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.”

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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.

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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

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.

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