Fiie’s Cafe @ Lucky Plaza, Orchard – Nasi Ayam Goreng Seller Known as Mister Grumpy

Legend has it that if you’re good enough at your craft, customers will flock to you regardless of whether said craft is accompanied by stellar or mediocre service or an outright lack of it. 

Fiie’s Cafe, formerly known as As-Shifaa Cafe, has been operating under the radar on the top floor of Lucky Plaza, and recently went viral for its nasi ayam goreng sold by a characteristically grumpy owner. 

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Currently in its second generation of ownership, Fiie’s Cafe’s roots can be traced back to Ayer Rajah Camp, where its original owners sold fried chicken wings from a humble stall. Its premises at Lucky Plaza seats about 20 customers, and it’s as cozy as it can get during peak hours. 

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Nobu Singapore @ Four Seasons Hotel, Orchard – World-Famous Japanese-Peruvian Restaurant

Nobu, known worldwide for its Japanese dishes with Peruvian influences, opened at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore to much fanfare last year.

Helmed by head chef Nobu Matsuhisa, whose personal and professional journey can be considered a success story in and of itself, this swanky restaurant has built an impressive clientele of celebrity guests in metropolitan cities around the globe.  

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With a Signature Bento promotion happening in the month of February, I was curious to experience Nobu and see what the fuss is all about. 

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Miznon Singapore @ Stanley Street, Telok Ayer – Casual Israeli Restaurant by Chef Eyal Shani Featuring Mouthwatering Stuffed Pitas

Telok Ayer Street is home to a smörgåsbord of cuisines, including Japanese, Korean, French…and with the opening of sister brands Miznon and North Miznon, Israeli. Helmed by Masterchef Israel judge, Chef Eyal Shani, this is the Miznon chain’s first outpost in Asia, and its eleventh worldwide. 

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The casual arm of sister brand, North Miznon is where you can enjoy delectable Israeli dishes at a fraction of restaurant prices. The eatery’s bustling vibes and efficient service make it an ideal weekday lunch spot. 

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Piao Ji Fish Porridge @ Amoy Street Food Centre – Quality Seafood with Robust Broth; Be Prepared to Queue for One Hour

Aside from Han Kee, Piao Ji Fish Porridge is one of Amoy Street Food Centre‘s legendary stalls where the queue is ever flowing. In fact, it’s enjoyed such great popularity that it has another stall just for storing seafood. 

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The chilly start to the year got me craving a solid bowl of sliced fish soup, and after two failed attempts on a weekend during its New Year closure, I finally scored a chance to try its famed seafood soup. 

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Shinya Izakaya @ Boat Quay, Raffles Place – Casual Izakaya in Central Singapore (Media)

Boat Quay has gotten somewhat of a makeover as a foodie destination in recent years, with the addition of a few bars and eateries that helped it shed its reputation as “that place with all the overpriced seafood restaurants”. 

One of these new joints is Shinya Izakaya, a Japanese bar and sister business to Georgetown Tze Char (also located at the far end of Boat Quay) and Nonbei Izakaya. 

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