9 Restaurants You Need To Dine At This October Food Notes

We suss out some of the best dining deals you need to check out this month. 

To say Singapore is a food paradise is merely stating the obvious. Our little island is bursting at the seams with new and exciting restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the world. Because it’s so highly competitive, restaurant owners and chefs are constantly working hard to make sure they’re offering something unique. Throw in the various dining discounts and promotions, and we truly are a spoiled bunch. Hey, but we’re certainly not complaining!

Here are a few restaurants we think you should check out this October:

1. Peony Jade @ Keppel Club

Peony Jade has always been a crowd favourite with its time-honoured Cantonese classics, but with its recent Michelin Bib Gourmand win, this restaurant has sealed its status as a “must-try”. Plus, we’ve fallen in love with their latest dim sum range, which features too-cute-to-eat Gudetama and Little Green Men treats!


From now till 31 December 2016, enjoy 15% off your a-la-carte menu on weekdays and 6% cashback on dining spends (with a minimum spend of $300) when you pay with your Standard Chartered credit card. If you spend $120 or more in a single receipt on your Standard Chartered credit card, you’ll also be entitled to a complimentary $10 GrabCar code. 

This Michelin-starred restaurant is another mainstay in Singapore’s often fickle dining scene, but we decided to include it in because of its awesome dining partnership with Standard Chartered Bank. Of course, the food here is nothing short of divine – Chef Mural takes traditional Indian recipes and jazzes them up with unexpected ingredients and cooking styles. Some stalwart dishes you can expect include Tandoori-marinated Salmon in Sambal and Fresh Pomegranate, Fish with Lobster and Mango-spiced Caviar, and Spiced Chicken Roulade stuffed with Baby Spinach in a Laksa-infused sauce. Yum!


From now till 31 December 2016, enjoy 12% off your a-la-carte menu on weekdays and 6% cashback on dining spends (with a minimum spend of $300) when you pay with your Standard Chartered credit card. If you spend $120 or more in a single receipt on your Standard Chartered credit card, you’ll also be entitled to a complimentary $10 GrabCar code.  

3. The Peranakan

Tired of your usual English high tea sets? The Peranakan has recently launched its Afternoon High Tea Set, featuring classic Nyonya dishes such as kueh pie tee, mee siam, satay babi kong bak pau, ngoh hiang, and pineapple tarts. Best part is, it’s priced very reasonably at only $24 per person on weekdays and $28 per person on weekends. Psst … be sure to order the assam fish when you’re here. The tangy gravy is so scrumptious, you’ll want to eat it with just plain white rice.


From now till 31 December 2016, enjoy 12% off your a-la-carte menu on weekdays and 6% cashback on dining spends (with a minimum spend of $300) when you pay with your Standard Chartered credit card. If you spend $120 or more in a single receipt on your Standard Chartered credit card, you’ll also be entitled to a complimentary $10 GrabCar code.  

4. Crystal Jade Prestige

If you work in the Marina Bay area, definitely make a beeline for Crystal Jade Prestige. This is a level up from your Crystal Jade Kitchen, offering exquisite Chinese cuisine at wallet-friendly prices. A standout dish on their refreshed menu is the Pipa Duck, which is butterflied and drenched in a 10-hour homemade spice blend marinade before being blanched and basted with golden maltose sugar and vinegar. From there, the duck is air-dried for another 10 hours before being roasted. I recommend the Prestige version, where the duck is brushed with a coat of fermented beancurd sauce before roasting. The salty flavours of the fermented beancurd combined with the slightly greasy flavours of the duck makes for a deliciously sinful combination. Another dish I enjoyed was the stir-fried assorted mushrooms with basil in claypot. It’s a deceptively simple dish where the fragrance of the basil truly brought out the umami flavours of the mushrooms in a graceful, understated manner.


This October, make reservations for the Crystal Jade Prestige Weekend Brunch, which includes eight courses across six categories – appetisers, dim sum, soups, wok-fried dishes, main course, and desserts. Jadeite members and DBS/POSB cardmembers enjoy a complimentary Prestige Pipa Duck with Fermented Beancurd Sauce (regular portion) with every two Signature Weekend Brunch.

5. Hard Rock Cafe


October 1 marks World Vegetarian Day and this month, Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating vegetarianism with a veg-friendly menu. If you think it’s just going to be boring ol’ salads, perish that thought! On the menu are cauliflower “wings” – a strangely addictive dish made with crispy cauliflower served with bleu cheese, celery, and carrot sticks. Another must-try dish is the Quinoa burger, which comes with a homemade patty made with quinoa, red onion, Portobello mushrooms, eggs,  Cheddar, pecans, barley, soy sauce, and breadcrumbs. Whew! Not only that, the burger is topped with Sriracha hummus, arugula, and tomatoes for an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Of course, if you still prefer a salad, I highly recommend the Feta & Fig Salad, which is a combination of fresh figs, feta cheese, cheery tomatoes, pine nuts, and arugula lightly tossed in a raspberry chipotle vinaigrette.

6. Plentyfull


For more healthy eats, check out the newly opened Plentyfull at Millenia Walk. I like to think of their lunch deals as “high-class 菜饭 (economy rice)”. At lunch, you can choose a base, one protein, and two sides for $17+, or three sides for $19+. Instead of your usual economy rice, the base offerings here include grain dishes such as Broken Wheat with Laurel Leaves and Risoni with Mint, Parsley, and Dill. For protein, you can choose from wholesome cooking such as the Thai Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Cilantro or Maple & Bacon Brussel Sprouts. Everything here is freshly prepared – you won’t spot a single can opener in the kitchen. They even make their own bacon! The lunch menu changes every two weeks, and all dishes are also available on a-la- carte. For a more cosy setting though, we recommend dining here in the evenings where you can enjoy an intimate tête-à-tête with your best friends. In the evenings, you get to choose from an a-la-carte menu that features the season’s best ingredients.

7. Yàn


From now to 31 October 2016, Yàn will be introducing 25 double-boiled soups that are prepared using traditional Cantonese recipes. I recently tried the Sea Whelk and Black Garlic, which is a nourishing concoction of black garlic and wolfberries, ingredients known for boosting the immune system. Other must-try items include the Hashima with Huang Qi and Dang Shen, which contains the highly coveted collagen, as well as the Double-boiled Pork with Soya Bean, a brew said to improve digestion. All the soups are priced at $13.80++ each, and served with a bowl of fragrant crispy rice.

8. District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square


From now till 31 October 2016, cheese lovers will have a field day at District 10 (UE Square) with its Cheese Wheel Menu, where dishes are finished table-side in a wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Grada Padano is a hard, slow-ripened, semi-fat cheese from Italy known for its rich, umami goodness. The dalla forma, or cheese wheel pasta, is a typical method of serving pasta in Italy. Here’s how it works: the pasta or risotto is first prepared in the kitchen. Once cooked, the freshly hot pasta or risotto is placed into a cheese wheel before the diners, where the server then scrapes up generous slivers of cheese while tossing the pasta. Fresh cheese heaped onto deliciously creamy pasta … what can be better than that?

9. L’Espresso 


This October, L’Espresso will be commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by pink-y-fying their popular English Afternoon Tea buffet. The hotel’s culinary team has specially created an array of pink treats such as the strawberry chocolate fondue, Atlantic shrimp cocktail with raspberry aioli, and the Beetroot smoked salmon. Even the drinks are pink! Choose from TWG’s Pink Flamingo Tea or the decadent Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé champagne. The best part is, every guest who dines on the English Afternoon Tea buffet in October will receive a Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) pink ribbon pin worth $2. The hotel will donate to BCF the value of the total number of pins given out. In the same month, guests who wish to make a minimum $2 donation or more for the pins may do so at the Deli via a BCF donation box. All donations received will go to Breast Cancer Foundation.

The buffet is priced at $45 per adult and $22.50 per child from Mondays to Thursdays, $48 per adult and $24 per child from Fridays to Sundays, and includes two servings of coffee and tea from a selection of premium coffee and TWG tea.

For as long as she can remember, Vanessa has always wanted to escape to a place where no one knows her. But because that’s not always possible, she often retreats into the world of books and pop culture. When she does get to travel, she prefers going off the beaten track and back to nature. Some of her best memories include napping in a treehouse in Laos and cycling across padi fields in Bali.

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