Zi Char - JB Ah Meng

Zi Char - JB Ah Meng
2 Geylang Lorong 23

Zi Char - JB Ah Meng Flat Lay
Zi Char - JB Ah Meng Flat Lay

Aura Restaurant

Aura Restaurant
1 Saint Andrew's Road
#05-03 & #06-02 National Gallery Singapore

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 2:30pm (Lunch), 6:30pm - 10:30pm (Dinner)


Aura Restaurant Bar
Aura Restaurant Bar

Novotel Platinum Pratunam

Novotel Platinum Pratunam
220 Petchburi Road
Pratu Nam
Bangkok 10400


Modern Family-Friendly Hotel In The Shopping District

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Visited: Aug-2016
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $480 per person.
- $450 Accomodation 5D4N
- $30 Room Service

Nearby Attractions: The Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw, Wat Arun, Wat Saket & Golden Mount, Amphawa Floating Market, Jim Thompson House, Siam Ocean World, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Ancient City, Baiyoke Tower, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Bangkok Art And Cultural Centre, Bangkokian House Museum, Bangkok National Museum, Bank Of Thailand Museum, Bangkok Shell Museum, Benjakitti Park, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Corrections Museum, Wat Pariwat David Beckham Temple, Democracy Monument, Dusit Zoo, Elephant Tower, Erawan Museum, House Of Museums, Human Imagery Museum, Jesada Car Museum, Kamthieng House, King Rama I Monument, King Rama IX Park, Lumpini Park, Bangkok Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Museum Of Science & Planetarium, Museum Of Siam, Thailand National Art Gallery, Phra Sumen Fort, Pratunam Market, Queen Sirikit Park, Victory Monument, Wat Pho, Wat Phra Kaew

Hotel Facilities: Business Centre, Free Wi-Fi, Conference Rooms, Gymnasium, Laundry Service, 1 Restaurant (The Square Restaurant), Swimming Pool, Sauna, Shuttle Service, Massage Service, 2 Lounges (Platinum Lounge, Executive Premier Lounge), 1 Bar (Bar9 Beer Garden), Cable TV, Shoe-Shine Service, Children's Play Room, Currency Exchange Service

Hotel Activities: Work Out, Internet Surfing, Meetings, Swimming, Sauna, Massage, Shopping


Located about 50 minutes drive away from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Novotel Platinum Pratunam is a contemporary, 4-star hotel in the center of the city's fashion and shopping district. Conveniently situated directly above the Platinum Fashion Mall, and within 7 minutes walking distance from CentralWorld shopping plaza, and The Palladium World Shopping Mall; the Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam hotel lives up to the Novotel brand name, with a good blend of comfort, personable service, and affordability.

Ambience at Novotel Platinum Pratunam impresses with its high ceilings, ample natural lighting, plush carpeted floors, and shiny marble tiles. The well air-conditioned environment balances out the heat outside, while modern Thai art pieces lend a touch of elegance, yet keeps the local spirit. Windows on each level offer great views of the Pratunam fashion and shopping district, while the corridors are clean, odour-free, and warmly lit. The lobby is comfortable and inviting with ample space, and quirky modern furnishings. However, I did feel the elevators were slow, and the wifi connection in the lobby is weak.

Rooms at Novotel Platinum Pratunam are of a decent size, clean, and warmly lit. We stayed in the Executive Room, which has complimentary access to the Executive Premier Lounge. The room has good wardrobe space, a medium sized working desk, and the bathroom is well stocked with amenities. Beds are comfortable and plush, with sufficient pillows. However, I felt the cable television channels were limited, and the standing shower in the bathroom is only partially screened, which causes the bathroom floor to be wet when water splashes.

Food at Novotel Platinum Pratunam is provided by The Square Restaurant. They excel at their Continental Breakfast Buffet, which offers a wide range of tasty dishes. Items that stood out for me include their range of eggs, sausages, pastries, Thai milk tea cake, and the caramel banana crepe. There is a good variety of cuisines offered, however, there is a noticable lack of local Thai flavours. Worth dining here for breakfast! Their dinner buffet however, wasn't as good. During my visit, it was a Wagyu beef and Kurobuta pork buffet. The skill of the chef doing the grilling is poor, as the requested medium rare wagyu beef turned out well done and tough several times. The only outstanding item for us was the juicy, tender Kurobuta pork, the rest of the buffet dishes was underwhelming. Unsatisfiying dinner we had here.

Service at Novotel Platinum Pratunam is friendly and personable. Staff will greet guests, and hold open doors for you. They also check for feedback on the overall experience. Requests are carried out decently, at a slightly relaxed pace, so don't expect speed here. I like that staff will help to arrange public transport (taxis) for you, and will speak to the driver on your behalf to negotiate prices. Very commendable! The only time when service isn't good is during crowded peak periods (at check-in & check-out times), guests usually will have to wait awhile to be served.

Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Novotel Platinum Pratunam are suitable for business, leisure, or family travellers. The Conference Rooms and Business Centre are modern, clean, and well-equipped. The Gymnasium has a good variety of equipment, and personal trainers are available on request. The infinity swimming pool is a decent size, clean, and functional, not the best I've experienced, but at least there's a view of the city below. For little ones, there is a small Children's Play Room with a ball pit, and The Square Restaurant offers them whimsical ice cream popsicles. And the excellent location of the Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam hotel is hard to beat.


Novotel Platinum Pratunam 01 - Exterior Facade

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 02 - Bedroom

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 03 - Bathroom

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 04 - Living Room

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 05 - Gymnasium

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 06 - Swimming Pool

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 07 - Bar9 Beer Garden

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 08 - InBalance Massage Preparation Room

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 09 - The Square Restaurant

Novotel Platinum Pratunam 10 - Platinum Lounge


The Public Izakaya By Hachi

The Public Izakaya By Hachi
100 Tras Street
#01-09 100AM

16 Enggor Street
#01-14 Altez


The Public Izakaya By Hachi Wagyu Beef Rosu
Wagyu Beef Rosu (SGD $28)

RedDot Brewhouse

RedDot Brewhouse
25A Dempsey Road

33 Boat Quay


RedDot Brewhouse Moo-sician Beef Steak
Moo-sician (SGD $33)

Kin Arai Thai Kitchen

Kin Arai Thai Kitchen
100 Jalan Sultan
#01-05 Sultan Plaza


Basil Minced Pork With Rice & Egg (SGD $5.50)

Zi Char - 101 Seafood Gourmet Tasting Session

Zi Char - 101 Seafood Gourmet Tasting Session
101 Yishun Avenue 5 #01-03

Opening Hours:
Daily: 3pm - 11:30pm


This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from HungryGoWhere, and Chubby Botak Koala.

Zi Char - 101 Seafood Gourmet La La Bee Hoon
La La Bee Hoon With Superior Broth (SGD $6 / $12 / $20)

Tasty & Unique Chinese Zi Char Dishes

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 3
Value for Money: 9
Budget about SGD $38 per person.


In the highly competitive Singapore Chinese Zi Char arena of Yishun, there is a Zi Char stall every few steps around the markets. In this unforgiving atmosphere is 101 Seafood Gourmet, currently operated by a wholesale seafood supplier. The 3rd owner to use the 101 Seafood Gourmet brand name, they took over the stall in November 2015. And being in such a competitive environment means 101 Seafood Gourmet offers unique, tasty dishes that you cannot find elsewhere.

Ambience at 101 Seafood Gourmet is a typical coffeeshop, brightly lit, rather clean, with functional plastic and metal furniture. Noisy and bustling, their excellent location at the carpark entrance sees high foot traffic. On cool evenings, it's really nice to sit outdoors, though wet weather affects this place greatly.

101 Seafood Gourmet Signboard

Service at 101 Seafood Gourmet is typical of a normal Chinese Zi Char, which has fast, efficient, but brusque service. Orders are taken and fulfilled quickly, but as staff aren't trained on dishes and ingredients, they can only make general recommendations at best. The stall owners however, can give advice on their dishes, and will engage diners in conversation if needed. Being a wholesale seafood supplier, 101 Seafood Gourmet also has off-menu items from time to time.

101 Seafood Gourmet Facade

Food at 101 Seafood Gourmet is more than just the usual Chinese Zi Char dishes. Due to the intense competition in the area, they have created a variety of unique dishes to differentiate themselves from competitors. Specialities naturally focus on fresh seafood, and generally I find their dishes to be above average in taste. Portions are large, and meant for communal dining of at least 3 - 4 people. Also, being a wholesale seafood supplier, their prices are very affordable, cheaper than some other places here. Budget about SGD $38 per person for a full meal with a variety of seafood.




A house signature dish, the La La Bee Hoon With Superior Broth (SGD $6 / $12 / $20) is incredibly delicious! Fresh, meaty sweet clams, in a milky sweet soup / broth that has a good seafood and clam flavour. The thin and silky bee hoon / rice vermicelli noodles, along with spring onions for crunch and chili for heat, complete this flavourful dish. Highly recommended!

La La Bee Hoon With Superior Broth (SGD $6 / $12 / $20)

La La Bee Hoon With Superior Broth

What stood out about the Crab Bee Hoon (SGD $22 for 1 Crab, SGD $38 for 2 Crabs) is the affordable price. Meaty fresh crab with good sweetness, in a milky savoury soup / broth with thick bee hoon / rice vermicelli noodles. Not that substantial, but has decent flavour.

Crab Bee Hoon (SGD $22 for 1 Crab, SGD $38 for 2 Crabs)

Crab Bee Hoon

It's not easy to get hold of the threadfin fish that is this large. With the Threadfin Fish Head (SGD $68), they've struck gold, a large and meaty fillet of fresh sweet threadfin fish, whose meat flakes off easily. What makes this outstanding is the spicy lemongrass broth, akin to a Thai Tom Yum Soup. The chili lends a good amount of heat, while the savoury sour soup / broth, sweetened with onions, makes you crave more. Highly recommended!

Threadfin Fish Head (SGD $68)

Threadfin Fish Head

The experimental Salted Egg & Black Pepper Crab (SGD $38 for 2 Crabs) is affordable, but rather underwhelming in taste. While you get good spiciness from the black pepper, complementing the meaty fresh sweetness of the crab, the salted egg yolk sauce is too light and watery, lacking that yummy savoury salty taste. Could be improved.

Salted Egg & Black Pepper Crab (SGD $38 for 2 Crabs)

Salted Egg & Black Pepper Crab

The unique Green Dragon Vegetable (SGD $10 / $15 / $20) features fresh, crunchy garlic chives, grassy sweet in flavour with a hint of spicy sharpness. Absolutely loved these, the freshness and simplicity of a quick stir-fry makes it outstanding. Highly recommended!

Green Dragon Vegetable (SGD $10 / $15 / $20)

Green Dragon Vegetable

The experimental Ayam Goreng Kalasan (SGD $18 / $35) is an off-menu dish. What I like about this is the tender, moist, sweet chicken, topped with a slightly crisp, savoury salty skin. Very addictive! Served with a side of home made beancurd tofu, which chef is still tweaking the recipe to get right. During our visit, it was much too salty though.

Ayam Goreng Kalasan (SGD $18 / $35)

Ayam Goreng Kalasan

The Salted Chicken (SGD $18 / $35) features tender and moist chicken, baked in salt, until the meat has absorbed the flavour, making it deliciously salty sweet. The thick, herbal angelica / dang gui gravy complements the fresh taste of the chicken. Good!

Salted Chicken (SGD $18 / $35)

Salted Chicken

Unlike the rather weak wet gravy, the Salted Egg Prawns (SGD $16 / $22 / $30) has a good coat of thick, savoury salty sauce. The fresh and meaty sweet prawns / shrimp work so well with the smoky salted egg yolk sauce. Very addictive. Highly recommended!

Salted Egg Prawns (SGD $16 / $22 / $30)

Salted Egg Prawns

Overall, 101 Seafood Gourmet is a good choice for Chinese Zi Char and seafood, particularly for their unique, signature dishes which you can't get elsewhere. Worth travelling to for Singaporeans living in the North, or if you're around the area.



Atmosphere Bistro

Atmosphere Bistro
920 East Coast Parkway
#01-25 Parkland Green

460 Alexandra Road
#02-20 Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC)


Atmosphere Bistro Buffalo Wings
Buffalo Wings (SGD $13.80)

East Manhattan Bakery Cafe

East Manhattan Bakery Cafe
19 Lorong Kilat #01-03

30 East Coast Road
#01-04 Katong V


Rum & Raisin Cheesecake (SGD $6.90)