Where to Eat, What to Wear
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Like food and love fashion? We do too.
Welcome to our latest monthly feature, where we dish on the nosh we’re currently loving around town, and the togs you’ll be drooling over.
For the month of May, get to know our editorial team a little better! We’ll take you from a cozy French bistro to a trendy Japanese bar and let you in on the must-try dishes – yum.
And don’t forget our outfit inspiration! Our in-house stylist will show you how to dress comfy chic, while our entertainment writer will amp up the heat in a slinky Alex Wang number. From city casual to girl’s night out, we’ve got it covered right here.
Read on for the scoop!
Kookaburra Restaurant & Gastrobar
Our discerning Australian foodie and Managing Editor Chris Edwards loves checking out a new place. Her latest find? The newly opened Kookaburra, sister establishment of Late Plate, and rated it a “will return”:
“Kookaburra is definitely a good breakfast place – or for the snoozers, an all-day breakfast spot. We loved the twist on the usual menu items – like Fluffy Pancake Stack with caramelized apples, crisp pork belly, and swirled cinnamon rhubarb ice-cream. You bet I’ll be back for more.”
Kookaburra, 180 Albert Court, Albert Court VIllage Hotel, Singapore 189971, Tue-Fri 6-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm, p. 8522 2365
For a casual Saturday brunch, Chris (who can’t get enough of stripes) goes the nautical route.
“Pants are such an easy and practical option, and these Alexander McQueen white cropped trousers are classy to boot. My outfit is inspired by nautical adventures with a playful twist. The predictable blue-white combo is updated by incorporating some luxe gold and sultry red. The flat sandals keep the look casual (it is Saturday brunch!), but the key to nailing the casual chic statement: polished nails pull any look together.”
Image: (clockwise from l-r) Cathy Waterman Gold Twisted Rope Celtic Band, Vince Camuto Bracelet, Gold Tone Navy And White Enamel Bangle, Toi et Moi Babydoll Tank, Yves Saint Laurent Large Logo Patent Leather Clutch, Alexander McQueen Cropped Trousers, YSL Nail Lacquer, 3.1 Phillip Lim Red Sidibe Flat Sandals
If your closet’s looking a little dated, it’s time to call in the experts. That’s why we keep Innika Choo on speed dial – seriously, call her! This personal stylist and all-around sweet lass (who’s expecting her first babe, which is hard to believe!) has only great things to say about her night out at Esquina:
“This place is a real gem, serving delicious treats from a fully visual (and almost interactive) kitchen arena. Be sure to order the grilled romaine heart salad, sea bass with salt cod puree, and that most divine chocolate mousse! No sangria for me I’m afraid, but I’ll be sure to indulge as soon as I can.”
Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267, Mon-Fri 12-3pm, 6-11pm, Sat 6-11pm, p. 6222 1616
Innika’s outfit of the night:
“As a Brisbane girl, I’m a massive fan of Brisbane based label Easton Pearson. Its bold and cheerful print is perfect for flattering my ever-growing baby bulge.
I’m a sucker for mixing texture and pattern, and Stella McCartney’s woven faux leather clutch is the perfect bold pop to shine with any outfit. In Singapore I’m most comfortable in flat open sandals, and these beaded Burberry’s are just quirky comfort I enjoy.”
Image: (clockwise form l-r) MAC Longwear Lipcreme in Love Forever!, Easton Pearson Printed Silk-satin Top, Oscar de la Renta 24-karat Gold-plated Multi-strand Necklace, Deborah Lippmann in Yellow Brick Road, Burberry Prorsum Beaded Leather Sandals, Stella McCartney Woven Faux Leather Clutch
Balzac Bar and Brasserie
More often than not, you’ll find our Editor, Melissa Tai, clacking away on her keyboard sorting out deadlines and articles. But this multi-tasker will always pencil in time for dessert. Always. She reviews French bistro, Balzac Bar and Brasserie:
“Balzac is quite the chameleon. Swing by when it’s quiet and you’ll feel like you’re in a charming little Parisian cafÃ©, but once the crowd picks up, it turns into a trendy bar with an urban underground vibe. As a vege, I really enjoy the Heirloom Tomatoes (with spinach leaves, Roquefort cheese and hand-carved fleur de sel with basil dressing). I also love the homemade hand-cut pommes frites (fries). And for dessert, you have to try the Tarte Au Citron – divine.”
Balzac Bar and Brasserie, Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559, Mon-Thu 1130am-1030pm, Fri-Sat 1130am-12midnight, Sun 1130am-1030pm, p. 6336 0797
Melissa pares down her outfit to really let the jewellery shine:
“Comfort is definitely key when you’re hanging out with friends, but dressing down doesn’t mean dressing dull! I tend to shy away from colour but this season’s neon trend is really resonating with me, so I’m starting to incorporate colour into my closet. I love this VENNA Shekinah Necklace and want it to take centre stage, so the rest of the outfit’s pretty simple. Just a good ol’ cateye, a hint of lip colour, a sleek pair of heels, and I’m good to go.”
Image: (clockwise from l-r) Astley Clarke Overhand Knot Bracelet, VENNA Shekinah Necklace, T By Alexander Wang Loose Fit Racerback Tank, Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain, Chanel Ã‰CRITURE DE CHANEL Automatic Liquid Eyeliner, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pencil Tuxedo Pant, MANGO Leather Sandals, Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex Box Clutch
Kinki Restaurant and Bar
Need to be schooled on the best preschools in town or kid-friendly spots? Ask Janine Clements, our super knowledgeable kids writer. She may be a mum of two, but the girl definitely knows how to glam it up on girls’ nights out! Here’s her lowdown on Kinki:
“I can’t get enough of Japanese food so when I feel like splashing out I head to Kinki on Collyer Quay for sushi. It has a cool vibe and a rooftop bar with a DJ, with an incredible view overlooking Marina Bay. To make a good night even more fun, go with a group of friends! It’s a great excuse to dress up.”
Kinki Restaurant + Bar, 70 Collyer Quay #02-02, Customs House, Singapore 049323, Mon-Fri 12-230pm, Mon-Sat 6-1030pm, p. 6533 3471
Janine embraces colour and adores a good pop of coral in any outfit:
“I love the colour-blocking trend this season, especially anything with coral in it – it’s a total hit in the tropics! I like wearing outfits that make a statement, which is why I love this Alexander Wang head-turner. The Stella McCartney heels are great for elongating your legs too.”