Table Talk:
Singapore's This Old House
Published: September 23, 2007
By Sheridan Prasso

To capitalize on its colonial past, Singapore has been transforming historic districts into new hubs of restaurants, spas , wine bars and galleries.

One of the latest renewals is Rochester Park, a neighborhood of 70-year-old “black-and-white” bungalows — the name comes from their white walls and dark wood trim — where several villas have been converted into restaurants. Capturing the most buzz is Graze (left; No. 4 Rochester Park; 011-65-6775-9000; entrees about $17 to $24), for its cucumber cosmopolitans and a menu that riffs on a black-and-white theme (seared Wagyu sirloin with Parmesan polenta).

The style set has also been converging on Graze's neighbors: the excellent Chinese restaurants Min Jiang (No. 5, 011-65-6774-0122; entrees $10 to $26) and One Rochester (No. 1, 011-65-6773-0070; prix fixe from $31); North Border Bar and Grill (No. 2, 011-65-6777-6618; entrees $16 to $24) for margaritas and Southwestern fare; and the Italian bistro-bar Da Paolo (No. 3, 011-65-6774-5537; entrees $20 to $25).