I first discovered Ash & Elm on Instagram, where I saw a picture of the delicately plated seared scallops that compelled me to add the restaurant to my list of new places to visit. The restaurant’s location at the ground floor of the Intercontinental Hotel in Singapore makes it very accessible, allowing diners to choose from one of their three culinary concepts: a charcuterie and cheese room; a wood-fired oven; and a charcoal grill.
Ann Siang Hill is home to Oxwell & Co, which in one address contains a different concept on each floor within this three-storey heritage shophouse in Chinatown.
The bar occupies the first floor, while on the second is an elegant dining room with chinoiserie prints and floor-to-ceiling French windows, serving modern versions of some British classics. The third floor contains a quirky private function room replete with eccentric features like a wall-mounted stag head and stuffed squirrels scampering across the wall. A trek up to the rooftop will reveal Oxwell & Co’s organic herb garden, from which the kitchen gets its fresh leaves and herbs for their dishes and cocktails.
When it comes to comfort food in the morning, few options can compare with the traditional English breakfast fry-up. The unapologetic greasiness and uncomplicated mix of ingredients is a smack-in-the-face reminder that you don’t need a sous vide machine or a squeeze bottle to enjoy the food on your plate. Simple things done well can go really far, which is why when we stumbled into The Study on a Saturday for brunch, I was keen to order their version of the Big English Breakfast.
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve had a number of pretty good plates of steak which I really enjoyed and have fond memories of. These usually occurred in tandem with a celebratory occasion – carefully prepared primary cuts of beef aren’t cheap, after all, so such experiences are always worth savouring for as long as they last.
I’d been looking for an excuse to revisit Wooloomooloo Steakhouse for a while now, and found the perfect reason to with their $69++ five-course dinner menu available for the month of August, available through Chope. At that price point, you don’t necessarily need a special occasion to persuade your better half into an evening of (mild) indulgence.
Earlier this week, Volkswagen handed me the keys to the Golf Variant R-Line 1.4 TSI press car to review over the National Day break. Launched in Singapore at the start of the year, Volkswagen says the Variant’s reception has been positive since its introduction. The press car’s pristine white exterior, coupled with the less-common dimensions of the estate model, made it quite a head-turner during my two days’ drive in it.