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Super Popular Private Dining Chef Opens Café In Orchard Serving Gourmet Ipoh Curry Mee & Yong Tau Foo

Sandra Sim of Ladyboss Dining Club is behind the menu at chic new cafe Small Tables, which also serves Ipoh hor fun and poached kampong chicken.
Super Popular Private Dining Chef Opens Café In Orchard Serving Gourmet Ipoh Curry Mee & Yong Tau Foo

Chef and restaurateur Sandra Sim has worn many hats. Once co-founder of eateries like Cantonese tapas bar Sum Yi Tai and sushi joint Chi Kinjo (both closed amid the pandemic), the entrepreneur now operates a highly sought-after private dining experience at her flat, named Ladyboss Dining Club. At home, she dishes out modern Chinese plates omakase-style for those lucky enough to snag a seat – which includes high-powered foodies like Unlisted Collection CEO Loh Lik Peng and mod Sin chef Willin Low. If you were hoping to chope your spot, it’s too late – the private dining club has been fully booked for the rest of this year.

But there’s an easier way to try her food. The lady boss will soon be lending her culinary chops as executive chef at a newly opened casual eatery focusing on Ipoh specialties like curry mee, hor fun and white coffee — but with a slightly elevated twist. The 60-seater soft-launched on September 3 on the ground floor of Pacific Plaza shopping mall on Orchard Road.

Small Tables – the Chinese character ‘yi’ for Ipoh, when split apart, literally translates to ‘small tables’ – is a joint venture between Three Eats (comprising Sandra and her partners) with Minor Food Group, whose stable of brands includes Thai chicken rice specialists Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice and local cha chaan teng-style chain Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe. 

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