Look for the fluorescent pink pigeon outside this izakaya, which seats 70 and accommodates 20 at its standing bar and outdoor drink rails.
For starters, or Bird Feed as they are called here, have Tsukune Sliders ($10), a Japanese meatball patty and bun coupled with pickled Japanese cucumber and tare aioli, a garlicky mayonnaise; or the Hokkaido Buttered Corn broth ($9) with oxtail, miso and chilli.
Then have its signature dishes, which include the Steamed Snapper ($14) and Grilled Duck Breast ($18, below left). There is also the Miso Roasted Pumpkin Rice ($15) with sugar snap peas, crispy garlic and egg yolk.
Groups of four to six can share the Barbecued Pork Shoulder ($220), which is slow-cooked for 20 hours in a black pepper teriyaki glaze and served with a ginger scallion dipping sauce, kimchi and onigiri. A two-day advance order is required.
Pair your meal with the Neon Pigeon Junmai Daiginjo ($28, 180ml), a drier style of sake that enhances the flavour of food, or with speciality cocktails such as Harajuku Girl ($16), a mix of gin, shiso leaf and plum bitters.
Where: 01-03, 1 Keong Saik Street
Open: 6pm to midnight, Monday to Saturday
Info: Call 6222-3623 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
L'ENTRECOTE THE ANNEX
This French restaurant opened this month and seats 50.
For starters, have oven-baked bone marrow with sea salt and grilled buttered Poilane bread ($18) or escargots prepared with parsley butter and garlic ($16).
You can also have the Cold Cuts Platter (small: $19, large: $34) or tartines - French open-faced sandwiches - with tomato ($10) or smoked duck breast, caramelised onion and melted cheese ($17).
A variety of cheeses, which cost under $20 each, and wines are also available. For brunch on weekends, have a croissant stuffed with cheese scrambled eggs, served with salad and tomato provencal - with smoked Virginia ham ($14) or salmon ($16).
Where: 37 Duxton Hill
Open: From 5pm from Tuesday to Thursday, from 3pm on Friday, 10am to 3pm for brunch and from 3pm on weekend, closed on Monday
Info: Call 6690-7561 or e-mail email@example.com
THE CLUELESS GOAT
This 30-seat cafe offers all-day brunches, including items such as poached eggs with smashed avocado, fresh salsa and shaved Parmesan on multigrain toast ($8.50), Eggs Benedict ($12.80) and a British Breakfast Platter ($14.80) with egg, chorizo, roasted tomatoes, streaky bacon and toast.
It also offers sandwiches such as the Roast Beef ($9.50) with sliced roast beef, caramelised onions, melted Swiss cheese and mustard on toasted ciabatta bread.
Where: 189 Thomson Road
Open: 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Thursday, 8am to 10.30pm on Friday, 9am to 10.30pm on Saturday, 9am to 6pm on Sunday
This article was first published on Mar 29, 2015.
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