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Three to try: Jade, VENUE by Sebastian, LeVeL33

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Three to try: Jade, VENUE by Sebastian, LeVeL33
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Jade

Good Cantonese food warms our souls, and you don't necessarily have to be in the heart of Hong Kong to find it. The revamped Jade at Fullerton Hotel unveils a bright, modern façade with jade-coloured touches and bird motifs, and a new culinary direction surrounding eight signature dishes. Characterised by premium ingredients and precise execution, expect a delightful crispy roasted pork belly that will knock your grandmother's socks off, and a sautéed beef tenderloin topped with crispy garlic and black pepper sauce. Chef Leong Chee Yeng believes in embodying the cultural values embodied in food and cooking, and it's no wonder the fare here is consistently brilliant. Their baked lemongrass char siew lamb rib loin is brushed with honey over a grill for a rich burst of flavours, while their simmered egg noodles with Boston lobster and X.O. chilli sauce is flavoured perfectly with deep-fried pork lard and prawn head oil. — AC

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1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Tel: 6733 8388

VENUE By Sebastian

Fans of the old Ember on Keong Saik Road, rejoice. Cloistered away in the new Downtown Gallery in the CBD is chef-owner Sebastian Ng's latest project — VENUE By Sebastian — a casual dining concept that serves up unpretentious yet well-balanced dishes. The 1,900 sq ft space is sleek and contemporary, with whitewashed walls, swanky bar stools, and honeycomb patterns on the tiles. The menu is extensive and meticulously put together, combining modern European culinary techniques and quality ingredients, imbued with a refreshing touch of Asian flavours. Ember's famed cold pasta with konbu and truffle oil is available here, and it tastes exactly how you remember it. It's wonderfully al dente and drizzled with the right amount of crunch and flavour. Other must-tries include the chewy grilled octopus with bean purée, capers, and burnt butter; cauliflower fritti with spicy mint aioli, which is lightly coated and deep-fried into divine morsels; and a robust Iberico pork jowl with herbaceous gremolata and lemon. Come famished, and ideally with a crew that enjoy sharing meals. — AC

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#01-02, Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way. Tel: 6904 9688

LeVeL33

Enter LeVeL33, a microbrewery and restaurant that strategically overlooks Marina Bay. This is probably the most sophisticated place to chug down a locally brewed beer in Singapore. With sleek wooden furniture and wide glass windows, it's hard to find a better spot for your weekend pow wows and panoramic shots of Singapore. Accompanying your dark ale are innovative creations from British-born executive chef Jimi Tegerdine, influenced greatly by his time in Asia. We especially loved their rendition of a beef tataki — an Argentinian tenderloin served rare with a smokey marinade. If you're a fan of pancakes, make sure to order their Bacon 'Man' Cakes. Think moist banana pancakes delectably stacked in a beer mug, lovingly topped with cream and strips of bacon. Fun fact: Chef Jimi religiously makes this particular dish for his wife every weekend, and we can definitely see why she loves it. — JS

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#33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Tel: 6834 3133

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