Food

Not that long ago, someone asked me for a recommendation for brunch places in Singapore.

At that point in time, I couldn’t think of an answer.

After visiting 101 Jalan Sultan, I’ve finally found it – Classified Cafe!

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Located at The Sultan Hotel, Classified Cafe is a great place to have a hearty Sunday brunch with the family.

The Sultan Hotel is a gorgeous, traditional white Singapore townhouse, a globetrotter’s dream stay. The hotel is also notably well preserved from a bygone era.

On the pristine white walls are framed “before and after” renovation photographs capturing the beauty of the timeless building.

The majestic Sultan Hotel is quite unlike any other in Singapore.

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Considering it has 64 guest rooms with no two rooms alike, The Sultan is bigger than it looks!

Great for staycationers and tourists alike, the ambiance and decor of the whole place is impressive and the epitome of class.

I would definitely put it down on my list of staycation-worthy hotels in Singapore. Y’know, for a temporary air ticket-free getaway from reality.

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Classified Cafe kindly invited me down for a food tasting session one weekend, and spoiled me silly with their numerous breakfast options.

I decided to sit in the lobby where there was plenty of sunshine, and really beautiful furniture I wish I could bring home! (The acacia table was my favourite.)

Classified Cafe really ticked all of the boxes with their food, impeccable service, and dining atmosphere.

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Let’s have a peek at their brunch menu! (Honestly, if I could I would order everything…)

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Classified Cafe let me try out their Eggs on Cloud and Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & Avocado.

I also ordered Mac and Cheese and a vanilla milkshake. The staff were happy to customise my milkshake order, which was very nice of them!

Eggs on Cloud [S$14.90] 
Turkey bacon bits, chives, and mozzarella cheese folded into lightly whisked egg whites, served with toasted brioche 

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I really liked the presentation of the Eggs on Cloud. Don’t the eggs look like little clouds? The slate plating was also very cool.

Taste-wise, the eggs on cloud was really fluffy, airy and delicious. Kind of how you would imagine a savoury cloud to taste like.

The slight sweetness of the brioche was a nice, welcome change from the typical plain white toasted bread you get at coffeeshops. As for the bed of rocket salad hidden beneath the eggs on cloud, it was really fresh and full of a mild spicy flavour.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Avocado [S$14.90]
Poached egg, smoked salmon, homemade hashbrown, avocado, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket, hollandaise sauce

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To me, the highlight of this breakfast dish was the HASH BROWNS. I’ve never had hash browns this amazing in my life before. I couldn’t stop eating and the addiction to the hash browns was real. If there was one reason to come back to Classified Cafe, the crispy, flavourful hash browns would be the answer!

The avocado wasn’t soft and ripe and instead quite crunchy. But this happens to the best of us I guess! Like for example, the other day the avocado I prepared at home for guacamole turned out to be unevenly ripe.

The rocket (like before) was very fresh and yummy. The warm smoked salmon and poached egg was perfect. But as I said, the real star here is Classified Cafe’s amazing homemade hash browns.


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Macaroni and cheese [S$10.90]
Macaroni, melted mozzarella and melted cheddar 

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Doesn’t this Mac and Cheese look AMAZING? When it arrived, I was pretty much in awe. The portion was soooo generous. (Trust me, the photos really don’t do justice to the real portions) I don’t think you can find as generous a serving of mac elsewhere in Singapore, and for a really good price!

The Mac and Cheese is great for sharing with family and friends, and the cheese is truly a lot – expect strings and strings of delicious cheesy goodness. You wouldn’t expect it, but this Classified Cafe Mac and Cheese makes for a really yummy breakfast! My favourite part was how the macaroni was evenly coated in mild, crispy cheesy bits. Yum. (I’m definitely drooling and hungry as I type this!)

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On a side note, the Sultan is full of greenery and beautiful, tall bamboo. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Japan. The grounds of the hotel are really lush and perfectly serene.

 

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After a satisfying breakfast or brunch at Classified Cafe, you would probably be wondering to yourself, so what is there to do nearby?

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After all that breakfasting at Classified Cafe, you will want to walk off your meal with a stroll around Kampong Glam to experience the eclectic and vibrant side of Singapore.

Snap a photo of one of Singapore’s most prominent mosques, the Masjid Sultan. Found at Muscat Street, the picturesque mosque is one of Singapore’s oldest. Just take a moment to admire the golden architecture and facade. Fun fact: this place of worship can fit up to 5,000 people!

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For a quick history lesson on Singapore, jog over to the Malay Heritage Centre at Istana Kampong Glam to get a unique perspective of what life was like back in the good old days.

Shop Turkish lamps and beautiful authentic Persian rugs and a wide variety of traditional garments made from the finest silk in the small lanes of Kampong Glam.

For a bit of modernity, I recommend exploring The General Store, located at 38 Arab Street. The General Store is a minimal and independent local store featuring well-designed homegrown brands and much-loved international labels.

Do check out their wide array of watches, phone cases and sunglasses (which I love) from their very own home brand.

For coffee lovers, don’t forget to check out Artistry Cafe, Sexy Coffee and Krave. Besides these few, there are many more things to see and do in the Haji Lane vicinity after a yummy brunch at Classified Cafe.

[Disclaimer: The food tasting was kindly sponsored by Classified Cafe. This food review and guide are my own opinions of Classified Cafe and The Sultan Hotel.]

Classified Cafe
The Sultan
101 Jalan Sultan
Singapore 199002
Tel: +65 6723 7101
Website: thesultan.com.sg/dining

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A hidden gem over at Ngee Ann City, Japanese restaurant Ginza Kuroson brings fresh sashimi and more closer to diners with twice-a-week deliveries flown straight from Japan. Newly opened at Ngee Ann City in 2015, the inconspicuous and sophisticated Ginza Kuroson is a great place for sashimi lovers who want to indulge in good food without having to partake in the national hobby of queuing for popular Japanese restaurants in town.

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Perfectionists can be easily satisfied that Ginza Kuroson is extremely dedicated to the finer details. The elegant napkins are presented like a neatly folded kimono. If you opt for a counter seat, you’ll be able to see the chefs preparing your meal with skill and dedication. And needless to say, the food presentation at Ginza Kuroson is superb. I’ve never seen sliced sashimi presented in such a beautiful manner before – the delicate, small and fresh Japanese flowers; the massive, regal block of wasabi, the fish and prawn sitting gracefully upon the architectural iceberg. I just cannot emphasise how the food is too pretty to eat. You’ll definitely want a shot of this gastronomical craftsmanship to make the memory last before it all goes to the belly.

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If you’re craving a good Chirashi-don, note that it’s available at lunchtime, which runs from 11:30am to 2pm. And for those of you who can’t get enough of melt-in-your-mouth beef, I highly recommend Ginza Kuroson’s wagyu beef tenderloin. Albeit pricey and small in serving, the tasty tenderloin is worth every penny for its quality, and you won’t find a better option within the radius of Orchard Road (as far as I am aware). It literally was the best plate of grilled beef I have ever had in my life. The beef is served with three outstanding and perfectly matched dipping sauces – a brown sauce for meats, a citrusy yuzu sauce, and a serving of rough sea salt. As for those who prefer beef with a little more fat to it, do go for the Wagyu sirloin (pictured below),  or opt for the smoky Kobe beef instead.

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Finally, the charcoal-grilled flying fish (pictured above) was a hilarious and interestingly bizarre sight to behold on our plate… They’ve arranged it such that the long fins glide outwards like a miniature airplane. At first sight, we were like, … wait, did we order this dish?! Crisp all around, even the fine, crispy “wings” of the fish are entirely edible. I’ve really never seen, or eaten anything quite like this strange, crunchy catch.

For fresh sashimi and well-cooked, top quality charcoal grilled beef from Japan, Ginza Kuroson at Ngee Ann City is your best bet.

GINZA KUROSON
391 Orchard Rd,
Ngee Ann City,
#03-10 Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 6235 3785
Website: www.kuroson.com
Opening Hours: 11.30am–2pm, 6pm–10pm

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Everything you need to know about the kawaii Hawaii-inspired restaurant that’s making a splash in Singapore.

Just last month, brand new Hawaiian-inspired Aloha Poké opened its doors along Amoy Street in Singapore’s bustling business district.

The casual dining restaurant is Singapore’s first foray into a Hawaiian culinary experience, specializing in Poké bowls, a delicious Hawaiian marinated sashimi salad dish (pronounced poh-key like in Pokémon). These cute bowls make not just a mean food photo, they also make a really delicious meal, upping the standards for clean eating in Singapore.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be restricted to eating a pile of salad leaves!

And with salmon and tuna sashimi this fresh, you really wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.


The new eatery is conveniently located near the famous Amoy Food Centre and the popular Ann Siang Hill area. Sitting along the peaceful stretch that is Amoy Street, the restaurant finds its fans not just with the office crowd, but with the gym enthusiasts, hipsters, and expats who drop by for either takeaway or for a quick dine-in. Plenty of customers do takeaway, which is great for those in a rush, or tourists in the vicinity looking for a quick bite to nibble on as they explore the surrounding Tanjong Pagar area. Filled with skyscrapers, temples, and well-preserved lines of shop houses, there’s plenty to see around here.

With lovely sunshine filtering into this laidback, atmospheric dining space, and friendly, welcoming service staff full of smiles, it’s impossible to dislike the place. Not to mention, they’re incredibly generous with the food portions.

Upon entering you are greeted by a huge, cheerful, colourful bowl of fresh pineapples which lines the counter as people pencil in their lunch orders. In the background, purple orchids, tiki décor and a surfboard lend a sense of calm, instantly transporting you to a temporary daydream retreat on the beachfront of Waikiki.

But back to the food! Aloha Poké is a great place for weekday lunch with the colleagues at work, post-work drinks, or to catch up with friends over Saturday brunch after a yoga session.

For my lunch, I ordered a Lil’ Swell – the smallest offering, at $11.90 for one 75g serving of Poké (protein choice: marinated salmon or tuna sashimi in either original, spicy, or wasabi mayo. Vegetarian/vegan options available too!), one superfood (avocado, chia seeds, or pomegranate) and two free add-on toppings (carrot, cucumber, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, edamame, the seasonal offering, almonds, flying fish roe, walnut, dried grape, pumpkin seeds, or golden raisins). For an additional superfood, just top up a dollar, and fifty cents will get you an additional fresh or crunch add-on.

Each Poké bowl comes with a big slice of tangy, citrusy lime, sweet onion, a special sesame oil and shoyu vinaigrette salad, and sprinkled with sesame and spring onions, and deliciously sweet, golden pineapple pieces.

For carbs, there’s white rice, brown rice, or a mix of both brown and white. Otherwise, you can ask choose to have salad instead. This time, I went with a mix of brown and white rice, which I personally prefer over the plainer white rice option. While I had picked the smallest size, the Poké bowl definitely filled me up. A satisfyingly simple, guilt-free, yummy, and clean meal.

Other sizes available include: the Big Kahuna ($19.90 for 225g, three scoops of Poké) and the Standard Nalu ($15.90 for 150g, two servings of Poké).

For the adventurous beer lovers, Aloha Poké also serves Hawaiian craft beers! For the healthy folks, tasty Coco Loco raw Thai coconut water is also sold at Aloha Poké.

Grab your lunch at Aloha Poké this week, and let me know what you think!

Aloha Poké
92 Amoy Street
Singapore 069911
Mondays to Fridays: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm

 

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