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Where CEOs eat: Paul Ling, managing director of Maranatha International

The Peak asks gourmands for their dining picks here and abroad.

The opportunity to pair his wines with food is what motivates this healthcare-sector strategist and self-confessed creature of habit to explore new places to eat. In that, Paul Ling is helped by the ready flow of information this day and age. He says: “Foodies are able to compare and contrast their dining experiences, while being introduced to a cornucopia of culinary delights, and chefs are able to look beyond their markets to improve, as well as challenge their peers at a whole new level.”

(Related: Where CEOs eat: Stefanie Yuen Thio, joint managing partner and head of corporate, TSMP Law Corporation)

Paul Ling’s recommendations for:



Binomio combines delicious food and wines with personalised service in a cosy setting.

Binomio in Craig Road is a good reflection of Spanish fare from Rioja. Its wines are simple, wide-ranging and delicious. The waitstaff are always friendly and on hand. They remember what I like and pair my wines well with the dishes, especially its classic cuttlefish, steaks as well as fideua and paella. The seating is comfortable and well-spaced, along with having warm lighting for cosy conversation.

Japanese – Izakaya

Shinjuku. Good place to gather with friends. The number of Japanese expatriates eating here is a good reflection of how good the service, and food and beverage are.

(Related: Cuppage Plaza: A secret haven for authentic Japanese restaurants)

Japanese – Ramen

No-frills Chiyume in Koek Road has satisfied many a late-night ramen craving for me. The broth is richly seasoned, and the noodles are served to perfection with the right texture and firmness. Die-hard ramen lovers should try the claypot version. (Related: )

Japanese – Sushi

Monzushi, tucked away in Tanjong Pagar, is a recent discovery. Helmed by a third generation chef, this Edo-styled sushi restaurant serves wonderful ingredients from Japan.

Modern Fusion

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    Chef Ivan Brehm helms Nouri in Amoy Street.

Nouri in Amoy Street is helmed by former Bacchanalia chef Ivan Brehm, whom I have followed over the years. His use of local produce and perpetual push of culinary boundaries are admirable.


Kanda, Tokyo

A three-star Michelin restaurant in a quiet neighbourhood in Moto-Azabu. The dishes are beautifully presented. The counter seating is cosy and you can engage with the English-speaking staff.

(Related: Fine dining in Tokyo: where to go for haute cuisine)