PLY BAKED GOODS | Where to eat: Before you say, 'not another bakery', step into this 16-seat cafe in a Thomson Road shophouse and give their bakes a taste. After two successful years as a takeaway-only outfit, they have recently expanded into serving their confections for dine-in customers. What to eat: The rainbow cake will grab your attention with its bright colours. At $8.50 a slice you get a seven-layered, iced sponge cake studded with chocolate pearls. Try also the royal chempedak (jackfruit) cake ($6.20) or the New York cheesecake. There are savouries on the menu too; for those looking for lighter bites, they cook their French fries in an air fryer ($8).
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SAHA SIGNATURE RESTAURANT & BAR | Where to eat: The newest occupant to the Duxton Hill dining enclave is Indian celebrity chef, Abhijit Saha's eponymous restaurant. After running two popular restaurants in Bangalore, India, and winning several awards, Saha brings his contemporary take on traditional Indian recipes by way of a restaurant and terrace bar to Singapore. What to eat: The eclectic food is best explored via the tasting menus: pick between a vegetarian ($78) and non-vegetarian ($98) option. Expect to try dishes like the vegetarian frozen dahi vada powder (yogurt caviar with tamarind chutney and crushed cumin) and meat-dishes like the balchao (Goan tomato-chilli paste) spice-grilled scallop salad with cashew nut crust, asparagus, ginger orange dressing and mixed greens. After dinner, retreat to the terrace cocktail bar for an Indian mojito (made instead with Old Monk dark rum, $16) or a Kari-Tino (a martini flavoured with curry leaves and green chillis, $16).