We ate at Vivo City, upstairs in Foodrepublic. If you have not been to a Foodrepublic, you must go! The variety is excellent and the quality is superb. It is sort of Hawker Food for beginners. After Foodrepublic venture out and sample the street food all around Singapore.
I have been eating in Singapore on many trips over the years and not once did I get ill or encounter bad food.
This particular night I enjoyed some very local morsels…
Breakfast at the Hyatt.
Need I say more?
I have stayed in many hotels in cities all around the world over the years. The breakfast buffet at the Hyatt in Singapore is by far the best.
Peruse the pics at your leisure.
The ambiance, service and variety and quality of the food are all outstanding. Even though it is a large space, they have managed to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere, intimate and exclusive even. At an extremely reasonable rate.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough – Die, die, must try!
After breakfast it was time for a snack. J Co doughnuts, crispy golden nuggets of sweet indulgence.
Simply delicious and the espresso was excellent. Funny thing with an espresso, the Barista has nowhere to hide. No foamy milk, cocoa powder or cinnamon dust. Just pure java. The essence of the bean, the nectar.
The next snack were crab balls – fried little morsels of savory goodness, smothered in thick sweet soy and mayonnaise. Highly recommended and ridiculously cheap.
Dinner we took in Chinatown. It was packed, noisy, turbulent and beautiful.
We had Chilli Crab, of course, it was my brother in laws first Chilli Crab, so naturally we gave him the claws. The fried little breads dipped in the chilli sauce were delectable. One must have those little fried breads otherwise it just isn’t Chilli Crab.
We also feasted on crunchy oat prawns, salted egg yolk prawn (also crispy, and a revelation for me as I had not sampled them before – my goodness – what a flavour sensation. Salty, eggy, crunchy, savory and then the freshness of the prawn) and honey roasted chicken.
Naturally, we had copious amounts of Tiger.
Breakfast at the hotel.
The entire hotel seems to be stuck in the twillight zone, straddling the space between the 70s and the 80s.
Unless, of course, it was meant to be retro-chic.
Well, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
The rice porridge,and condiments – pickles, century egg, fried shallots etc – were delicious.
Coffee came out of a machine – with very little human intervention – Verdict: Atrocious.
Flight, soaring through rushing strato vales and nimbus peaks
Elation beyond all comprehension
Wanting more – the rush gone too soon
heart beating catching up to readjusted reality
How to live now in anonymous monotony?
How to exist in grey silence?
Once tasted technicolor life is the only fruit
Hong Kong is crowded – period. It is also amazing, Bladerunneresque, diverse, full of intense flavours and smells, not all of them pleasant, and busy – everybody is rushing. Somewhere.
The one clean spot, affording fresh air was Kowloon Park. A true oasis in a concrete jungle, even more so than Central Parn in New York or Hyde Park in London.
I will go back, simply because even though we did our best to experience all, we only scratched the surface in five days.
Take your time to explore Hong Kong, walk it, taste it, smell it and let it wash over you. People are everywhere…so many people…
My god, those doughnuts were good…