Thai Treats and Mar­tini Makeover

With the re­cent re­vamp of Grand Hy­att’s sig­na­ture restau­rant Mezza9 comes a new au­then­tic Thai street bar­be­cue menu. Presided over by Chef Khun Sit­ti­chok Panchum, the Thai show kitchen and char­coal grill of­fers such spe­cial­ties as gai yang (grilled chicke

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Yes Way, Frosé!

The team be­hind 28 Hong Kong Street and Proof & Com­pany Spir­its has nailed it again! Crack­er­jack, their lat­est ven­ture, is an all-day din­ing spot that takes you from brekkie and brunch through to lunch, evening cock­tails and din­ner. With Wi-fi, phone-charg­ing sta­tions, long com­mu­nal ta­bles and a cre­ative drinks menu, this is some­where you could linger all day. Think re­fined, school can­teen-style where a mug of cof­fee plus re­fills for the en­tire day costs just $8, lunch and din­ner come on trays, a shuf­fle­board ta­ble is avail­able and you’re sur­rounded with funky art by Sin­ga­porean street artist Mo­joko.

An eclec­tic, Amer­i­can- in­spired menu in­cludes lentil mush­room Scotch eggs ($20), mor­eish bour­bon mash bill grits ($8), Brandt bavette steak ($28) and re­fresh­ing kale salad ($8).

There’s a strong line-up of high­balls too: try the pineap­ple rum ($16), which has the most di­vine an­gos­tura af­ter­taste. An­other high­light is the Frosé ($19) – a frozen rosé wine slushie with straw­berry and Bianco ver­mouth; or the Fries­ling ver­sion, made from riesling wine, cit­rus, spiced pear and black tea.

Psst! Look out for their Satur­day and Sun­day brunches with two seat­ings – a kid-friendly one from 10am to 12.30pm, and a more adult-friendly one from 12.30 to 3pm. See you there! 43 Tan­jong Pa­gar Road. 8121 1462 | crack­er­

Burger Bo­nanza

Cult Amer­i­can burger chain 25 De­grees Burger & Liquor Bar has opened at the spiffy-look­ing Ho­tel G. Orig­i­nally from Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, it serves a se­lec­tion of juicy burg­ers, milk­shakes and diner clas­sics, in­clud­ing but­ter­milk pan­cakes ($13) and waf­fles ($13). The dé­cor is mod­ern with a splash of retro, por­traits of Amer­i­can icons adorn­ing the walls.

Choose from five burg­ers – the first three are beef- based and come highly rec­om­mended. Num­ber One ($ 14) is topped with rich, creamy gor­gonzola, and the herby kick of fresh rocket. Num­ber Two ($14) fea­tures a gen­er­ous por­tion of melty bur­rata cheese, crispy pro­sciutto and pesto. You can cus­tomise your burger ( from $ 9.50 up­wards) with $ 2 ex­tras like caramelised onions, sauer­kraut and av­o­cado, and a wide range of sauces ($1.50 each) such as gar­lic, Parme­san and ranch.

An­other win­ner is the Sono­ran hot dog ($18). Mas­sive enough to share, it in­cludes a ba­con-wrapped sausage, pinto beans, caramelised onions and gar­lic aioli. 200 Mid­dle Road. 6809 7990 | rand­

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