You’re likely to do a double take as soon you stroll into The English House (left in pic), a restaurant serving, well, English comfort food. The property, which also houses an 18-room boutique hotel that's slated to open in 2019, occupies two conservation shophouses at the corner of Mohamed Sultan Road. One of the houses used to host '90s nightspot Madam Wong’s.

The English House's entrance is almost engulfed in tropical foliage, which brush gently against your shoulders as you squeeze past the doorway. Short of painting the colonial structure completely white instead of grey and cream, there’s a definite sense that the building was inspired by the architecture and style of the iconic Raffles Hotel (right in pic). Down to the handsome uniformed doormen who actually used to work at the said hotel. Marco once told 8 DAYS he always checks into the Raffles during his frequent visits to Singapore as he "likes its garden".

Photos: Raffles Hotel and The English House's Facebook Page

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