Wee Teng Wen, founder of The Lo & Behold Group, talks heritage restaurants, guilty pleasures, and his go-to dining spots in Singapore
These days, I'm busy with launching Odette, our first fine dining establishment with Chef Julien Royer at the National Gallery, OverEasy Orchard, the group's maiden effort on Singapore's famed shopping belt, all while planning Loof's 10th anniversary party. It's definitely been a busy end to 2015.
A hawker stall I would queue for is Kok Kee Wanton Mee at Lavender Food Hub.
I'm a regular at Otowa at Orchard Plaza (also a favourite spot for Chef Travis Masiero). There is no place that does chicken yakitori better in Singapore. Their ramen-style quail egg is also truly addictive.
My guilty pleasure is KFC, the original celebrity chef. I like mine original, never crispy.
A restaurant that's great for big groups isThe Naked Finn.
My go-to supper spot isBedok Block 85 Bak Chor Mee.
The best place to get a meal with seafood isChin Huat at Sunset Way. Forget chilli crab, try their Sri Lankan crabs cooked in their signature golden pumpkin sauce.
For special occasions, I head to wherever Julien Royer is cooking.
My all-time favourite restaurant isPrune in New York.
For weekend brunch with friends, I like to eat Nasi Lemak.
A heritage restaurant I hope will never disappearisThe White Rabbit. It was the first restaurant we opened and the elegant setting as well as devotion to classic cuisine makes it a timeless dining destination. I do hope to bring my grandkids there one day.
I grew up eating at my school canteen, where $1 would get you happiness in the form of a chicken wing, three fish balls and an Eskimo Pie.
My favourite bar is The Powder Room. Julian Serna's revamp with his kitchen-bar crossover philosophy makes it a truly unique craft cocktail establishment.
For dining with family, it's popiah at home following my grandmother's heavily guarded Hokkien recipe using seaweed she handcarries from Xiamen — home of the original popiah.
For coffee, I head to no particular place as I prefer tea, and it is best had at Tea Bone Zen Mind.
My favourite farm in Singapore is Bollywood Veggies for the fresh aloe vera dessert.
A restaurant to watch is Humpback. Interesting flavours and great execution anchor the menu. I especially love the kale and compressed pear salad. La Ventana and Sushi Murasaki are also very good.
The food scene in Singapore is diverse, unlike anywhere else in the world, and incredibly exciting.
The country that has the best food scene is Singapore because of the astounding breadth and depth of international cuisine that is available here alongside our own local culinary genius.
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