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Tomyum Seafood Pasta (creamy tomyum sauce pasta with prawn & mussel) from Fuel Plus’ refreshed menu. The drought-stricken tomyum sauce played it as safe as a quadruple-layered Huggies diaper, leaving the fettuccine’s starchiness vulnerably exposed. Elsewhere, the wonderfully crunchy and succulent prawns were woefully overqualified for this position. 3.3/5 Fuel…

The Word. Brekkie from WORD – sausage, choice of eggs, toast, grilled vegetables, bacon. Brunchly satisfying despite being disarmingly earnest, although you can positively hear the clang of spaluta against Mom’s favourite frying pan ringing from a distance. 3.4/5 WORD Cafe 906 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 787110

Pincho Moruno from Catalunya – grilled  marinated in a special house blended spice and served with apple aioli. Essentially the kebab equivalent of a surly, reserved Moroccan army regular who canes his children for bad behaviour and goes on desert missions. Mighty filling, though. 3.4/5 This was a hosted meal,…

Laksa Pasta from Druggists – linguine cooked to al dente and tossed in laksa rempah. The dryly wet linguine generated gentle flames, but left virtually alone on stage to carry the performance it was more meek meow than Mariah melisma. 3.3/5 Druggists 119 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207547

Duck confit with duck leg, arugula, mashed potato, orange sauce from The Larder Cafe. The saltily thin-skinned and fatty-armpited duck had a infantry sergeant-esque toughness to its flesh that could benefit from some post-bookout TLC. 3.4/5 The Larder Cafe Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central #01-124 Singapore 310177