Kin Hoi Thai Food @ Holland Close, Buona Vista – Authentic Thai Cuisine in the Heartlands (Media)

Residents of Holland Close, Buona Vista can now savour the taste of Thailand minutes from their doorstep. Kin Hoi, whose name literally translates to “eat cockles” in Thai, is a stall specializing in Thai shellfish and other authentic dishes from the Land of a Thousand Smiles. 

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Helmed by a couple of former media executives who took a brave plunge into the world of F&B, Kin Hoi is also staffed with Thai cooks and servers, so its fare it as close as you can get to the real deal in the heartlands. 

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Shake Shack @ Gardens by the Bay – Floral-Themed Outlet Opens Today with Limited-Time Roasted Garlic Mushroom Menu (Media)

Shake Shack’s prettiest, most flowery outlet opens today at Gardens by the Bay! The seventh Singapore outpost of the American fast-casual restaurant features stunning displays of flora, including coral bells and home-grown calla lilies, as well as a picturesque mural by visual artist soph O. 

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A limited-time Roasted Garlic Mushroom menu will launch first at this outlet, before hitting all Shacks across Singapore from 3 September to 15 October. 

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Softhaus @ Great World City, Kim Seang Promenade – Ice Cream Bar with 16 Flavours and 22 Toppings by Janice Wong (Media)

A nice ice cream parlour is in town! Janice Wong, chef and owner of the eponymous Janice Wong Singapore brand of sweets and desserts, just launched a new ice cream brand, Softhaus in Great World’s basement. 

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Taking over the space once occupied by the now-defunct Plentyfull, Softhaus brands itself as a place where “the wild and whimsical worlds of ice cream and art collide”. Here, ice cream lovers and fans of Janice Wong’s legendary 2am: dessertbar alike will find themselves spoilt for choice, with a dizzying array of 16 flavours and 22 toppings. 

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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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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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