My City: Cheryl Koh
The perfect day in Singapore for the pastry chef of Tarte by Cheryl Koh (#01-12 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd., 6235 3225, S(228208))
How has the F&B scene evolved in Singapore in the last few years? We have more young entrepreneurs entering the F&B scene, and they bring with them many bright ideas for new concepts. They are much more ambitious and bold and willing to take risks, moving away from “working up the ranks to gain experience”, and diving straight into "opening my own shop".
What are some exciting developments in F&B we should look out for? I hope to see our old favorite hawker stalls and local establishments thrive and more young people willing to move away from what is “trendy” to learning about and preserving our culinary heritage.
Name three of your favorite places to eat out in Singapore. Da Zhong coffee stall (Hougang Ave 1) where I have my coffee or tea, steamed kaya bread and half-boiled eggs; Casa Verde (1 Cluny Rd, 6467-7326, S(259569)), for local dishes and pizzas; and Whampoa Wet Market and Food Centre (90 Whampoa Dr., S(320090)) to indulge in traditional hawker fare.
Where do you like to go to unwind after work? I cycle down to Marina Barrage via the East Coast Park connector, which takes you through Gardens by the Bay. The journey along this route allows you take in the beauty of our spectacular city skyline and our coastal area.
My Perfect Day
5am - Go cycling
I enjoy cycling to Changi Village via Marina Bay and East Coast Park.
9am - Breakfast at a local market
I will have my coffee or tea, steamed kaya bread and half-boiled eggs.
1:30pm - Lunch at Botanic Gardens
I love Casa Verde’s (1 Cluny Rd, 6467-7326, S(259569)) laksa and calamansi juice.
6pm - Grab pre-dinner drinks
I’ll usually order the piña colada at the Grand Hyatt Martini Bar (Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd., 6738-1234, S(228211)).
7pm - Indulge in a dinner spread
I had a wonderful meal at Spago by Wolfgang Puck (57 Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-9955, S(018956)).