rooftop Gallery and Bar offer a variety of drinks, ranging from beer on tap, bottled beers, premium liqueurs, wines, martinis, champagnes, cocktails and shooters. Nibbles include bar favourites such as pizzas, fries and wings.

    For a proper meal, there is Stellar. One of the main highlights at this upscale establishment is its Constellations Gastronomic six- and eight-course menu, which isn't fixed and changes depending on what produce is in season.

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    Ambience: It's industrial meets oriental here. The space gives off a grungy, edgy vibe with its exposed ceilings, wacky shelves and galvanised metal chairs, juxtaposed with colourful antique Chinese pieces that hint at its Asian-inspired menu. Go al fresco to enjoy the resplendent rooftop views. Otherwise, the interior caters equally well to intimate gatherings as well as larger groups.

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    Food: Classic Asian dishes get a contemporary twist so every dish feels like a surprise.

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    Ambience: The fine-dining Malay restaurant is located inside the 173-year-old Gedung Kuning, also known as Yellow Mansion, in Kampong Glam. Inside, intricately carved solid wood furniture fills the cosy, intimate space defined by solid wooden beams and doorway arches. Display cabinets full of artefacts give it a museum-like quality.

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    Food: The restaurant's long communal dining tables make it a great place for large groups. Sharing sets range from $49.90 per person to $120 per person, and consist of starters (soup and sides), a main course (rice platter with several dishes for sharing), and desserts.

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    Ambience: In the day, light floods the dining space through the aluminium-framed glass windows, creating a warm, comforting glow. The high-ceilinged restaurant is cheery, with thin industrial-style metal frames and dark wood surfaces brightened by pops of colour.

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    Food: The best way to describe Adrift is as a California-influenced Izakaya - dishes use fresh Californian produce with an Asian inspiration.

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    Ambience: The restaurant, housed in a restored colonial building, retains the regal, old-worldly charm of the Art Deco era, with its mirrors and gilded trimmings, without being stuffy - you won't feel out of place here. The European fine-dining restaurant is beautiful to dine in, as it overlooks the Marina Bay and financial district skyline.

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    Food: The menu is mainly French and seafood-centric. Must-tries include Saint-Jacques ($22), pan-roasted Hokkaido scallops with braised leek, sugar peas, and buttered lentils with scallop emulsion, as well as Homard ($42), where a Maine lobster tail is poached in paella butter, complete with a medley of seafood and lobster emulsion.

BEDROCK BAR AND GRILL

Photo: Bedrock Bar and Grill

Cuisine: Western Steakhouse
BYOB: Free corkage on Mondays for the first four bottles; subsequent bottles at $50++ per 750ml bottle
Tel: 6238-0054
Add: #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 96 Somerset Road
bedrock.com.sg

WILD ROCKET

Photo: Wild Rocket

Cuisine: Modern Singaporean
BYOB: Free corkage on Wednesdays
Tel: 6339-9448
Add: 10A Upper Wilkie Road
wildrocket.com.sg

Best restaurants in Singapore for those year-end gatherings

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    Three words - Diamond Sauna Treasures. Available only at the Science Park Drive branch, this dish of legendary proportions is a basket chockfull of yummy seafood like lobster, prawns, mussels, snow crabs, scallops, squid, and clams! The seafood is first par-boiled and then laid out amongst heated stones. Wolfberry stock is then poured over the entire thing to create a steam that cooks the seafood while retaining their sweetness and juiciness.

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    Diamond Kitchen Science Park Drive is located at 87 Science Park Drive, #01-01. Tel. 6464 0410.

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    Who doesn't like pizza?! UK's popular pizza chain PizzaExpress (it's 51 years old!) has opened in Singapore, and the restaurant seats 120 patrons so your department can most likely fit in it. The pizzas there are made fresh on order, the ice lemon tea is free to refill, and the dough balls are super addictive!

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    PizzaExpress is located at Scotts Square, B1-08/09. Tel. 6538 0083.

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    Korean BBQ plus housemade makgeolli equal good times! Eight Korean BBQ has opened its second outlet at Shaw Centre, making it even more convenient to get your grilled meat fix. Love variety? Then you won't go wrong with the signature 8 Colours Set. At $98, the set consists of 8 strips of 100g Mangalitsa pork belly in marinated in 8 flavours such as red wine, miso, curry, and red pepper paste. Also, do try the Big Hog Plate, $45, a glorious slab of Mangalitsa pork belly weighing 350g.

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    Eight Korean BBQ's second outlet is located at Shaw Centre, #04-20. Tel. 9018 9212.

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    The eatery located within Cathay Cineleisure Orchard is proving to be a huge draw for both Thais living in Singapore and Thai-food fans. Yen Ta Fo, a bowl of flat rice noodles drizzled in pink sauce and topped with a myriad of ingredients like fishballs, fried tofu, and a cube of grass jelly (to replace the pig's blood cube you'd find in yen ta fo in Thailand), is reminiscent of "yong tau fu" but the pink sauce is made of fermented red rice and red tofu instead of beans. Also super authentic is the Gai Pad Krapow, spicy basil minced chicken with rice.

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    Yentafo Kruengsonge is located Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, #02-06A. Tel. 6736 0971.

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    If you're working in the City Hall area, make a beeline for the newly opened Ninja Cut. This casual dining spot serves up robust, value-for-money meals that will keep you sated for much longer (no more poking around the office pantry in the afternoon). At Ninja Cuts, choose from a variety of protein such as roast ribeye, crackling pork belly, fillet of cod, and grilled squid served with a base of your choice, be it soba noodles, quinoa, a blend of vinegared Japanese pearl rice, or garden greens. You can also choose to go carb-free, but why would you, when the carbs here are so tasty and nutritious?

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    Ninja Cut is located at 32 Seah Street, Tel: 6264 7727.

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    He or she is always on some new diet or the other, and is constantly espousing the virtues of a meat-free diet. But you love your meat! This friendship doesn't have to wither over food preferences - simply take your friend to Sufood! This popular vegetarian restaurant chain from Taiwan is determined to show diners just how varied and flavourful vegetarian food can be.

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    Sufood is located at #02-19 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Tel: 6333 5338.

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    With the weather getting colder and gloomier as we race towards the end of the year, what can be more comforting than hot, meaty stews: specifically Korean stews from Singapore's first Korean stew restaurant, Masizzim? For a belly-warming meal, we recommend the Spicy Seafood Stew, which you can choose to have with beef or without. Served in a cast-iron pot placed over live flames at the table, this dish is a seafood wonderland - it comes with generous portions of prawns, mussels, crayfish, and an entire squid. Another hot, brothy delight is the Kimchi Beef Rib soup, which is a riff on everybody's favourite kimchi jigae (fermented cabbage stew). Masizzim's version is served with stewed beef ribs, glass noodles, and a large wedge of radish, as well as an egg cracked directly into the pot for that oozy, gooey goodness.

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    Masizzim is located at #B3-02 313 Somerset, Tel: 6509 5808.

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    In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the kitchen team (helmed by Head Chef Antonio Bisogno) have rolled out a slew of updated menu items. Gnocchetti in Salsa di Scampi, Zafferano e Gamberoni is a must-try for seafood lovers. Using a jealously guarded recipe, Chef Bisogno has created a sublime sauce flavoured with scampi, seafood stock, and fragrant saffron. Paired with the knobbly gnocchetti (similar to macaroni), this pasta also comes with generous servings of grilled prawns. Another must-try is the limited-edition Tagliatelle Fatte in Casa con Crema di Melanzane e Cicale. Thick, flat noodles (similar to our local kuey teow, but thicker) are whipped in a savoury, satisfying blend of eggplant, tomato, and basil, and topped with sautéed crayfish. Delizioso!

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    Mondo Mio is located at #01-02A Riverside View, 30 Robertson Quay, Tel: 6736 2503.

WAH LOK RESTAURANT

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Cuisine: Cantonese
BYOB: Free corkage for the first six bottles all-week; subsequent bottles at $30++ per 750mL bottle
Tel: 6311-8188
Add: Level 2 Carlton Hotel, 70 Bras Basah Road
carltonhotel.sg/dining/wah-lok-restaurant-singapore

GATTOPARDO

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Cuisine: Italian
BYOB: Free corkage on Mondays & Tuesdays
Tel: 6338-5498
Add: 34/36 Tras Street
www.gattopardo.com.sg

THE DISGRUNTLED CHEF

Photo: The Disgruntled Chef

Cuisine: Modern European
BYOB: Free corkage on Tuesdays
Tel: 6476-5305
Add: 26B Dempsey Road
disgruntledchef.com


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