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10 Scotts at the Hyatt does a delicious high tea in a cool, home-style space 

Tiers of Joy 

10 Scotts at the Hyatt does a delicious high tea in a cool, home-style space. Pop in to revive yourself with a cup of tea and a wonderful spread after shopping, or lounge for hours with the champagne version – any day of the week. There are tiers of sandwiches  and a substantial buffet with both savoury and sweet items. If you don’t want to leave, you can settle into the sofa and move on to the cocktail menu (tip: don’t have too many of the blue ones!).  

To make a reservation, call 6732 1234 or visit www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com.


Street Fare

A Bangkok restaurateur we interviewed last year lamented the lack of nam phrik in overseas Thai cuisine. Kha must have been listening, as the spicy chilli paste dip is now part of its Thai Street Food lunch offerings, which includes muu bing (grilled pork skewers), pra merk tod kratiam (crispy garlic squid) and the spice-loaded larb Chiang Mai muu (pork and fresh veggie salad). There are also curries, noodles and even baked pumpkin custard straight from the pavements of Bangkok, minus the intestinal risk. 38 Martin Road. Call 6476 9000.


Pan Fans

When one EL staffer raves about a new place, then another, and another, its time to take notice. The ArtScience Museum may be the main attraction, but Pita Pan is what’s bringing us to MBS lately. This Mediterranean place makes everything – from the pitas to the skilleted shakshukas to the mojitos – from scratch. Fill a sun-dried falafel pocket to your heart’s content with salads (like the pomegranate tabouleh), olives and sauces on the fixings bar. Best of all, it’s good for you;  gluten-free and wholemeal pitas are coming soon. Add this spot to your “must try” list. Bayside at MBS (by the museum). www.pitapan.com.sg


Smoked or Seared?  

Chef Claudio Sandri at Brasserie Wolf is using his new charcoal Josper Grill to add a delectable smokiness. Try the four-course tasting menu ($145 with brilliant wine-pairing). We adored the Rougié foie gras with cherry sauce, charcoal-grilled tomato soup with buffalo mozzarella and basil, and Portobello mushroom salad with St Maure goat’s cheese. Leave room for the USDA choice rib eye, superbly seared, rare inside and garnished with bone marrow. Dessert? You must be joking. Two- or three-course lunches are a snip at $21.90 or $31.90; the weekend set brunch is $39.80. Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-13 The Pier at Robertson. Call 6835 7818.

Here’s to Dad

This Father’s Day, The Cliff presents its first ever beer-pairing dinner. Six courses – including halibut and Iberico pork – are paired with Belgian craft beers with foreboding names like Satan Gold and Delirium Nocturnum. Cheers to that – if you dare. $180. 17 June, starting at 6.30pm. Call 6371 1425 or visit www.thecliff.sg.

Reservations Required

Reserveit.sg has launched a free mobile app that makes booking dinner a breeze. Search restaurants by name, cuisine or location, and get everything from photos of the food to price ranges and menus. To download, visit the iTunes app store and search for “Reserveit.sg”.

Out to Lunch 

“An American interpretation of Australian food with a Singaporean twist.” Confused?  The menu at Outback Steakhouse, a family-friendly restaurant, is actually fairly simple. The burgers are ever-popular, but the new lunch specials make it a good value place to take a break from shopping or work. We liked the BBQ chicken flatbread, a tasty starter similar to pizza. The California salmon salad is good for calorie counters, while the Florentine pasta was a hit with the kids. Dad loved the sirloin, which was cooked to perfection. Lunch specials are served daily from 11.30am to 5pm, start at $12.90 and come with soup and a drink. 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-99 Millenia Walk. www.outback-sea.com/sg


Baking on a Grill?

The Liberty Kokomo is more than just your average charcoal grill. Inspired by the kamado, a traditional Japanese cooking vessel, the Kokomo has a ceramic shell that lets you set temperatures to grill, sear, smoke or even bake. Still confused? For the latter, you simply adjust the grill plate to the upper ring and place your baking sheet on top of the plate. Yes, pizza stones work too. From $1,926. Call 6779 0500 or visit www.proline.com.sg.


Kitchen Supplies Sale

To kick off the Great Singapore Sale, ToTT is marking down selected items by as much as 50 percent. Drop by the 36,000 square foot showroom for cooking, baking and serviceware must-haves for the kitchen. Sales ends 24 June. 896 Dunearn Road, #01-01A Sime Darby Centre. Call 6219 7077 or visit www.tottstore.com.