There’s so much more to the neigh­bour­hood than a par­tic­u­lar Swedish fur­ni­ture gi­ant.

Time Out Singapore - - News - By Iliyas Ong

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An atas ko­pi­tiam Salmon belly tartare and veal schnitzel with brown but­ter and ca­per sauce aren’t the usual sus­pects at a ko­pi­tiam, but you’ll find them – and other ‘gourmet’ dishes – at Sa­lute Cof­feeshop. And while you’re there, wash ev­ery­thing down with a tall mug of craft beer on tap.

#01-40 Blk 119 Bukit Merah Ln 1 (face­book.com/ saluteko­pi­tiam). Tue-Sun 11am-10pm. Not that laksa With all the Miche­lin buzz sur­round­ing clay­pot laksa at Alexandra Vil­lage Food Cen­tre,

Janggut Laksa is of­ten over­looked. Not that it should be. The Ka­tong lak­sastyle bowl is rich and sat­is­fy­ing, as is its chicken curry, the only other dish served here.

#01-59 Queensway Shop­ping Cen­tre (face­book. com/janggut­laksa). Daily 10am-9.15pm. His­tory in a cof­fee cup Long be­fore Third Wave cafés started crop­ping up, there was Tiong Hoe Spe­cialty Cof­fee. The cof­fee joint has been roast­ing and brew­ing beans for more than half a cen­tury, and its sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion own­ers have upped their game, im­port­ing beans and blends from around the world.

#01-1133 Blk 170 Stir­ling Rd (6474 5442, tionghoe. com). Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 8.30am-5.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm. Mus­cu­lar ra­men bowls The queue at IKEA’s restau­rant too long? Then fuel up at Otoko Ra­men in­stead. Its ver­sion of the noo­dle soup is big, bold and brawny: thick­erthan-usual slabs of char siew and a fist­ful of cab­bage crown its creamy tonkotsu broth. à

#01-16 Park Ho­tel Alexandra, 321 Alexandra Rd (6250 2889). Daily 11am-10pm.

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