Elixir Bar at Kuvo – Bespoke Cocktails Inspired Through Legends!

I guess many of us have walked down Orchard Road at some point in our lives, but I can safely say that if I ask my friends where Orchard Shopping Centre is, none of them will be able to tell me so.

In fact, many of us have walked past this building without noticing it. Perched above the intersection of Orchard and Grange Road, this old and sombre building opposite Cathay Cineleisure looks like a misfit amongst the modern and sleek buildings beside it. None of us actually knows what is inside, yet if you have the courage to walk in and teeter up an obscure escalator, you will find yourself in a place that screams huge contrast to the façade outside.

Meet Elixir Bar, a bespoke cocktail bar that sits within Kuvo, a multi-concept space that consists of a dining room that features a Chinese ala-carte buffet and Vine Lounge, a hideout for wine lovers. Helming Elixir Bar as its head mixologist is Vladyslav Buzko (or just Vlad, as his name tag suggests :p), a 25 year-old Ukrainian who relocated to Singapore just 6 months ago.

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Five Nines (999.99) reopens at Cuppage Plaza – delicious tapas; average $49 set menu!

I have always associated Cuppage Plaza as the haven for hidden, authentic Japanese izakayas that provide a certain escape from the bustling, general dining scene along Orchard Road. It is one of the places I would recommend if friends are keen to go out for a drink after work and have some Japanese otsumami as part of the unwind experience. Of course, some may find one of the many karaoke lounges with ladies waiting for guests in the corridors to be a much more appealing affair. To each his or her own, but the make up of mall tenants certainly create a unique atmosphere for those wanting a slightly different side of Singapore. Continue reading “Five Nines (999.99) reopens at Cuppage Plaza – delicious tapas; average $49 set menu!”

Honolulu Cafe: Are its Fabled Egg Tarts Worth The Visit?

Let’s not beat around the bush: Honolulu Café has an unfortunate reputation in Singapore. You would think that an established brand wouldn’t sink to such depths, but it didn’t take long for complaints to pour in about this Hong Kong establishment’s rude staff, mediocre milk tea, and perennially limited stocks.

What can establishments with poor reputations do, besides addressing customers’ complaints head-on? One way, of course, is to hire a PR firm and go on a charm offensive.

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Mak’s Noodles: Bigger and (kind of) Better

It is unfortunate that Mak’s Noodles has a poor reputation in Singapore. A simple online search reveals numerous complaints about the wonton noodle restaurant’s small portion sizes, salty noodles, and the perception that it provides little value for money. Its lacklustre reputation in Singapore is a far cry from its illustrious Michelin-starred roots in Hong Kong. But the situation in Singapore is not as dire as these online accounts would have you believe. Continue reading “Mak’s Noodles: Bigger and (kind of) Better”