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Hamoru Japanese Restaurant - Suntec City Food Repubic

Hamoru Japanese Restaurant

We don't usually rave about food court outfits but here is a local Japanese food restaurant with a bunch of nice fellas doing the sashimi preparation. Steve who is mainly stationed at the Suntec branch (there is another at the Food Republic at Wisma) has a great smile and personality and prepares pretty generous portions of fish cuts for the money. Always fresh and properly chilled. Fans know better and grab the seats at the bar rather than the tables just to see Steve filleting the fish. 

Rubiah Malay Stall - 879 Old Holland Road / Bukit Timah Road

Rubiah Malay Stall

Formerly located at Binjai Park kopitiam, makes the move over to the Old Holland Road kopitiam to take over the spot that was at 879 Old Holland Road that we reviewed some time ago. Fans of the Binjai Kopitiam take note they have moved here.

Penang Food Restaurant- 76 Geylang Lorong 25A, Singapore 388258

Instead of waiting for the yearly Penang food event at Goodwood Park hotel, here is a really good alternative and we think even better all year round. Its not that easy to get to and finding parking is a real pain given its location in Geylang but it is worth it. The place is air-conditioned but don't expect it to be like a nice hotel. This gem might be hidden away but its food is very tasty and pretty authentic.A recommended dish is the Mee Yoke or Prawn mee soup.

High-fashion Gelato- LatoG, Milan, Via Ponte Vetero 9

This boutique gelato outlet in Milan has excellent gellato for those with jaded palates but the thousands of gelato outlets all around italy. We suppose the Lato-G is really a play on g-lato anyway this ice cream chain is founded on the initiative of a Milanese entrepreneur, Roni Francesca with 15 years of experience. If you are around Milan there are other outlets planned...

Meng Tai Katong Laksa- at Ghim Moh Food Center

Sometimes wondering around a food centre will lead to a discovery or two and this laksa stall is just one of those. Actually we were just put off by the long queue at the char kway teow stall nearby and decided to have something else, laksa.

Mellben Seafood- Blk 211, Lor 8 Toa Payoh #01-11 to 15

This restaurant has garnered a cult following of sorts. It may be short on presentation but the food and the service makes up for it and more. The boss-lady, Kelly works tirelessly to make sure all patrons get their food and service. No air-con seating but there are open air tables.The star dish has got to be the Shimmering Crab, one of the 14 ways they cook crabs but it is most certainly the best. It has a creamy sauce but its has a hint of curry, basil, oatmeal and a dash of chilli padi and whatever else that makes it taste so good.

Old Malaya Cafe- 313 Orchard Road #B3-10 313@Somerset S238895

 Well, well its the invasion of the Malaysian-style cafes. We found this little gem at B3 of 313@Somerset. Its sort of hidden away but worth your while to find it. It brings some Malaysian favourites over to us like the KL Curry mee, Penang rojak and Kat-chai lingmong (sour plum-lemonade).The Popiah is really good and tasty with sweet sauce and garlic aplenty. Our attention was drawn to the desert section where one can get a really substantial Chendol with just the green "worm" jelly and red beans.

Birraria Pizza Caffe; 4 Via Arco, 20121 Milan, Italy

Milan is a place full of fancy restaurants but sometimes you just want a decent traditional pizzeria. Here we ambled onto a side street cafe that serves up a decent pasta without the fancy price tag. Only locals go there so it should be good.

The main we ordered was a steak with rucolla salad on the side. It may not knock your socks off but it has good beefy taste and isn't pricey at all. They don't ask foreigners how the meat should be done but they do it just right- about medium.

Lam's Abalone Noodle Restaurant : 18 Kaki Bukit Rd, 3 Enterpreneur Business Centre #01-16/17

Popped over to this slightly less accessible branch of the Lam's chain.

The ingredients were fresh and the noodles, nicely done. The abalone chunks were a nice touch.

Each bowl averages $6 and we supplemented this with roast pork and duck.

Read more about Lam's HERE

Eatalian Restaurant- 15500 S. Broadway Street,CA 90248 Gardena

It might look like an unlikely place for an Italian restaurant but if the food tastes this good, location doesn't matter too much. This is no cosy, family Italian restaurant, it is very business like and looks like a factory cafeteria but do not let that fool you.The pizza is the thin crust variety just like the real thing in Italy and it tastes like the good stuff too. The cheese they use is actually made in-house right there in a glass-windowed room right next to the restaurant so customers can see.

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