ISteaks Diner

April 29, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

ISteaks Diner
1 Maju Avenue
#02-03 MyVillage

Tasty, Well Cooked, Affordable Hawker Western Food

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 4
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $20 per person.


ISteaks Diner at Serangoon Gardens has been in operation for over half a decade now. Starting out as a small stall within a corner coffeeshop, selling affordable yet tasty hawker western food, ISteaks Diner saw quick success and popularity, so much so that they've since upgraded to a air-conditioned store of their own within Serangoon Gardens MyVillage shopping mall.

Ambience at ISteaks Diner is modern, functional, and slightly garish, with colours of red and silver against white and black. The atmosphere is akin to a casual dining place, with functional furniture that isn't too comfortable for long periods. As an upgraded former hawker stall, the level of cleanliness of the interior is also below par of other cafes, there is typically a slight sense of uncleanliness here. However, ISteaks Diner has the benefit of lots of natural lighting during the day, as well as some semblance of a view of the street.

Service at ISteaks Diner is largely self-service. You'll have to queue, place your orders, and make payment over the counter. Purchase of drinks is also done self-service, but at a separate counter. Collection of utensils and setting the table is also done by yourself. However, staff will help to clean dirty / empty plates and tables, though they don't perform it thoroughly. Orders are still served to your table. Staff interaction is very minimal, and on rare occasions, the wrong orders are served to your table, so do check before eating.

Food at ISteaks Diner is standard western food hawker style. Portions are large, and rather generous, with each order of a main, 2 sides dishes are provided. The menu is varied, with a good selection of options for both main dishes and side dishes. Taste is pretty good as well, I find each component of every dish I tried to be well executed so far. Prices are affordable and wallet friendly, budget about SGD $20 per person for a meal at ISteaks Diner, including drinks.


The large ISteaks Diner menu is displayed outside, but they also have smaller hand held menus that you can browse at the counter.

ISteaks Diner Seating

ISteaks Diner Menu 01

ISteaks Diner Menu 02

ISteaks Diner Menu 03

Drinks and beverages are purchased at a separate counter, with Canned Drinks (SGD $2.50) being more expensive in terms of value, as compared to a Beer Tiger (SGD $5).

Canned Drinks

Beer Tiger

The Chicken Chop With Onion Rings & Buttered Corn Kernels (SGD $9), or Mushroom Chicken, features a tender, juicy, but rather flat piece of grilled chicken, done perfectly. Still moist and juicy, with savoury meat that bears the aroma of the grill. Served with a slightly salty mushroom sauce on the side. The onion rings are medium sized, and have a slight crunch, but are overall rather average in taste. The buttered corn kernels are fresh and crunchy, you can still taste the natural freshness of the corn, and the butter sauce isn't heavy.

Chicken Chop With Onion Rings & Buttered Corn Kernels

The Pork Chop With Mashed Potatoes & Cream Spinach (SGD $18), or US Pork Loin Steak, features a perfectly grilled, thick slab of pork chop. Fresh and clean, with a savoury taste, the pork is still moist, and has a thin layer of fat running along the side that is easily removed. Served with a slightly salty mushroom sauce on the side. The mashed potates are generously portioned, soft and semi-smooth with a savoury gravy, with an aroma of herbs. The cream spinach is nicely soft but not limp or dry, still moist, and you're able to taste the freshness, although the cream sauce is rather one-note.

Pork Chop With Mashed Potatoes & Cream Spinach

The Beef Steak With Chopped Green Salad & Crunchy Potato Salad (SGD $19), or NZ Striploin 250g, features a thick slab of beef steak, done to your liking. I got it medium well, and it turned out well executed, with a slight pink center and nice grill char on the outside. Savoury, meaty, thick, and still juicy, although slightly more resting would help the meat retain the juices better, when cut, it flows right out. Served with a slightly salty, but spicy, black pepper sauce on the side. The chopped green salad of lettuce, carrots, and cherry tomatoes lend a bright, fresh burst to the plate, and a nice textural crunch. The crunchy potato salad is aptly named, the small round discs of potatoes crunch loudly, and the thin slices keep it light so you don't feel too full.

Beef Steak With Chopped Green Salad & Crunchy Potato Salad

The Fish And Chips With Coleslaw Salad & French Fries (SGD $10), or Fried Fish Fillet, features a large portion of battered dory fish fillet. The fish is tender, fresh, and flakes off nicely, but I thought the batter was too thick and greasy, although it's tasty. Fortunately, the batter is easily removed. Served with a thick mayonnaise sauce on the plate. The coleslaw salad, which has strips of cabbage and carrots, is fresh and crunchy, though the cream sauce is a little too heavy. The French fries are medium sized, with a good potato flavour, and are lightly salted.

Fish And Chips With Coleslaw Salad & French Fries

The Lamb Chop With Country Baked Beans & Macaroni And Cheese (SGD $16.50), or AU Lamb Shoulder, features a nice portion of savoury, well grilled lamb shoulder chop, with a thick layer of tasty fat that is easily removed. The lamb meat is tender, and not too gamey, definitely above average. Served with a nice mint jelly. The country baked beans are cooked together with strips of bacon, and the combination of salty against sweet is a nice contrast, plus it lends a wonderfully smoky aroma to this side dish. The macaroni and cheese features a thick nacho cheese sauce, and I like that it's not overly salty, being much lighter in taste and texture. The macaroni is slightly al-dente, with a slight firm bite, and isn't limp or watery. Not bad overall!

Lamb Chop With Country Baked Beans & Macaroni And Cheese

The Calamari Rings (SGD $5) feature nice, medium rings of chewy fresh squid. However, the batter is thick and greasy, though tasty. Fortunately, the batter is easily removed. Not the best I've had though.

Calamari Rings

The Chicken Popcorn (SGD $5.50) was very good! More chicken chunks than popcorn, the chicken meat is moist, tender, fragrant, and savoury, served piping hot. The skin is light and crisp, not too greasy, and crunches delightfully. Excellent!

Chicken Popcorn

The NW Salmon Fillet With Baked Olive Rice & French Beans (SGD $18) features a fresh, thick, fillet of salmon, done to your liking. I got my salmon done to medium well, and it turned out nicely pink and moist, with tender flesh that is still semi-firm yet flakes off when sliced, and with savoury, slightly crisp skin that is oh so yummy! Served in a fresh lemon and dill herb cream sauce that pairs well. The baked olive rice is steamed together with shallots and black olives, and has taken on a savoury, earthy taste from the olives. The French beans burst with a juicy freshness when bit, although it's slightly odd served in a butter sauce, and has a slight astringent aftertaste.

NW Salmon Fillet With Baked Olive Rice & French Beans

The AU Ribeye 100 Days GF 250g Cut With Cream Broccoli & Baked Potato (SGD $26) features a very good cut of beef steak, whose high quality is evident in the taste. I got mine done medium well, and it came perfectly done, with a slight pink center, nice smoky char on the outside, yet still juicy. Super tasty, most prominent in the layers of fat and marbling, which has a beefy, meaty, savoury taste, yet with a layer of wheat and grains. The cream broccoli is just as good, firm and juicy, with a delightfully fresh crunch, though the cream sauce is a little light. The baked potato however, is hard, dry, and bland. Even the knob of butter within does little to save it, you actually have to sprinkle salt and pepper over it to make it edible. Easily the worst side dish choice here, I found myself wishing there was some sour cream and bacon bits on top!

AU Ribeye 100 Days GF 250g Cut With Cream Broccoli & Baked Potato

AU Ribeye 100 Days GF 250g Cut

The EU Baby Back Ribs With Cream Spinach & Macaroni And Cheese (SGD $19) had tangy, sweet, sticky barbecue sauce was which very tasty! But it was sorely let down by the distinct gamey (not fresh) taste of the pork, and the texture wasn't as tender as it should be, being more firm than usual. The sides, as usual, were good, but couldn't save this dish. Possibly among the weaker items here, skip this.

EU Baby Back Ribs With Cream Spinach & Macaroni And Cheese 01

EU Baby Back Ribs With Cream Spinach & Macaroni And Cheese 02

The Pasta Linguine Beef Bolognese (SGD $9.50) here is sub-par, and not worth ordering. The linguine is the mass manufactured variety without much taste, and it hasn't been strained properly, creating a watery base at the bottom of the dish. At least the beef bolognese sauce is meaty and tasty, with a generous amount of minced beef and fresh tomatoes in the sauce. Not a great dish.

Pasta Linguine Beef Bolognese



Two Wings

April 25, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Two Wings
119 Bukit Merah Lane 1
#01-40 Salute Coffee Shop / Salut Kopitiam

Can't Stop At One

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 4
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 7
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $4 per person.


Two Wings is possibly the most hyped / talked about / famous fried chicken wings in Singapore. And I'm glad to say that this is one instance that reality lives up to the hype. Despite opening in May 2014 at the modern hawker enclave of Salute Coffee Shop / Salut Kopitiam, Two Wings owner Jeremy Loh has had a lifetime of fried chicken wings tutelage, and a 40-year-old secret family recipe, passed down from his granduncle. Granduncle passed this recipe on as a legacy to members of his extended family as well, including the owners of the now defunct Carona Fried Chicken Wing Rice, and the current Victor Famous Fried Chicken Rice.

Ambience at Two Wings is shared with every other stall in Salute Coffee Shop / Salut Kopitiam. Functional, decent furniture, bright lighting, and the garish, iconic, blue checkered tablecloth. Service provided by Two Wings is pretty good, as each order is freshly fried, there's a short waiting time, on top of the queues they normally have. When your order is ready for collection, Two Wings will contact your mobile phone, so you can actually have a seat / meal first!

While prices are higher than average at Two Wings, you really get your money's worth. Their fried chicken wings are fresh, sourced from Brazil, and are large and meaty. Every single wing is massage to drain off blood, and prepared with premium sesame oil, an expensive vegetable oil, and the secret recipe batter. Fried to a perfect golden brown colour, the skin has that wonderful savoury taste and satisfiying crunch, before giving way to piping hot, fragrant, succulent, juicy chicken meat. Even more surprising, the fried chicken wings are not too greasy, have very little fat under the skin, and don't leave puddles of oil on the plate!

We even tested the legendary staying power of the fried chicken wings, which are said to remain crisp even after 3 hours from takeaway. We only waited for 1 hour after takeaway, but I'm happy to say the skin on the fried chicken wings was still crisp, although we noticed a slight loss of moisture / juicyness in the meat due to humidity. Oh, and they do a pretty mean home made chili too, zesty with a good kick from the spicy heat, with a lingering burn.


The menu is rather extensive, but the star is the fried chicken wings. The rest of the Two Wings menu reads like a standard western hawker, albeit with a focus on chicken, sandwiches, and side dishes.

Two Wings Signage

Two Wings Menu

The Potato Wedges (SGD $3) are worth ordering for its good value. A nice portion of slightly crisp outside, fluffy inside wedges are served in a basket. Not particularly special in anyway, just good, straight forward potato wedges done well.

Potato Wedges

The Fried Chicken Wings (SGD $8.50 for 4 pieces, $12.50 for 6 pieces) are really near perfect for fried chicken wings, checking all the right boxes. Piping hot, freshly prepared, large portions, golden brown colour, crisp skin, juicy chicken meat, savoury flavour, non oily, little fat, lasts even for takeaway... the only thing you could want is perhaps a cheaper price, but I'll rather pay a bit more for this high quality product!

Fried Chicken Wings 01

Fried Chicken Wings 02

Fried Chicken Wings 03

Fried Chicken Wings 04

Fried Chicken Wings 05



April 25, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

78 Yong Siak Street

Of Tea And Spuds

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 3
Value for Money: 5
Spent about SGD $18 per person.


Surrounded as it is by much more famous cafes, I'm actually rather surprised that PoTeaTo has lasted till now. First opened in August 2012, PoTeaTo is a privately run cafe, not operated under a group like the other cafes nearby, and as it's name suggests, specialises in potatoes and tea.

Ambience at PoTeaTo is rustic urban, with red brick and concrete walls flanking the interior, small tight spaces where wooden tables are laid out, and minimal decor. Yet, the place exudes a cozy, relaxing vibe, as evident by diners who linger over conversation and cups of tea here.

Service at PoTeaTo is largely self-service, with ordering and payment over the counter, though staff will serve orders to your table. I do commend them for being rather quick and efficient at clearing away tables, as well as being able to offer recommendations from the menu. However, there is very little other interaction with staff here.

Food at PoTeaTo is mainly Western style, with a focus on sandwiches, potatoes, and tea. I generally find the taste of dishes here to be hit or miss, mostly ranging from below average, to average at best. Sadly, there's nothing terribly exciting about the food options. Portion sizes are decent, and prices are comparable to most other cafes, budget about SGD $18 per person for a meal here.


PoTeaTo Menu

The Sweet Potato Fries (SGD $7) here are very good! Thick cut and warm, you can taste the natural sweetness in the orange strips of sweet potato, with a lightness to the texture. Sprinkle a little salt and cracked black pepper, and it's good enough to eat on its own!

Sweet Potato Fries 01

Sweet Potato Fries 02

The Party Platter (SGD $18) is a decadent plate of fried stuff, but a combination of hit and miss. Of the items here, the Popcorn Chicken stood out for its crisp yet meaty chunks, with a nice savoury flavour. The Home Made Fish Balls were quite good, you can see it's tightly packed, and the flavour is akin to a Thai fish cake, some slight heat and good use of spices. The Potato Wedges were average, simply deep fried using the frozen version you can get in a supermarket, and the Spicy Mid-Wings were overseasoned and salty.

Party Platter 01

Party Platter 02

Popcorn Chicken

Potato Wedges

Home Made Fish Balls

Spicy Mid-Wings

There is quite a variety of dipping sauces available on the menu. The Nacho Cheese sauce is pretty good, thick and cheesy yet not too salty. The Tomato Salsa sauce is a little too thin and watery, but it's hand made with fresh tomatoes. The Salted Caramel sauce is an interesting, albeit weird, pairing with savoury food, the thick, rich, and sweet sauce goes better with desserts. The Wasabi Mayo sauce was decent, lacking the sharpness of wasabi, but also lacking the strong fragrant flavour, it ends up rather muted.

Dips - Nacho Cheese, Tomato Salsa, Salted Caramel, Wasabi Mayo


Ippin Cafe Bar Tasting Session

April 22, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Ippin Cafe Bar Tasting Session
18 Mohamed Sultan Road

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 11am - 11pm
Closed Sun

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from, Deployant, Dan & Esther's Food Haven, Her Pen And Fork, Pooh's Adventures, and Chubby Botak Koala.
Subsequent session with Hungry Bird, Shauneeie, Little Tiny Sun, Hazel Diary, and Little Miss Bento.

Home Style Japanese Comfort Food & Lifestyle Cafe Bar

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 8
Value for Money: 7
Budget about SGD $20 ++ per person.


Opening its doors in October 2014, Ippin Cafe Bar along the Mohamed Sultan area is a novel concept; a cozy, unpretentious space that promises hearty, homely Japanese comfort food, a one-stop convienence store for Japanese ingredients and kitchenware, and even a gathering space to learn Japanese cooking! If you need a break from Japanese haute cuisine, then the down-to-earth Ippin Cafe Bar may be just the remedy you need.

Ippin Cafe Bar Exterior

Ippin Cafe Bar Interior

Ambience at Ippin Cafe Bar is cozy and homely. Wooden shelves line the front, stacked high with Japanese snacks, cooking ingredients, condiments, beverages, and even paper fiber clothing! Wide, spacious wooden tables beckon, perfect for dining or simply relaxing. The limited amount of seating at Ippin Cafe Bar means it's difficult for the place to get crowded, great for those who want a quiet dinner. The cooking demonstration area is suitably zen, with minimalist decor, and the well stocked sake bar boasts some premium varieties!

I understand that the paper fiber clothing sold here is made from Washi fiber. Originating from the Fukui prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan, washi fiber yarn takes an astounding 10 years to create! This painstackingly crafted natural paper clothing is also highly durable, due to its thin interlacing fibers, and is known to be anti-bacterial, able to absorb odour, block ultraviolet (UV) rays, and keep the body cool.

Ippin Cafe Bar Shop

Kitchenware & Cooking Items

Service at Ippin Cafe Bar is friendly, almost like dining in a Japanese friend's home. The hospitable staff act as hosts, able to engage you in conversation, and also able to offer recommendations and information on the food or beverages available. Items on the menu are even sold in-store, so you can prepare it at home! And if you don't know how to go about preparing it, then you can attend Ippin Cafe Bar cooking classes! They even offer free wifi. Overall excellent, friendly service, I like that the hosts checked on how our meal was going, if we needed any more drinks / food, and also requested for feedback!

Zen Sofa

Table Setting

Food at Ippin Cafe Bar is distinctly home style Japanese, which here means rustic presentations, hearty portions, and decent flavour. The actual food menu is rather small and limited, and all the items are sold in sets, costing between SGD $12 - $25 per set. I find myself wishing that the individual items could be sold ala-carte as well, especially if I wanted to order more of a particular item, instead of ordering the whole set again. Also, the seafood used here, especially their oysters, are frozen, imported from the Hiroshima prefecture, in the Chugoku region of Japan. Taste of dishes is generally decent, not terrible, but it's not restaurant quality either.

Grilled Oysters & Veggies In Ponzu Butter Sauce Set (SGD $20)

Deep Fried Oysters Set (SGD $24)

Miso Udon Noodle With Oysters Set (SGD $15)

Love how addictive the Suwa Shoten Rattsu (Coated) Nuts - Grassy Matcha, Creamy Strawberry, Serious Coffee (SGD $8) were! There's even a recommended way to consume them; start with the floral, elegant, strawberry nuts; then move on to the earthy, grassy green tea nuts; and finally, the deep, robust coffee nuts. Love these, I can imagine popping them non-stop while watching television!

Suwa Shoten Rattsu (Coated) Nuts - Grassy Matcha, Creamy Strawberry, Serious Coffee (Tasting Sample Pictured, Normal Serving SGD $8)

The Barley Rice accompanies most of the set meals, and is pretty good. Very light, semi sticky, and fluffy in texture, considered to be somewhat healthy, as it doesn't cause glucose / sugar spike in your blood. Fragrant too! Seems to be the only type of rice they serve here though, as even the main rice dishes are made with this. This is worth getting!

Barley Rice

Hatcho Miso Soup is a robust, rich, deep flavoured miso soup, considered to be medicinal in nature, and contains less salt than any other type of miso soup. Taking longer to ferment than other types of miso, with a minimum of 2 years, the Hatcho Miso Soup is highly prized in Japan, and favoured by the Emperor. It's served to accompany most of the set meals here, and is akin to drinking a savoury steak. Very good!

Hatcho Miso Soup

The Vegetable Salad accompanies the majority of set meals here, and is a refreshing palate cleanser. Most of the food here can be heavy on the palate in large quantities, or can get cloying, and this helps to alleviate that weighted feeling. A bright, clean burst of refreshing goodness, the julienned strips of cucumber, carrots, cabbage lend a nice crunch, while the bright cherry tomatoes are juicy, bursting with flavour. Still, it's an overall decent salad, not terrible, but not outstanding either, falling into the average range.

Vegetable Salad

My first thought upon tasting the Nikujaga Pork & Potato Stew was, "Why is this only a side dish? It's good enough to be a main dish on its own!" If it could be served in a big portion, the Nikujaga Pork & Potato Stew, with its hearty chunks of potatoes and carrots, savoury strips of grilled yakiniku pork, and thin udon noodles, could be a satisfiying comfort dish on its own. This is a very good side dish worth eating!

Nikujaga Pork & Potato Stew

Nikujaga Pork & Potato Stew (Tasting Sample Pictured)

Nikujaga Pork & Potato Stew (Tasting Sample Pictured)

The Grilled Oysters & Veggies In Ponzu Butter Sauce are served steamed in foil, and the oysters are rather meaty, with a clean taste. The ponzu (yuzu vinegar) butter sauce is savoury, zesty, and tangy, with a slight sweetness, and lend a nice flavour to the vegetables. Due to the oysters being frozen however, they do lose some of that flavour you get from fresh oysters. I didn't quite enjoy this, rather of a let-down as it's supposed to be the star dish.

Grilled Oysters & Veggies In Ponzu Butter Sauce

I loved the Deep Fried Oysters, and I wish it could be served as an appetizer instead of only being served in a set meal! The oysters are meaty, but due to the breading and frying, have a creamy consistency. The accompanying dipping sauce was annoying though, because it was full of diced vegetables, making actual dipping difficult. Still, the actual oysters are great enough on their own, and I would get many rounds of this main dish if I could! Highly recommended!

Deep Fried Oysters

Deep Fried Oysters (Tasting Sample Pictured)

The Miso Udon Noodle With Oysters is made with red miso, which is fermented soybeans that have been aged in a wooden barrel for 2 summers and 2 winters. A speciality of Aichi prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan, the red miso lends a deep, hearty, savoury taste to the thick stew of this dish. The medium thick udon noodles are made with rice, and have a smooth but chewy texture. However, this dish can get rather heavy and cloying in large quantities, and becomes tiring to eat. Overall, rather decent and average.

Miso Udon Noodle With Oysters

Miso Udon Noodle With Oysters (Tasting Sample Pictured)

Miso Udon Noodle With Oysters (Tasting Sample Pictured)

The Oyakodon (SGD $15) is also served as part of a set meal, and the actual dish itself features slices of tender chicken meat, cooked in a fragrant dashi seaweed stock, and stir fried with eggs, on barley rice. The dish is lighter because of the barley rice, and I love the runny, gooey eggs which lend good flavour. The actual chicken meat is slightly lacking in taste though, seems to be a result of using frozen meat. Pretty decent dish, but not the best I've had. This would be an average dish, not terrible, but not a truly memorable Oyakodon either.

Oyakodon (SGD $15)

The Yakisoba Fried Noodles (SGD $12) here features the medium thick udon noodles, stir fried with cabbage, carrots, and pork in a savoury yakisoba sauce. Taste is definitely there, but it seemed very similar to other dishes that had come before, especially being almost alike in taste to the pork stew. It seems to me that the only difference between the 2 dishes is a soup version, and a dry version. Didn't enjoy this, I actually prefer the stew over this dish.

Yakisoba Fried Noodles (SGD $12)

Absolutely loved the Yuzu Pudding, which is served as part of a set meal. The crystal clear pudding / jelly is nicely wobbly, but has a more pronounced sharp sourness in taste, with a slight floral sweetness at the end. Quite refreshing, and I wish I could also order this ala-carte, instead of getting this only as part of a set. Highly recommended!

Yuzu Pudding

Yuzu Pudding

Ippin Cafe Bar has several novel Japanese sake and beers. The Daijingo Tokugawa Ieyasu Sake (SGD $15) is named after Tokugawa Ieyasu, a famous shogun warrior, and has lived up to its name by being a multi award winning sake. It has a perfect harmony of sweet aroma and rich deep flavor, not too spicy or bitter, with a clear, smooth, and clean texture. The Gran Agri Weizen Beer (SGD $9) has a hazy golden colour, with an aroma of tropical fruits, and a taste of wheat and hops, with a creamy, smooth texture and little bitterness. Very drinkable. The Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Beer (SGD $9) has a hazy copper colour, with an aroma of malt and caramel, and a taste of biscuit and toffee, with a smooth, bubbly texture. Deep flavoured and robust but still easily drinkable.

Daijingo Tokugawa Ieyasu Sake (SGD $15)

Gran Agri Weizen Beer (SGD $9)

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Dark Beer (SGD $9)

Chef Naomi

With Owner Ayumi Fujishiro

Overall, as a cafe, Ippin Cafe Bar serves uncomplicated, decent tasting food at really affordable prices. Not something I'll go out out my way for, but a nice change from the haute Japanese cuisine around the area. Plus, Ippin Cafe Bar has some really interesting and novel items in their shop, definitely worth a look. I hear they sometimes bring in Japanese vendors to set up pop up shops, and they also regularly have Japanese community gatherings here! I understand both owner Ayumi Fujishiro and chef Naomi hail from Tokyo, Japan, so it's no surprise the Japanese community find this place to be rather authentic! Singaporeans however, may feel slightly 'meh' about food at Ippin Cafe Bar, though the drinks are outstanding, especially for the varieties of sake, beer, and tea.