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Price: S$50. Wine: S$55.
Opened in August 2001, Broth has proved to be a popular place for lunch and dinner in the business district of Chinatown. The Mediterranean atmosphere is reflected in the high-ceilinged, cool interior, with only 8 tables inside and 2 on the pavement. The cuisine is Modern European with its dinner menu favouring meaty main courses like Middle Eastern chicken and lamb loins in a green coat herb sauce. There is more to choose from at lunchtime: such as snails on brioche with roast garlic for starters, potato and white truffle gnocchi for a main. The outstanding the sticky date pudding should not be missed. It's a suitable place for a quiet dinner, with relaxing music and good friendly service.
21 Duxton Hill Telephone: 6323 3353.
Crossroads Café
Price: S$40. Wine: S$40.
Right in the middle of Orchard Road’s shopping and business district on the street level, its relaxing, terrace-like atmosphere is perfect for people-watching. The large menu has snacks, meals and breakfasts with Asian and Western cuisine and plenty of variety. The Late Breakfast menu offers American pancakes and Eggs Benedict. Customers might begin with a classic Caesar salad with smoked salmon or an Asian combination platter. Other items are the popular Yong chow fried rice with pork, shrimp and chicken satay, or a five-spiced fillet of cod. There is a big list of sandwiches and side orders, as well as a dessert buffet for S$10, which makes this a good place for an afternoon coffee, a cool beer or a three-course dinner.
Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road
Telephone: 6735 5800. Fax: 6735 9800.
Doc Cheng’s
Price: S$60. Wine: S$55.
Specialising in cuisine called trans-ethnic, Doc Cheng’s uses unusual combinations of ingredients, which is its signature. Fusion cuisine can be an over-used description but here is one place that offers the real thing. To starter, Doc’s pu-pu platter includes a range of appetisers like samosas, tuna tartare and pork dumplings or Indochine crab cake with butter sauce. Mains can include Szechuan rack of lamb marinated with spices, char-boiled miso butter fish, and wok-charred big-eye Hawaiian tuna. A great dessert is the caramelised bananas baked with sticky rice ice cream. A four-course set menu for S$98 (with wine) or S$65 (without wine).

Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road
Telephone: 6412 1261; fax: 6339 7013
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Price: S$50. Wine: S$55.
With a Greek accent, Esmirada has moved to this larger venue and makes for a lively night out. The salads are full of feta cheese and black olives; main courses include seafood served with bell pepper relish and tzatziki, skewered meats as well as paella and lamb couscous. The desserts are great, with an award-winning tiramisu and lemon crème brûlée. But the pièce de résistance is the Kramat coffee. At the table, a waiter prepares a flambéed coffee, with Cointreau, Grand Marnier and Drambuie. Service is informal and friendly. There is also a huge table seating ten people in a separate dining room, ideal for a private dinner party.
Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road
Telephone: 6735 3476.
Original Sin Price: S$40. Wine: S$49.
This is one of a few European vegetarian restaurants, a stylish venue in the ex-pat area of Holland Village. There is a choice of bruschettas, salads and starters, the best is the mezze plate with six Middle Eastern specialties, like babaganoush (roast eggplant dip) and koresh (pumpkin, pinenuts and cinammon), served with lots of pitta bread. The pizzas and calzones with toppings like roast pumpkin, avocado, smoked cheese and asparagus are unusual. The Italian chef does well with risotto, frittata and pasta, and there is a mouthwatering cheesecake and liqueur coffee to finish.

Chip Bee Gardens, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Holland Village
Telephone: 6475 5605. Fax: 6475 4416.
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