"IS this your first time here?" The hostess asks as we step into Racines, a show-stopper of a restaurant space at the new Sofitel in Tanjong Pagar. When we say yes, she trails us to our...

LIKE the youngest child who has to step back while his older siblings get to parade in fresh new clothes for Chinese New Year, Shang Palace has been left relatively untouched even as the Shangri-La...

THERE'S something drawing people to Robertson Quay, like lions who just got wind of an antelope barbecue in the African outback. It's a primal call, drawing predators of the shirt and...

EVER stepped into a new restaurant and felt a wave of deja vu?

THE ground level of Tanjong Pagar Centre feels like a theme park in the middle of the financial district. It reminds us of those factory outlets overseas, where different brands beckon from their...

IT seemed highly appropriate (last month) to open and decant my last remaining bottle of Taylor's 1927 Vintage Port, a bottle that had been carefully stored for 33 years...

SITTING on the fifth floor of Takashimaya shopping centre, Mizuki looks like a well-groomed poodle in a roomful of mutts. Its neighbours are a ragtag bunch - noisy Chinese restaurant, Lego shop,...

JUST like babies, naming a restaurant must be as tough as finding the right chef and concept. What if you named your kid Alonso but he grew up to be more like a Chin Huat? Imagine wanting to call...

WHY do Western chefs insist on cooking Asian food, and why do we enjoy ridiculing their efforts? Is it because we can't get over their presumptuousness for adding lemongrass to their cooking and...

FOR those who play in the predictable parts of town, Haji Lane is a jolt to the imagination, if not the appetite.