Singapore’s Keong Saik neighbourhood will have a new social heartbeat when the new 45-room Hotel Soloha boutique hotel is unveiled in mid-August 2019.
Cruising along Keong Saik Road and Teck Lim Road, which exude the charming vibe of yesteryear, one is immediately transported to a magical space as one traverses the blue panel doors of Hotel Soloha. These Dokodemo Doors of Fantasy reveal a world urban jungle chic and tropical modernism splashed in amazing technicolour. Witty and bold interiors, artisanal furnishings, underscored by a cool vibe, Hotel Soloha’s burst of colour is a stark contrast to the earthy tones that define the neighbourhood.
Hotel Soloha aims to create a destination hotel that not only fits into Keong Saik’s charming self but is also a modern interpretation of a Singapore that is bold, stylish and cultured. You won’t find a single metal grille gate or repurposed cinema seat here. Instead, our team, exposed to the ways of cosmopolitan Singapore through the years, has internalised Singapore’s culture; that has informed the way they conceptualise and design the property’s interiors and spaces. The property will also stock a curated selection of artisanal products that are perfect as souvenirs and fit well in cabin baggage. Hotel Soloha is the perfect start to experience what Keong Saik and Singapore have to offer.
Keong Saik, one of Singapore’s heritage and cultural epicenters, retains the beauty of yesteryear Singapore with its rows of shophouses across a network of roads. Today, it is home to a good number of bars, restaurants and shops, making it a destination that is layered with culture, gastronomy, energy and personality. Culturemaker and tastemaker Hotel Soloha’s entry to the area contributes to that spirit of Keong Saik and strengthens it – it is a breath of fresh air and the neighbourhood’s new social heartbeat.
Hotel Soloha is designed by interior design firm Avalon Collective and architect ASOLIDPLAN. The artworks featured in the hotel lobby, lift-shaft and rooms are done by local artists, Ethrisha Liaw and Danielle Tay.
Here is one for the gin lovers. beGIN at Boat Quay offers a range of over 50 gins from around the globe. They have paired their drinks with a seasonal menu of contemporary British Indian small plates. Head over to discover their bespoke drinks soon!
Located at Alexandra Terrace, Brass Lion Distillery is Singapore’s first standalone micro-distillery specialising in producing high-quality small-batch craft spirits. In addition to being a distillery, it is also home to a tasting room, retail store and herb garden.
The brand debuts with the Brass Lion Gin — a tropical and distinctly Singaporean gin that evokes the island’s sense of place. This New World-style gin draws inspiration from the region’s centuries-old spice trade, which brought a plethora of Asian herbs and spices – together with indigenous varieties – to the island.
Founder Jamie's first foray into the world of spirits started with the opening of the legendary Chupitos Shots Bar in Clarke Quay, followed by The Beast Southern Kitchen & Bourbon Bar. A love of gin and experimentation, combined with the lack of local Singaporean spirits, led her on a journey to master the art and science of distillation under Master Distillers all over the world.
Embark on a tour of Brass Lion Distillery's entire space where you'll learn about the distilling process, how Brass Lion came about and the inception of the Singapore Dry Gin. Please visit this link to sign up for the tour.
Dog owners in Tiong Bahru and beyond now have a space for their furry pets to roam freely and safely! Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has transformed the state land at Tiong Poh Road into a dog park named Tiong Bahru Dog Run.
Member of Parliament, Ms Indranee Rajah stumbled upon the piece of state land previously and thought it would make a wonderful dog park. She then approached SLA for assistance and they agreed to allow the use of the land for a dog run. SLA also put in lights, for additional safety and security. MP Rajah officiated the opening of Tiong Bahru Dog Run last month.
Ginza Rokukakutei's first overseas venture outside Japan is now open at Odeon Towers.
Rokukakutei in Osaka has been a one-Michelin-starred specialty restaurant since year 2009. Then it opened a 2nd outlet in Ginza, Tokyo.
The concept of the restaurant is serving Kushiage (deep fried skewers) and wine pairing with selected luxury wines like their outlets at Ginza and Azabujuban in Tokyo. Think omakase style dining but with deep fried skewers.
Morsels is a creative atelier serving wildly creative small plates of ingredient driven and artisanal fine eclectic cuisine, and yet one can expect a dining experience similar to dining in a friend`s home. Relocated from Mayo Street, you will find the new Morsels at Dempsey Road.
Chef Owner Petrina Loh helms the kitchen and draws from her love for the arts to create an artisanal menu that is imaginative yet comforting. Her signature structured approached coupled with a deep respect for ingredients bring about soulful food with flavors that excite the palate.
Origins' new freestanding store is now at Level 1 of the newly revamped Centrepoint.
In the late 80s, Origins stood out among a culture of excess with their minimal approach to beauty. They harnessed the power of plants to create high performance skincare. And in the process revolutionized the beauty business with their return to Nature and commitment to the environment. They created the first cosmetic container recycling program in the industry. And have worked with organizations like Global ReLeaf to plant trees around the world.
Japan-listed lifestyle and entertainment company Koshidaka Holdings, opens its Asian karaoke flagship outlet in Orchard Cineleisure. Termed Ganso (which means Founder or Pioneer), this Manekineko outlet will be the seventh in Singapore and the largest in Asia, with 80 newly furnished karaoke rooms, 5 VIP rooms with pool tables and a 150 pax capacity function hall for holding company and private events.
Koshidaka Holdings made in-roads into Singapore in September 2015 when it launched its Manekineko Karaoke Chain, after acquiring shares in K Box Entertainment. K Box is a subsidiary of Koshidaka Holdings. By establishing Manekineko in Singapore as a proven business model and showcase, Koshidaka Holdings hopes to springboard its expansion into ASEAN within the coming year, with plans to introduce outlets in Europe and North America as well. Here in Singapore, they will continue to proactively scout for suitable locations to expand the chain. Koshidaka Holdings, which has more than 400 stores from Hokkaido to Okinawa, is the first Karaoke chain from Japan to embark on overseas expansion. Its initial foray was into Korea, where it currently has thirteen outlets.
Ganso Manekineko Orchard Cineleisure features rooms that are bright and vibrant in four coloured theme zones (orange, green, blue and red), each adorned with illustrations of the mascot cat. Targeted at young adults, families and even senior citizens, prices are kept affordable (from $12 nett onwards for three hours) with free-flow soft drinks, snacks and ice cream included. Manekineko @ Orchard Cineleisure will also be the only karaoke outlet in Singapore to offer a buffet spread for lunch on weekends and dinner daily so that customers will have a more fulfilling experience, singing and eating to their hearts’ content. Its Singapore chef has also come up with a new ala carte menu, to include local favourites such as Laksa, Braised Pork Knuckle and Chicken Rendang, to name a few.
They believe that a multitude of factors contribute to skin health and beauty. That is why having treatment strategies that combine several treatment modalities that maximise effectiveness and reduce downtime is a good way to firmer, healthier, clearer, and more youthful skin. For instance, while doctor treatments are highly effective in enhancing one's looks, they should be paired with complementary treatment facials and a healthy skincare regime for the maintenance of one's looks.
Delve into the world of gin at Cin Cin Bar, a secret agent themed watering hole located at level one of Oasia Hotel Downtown.
Be instantly teleported to the 1950s, where gin was a popular spirit base for cocktails, and savour the botanical flavours that makes it rich and diverse.
Their mixologists, using a mix of unique and classic labels, meticulously curates Gin cocktails with florals, shrubs or unique ice cubes to match the Gin’s distinctive fruit or spice elements. Approach any of their mixologists and be engaged as you get to create your own Gin cocktail.
Bio Aestetic is a new beauty clinic where you can undergo HIFU.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU as it is popularly known, is the latest in non-invasive facelifts. The revolutionary facelift gives the facial muscles a ‘workout’ by applying ultrasound energy deep into the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer, using the HIFU technology. The result is a visibly intense, tightening effect on the skin.
With increasing stress levels, the need to maintain healthy, supple skin increases. HIFU works to delay the onset of ageing, saggy skin far before it is welcome. THE SMAS layer is located between the subcutaneous fat and muscle (4.5mm beneath the fascia). As the skin ages, the SMAS layer weakens due to gravity and leads to loose skin and the development of wrinkles. The ultrasound procedure shrinks the SMAS layer by firing ultrasound shots with thermal energy in order to stimulate the skin to regenerate collagen and elastin deep within the skin.
Unlike botox or a surgical face lift, no going under the knife is involved, no general anesthesia and thus minimal pain, bleeding or infection. HIFU also generates enough energy to coagulate necrosis for regeneration, without causing any harm to the skin tissue.
The Rabbit Hole, Singapore’s first gin garden bar at The White Rabbit, a beautiful hideaway from the tropical heat with tipples to match. Relaunching with a tight selection of specialty gins and premium French crepes set in the peaceful greens of Dempsey, it is the perfect destination for an elegant after-dinner treat away from the crowds downtown.
Long famous for hosting some of Singapore’s best parties, The Rabbit Hole aims to present this under-celebrated spirit in a fresh light, with a curated collection of 15 gin & tonics categorised into five flavour profiles designed to take gin drinkers, new and old, through the rich spectrum of flavour offered by gin. Their gin & tonics are all prepared with their housemade tonic and garnished with herbs fresh from The Rabbit Hole’s garden.
To complement their gins, they present a classic selection of six sweet crepes made with premium flour and Bordier butter specially imported from Brittany. The crepes and their sweet toppings have all been painstakingly made from scratch in pursuit of producing the most authentic French crepes in Singapore.
Kids Performing Academy of the Arts is a school developing children in the art of performing. Courses in performance training include singing, dancing, acting and stage performances.
Kids Performing also creates and produces young artistes and groups for performances.
They have courses for students of all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults. Kids Performing has developed trademarked courses JazzKids, UrbanKids BroadwayKids and TeenStars. These courses produces quality performing groups that perform regularly in events and in concerts. TeenStars is a program for teens’ training in musicals, plays, television and stage performance. Pre-school children age 3-6 years old attend performance training classes TwinkleStars and PopStars.
Kids Performing Academy also conducts a successful program in preparing primary school students towards Direct School Admission auditions and interviews.
The latest edition to the Keong Saik district is an urban Izakaya, Neon Pigeon.
Inspired by the world of flavours found in the hidden spots of Tokyo and the underground culture of buzzling cities like New York and Hong Kong, the establishment is a vibrant social house offering great value for money and the soul of a Japanese Izakaya with a punch of urban grit.
With a selection of starters (appropriately named ‘Bird Feed’), soups, greens, seafood and meats, Japanese snacks are given a modern and in-house twist at Neon Pigeon. The Izakaya-style menu, designed for tastings, serves up dishes in ‘small’ or ‘large’ portions and you are recommended to order six to eight small dishes to share between two people.
A look at the menu and you will notice the heavy use of classic, no-frills Japanese flavours in the condiments and among the assortment of "Bird Feed", is a cold dish of Chilled Cucumber with home-mixed crushed chilli peanuts, nori (seaweed) and goma (sesame), as well as the Tsukune Sliders, an east-meets-west combo of a Japanese meatball patty and a western slider bun, coupled with pickled kyuri (Japanese cucumber) and tare (soy basting sauce) aioli.
Keeping up with the fun-sharing concept, Neon Pigeon also offers a large format dining option of Barbecued Pork Shoulder for groups of four to six. With a two-day advance order required, the hearty fare of pork shoulder is slow-cooked for 20 hours and served in a black pepper teriyaki glaze, with a ginger scallion dipping sauce, bibb lettuce wraps, steamed buns, a spring onion salad, onigiri rice cake, kimchi and pickles to complement.
Also an integral part of the concept’s underground vibe is the Neon Pigeon bar. The bar’s Japanese-inspired drinks list includes a selection of Japanese beers and whiskeys, each a representative of different prefectures, as well as a curated list of spirits and Japanese inspired speciality cocktails. These include Throw A Kyuri-Ken, a vodka-based cocktail with a refreshing touch of lemon juice, yuzu and cucumber, as well as Harajuku Girl, a mix of gin, shiso leaf, and plum bitters.
The bar also houses a selection of sake of varying fragrances and complexity, including a range of Junmai, Daiginjo, Ginjo and Honjozo sakes, that were all hand-picked from sake distilleries across Japan to complement the dishes offered at Neon Pigeon.
Specially designed by US-based EDG Interior Architecture + Design, the Neon Pigeon space at The Working Capitol building on Keong Saik is built to own the vibe of a hidden spot off the main street only known to the locals, as a veiled corner of an urban metropolis. The exterior shows only a fluorescent pink pigeon, lit when in business, while the interior is paved with raw elements of steel and bricks that are softened with sophisticatedly designed wood finishing, giving the social hangout an urban grit with comfort and familiarity – an atmosphere reminiscent of Shibuya district in Tokyo or East Village in New York. A semi-open concept kitchen is also featured, with the action in the kitchen open for a close-up view.
A final and crucial touch to the space is the loud graffiti work plastered on the walls of the interior that gives the restaurant a touch of the underground New York City vibe. The team had specially commissioned local visual artist, ZERO to create these murals.
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (pronounced as FIRE Kitchen And Drink) is the newest casual dining restaurant in central business district.
Against the backdrop of Chinatown’s historic allure, FYR promises an intriguing experience that harks back to a simpler time. Rustic décor and storied wall murals lend the restaurant a distinct olden-day charm. Even its moniker is as old as time — it is the etymology of fire. Fire is one of the most important elements in life, especially in cooking. They aim to peel back the layers of complexity to produce food that can bring you a lot of joy.
All of FYR’s cuisines and dishes are whipped up using the Josper Charcoal Oven. This culinary practice pays tribute to a time when food was cooked atop wood chunks and over a roaring fire. The chefs of FYR use lychee wood, which gives the dishes a wonderful smoky note that is tinged with sweetness.
FYR purveys an array of authentic, modern cuisines that perfectly captures the European culture. The chefs opt for herbs and spices found in the Southeast Asian region and use them to enliven the dishes. The dishes, varying from grilled meat to seafood, will be an instant hit with Singaporeans, who possess an inclination towards spicy food.
Some of the mainstays at FYR include: Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters: noble sweet paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi, spring onion and calamansi all lend a distinctive quality to the fresh and succulent oysters. Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days: this glorious slab of ribeye, cooked to perfection, comes with house salad with java curry dressing and a choice of either buttered cassava or mashed potato.
Whole Maine Lobster: this gigantic lobster, sprawled across the plate, is bound to turn heads. The aroma of the shallot lemongrass béchamel will also waft through the air and whet appetites. Seafood Linguine: tossed with al dente pasta is a potpourri of seafood ingredients as well as lobster bisque, laksa leaves and Thai basil.
Wash these great cuisines down with FYR’s special concoctions. The Apple Rosemary is a delightful blend of fresh apple juice, fresh rosemary and infused lemon syrup. The tangy Lime and Mint is a mix of fresh lime, mint leaves and mint syrup, and will help to cleanse palates.
The Ginger Lemongrass, made with lemon tea, fresh ginger and lemongrass, will help to invigorate senses. The sweet Hibiscus Mint features hibiscus tea, fresh apple juice and infused mint syrup.
Another unique concoction that FYR offers is Grilled Fresh Fruit Juice – expect a rich and caramelized flavour as the bartenders grill the seasonal fruits before juicing. Merrymakers can also quaff the restaurant’s fine selection of red and white wines.
An airship under steam, Copper’s soul purpose is the voyage through and beyond an array of delectable cuisines, taking your taste buds into a realm beyond your wildest dreams. The moment you enter Copper on the lower deck, you will be greeted with Dr Sparks’ beef bar, which houses the largest selection of Gin on the equatorial line.
The bar has over 30 labels to choose from, also offering gourmet bar bites like the Mac & Cheese Balls and Bone Marrow Crostini.
A restaurant will be opening on the top floor specialising in grilled meats.
Geek Cafe started with love of coffee and technology together with their design touches, they are more than a computer store they are coffee geeks, tech geeks and design geeks!
They roast their own beans at their Headquarters located at crane road, roasting with perfection and love by themselves ensuring quality, allowing it to sit for a minimum of three weeks before going into the blender.
They communicate with you like their social engineering coffee/tea time mate. They will share, discuss and teach you but they also want to learn a trick or 2 from you.
Learn Leather crafting, Barista, Tech Repair, Bottle Gardening, Design and More with their workshops conducted at Geek Cafe HQ.
The Finnish cult label, Marimekko will be opening its first standalone store in Singapore at the soon-to-open Capitol Piazza in March.
Marimekko, translated literally means “Mary-dress.” Known for their bold, effusive textiles and readymade products, Marimekko has become a respected name in the design world.
The brand is renowned for its original prints and colours. Their designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items range from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories.