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Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo
5 Uchisaiwaicho 1-Chōme, Chiyoda, Greater Tokyo, Japan
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Good value and a convenient location near a number of different train and subway lines. A bit past its prime but, if you think of it as a slightly dated Ritz Carlton, you won't be too far off the mark. The staff are excellent and the rooms are great by Tokyo standards. My rate of $120 USD was incredibly good value. Nice fitness facilities available for a nominal fee.

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Maguro Ichidai Hibiya
2-1-13 Yurakucho, Tokyo, Greater Tokyo, Japan
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

I wasn't impressed by the fish quality here and the aburi tuna was a bit dry. Though the name would indicate they specialize in tuna, Sushi Zanmai is cheaper and has better quality. That said, the environment is pleasant and some of their set specials are good value.

Big thumbs up to this outlet for being the first sushi counter I have visited with a female chef. I'd eat here again just to reward the attempt at diversity in a very male dominated and sexist segment of the restaurant industry.

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Yuraku Concourse
2-20 Ginza 7-Chōme, Chiyoda, Greater Tokyo, Japan
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

This little underpass is a nostalgic gem. A must-visit if your are in Yurakucho. A step back into the 1950s. If you have time, grab a drink and people watch at Manpuku Shokudo.

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Manpuku Shokudo
Chiyoda, Greater Tokyo, Japan
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

It is a shame that the food here is so bad because this retro Izakaya in Yurakucho has incredible atmosphere and is perfect for people watching. Sit outside in the Yurakucho Concourse and focus your attention on drinking -- happy hour beers are 190 JPY and this place is great fun. Unfortunately, the food is mediocre at best. A fantastic place to start or end am evening but find your food elsewhere. Perfectly located under the tracks. Fried foods are your best bet. The sashimi also looked good but I didn't try it.

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Bombay Cafe
Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore, Singapore
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This outlet near Mustafa Centre is every bit as good as the original. Great Bombay street food served up with a kitsch Bollywood theme that will either charm or annoy. The food is exceptional. One of my favorite places for Indian in Singapore. No alcohol is served.

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Mustafa Centre
145 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207704
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You can buy anything here. A must see stop during any visit to Little India. A bit of Mumbai in the city state. A great place to people watch or pick up a Bollywood film.

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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
141 Serangoon Road, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

This Hindu temple is in the heart of Little India and is one of the more active Hindu temples in Singapore. Well worth a visit in conjunction with a stop at Mustafa Centre and one of the neighborhood's many excellent Indian restaurants.

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Restaurant Absinthe
Boat Quay, Singapore, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

Pleasant and sophisticated ambience with high quality French food and an excellent raw bar. Multi-level with a variety of atmospheres to fit your mood. The riverside terrace is lovely. Hard to get away for less than $150 pp for dinner. Spotty service but easily the best dining option in Boat Quay (which is full of tourist traps).

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Nana Teh Tarik
65 Killiney, Singapore, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

There is nothing special about this new Indian hawker stall on Killiney. Food is average and prices are low. Open 24 hours but nearby Spize is better if you are looking for a late night bite. Mostly Indian bust also has a variety of other Southeast Asian basics.

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Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar
10 Duxton Hill, Singapore, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

I was taken here by a Russian friend who loves the place. High quality food and attentive service. The largest selection of vodkas I have ever seen. Feels a bit austere and it is easy to run up a large tab quickly, especially if you are with a Russian. Good for something different if you are in town for a bit or live here but low priority if you are a short term visitor.

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Sabio Tapas Bar
Duxton Hill, Singapore, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

Decent tapas spot but the food doesn't keep pace with the attitude and prices are high. No reason to go.

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Lucha Loco
Duxton Hill, Singapore, Singapore
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Genuinely good Mexican with great atmosphere. Could hold its own in the U.S. and is a stand out for Asia. Ample outdoor seating. Highly recommended and very popular.

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Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

The leadership of this organization is morally bankrupt but seeing the F1 in Singapore is a treat -- night time races and an urban setting coupled with great concerts and a massive hawker center. I hate giving even a SGD to these guys but, no doubt, there is an allure to the sport and the event is great fun. The relatively inexpensive Zone 4 walk-about tickets are good value and provide incredible access. The smart money rents nicely air conditioned suites at The Stamford which overlooks the track (be sure to book above the tree line but not too high up). Be prepared for the heat. Singapore is hot and the crowds are oppressive.

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Chek Jawa Wetlands
Jalan Pekan Ubin, Tampines, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

Easily visited on foot by two boardwalk trails --- one along the coast (0.6 km) and the other through a mangrove (0.5 km). You can reach the visitor's center by bike (about 30 min) or by taxi. From there, you are required to walk. The visitor's center has a vending machine that sells water and other refreshments.

Despite being a national park, locals don't respect it and there is a lot of trash.

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Season Live Seafood
Jalan Pekan Ubin, Tampines, Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

Best of the lot on Pulau Ubin. Competent with a pleasant location on the water. Service is abysmal. The water views are a bit industrial but still have some charm.

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Pulau Ubin
Near Changi Village, Singapore 49 Singapore
Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)'s rating:

Pleasant little island that has rustic charm even if there is a lot of trash. A great place for a half day of biking. If you have limited time in Singapore, not worth the time and effort. Other parts of Asia do quaint and rural far better than what you will find here. That said, for residents and frequent visitors, Pulau Ubin is a welcome outdoor escape though I prefer hiking in the Southern Ridges.

Dotted with small temples. You'll most certainly see plenty of birds and a few monkeys. The Chek Jawa Wetlands are a highlight. The entire island can easily be seen in 3-4 hours on bike. To reach the island take a taxi or public transport to Changi Village and transfer to a bumboat for the 10 min ride to Ubin ($2.50 SGD). Drinks can be purchased easily on the island but are harder to find on the less popular trails -- best to buy water at the pier and bring it with you but not essential.

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