Looking for a great place to take the family for dinner? Here are some must try options.
1. Good news if you live in the west of Singapore – Diamond Kitchen now has a branch at Oasis on Science Park Drive. The Chinese restaurant quickly gained a following when it opened two years ago at Marine Parade. At the new location (close to Normanton Park), you can order from the same a la carte menu or an exclusive seven-course set menu. At $88 a person (minimum four to dine), it includes popular seafood dishes such as gan xiang crab, garlic steamed bamboo clams (pictured) and lobster porridge.
2. Love a good fish head curry? Thank Muthu’s Curry, the pioneer of the popular Singaporean dish. To celebrate its 46th anniversary, the local eatery is offering a limited-edition heritage menu in honour of the brand’s founder, Mr Ayyakkannu, as well as his birthplace of Chettinad in South India. The Mannuvasanai menu – Tamil for “fragrance from the land” – features five dishes made from traditional recipes, and costs $32++ for two. It’s available only on weekdays at its revamped flagship outlet at #01-01, 138 Race Course Road. Pencil in a visit by Oct 31 before it’s gone.
3. Ponggol Nasi Lemak, which started out in coffee shops, now has a stand-alone restaurant. At its third and newest fast-food style outlet in Jalan Besar, you can enjoy your meal in air-conditioned comfort. Try the new dishes from its updated menu, which include crispy battered whole prawn ($3.80 for two pieces), grilled Japanese squid ($7.50) and crispy chicken skin with curry leaves ($1.50 a serving). Then, round off your meal with a refreshing glass of hibiscus ice tea ($1.90) as well as sorbet and ice cream ($2.50 per cup, pictured), all of which are made in-house with no added colouring or preservatives.
4. Take the family to Capitol Piazza (yes, that’s the former Capitol Theatre), where there are many exciting new food choices. But 1933, a full-service cafe by the Breadtalk Group, could well be the first to catch your attention. Located next the mall’s main entrance, it serves a mix of Asian and Western favourites. The prices might seem steep for local dishes, but the generous portions make up for it. For instance, you can share the Hainanese kampong chicken rice set ($16.80, pictured) with your little one.
By The Young Parent’s Team, August 2015
Photo: courtesy restaurant FB page