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A not to be missed din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence beck­ons at Manja as the con­verted pre-war shop oozes old world lux­ury, pro­vid­ing a charm­ing set­ting for pam­per­ing din­ers with its di­verse fare.

The starter of blue claw lob­ster slider sees a lus­cious lo­cal river lob­ster sautéed and braised with lob­ster oil and served on a brioche bun with lob­ster but­ter and chimichurri béar­naise dress­ing. It is a well-pre­sented and ap­petis­ingly pleasing dish.

Unique as it sounds, the Wagyu gula Me­laka is a must-try, if only to see whether the ensem­ble works. 200 grams of smooth prime beef is coated in a pop­u­lar lo­cal palm sugar and gin­ger glaze, and the re­sult is in­deed de­li­ciously as­ton­ish­ing. Com­ple­mented with sides of but­tery herb Ja­panese rice, wok-tossed sesame mush­rooms, gar­lic chips, pick­led gin­ger and wasabi, this dish is a burst of di­verse tex­tures and flavours. The Taip­ing duck gar­lic fried rice is a good choice for carbs and gets its rich flavours cour­tesy of a three-step process in the cook­ing of the duck.

Save room for dessert be­cause you wouldn’t want to miss the kaya & cheese­cake – the slice of or­ganic cream cheese­cake is topped with Manja’s home­made kaya, and it’s a sweetly de­lec­ta­ble treat with a twist.

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