A Monte Cristo and Irish Coffee in Chinatown's "The Olde Cuban" cigar bar


Today I put Singapores claim to being a “multicultural city” to the test. In a couple hours, within the span of one block in Chinatown I ate some Japanese Yakitori, drank a beer from Thailand, ate Chinese food, drank an irish coffee and smoked a cuban cigar…not bad.

Japanese pork and chicken Yakitori from ToriQ, these were cheap and good


Look, its Singapore's hottest boy band "The Broke Neck Boys"


Didn't Godzilla kick this guy ass back in the day?


Singapore’s Chinatown is an ethnic neighbourhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population.

As the largest ethnic group in Singapore is Chinese, Chinatown is considerably less of an enclave than it once was. However, the district does retain significant historical and cultural significance. Large sections of it have been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

– Wikipedia

I like how you could see the new buildings in backdrop of pre-WWII buildings.


Our lunch spot, The Chinatown Seafood Restaurant. Someone thought long and hard to come up with that that name.


Tom Yam Seafood Noodle Soup ($7.75 Chinatown Seafood Restaurant)


A plate of Live prawns fried rice ($8.50, Chinatown Seafood Restaurant). They were dead so not sure about the name

Spicy Garlic, Sichuan Chilli Fried Rice ($6.98) the Thai beer that took the Tiger down, Singha ($4.68).....EXCELLENT!!!


Honey Crispy Roasted Chicken ($13.32). Man, this chicken had a nice big crunch to it and the honey flavor topped it off nice.


Didn't expect a high end Cuban cigar bar in the heart of Chinatown but it was a welcome suprise.

The view of old Chinatown and new Singapore from The Olde Cuban.

Japanese single malt whiskey????? I learn something new everyday

Whisky production in Japan began around 1870, but the first commercial production was in 1924 upon the opening of the country’s first distillery, Yamazaki. Broadly speaking the style of Japanese whisky is more similar to that of Scotch whisky than Irish whiskey, and thus the spelling typically follows the Scottish convention (omitting the letter “e”). – Wikipedia


In Chinese, Singapore’s Chinatown is known as Niu che shui (simplified Chinese:  pinyin: Niúchēshuǐ; literally “bull-cart water”) as a result of the fact that, because of its location, Chinatown’s water supply was principally transported by animal-driven carts in the 19th century. – Wikipedia

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  1. April 7, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    Hey, we found your review of Singapore’s Chinatown and loved it.

    We highlighted it on our website at:

    Hope you don’t mind us using your photo.


    • April 7, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      Don’t mind at all. Glad you liked it and thanks for the link-back. Keep an eye out because I plan on going back.

      • April 9, 2011 at 12:02 am #

        Thank you! Hope to see you in Singapore’s Chinatown soon.


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