Where to eat and what's new in Singapore: Papi's Tacos, Telok Ayer Arts Club, and a refreshed menu at Birds of A Feather

Where to eat and what's new in Singapore: Papi's Tacos, Telok Ayer Arts Club, and a refreshed menu at Birds of A Feather

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Text: Gayatri Bhaumik Janice Sim

A shortlist of the top eats and treats in town

Where we dined this week...

Birds of A Feather

It's rare that you find cuisine harking from Chengdu, China on our shores. Sure, it might not be the first one that comes to mind when you're hungry, but Birds of A Feather make a convincing case. Or at least, they have been doing so consistently for a few years now. Their latest menu refresh sees a fiery trail of Sichuan local street foods transformed through modern techniques from head chef Eugene. Indeed, be forewarned that some dishes are here to numb and stir up some tears. Order their pot of Sweating Mussels and you'll see what we mean. To combat the pain, get a good dose of their Sichuan oxtail soup — a comforting concoction of beef neck bone, white oxtail and a slew of Chinese herbs. Accompanied with a flaky spring onion arlette, the combi reminds us of the classic bread and soup pairing. Just better. — JS

Birds of A Feather

115 Amoy Street #01-01, Tel: 6221 7449
Opening hours: 10.45am-3pm, 5pm-11am

Papi's Tacos

Brought to you by the same folks behind Employees Only, Papi's Tacos is all about traditional cooking techniques, fresh ingredients, and a no-nonsense approach. In a nutshell, this cosy joint is as authentically Mexican as you'll get without jumping on a plane. You'll find homemade salsas in various levels of spiciness, and even a locally brewed Papi's Cerveza beer. And because everything is made fresh, only limited quantities are available — so when they say they're out of the steak burritos, they mean it. But this is a taqueria so tacos are, naturally, the star of the show. And quite rightly, the tacos de camarōn (shrimp) and asada (steak) were delightful little pockets of flavour and spice. — GB

Papi's tacos

39 Seah St, Tel: 5pm-12am
Opening hours: 6258 0701 

Summer Pavilion

There's no debate that Summer Pavilion at The Ritz sits at the frontier of Cantonese grub in Singapore. If anything, their third consecutive 1-Michelin star is proof of that. But accolades aside, the restaurant's heart zeroes in on quality, sophisticated creations cooked up by executive chef Cheung Siu Kong. Our recent visit had us lapping up their double-boiled chicken and sea whelk soup within minutes. It also proved that there's no such thing as too large of a fish maw to serve. As far as indulgence goes, there was also the sautéed diced wagyu beef doused in an explosive black bean sauce, yet balanced delicately with the ambitious choice of bittergourd slices. Now all that's left to do is pour it over a bowl of rice and we can call it a day.  — JS 

Summer Pavilion

7 Raffles Ave, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Tel: 6434 5286

Where we're looking to dine this week...


Your next best dining destination for unparalleled views? This hip new contemporary grill perched on Swissotel The Stamford's 70th floor. Think floor to ceiling windows, a progressive menu of quality grains, fresh seafood and prime meats put together with Japanese accents. Something tells us this hotel might be making a case for itself amongst the new gen abodes — we hear an exciting upgrade is underway. 

Skai at Swissotel

2 Stamford Road, Tel: 6338 8585

Telok Ayer Arts Club

Finally, Singapore is getting its own arts club. Brought to you from The Supermarket Company, Telok Ayer Arts Club is a communal space where art, music and food coexist. More than what you would expect to see in a museum, the place features a gallery, bar/cafeteria (of French Mediterranean plates and cocktails spiked with Southeast Asian flavours), as well as weekly club nights helmed by a stellar music arm.

Telok Ayer's Club

2 McCallum St, Tel: 6221 0712
Opening hours: (Mon-Sat) 11am-11pm

Black Tap

Marina Bay Sands welcomes yet another famed tenant — New York's Black Tap — touted for its gourmet burgers and enormous milkshakes. Clearly, this is where you go to celebrate the end of your keto diet. Also, you might want to split their milkshakes — we're talking maybe five to a glass. After all, have you seen the size of those shakes? 

Black Tap Singapore

10 Bayfront Ave, L1-80, Bay Level, Tel: 6688 9957
Opening hours: 11am-11.30pm

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