Best places to eat in Singapore

Some people rate a place based on the gastronomical delights and varieties it has to offer. On this count, Singapore should get 9 on 10, if not a full 10 on 10. With Singapore packages, tourists book themselves up for things which give more pleasure than a Federer’s backhand or a Depp’s maverick grins. After all, if you are a foodie, there is no bigger pleasure than the sight of a waiter trudging in with a tray full of your favorite things.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Singapore:

Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee:

If you are into prawns, this restaurant located at 2 Jalan Ayer should be a really satisfying place for you. While prawn noodles are its USP, you can also expect to discover some really crunchy crabs and relish-worthy cuttlefish. This place is good for breakfast, brunch and lunch. It stays closed on Mondays.

Jalan-Sultan-Prawn-Mee

Immigrants:

To savor a taste of local dishes in authentic traditional style, Immigrants at 467 Joo Chiat Road is a recommended joint. Here, the style is rather archaic and you can rediscover your love for heritage dishes. It opens its doors at 5 pm daily and is a great place to slip in for a supper or a dinner.

Immigrants

Andhra Curry:

Just so that you don’t miss your Indian food, we would recommend Andhra Curry. Located at 41 Kerbau Road by Little India, this is a rather quirky-looking restaurant where you can find some drool-worthy Hyderabadi biryani. At the same time, it is a strong contender for serving the best south Indian dishes in the whole of Singapore. So, this is one to keep an eye on!

Andhra Curry

Maxwell Food Centre:

Maxwell-Food-Centre-Singapore

Try as we might, we just couldn’t put Chinatown out of the list. So, this age-old Maxwell Food Centre had to find a mention. When you are in Chinatown (a top attraction that features in almost all the Singapore honeymoon packages), you have got to sniff your way through scores of stalls and eateries which collectively make up this food centre. While you can devour almost anything, ranging from chicken to noodle to what not, your wallet doesn’t need to suffer since the food out here is pretty cheap.

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Five best delicacies to try in Malaysia

I admit that I am not much of a foodie, as opposed to my friend Sneha whose chief motto in life is to attack food. Do when we planned an all-girlie trip to Malaysia (you see, Sneha got hold of a truly pocket-friendly Malaysia holiday package), it was she who was leafing through all the possible food guides she could lay her hand on to.

Kuala Lumpur dishes

But truth be told, it was me who ranted about the Malaysian delicacies before our common friends when we returned back to India. So, without troubling you further with my silly talks, let us plunge straight into my list of five best dishes to try in Malaysia:

Nasi Lemak: It took me some time to get the name right on my tongue. But it hardly took me more than a minute to get it right on my taste buds. This dish, which is more of a concoction of cooked rice and coconut milk, is the most delicious thing you can eat for a heavy lunch. Mind it, its calorie count is really high, but if you are lusting for food, this dish should be right on your platter.

Nasi Lemak

Char Kuey Teow: It is usually found on roadside stalls and is a form of rice noodle. Since I am madly and incorrigibly in love with Chinese cuisine, this dish was born to be devoured by me. Burp, excuse me!

Roti Canai: Roti Canai is actually the Malaysian cousin of our Indian ‘roti’. Though it has its characteristic flavor and is a tad different from what we are served at home, its roots are largely Indian. It is delicious, nevertheless and a staple diet for many locals.

roti

Curry Mee: Sneha is not a big fan of curries and so she skipped this one. Fool she is. But it was good for me since I ordered a second helping after slurping up the first bowl. Submerged in curry soup, this dish is made of noodles and eggs.

Bak Kut The: Basically, it is pork ribs but these guys spice it up and add some aromatic herbs to make it look (and smell) totally irresistible. This is good for a heavy dinner.

Bak Kut The

Thankfully, most of these dishes are available even at the popular tourist places to visit near Malaysia. From amazing street food to chic fine dining, Kuala Lumpur is heaven for foodies. So, you can have them again and again, as did Sneha (and me).

Where to eat when in Bangalore

Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, south India, is surely recognized for its lavish gardens. But when it comes to lavishness, its cuisines do not like to lag behind. If you are an incorrigibly hungry tourist, then there are several restaurants and eateries where your bellies and jaws would love to call the shot.
Here is a quick look:

i.    Jamavar: Jamavar has grabbed headlines for its matchless ambience, an excellent lineup of cuisines and some arousing hard drinks. Its lobsters and curries would instantly bring that clichéd saliva to your mouth. For a luxurious and rich dinner, do hop over to this place at least once.
Biggest USP: Ambience, food

ii.    Samarkand: Samarkand is a restaurant which offers delectable food and its prices too are nominal. The waiters, however, have got something innovative up their sleeves with a quirky menu and quirkier albeit soothing ambience. The non-vegetarian foods like the chicken are proven tantalizers.
Biggest USP: Innovative styling, food, price

iii.    Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs: Having a tongue-twirling name and a colonial style of dining, this is one of the most happening places to visit in Bangalore for a foodie!  The cuisines range in a healthy variety and the biryani and kebabs would turn you into a gluttonous wolf.
Biggest USP: Colonial tradition

iv.    Koshys Bar & Restaurant: This place is noted more for its crowd than for its food, more for its disparate culture than for its diverse cuisines, and more for its conventional charms than for its nominal tariffs. From the head-scratching clueless youths to the hairless 50-plus politicians, this place has seen them all!
Biggest USP: Crowd, reputation, ambience

Top 5 NightSpots in Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, not just regales you during the day but also leaves you spellbound at night. If you happen to be a nocturnal junkie, then Bangkok nightlife will surely leave you waltzing and romancing. There are quite a few great corners in the city where the night shines in its resplendent decors.

Here are 5 great nightspots in the city. You will love every second of your stay at these places:

i.    Night cruise on Chao Praya River: One of the most ethereal things to do at night in Bangkok is to board the cruise on the famed Chao Praya River. Apart from eyeballing the cluster of historic and lavish attractions that line the shores, you will also be a participant of some really mouth-watering cuisines.

ii.    Bangkok Ladyboy Shows: Attending one of these shows is a pure ecstasy for any male tourist. The women keep you rooted to your seat with their over-the-top costumes and cheesy smiles, not to forget the mesmeric performances. A night spent with such company will be one to remember.

iii.    Route 66: If you are looking for a night club, then do check out ‘Route 66’ which has excellent ambience, rocking music and great bars.

iv.    Glow: ‘Glow’ is another happening club where the smart DJs churn out the right kind of music to keep you grooving. Great drinks and remarkable lights give this place a huge lift.

v.    Q Bar: You haven’t witnessed the true Bangkok nightlife if you haven’t visited ‘Q Bar’, often considered as the best club in the town. Apart from every other good thing, it is spacious and has a comfortable lounge and terrace.

A guide to Thai cuisine: 3 dishes you must try in Thailand

Thailand is, no doubt, a wondrous country of exotic beaches and lavish malls. But if there’s one thing which a foodie truly appreciates then it’s the local cuisine. Thailand tourism has been riding high on the popularity of its cuisines which easily draw gluttons and foodaholics from all corners of the globe. With salt, spice, sugar and lemon making an eclectic mix, you won’t stop raving and ranting about the Thai cuisine after you return to your native country.

Thailand respects the taste buds of all kinds of travelers and tourists. So, you will easily find a cuisine which will suit your tongue and your digestive tracks. However, even if you are the most finicky eaters, you, for once, won’t mind forgetting your table manners and just sinking your teeth into the scrumptious spicy food which Thailand packages serve on your platter.

Some of the popular Thai cuisines you must try include the following:

i.    Pad Thai: It is a potpourri of noodles, onions and peanuts with a little helping from a number of spices and add-ons. It is one of the most popular dishes and it would really be a sin to miss out on it.

ii.    Curry: Thailand tourism has made oodles of money just by feeding its tourists with its countless varieties of curries. Red curry, green curry, Pehang curry, yellow curry, Massaman curry and khao soi curry- you will be spoilt for choice!

iii.    Tom Yum: Most restaurants that you visit under Thailand packages will be eager to serve you this local favorite soup christened as ‘Tom Yum’. An irresistible combination of spice and sour!

Best Eating Out Places in Paris

The French think chiefly of two things – their two main meals. So, everything else can be put in brackets. For a nation whose people spend a large chunk of their time planning, cooking and talking about their food (needless to say consuming), it’s only fitting that Paris is considered to be the Everest in the gourmet world.

The first thing that comes to one’s mind on hearing French cuisine, apart from cheese and French fries (however, much the Belgians can whine that it was their recipe first, the name remains) is variety. The French consider eating of their food as more than just a gastronomical tendency, for them it is taking part in an activity involving logic and order with the cuisine. A few of the cafes, bistros, brasseries (a café cum restaurant with an informal setting) and restaurants serving as popular Paris tourism attractions:

La Maison Stohrer: One of the oldest and most prestigious of Paris’ patisserie shops dating back to 1730 located in Rue Montorgreil, its exterior looks like a fairytale shop with fascinating glass displays of pastries arranged like jewels. A thing to note is that photography of these displays is prohibited but you can buy a pastry and photograph it at home. (Talk about French laws and all) This shop is the birthplace of “Baba Rum” and delicious classics like the réligieuse à l’ancienne: a pile of cream puffs designed to look like a nun can be sampled here.

Le Cremerie: Saint-German guarantees us Paris’ most charming streets lined with quaint shops, patisseries, wine shops, bakeries and cafes – this is Paris tourism at its quintessential best. A cross between a restaurant and an organic wine shop, La Crémerie has the most delectable French produce that you can either eat in or take home with you. The place is almost as if a bread shop/milk shop has been converted into a restaurant cum wine bar with painted glass ceilings harkening back to a forgotten era. It’s a hotspot for couples due to the intimate setting and beautiful tiles.

La Coupole: This place is what would describe a brasserie best – a cavernous spot with Art Deco murals. Popular amongst Paris tourist attractions since the time it was the major hang-out place for Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, it still manages to attract a chunk of tourists and bourgeois families. Recent specialties in the classic brasserie menu include caramelized apple tart and panfried foie grass, beef fillet flambéed with cognac and profiteroles made with Valrhona chocolate.

Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots: These age old rival cafes on the same street in Saint Germain have hosted intellectuals, writers, artists and musicians while they interacted amongst each other through and post the war years becoming an integral part of Paris tourism. Is there any better way to engage with the intellectual and literary hub of Paris than by having espresso in one of its cafes on Saint German?

Le Jules Verne: Le Jules Verne, Alain Ducasse’s fine dining restaurant may be the most thrilling venue on Earth to have your dinner as it is located on the platform above Eiffel Tower’s second tier.

Street Food: Crepes (spread with butter, sugar, even with Nutella), a classic street food in Paris is available at almost every stall on the street corner but the most famous Paris creperie is the Breizh Café in Cancale.

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