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anybody in nyc saturday i might get together with @snowmanxl
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Originally Posted by the shah View Post

anybody in nyc saturday i might get together with @snowmanxl

No, but if you're driving, hit me up on your way back to AA.
post #10848 of 13970

Is this the new A$AP Rocky x Jeremy Scott collab?

 

post #10849 of 13970

Those JS sneaks are for serious stunting. You gotta be have the balls to pull those off, and I think they're dope.

 

Really quick question, what shall I wear tonight?

 

Circa Drifter Wasabis or Paul Smith Elmer?

 

 

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The general rule here is that if you can't decide, then wear one on each foot. It's perfect really since all three colours go so well together.
post #10851 of 13970
Had really good noodles and dumplings with snow , shout out to @willy cheesesteak for the biang tip

DSM carrying this $800 kandoura basically a Thamanyah piece minus the Rick backing

Speaking of Rick, there's an insane blanket scarf that was so nice ($$$) I could wear that draper over all fall
Edited by the shah - 7/16/16 at 7:12pm
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@hennree

(or whoever else is interested in visiting Singapore..)

 

sorry for the late reply man.. i thought i'd spend a bit more time and type a proper reply... 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Sightseeing:

In my opinion, it would be much more pleasant to do all outdoor sightseeing in the morning between 7-10 am, and evenings from 530-6 pm onwards.  That way you can avoid the really scorching midday sun.  There are many places to spend the afternoon away indoors.  Singapore’s weather can be erratic but rain seldom lasts longer than 2 hours here.  When it pours it really pours though, so I would have an umbrella handy for sure. 

1. Botanic gardens

- UNESCO world heritage site.

- Truly beautiful gardens.  If you visit during the weekdays it is much less crowded and in the mornings it’s pretty brilliant.  You could easily spend 2 hours just wandering around.

- Weekends get crowded but you could have brunch at Halia after (asian fusion style, reservations required).

- I would recommend hopping on a cab (or walking if you are on the right side of the gardens) to Adam Road food center for a late breakfast (or dinner/supper) – Go for Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak – probably the best example of Nasi lemak (fragrant coconut basmati rice with sambal chilli, fried chicken wings, “otah” – a spicy grilled fish paste, anchovies and peanuts).  Another great option there is Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle.  Go for the dry version with soup at the side; the savory chilli, prawn oil, fried shallots is all heady, briny, umami heaven.

2. Gardens by the Bay Singapore

- It’s kinda pricey, may be a bit touristy.  Some people may not agree with the entire concept of the place; it is after all a huge air-conditioned greenhouse, completely manicured gardens etc…

- I would avoid going on weekends as it gets really crowded.

- Personally, I think it’s a great place.  The Skytrees are pretty awesome at night.  The Cloud forest is kinda like walking along a huge tree/forest path – cool.

- It is short walk to/from Marina Bay Sands. 

- Pizzeria Mozza (yeah Mario batali) is a tasty choice there, as is Imperial Treasure Chinese restaurant (for lunch they serve good dim-sum).  I have heard good things about Long Chim (a David Thompson outlet.  Rather pricey Thai food but not my kind of scene)

- MBS shopping gallery has all the luxury stores… SLP, LV, Dior, Brioni, Ferragamo etc etc.  Nothing very Styleforum style though.

3. Resorts World Sentosa

- SEA Aquarium (this place is pretty neat)

- Universal Studios (if you are into that sort of thing)

- A water amusement park

- Gambling

- If you are willing to splurge, Joel Robuchon has 2 restaurants there.. L’atelier (more casual) and JR restaurant.  I haven’t been back in many years now (5?) but the last time I was there I thought the food was pretty good but $$$.   Sam Leong (a local celeb chef) has a restaurant called Forest there that is decent as well.

- And obviously Sentosa – with its beach clubs and stuff...  (Please do not expect it to be like Miami.  The beach itself is pretty mediocre in comparison) 

- Sentosa was actually a fortress during WWII.  Many pretty interesting historical sites itself if you are into that sort of thing.

4. National Gallery Singapore

- Beautiful place.  The old Supreme court of Singapore renovated to house Singapore’s largest art gallery.  Focus is mainly on Asian/Southeast Asian art. 

- Home to possibly the no.1 restaurant in Singapore – Odette.  It will probably get 2 or 3 Mich stars when the guide comes out in a few days.  $$$$ and impossible to get dinner reservations.  Lunch is doable.  Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. 

5. National Museum Singapore

- Lovingly restored Colonial structure.

- It’s a good place to learn about Singapore’s story.  

- Short walk to Fort Canning Park.

6. Tiong bahru area

- hipsterish neighborhood but not in a bad offensive way, a good mix between old and new Singapore. 

- http://www.yoursingapore.com/walking-tour/culture/in-the-neighbourhood-tiong-bahru.html

- Lots of great food here: Loo’s hainanese curry rice (a heady mix of dark soya braising sauce, smooth spicy curry over white rice, with your choice of dishes such as braised pork, fried pork cutlets, curry chicken or squid or shrimp, stewed cabbage etc.  Galicier bakery: best of local sweets/pastries/cakes.   Many, many hipster cafes especially near Yong Siak street (none destination cafes but I suppose anyone of them could be a decent place to cool off from the heat)

- Binchois a really cool place and one of my fav restaurants. Excellent food, great vibe (it’s a blast from the past..  renovated old coffee shop with retro styling, mosaic floors etc)…  Serves neo-yakitori and interesting cocktails.  Dinner only. 

7. Kampong Glam/Haji Lane

- Historic Arab district in Singapore with a nice Mosque and interesting buildings.

- Hajah Maimunah at Jln Pisang is a great example of Nasi Padang – rice with assorted Malay dishes. Great stuff there. 

- Ironically, there are many bars around this area.

- Blu Jazz: Live jazz music on Friday and Saturday night.  Great vibe.  Very very popular place so come earlier to get a table.  Music starts after 9 but it would be pretty impossible to score a table then. 

- Shin gi Tai: artisan Japanese classic style cocktails.  The bartender is a friend of mine. 

I’m pretty sure all the guidebooks will also cover Chinatown and Little India.  As a local I don’t venture there very much… Chinatown itself is a waste of time but there is much excellent eating around that area.  Little India area is great for me for marketing and Indian restaurants; but I’m not very sure what exactly is there to see… 

Food recs:

There are enough hawker centers in the central area to fully occupy you for 4 days. 

In central Singapore the few hawker centres to hit up are (not in order of merit): Adam Road food centre, Hong Lim food centre, Maxwell food centre, Amoy street food centre. 

- Adam Road food centre (as above)

- Hong Lim food centre is a veritable treasure trove of great food but in a rather dinghy environment…  Please dress lightly as it will get very hot and humid in the afternoon.

-  Outram Fried Kway teow mee:  This is one of the iconic local foods…   Flat rice noodles stir fried in seafood stock, sweet soya sauce, cockles and crispy pork lard... 

- Tuck Kee Ipoh Sah Ho Fun:  A different version of rice noodles, thinner and more slippery smooth, this time in a umami braising sauce with boiled crayfish and shrimp.

- Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles:  Food nazi owner.  I was once chided for trying put the chilli paste into the noodles directly.  “OIIII, IT’s FOR THE CHICKEN!! “ It’s freaking tasty stuff though.. They get this rich, coconut milk and heady spicy curry and mix it into a soup, add some chopped chicken, fishcake, and beansprouts and stewed beancurd skin to either rice or wheat noodles.. Pair that with the umami bomb chill/dried shrimp oil.. oh man.  It is truly a veritable heart attack in a bowl.  I can’t get enough of it.  http://www.misstamchiak.com/heng-kee-curry-chicken-noodle/

- Minced pork Noodles: Either Ah Kow or the Tai Hwa Branch is great.  The springy noodles come with minced pork, sliced pork liver, pork meatballs and slices of pork into a black vinegar, oil and soya sauce based dressing. 

- Cool off with some of the shaved iced desserts at the dessert shop at the second level.  

- Maxwell Food centre:

                    - Tian Tian Chicken Rice is probably the most famous shop there…  I think the chilli sauce might be too spicy for most Caucasians.. so be careful.

- Ah Tai chicken rice just 3 shops down might be a better choice.  It is opened by the ex-head cook from Tian Tian who presumably fell out with the owners.  Shorter line, slightly better food.  Both are great examples of this local classic though.

- Zhen Zhen porridge: great breakfast food.  Go early or the line is just impossible.  It’s kinda like a Ben and Jerry’s style porridge with lots of goodies shoved into a thick rice porridge.  Very savory stuff. 

- Maxwell Fuzhou oyster cake: fried oyster and peanut fritters

- Ye Lai Xiang BBQ: a local/Hainanese riff on western food like chicken chops.  The gravy/sauces and spices are different.

- other suggestions: http://ieatishootipost.sg/category/location/9-maxwell-food-centre/

- Amoy street Food centre:

                    - Hoo kee rice dumplings: traditional chinese rice dumplings

- Han Kee or Piao Ji fish soup: located on the second level.  Han Kee is a lighter cleaner version enlivened by a peppery broth.  Piao Ji is a lot more savory with pork lard and fried shallots.  Both are excellent.

- Teo Heng Teochew porridge: Only open mornings to early afternoon.  Great place for a light bowl of porridge and excellent fresh steamed fish.  The braised pork and duck is great as well. 

- A couple of cool noodle shops: A noodle story is one that got featured in the Mich Bib gourmand guide.. There are a few other good ones – just follow the lines. 

- Malay food: Hajah Maimunah, Sabar Menanti, Rumah Makan Minang.  All serve nasi padang. 

- Indian food I’m not so well versed.  I guess the “must-try” Singaporean Indian dishes (imo) would be Roti prata  (a fried flatbread in clarified butter (lol yum) and Biryani (fragrant basmati rice with a boatload of aromatics, cooked with the meat of choice (mutton or chicken)). 

- the best version of Roti Prata is Mr Moghan’s Prata and this is all the way out in the East Coast area of Singapore in a old style coffee-shop.  I don’t know if you would wanna venture all the way out there but this prata is definitely the best in Singapore.  Avoid on the weekends – way too crowded.  I think they are closed on Wednesday. 

- For Briyani I would recommend Bismallah (in Dunlop street near Little India) or Islamic restaurant (near the historic Kampong Glam area which you  may probably visit, so that’s convenient)

- Peranakan food: if you have time you could visit some of the Peranakan museums..  http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg/   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan ;   the food itself I’m not a fan of because of its mildly sweet overtones. 

There are many other great local food places but many of these are located in the heartlands/”suburbs” which are about 30 mins to 1  hr away from the city center.   If you don’t mind going out there let me know… There are many other fantastic places.

Restaurants:

$$$:

- A great moderately priced option would be Imperial Treasure Super peking duck.  I am a huge fan of the place.  Reservations are a must.  During lunch there is great dim sum.   Obviously get the Peking duck as well.  It is excellent. 

- Yakiniku Yazawa: best Japanese style grilled meats in Singapore.  Reservations are a must (few days in advance). 

- I suppose local style seafood is a good to try: Stir fried crabs in a variety of ways: Black pepper, Chilli/egg, Butter, Salted egg yolk etc..  A good place to visit would be No Signboard Seafood Restaurant. (branches at Geylang the OG one, Esplanade theatre).  

$$$$:

The highest end would be places like: Odette, Iggy’s, Jaan’s, Andre – all of them serve Modern European/French food.  They are all very very good.  Prices would be >250 USD pax without drinks for dinner. 

Many great Japanese restaurants too: Shinji by Kanesaka, Hashida and Ki-sho are the few that come to mind… Again > 250 USD pax for dinner, but lunch is about half the price.  The experience almost approximates Tokyo.

Drinks:

Cocktail culture is exploding over here.. 

The few cool places off the top of my head: 28 Hongkong Street (bonus good food), Jigger and Pony (after work office crowd but good drinks), Sugarhall next to it specializes in rum, Ah Sam Cold drink stall (cool jt at Boat Quay with local riffs on cocktails with quirky ingredients), Shin gi Tai (classic Japanese style cocktails, bartender was trained in Tokyo), Manhattan Bar at the Regent (swannnkkyy), Tippling club (molecular. .. cocktails?  I don’t know how I feel about the place. Ambitious I guess, and usually recommended by many guides.. I found it poncy), Bincho (very nice restaurant too), Bitters and Love..   Club street, Ann Siang Road, Telok Ayer street and Keong Siak Road are all great places for pub crawls.  

Nightlife (caveat I don’t go to clubs):

- Arts House: right next to Singapore River and a much superior option to Boat Quay.  Both Timbre and Barber shop are great bars.  Barber shop as live blues/swing music at night at it is really pretty awesome.  Reasonably priced (by Sg standards too)  check out the schedule @ https://www.facebook.com/BarberShopByTimbre/

- Zouk: legendary Singapore club and probably the one you should hit up if u had to go to one.

Shopping:

For SF type stores Singapore is a desert really.  Club21 gallery at Four Seasons and Hilton Hotel will have Dries van Noten, Junya, CDG etc, but the selection isn’t as good and prices are higher than online.  I don’t think Peir Wu (although she’s Singaporean) has a shop here.   Most of the Luxury stores are clustered in a few areas: Ion mall, Paragon mall and Takashimaya (all in the Orchard road belt) and Marina Bay Sands.


Edited by penanceroyaltea - 7/16/16 at 11:49pm
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@penanceroyaltea is a cool dude who knows his food.
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Very true...it's either SLP or reddit or suits, I very rarely see anything remotely interesting. For this reason I couldn't nominate SF as a fashionable city, for the most part it's just people following some pre determined aesthetic and not daring to stray from it

 

Hm yes if only these trend bots could learn to take infinite pictures of their Aldens like a true fashion maven.

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nephew please.

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Singapore humidity is such that there is no longer a difference between wearing a tee or a tee under a jacket- both will feel hot af, so I opted to still wear an outer since I needed the pockets and sweat stains wont show as easily. That, and when you got indoors the AC can be brutal. Just bring extra tees or shirts to change if your base layer got drenched. Last time the temp shows 40 deg C, 46C actual feel with humidity factored in. If you grew up in temperate climate... well, just take it easy at first!
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Originally Posted by penanceroyaltea View Post

@hennree

(or whoever else is interested in visiting Singapore..)

sorry for the late reply man.. i thought i'd spend a bit more time and type a proper reply... 
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Sightseeing:

In my opinion, it would be much more pleasant to do all outdoor sightseeing in the morning between 7-10 am, and evenings from 530-6 pm onwards.  That way you can avoid the really scorching midday sun.  There are many places to spend the afternoon away indoors.  Singapore’s weather can be erratic but rain seldom lasts longer than 2 hours here.  When it pours it really pours though, so I would have an umbrella handy for sure. 

1. Botanic gardens

- UNESCO world heritage site.

- Truly beautiful gardens.  If you visit during the weekdays it is much less crowded and in the mornings it’s pretty brilliant.  You could easily spend 2 hours just wandering around.

- Weekends get crowded but you could have brunch at Halia after (asian fusion style, reservations required).

- I would recommend hopping on a cab (or walking if you are on the right side of the gardens) to Adam Road food center for a late breakfast (or dinner/supper) – Go for Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak – probably the best example of Nasi lemak (fragrant coconut basmati rice with sambal chilli, fried chicken wings, “otah” – a spicy grilled fish paste, anchovies and peanuts).  Another great option there is Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle.  Go for the dry version with soup at the side; the savory chilli, prawn oil, fried shallots is all heady, briny, umami heaven.

2. Gardens by the Bay Singapore

- It’s kinda pricey, may be a bit touristy.  Some people may not agree with the entire concept of the place; it is after all a huge air-conditioned greenhouse, completely manicured gardens etc…

- I would avoid going on weekends as it gets really crowded.

- Personally, I think it’s a great place.  The Skytrees are pretty awesome at night.  The Cloud forest is kinda like walking along a huge tree/forest path – cool.

- It is short walk to/from Marina Bay Sands. 

- Pizzeria Mozza (yeah Mario batali) is a tasty choice there, as is Imperial Treasure Chinese restaurant (for lunch they serve good dim-sum).  I have heard good things about Long Chim (a David Thompson outlet.  Rather pricey Thai food but not my kind of scene)

- MBS shopping gallery has all the luxury stores… SLP, LV, Dior, Brioni, Ferragamo etc etc.  Nothing very Styleforum style though.

3. Resorts World Sentosa

- SEA Aquarium (this place is pretty neat)

- Universal Studios (if you are into that sort of thing)

- A water amusement park

- Gambling

- If you are willing to splurge, Joel Robuchon has 2 restaurants there.. L’atelier (more casual) and JR restaurant.  I haven’t been back in many years now (5?) but the last time I was there I thought the food was pretty good but $$$.   Sam Leong (a local celeb chef) has a restaurant called Forest there that is decent as well.

- And obviously Sentosa – with its beach clubs and stuff...  (Please do not expect it to be like Miami.  The beach itself is pretty mediocre in comparison) 

- Sentosa was actually a fortress during WWII.  Many pretty interesting historical sites itself if you are into that sort of thing.

4. National Gallery Singapore

- Beautiful place.  The old Supreme court of Singapore renovated to house Singapore’s largest art gallery.  Focus is mainly on Asian/Southeast Asian art. 

- Home to possibly the no.1 restaurant in Singapore – Odette.  It will probably get 2 or 3 Mich stars when the guide comes out in a few days.  $$$$ and impossible to get dinner reservations.  Lunch is doable.  Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. 

5. National Museum Singapore

- Lovingly restored Colonial structure.

- It’s a good place to learn about Singapore’s story.  

- Short walk to Fort Canning Park.

6. Tiong bahru area

- hipsterish neighborhood but not in a bad offensive way, a good mix between old and new Singapore. 

- http://www.yoursingapore.com/walking-tour/culture/in-the-neighbourhood-tiong-bahru.html

- Lots of great food here: Loo’s hainanese curry rice (a heady mix of dark soya braising sauce, smooth spicy curry over white rice, with your choice of dishes such as braised pork, fried pork cutlets, curry chicken or squid or shrimp, stewed cabbage etc.  Galicier bakery: best of local sweets/pastries/cakes.   Many, many hipster cafes especially near Yong Siak street (none destination cafes but I suppose anyone of them could be a decent place to cool off from the heat)

- Binchois a really cool place and one of my fav restaurants. Excellent food, great vibe (it’s a blast from the past..  renovated old coffee shop with retro styling, mosaic floors etc)…  Serves neo-yakitori and interesting cocktails.  Dinner only. 

7. Kampong Glam/Haji Lane

- Historic Arab district in Singapore with a nice Mosque and interesting buildings.

- Hajah Maimunah at Jln Pisang is a great example of Nasi Padang – rice with assorted Malay dishes. Great stuff there. 

- Ironically, there are many bars around this area.

- Blu Jazz: Live jazz music on Friday and Saturday night.  Great vibe.  Very very popular place so come earlier to get a table.  Music starts after 9 but it would be pretty impossible to score a table then. 

- Shin gi Tai: artisan Japanese classic style cocktails.  The bartender is a friend of mine. 

I’m pretty sure all the guidebooks will also cover Chinatown and Little India.  As a local I don’t venture there very much… Chinatown itself is a waste of time but there is much excellent eating around that area.  Little India area is great for me for marketing and Indian restaurants; but I’m not very sure what exactly is there to see… 

Food recs:

There are enough hawker centers in the central area to fully occupy you for 4 days. 

In central Singapore the few hawker centres to hit up are (not in order of merit): Adam Road food centre, Hong Lim food centre, Maxwell food centre, Amoy street food centre. 

- Adam Road food centre
(as above)

- Hong Lim food centre
is a veritable treasure trove of great food but in a rather dinghy environment…  Please dress lightly as it will get very hot and humid in the afternoon.

-  Outram Fried Kway teow mee:  This is one of the iconic local foods…   Flat rice noodles stir fried in seafood stock, sweet soya sauce, cockles and crispy pork lard... 



- Tuck Kee Ipoh Sah Ho Fun:  A different version of rice noodles, thinner and more slippery smooth, this time in a umami braising sauce with boiled crayfish and shrimp.



- Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles:  Food nazi owner.  I was once chided for trying put the chilli paste into the noodles directly.  “OIIII, IT’s FOR THE CHICKEN!! “ It’s freaking tasty stuff though.. They get this rich, coconut milk and heady spicy curry and mix it into a soup, add some chopped chicken, fishcake, and beansprouts and stewed beancurd skin to either rice or wheat noodles.. Pair that with the umami bomb chill/dried shrimp oil.. oh man.  It is truly a veritable heart attack in a bowl.  I can’t get enough of it.  http://www.misstamchiak.com/heng-kee-curry-chicken-noodle/



- Minced pork Noodles: Either Ah Kow or the Tai Hwa Branch is great.  The springy noodles come with minced pork, sliced pork liver, pork meatballs and slices of pork into a black vinegar, oil and soya sauce based dressing. 



- Cool off with some of the shaved iced desserts at the dessert shop at the second level.  



- Maxwell Food centre:

                    - Tian Tian Chicken Rice is probably the most famous shop there…  I think the chilli sauce might be too spicy for m
ost Caucasians.. so be careful.

- Ah Tai chicken rice just 3 shops down might be a better choice.  It is opened by the ex-head cook from Tian Tian who presumably fell out with the owners.  Shorter line, slightly better food.  Both are great examples of this local classic though.



- Zhen Zhen porridge: great breakfast food.  Go early or the line is just impossible.  It’s kinda like a Ben and Jerry’s style porridge with lots of goodies shoved into a thick rice porridge.  Very savory stuff. 



- Maxwell Fuzhou oyster cake: fried oyster and peanut fritters



- Ye Lai Xiang BBQ: a local/Hainanese riff on western food like chicken chops.  The gravy/sauces and spices are different.



- other suggestions: http://ieatishootipost.sg/category/location/9-maxwell-food-centre/



- Amoy street Food centre:

                    - Hoo kee rice dumplings: traditional chinese rice dumplings

- Han Kee or Piao Ji fish soup: located on the second level.  Han Kee is a lighter cleaner version enlivened by a peppery broth.  Piao Ji is a lot more savory with pork lard and fried shallots.  Both are excellent.



- Teo Heng Teochew porridge: Only open mornings to early afternoon.  Great place for a light bowl of porridge and excellent fresh steamed fish.  The braised pork and duck is great as well. 



- A couple of cool noodle shops: A noodle story is one that got featured in the Mich Bib gourmand guide.. There are a few other good ones – just follow the lines. 



- Malay food: Hajah Maimunah, Sabar Menanti, Rumah Makan Minang.  All serve nasi padang. 

- Indian food I’m not so well versed.  I guess the “must-try” Singaporean Indian dishes (imo) would be Roti prata  (a fried flatbread in clarified butter (lol yum) and Biryani (fragrant basmati rice with a boatload of aromatics, cooked with the meat of choice (mutton or chicken)). 

- the best version of Roti Prata is Mr Moghan’s Prata and this is all the way out in the East Coast area of Singapore in a old style coffee-shop.  I don’t know if you would wanna venture all the way out there but this prata is definitely the best in Singapore.  Avoid on the weekends – way too crowded.  I think they are closed on Wednesday. 



- For Briyani I would recommend Bismallah (in Dunlop street near Little India) or Islamic restaurant (near the historic Kampong Glam area which you  may probably visit, so that’s convenient)



- Peranakan food: if you have time you could visit some of the Peranakan museums..  http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg/   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan ;   the food itself I’m not a fan of because of its mildly sweet overtones. 

There are many other great local food places but many of these are located in the heartlands/”suburbs” which are about 30 mins to 1  hr away from the city center.   If you don’t mind going out there let me know… There are many other fantastic places.

Restaurants:

$$$:

- A great moderately priced option would be Imperial Treasure Super peking duck.  I am a huge fan of the place.  Reservations are a must.  During lunch there is great dim sum.   Obviously get the Peking duck as well.  It is excellent. 

- Yakiniku Yazawa: best Japanese style grilled meats in Singapore.  Reservations are a must (few days in advance). 

- I suppose local style seafood is a good to try: Stir fried crabs in a variety of ways: Black pepper, Chilli/egg, Butter, Salted egg yolk etc..  A good place to visit would be No Signboard Seafood Restaurant. (branches at Geylang the OG one, Esplanade theatre).  

$$$$:

The highest end would be places like: Odette, Iggy’s, Jaan’s, Andre – all of them serve Modern European/French food.  They are all very very good.  Prices would be >250 USD pax without drinks for dinner. 

Many great Japanese restaurants too: Shinji by Kanesaka, Hashida and Ki-sho are the few that come to mind… Again > 250 USD pax for dinner, but lunch is about half the price.  The experience almost approximates Tokyo.

Drinks:

Cocktail culture is exploding over here.. 

The few cool places off the top of my head: 28 Hongkong Street (bonus good food), Jigger and Pony (after work office crowd but good drinks), Sugarhallnext to it specializes in rum, Ah Sam Cold drink stall (cool jt at Boat Quay with local riffs on cocktails with quirky ingredients), Shin gi Tai (classic Japanese style cocktails, bartender was trained in Tokyo), Manhattan Bar at the Regent (swannnkkyy), Tippling club (molecular. .. cocktails?  I don’t know how I feel about the place. Ambitious I guess, and usually recommended by many guides.. I found it poncy), Bincho (very nice restaurant too), Bitters and Love..   Club street, Ann Siang Road, Telok Ayer street and Keong Siak Road are all great places for pub crawls.  

Nightlife (caveat I don’t go to clubs):

- Arts House:
right next to Singapore River and a much superior option to Boat Quay.  Both Timbre and Barber shop are great bars.  Barber shop as live blues/swing music at night at it is really pretty awesome.  Reasonably priced (by Sg standards too)  check out the schedule @ https://www.facebook.com/BarberShopByTimbre/

- Zouk:
legendary Singapore club and probably the one you should hit up if u had to go to one.

Shopping:

For SF type stores Singapore is a desert really.  Club21 gallery at Four Seasons and Hilton Hotel will have Dries van Noten, Junya, CDG etc, but the selection isn’t as good and prices are higher than online.  I don’t think Peir Wu (although she’s Singaporean) has a shop here.   Most of the Luxury stores are clustered in a few areas: Ion mall, Paragon mall and Takashimaya (all in the Orchard road belt) and Marina Bay Sands.

Good stuff @penanceroyaltea. But I've gotta question your briyani rec there buddy. Bismillah is overpriced/hyped, imo, try Mohamed Raffi Muslim Food Stall (Koothurar) [Opp the Beach Road army market]. Best chance to get an order would be weekday lunch, on weekends you gotta deal with super long queues or they sell out early.

And to add on, there's the Singapore Garden Festival at the Gardens (by the Bay) from 23-31 July so it might be more crowded than usual.
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Familiar face today on GQ

http://www.gq.com/gallery/street-style-men-new-york-fashion-week#16


Is that the guy from The Big Blue and Nikita?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by penanceroyaltea View Post

@hennree

(or whoever else is interested in visiting Singapore..)

sorry for the late reply man.. i thought i'd spend a bit more time and type a proper reply... 
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Sightseeing:

In my opinion, it would be much more pleasant to do all outdoor sightseeing in the morning between 7-10 am, and evenings from 530-6 pm onwards.  That way you can avoid the really scorching midday sun.  There are many places to spend the afternoon away indoors.  Singapore’s weather can be erratic but rain seldom lasts longer than 2 hours here.  When it pours it really pours though, so I would have an umbrella handy for sure. 

1. Botanic gardens

- UNESCO world heritage site.

- Truly beautiful gardens.  If you visit during the weekdays it is much less crowded and in the mornings it’s pretty brilliant.  You could easily spend 2 hours just wandering around.

- Weekends get crowded but you could have brunch at Halia after (asian fusion style, reservations required).

- I would recommend hopping on a cab (or walking if you are on the right side of the gardens) to Adam Road food center for a late breakfast (or dinner/supper) – Go for Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak – probably the best example of Nasi lemak (fragrant coconut basmati rice with sambal chilli, fried chicken wings, “otah” – a spicy grilled fish paste, anchovies and peanuts).  Another great option there is Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle.  Go for the dry version with soup at the side; the savory chilli, prawn oil, fried shallots is all heady, briny, umami heaven.

2. Gardens by the Bay Singapore

- It’s kinda pricey, may be a bit touristy.  Some people may not agree with the entire concept of the place; it is after all a huge air-conditioned greenhouse, completely manicured gardens etc…

- I would avoid going on weekends as it gets really crowded.

- Personally, I think it’s a great place.  The Skytrees are pretty awesome at night.  The Cloud forest is kinda like walking along a huge tree/forest path – cool.

- It is short walk to/from Marina Bay Sands. 

- Pizzeria Mozza (yeah Mario batali) is a tasty choice there, as is Imperial Treasure Chinese restaurant (for lunch they serve good dim-sum).  I have heard good things about Long Chim (a David Thompson outlet.  Rather pricey Thai food but not my kind of scene)

- MBS shopping gallery has all the luxury stores… SLP, LV, Dior, Brioni, Ferragamo etc etc.  Nothing very Styleforum style though.

3. Resorts World Sentosa

- SEA Aquarium (this place is pretty neat)

- Universal Studios (if you are into that sort of thing)

- A water amusement park

- Gambling

- If you are willing to splurge, Joel Robuchon has 2 restaurants there.. L’atelier (more casual) and JR restaurant.  I haven’t been back in many years now (5?) but the last time I was there I thought the food was pretty good but $$$.   Sam Leong (a local celeb chef) has a restaurant called Forest there that is decent as well.

- And obviously Sentosa – with its beach clubs and stuff...  (Please do not expect it to be like Miami.  The beach itself is pretty mediocre in comparison) 

- Sentosa was actually a fortress during WWII.  Many pretty interesting historical sites itself if you are into that sort of thing.

4. National Gallery Singapore

- Beautiful place.  The old Supreme court of Singapore renovated to house Singapore’s largest art gallery.  Focus is mainly on Asian/Southeast Asian art. 

- Home to possibly the no.1 restaurant in Singapore – Odette.  It will probably get 2 or 3 Mich stars when the guide comes out in a few days.  $$$$ and impossible to get dinner reservations.  Lunch is doable.  Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. 

5. National Museum Singapore

- Lovingly restored Colonial structure.

- It’s a good place to learn about Singapore’s story.  

- Short walk to Fort Canning Park.

6. Tiong bahru area

- hipsterish neighborhood but not in a bad offensive way, a good mix between old and new Singapore. 

- http://www.yoursingapore.com/walking-tour/culture/in-the-neighbourhood-tiong-bahru.html

- Lots of great food here: Loo’s hainanese curry rice (a heady mix of dark soya braising sauce, smooth spicy curry over white rice, with your choice of dishes such as braised pork, fried pork cutlets, curry chicken or squid or shrimp, stewed cabbage etc.  Galicier bakery: best of local sweets/pastries/cakes.   Many, many hipster cafes especially near Yong Siak street (none destination cafes but I suppose anyone of them could be a decent place to cool off from the heat)

- Binchois a really cool place and one of my fav restaurants. Excellent food, great vibe (it’s a blast from the past..  renovated old coffee shop with retro styling, mosaic floors etc)…  Serves neo-yakitori and interesting cocktails.  Dinner only. 

7. Kampong Glam/Haji Lane

- Historic Arab district in Singapore with a nice Mosque and interesting buildings.

- Hajah Maimunah at Jln Pisang is a great example of Nasi Padang – rice with assorted Malay dishes. Great stuff there. 

- Ironically, there are many bars around this area.

- Blu Jazz: Live jazz music on Friday and Saturday night.  Great vibe.  Very very popular place so come earlier to get a table.  Music starts after 9 but it would be pretty impossible to score a table then. 

- Shin gi Tai: artisan Japanese classic style cocktails.  The bartender is a friend of mine. 

I’m pretty sure all the guidebooks will also cover Chinatown and Little India.  As a local I don’t venture there very much… Chinatown itself is a waste of time but there is much excellent eating around that area.  Little India area is great for me for marketing and Indian restaurants; but I’m not very sure what exactly is there to see… 

Food recs:

There are enough hawker centers in the central area to fully occupy you for 4 days. 

In central Singapore the few hawker centres to hit up are (not in order of merit): Adam Road food centre, Hong Lim food centre, Maxwell food centre, Amoy street food centre. 

- Adam Road food centre
(as above)

- Hong Lim food centre
is a veritable treasure trove of great food but in a rather dinghy environment…  Please dress lightly as it will get very hot and humid in the afternoon.

-  Outram Fried Kway teow mee:  This is one of the iconic local foods…   Flat rice noodles stir fried in seafood stock, sweet soya sauce, cockles and crispy pork lard... 



- Tuck Kee Ipoh Sah Ho Fun:  A different version of rice noodles, thinner and more slippery smooth, this time in a umami braising sauce with boiled crayfish and shrimp.



- Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles:  Food nazi owner.  I was once chided for trying put the chilli paste into the noodles directly.  “OIIII, IT’s FOR THE CHICKEN!! “ It’s freaking tasty stuff though.. They get this rich, coconut milk and heady spicy curry and mix it into a soup, add some chopped chicken, fishcake, and beansprouts and stewed beancurd skin to either rice or wheat noodles.. Pair that with the umami bomb chill/dried shrimp oil.. oh man.  It is truly a veritable heart attack in a bowl.  I can’t get enough of it.  http://www.misstamchiak.com/heng-kee-curry-chicken-noodle/



- Minced pork Noodles: Either Ah Kow or the Tai Hwa Branch is great.  The springy noodles come with minced pork, sliced pork liver, pork meatballs and slices of pork into a black vinegar, oil and soya sauce based dressing. 



- Cool off with some of the shaved iced desserts at the dessert shop at the second level.  



- Maxwell Food centre:

                    - Tian Tian Chicken Rice is probably the most famous shop there…  I think the chilli sauce might be too spicy for m
ost Caucasians.. so be careful.

- Ah Tai chicken rice just 3 shops down might be a better choice.  It is opened by the ex-head cook from Tian Tian who presumably fell out with the owners.  Shorter line, slightly better food.  Both are great examples of this local classic though.



- Zhen Zhen porridge: great breakfast food.  Go early or the line is just impossible.  It’s kinda like a Ben and Jerry’s style porridge with lots of goodies shoved into a thick rice porridge.  Very savory stuff. 



- Maxwell Fuzhou oyster cake: fried oyster and peanut fritters



- Ye Lai Xiang BBQ: a local/Hainanese riff on western food like chicken chops.  The gravy/sauces and spices are different.



- other suggestions: http://ieatishootipost.sg/category/location/9-maxwell-food-centre/



- Amoy street Food centre:

                    - Hoo kee rice dumplings: traditional chinese rice dumplings

- Han Kee or Piao Ji fish soup: located on the second level.  Han Kee is a lighter cleaner version enlivened by a peppery broth.  Piao Ji is a lot more savory with pork lard and fried shallots.  Both are excellent.



- Teo Heng Teochew porridge: Only open mornings to early afternoon.  Great place for a light bowl of porridge and excellent fresh steamed fish.  The braised pork and duck is great as well. 



- A couple of cool noodle shops: A noodle story is one that got featured in the Mich Bib gourmand guide.. There are a few other good ones – just follow the lines. 



- Malay food: Hajah Maimunah, Sabar Menanti, Rumah Makan Minang.  All serve nasi padang. 

- Indian food I’m not so well versed.  I guess the “must-try” Singaporean Indian dishes (imo) would be Roti prata  (a fried flatbread in clarified butter (lol yum) and Biryani (fragrant basmati rice with a boatload of aromatics, cooked with the meat of choice (mutton or chicken)). 

- the best version of Roti Prata is Mr Moghan’s Prata and this is all the way out in the East Coast area of Singapore in a old style coffee-shop.  I don’t know if you would wanna venture all the way out there but this prata is definitely the best in Singapore.  Avoid on the weekends – way too crowded.  I think they are closed on Wednesday. 



- For Briyani I would recommend Bismallah (in Dunlop street near Little India) or Islamic restaurant (near the historic Kampong Glam area which you  may probably visit, so that’s convenient)



- Peranakan food: if you have time you could visit some of the Peranakan museums..  http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg/   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan ;   the food itself I’m not a fan of because of its mildly sweet overtones. 

There are many other great local food places but many of these are located in the heartlands/”suburbs” which are about 30 mins to 1  hr away from the city center.   If you don’t mind going out there let me know… There are many other fantastic places.

Restaurants:

$$$:

- A great moderately priced option would be Imperial Treasure Super peking duck.  I am a huge fan of the place.  Reservations are a must.  During lunch there is great dim sum.   Obviously get the Peking duck as well.  It is excellent. 

- Yakiniku Yazawa: best Japanese style grilled meats in Singapore.  Reservations are a must (few days in advance). 

- I suppose local style seafood is a good to try: Stir fried crabs in a variety of ways: Black pepper, Chilli/egg, Butter, Salted egg yolk etc..  A good place to visit would be No Signboard Seafood Restaurant. (branches at Geylang the OG one, Esplanade theatre).  

$$$$:

The highest end would be places like: Odette, Iggy’s, Jaan’s, Andre – all of them serve Modern European/French food.  They are all very very good.  Prices would be >250 USD pax without drinks for dinner. 

Many great Japanese restaurants too: Shinji by Kanesaka, Hashida and Ki-sho are the few that come to mind… Again > 250 USD pax for dinner, but lunch is about half the price.  The experience almost approximates Tokyo.

Drinks:

Cocktail culture is exploding over here.. 

The few cool places off the top of my head: 28 Hongkong Street (bonus good food), Jigger and Pony (after work office crowd but good drinks), Sugarhallnext to it specializes in rum, Ah Sam Cold drink stall (cool jt at Boat Quay with local riffs on cocktails with quirky ingredients), Shin gi Tai (classic Japanese style cocktails, bartender was trained in Tokyo), Manhattan Bar at the Regent (swannnkkyy), Tippling club (molecular. .. cocktails?  I don’t know how I feel about the place. Ambitious I guess, and usually recommended by many guides.. I found it poncy), Bincho (very nice restaurant too), Bitters and Love..   Club street, Ann Siang Road, Telok Ayer street and Keong Siak Road are all great places for pub crawls.  

Nightlife (caveat I don’t go to clubs):

- Arts House:
right next to Singapore River and a much superior option to Boat Quay.  Both Timbre and Barber shop are great bars.  Barber shop as live blues/swing music at night at it is really pretty awesome.  Reasonably priced (by Sg standards too)  check out the schedule @ https://www.facebook.com/BarberShopByTimbre/

- Zouk:
legendary Singapore club and probably the one you should hit up if u had to go to one.

Shopping:

For SF type stores Singapore is a desert really.  Club21 gallery at Four Seasons and Hilton Hotel will have Dries van Noten, Junya, CDG etc, but the selection isn’t as good and prices are higher than online.  I don’t think Peir Wu (although she’s Singaporean) has a shop here.   Most of the Luxury stores are clustered in a few areas: Ion mall, Paragon mall and Takashimaya (all in the Orchard road belt) and Marina Bay Sands.

Hoooollly shit. I had a feeling you were the right person to ask. Thank you so much man! I'm gunna try and get through as many of those places as I can.

The humidity is going to be a big shock. Looks like i'll be getting some Uniqlo linen shirts before I go shog[1].gif You seem to manage ok wearing layers - I guess for evenings / AC indoors?
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