CRAVE

Moving away from the heartlands, CRAVE has opened its fourth outlet at ION Orchard. Set up by the brains behind Pezzo, CRAVE brings the original Adam Road nasi lemak by Selera Rasa ($4.90-$6.90) together with Amoy Street teh tarik ($1.80) by Rafee’s Corner. The trademark of this best-selling nasi lemak is its Himalaya basmati rice that’s light and not starchy, which pairs well with the more sinful (but good) ingredients like crispy chicken wing. Both owners have passed down their recipes and techniques to ensure that the quality of their dishes remain the same. #B4-58/59 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6238 7181

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Big Lazy Chop

Big Lazy Chop is all about XL sized food and original flavours. The no-frills Chinese bistro is helmed by head chef Oh Ah Lek with 37 years’ experience handling a hot wok. Don’t miss his signature Indo Curry sauce, using four chillis, lemongrass and curry leaves–it brings out the sweetness of Sri Lankan crabs ($70/kg). Between the Saucy XL spare ribs ($20) in salted egg and Drunken XL spare ribs ($23) in butter champagne, we were torn–the former was richly coated while the latter was delightfully creamy and balanced. Just get stuck in with your hands because their Big Lazy Prawns ($20) are studded with crispy crackers and you don’t want to miss any shred of goodness. #01-04, 1A Short Street. Tel: 6238 8443

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Captain K Seafood

Inspired by the popular Nine Levels Steamed Shells in Bongcheon-dong, Captain K Seafood presents fresh seafood and shellfish in multi-tiered steamers. Eat your way from top to bottom, starting with a juicy Hokaiddo scallop topped with cellophane noodle. Choose from three soup bases–kombu dashi, Korean kimchi and premium Korean ginseng chicken (additional $15)–which collects seafood juices from the tiers, giving it an intense richness. While the signature ninetiered tower ($288.90) is highly recommended, Captain K Seafood offers a three-tiered ($52.90), five-tiered ($98.90) and seven-tiered ($188.90) too. Daily 11.30am- 3pm, 6pm-10:30pm. #01-02 ERC Institute, 30 Prinsep Street. Tel: 6255 2270

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Good Old Days

Local food in a tourist spot doesn’t have to be gimmicky and Good Old Days is here to prove just that. Located across from Sentosa’s Beach Station, the two-storey colonial-inspired restaurant whips up authentic dishes that can rival hawkers. Plated the traditional way, chicken rice ($11.80) doesn’t disappoint with its fragrant rice and chilli that packs a fiery punch. The best-selling beef hor fun ($11.80) is also cooked in a well-seasoned wok, giving it a nice smoky wok hei flavour. End your meal on a sweet note with their icy cool chendol ($3.50)–a great dessert to beat the sweltering heat! Daily 11am-10pm. Beach Station, Sentosa. Tel: 6273 1743