My City: Raymond Lim
The perfect day in Singapore for the restaurant consultant and former director of Les Amis Group (#02-16 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., 6733- 2225, S(228208))
What makes Singapore’s dining scene so unique? The breadth and the depth we have. By breadth, I mean the diversity of cuisine—from Peruvian and Peranakan to Shanghainese and the different types of Japanese. By depth, I am referring to the different price points like $2 chicken rice to $500 fine dining.
What’s your favorite local dish and where do you get your fix? I love a good char kway teow and usually get it at Zion Road Food Centre (70 Zion Rd., S(247792)) or the Block 22 Havelock Road coffeeshop S(160022).
Where are some of your favorite hangouts in Singapore? The Fullerton Bay Hotel (80 Collyer Quay, 6333- 8388, S(049326)) because I feel like I am transported out of Singapore and back to the 1930s whenever I am inside the hotel.
What’s your fondest memory of growing up in Singapore? I would have to say playing at the void deck of my old house located in Block 331 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. I recently took my son back there to travel down memory lane with him and to snap some photographs together.
What is your go-to restaurant for a special occasion? Definitely Les Amis as it is institutional. Just like how London has Le Gavroche and New York has Daniel’s, every city needs a solid restaurant like Les Amis. It’s not overly trendy but it’s still an evergreen dining experience.
My Perfect Day
8am - Have a local breakfast.
It has to start with a local breakfast with my family at my favorite coffee shop at Blk 22 Havelock Road S(160022) for some local favorites like mee pok and teh.
1pm - Lunch with a view and room for dessert.
Luke’s Oyster Bar (#03-02 The Heeren, 260 Orchard Rd., 6733- 4813, S(238855)) makes the best burger. We will stroll over to Tarte (#01- 12 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., 6235-3225, S(228208)), for coffee and a fruit tart.
7pm - Indulge in a sushi dinner.
I love the reasonably-priced Japanese food at Sushi Jin (#01-11 Owen Link, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Rd., 6443-3378, S(217562)). It is the perfect place for sashimi and aburi sushi platters.
10pm - Squeeze in a nightcap.
I head to The Whisky Library (#02-19 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., 6735-2900, S(238868)) to see if there are any interesting bottles on offer, like the Laphroaig.