The Cheese Ark @ Stirling Road, Queenstown – Enjoy Rare Gourmet Cheeses in the Heartlands

It’s a quiet, languid, late afternoon at The Cheese Ark. Soft, jazzy beats permeate the cozy retail area, while aromas of different exotic cheeses mingle in the air. Rows of neatly stacked crackers, nuts, wines, and cheese knives sit on shelves waiting for the next customer to pick them up.

Never would you suspect that this humble cheese shop is tucked away deep in the heartlands – Stirling Road in Queenstown, to be exact. A windowless shopfront devoid of any signage stands out from a row of neighbourhood eateries and provision stores.

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The Famous Kitchen @ 54 Sembawang Road – Not Your Typical Cantonese Restaurant (Media)

Mention the words “Chinese restaurant”, and the first images (and aromas) that come to mind are your typical family-style Cantonese and Teochew dishes. Same same, but different. The Famous Kitchen on far-flung Sembawang Road sets itself apart by serving up wholesome, traditional Nanyang cuisine, inspired by owner Jeffrey Foo’s travels around China.

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Monte Risaia @ Duxton Road, Tanjong Pagar – Sophisticated Japanese-Italian Omakase in the Heart of Town (Media)

Situated along Duxton Road, two-months-old Monte Risaia represents a journey in more ways than one. For one, it is helmed by Head Chef Taizo Yamada, who moved to Singapore in 2019 for his first culinary experience outside Japan. For another, the restaurant is an homage to Chef Taizo’s background in Japanese-Italian cuisine, with a menu that executes Japanese cuisine with Italian flair, omakase style.

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Merry Moments @ Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Orchard – Celebrate Christmas with Festive Roasts, Indulgent Desserts, and More (Media)

T’is the season for Mariah Carey-inspired playlists, ugly sweaters, and gorgeous feasts that warm both the heart and the stomach. This year, why not free yourselves of the stress of preparing a festive feast for friends and family, with some choice selections of classic roasts meats and decadent desserts from Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s Merry Moments line-up?

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