OTTOMAN KEBAB & GRILL | Where to eat: While several dining options at the new Bedok Mall are popular chain restaurants (Poulet, Ayam Penyet Ria and Itacho Sushi among others), this Turkish, halal-certified eatery is a refreshing option. They offer affordable plates and Ottoman-style decor and serveware; we especially liked the blown-glass light fixtures. What to eat (See video here): The 40-seat casual eatery serves up the usual Middle Eastern staples like the hummous (chick pea dip with tahini, lime juice and garlic, $6) and a house-made pide flat bread ($2). Hearty mains include the Iskender mutton kebab (minced mutton patties on a bed of deep-fried pide bread croutons slathered with a sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, celery, carrots and shallots, $18.50), served with a dollop of yoghurt. For dessert, the prepared-on-order kunefe ($8.50) is nabulsi goat cheese encased within shredded phyllo pastry, deep fried and then drizzled with sugar syrup and crushed pistachios. We loved the flavours in this dish, but were left hoping for a more cheese to phyllo ratio. Round off your meal with a cup of potent Turkish coffee ($4, black or served with milk); allow the coffee grains to settle and sip.
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KRISPY KREME INCOME AT RAFFLES | Where to eat: CBD-ers alert, the famed doughnut chain has opened its second outlet right at the heart of the business district – Income at Raffles. Bigger than the Tangs outlet, this doughnut bakery shop is packed with wooden tables and comfy seats (enough for 25) – bosses you know where to look if your employees are away for far too long. We hear free WiFi and charging points are also available. What to eat: Apart from the usual 16 suspects – the original glazed ($2.60 each), red velvet, cookie crunch, chocolate ice glazed and 12 others ($2.95 each) – Krispy Kreme adds four more monthly flavours to their line-up that have included Choco Mania (caramel meringue, icing chocolate curls, chocolate cookie crunch and double chocolate custard, $2.95) and Jenny Lim (a double chocolate doughnut sprinkled with white chocolate swirls and an Oreo cookie, $2.95).