20 Jan '12, 2pm
Alkaff Mansion makes a comeback!
Alkaff Mansion Ristorante 10 Telok Blangah Green You could say . . . she's back. In the same way you can't keep a good man down, you can't keep a grand dame from coming back swinging, especially when she takes the form of the Alkaff Mansion - enjoying her latest reincarnation after being left to decay for almost a decade. Since the Sars outbreak in 2003 when its previous tenant Hotel Properties Ltd (HPL) cut its losses at the high end rijsttafel restaurant and returned Alkaff Mansion to its owner, the Singapore Land Authority, the '20s-era former holiday home of rich Yemeni spice traders had been languishing amidst overgrown shrubbery and peeling paint. Until 2010, when LHN Culinary Concepts - a subsidiary of property developer LHN Group - took over the lease to give the crumbling structure a new lease of life. "The floor tiles and windows were damaged, the timber flooring...