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Move over, Club Street, Duxton Hill and Keong Saik Road, it is finally Tras Street's moment to buzz. A handful of cocktail bars and top ex-hotel chefs are slowly trickling in to build an up-and-coming dining community on the sleepy Chinatown lane. By Debbie Yong

SLEEPY Tras Street is waking up.

Once home to a string of bridal shops, blink-and-you'll-miss-it corporate offices and KTV bars that keep all their unmentionable activities indoors, the shophouse-lined Chinatown lane has been stirring with new activity in recent months. Shortly after former St Regis Hotel head chef Frederic Colin broke out to set up Brasserie Gavroche and Cafe & Bar Gavroche on the street 18 months ago, a string of former fine-dining and hotel chefs have gradually streamed in to set up shop, too.

Among them are Stephan Zoisl, formerly of modern European fine-dining restaurant Novus, who now runs private cooking school, My Private Pantry; Stephane Istel, formerly head chef at DB...

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