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imageGrand Marnier Crema Catalana from Milagro Spanish Restaurant at Orchard Central. Essentially your standard crème brûlée but with sassy unwashed blonde hair, being inappropriately high on sangria (and Grand Marnier, of course) and warbling lines such as “lucky that my breasts are small and humble so you don’t confuse them with mountains”. 3.7/5

This was a hosted meal, courtesy of Milagro Spanish Restaurant and Come Let’s Eat, a PR campaign by four NTU undergraduates which seeks to promote a deeper understanding between foreigners and Singaporeans through an exchange of food cultures.

We were seated with a most gregarious and vivacious Spanish host from the Canary Islands, and over traditional Spanish cuisine such as Patatas Bravas and Paella Valenciana we learnt from her how a typical Spanish adult might end work by 2pm, have a siesta til evening, dinner at 11pm followed by dropping it down low and feeling so fly like at G6 at da klubs and pubs until 4am. Wistful sigh. (Pro tip: Binomio is supposedly the most authentic Spanish joint in town according to her, so that’s one restaurant to check off my list!)

Milagro Spanish Restaurant
181 Orchard Road
#08-06/07 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896


Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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