A concept where simplicity meets comforting classics, LINO Pasta Bar by Les Amis Group utilises classic cooking techniques to bring out the freshest flavours of ingredients. While pastas are the focus here, the menu offers a variety of appetiser, main and dessert options for a more customisable dining experience.
Be drawn in by the 38-seater pasta bar spotting touches of soft pink and olive green hues, coupled with bright lights and artworks by Filipino visual artist – Pacita Abad. Perfect for a romantic night-out or just catching up with old friends.
In partnership with the Les Amis Group, Kausmo at Shaw Centre is a dining concept that sparks conversations about thoughtful and conscientious ways of living.
The new venture promotes thoughtful living by challenging food norms that bring about unnecessary food wastage. Derived from the word “cosmos” – a system of thought, Kausmo is the brainchild of co-founders Lisa Tang, 24, and Kuah Chew Shian, 26.
Lisa, nominee for the Rising Female Chef award at the World Gourmet Summit 2019 and runner-up for the 2014 Les Amis Awards Culinary Competition, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. It was her time in Primo, a restaurant on a farm that actively engages in zero-waste practices, that inspired her to start a thoughtful business back home. With Kausmo, Lisa hopes to creatively repurpose aesthetically filtered fruits and vegetables that are overstocked, over-ripened, and oddly-shaped and sized.
“Retailers are looking for produce that are of uniform shape and size, but nature doesn’t workthat way. We want to show that ingredients not ideal for retail can be perfect on our plates. AtKausmo, we celebrate imperfections,” shares Chew Shian, restaurant manager.
Every dish created at Kausmo incorporates thoughtfully sourced ingredients; seafood from small farming communities in the region, secondary cuts of meat which are often overlooked in favour of prime cuts, as well as forgotten native greens and florals.
Combining European techniques with Asian influences, Lisa, who has worked at Pollen, Jaan, and Les Amis, demonstrates how lesser-loved ingredients are no less delicious than their popular counterparts.
Kausmo will offer a 6-course Carte Blanche menu at $75++, with Kombucha tasting at an additional $20. Diners can expect flavourful dishes inspired by stories, as the team behind Kausmo takes supply volatility in their stride.
“We’ve learnt to embrace the volatility of our ingredients, because Mother Nature is just as beautifully unpredictable! Much more operational planning and preservation of produce has to be in place to better utilise our ingredients – a challenge that we willingly welcome. In a city known to be able to source almost anything at any time, perhaps it’s time to slow down; better appreciate and understand our food sources & produce,” comments Lisa.
Expect to be greeted with a sense of comfort too as parts of the menu draws inspiration fromthe team’s cultural roots, such as Lisa’s Teochew heritage. Each meal at Kausmo presents a thoughtful approach for guests to think about how they can all make more conscientious choices in their everyday lives and contribute to a more sustainable ecosystem, in Singapore and beyond.
With an emphasis on recreating distinctive Peranakan flavours of old, the concept is a platform for the continuation of a family’s culinary legacy; where guests are invited to rediscover the flavours of a bygone era through recipes inspired by the matriarchs of old.
Helming the restaurant is 28 year-old chef, Chong Jun Xiang. He may not be Peranakan but benefits from the personal mentorship of Desmond Lim and his cousin, Gloria Teo who consults on the menu.
“Peranakan recipes are very personal as they differ from family to family. The recipes are not written out but passed down by taste and word of mouth; from one generation to the next. The cuisine is extremely labour intensive, intricate and precise. A lot of love goes into every process of preparation and cooking.” - Chong Jun Xiang, Head Chef - Indigo Blue Kitchen.
Tucked along Zion Road is Yujin Izakaya, a lively hang out where one and all are received as friends. Spotting an industrial-chic look, the unassuming modern 50-seater izakaya features a bar that opens to the five-foot way and main street, beckoning with the glow of display fridges showcasing an enticing range of sake. Step past the metal mesh doors at the entrance and you will find yourself being welcomed into a space humming with positive energy.
An open kitchen anchors the room dressed in a palette of black and copper, and this is where chef-owner Freddie Lee fires up a curated repertoire of creative bites that take its inspiration from the traditional Japanese izakaya. The menu spans inspired cold and hot appetisers, smokey grilled vegetable, meat and seafood dishes, beautifully singed skewered items, warming items served in small bowls and light desserts.
Middleton International School (MIS) has a second campus located at 2 Tampines Street 92, covering a land area of 291,996 sq ft (around 5 football fields). The site consists of multiple classrooms of various sizes, 3 external hard courts and a field. Previously, the site was occupied by ITE, Tampines.
The MIS Tampines campus will offer levels from Nursery 2 to Grade 12 (3-18 years), thus offering a through-train education pathway for international families. School fees for Middleton International School's programme comes at affordable price points, which are nearly half of that charged by other international schools in Singapore.
Middleton International School started in January 2017 with its first campus at Upper Bukit Timah in response to the strong demand for affordable international schools amongst expatriate parents. The campus very quickly reached full capacity and has a wait list in most levels.
The teaching staff consists of a mix of local and international teachers. This brings a diverse set of skills, competencies and experiences to the school. The new campus will also have a mix of local and international teachers and create more than 150 jobs over the years as it reaches its full capacity of 1000 students. Read more about the new campus here.
Jinjo is a modern Japanese Sumiyaki concept by the Les Amis Group that focuses on the Japanese art of grilling. It is also where traditional Japanese fare is presented with a contemporary spirit. The restaurant is helmed by veteran washoku sous-chef Makoto Saito.
Japanese charcoal-grilling mastery is celebrated through a prefecture focused menu. Cooked over handcrafted charcoal, prime seasonal ingredients, which have been painstakingly sourced from all over the Japan, are imbued with a delicious smokiness and transformed into delectable dishes.
The dining experience at Jinjo is completed by a selection from our extensive sake menu. Curated specially to match the taste profile of Jinjo’s sumiyaki items, the list is also a representation of the best from the different prefectures of Japan.
Tarte By Cheryl Koh has relocated to level 2 of Shaw Centre. It used to be just a takeaway tart shop and it is now a new patisserie with a dining area. Enjoy the sweet creations by Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016.
At the new 1,100 sq ft space, you will uncover a cosy 30-seater dining area and an expanded menu featuring a curated selection of beverages, as well as tantalising sweet and savoury treats.
One of life’s greatest gastronomic indulgences can be found at Tarte by Cheryl Koh, a spin-off by the Les Amis Group with Les Amis restaurant’s pastry chef Cheryl Koh, which opened in April 2015. In a span of a year, Chef Cheryl was awarded ‘Asia’s Best Pastry Chef’ in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2016.
Baker’s Brew's first ever cafe and studio concept is now at Paragon. Enjoy their delectable bakes, from cakes to tarts, while sipping speciality coffee from their coffee partner, Papa Palheta. Of course, they will also have a homely studio there, where their fun loving instructors will be spreading their passion for baking through their classes!
Baker's Brew Studio is a sanctuary for the baking enthusiasts in Singapore. They offer a contemporary and novel experience. They aspire to provide an ambience that amplifies your baking experience. Beyond a studio or school, they are your second home for baking.
Baker’s Brew Studio offers engaging and interactive hands-on baking classes whereby participants get to experience the whole baking journey. Their baking classes ranges from novice level, suitable for baking enthusiasts with little or no baking experience, to advanced level which are suitable for enthusiasts who want to enhance their techniques.
Your celebrations will never be the same with their specially customised cakes. They can cater for cakes of varying sizes and designs, tailor made to suit your needs, for any occasion.
The new retro-chic, Jinzakaya by award-winning Les Amis Group, is tucked in a pedestrian backstreet off Rangoon road beside sister concept Sushi Jin. Whilst Sushi Jin exudes luxuriousness with delicate Japanese food in a finer setting, JINzakaya is a riot of fun that transports one back to old Tokyo train station taverns.
Immerse in this casual laid-back Japanese izakaya where one can enjoy an eclectic mix of affordable set lunches, sharing plates and assorted yakimono (grilled items). The dinner menu takes on a more Izakaya identity, offering an assortment of grilled skewers and mains to choose from.
JIinzakaya is ideal for a fun-filled weekend in a buoyant atmosphere of animated laughter or a casual space on weekdays for workers to decompress among colleagues.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched Southeast Asia’s first-of-its-kind advanced maritime energy test facility.
The S$8 million research facility aims to be a platform for scientists and engineers to develop innovative eco-friendly maritime technologies, such as scrubbers and alternative energy sources. Scrubbers are devices that curb harmful ship emissions.
Such clean energy solutions are aimed at delivering cost savings and competitive advantages, as well as enhance the reputation of maritime companies for championing sustainable technologies.
For example, shipping may be recognised as the most fuel efficient mode of freight transportation, but it is also known to use fuel which emits harmful atmospheric pollutants. The facility, called the Maritime Energy Test Bed, will conduct research and development in areas such as alternative sources of energy, fuel additives to increase energy efficiency and technologies for cleaner emissions.
To achieve this, the 1,500 square metre facility comes equipped with a 1.5 megawatt diesel ship engine, which can run on most of the conventional liquid fuel types for energy research. It will also be installed with advanced sensors and monitoring devices to facilitate research in energy storage, noise pollution and waste heat recovery.
Eat at Seven is a new Japanese dining concept at Suntec City.
Seven popular Japanese cuisines converge under one roof and it's all relatively affordable. There's a tuna, salmon, yellowtail and swordfish sashimi specialist over at Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining; a Yakiniku-style hot plate restaurant NikuNoHi, which specializes in kuroge wagyu beef; Nigiro Cafe, a Tokyo cafe that claims to have the best Caesar salad in the Japanese city; and Enbu, a warayaki and charcoal grill izakaya serving traditional small plates paired with Coedo beer.
Ippudo, well-recognised for their quality authentic Hakata ramen, will be marking their foray into yet another different concept and product - Japanese sake - bringing the best that Japan has to offer for Singapore to experience. Bar Ippudo, the first of its kind in Singapore under the Ippudo brand, will be launched mid-May at Shaw Centre next to their dining restaurant.
Serving as both retail and dine-in, Bar Ippudo serves as a one-stop store for sake connoisseurs and if you are interested in learning more about this piece of Japanese culture, as well as if you seek a cosy interior to unwind over a large variety of sake.
While the bar itself is not part of the dining restaurant’s interior, it is conveniently situated across the restaurant’s entrance, boasting a sleek and simple décor with a long communal high table, welcoming you to lounge at the table, both seating and standing. Bar Ippudo is partnered with over 20 sake breweries from all over Japan, showcasing each region’s specialty brew, totaling an impressive selection of over 70 sake choices which are featured in glass display for you to take your pick from.
Sake is traditionally paired with otsumami, where you can take sips in between bites. Bar Ippudo also promotes this tradition with a simple bar food menu of creations by their Japanese chef. A well-known favourite would be Oden, typically found on the streets of Japan with simmered ingredients such as white radish, konnyaku, boiled egg and others in clear soup, as well as items such as Miso Yaki and more.
The award-winning ramen emporium has unveiled its latest concept store - Ippudo Express – in Terminal 3 of Singapore’s Changi Airport.
A unique product available at this new concept store is the offering of Japanese dip sandwiches. Made with premium ingredients, the sandwiches offered include hearty fillings such as chicken, beef and shrimp, complete with flavourful Ippudo homemade dips for a twist of flavours on the palate
Ramen fans will not be disappointed with the options offered at the Changi location, which boasts a well-rounded mix between soup bases and flavours. New and exclusive Miso Butter Tonkotsu offers a flavourful, fragrant broth while other special ramen include the original Hakata Tonkotsu, fiery delights Spicy Tan-Tan Men and Spicy Miso Tonkotsu, wholesome and refreshing Hakata Mentai Tonkotsu, as well as the unique dry ramen served hot - Maze Sob.
Ippudo Express @ Changi aims to provide a quick and convenient option for travellers on the go, featuring a selection of fresh salads in convenient takeaway packaging, including best-sellers Nikumiso Tofu Salad and Cobb Salad, as well as new additions Japanese Chicken Salad and Beans Salad.
Meet the Maud Frizon woman, a chic, feminine and mischievous personality, her feet elegantly wrapped in a pair of finely crafted high heel pumps. Watch her confidently stroll down the streets of Paris, Milan or New York. She does not follow style. She creates it.
Since the glamorous heyday of the 60's, and the opening of the first boutique in the legendary St Germain des Pres district in Paris in 1969, Maud Frizon has created sexy, unpredictable shoes, with heaps of personality.
Always feminine, often eccentric, Maud Frizon designs are recognizable by their coquettish extravagance. The woman who wears Maud Frizon revels in the knowledge that each pair of exquisite, dream-inspired stilettos, or exotic, bejewelled pumps, distinguishes her as a connoisseur of footwear.
Maud Frizon is also the brand worn by movie stars such as Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau, and has created shoes for fashion designers Azzedine, Alaia, Claude Montana and Sonia Rykiel.
King of Strength is a new Boxing/Fitness club where any age group and both genders are invited as long as you have a fitness goal in mind. Let it be losing weight, toning up muscle or even if you want to be a competitive boxer.
They assist and guide you to your fitness goals within a realistic time frame and with a well-planned workout. Keeping safety as key, they ensure that you have have fun and benefit from the programme customised for you.
Their boxing trainers are also well-qualified to coach boxing. Boxing trainer Kumar who has a diploma in Sports & Exercise Sciences and equipped with other certifications related to fitness has been in boxing for the past 5 years. Boxing trainer Sri, who was previously in the national team for boxing, had several tournaments and good experience to share with you; he has been in the sport of boxing for 7 years and wants to do his part for the sport.
My Sister Bakes is the labor of love of both Isaac and Esther. Having been around for almost 1.5 years making customised cakes, they have decided to expand into a cafe.
They specialise in customised cakes for all birthday or even wedding needs. They are most famous for their buttercream based floral cakes. Their smallest cakes starts from 6" onwards. with the biggest being a 12" cake.
They have also started doing dessert tables since mid 2014 and have been constantly updating their dessert menu to bring you more varieties.
The Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel marks a new era with its return to a storied and sophisticated, yet relaxed bar and lounge specialising in whisky, original and imaginative cocktails, craft beers and high quality cigars.
Noted as the oldest existing bar in its original location in Singapore, the Bar & Billiard Room will now present up to 400 curated whiskies alongside an entirely new cocktail list and bar menu.
With a beautiful room and outdoor covered terraces, the unique and historic setting at Bar & Billiard Room naturally lends itself to the new evolution. The Bar & Billiard Room will also serve as an everyday meeting place as well as for special occasions.
Christoph B. Nyfeler shares his 16 years of whisky experience as Raffles Singapore’s Resident Whisky Expert. Of the 400 hand selected whiskies, many are limited editions and directly imported for the bar. The whisky list boasts a strong Scottish presence with a good selection of American bourbons and Japanese whiskies rounding off the collection.
To add special interest, Christoph will host whisky events such as whisky appreciation masterclasses and whisky dinners regularly. He can also create exclusive whisky pairing menus for groups and corporate events of up to 20 people. You can share your individual taste preferences with Christoph who will then customise a dinner menu where courses are paired with different types of single malt whiskies.
Equal attention has been given to the new whisky-led cocktails created by Raffles Singapore Restaurant and Bar Operations Manager Randolph Velasco and his award-winning bartenders. With special skills and knowledge of infused liqueurs and house-made bitters, the team have based the bar’s new concoctions on classic cocktails with a modern twist in Menu highlights include the BBR 1896, a nod to the year the Bar & Billiard Room was established. The complex cocktail is a delight for the senses; the bourbon is first fat-washed in butter for a creamy mouth feel and savoury flavour, mixed with Angostura bitters, smoked with chamomile tea leaves for a subtle, floral aroma and finally garnished with a slice of orange peel.
The Old Nick was a favourite tipple for navy officers who needed some liquid courage before heading out to sea. The Bar & Billiard Room’s version is a combination of Scotch whisky, thyme liqueur, Dom Benedictine, orange and lemon bitters. The comprehensive cocktail menu encompasses other base spirits such as gin, tequila and vodka as well. Look forward to the Miss “H”, Randolph’s take on the ubiquitous martini featuring kiwi, Cointreau, lime, and muddled kiwi fruit.
Bar bites include a selection of sophisticated nibbles and more substantial sharing plates. An array of cold and hot dishes can either be enjoyed as an accompaniment to drinks or as full-fledged meal. Menu highlights include Crabmeat Cigars, shredded fresh crab meat wrapped in vine leaves.
For a sweet finish in keeping with the bar's theme, Chocolate Whisky Stones are available in three different flavours – dark, milk and white chocolate. The chocolate is first melted down and infused with whisky before being placed in moulds to resemble the whisky stones commonly used to chill the spirit without diluting the drink.
The Bar & Billiard Room also houses one of the five original billiard tables from the turn of the century and you are invited to have a game over drinks. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the bar will feature live jazz.
You will be pleased to discover new dishes to tease palate, particularly the Miso Lobster, an incredibly delightful burger of lobster chunks in tobiko and miso mayo, topped with cucumber and red radish and clasped between sesame buns, with shoestring fries on the side. For a lighter sandwich option, the Caprese pleases with a generous serving of mozzarella, air-dried cherry tomato spread, basil and roma tomatoes on focaccia toast, served with fries.
For a heartier meal, the Beef Cheek Pappardelle is most satisfying with tender braised beef cheek, confit tomato and parsley sitting atop broad flat pasta noodles. Interestingly,“papparedelle” is derived from the Italian verb “pappare” which means “to gobble up”,a definition fitting of this irresistible new dish.
Violet Herbs is a new age semi-formal fine dining restaurant located in Singapore’s well known business district, Tanjong Pagar.
Violet Herbs stands true to providing authentic Modern European taste. They differentiate themselves by an extensive use of herbs in all of their food and signature cocktails. A newly opened restaurant, they reflect a sense of novelty, seeking to provide you with a bit of something new, striking a dash of curiosity and interest.
Serving Modern European cuisines, you will get to experience the finest of French and Italian dishes right here in Asia. The menu features delectable and innovative dishes such as Foie Gras Mousse, Marinated Red Miso Cod and Sous Vide 48 Hours Wagyu Beef Cheek using the freshest of ingredients.
Violet Herbs houses a 2-storey, 70 seater restaurant where the interior design surrounds the theme of comfort and elegance.
Feel like a royal without having to be too classy in their purple themed ground floor. Or, unwind yourselves in a more naturesque vibe and experience simplicity in their very own nature themed second floor. Explore their very own herb garden too, featuring up to 20 different kinds of herbs that are grown with extra love and care.