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Where to dine this week: The Spot, Chihuly Lounge, Jade

Where to dine this week: The Spot, Chihuly Lounge, Jade

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Text: Janice Sim , Amelia Chia , Rachel Ng

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The Spot 

From morning till late into the night, The Spot is the venue that never sleeps. A concept birthed by the 1855 group, it encompasses an all-day dining café, restaurant, bar and an accompanying cigar lounge to boot. While it might seem like a place that's undertaking too many hats, the grub here at The Spot speaks for itself. Breakfast starts as early here at 7.30am with granola, sandwiches and Toby Estate's coffee ready to grab and go. Come lunch and dinner, the spacious restaurant (under the steady leadership of Chef Lee Boon Seng, formerly of Osia and Curate), serves up an enticing line-up of dishes, anchored in European techniques and inspired by ingredients of his Asian heritage. His rendition of a charred-grilled octopus is perfectly cooked, and accentuated with a refreshing green papaya slaw and peanut miso emulsion. When it comes to mains, definitely order the local skate — the freshness of the stingray is brought out through a piquant coriander broth, with pearl rice risotto inciting more comfort to the entire bowl. What was interesting was the duck breast, glazed with an aromatic chrysanthemum flower honey. The sweet/savoury combi left a lingering impression, alongside a plum ginger vinegar jus. Lastly, don't forget about the bar. Have your pick from the array of inventive cocktails — think additives like curry bitters and beetroot to spruce up your elixirs. Feeling celebratory? Easy, pick up a bottle of red from the 1855 shop, or something delicious from The Macallan bar, both conveniently located just next door. — JS

The Spot Singapore

#01-26/27, 5 Straits View, Marina One, Tel: 6284 2637
Opening hours: (Mon and Tues) 7.30am-11pm, (Wed-Fri) 7.30am-12am, (Sat) 5pm-12am

Jade

The weekend is here, and there could be no better way to treat yourself than with a leisurely yum cha session with your loved ones. A refreshing alternative to the hurried dim buffets that turn your weekly family meals into a race against time, Jade's Dim Sum Treasures has introduced the Weekend Family Day Set Menu to cater to the laid-back weekender in you. This family-friendly selection retains Jade's classic staples of freshly prepared dim sum — such as steamed abalone siew mai, pan-fried spiced chilli crab meat bun and our favourite, the golden-fried lobster dumpling which nails the golden ratio of dough to filling. Think crisp skin encasing a rich ball of fragrant seafood sweetness. Jade's deep-fried prawns coated with wasabi mayonnaise is not a taste foreign to the palate, but the beauty of this dish comes in the finesse of perfecting its battered shell. Craving for something a bit lighter? Try the supreme seafood broth with coral beancurd; the generous slices of fish and a beancurd delicately sliced to fan out like the tendrils of a coral are just some of the elements that will make you feel instantly nourished. Leave room for mains — we loved the sliced grouper, braised in a claypot with roasted pork belly and spiced soy vinaigrette, and the sliced beef hor fan, stir-fried with fermented black bean sauce for that characteristic "wok hei" aftertaste. End off your afternoon of indulgence with Jade's warm crème of almond, served with collagen-rich peach gum. — RN

Jade dim sum

1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel, Tel: 6877 8188
Opening hours: Jade Dim Sum Treasures (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays) 11.30am - 2.30pm, Set dinner (Daily) 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Chihuly Lounge

If you've never had a penchant for making a hotel lounge your Friday night escape, Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, will change your mind. The sophisticated lounge brings a decadent combination of soulful tunes, moreish bar bites, and punchy drinks to their expansive space. To start, select from one of their delicious cocktails — the Irish Martini and rum-based Hakuna Matata are our personal favourites. Drinks here are spiked with a generous dose of alcohol, so you won't be leaving anything less than gleeful. Pair these with their juicy chicken satay, served smoked to your heart's desire, and their mini wagyu beef burgers. Still hungry? A side of jumbo fries wraps it all up perfectly. Make sure you stay for a few hours, because the best part of the evening has to be Santa Barbara-born singer-songwriter Cameron Dettman's music set. Dettman, who has previously shared the stage with the likes of Imagine Dragons, is in Singapore as part of a six-month residency with the hotel, and will serenade you with a blend of sounds from 70s soul legends and modern pop music. He's in town till mid-August, so book in a date soon. — AC

Chihuly Lounge Singapore

7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Tel: 6337 8888
Opening hours: 9.30am - 1am, Cameron Dettman's set (Tuesdays to Saturdays) 9.15pm - 12 midnight

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