15% off Marco’s Cellar Tuan Yuan 团圆 Reunited Box – Celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with Premium Tea and Urban Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (Media)

There’s nothing quite like commemorating the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, than with traditional treats like baked mooncakes and tea. This season, send your love in the form of bespoke gift boxes from Marco’s Cellar

Available in four variations, Marco’s Cellar’s Mid-Autumn Festival Gift Boxes combine traditional goodies curated from local brands. The Tuan Yuan 团圆 Reunited Box ($179) comprises four pieces of 100g traditional baked mooncakes, two tins of loose tea from the 1872 Clipper Tea Co., and a bottle of Urban Cabernet Sauvignon 2020. 

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Marcos Cellar Tuan Yuan 团圆 Reunited Box ($179)

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Esora’s Katsu Sandos – Delectable Japanese-Style Sandwiches for Takeaway and Delivery for 1 More Week

Mention the word “katsu”, and the first thing that comes to mind are the delectable, deep-fried pork and beef cutlets slapped between two slabs of bread, sold in trios at Japanese convenience stores and takeaway counters.

Little do most non-Japanese know, that “katsu” is also the Japanese word for “victorious”. A fitting name for Esora’s mission, as it navigates these trying times of no dine-in with a limited-time menu of Japanese-style sandwiches! 

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Coexist Coffee Co. @ Hillview Terrace – Duo Toned Minimalist Cafe in an Industrial Building

Just when we had started to think we were running out of space for new cafes in land-starved Singapore, one pops up seemingly overnight at the top of an industrial building, of all places! Coexist Coffee Co. is a minimalist-themed cafe that is already making waves online for its red and white themed interior, as well artfully-crafted coffee and food. 

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Looking at the exterior of Hillview Terrace, the top of which Coexist Coffee Co. is situated, one would never expect a hipster joint to make its home here. Getting to this hole-in-the-wall cafe is an adventure in itself. Squeeze into an elevator that has a curious pole fixture (I promise not for reasons you are thinking of), exit at the “top floor”, then climb up a flight of stairs and join the growing queue at the narrow, non-air conditioned corridor.

If you can endure the wait, an idyllic brunch or tea time awaits.  

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Ellenborough Market Cafe @ Swissôtel Merchant Court, Clarke Quay – Peranakan Specialties with Seafood Bucket for Every Table till 31 July (Media)

With dine-in rules changing faster than you can make reservations for Friday night drinks, one thing’s for sure: there’s nothing we miss more than strolling into our favourite buffets and savouring expertly-crafted dishes with a view of Singapore’s bustling central district. Silver lining though – you can dine in either in groups of two, or five if everyone is fully vaccinated according to current dine-in guidelines. 

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Enjoy a smorgasbord of Peranakan dishes and international cuisines at Ellenborough Market Cafe Buffet at Swissôtel Merchant Court. Like many of its buffet counterparts, the riverfront restaurant has pivoted to an ala carte style of serving, with dishes of your choice brought to you and your dining companions. 

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Le Matin Patisserie Travel Series – Take Your Tastebuds on a Trip Around the World’s Best Desserts

“Travel the world through your taste buds” may be an oft-repeated cliché in the food scene. But these days, when I find myself yearning for delicacies in overseas locales that remain off-limits in light of continued travel restrictions, bake boxes like Le Matin Patisserie’s Travel Series will have to satiate these cravings in place of the “real deal”. 

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Travel Series ($50)

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