Pause in the shopping belt and discover new eats in the OC (181 Orchard Road).

Main image: Ootoya Japanese Restaurant


At Ootoya Japanese Restaurant (#08-12), cholesterol levels are kept to a minimum while fresh vegetables are hand-washed and peeled daily for maximum nutrients. They even display the calorie content of each dish. Try new menu items chicken karaage with salted rice malt ($11/$16 for a set) or grilled chicken rice with onsen tamago ($12/$15 for a set). Drop by for lunch for homemade soba (from $11). Just like okaasan’s cooking. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Tel: 6884 8901


Choose from six soup bases at Beijing chain Shi Li Fang (#07-10/11)–we like the “ravishing tomato” –for your double-flavoured personal hotpot (from $3.60) and pair it with their specialty pork tenderloin set ($14), which includes a basket of vegetables. Order DIY noodles ($1.80) for a lark, prawn “glue”  ($8.60), frog ($6.80) and premium beef ($18.80). The U-shaped gastrobar counter is a great service idea, the condiment counter boasts over 30 dipping sauces, and no MSG is added. Sharing hotpots available. Daily 10.30am-10pm. Tel: 6238 0800


Table @ Pip’s Tiramisu

Wine and dine without frills at Table @ Pip’s (#B211 to 22), formerly from Bukit Timah. The first thing you’ll notice is their display kitchen where chefs prepare BBQ crocodile rib ($29.90), fruity fish fillet ($18.90), squid ink pasta ($19.90) and Milo tiramisu served in a flowerpot ($11.90). Have a Penasoi Sangria ($8.90/glass) or yuzu sparkling sake ($19.90) with your hearty meal. Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, PH 10am-10pm. Tel: 6467 6867