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How I Photograph Food


Kith Cafe @ Millenia Walk
a hearty brunch date

#01-44/55 | 6333 4438 | 730am-10pm daily

Brunch food is easily photographed. With a variety of great coffee (including some awesome coffee art), delicious food with bright and captivating colours, the intimate cafe experience can be very well captured in a photo. We tried the Kith Breakfast (SGD$19) which came with two slices of multi-grain toast, smoked bratwurst, cripsy bacon, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and greens. We also ordered the Pancakes which came with a generous amount of berries and a poached pear. The Benedict which was quite good as well, topped with crispy bacon, kale and hollandaise sauce. 

Sandaime Bunji

a life-changing beef  bowl

#01-14/15 | 6333 1516
Mon to Fri:  11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 23:00
Saturday:  11:30 – 23:00
Sunday: 11:30 – 21:00

An established family eatery in Tokyo that has been running for over 80 years. I’m sure they brought some pretty epic recipes with them to our sunny island. The towering bowl of Wagyu stacked atop white grained & barley seed rice, doused in an appetising dark sauce, all for just SGD$19.90. It is not only value for money but it will leave you craving for more.


Teppei Syokudo @ Millenia Walk

your  Kaisendon fix

#01-105 | 6238 1945 | 11:00 – 21:00 daily

A hearty  bowl with a generous serving of fresh and thickly sliced sashimi topped over steamed Japanese Rice (SGD$16). The fish is cubed in a good size that it absorbs enough of the sauce but it does not taste too salty. I love adding a lot of Chilli Flakes in my bowl. This is perfect for a quick lunch or even a takeaway. You may even watch as they prepare your bowl before your eyes. 

Paulaner Bräuhaus

a perfect wine down

Sun to Thu: 12:00 – 01:00

Fri/Sat/eve of PH: 12:00 – 02:00

Mon to Fri: 12:00 – 14:30 (lunch), 18:30 – 22:30  (
Sunday: 11:30 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:30

Boasting tons of natural light, a beautiful homely interior with hints of an authentic German microbrewery, its stunning 3 storey restaurant brews a range of beers including some seasonal brews. The bone-in pork knuckle is definitely worth a mention with its crispy crackling and very tender meat.  I particularly enjoyed the warm Pretzels together with the ice cold beers.  

As Singapore’s first and only authentic German Microbrewery & Restaurant, they have been in Millenia Walk for over two decades now. There are definitely more than one reason to head down whether it is for a date or a big gathering with friends. Some cold beerand good food can never go wrong.  

Photographing brunch is the best way to learn how to take a nice flatlay.

Each individual dish is already beautifully plated, with colours that stand out in photos.

Tip #1 is to ensure that the dishes are on plates with different sizes to create some variety.

Tip #2 is to space them out evenly. Some people might like to have negative space but I love filling up the entire photo with something. If you find that there is a blank space, you can consider putting your pouch, sunnies, or even the restaurant’s menu. Just remember to FILL UP THE GAPS!

Not all food photographs must be captured top down. When food is stacked (e.g. waffles, shaved ice or in this case, the beef bowl), I prefer to photograph from an angle like such. Capturing a photo with a semi-clean background is key and I tend to use the “live focus” or in lay man’s terms “bokeh” effect to draw focus to the subject.

At times, repetition may be a good thing for your photo because why have 2 bowls when you can get 3?

Keeping to the style of “my view from the top”, this angle is simple to capture and very picturesque when the food looks epic on it’s own.  

You can’t go wrong with some symmetry.

Three tips to share here:

#1 have one main item in the middle as the focus (in this case the stew).

#2 you can add some human interactions (e.g. the hand) to make it more interesting. 

#3 While a top down (flatlay) angle might be quite nice, you can play around with some variations for a change. 

Come n Joy

a home-cooked korean meal

#01-26 | 6338 3831 
11:30am-3:30pm,  5:30pm-11pm Daily

This restaurant was started by Korean couple who wanted to share their love for their cuisine. All sauces and food are prepared in the restaurant from scratch. Priced reasonably, you can find popular Korean dishes such as bibimbap, ramyun, stews and popular Korean snacks, pancakes and fried chicken. I highly recommend this place for a casual gathering with friends because some fried chicken, soju and beer can’t go wrong.

LIGHTING is a very important consideration when taking “food photos” or “flatlays”, or actually any photo for that matter. 

Especially when photographing food, I would always opt for a table next to a window. Natural and diffused light always works best. Tried, tested and proven.

To make the photo more engaging and interactive, I sometimes choose to do a boomerang or GIF instead of a still image. For example, of someone pouring sauce of that delicious pork knuckle!

Enjoy 15% off for weekday dinners for the restaurants featured above by simply flashing this blogpost at Come n Joy, Kith Cafe Millenia Walk, Paulaner Brauhaus and Teppei Syokudo Millenia Walk.

*Limited to the first 100 at each participating restaurant*

As a part of Millenia Walk’s Gourmet Ensemble Campaign, I’ll be featuring some of my favourite restaurants whom I deem to have the most photogenic food in the mall or scream “food porn” at me. 
This food does not only look good but it tastes great. I’ll let the pictures speak for itself.

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