Braving The Burbs

Franck Pinckers

Suburban style: Il Lido

You might have thought that a downtown location was as essential to the success of a fashionable restaurant as, say, a celebrity clientele or a daring menu. But that's not true in the case of Singapore's new breed of modish eateries. A few of the city's fashion-forward restaurateurs have forsaken Orchard Road's madding crowds in favor of verdant retreats where cool cuisine comes with a side order of peace and quiet. Maybe it's due to a reluctance to pay city-center rents. Or perhaps it's because of the realization that, in compact Singapore, nowhere is that far from anywhere else. Whatever the...

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