Two Men Bagel House at Icon Village

This is the place to go for yummy bagels!

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The Short on Luxe in Keong Saik

Luxe Sydney’s first overseas restaurant-bar opened earlier this year in Keong Saik Road. Serving Australian food with a Singapore twist, the place is beautifully done up and seems more like a friend’s home than an eatery.

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Dean & DeLuca at HillV2

Dean & DeLuca is a New York cafe and store that opened in Singapore in 2012 and it has three outlets here – in Orchard Central, Far East Square and HillV2 – serving all-day breakfast and stocking gourmet treats from overseas. It was my first time visiting the smaller HillV2 outlet, which opened last year, and I was excited to find granola from Brooklyn’s Early Bird Foods & Co!

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Free The Robot Cafe in Telok Ayer

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My friend with Baileys’ cute behind.

How much is the doggie in the window? Sorry, but he’s taken!

Baileys, who has his own little window at Free The Robot cafe, will make you do a double take while strolling along Telok Ayer Street. He has his own Instagram account, by the way.

The cafe by day transforms into a cocktail bar, Bitters & Love, at night.

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Park at Holland Village

I’ve been to Park, a cafe by day and bistro by night, quite a few times since my foodie sister raved about it upon its opening. Little tidbit: The eatery is lined with solar panels and is constructed from containers taken apart and reassembled on site.

The dishes here have been hits and misses, and a recent brunch was a little horrifying. Let me get to that in a bit.

We ordered a mocha, cappuccino, grilled mushroom sandwich, side of bacon and a salmon salad (all below).

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The first to arrive was a lone coffee, and I promptly began taking photos of it while my companion was talking. After about five minutes, the server returned and asked, “have you drank this?”

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The Knolls at Capella, Sentosa

(Warning: Photo-heavy!)

My sister, with her evil plans to fatten me up, surprised me with one of the most awesome buffets on my birthday. I confess I thoroughly enjoyed growing fatter over the two-and-a-half hours.

The Knolls at Capella has a Sunday brunch buffet (from $128++), with options for alcohol such as champagne, beer and cocktails, but we’re not drinkers (unless you count copious amounts of bubble tea). We opted for the non-alcohol option, which comes with a free flow of mocktails, soft drinks and fresh juices.

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