Kicking off 2014 with the hottest new restaurants to eat, drink and be seen at - from molecular gastronomy to sinful desserts(31 photos)
We sampled 9 Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) and found the best all you can eat, spiciest, most K-poppin’ and best overall fried chicken – bone-in and boneless(9 photos)
From hangover helpers to bubbly buffets and top brunch plates - our picks for the city's weekend-only meals(11 photos)
KFC AS AN APPETISER | BIBIGO | A go-to spot for healthy Korean dishes like hot-stone grilled meats ($15 to $25) and bibimbap (mixed rice with vegetables, $10), Bibigo also serves an appetiser-sized portion of the Korean fried chicken. Called Red Chicken ($8), boneless pieces of chicken are batter-fried to a crisp coating and then tossed in a sweet and mildly spicy kohot sauce (a fermented pepper sauce made with red chillies, fermented soybeans, glutinous rice and salt). These are served in small pieces, result in fuller coatings and a more robust flavour. This spice levels aren’t high so this one's good for those who cannot tolerate spice.
ALL YOU CAN EAT KFC TO SOAK UP THE BOOZE | CHICKEN UP | At Chicken Up the draw is an all you can eat spread of fried chicken. They open in the evenings (from 5.30pm to 2am or 3am) and their wildly popular chicken buffet ($29.25 per person) draws in the crowds till the wee hours; the fact that you can top-up $17.55 per person for free-flow draft beer, helps too. Of the five types, the signature offerings are the dry Spicy Up (the spice is in the batter, not as a coating; four pieces for $18 - pictured) and the Yangnyum (fried chicken coated with a signature sweet and spicy sauce and topped with sesame seeds, four pieces for $22). Have your fill of all their mildly greasy fried chicken offerings – curry, spicy, mild, yangnyum and soy chicken flavours – and more: the buffet also includes popcorn chicken, fries, salad and a chicken stew. They use only fresh chicken that is prepared upon order – no frozen or pre-cooked chooks served here.
ÜBER-LUXURIOUS INTERNATIONAL BUFFET | Be bowled over by the sheer volume and variety of the buffets (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at The Line (Buffet hours: Daily 6-10.30am, noon-1.30pm, 6-10.30pm). A modern, minimalist 400-seater restaurant at Shangri-La, their buffet has 16 stations that offer worldly fare, from pesto spaghetti cooked on the spot to satay skewers aplenty, sashimi, Indian curry and a carvery. Get some creamery style ice-cream with the toppings mashed up, and finish with a freshly-brewed flavoured cappuccino at the barista bar. If you’re a diehard seafood fan, go for the marine harvest special on Tuesday and Thursday nights. All 16 kitchens will transform into seafood stations serving up a mix of traditional and new creations featuring fresh catches like Boston lobsters, king prawns and crabs. Desserts are also a dream with choices such as ice cream teppanyaki (iron-griddle cooked food) and piping-hot soufflés. The Line also does a great Sunday brunch, but if you're brunching at the Shangri-la, give The Waterfall café a try. Price: Dinner: Tue & Thu $102.64 with unlimited sparkling wine; Mon, Wed, Sun $84.24 with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks; Fri-Sat $91.26 with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks
BEST FOR SUBSTANTIAL PORTIONS | BonChon Chicken | This South Korean chain's Singapore outlet is at Level 1 of Bugis+. We had high hopes for this casual eatery: the Korean-style fried chicken is said to be completely trans-fat free, and the chicken cooked to order – takes 15 minutes – with the sauces hand-brushed on every piece. Our order of medium-sized drumsticks (six pieces for $14.90) did indeed take a quarter of an hour to arrive, and was served piping hot, crispy and full of flavour. Large, meaty drumsticks that are coated with either Hot, Soy Garlic or a mix of both sauces. The Hot packs a spice that lingers while not being numblingly spicy and the Soy Garlic is a fragrant garlicky flavour that packs an umami punch. The best part – the generous portions are good for sharing.
HALAL, INTERNATIONAL BUFFET THAT REQUIRES STAMINA | This one is for the serious ‘buffetarian’. Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts (Buffet hours: 6.30-10.30pm) has a big buffet spread for every meal, but their dinner is the biggest and baddest. There is an eye-popping array of seafood – prawns, shellfish, lobsters and a whole Atlantic salmon; sushi, sashimi, a live teppanyaki (iron-griddle cooked food) station and shabu-shabu (thinly sliced beef dipped in broth/sauce). There is a small mezze selection and a large salad bar, a rotisserie and Middle-Eastern chicken kebabs. Have your pasta cooked à la minute and paired with their freshly baked bread and halal cheese. The European selection has a decent beef bourguignon and carrot au gratin. There is Asian and Indian fare and separate stations for noodles, dim sum and even one for Hainanese chicken rice with all the condiments. We recommend coming on a (very) empty stomach to get through this. Price: Mon-Thu $72.54 (adult), $44.46 (child); Fri-Sun $87.75 (adult), $49.14 (child)