Camden Medical Centre (#10-06)
1 Orchard Boulevard
T: (+65) 6738 8122 or after hours: (+65) 6535 8833
Dr Jerry is purported to be the best eye doctor in Singapore. I was sent to his clinic by friends when I got a sight-altering contact lense infection (but was of course convinced I was going blind and in a total panic for at least one whole hour). I pitched up 30 mins before they opened at 8.30am one morning, and they were brilliant and fitted me in straight away, despite having no appointment. If you want your eyes lasered (I’m still way too scared) this is where everyone who knows, goes. His colleage Dr Por is also very good.
Opening Times: 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; Sat 8.30am-1pm. Closed Sun
38 Martin Road
T: (+65) 6476 9000
Great Thai joint that has just opened. Under the same ownership as next door Graze’s town location (which, btw, we love and prefer to their branch in Rochester: it’s fresher and hipper and has a great little provisions shop attached to it). For contemporary Thai cuisine, it’s surprisingly unfussy and all the old favourites are served up here in stylish surroundings with prices you can deal with and a panache you don’t necessarily expect. Their steamed seabass is a great main course order as is the crab omlette and all the usual cornerstones such as pad thai and green chicken curry don’t fail to disappoint. Puddings are delicious: predicable but still delectable Mango Sticky Rice served with pandan favoured coconut milk (i.e. it’s green) which added a nice twist. Red Rubies was very acceptable but their Pumpkin Custard was the star of the show and definitely worth a try.
Opening Times: 12pm-2.30pm; 6pm-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 6pm-10.30pm Sat & Sun (no lunch available at weekends)
Evans Lodge (#01-06)
26 Evans Road
T: (+65) 6735 0012 / 0013
Laid back, all day brek joint that is a real find. You have to book at weekends and basically, as the name suggests, this joint is pretty egg-heavy. That said, besides at least 5 wonderful variations on eggs benedict (all worth trying but we loved the classic ‘Sir Benedict’ the best), they also include heaven sent eggy bread on their menu as well as American pancakes – after all, they still contain egg. The restaurant is quite small and intimate inside, with plenty of exposed brick work and scrubbed oak, and just right for breakfast after a stroll in the Botanics opposite. BTW: Slightly confused by their albeit very cute ‘battery’ salt and pepper pots. Battery + egg is not something you would want your customers to dwell on for too long I wouldn’t have thought. BTW: Portions can be as big as you want them to be, with most dishes offering you ‘just one’ (i.e. one egg) or the option to ‘do two’ for only a fraction more.
Opening Times: 8am-10pm Tue-Thu, 8am-11pm Fri & Sat, 8am-10pm Sun. Closed Mon
SAKURAYA FISH MART
Parkway Parade (#B1-84D)
T: (+65) 6345 4714
OK, so ignore the address for the time being, as the whole beauty of this little gem is that they will deliver. You just need to determine which outlet (there are 3) is nearest to you. Fabulous, fabulous find for restaurant quality sushi and/or sashimi served straight to your door. You can go and choose the fish yourself or otherwise leave it to them. Look online for platter options and pics which are very user friendly. Each of the three fish marts is a kind of cross between a Japanese supermarket plus basic eat-in restaurant. Ideal if you want to try before you buy. BTW: You need to order one day in advance for home delivery platters. Delivery is free if you spend over $100.
Opening Times: 11am-9.30pm daily
Square 2 (#04-55)
10 Sinaran Drive
T: (+65) 6397 6818
Stands for Meat, Marinates and Much More and this is a gold star find. We were introduced to this by Violet Oon (See Foodie Fun) and it is a great value place for good
quality, fresh (and frozen) meat at reasonable prices. Hurrah! At long last. They have been in business for 10 + years and sell a lot of their produce to restaurants. We bought an 800g sirloin of beef that cost just over $30 and was delicious. We were sorely tempted by their giant Alaskan king crab that they import from Norway and sell frozen. It looks wonderful. Their avocado oil is excellent (around $20 for a large bottle) and a good substitute for oil oil in salads.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm
2 Orchard Turn
T: +(65) 67375665
If you are hunting for Chanel glasses (eye glasses, not sunglasses) good luck finding any! Even the Chanel store is supremely unhelpful about who stocks them (they don’t, strangely). After much hunting, we have discovered that these guys at Ion have a great selection.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm daily
T: (+65) 6737 5990
Weirdly tucked away in the right hand corner of the sportswear floor in Taka, this is a great find with lots of good frames including one of the biggest ranges of Oliver Peoples that we have seen in SG. Beautiful and obscure labels (Lindberg among others) as well as more mainstream ones. A small store but their selection is spot on.
Opening Times: 10am-9.30pm daily
435 Orchard Road
T: (+65) 67389976
This is the first place to come to if you are looking for some new frames. Masses of choice, not necessary all the big names but a respectable few, and a good place to establish what suits your face shape. They stock Prada, Coach and a few others including understated, uber lightweight and wildly expensive Lindberg frames which we are in love with (starting from around $800 unlensed). Ask for Chester the manager who will usually give you at least a 10% discount off the frames, if you ask nicely. You can then usually negotiate money off the lenses separately. Lindberg offer both rimless as well traditional frames.
Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm daily
Ask for: Chester
WEST COAST PARK
Not as far away as you’d think; this is about a 10 minute drive from Ghim Moh area and is the west coast’s answer to the ever packed and popular East Coast Park. Here you can fly your kite in the company of many experts, older children can climb a number of cubic, futuristic climbing frames and take a zip line ride. Little ones can be amused by the flying saucer swings (see picture) and tamer climbing frames and slides. There are perfect pathways for biking or scooting too. Remember to bring drinks/food as the only offering comes in the shape of McDonalds (although their cappuccinos are actually quite good…really). It also acts as a heavenly air con haven if you are sweltering in the sun. Your best bet though is to come here early morning or late afternoon. BTW: Aside from the adventure playground, there are other more peaceful elements to West Coast Park including a reflexology walk, chess garden and bird cage trellis.
Lighted hours: 7am-7pm
290 Orchard Road
T: (+65) 6737 3889
Just behind Starbucks in the basement of Paragon, this is breakfast heaven. Go for the Japanese porridge set (a veritable bargain at $8) and you will not be disappointed. Especially good for porridge virgins as you cannot fail to love this. Plain, comforting chook is topped with delicious minced chicken, just add seaweed and tofu as required as well as a selection of pickles. Virtually fat free, it’s a super healthy start to your day. Their hot green tea latte is also a million times better than the ones served up at Starbucks, and is worth a try too if you have room (the hot version is better than the cold latte as strangely has less sugar in it). There are no highchairs here so although the porridge is actually ideal baby food, there is nowhere for them to sit. The $6 pot of green tea (choose from their 4 flavours) is beautifully served with it’s own little scoop of tea leaves and a wooden egg timer to ensure exact brewing time. It comes with 2 refills (see picture).
Opening Times: 9am-9.30pm Sat-Thu; 9am-11pm Fri
8 Queen Street
T: (+65) 6338 9887
Found in a very funky building that doesn’t disappoint internally either, this little gem is nestled behind SAM (Singapore Art Museum to the uninitiated). They have delectable breakfast offerings that run from 9am-5.30pm (gula granola is highly recommended at any time of day; as are their pancakes). Sandwiches, salads and sides are their lunchtime staples as well as pastas and yummy risottos which also make up their evening menu plus 4 well chosen main meat or fish dishes. Go and combine it with a visit to SAM but it’s actually good enough as a breakfast/brunch/lunch venue in it’s own right.
Opening Times: 9am-10pm Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm Sun