Month: August 2011

Keisuke Tonkotsu King ramen

This place just sprang up near the office, an offshoot of the Keisuke at Millennia Walk (not to be confused with the also- excellent Nantsuttei). Now, a proper Japanese ramen restaurant near home or the office has always been a dream of mine, in the way that being able to experience the convenience of good noodles down the street as if one were living in Japan is the next best thing to uprooting and actually being there, so I’m really glad that their standard bowl is well-crafted and authentic. The staff seem mostly Japanese and prone to misunderstanding your English, which I consider an essential part of replicating the full experience. They give you all the boiled eggs you can eat for free (“even you eat one hundred is okay”), bean sprouts in a separate jar that you add to your own noodles, sesame seeds in a little mortar and pestle, and a bunch of other condiments. I am going to get so fat on this shit.

The Closing of Borders Wheelock by the Landlord Similarly Named

We had a look at Borders yesterday, with its shutters down and roses left for it by visitors. A large piece of cardboard on the inside was on display, with a handwritten goodbye letter from its staff to Singaporeans thanking them for their patronage and acknowledging their sense of loss — they too had grown up there and loved books, it said. The final line: “P.S. remember to look after your books”, was sweet enough to offset the embarrassment of their having misspelt “privilege”. By evening, someone had come along and left a note on the glass: “U can’t do this to us! (sad smiley), (heart) Singapore.” It seems having a large bookstore in the middle of Orchard Road for 13 years did little to instill some standards of English language use. — I remember the first time I visited the store, all those years ago, and being floored by the breadth of what was now within reach, shelves upon shelves of poetry — that eventually, and sadly, dwindled down to a small and forgotten …

Smith’s Fish & Chips

(I’ve started keeping a journal with the Day One iOS app, and though this defeats the purpose of a private record, I think I’ll post a few entries to the blog now and then. This is one of them.)First takeaway from the new Smith’s Fish & Chips shop today; hard to process that this meal option is going to be a part of my life for the foreseeable future. They were doing great business with loads of churchgoers and a student sort of crowd dining in, although that’s to be expected from any new place with novel cuisine. Authentic British fish and chips is ridiculously hard to find, and Smith’s is thankfully high on the authenticity scale, alongside the Penny Black pub in Boat Quay. And with Balmoral Plaza they’ve picked one of the better locations to open up a second branch in Singapore. The English-men-with-Asian-wives category alone will keep them in business, to say nothing of the full-on expatriate families in the neighborhood. The food was good and took me back to the days …

Red Dot Museum event

Last night, a bunch of us from work dropped by the Red Dot Museum (on our way to a long night of drinks at Clarke Quay) for a sort of artists’ and makers’ fair they usually hold once a month on weekends. I’ve been once before, and that was a much smaller affair, so I think last night’s event with its beer and food sales, guest appearance by former minister and current presidential candidate Tony Tan (who bizarrely sat for portrait sketches), live music, and subsequently larger crowds, was a one-off. Photos from my iPhone 4.