The vibrancy and diverse local food scene of a place is often seen as a reflection of the diversity of that place, and Singapore is the best example of that.
Singapore’s food scene, which is a concoction of the best cuisines from around the world, is often seen as a celebration of the multiculturalism that Singapore has.
Singapore’s different ethnic groups have come together, without giving up their cultural heritage or beliefs hence creating a diverse and thrilling food scene.
From Michelin-starred delicacies and western cuisines to local comfort food by homegrown chefs, Asian cuisines and timeless hawker favourites. In summary, Singapore has it all.
Check the map down below to discover our favorites around the city!
Discover our favorite restaurants by cuisine, keep reading!
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- Best al fresco area and weekend brunch
- Best local affordable food
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- Best African
- Best views
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- Mexican food
- Contemporary Asian
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- Korean bbq
- Best value
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BEST AL FRESCO AREA AND WEEKEND BRUNCH
The distinctive breezy riverside location and Mediterranean vibes makes Publico Ristorante the place-to-be at Quayside neighborhood.
There is no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a gorgeous riverside view, exuberant cocktail concoctions, vibrant music, and a freshly baked pizza. And guys, Publico has it all.
Publico Ristorante in InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay brings every Sunday and PH their “Brunch alla moda” experience (from 12pm), the ultimate brunch destination.
What to expect? Filled with contemporary Italian dishes and lip-smacking cocktails, expect to find classics with an Italian twist.
The menu, full of Mediterranean flavors, includes signature dishes like the Foie Gras Risotto and the Tartufata pizza.
We loved their extensive menu with many options to share with your friends, family or your special someone: antipasti, charcuterie & cheese boards, and even a section for burrata where you will be able to choose its dressing and sides!
As mains, homemade fresh pasta and +15 traditional and white pizzas (without tomato sauce) to choose from.
Bonus point: all pizzas are wood-fired and made from scratch in-house.
What makes wood-fired pizzas so distinctive? These pizzas take a shorter time to cook and have an enhanced flavor due to even heat distribution. The difference between a wood-fired pizza and a regular oven pizza is self-evident with just one bite. The smoky flavor, crunchy toppings, and fluffy crust of wood fire oven pizza most certainly dominate all other types of pizzas.
Geometric granite floors from Italy surrounded by greenery and customized lounge furniture characterize the al fresco area overlooking the Singapore River.
Check the different menus here and make sure to book beforehand, specially on weekends.
BEST LOCAL AFFORDABLE FOOD
What are some things synonymous with Singapore? You may think of the Merlion, Gardens By The Bay, and, of course, hawker food.
If you want to experience Asian food like locals, go to a hawker.
Check our favorite hawkers and must-go stalls HERE >> Singapore | Best of local food: Hawkers
You will find very cheap prices (not everything is expensive in Singapore!) and delicious flavors from all over Asia. Hawkers are found at street level or on the ground or upper floors of shopping malls.
But, what is a hawker? A market-type space where you will find all kinds of Asian food spread out on stands here and there. Don’t expect anything fancy, but good prices and an authentic experience.
Budget? From 4S $ the plate (does not reach € 3 at the exchange rate of April 2019). We have tried a few, and we always enjoy it!
Tip: Look out for those stalls with moderately long queues and opened for just that few hours a day.
~ Dumpling Darlings
The folks behind Lola’s Cafe opened back in 2018 their first Dumpling Darlings (Amoy Street). Now, they open their second branch in the lively Circular Road.
First let us tell you something: that was the most delicious meal we have had for a long time!
Unorthodox dumplings with unique flavors, handmade noodles, great cocktails and affordable prices. On top of that, a buzzy atmosphere and ambiance that made us want to stay all night!
Too good to be true? Welcome to Dumpling Darlings!
Read all the details here >> Dumpling Darlings, shaking dumplings up
On the menu are 9 flavorful-unique dumplings, 4 juicy handmade noodles and one unbelievably delicious dessert dumpling.
We were impressed with all the fillings. Especially the Fried Pierogi and Smoked Duck dumplings.
As if that were not enough, handmade (and homemade) juicy noodles that wow-ed us! Made in-house, they achieve a unique texture using only 3 main ingredients: eggs, flour and water.
Both the XO Prawn noodles (available only @ Circular) and the Braised Pork were delightful!
And hey, they dish out lunch sets too! At $16++, you’ll get a bowl of noodles, a dumpling dish, and a drink.
And because there’s always room for dessert, and we could not leave without trying their famous “Pear & cheese dumpling with Tasmanian honey ice cream” paired with one of their delicious cocktails (they also offer French natural wines and craft beers on tap).
~ Kafe Utu
Wanna be transported to Africa, no planes involved? Kafe Utu is your place to be.
Situated in a beautiful shophouse painted in a warm red hue on Jiak Chuan Road, Kafe Utu joins instantly the list of buzzworthy places.
Owner Kurt Wagner, who grew up in Kenya, wanted to bring a piece of home to Singapore and guys, mission accomplished.
Besides East and West African food, they also serve up brunch on weekends, as well as specialty signature coffee.
One of the things we loved the most was its superb décor and cozy ambience: a three-floor voyage through Africa.
Downstairs, you’ll find the breakfast bar with an outdoor area with a few tables. Making your way upstairs, you’ll quick notice the incredible attention to details, from the menu leather design and bill folders, to the huge leather sofas, cushions, African inspired paintings and handcrafted wooden furniture.
Most of the wooden furniture, and even the water green hand-blown glasses, has been sourced and shipped in directly from Kenya.
Tip: the third floor can be rented for events or small gatherings.
On the menu, starters and small bites called ‘Kidogo’, and including a selection of delicious-sounding curries and stews, salads and pastry-based desserts. All dishes come with big servings, perfect for sharing.
For starters, we tried the buttermilk fried chicken served with three different types of chili and the grilled cauliflower.
As mains we chose to have the Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew and the Goat curry, both deliciously paired with a coconut rice bowl that was light, fluffy and fragrant.
They also have an extensive and drinks menu with African beers, wine and creative cocktails. On the second floor you’ll find the perfect balcony where to end your date night with a cocktail.
And because there’s always room for dessert, we tried the Mahamri (Swahili Coast Fried Bread with Coconut Flakes & Cardamom ) and the Nakupenda (Kenyan Donut Topped with House Soft Serve).
Situated at The Fullerton Pavilion, Monti stands out from outside by its location, a glass dome floating on Marina Bay between Clifford Pier and One Fullerton.
In the inside, you will enjoy delicious italian cuisine and the best panoramic views to Marina Bay Sands thanks to its ceiling-high glass windows.
The modern multi-concept space is an elegant restaurant as well as a bar and a rooftop for drinks and craft cocktails with live DJ sets.
The decor is elegant and modern, combining wood floors, bronze and upholstered armchairs.
The menu includes classic Italian dishes as well as signature dishes with a modern twist.
We had the opportunity to try their Set lunch and did not disappoint! Unique flavours that blended so well together.
Indeed every aspect of each dish showcased the skill and thought of the Chef that went into creating it!
Our favorites? The Burratina and heirloom tomatoes as a starter, their “House-made Tagliatelle with Mayura wagyu ragout” and Braised beef short rib.
~ Bar Cicheti
Can a Singaporean chef make pasta and pizza better than an Italian one? At Bar Cicheti, the answer is yes.
Handmade pastas and wood-fired oven pizzas done every day by Aun and his team.
Check their dine-in menu here >> https://www.cicheti.com/dinein-menu
Book in advance or it will be impossible for you to find a spot!
They are now offering takeaway and islandwide delivery from $10. Fyi: they open 7 days a week!
~ Tipo Sg
Tipo is a halal pasta bar along North Bridge Road belonging to The Black Hole Group. It enjoys an excellent location in a shophouse situated in one of Singapore’s most hip and trendy joints, between Jalan Besar and Kampong Glam.
As soon as you walk in, you see the pasta bar and the staff making fresh pasta that will be cooked throughout the day. This is when you know you are at the right place to satisfy your pasta cravings.
The place has a great atmosphere and the prices couldn’t be better (S$15 – S$20 per pax).
Not only they serve fresh, homemade pasta, but Mediterranean starters, and Italian desserts.
What makes Tipo stands out among other Italian restaurants is their customizable DIY pasta concept.
How does it work? You choose the type of pasta you want (there are about 3 different types of fresh pasta that changes every week), the sauce, as well as any extra toppings you would like.
If you can’t make up your mind, they have you covered since they also serve house specials like their ¨Crazy carbonara¨ or the ¨ Royal Ragu¨ (these are the ones we tried, see photos below).
All pastas served are 100g at $9.90. You can always upsize your pasta for additional 50g at $3.
Check their menu here. Oh! And don’t miss their iced tea, it is delicious!
It can get very busy on the weekends. Be prepared to also maybe have to wait for a table.
Good to know: currently their menu is reduced due to the covid-19 situation. We’ll have to come back to try their Lasagna and Tiramisú, since the chattering says they are to die for.
Bonus point: everything is Halal.
Chimichanga, located at Dunlop Street in Little India, serves affordable tex-mex food and the best margaritas in town. Perfect for when you want to have a fun night out in the neighborhood!
We loved the hipster and industrial vibe at Chimichanga, which consists of a long and narrow strip, with brick floors, peeling-poster walls and naked bulbs.
They also have 2 tall tables outdoors if you’d rather be outside.
Their menu offers a selection of tacos, quesadillas and burritos, and other bites & sides perfect for sharing.
They also offer bowls, which are the perfect example of Asian-mexican fusion food.
If you’d rather try a bit of everything, order their “Fiesta platter” (see photo below): loaded nachos, quesadillas, tacos and chicken wings. Perfect for sharing!
Veggie options are available thanks to their partnership with Impossible, do not miss their Impossible chorizo quesadillas, they were our favorite dish!
Check their menu here >> https://www.chimichanga.sg/menu
They also do basic, potent cocktails with Mexican twists ($16-18) like their Frozen Lime Margaritas. Tip: every Monday is Monday Madness at Chimichanga, they do50% off every 2nd cocktail (applicable on Margaritas or Bloody Mule)! We know you won’t have a better plan for your Mondays’ afterwork.
And hey, if what you’re looking for is a buzzing bar for your afterworks, go to Chimichanga’s little brother Chimi’s in CBD.
If you’d rather host the party at home, try their Cocktails delivery offer! The packaging is absolutely brilliant.
They also offer island-wide food delivery. Check it out here >> https://www.chimichanga.sg/delivery
Btw, if you’re craving something sweet to finish your meal… they have desserts like these Churros with dark chocolate. YUM!
~ Jam at Siri House
Located in Dempsey Hill, SIRI HOUSE is one of the coolest places you’ll find in Sinfapore. It is a lifestyle, social and dining space bringing together people, art, design, food, and retail.
Whether you’re looking for a brunch spot on the weekend, a cocktail masterclass to attend, a thoughtful gift for a friend or just for quiet refuge, SIRI HOUSE is the place to be.
JAM, the 42-seat restaurant is an intimate space that houses an eclectic range of furniture from antiques and dazzling chandeliers to plush lounge sets.
Our favorite spot though is the bar, where you will be able to front row the open-kitchen and don’t miss a thing.
The food at Jam at Siri House is based on modern Asian cuisine transformed into small playful dishes, easy to share and delicious.
Our recommendation? Share everything so that you can try more options.
Make your restaurant reservations here.
~ Don Ho
Don Ho – Social Kitchen & Bar serves modern Australian small plates at the trendy Keong Saik street.
Its interior deco reminded us to a tropical garden, with an intimate, warm, friendly and cheerful atmosphere.
With an open-kitchen concept, we can catch the chefs in action. They also have a bar where their bartenders prepare delicious cocktails.
The menu is divided into:
- “Land” for meats,
- “Earth” for vegetables,
- “Sea” for the seafood,
- “Humble-beginnings” for starters and,
- “Big sharings” (indicated for big group gatherings) such as Beef Short Ribs (2.5kg), a Pork Tomahawk (1.3kg) and Cote de Beouf (1.3kg)
Signature dishes include Braised Beef Cheeks (Land), Crispy Eggplant and Orzo Pasta (Earth) and Ahi Tuna Tempura (Sea).
Do not miss their desserts, especially their Sticky Date Pudding, such a sweet treat to end the evening in a wonderful manner!
Check their menu HERE >> https://www.don-ho.com/menu
- For dinner: Wednesday – Sunday // 6 pm – 10.30 pm
- For brunch: Saturday – Sunday // 11 am – 2 pm
They also have a delivery and takeaway menu (we tried it during Circuit Breaker and it was an amazing treat!).
MEDITERRANEAN / SPANISH
Located amongst all the fancy restaurants at Ann Siang road, Lolla is truly one of a kind here.
The deco features warm lighting that creates an intimate atmosphere and a bar counter peering into the open kitchen. Did we mention we love open concept kitchens yet?
Their food they serve is a fusion of Mediterranean-Japanese cuisines using seasonal ingredients and served in small plates.
Most dishes are served as ‘tapas’, which are small portions meant to share.
One of the features we loved about Lolla was its Specials blackboard menu where they offer different creations that vary every 3-4 days, depending on the produce they get.
On that same blackboard, they show 3 different kind of cheeses that they also update every week. If you’re not sure which cheeses to pick, they can do a platter of all three.
Do not miss their desserts, either the cheesecake or their Steamed dark chocolate pudding are delicious!
Tip: book ahead and request for the counter seat.
~ Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
Located along Keong Saik Road, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge is a relatively new Barcelona-inspired restaurant.
Olivia is run by Chef and Co-founder Alain Devahive along with an incredible warm and attentive team, something that we sometimes miss in Singapore F&B scene.
They have invested lots of efforts in designing a mediterranean yet elegant space. With warm lighing, wooden ceilings and an open kitchen, we could not have asked for more.
The extensive menu is split into:
- Bites | Aperitifs, they are small Bites that are part of the Barcelonean culture and that we (we are proudly born in Barcelona) share amongst friends before lunch or dinner.
- Olivia dishes | Platillos, come from their Mediterranean origin but are influenced by their relationship with other cultures.
The menu features a mix of dishes commonly found in Barcelona and other Spanish and Mediterranean areas such as the “Triticum Barcelona” Bread with Tomato, “Ibérico” Ham Croquettes, “Bombas” From Barcelona and the Monkfish & Mediterranean Red Prawns “Ibiza Style” Stew.
Signature dishes that you can not miss are:
- “Triticum Barcelona” Bread with Tomato,
- “Ibérico” Ham Croquettes
- Iberico Ham, Cheese and Truffle Bikini
- Roasted Meat Canelon with Parmesan Cream
- Beef, Foie Gras Carpaccio with Truffle Dressing
- Black Rice with Carabinero Prawn
Check their menus HERE >> https://www.olivia.com.sg/oliviamenus
Everything served in small plates (except for the mains) to taste and share, a tradition we call “tapas”, which would be the mediterranean equivalent for the chinese dim sum.
Our recommendation (we’ve been there 3 times already) is that you share 3-4 starters and 2 mains, leaving room for their “crown jewel”, Olivia’s Creamy Homemade Cheesecake (cream and blue cheese with almond sable).
They also feature an outstanding and carefully curated list of wines for pairing.
Tip: book beforehand since it is quite crowded, especially during weekends. Closed on Sundays & Mondays.
With a reputation of being one of the best Spanish restaurant in Singapore, we could not avoid trying Esquina, situated in Jiak Chuan Road.
The two-storey restaurant is filled almost every night, especially so for the seats at the bar table where you can catch the action in the kitchen.
Its chef, Carlos Montobbio, creates small and big plates to share based on a contemporary Spanish and Catalan cuisine. He takes inspiration from the vibrant tapas bars of Spain, all plates crafted daily using the best produce.
Start your meal with a Chorizo Iberico croqueta, a Tsarskaya Oyster, the Esquina’s spanish omelette and the Sea urchin toast. Followed by the Sea Urchin Paella and the Wagyu Beef & Pork Cannelloni.
Prices range from S$6 from the Snacks menu to S$38 for the mains. They also offer a tasting menu (only available for the whole table) for S$118.
Check current menus HERE >> https://esquina.com.sg/
It all started off as a collaboration between Michelin Star Chef Nandu Jubany and a group of local Spain-aficionados, who wanted to recreate fine and authentic Barcelona flavours in Singapore.
We must confess it is the restaurant that we have visited more times since we live in Singapore. Do you want to know why? Keep reading.
“FOC” (pronounced as /fok/) means ‘FIRE’ in Catalan, the language spoken in Barcelona’s region.
Today FOC already owns 3 branches:
- FOC Hong Kong and,
2. FOC Sentosa, bringing Barcelona beach vibes to Singapore, and,
3. FOC Pim Pam (currently closed due to the covid-19 situation).
The menu offers a wide range of contemporary Mediterranean dishes (especially Catalonian), conceptualised by Michelin Star Chef Nandu Jubany.
One of the reasons we love FOC so much is firstly, because it reminds us to our hometown and secondly, its excellent money-for-value relation.
With an open kitchen, mediterranean vibes and “Gigantes y cabezudos” (or giants and big heads, which is a popular festival celebrated in Spain) hanging from the ceiling, you will find yourself at home, your Mediterranean home.
Bonus point: the staff is super friendly!
Must-Eat Dishes are, everything to be shared:
- (Tapa/Starter) Mushroom and Iberico ham croquettes (they will melt in your mouth! Available at all outlets)
- (Tapa/Starter) “Patatas Bravas” FOC Style (available at all outlets)
- (Tapa/Starter) Toasted Bread with Tomatoes (available at all outlets)
- (Tapa/Starter) Open Tortilla with “Piquillo” Peppers & Truffle or Ibérico Ham (available at FOC Restaurant)
- (Tapa/Starter) Octopus Galician style – Slow-Cooked & Charcoal-Grilled (available at all outlets)
- (Paella) Black Mediterranean Squid Ink Paella with Prawns & Squid (available at all outlets, large format at FOC Sentosa!)
If you still have room for dessert, do not miss their best seller: Yin Yang (cheesecake) Cracker, inspired by the Catalan biscuit and similar to Chinese love letter.
If you are up to a more refreshing dessert, try their original crustless and lemon pie. If, on the other hand, you’re craving a decadent chocolate dessert, go for their “FOC Ferrero”.
Both FOC Restaurant & FOC Sentosa serve daily limited-edition specials featuring fresh seasonal produce from around the world with FOC’s Fine Fun Food touch. FOC Restaurant located near the awakening CBD area has also a Set Lunch on offer.
- FOC Restaurant: https://focrestaurant.com/ // *Set Lunch available on weekdays
- FOC Sentosa: https://focsentosa.com // *Weekday and weekend beverage offers available
~ Sushi Kou (Sushi Omakase)
Let us start by saying that experiencing Sushi Kou has represented a before and after in our life, a hidden gem that we will recommend for sure to our friends and family.
Sushi Kou 鮓 煌 is a relatively new sushi restaurant (opened Q2 2020) located at the ground floor of Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Center, a Japanese omakase sushi restaurant that leaves no one indifferent.
Chef Yoshio Sakuta, with 20+ years of experience, redefines the traditional Edomae-style sushi, where the fish (always fresh) receives minimal treatment, by innovating in each dish while honoring produce flavors and natural oils.
The different tasting menus focus on fresh, seasonal and top quality produce. Only the finest produced is sourced, air flown directly from Toyosu Fish Market.
Choose between the Aya Menu ($ 380 ++) which gives you 10 pieces of sushi and three dishes, or the Kou Menu ($ 450 ++) for 10 pieces of sushi and five dishes.
They also offer a carefully-crafted selection of sake, wine and champagne to complement its premium omakase.
Décor is minimalist, combining warm and beige tones with textured satin-finish taupe walls. The space is divided in 2 areas:
- An intimate dining room that features a 12-seater wood counter (now reduced to 8-seater due to social distancing covid-19 regulations, Phase 2). Here Chef Yoshio Sakuta and his assistant prepare all the dishes with incredible detail.
- A private room perfect for intimate celebrations or business meetings.
Gourmands, we highly recommend you to book at the bar, it was an amazing experience to be able to see how each dish was prepared, how each product was treated, how each cut of fish was cut and pampered, etc.
These are some of the highlights we experienced from the Kou Menu (note that items are seasonal and rotational depending on ingredients imported):
We started the feast with a Steamed egg with Matsutake mushroom followed by Japanese grouper shabu shabu with Ponzu and Fatty tuna with caviar.
The tasting menu continued surprising us with 2 more dishes before moving on to the sushi pieces: Smoked bonito with seaweed soy sauce and Steamed abalone with abalone liver sauce (the latter was one of our favs!).
Moving on to the sushi pieces, Sushi Kou’s shari (sushi rice) is polished and marinated with various types of salt and vinegar.
We tried 10 varieties of sushi: Baby sea bream, Leatherjacket, Spanish mackerel, Large yellowtail, Fatty tuna, Sea urchin, Black throat seaperch, Pacific saury, Botan shrimp and Sea eel. See below some of the pictures, we couln’t decide which one were our favorites, each bite was a journey to heaven!
We finished the feast with the best and sweetest fruit we have ever had.
Btw, reservation at Sushi Kou for a few weeks in advance is a must!
~ Koma (modern Japanese cuisine)
KOMA states that will allow you to discover the many faces of Japanese cuisine, promising uh?
Located at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (just beside the entrance of Marquee), its decoration will transport you to Kyoto instantly without flying.
Guests enter through a striking 20m passageway lined with orange arches, reminiscent of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, into an intimate lounge where one can experience creative new cocktails or choose from the venue’s extensive sake list.
A dramatic 2.5m tall one-of-a-kind Japanese “bell,” which presides above a traditional Japanese foot bridge, provides a focal point for the main dining room, which is complemented by soaring high ceilings, an oversized sushi bar and a private dining room at the mezzanine.
KOMA, an original concept from TAO Group, is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar offering a modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine.
Featuring original creations from Executive Chef Kunihiro Moroi, KOMA incorporates fresh and seasonal produce and ingredients from Japan.
The menu here is split between small and big plates for the appetisers and mains, with Japanese classics including sushi, sashimi, robotayaki, tempura and more.
Surprisingly, serving sizes were generous and we ended ordering too much.
To kickstart with the meal proper, order the D.I.Y. spicy tuna, the Wagyu beef gyoza and the Wagyu tataki, which was a bit more pricey but abolustely worth it.
Continue with a sushi platter (you choose which pieces you prefer). We chose hotate, tuna and salmon nigiri (hotate was delicious but tuna and salmon could have been better given their prices).
For mains, the Wafu Carbonara with Uni impressed the table!
~ Burnt Ends
When you have to wait months to get a reservation at a restaurant, expect the extraordinary. This is what happens at Burnt Ends, the One-Michelin starred restaurant at Teck Lim Road.
Burnt Ends is located along Teck Lim Road, in the heart of Chinatown, and it has its space divided in 4 areas:
- Counter seats, our favorite, in view of the open kitchen concept, seats are side by side in a straight row.
- Bar seats (high chair seats facing away from the kitchen on the left of the restaurant). Recommended for those wanting to do a quick bite (like the burger) and with a limited budget.
- Chef table (the only table in the restaurant which sits comfortably 5 persons maximum).
- Private room (3rd floor: for this room there is a minimum spending per pax. Theyoffer three different menu tiers to choose from starting from $150, $200 and $250).
Run by Chef/Owner Dave Pynt, Burnt Ends is a modern Australian barbecue restaurant focused on meat.
Expect no ordinary barbacue, Chef Dave Pynt customised ovens and grills where food can be smoked, roasted, or even cooked directly on coals to 700 degree Celsius.
They create new menus daily and cook with wood, which gives every ingredient an incredible aroma.
To keep in mind: expect small serving sizes!
One of the most signature dish here is the Burnt Ends Sanger (S$21.40), possibly one of the best brioche burgers ever. The tender pulled pork shoulder is mixed with Chipotle Aioli and it fills up the soft brioche bun… DELICIOUS.
To sum up, we tried their Chocolate Fondant and Smoked Ice Cream.
~ Meet 4 meat
Hidden at a kopitiam in Katong, you will find one of the best places to enjoy meat (charcoal grilled, no joke) in Singapore: Meet 4 Meat. They serve up high quality steaks at budget-friendly, hawker prices.
Behind Meet 4 Meat, there is Jimmy (former chef at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse in Swissôtel) and Gerald, two passionate chefs driven by the same goal: democratize access to gourmet food offering an affordable and laid-back experience.
They marinate and cook everything in their small stall. One of their strengths is that they instead of the conventional gas-stove, they use charcoal-grill, which adds a smoky aroma and flavor to the different cuts of meat.
We all know that having a good steak in Singapore is a luxury, until Meet 4 Meat came into scene.
But let’s talk about food, ehem meat. Chef Jimmy recommended their signature dish: Beef Wellington with foie gras. As expected, this was the highlight of our lunch.
At just $31, the Beef Wellington comes as a 180-gram tenderloin coated in a red wine mushroom duxelle and wrapped in a puff pastry shell. To scale things up, a piece of pan seared foie gras s added into the Wellington as well.
We also tried the Australian free range Premium Rib-Eye (240gr).
Chef Jimmy also recommended their ¨4 – Boned Lamb cutlets¨ ($29), marinated for days with a secret proprietary blend.
To sum things up, their most famous pasta dish made burger: Carbonara pulled pork burger ($10). A 120g shredded pork shoulder marinated with their famous carbonara sauce.
Bonus point: to make their menu even more affordable, they also offer homemade pasta. So, even if you are a vegetarian you have no excuses to not pay a visit to Jimmy and Gerald.
It is hard to pass up a visit to Meet 4 Meat at such unbeatable prices. We will go back for sure!
~ Ryan’s Kitchen
Ryan’s Grocery and Kitchen at Great World City, constitute the flagship (and second outlet in Sg) of the Australian-style alternative gourmet supermarket. At their 4000 sqft grocery space they also have created their very first dining space: Ryan´s Kitchen, where they serve a delightful menu prepared with quality and organic produce that may also be purchased at the grocery. Isn’t it a brilliant idea?
At Ryan’s kitchen, almost all ingredients used in the menu can be purchased directly from the grocery and vice versa. Almost all the fresh produce being sold at the grocery, can be ordered at the kitchen. You will even be able to choose the cut of meat that you want to eat grilled next door.
After a temporary closure during Circuit Breaker, they have reopened with an expanded menu featuring veggie and vegan options, Asian inspired goodness like ¨The Umami burger¨ and, of course, their highlight: an enticing array of meats.
We recommend you to try their “Pick & Grill” service were customers may purchase the meat and products of their choice at Ryan’s Grocery’s butchery, and request them to be prepared at a nominal fee.
We started our lunch with a sausage roll ($4.5). It was delicious and btw, it is sold at the butchery, so easy to take home and pop it into the oven!
After the sausage roll, we shared Lamb shoulder chops (Roaring Forties Carbon Neutral certified) pan-seared with butter, garlic cloves and a spring of rosemary, and a mesquite free range pork spare ribs ($43/kg).
If you love Japanese cuisine and eat on a budget, you need to give Omoté a try!
As food content creators, we are constantly receiving questions but the most frequently asked is: “Any affordable and good Japanese restaurant in town?”
And guys, we’ve found it 🙂 Located at level three of Thomson Plaza, Omoté houses a large space with very cool vibes!
Here you will find a modern-yet-welcoming interior design with exposed industrial ceiling, concrete flooring, warm lighting and painted walls with Japanese motives.
Even though they are renowned for their chirashi don, their menu has much more to offer. Our favorites? See below.
We started sharing 2 of their recommended dishes, the Gyu Enokitake (rolled fatty beef, seasoned enoki and brown sesame cream) and the Prime Beef Tataki.
As sushi lovers, we decided to continue with some of their Sashimi moriwase and the ¨Hon Maguro Jyo Sushi¨ (focused on different textured cuts from a bluefin tuna). Both were absolutely delicious!
To sum up a great meal, we ordered two ¨modern sushi bowls¨: ¨Umami Soy Chirasi¨ and ¨Tamago-Mentai Chirasi¨.
And because there’s always room for dessert, we tried their Coco Matcha ice-cream, insanely yummy and perfectly-balanced flavours.
~ Box n Sticks
Box n Sticks is a small cozy casual Japanese eatery in Kampong Glam area. A snug, down-to-earth izakaya offering sushi & everyday Japanese fare, plus sake & beer.
The deco of the dining hall will make you feel as if you are eating at an alley in the streets of Japan, an authentic Japanese izakaya vibe.
Do not miss their Salmon Mentai Don (S$18.90), grilled salmon with creamy cod roe and onsen egg on rice and their sushi, specially the Hotate and Salmon belly nigiris.
We I found it quite affordable given its prime location. Check their menu and prices HERE >> https://boxnsticks.oddle.me/en_SG/
~ Le Binchotan
Tucked away in a back alley behind Amoy Street (Telok Ayer), this hidden restaurant offers up their signature French-Japanese cuisine.
A French-Japanese restaurant based on French techniques and the centuries-old practice of grilling using binchotan — a rare and highly prized Japanese charcoal. Exciting, uh?
The modern interior deco creates an intimate atmosphere, perfect for a night date or a special occasion.
Conceived as a bar, most of the 35 seats are situated there (which we personally love so we don’t miss any of the action happening in the kitchen).
Also, the mirror at the end creates the illusion that you’re in a long secret tunnel.
Check their food menu HERE >> https://lebinchotan.sg/
They also feature an outstanding and carefully curated list of wines, sakes and cocktails for pairing.
Tip: they close on Sundays.
~ The Flying Squirrel
The Flying Squirrel is a humbly-sized, hole-in-the-wall hideout, tucked in the corner of an alleyway along Amoy Street (Telok Ayer).
They offer a Japanese-inspired cuisine that ranges from fresh cuts of sashimi, handmade sushi and lunch bento sets, steeped in tradition, to the occasional twist on familiar favorites, such as Truffle Ebi Fry, Premium Chirashi and signature makis.
Check their food menu HERE >> https://www.theflyingsquirrel.com.sg/menus
Tip: Closed on Sundays // Happy hour: 4pm – 8pm.
~ Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi is a familiar name to many – a popular Japanese sushi chain brand that offers affordable sushi.
One of their distinctive strenghts (besides being affordable in Singapore, LOL) is how the orders are delivered to the client. They use a train system designed after the Japanese Shinkasen bullet trains, so that fresh sushi is delivered straight from the kitchen in a quiet and reaaaally cool manner.
Larger pieces, at affordable pricing? Genki’s got you covered, won’t deceive you! Promise.
Our favorite sushi?
- Seared Salmon Belly with Black Pepper,
- Seared Salmon with Mentaiko and,
- the Scallop combo (Triple Flavours).
Good news is that they have quite a few branches in Singapore already! Check their locations HERE >> https://www.genkisushi.com.sg/locate-us/
Japan’s largest kaiten sushi chain (biggest Conveyor Belt Chain) has finally reached our Singapore shores!
For those of you that still not know Sushiro, it is another popular Japanese chain brand that offers affordable sushi.
And when we say affordable, we mean it. We order a looot and the bill was S$16 per person! I swear we asked them to review it cause we though they had made a mistake. Amazing, right?
They currently have 2 outlets:
- Tiong Bahru Plaza (Tiong Bahru MRT)
- Shaw Centre (Orchard MRT)
The outlets are spacious (the one at Tiong Bahru more than the one at Orchard) and equipped with an extensive conveyor belt running through the entire restaurant.
Another thing that makes Sushiro special, is the fact that they have 2 belts:
(i) the belt at the bottom is your normal sushi belt where you can snag whatever you like as they come round and,
(ii) the belt on the top will bring the items you’ve ordered through the tablet on your table.
Do not worry about the sushi freshness, each plate on the belt has a chip attached programmed to automatically remove a sushi plate when it travels 350 metres on the lane.
Bonus point: this magic chip also tracks customers’ preferences and tells the kitchen what to prepare, thereby reducing food waste.
All plates have 3 prices marked by their colour:
- Red plate: S$2.20
- Yellow plate: S$3.20
- Black plate: S$4.80
- Tuna with Green Onion (S$2.20 / 2 units)
- Salmon with basil cheese mayo (S$2.20 / 2 units)
- Fatty Tuna (S$4.80 /1 unit)
- Prawn Gunkan
- Roasted beef nigiri (S$4.80 /2 units)
- Tuna Yukke (S$3.20 / 2 units)
- Premium Salmon Gunkan (S$2.20 / 2 units)
At the end of the meal, the staff will come to your table and count the plates to calculate the bill. Easy peasy.
Make sure to book beforehand since it is very busy all the time >> https://www.quandoo.sg/place/sushiro-66297
~ Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ and Go! K-Bbq
We love classic bibimbap but nothing beats a decent Korean BBQ.
Wang Dae Bak and Go! K-Bbq are our go-to when we are craving digging into succulent grilled meats with friends.
Both are located around Amoy Street. They are two of the most well-known KBBQs in town so don’t dare to go during peak hours without a reservation.
The interior of Wang Dae Bak is big and smoky, due to the charcoal style barbeque where you will grill your meat later (yummy!). Our advice: be prepared to smell like roasted meat after your meal.
In terms of food, expect the usual Korean BBQ menu: Kim Chi Pancake and barbeque beef and pork. The prices aren’t cheap, but aligned with average Korean barbeque prices everywhere these days.
Do not miss their Kim chi Pancake (18$), specially if you are dining with friends, since it comes in a huge serving 🙂 and it is ideal for sharing.
Needless to say, the the highlight of the meal had got to be the meat! We chose the Boneless Prime Rib Beef ($28) and Shoulder Loin Pork ($18).
Book your table HERE >> https://www.wangdaebakbbq.sg/reservation
~ Bearded Bella
Situated in Tanjong Pagar, the neighborhood with a higher concentration of instagrammable cafes and brunch spots.
Bearded Bella could ne no less and will directly fly you to Australia. With an outdoor area, bar and a cozy-vibe that will make you want to come back from the very first second.
Surgido de la unión creativa de dos compañeras de piso de Melbourne, con ganas de traer el slow-paced food a Singapore: Regina Tay y Sarah Ling.
Una de las cosas que más nos gustó es la calidad del café. Specialty coffee servido por baristas (Regina was the winner of the Singapore National Barista Championship in 2016) y opciones de brunch entre las que os será dificil elegir.
Besides specialty coffee and juices, they also offer well-deserved cocktails.
- Specialty coffee, obviously (do not put sugar in it, please!).
- Mains: Smashed avocado, ¨Pancake, bacon, flight, magic¨, Brie croquettes and whichever of their burgers, they are all amazing!
- To sum-up, do not miss their ¨Sea salt brownie¨. ¡Amazing!
Finally, delivery platforms con las que trabajan: Deliveroo.
~ Common Man Coffee Roasters
Sum speciality Brews withall-day brunch and you’ve found the perfect formula to describe the always crowded Common Man.
With a 3-in-1 concept, they feature a coffee academy, a shop (both retail and wholesale) and a cafe.
They have 2 outlets, both of them with a wide menu offering brealfast, lunch, sides and dessert options:
- Common Man Stan (11 – 12 Stanley Street)
- Common Man Coffee Roasters Café (22 Martin Road)
Other than the specialty coffee, the food menu features o much choices and variety on the menu that we are sure there is bound to be something that suits everyone’s mood of the day.
Our favorites? The Organic Eggs Benedict, Cubanos Sandwich and the Common Man Burger.
If you still have room for a sweet treat, share their ” Common Man fluffy pancakes”.
Check their menu HERE >> https://commonmancoffeeroasters.com/
~ Old Hen Kitchen
Eventhough they are most famous for their cold brew coffee in a bottle, we go there once per month for lunch or brunch on weekends (at least).
We live nearby and Old Hen Kitchen is our go-to when we are craving good money-for-value food.
Acutally, they have 2 outlets: Old Hen Bar (Rangoon Rd, smaller and with less lunch options) and Old Hen Kitchen (Owen Rd).
Our favorites? Their Avocado on toast, the Ahi Tuna salad (however, the portion is not too generous) and the Bacon and Kimchi burger.
Keep in mind that all the bread they use is homemade and made with sourdough, it is delicious!
Of course, we always pair our meal with a great coffee (they offer specialty coffee at a lower than average prices in Singapore).
~ Forty Hands
Long before the onslaught of neighbourhood cafes, there was Forty Hands. One of the pioneers of the coffee movement in Singapore.
With already 2 outlets in town (Tiong Bahru & East Coast), brunch is their main focus, with smashed avo on toast, homemade granola and toasties.
If you are reeeeeaaaally hungry, pick the popular “big boy breakfast platter”. Their burger is also delicious and quite filling.
~ Strangers Reunion, Curious Palette and Wakey, Wakey
Behind these 3 names there is the same group, probably one of ‘pioneer’ hipster cafes in Singapore.
With an Australian-hipster vibe, expect great burnches and specialty coffee. They also offer lunch and dinner menus during weekdays.
There’s nothing quite like a hearty brunch plate to kickstart the weekend, and those 3 hit our top list.
We usually go for breakfast during weekdays to Wakey Wakey since they open quite early and offer healthy options (besides decadent cakes).
~ Swee Choon
Located at the heart of Jalan Besar, in the district of Little India, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant is a well-known and an established local restaurant where people from all walks of life have come to enjoy dim sum for almost 55 years.
Whether it is for breakfast, dinner or supper, you can enjoy and savour a wide variety of Hong Kong and shanghai dim sum.
Our favorites dishes? Down below!
- Xiao Long Bao
- Char Siew Bao
- Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork
- Sauteed Long Beans w/ Minced Pork
On top of that, it is one of our go-tos when we are seeking money-for-value restaurants. We have never paid more than 20$ per person (food-coma involved)! Isn’t it great?
~ Din Tai Fung
Spread across 13 countries with over 20 branches in Singapore alone, Din Tai Fung is loved and lauded for more than just its humble soup dumplings. Their commitment to serving up authentic Taiwanese grub is the reason they are frequented by hordes of colleagues, friends and families on the daily.
A major feature is their is the open kitchen- this provides their diners an unobstructed view of their chefs working amongst an assortment of smoking woks and bamboo steamers.
Must-try >> Egg fried rice, chicken Xiao Long Bao, Pork and Prawn Xiao Long Bao. If you are craving a fancier alternative, go for the truffle ones.
~ Taste Paradise
Decorated with a traditional Chinese restaurant look, Taste Paradise (Cantonese food) is one of two Paradise restaurants at Ion Orchard. The other one is Paradise Dynasty, wich serves Sichuan food (both situated in the 4th floor).
If you are looking for Chinese food with a modern take, Taste Paradise has got you covered. Chinese food with a modern twist – using western ingredients such as Foie Gras in their food and incorporating modern plating techniques.
~ The Refinery
Located in Jalan Besar, in the midst of engineering workshops, The Refinery Singapore will immediately beam you up to the industrial-ish, laid-back, hipster restaurants in Brooklyn, New York.
They define themselves as “a 3 story oasis for those who love to eat, drink and create. It houses a casual Japanese joint, a secret cocktail bar and a creative space and workshop for those itching to desing and build”.
For those wishing to enjoy a delicious, wholesome meal, The Refinery serves Japanese rice bowls and side dishes.
Colin, The Refinery founder, told us that they use Japanese rice cooked alongside an added plant based fibre by a food tech startup based in Singapore, giving white rice the same nutrition benefits as brown rice. Great, huh?
They also offer really good specialty coffee and matcha latte.
They have created a delivery and takeaway menu for those who wish to stay at home. Check their delivery menu HERE!
We especially like their packs for 2 or 4 pax, which is great if you are in a rush and do not want to (over)think what to order.
Our favorites? Do not miss their Mentaiko Fries and their Salted Egg Onion Rings as sides.
As mains, we loved the Salmon Poke bowl, the Smocked duck don and their signature bowl “Refinery Gyu don” with truffle Hon Shimeiji Mushrooms and Tare Marinated Beef.
Btw, their sauces are a-maaaazing and guess what, you can take them home with you.
We took away the “Stephen’s Curry Mayo” and paired it with some nuggets for dinner that very same day.
~ Burger Bar New York (formerly Burger Joint)
If you’re no stranger to NY, you’ll already know this NYC burger institution.
At Burger Joint it’s about the good ol’ fashioned American-style burger, everything else is secondary.
Eventhough their official location is at Amoy Street, the real entrance is at Gemmill Lane, hidden behind a neon burger sign.
Expect an underground-woody-trasgy deco (they have event allowed the customers to express their artistic talent by doodling on walls and even the ceiling), and a casual atmosphere.
The menu is no fuss, with a choice of:
- Bacon Burger
- Bacon cheeseburger
- Jalapeno Cheeseburger (new)
- Swiss Bacon Fried Chicken Burger (new)
- Portobello burger (veggie)
- Camembert burger (veggie: a breaded Camembert cheese patty, fried to golden perfection for a crunchy bite and creamy inside)
It’s all about simplicity here: choose how you want your burger done, add your toppings and your sauce.
Do not miss their cheese fries (melted with Kolby and Cheddar cheese, with mayonaise), they are abosolutely amazing!
And hey, they also feature a selection of craft beers on tap.
~ Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co.
A new year often signifies a fresh start for many people. For some, this means setting health goals, such as losing weight, following a healthier diet, and starting an exercise routine. If this is your case, Gratefood Co. will help you achieve those goals while feeling as you are having a treat.
Ms Jacqueline Koay is the alma mater behind Gratefood Co., a plant based company that sources its organic açaí from the Amazon forest in the north eastern part of Brazil. Their açaí is organic, wild harvested and does not contain any citric acid nor emulsifiers, making it the purest organic frozen açaí consumers can enjoy in the market.
With almost zero sugar content, full of antioxidants and a mild earthly beetroot taste with a hint of berry fragrance, açaí is worldwide recognized superfood.
As If the latter wasn’t enough, Jacqueline decided to partner with Porcelain Origins Café, which has reopened at Orchard Paragon, to create a space where to enjoy plant based adaptogen specialty coffee, dreamy chia pudding and açaí bowls and really-thick-smoothies.
Joining her passion and creativeness, Jacqueline Koay has created a series of creative smoothie art bowl; first-of-its-kind in Singapore, rising above the saturated açaí smoothie bowl scene in Singapore.
There are 3 bowls, each with a different theme and superfood involved:
- Beach Paradise (blueberry and blue spirulina banana nice cream blend),
- Unicorn Dreams (Gratefood Co.’s orange acerola sorbet and pink pitaya coconut yoghurt) and,
- Starry Galaxy (their signature açaí blend with Japanese bamboo charcoal powder and pink pity coconut yoghurt).
All bowls are priced at $24 nett with a complimentary pot of floral tea. The bowl is large enough for 2 people to share.
Besides their website and Porcelain Cafe, you can also find their açaí and superfood tubs in several supermarkets island-wide (e.g., NTUC). Find out where to buy their products here: https://www.gratefood.co/location
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm / Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm
Location: 290 Orchard Road, The Paragon, #04-48 Singapore 238859
~ Open Farm Community
Open Farm Community is one of those restaurants trying to connect the community to nature, acting as a platform for everyone to get more in touch with the food they eat, to understand how they are grown and what exactly goes into our plate.
An open-concept kitchen and restaurant, focused on seasonal and innovative dishes, with their ingredients are locally sourced.
Located on Minden Road, right next to Dempsey Hill and near Botanic Gardens. The interior was maybe our favorite part, almost glasshouse like, letting in ample of light with pots of plants here ant there.
They curate and host local farmers to showcase their produce to guests to deepen the pleasures of simple, freshly harvested ingredients that are both nourishing and a visual feast.
Their vision is to bring to life, the impact of urban farming in Singapore. And let me tell you, they have achieved that!
The menu is designed so you can split a wholesome meal with friends, family or whoever you choose to share a table with. Starters and desserts are personal sized, with mains designed to be shared between two and sides to match to your hearts content.
Chech their menus HERE >> http://www.openfarmcommunity.com/menus/
BEST ICE CREAM
~ Papitto Gelato
Since 2005, Papitto Gelato has been offering some of the best ice-cream in town, with a wide-range of flavours (+50) such as Hazelnut, Pistachio, Peanut Butter (our fav!), Belgium Chocolate, etc.
Their outlet is located in Food Xchange@Admiralty along Admiralty Street, but you can find their tubs all over Singapore (e.f. in the YMCA cafe, level 4).
Indulge yourself with no guilt! Papitto gelato is also healthier as it is a lower fat gourmet ice cream at about 7% fat for creamy flavours, as compared to 12% fat and above for premium ice cream.
They also offer no sugar added ice-cream, a great option for those of you concerned about your diet, diabetics or with special dietary considerations.
Discover all the flavours HERE >> https://papittogelato.com/shop/
~ Nox In The Dark
When we heard about NOX – Dine In The Dark experience from our friends, we could not wait to try it.
NOX – Dine In The Dark restaurant offers a completely unique and distinctive experience where you dine in complete darkness. Guests are invited to step into a pitch-black room and enjoy their meal entirely bereft of their sense of sight.
Of course, this gives you a totally different perspective of enjoying different tastes and textures.
The experience starts around a cocktail in their lighted bar and lounge where friendly staff will brief you on how the experience will go and what to expect. For example, they will explain how they will position the plates.
During the briefing they will ask you if you have any dietary restrictions although keep in mind that you will be enjoying a surprise menu, so you do not know exactly what you will be eating and therefore you can truly experience different, tastes, textures and smells.
They will require us to leave all bags, watches, phones, etc in a locker so as not to provide any type of light whatsoever.
After that, the visually-impaired waiter or blind guide will bring you to your seat (staircase involved). They will act as your personal guide throughout the whole experience.
At the end of your dinner you will be led out by your guide back to the lounge area. Then they gave us a questionnaire to answer what we thought we had just eaten. After everyone has filled their questionnaire, they will show you pictures of the menu. Safe to say that one of the oddest things of all was that without our sight we had very little idea of exactly what we’d been eating.
This was, besides the eating part of course, our favorite part! It was so fun to actually see that without sight the perspective of what you are eating changes radically.
Regarding the food, you will enjoy a 12-dishes gastronomic menu that spans over 3-courses, with 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 desserts.
We can’t tell you what we ate because we don’t want to spoil the experience, but we can tell you that we enjoyed every bite. On top of that, they change the menu every 2 months so that you can keep going and try new creations.
Overall, we had an amazing experience and one of the most memorable and unique meals any of us have had!
If there is one time of the week that we could constantly put on repeat, it would certainly be Wednesday night, or better known as Ladies Night in Singapore.
Chill with your girlfriends over a glass of wine ranting about any accumulated frustrations over the week and celebrating that the day after is already Thursday and the weekend is almost there.
Famous for their buzzy atmosphere and friendly staff, Chimi’s enjoys a privileged and picturesque location, within a 20-foot container in the heart of CBD at Marina Bay.
Chimi’s embodies the spirit of a humble Mexican cantina where the chef cooks up Mexican bites before your very eyes such as Chimichangas, Tacos, and Quesadillas.
On Ladies Night, enjoy $6+ per glass of red/white wine, prosecco or Budweiser beer. If you are more into the ¨Italian aperitivo¨ go for their $8+ Aperol Spritz.
Good to know: Chimi’s is the sister outlet of Chimichanga, Singapore’s first Mexican dive bar. Find out everything you need to know about Chimichanga here.
~ Mrs Pho
If there’s a Vietnamese restaurant that it is liked by both hipsters, expats and the Vietnamese community in Singapore, this is Mrs. Pho.
With 3 really cool outlets in Singapore (and an island-wide delivery service), you will be able to enjoy homemade Vietnamese food and feel at home.
“Mrs Pho is a tribute to all the Vietnamese mothers, grandmothers and aunties we affectionately crown best cook in the family, best cook in the neighbourhood, best cook, period.”
Everything is made in-house, from the broth – the foundation of an memorable pho, to the sauces. Even the majority of the ingredients they use are imported directly from Vietnam to assure the authenticity of their dishes.
Food-wise, do not expect bastardisation nor ‘fusion’ on the menu, it’s traditional Vietnamese food.
Check the menu here: https://mrspho.com/menu/
Located in an old building on Rangoon Road, it’s a feast for the eyes. With their signature neon green logo overlooking the entrance, they have kept the original details like high ceilings and pillars. For a twist, they combined industrial elements like the metal tables and dim lighting with Vietnamese culture elements.
Our must-try food items?
- Starters to share: Lemongrass beef sticks, Mrs Pho Spring rolls and Fresh Summer rolls.
- Mains: Sliced beef pho and Mrs Pho dry noodle
Check their 3 locations here.
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