29 Dec '11, 9pm

The rise of designer casual dining in Singapore

Call it an exercise in social equality or, if it so pleases you, a perceptive food culture without class (oh, come on, you know what I mean). Fact of the matter is dining out in Singapore has remained a generally affordable affair, whatever the cuisine. For a select majority, eating out has even grown into a lifestyle necessity - a tireless routine of alternating between their favourite hawker stalls. Naturally, for an increasingly discerning breed of diners, this affordability justifies the occasional splurge. Sure, we once had to deal with being generalised as grudging, penny-pinching gluttons - a reportedly identifiable lot at the buffet table, often defined by their towering plates of food, deftly stacked with only the best bits. We've outgrown that persona, more or less, though some have merely replaced the old wool with a more fashionable micro-fibre alternative. It ...

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