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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Kakurega The Lair @ Smith Street, Chinatown – Intimate Izakaya with Delectable Japanese Bar Bites and Premium Sake

In the  mood for some tipple after your visit to ChinatownKakurega The Lair is a new casual Japanese sake bar that opened its doors in December 2020. 

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The 50-seater bar spans three levels in the heart of Chinatown, along Smith Street. Tables are spaced relatively far apart from one another, guaranteeing you a cozy, intimate experience consisting of the twin pleasures of sake and yakitori. The dim lighting and wood-themed furniture adds to its inviting atmosphere. 

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