Open For Business: Ristorante Takada, Awesome Coffee, Momiji Shabu Shabu, Salad Inc


Chef Masahiro Takada, who was from Osteria La Luna Rossa at Scotts Square, has opened a new Italian-Japanese restaurant at Alexandra Road. Daily degustation menus are priced at $88 and $128, and there is also an omakase menu at $250. Expect seasonal ingredients such as white asparagus and white truffles, as well as scallops and sea urchin from Tokyo's Tsukiji market. Dishes available include foie gras risotto with raspberry bubble; and Valrhona chocolate lava cake.

Where: Alexis, 356 Alexandra Road, 01-07

Open: Noon to 3pm, 6 to 10pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday and every first and third Sunday

Info: Call 6339-3969


Grab a cuppa of Awesome Coffee at Bugis Junction. The 16-seat cafe's coffee features a blend of six single origin beans that have been roasted in-house, with prices starting at $3 for an espresso. Other drinks include a Korean Ginseng Latte ($5.50 for hot, $6.50 for cold), and ice blended coffees such as the Java Chip Frappe ($6.50). The menu features pasta and diners can choose from spaghetti, penne, angel hair or macaroni, and pick the sauces. All-day breakfast choices include Nutella Sandwich ($3.50) and French Toast ($2.50).

Where: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, B1-K25

Open: 10am to 10pm daily


Tuck into a Japanese collagen hotpot buffet with more than 100 items to dunk in the soup. These include beef, pork and seafood items such as half-shell scallops and prawns. The soup base is a collagen pudding made by simmering kampung chicken for six hours. Diners can add more flavour to the soup with Himalayan pink salt, collagen shoyu or hot kimchi paste. Every two diners get a complimentary premium item of either wagyu beef or snow crab.

Where: Shaw Plaza, 360 Balestier Road, 04-01

Price: Weekday lunch: $19.90++ (adult), $13.90++ (child), $17.90++ (senior citizen); Saturday lunch: $22.90++ (adult), $13.90++ (child), $20.90++ (senior citizen); Sunday lunch and dinner from Monday to Thursday: $24.90++ (adult), $15.90++ (child), $22.90++ (senior citizen); dinner from Friday to Sunday, eve of public holiday and public holiday: $28.90++ (adult), $15.90++ (child), $26.90++ (senior citizen)

Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Monday to Saturday lunch), 11.30am to 4pm (Sunday and public holiday), 5 to 9.30pm (Monday to Thursday dinner), 5 to 10pm (dinner from Friday to Sunday, eve of public holiday and public holiday



Go green at this month-old salad cafe which sells no-frills, affordable salads. A salad of basic greens, five toppings and dressing costs $5.80. Additional toppings range from 50 cents to $1.50 for ingredients such as smoked duck, smoked beef and feta cheese.

If salad is not enough, add the soup of the day for $1.50. The shop also takes corporate and bulk orders.

Where: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, 05-52

Open: 11am to 6pm, weekday only, closed on weekends

Info: Call 9181-4699 or e-mail

This article was first published on Aug 17, 2014.
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