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Feb 24, 2013 07:04 AM

Singapore suggestions near Bras Basah

ok now I know where we are staying - any suggestions for food around Bras Basah?

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  1. There are a *lot* of eateries at/around/near Bras Basah which runs the gamut from Nyonya (True Blue) to Portuguese-Eurasian (Mary's Kafe), Mexican (Casa Latina), Chinese (lots of them!), even Singapore's only Jewish restaurant (Awafi).

    Any particular cuisine or food you're looking for?

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    1. re: klyeoh

      it isn't so much the cuisine as the quality of any particular dish. If it is a delicious example of any cuisine, I would like to try it. Does the Jewish restaurant have great pastrami on rye w dill pickles? Most of what we look for in Singapore is hawker food. My favorite is probably CKT. I love fried noodles in any form. I love laksa too. I love roti. We are always looking for food that we haven't seen in Australia/US/South Africa.

      Do you have any favorites in that neighborhood?

      1. re: debbieann

        You can check with Awalfi for its daily offerings:

        The original Singaporean-Jews were from Baghdad and their cuisine are very Mediterranean/Middle-Eastern-influenced. I understand that Awalfi also offers kosher versions of Singapore hawker food, but you may want to opt for the "real thing".

        Singaporeans normally associate Bras Basah with one eatery: the iconic Rendezvous Hock Lock Kee which offers "nasi padang", i.e. rice with a plethora of curries to choose from.

        I usually go to Bras Basah to catch lunch at the insanely popular Mary's Kafe - the menu changes daily, and you best go there early for lunch:

        1. re: klyeoh

          Just a note - Rendezvous Hock Lock Kee is no longer at Hotel Rendezvous. It's moved a while back to Central (at Clarke Quay MRT station), 2nd floor. That's still fairly near Bras Basah but not quite walking distance, more like a 5 minute cab ride. Same staff / stuff as before but I think the coconut milk in the desserts might be the powdered / instant type now.

          Oh also to add a few more suggestions for Bras Basah:
          Alex's for char siew (ask for half fatty half lean)
          Oversea Restaurant at Shaw Towers opposite Alex's also does a good char siew (they come from KL) but pricier and they like to hard sell the expensive menu items.

          Chinese desserts ('tong shui') stalls along Liang Seah Street: Ah Chew's, Ji De Chi & Dessert First for mango pomelo sago, ginger milk pudding, water chestnut egg sweet soup etc.

    2. Hi debbieann, you should walk down to Seah Street or Purvis Street near Raffles Hotel where there are many small local restaurants. That area is well-known for food compared to Bras Basah which is too near Singapore Management University and resulting in a lot of casual cafes for students.

      You should try Yet Con chicken rice or Chin Chin for other Hainanese food. You should also try Yingthai for Thai food.

      1. My dear, don't miss the (#261) Waterloo Street Indian Rojak here if you can stand the spiciness. It's the one and only Bras Basah legend :-

        A short walk to Chijmes and you can have dim sum at Lei Garden Cantonese restaurant. It's one of Singapore's leading restaurant for decades. The restaurant used to be at Boulevard Hotel many years ago and is still one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore today. It's not cheap though.

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        1. re: M_Gomez

          thank you - sounds great, we love spicy. is Lei Garden your favorite place for dim sum? if not, where is?

          1. re: debbieann

            My first choice would be Imperial Treasure at Great World City. Its dim sum standards are better than even some well-known places in Hong Kong. Great World City also happens to be only 10 minutes' walk from my house, so it's doubly convenient and we don't have to worry about taking the car out.

            My fellow Chowhounders have also consistently rated Imperial Treasure's Great World City branch at the top 2 or 3 dim sum places in Singapore. It's owned and run by Alfred Leung, former head honcho of the famous Crystal Jade Group of Restaurants, until he fell out with his brother-in-law who now runs the Crystal Jade chain (their wives are sisters).

            Crystal Jade at Ngee Ann City used to be the best place for dim sum in Singapore. But I think Imperial Treasure is a bit better these days.

            Remember to call ahead at least one or two days to make reservations, dear. Both restaurants have perpetual crowds queuing outside at peak lunch hour.

            1. re: M_Gomez

              My current fave dim sum spots are (1) Taste Paradise at ION Orchard, (2) Imperial Treasure at Paragon and (3) Imperial Treasure at Great World City.

              My old favorite, Crystal Jade Palace at Ngee Ann City would now be #4, followed by Lei Garden at #5.

              My old thread on Taste Paradise - don't miss it, debbieann:

              1. re: klyeoh

                debbieann - In the Imperial Treasures family, Imperial Treasures Teochew at Ngee Ann City might also be interesting to you perhaps. It has Teochew specialities that are somewhat different than the Cantonese places, but just as good (steamed pomfret / ma yau fish, braised duck with tau kwa etc). It also does some of the signature Imperial Treasures dishes like the scallops & egg white with truffle oil, I find it a convenient stop for both Cantonese and Teochew.