Thanksgiving Feasts in Singapore – 2016

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Thanksgiving – Time to Feast!

One of the things I love about Singapore is that no matter what part of the world you come from, the city gives you options aplenty to ensure you do not miss out on celebrating important festivals and holidays from back home. Such is Singapore’s charm, that Thanksgiving, predominantly an American Holiday, is celebrated with zest across the city.

As we celebrate this American Holiday in a cultural melting pot of Singapore, here’s a quick look at restaurants catering to those who would love to enjoy traditional (and fusion) thanksgiving meals in the next few days. Wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a gourmet holiday season from Spicerover.

 

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Mezze9 @ The Grand Hyatt

Mezze9 at Hyatt Singapore

Take a pick from Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, or if you prefer a Thanksgiving-themed Sunday brunch at mezza9. Mezze9 offers a food market-themed dinner buffet and Sunday brunch where you can enjoy delicacies such as slow-roasted organic whole turkey, Muscat pumpkin soup, cumin-roasted organic carrots and sweet potato casserole with granola crumbs; along with sustainable seafood, freshly shucked oysters, artisan cheese, authentic Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes and more. To tease you sweet tooth, dig into holiday classics like pecan maple pie, pumpkin pies and baked apricot & almond cobbler. Complement your meal with free-flowing premium alcoholic beverages as well as a special Thanksgiving martini. For Thanksgiving Dinner menu, click here. For Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch
Date: 24-Nov-2016 Date: 27-Nov-2016
Price:

S$148++ (includes Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$138++ (includes Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$108++ (includes fruit juices and soft drinks only)

S$69++ for children (ages 3 to 12 years)

Price:

S$148++ (includes Perrier- Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$128++ (includes fruits juices and soft drinks only)

 S$69++ for children (ages 3 to 12 years)

Address: Grand Hyatt,10 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228211
Reservation: Online – Click Here
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Spago @ Sands Skypark

SPAGO by Wolfgang Puck: Celebrate Thanksgiving by having dinner with a view! Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago, at Level 57, Sands SkyPark offers Thanksgiving dinner with a set 3-course set menu or you can select from dishes à la carte such as the delicious Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast and USDA Prime Filet Mignon. For the Set Menu, click here and for à la carte menu click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 6pm onward

Price: S$120++

Address: Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956

Reservation: Email: SpagoReservations@MarinaBaySands.com or Call: +65-66889955

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Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St. Regis

Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis: The Braserrie Les Saveurs at St. Regis keeps up its tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving by offering specially crafted delicacies. Here’s your chance to kick back and relax in opulent and luxurious surroundings in indulge in the tempting celebratory spread which is accompanied by fine wines, champagnes, as well as live music. The Thanksgiving spread offers the finest seafood including Court-Bouillon Poached Prawns, Alaskan King Crabs, Poached Boston Lobster, Hokkaido Scallops and Seared Sea Bass with Bacon Spinach and Tomato Relish. What’s more, you can savour distinctive Asian fares such as the all-time favourite Singapore Chilli Crab, and complete the gastronomic affair with an ensemble of delectable desserts including Clementine and Lime Caviar Verrine. For the complete menu, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Price: Adult – S$118++ | Kids (4 to 12 years) – S$54++

Address: The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, 247911

Reservation: Online – Click Here.

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Marriott Cafe @ Singapore Marriott

Marriott Cafe: Marriott Cafe has been keeping up with the tradition of being one of the go to places to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner. This Thanksgiving, Marriott Cafe promises to transform into a “gourmet paradise brimming with your holiday favourites”. Be prepared for a sumptuous dinner comprising of with gourmet succulent roasts, like Maple Glazed Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing; Bourbon & Honey Glazed Leg Ham, Jack Daniels’ BBQ Pork Ribs; Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Bone Marrow. Butternut Pumpkin & Pine Nut Soup, Sweet Potato Casserole with Blue Cheese & Walnuts, to name a few. The buffet includes free flow of sparkling wine, beers and soft drinks for adults and juices and soft drinks for the kids.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (Dinner)

Price: Adults –S$ 96++ | Kids (ages 6 to 12 years) – S$46.00++

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Marriott Tang Plaza, 238865

Reservation: Call +65-68314605

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Melt Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental

Melt Cafe – Mandarin Oriental: The Melt Cafe rarely disappoints… not only will it be presenting a festive menu for Thanksgiving, the celebration continues for a whole week. What’s more, they have Lunch and Dinner buffets… The buffets will feature a truffle roasted turkey with traditional thanksgiving stuffing that includes Rum-Maple Glazed Semi-Bone Ham, Double Cranberry Sauce and Traditional Giblet Gravy and other classic side dishes. The dessert menu includes English Minced Fruit Pie, Silky Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry Marmalade with Chantilly, Cinnamon Panna Cotta to name a few. Although not excessively traditional, the spread will make you drool for sure. For complete menu, click here.

Date: 21-Nov-2016 to 26-Nov-2016 (Lunch & Dinner)

Price:  Lunch: S$55++| Dinner: S$75 (Monday to Thursday) & S$85 (Friday and Saturday)

Reservation: Call +65 6885 3500 OR Online – Click Here

Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 039797

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Brewerks @ Riverside Point


Brewerkz: Brewerkz is one of my favourite restaurants that serves classic, handmade American-styled food. It;s one of the places where sharing is not a choice, but a necessity, thanks to the generous portions of food it offers. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Brewerkz Riverside Point (only) with a buffet spread that includes mouth watering delights like Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows and Pecans, Charred Broccoli with Almond, even the traditional Mac & Cheese, Roasted Turkey Breast, Fennel Crusted Pork, Beer Roasted Beef, classic Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Fondue. To view the spread, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (5pm to 10pm)

Price: Kids (ages 6 to 12 years) – S$16.50 | Adults – Starts at S$62.75

Reservation: Online – Click Here

Address: Brewerkz Riverside Point (30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point)

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore

Lawry’s The Prime Rib: Lawry’s the Prime Rib, an all-American chain that surpasses your need visual extravaganza… from bold colours to uniquely dressed servers… this is one of the more popular fine-dining options in Singapore. This Thanksgiving, Lawry’s is offering both lunch and dinner options that serve the Thanksgiving traditional dishes such as Classic Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Beef and Classic Turkey Duo, Herbs & Spices crusted Threadfin amongst other delicacies. For the complete menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Lunch Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Date: 24-Nov-2016 Date: 24-Nov-2016
Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm Time: 5pm onwards
Price:  From S$78++ to S$88++ Price: From S$93++ to S$103++
Address: 333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Reservation: Call6836 3333 | Email – reservations@lawrys.com.sg
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Kilo Kitchen @ Kallang

Kilo Kitchen: The first thing that intrigues me is the name Kilo and their aspiration to communicate moments defined by  hearty food, soulful music, warm conversations, and unforgettable occasions. Kilo Kitchen’s Cooking Beats celebrates Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving Feast dinner accompanied by good music and warm conversation, with drinks all the way up to midnight. The set menu offer delicacies like roasted carrot and fennel soup, prawn sesame toast, turkey two ways Pumpkin cheese cake to name a few. Vegetarian options are also available on request. For the complete menu, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 6pm onwards

Price: $70++ per person

Location: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987

Reservations: Online – Click Here or Call +65-98306252

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Meat Smith – The Full Metal Smokehouse: This casual diner offers a full variety of dining options from breakfast to dinner. The has a fully equipped bar with stocks of craft beer, bourbons, picklebacks and a wide mix of cocktails. Meat Smith, this thanksgiving, offers Smoked Turkey, with various stuffing options of Mash & Gravy, Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Cranberries, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Biscuits, and finished off with Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (Dinner)

Price: S$60.00 per pax

Reservation: eat@meatsmith.com.sg

Address: 167/169, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620

 

Photo Credits and Courtesy:

[1] Thanksgiving – Time to Feast: Marina Bay Sands Website

[2]  Mezze9 @ Grand Hyatt: Grand Hyatt Singapore Website

[3] Spago @ Sands Skypark: Marina Bay Sands Website

[4] Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St. Regis: Brasserie Les Saveurs Website

[5] Marriott Cafe @ Singapore Marriott: Marriott Singapore Website

[6] Melt Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental: Chope Melt Cafe Reservation Page

[7] Brewerks @ Riverside Point: Brewerks Singapore Website

[8] Lawry’s The Prime Rib: Lawry’s Singapore Website

[9] Kilo Kitchen @ Kallang: Kilo Website

[10] Meatsmith: Meatsmith Facebook Page 

*The blog post is based on author’s own opinions and research. The author has not taken any compensation – financial or otherwise – to publicise the restaurants in the list. Happy Thanksgiving.

Singapore Restaurant Month to Celebrate SG50 – 50 restaurants present 50 unique dishes!

SG50 Singapore Restaurant MonthThe SG50 mood is catching up as the big day arrives in but a few days! And the festivities have moved to Singapore’s favourite passion… Food! 1st July 2015 to 10th August 2015 will be celebrated as Singapore Restaurant Month (organized by Restaurant Association of Singapore). The month will see 50 restaurants in Singapore provide local produce – eggs, fish and vegetable – transformed into 50 new dishes that in some way relate and represent Singapore thus, raising the culinary flag to make SG50 special! This magic number was selected in honour of Singapore’s Jubilee SG50 celebrations and RAS is proud to fly the culinary flag during this momentous year.

Among the 50 restaurants featured in this unique festival, 12 restaurants are heritage restaurants that have served Singapore for decades and have offered unique Singaporean food palate to citizens and expats, old and young! Given below is the list of participating restaurants and the unique newly-created dish each of them will offer for the limited period.

PARTICIPATING HERITAGE RESTAURANTS

Steamed Tilapia with Fried Garlic

Westlake – Steamed Tilapia with Fried Garlic

Westlake: In business for more than 40 years, Westlake specializes in Hokkein and Sichuan dishes. The restaurant will offer Steamed Tilapia with Fried Garlic from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: Block 4, Queen’s Road, Singapore 260004

Zi Yean Restaurant: This Cantonese special restaurant has been around for 35 years now and the restaurant will offer Wok-Fry Egg-White with Conpoy Top on Crackers from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: 56 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 150056

Chin Lee - Passion of Garden City

Chin Lee – Passion of Garden City

Chin Lee Restaurant: This traditional Teochew restaurant participates in the Singapore Restaurant Month with Passion of Garden City featuring the fresh vegetable produce of Singapore from 17th July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: #01-285, 115 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 460115

Bee Heong Palace Restaurant: This old school Hokkien establishment is famous for their authentic flavours, lovely service and reasonable prices. The dish this restaurant offers is Steamed Premium Barramundi with Cordia Seeds available from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: 134 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068600

Fatty Weng - Crispy Fried Barramundi with Asparagus

Fatty Weng – Crispy Fried Barramundi with Asparagus

Fatty Weng Restaurant: Established in 1967, Fatty Weng’s biggest USP is their award winning Chef Lai Foo Weng who earned the name Fatty Weng from his loyal customers back then and the name pretty much caught on. The restaurant this festive month offers Crispy-fried Asparagus Fish from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at 37 Smith Street. Singapore 058950

Hua Yu Wee: Located in a landed property… Hua Yu Wee, located at East Coast offers their unique dish Lala Hor Fun from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: 462 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 466508

Gim Tim - Fragrant sauce with Wild Mushroom and Chinese Kai Lan

Gim Tim – Fragrant sauce with Wild Mushroom and Chinese Kai Lan

Gim Tim: The Cantonese restaurant has been in business for 40 years now and its most famous dish always has be smiling, just for the creativity of the name “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall”. This month Gim Tim will offer Fragrant sauce with Wild Mushroom and Chinese Kai Lan, something vegetarians can enjoy from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: Blk 157, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 #01-546 Singapore 560157

Islamic Restaurant - Fish Beryani

Islamic Restaurant – Fish Beryani

Islamic Restaurant: One of the older restaurants in Singapore having seen the era from before the war, through the years of the Japanese occupation, the struggles after independence through to the golden era of SG50, this is a place to go for better biryani’s in Singapore. Islamic Restaurant offers Islamic Fish Biryani with egg. The restaurant is located at: 745 North Bridge Road Singapore 198713

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant - Sautéed Bird's Nest with Egg White

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant – Sautéed Bird’s Nest with Egg White

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant: This restaurant has been around for over 35 years is probably the only revolving restaurant in Singapore. Offering what they call the Beijing cuisine, this festive month, the restaurant offers Sautéed Bird’s Nest with Egg White from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: 201 Keppel Road Singapore 099419

Red Star Restaurant: Started in 1970s the restaurant believes in economical tasty food and a rather nostalgic ambience. In the Singapore Restaurant Month, the restaurant pulls out Omelette Crispy Noodle with Prawns from their creative kitchen on offer from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: #07-23, Chin Swee Area Office, 54 Chin Swee Road, 160054

Spring Court - Yam Ring with Sweet and Sour Prawns

Spring Court – Yam Ring with Sweet and Sour Prawns

Spring Court Restaurant: Serving Singaporean Cuisine since 1929, it is one of Singapore’s oldest family restaurant. Located in in a 4-storey heritage shophouse, it’s a place to visit if you are in a mood to reminiscence Singapore’s past. You will find Yam Ring with Sweet and Sour Prawns on offer this month from 17 July to 2 August 2015. The restaurant is located at: 52-56 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058348

PARTICIPATING NON-HERITAGE RESTAURANTS

The specially prepared dish is available at these restaurants from 1 July to 10 August 2015.

Pu Tien - Singapore Cityscape

Pu Tien – Singapore Cityscape

Pu Tien: Hokkien cuisine – Singapore Cityscape

First Culinary - Braised Seabass with Cordyceps flower In Soya Bean Milk

First Culinary – Braised Seabass with Cordyceps flower In Soya Bean Milk

First Culinary Restaurant: Hong Kong cuisine – Braised Seabass with Cordyceps Flower In Soya Bean Milk.

Forest - Sri Lanka Crabmeat with Egg White

Forest – Sri Lanka Crabmeat with Egg White

Forest: Contemporary Chinese cuisine – Sri Lanka Crabmeat with Egg White”.

Hard Rock Cafe - Sea Of Love

Hard Rock Cafe – Sea Of Love

Hard Rock Café: American Cuisine – Sea of Love

JPOT - Chinese Steamboat

JPOT – Chinese Steamboat

JPOT: Chinese cuisine – Local Bayam

LingZhi - Vegetarian Singapore Rojak

LingZhi – Vegetarian Singapore Rojak

LingZhi Vegetarian: Vegetarian Chinese cuisine – Vegetarian Singapore Rojak

Malcolm Bistro - Classic Laksa Singapore

Malcolm Bistro – Classic Laksa Singapore

Malcolm Bistro: Fusion cuisine – Classic Laksa “Singapore”

Mamanda  -Ikan Bakar Temasek

Mamanda -Ikan Bakar Temasek

Mamanda: Malay cuisine – Ikan Bakar Temasek (Grilled Fish)

Osia (RWS) - 62 degree Hens Egg

Osia (RWS) – 62 degree Hens Egg

Osia: Australian cuisine – 62°C Hen’s Egg

Portico - 3 Grain Laksa Risotto, Homemade Pulau Ubin Seabass Fish cake

Portico – 3 Grain Laksa Risotto, Homemade Pulau Ubin Seabass Fish cake

Portico: Modern European cuisine – 3 Grain Laksa Risotto, Homemade Pulau Ubin Seabass Fish cake

RedDot Brewhouse - Laksa Italiano

RedDot Brewhouse – Laksa Italiano

RedDot Brewhouse: European cuisine – Laksa Italiano

Saha Signature Indian Restaurant & Terrace Bar - Stir Fried Tofu & Asparagus with Cumin & Turmeric

Saha Signature Indian Restaurant & Terrace Bar – Stir Fried Tofu & Asparagus with Cumin & Turmeric

Saha Signature Indian Restaurant & Terrace Bar: Indian cuisine – Stir Fried Tofu & Asparagus with Cumin & Turmeric

Seoul Garden - BBQ & Steamboat Buffet

Seoul Garden – BBQ & Steamboat Buffet

Seoul Garden: Korean cuisine – BBQ & Steamboat Buffet

Seoul Garden Hotpot  -Beef Bulgoggi Bibimbap

Seoul Garden Hotpot -Beef Bulgoggi Bibimbap

Seoul Garden Hotpot: Korean cuisine – Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap

Brewerkz - Satay Seafood Angel Hair Pasta

Brewerkz – Satay Seafood Angel Hair Pasta

Brewerkz: American cuisine – Satay Seafood Angel Hair Pasta.

Cafe Iguana - Pibil Pescado in Red Chile Sauce

Cafe Iguana – Pibil Pescado in Red Chile Sauce

Café Iguana: Mexican cuisine – Pibil Pescado in Red Chile sauce.

Seoul Yummy - Kare Stew

Seoul Yummy – Korean Kare Stew

Seoul Yummy Korean Casual Dining: Korean cuisine – Korean Kare Stew

Shin Yeh - Taiwanese-style Steamed Barramundi with Salted Pineapple

Shin Yeh – Taiwanese-style Steamed Barramundi with Salted Pineapple

Shin Yeh Restaurant: Taiwanese cuisine – Taiwanese-style Steamed Barramundi with Salted Pineapple

Si Chuan Dou Hua - Poached Vegetables with Mushroom, Bean Curd and Sliced Pork Belly Served in Paper Pot

Si Chuan Dou Hua – Poached Vegetables with Mushroom, Bean Curd and Sliced Pork Belly Served in Paper Pot

Si Chuan Dou Hua: Sichuan cuisine – Poached Vegetables with Mushrooms, Bean Curd and Sliced Pork Belly Served in Paper Pot

SUFOOD - Starry Pancakes

SUFOOD – Starry Pancakes

SUFOOD: Italian vegetarian – Starry Pancakes

Swensen's - Kicap Manis Glazed Grey Mullet

Swensen’s – Kicap Manis Glazed Grey Mullet

Swensen’s: American cuisine – Kicap Manis Glazed Grey Mullet

Syun - Uni Chawanmushi

Syun – Uni Chawanmushi

Syun: Contemporary Japanese cuisine – Uni Chawanmushi

The Scholar Chinese Restaurant - Oven Baked Spicy whole Sea-bass Coated Otak wrapped in Banana leaf

The Scholar Chinese Restaurant – Oven Baked Spicy whole Sea-bass Coated Otak wrapped in Banana leaf

The Scholar Chinese Restaurant: Chinese cuisine – Oven Baked Spicy whole Sea-bass Coated Otak wrapped in Banana leaf

Tim Palace - Black Tilapia with Hot and Sour Thick Soup in Claypot

Tim Palace – Black Tilapia with Hot and Sour Thick Soup in Claypot

Tim Palace: Chinese cuisine – Black tilapia with Hot and Sour thick soup in Claypot

Timbre - Laksa Marinated Crispy Barramundi

Timbre – Laksa Marinated Crispy Barramundi

Timbre @ The Substation, @ The Arts House, @ Gillman: Fuision cuisine – Laksa Marinated Crispy Barramundi on a bed of Bee Hoon Crackers

TungLok Seafood - Mix Seafood and Broccoli with Crab Roe served in Yam Basket

TungLok Seafood – Mix Seafood and Broccoli with Crab Roe served in Yam Basket

Tunglok Seafood: Chinese cuisine – Mix Seafood and Broccoli with Crab Roe served in Yam Basket

TungLok Signatures - Fried Barramundi with Shanghai-style Chilli Sauce

TungLok Signatures – Fried Barramundi with Shanghai-style Chilli Sauce

TungLok Signatures: Chinese cuisine – Fried Barramundi with Shanghai-style Chilli Sauce

TungLok Teahouse - Sweet & Sour Chrysanthemum Fish

TungLok Teahouse – Sweet & Sour Chrysanthemum Fish

TungLok Teahouse: Chinese cuisine – Sweet & Sour Chrysanthemum Fish

Yam's Kitchen - Lion City Hometown Fish Tail

Yam’s Kitchen – Lion City Hometown Fish Tail

Yam’s Kitchen: Chinese cuisine – Lion City Hometown Fish Tail

Yum Cha Restaurant in Chinatown - Stir-fried Crocodile Meat in Tropical Sauce

Yum Cha Restaurant in Chinatown – Stir-fried Crocodile Meat in Tropical Sauce

Yum Cha Restaurant at Chinatown: Chinese cuisine – Stir-fried Crocodile Meat in Tropical Sauce

Jumbo Seafood - Braised Barramundi with Bitter Gourd & Fermented Bean Paste in Claypot

Jumbo Seafood – Braised Barramundi with Bitter Gourd & Fermented Bean Paste in Claypot

JUMBO Seafood: Singapore/Chinese cuisine – Braised Barramundi with Bitter Gourd & Fermented Bean Paste in Claypot

Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant - Fried Baby Barramundi

Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant – Fried Baby Barramundi

Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant: Chinese cuisine – Fried Baby Barramundi

Restaurant Home - Steamed Grouper with Crispy Soya Bean Crumbs

Restaurant Home – Steamed Grouper with Crispy Soya Bean Crumbs

Restaurant HOME: Chinese cuisine – Steamed Grouper with Crispy Soya Bean Crumbs

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine - Oyster Omelette

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine – Oyster Omelette

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine: Chinese cuisine Teochew Oyster Omelette “Gooey Style

The Flying Squirrel - Golden Onsen Egg

The Flying Squirrel – Golden Onsen Egg

The Flying Squirrel: Japanese cuisine – Golden Onsen Egg

Soup Spoon Union - Hainanese Fish Maw with Barramundi Noodle

Soup Spoon Union – Hainanese Fish Maw with Barramundi Noodle

The Soup Spoon Union: Fusion cuisine – Hainanese Fish Maw with Barramundi Noodle

Peach Garden Restaurant: Cantonese cuisine – Lobster Laksa

Click on the restaurant names to visit their websites. For updates on Singapore Restaurant Month, please click here.

This inaugural festival is organised by Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS), with support from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Union Pay.

Uniquely Vegetarian – Pita Pan a Mediterranean Delight

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Pita Pan Singapore

Being a gourmet chaser… I often find myself impressed when restaurants offer innovation in food! It can also be an after effect of watching too many Masterchef shows! But food innovation is important to me… And one food joint in Singapore that never fails to surprise me in unique offerings criteria is Pita Pan!

Pita Pan Singapore

Pita Pan Singapore

Started out as a fully vegetarian restaurant serving Middle Eastern Cuisine (the restaurant recently added non-veg menu to one of it’s outlets at Marina Square, the Bayfront outlet is still fully vegetarian), the restaurant has given a pleasant rendition to traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Thanks to menu and recipe designer Reena Pushkarna (calling her a chef somehow doesn’t seem enough) the restaurant offers something to everyone across age groups…

Pita Pan Singapore

Pita Pan Singapore

This Bayfront, Marina-facing restaurant has an indoor and outdoor seating arrangement with colourful and vibrant decor. Adding to that the colourful and open salad / food bar and the place is just purely welcoming, especially for the ravenous ones tired after walking up and down the promenade.

My favourite offerings at Pita Pan include:

Mediterranean Platter - Pita Pan

Mediterranean Platter – Pita Pan

Mediterranean Platter: The platter is my favourite dish at Pita Pan. It includes most cold mezzes you can think of that Mediterranean cuisine can offer. Humus, Dolma, a rendition of baba ghanoush, fresh salads and to accompany all this are freshly prepared falafels and Pita Bread. This a perfect dish for sharing. There’s a choice of Pita Bread too. Regular and whole wheat, with za’atar or sumac seasoning. Take your pick.

Falafel - Pita Pan

Falafel – Pita Pan

Falafels: The falafels by themselves deserve a separate mention. I have had falafels at a lot of places, including middle east itself. However, the fresh falafels at Pita Pan are something else. What’s more you get Falafels in three different varieties. Classic, Basil and Sundried Tomato. These falafels are available individually, or you can mix it with pockets (pita bread) wherein you can add garnishing, salads and condiments with it. However, if you want to taste the falafels, I would highly recommend trying them individually first rather than mixing it with pockets.

Green Shakshuka - Pita Pan

Green Shakshuka – Pita Pan

Green Shakshuka: Don’t find platters, and starters enough… there’s what you can call main course for you too. The green shakshuka is wholesome dish and what’s more, it is healthy! Traditionally, the green shakshuka is made with a nice mix of greens, garlic and other herbs topped with egg. However, the green shakshuka available at Pita Pan lets go of the egg and replaces it with fried salty Fatayer Cheese. The dish is perfect accompaniment with the freshly made pita bread.

Pita Pizza - Pita Pan

Pita Pizza – Pita Pan

Pita Pizza: This is the most favourite innovation offered at Pita Pan. A pizza made with pita bread! The wheat pita bread base with loads of veggies is a great option not just for you, but especially for your little one! It looks delicious and tastes equally good… and there’s a small surprise when you order it. Pizza comes in a pair! Simple offering, yet quite a hit.

Sweet Potato Fries - Pita Pan

Sweet Potato Fries – Pita Pan

Sweet Potato Fries: I am a huge fan of fries… but lately I like trying non-classic ones. Truffle and sweet potato top the list. The sweet potato fries go quite well with the meal and complement the offerings nicely.

Pita Pan Singapore (39)The condiments: It might sound totally weird, but I visit Pita Pan as often for its food as I do for the fresh condiment choice! These condiments with a middle-eastern twist are a must try! They are offered with every dish you order. And the range of what they include is quite impressive. From tangy mango based chutney, a middle-eastern interpretation of salsa, to humus based sauce, and a herb filled green chutney, this colourful combination of condiments is as tasty as it is attractive! Do not miss out on this one.

The Verdict: Vegetarians, you can go wild here. Having said that I know enough and more hard core non-vegetarians who would agree to go to Pita Pan in a blink. The food quality is great, the location cannot get better and it’s a friendly and welcoming ambience. Probably the only caveat here is the restaurant by no means is inexpensive. That’s not to say it is expensive. It falls in the middle-range and a nice meal for two would cost around S$50 (rough estimate). However, I personally find it totally worth it. There’s a lot of earnest effort put in planning the menu and it shows. Of course due credit needs to be given where due, especially to Reena Pushkarna for offering something quite uniquely vegetarian in a meat-loving Singapore.

http://www.pitapan.com.sg/

Address:

Pita Pan (All Vegetarian) L1-87, Bay Level br, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bay Avenue, Singapore 018972
Pita Pan (Non-Veg Option) Marina Square, #02-183A, Singapore 039594

Made in Singapore – Singapore Farm Festival x 4th Kranji Countryside Market 2015

Singapore Farm Festival X Kranji Countryside Farmer's Market

Singapore Farm Festival X Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market Photo Courtesy: Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

We get to hear very few of these!! So when I came across one… I couldn’t resist putting it up! Yes… I am talking a festival celebrating and exhibiting “Made in Singapore” fresh produce! Welcome to the Singapore Farm Festival and 4th Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market – a market place like no other… literally. Bringing together over 50 stalls of locally grown produce and locally made artisanal products, this bustling celebration spreads over 2 days this coming weekend (30 & 31 May, 2015) from 2pm to 9pm at Nyee Phoe, 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore.

So what can you expect at Kranji Countryside Association’s (KCA) fourth edition of Singapore Farm Festival? Well loads… especially if you are on a look out for exposure to Organic Food made in Singapore.

Hunters Kitchenette

Hunters Kitchenette Photo Courtesy: Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market http://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

The Singapore Farm Festival features popular vendors like Hunters Kitchenette and Daily Juice to organic farms like Quan Fa and products of local farmers like Goat Milk specialist Doreen, Hay Dairies and egg farmer Uncle William’s Lian Wah Hang Farm which specializes in quail eggs.

Uncle William's Quail Egg Farm  Photo Courtesy: Kranji Countryside Farmer's Market   https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

Uncle William’s Quail Egg Farm
Photo Courtesy: Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market
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Apart from food… the Singapore Farm Festival also showcases local talent in form of non-food products like SUII Naturals, maker of natural lipsticks to pottery from Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle.

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle Photo Courtesy: Kranji Countryside Farmer's Market   https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
Photo Courtesy: Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market
https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

The event promises to be a celebration of local manufacturers and the unique blend of local products they will showcase. The market will also showcase local urban farmers imparting knowledge on how to farm in a predominantly urban setting. Further, Edible Garden City will team up with Artichoke Café to create farm-to-table salads, mains and desserts during the farmers’ market. And all this is not enough to get you there, try Sunset Party as the reason? The event will showcase local talent in open air Sunset Party hosted by Gardenasia on both days from 6pm to 9pm.

Sunset Party Organized by Gardenasia Photo Courtesy: Gardenasia  http://www.facebook.com/Gardenasia

Sunset Party Organized by Gardenasia
Photo Courtesy: Gardenasia
http://www.facebook.com/Gardenasia

Haven’t planned your weekend yet?? Head to Nyee Phoe to experience the unique event on a much larger scale this time as it combines ongoing celebration of SG50 and 10 years of KCA. It is a must visit experience, especially to encourage the “Made in Singapore” entrepreneurs, learn about fresh and organic products available in Singapore and enjoy the gourmet spread and entertaining atmosphere.

When: 30th and 31st May, 2015

Where: Nyee Phoe, 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore, 718898.

Best way to reach: Shuttle buses will be provided to customers who do not drive from Kranji MRT station. Refer below for the bus timings. Or you can Drive, share a cab or take bus 925 from Kranji MRT and alight at Kranji Reservoir Pk stop and simply walk from there…

Singapore Farm Festival Shuttle Bus timings

Singapore Farm Festival Shuttle Bus timings

Reunion Dinners this Chinese New Year 2015

ConcordeThe first time I celebrated Chinese new year in Singapore… I pretty much missed all the food festivities thanks to laziness in finding information as well as reserving my reunion dinner on time. By the time I woke up to the fact that I may need to book a table, most restaurants were either full or didn’t serve what I thought was my taste. So for those out there wishing to enjoy the food festivities, here are 3 simple rules:

  1. Decide on what you prefer – seafood or meat: It has been my observation that a lot of restaurants provide set meals which are seafood heavy… with little to no options for meat eaters.
  2. Decide on a budget: This is critical. You will be amazed at the breadth of budget which stretches from as small as S$ 70 per person to as much as S$ 250 per person.
  3. Decide on number of people dining out: Most restaurants provide set meals with a minimum persons criteria. For example, minimum 4 pax and this usually goes upto minimum 10 pax in some restaurants.
  4. Decide on a date and time: You would be amazed at how many restaurants would be closed for 1 or 2 days during Chinese new year. Such restaurants usually have only one special reunion dinner split into 2 slots, early dinner starting around 6pm and late dinner starting around 8:30pm.
  5. Book right away: If you have decided on most of the above criteria, book right away…

Here are a few restaurants listed as per (1) Price and (2) Number of people to get you started on your research.

Peach GardenPEACH GARDEN Peach Garden is one of my favourite restaurants when it comes to tradition Cantonese cuisine. With around 8 outlets across Singapore, the restaurant caters to affordable cuisines at some of its outlets while exclusive fine dining at others. Each of their restaurant has a different menu. A few of the specialities include: the traditional Salmon Yu Sheng, Shark fin preparations, Baby Abalone etc.

Price: Set meal at some of its restaurants/ outlets start at S$ 78++ per person.

Menu & Reservation: http://www.peachgarden.com.sg/cny-promotions-2015

Ban Heng

BAN HENG: Ban Heng is another traditional restaurant specializing in Cantonese and Teochew cuisine (Teochew are residents of eastern Guangdong province in China). Ban Heng also has around 6 outlets in Singapore, with their Boon Keng Outlet being the first and the oldest. A few specialities on offer include: Yu Sheng, Shark Fin, Braised Chicken, and a couple of menus also include Goose meat and pork ribs.

Price: Whole host of CNY set meal options for as low as S$ 29++ per pax. They also serve smaller groups of minimum 4 pax to upto 10 pax.

Menu & Reservation: http://www.banheng.com.sg/boon-keng/

Restaurant HomeRESTAURANT HOME: This place serves quite unpretentious, yet delectable food. The restaurant is well known around Singapore thanks to celebrity chef Tan Yong Hua (ex-Marina Mandarin and Raffles chef). Some of the traditional dishes offered include chef’s signature Barbecued duck with Lychee Wood, Abalone soup, scallops and lobster.

Price: The reunion dinner options are available for minimum of 4 pax and the set menu starts at around S$ 80 per pax.

Menu & Reservation: http://www.restauranthome.com.sg/2015-chinese-new-year-menu/

Yunnan GardenYUNNAN GARDEN: Predominantly Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant is quite well-known for delicious mix of meat and seafood offering. They have pretty elaborate set menus this new year, especially catering to a large group. Unfortunately, they don’t cater to smaller groups at this time. Specialities include: Shark fin with crab meat soup, Abalone with spinach, and Fresh Cream of Pumpkin with Glutinous Rice Ball.

Price: Set meal for a minimum 10 pax starts at S$ 568++ for the group with the most expensive meal at S$ 1888++ for 10 pax.

Menu & Reservation: http://www.yunnangarden.com.sg/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Reunion-Set-Menu2015.pdf

Hung KangHUNG KANG TEOCHEW RESTAURANT: One of the oldest Teochew restaurant in Singapore, started in 1960’s, it was acclaimed to be the only so called fine-dining Teochew restaurant then. The restaurant has a few elaborate set meals to choose from this new year. Some of the delicacies include teochew duck meat, traditional steamboat and sweet yam paste with mandarin orange.

Price: Their reunion dinner options are available for a minimum of 6 pax and start as low as approximately S$ 60 per pax.

Menu & Reservation: http://www.teochewhungkang.com.sg/menu.php

Apart from the 5 mentioned here, almost all major restaurants across the city offer some or the other form of CNY reunion dinners.

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Other option include Reunion Buffets and some more set menus. Some restaurants to consider would include:

Concorde Hotel: http://singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com/media_releases_view.php?news_id=6793

Park Hotel Clarke Quay: http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/clarkequay/chinese-new-year-reunion-seafood-%26-bbq-buffet-dinner-,special-offers_viewItem_6222-en.html

Grand Hyatt: http://www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/straitskitchen/lunar-new-year-dining-,promotions_viewItem_112-en.html

Carlton City Hotel: http://carltoncity.sg/PromoTemplate1.aspx?id=85

Furama Riverfront: http://www.furama.com/specials/riverfront/cny2015/dining.php#.VMRjAP6UdUQ

Holiday Inn Singapore: http://issuu.com/hi_sinatrium/docs/xin_cuisine_chinese_restaurant_luna/0

Regent Singapore: http://www.regentsingapore.com.sg/regentengage/

Fort Canning Hotel: http://www.hfcsingapore.com/CMS/userfiles/file/HFC%20-%20LNY%202015%20Reunion%20Menu%20Packages.jpg

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015! Hope you have a delicious year ahead. Bon Appetit!

* This is a personal post, and the author’s own opinions. The author has not been compensated in any way by any of the restaurants mentioned above… This is not an exhaustive list, neither is it the best, however, these are definitely some options to consider.

Photo Credits: 

[1] Concorde Hotel Website

[2] Peach Garden Website

[3] Ban Heng Website

[4] Restaurant Home Website

[5] Yunnan Garden Website

[6] Hung Kang Teochew Restaurant Website

[7] Regent Hotel Website

Amazing History of Chocolates…

Some like it soft and mushy, some like it strong and dark, then there are some who prefer it nutty and chunky and finally we have the ones who love them white… I am of course talking about the insanely addictive, instinctively gluttonous, quickly cheering and the most famous euphoria shot of all… “The Chocolate!”

Chocolate is probably one Eden most have experienced and experience it over and over again. It is also one of the oldest gluttons man has discovered and created, in history of food. The little drops of heaven have a really long and interesting history. The Theobroma Cacao beans, then found in the Mesoamerica were ground up and used to make drinks similar to chocolate beverages as far back as the BC 1900s. What’s more… these beans then, had a religious importance where the native Mexican’s considered them to be gift from their God of Wisdom. In fact, the seeds had enough value that they were used as barter or some form of currency for trade purposes.

In its earlier forms, till almost the middle of the AD 1500s, chocolate was consumed only as a drink, often served bitter, either with spices, alcohol or even corn puree. The Mayans and the Aztecs called their chocolate drink ‘Xocoatll’ and this drink was recognised as an aphrodisiac even back in the day. However, how the Xocoatll became Chocolate is definitely been a matter of study for academicians for centuries. But before the word was actually formed it went through many trial names “chocalatall, “jocolatte”, “jacolatte”, and “chockelet”. Perhaps the most cited explanation is that “chocolate” comes from Nahuatl (the Aztecs language) word “chocolatl”, derived from “xocolatl” which is a mix of the words “xococ” meaning bitter and “atl” meaning drink.

The secrets of the Cacao beans remained with the Mesoamerica until as late as the 1500s AD when the Christopher Columbus and the Spanish conquered the Central and South America. Intrigued at how much the locals worshipped and valued the beans, he carried the beans back to Spain in 1523 and that’s when the age old Mesoamerican gold reached the shores of Europe.

Once it reached Spain, the beans quickly spread amongst the rich and famous, and this bitter tasting drink became a royalty. Not surprisingly, slowly but surely, the bitterness got to the Spanish and they started adding heavy doses of honey and sugar to the drink to reduce the bitterness. That’s where the thicker version of the drink gained its foothold and chocolate as we know it today was born. Chocolate moved from Spain to France when it was introduced in a royal wedding in the early 1600s and England soon welcomed this aphrodisiac in later part of the same century.

Once it reached across Europe, the plantations of Cacao Beans grew across European colonies. This gave rise to a thriving slave market, where the tedious production of the cocoa was done manually by slaves coming from various parts of the world. Due to the manual slow process, chocolate remained an expensive commodity meant only for the rich and famous. This continued till the industrial revolution in early 1800s when faster steam powered machines helped speed up the production process.

One of the most revolutionary inventions in chocolate making came around 1815 when a Dutch scientist Van Houten introduced alkaline salts which helped bring down the extreme bitterness of the beans. Later he created a process to remove about half the natural fat (what we today use as cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, which made chocolate both cheaper to produce and more consistent in quality. This innovation was the birth of modern chocolates. Milk had previously been used to reduce the bitterness of chocolate drinks. However, it was in 1870s when Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor. In 1879, the texture and taste of chocolate was further improved when Rudolphe Lindt invented the conching machine. And by later part of 1870, apart from Nestle and Lindt, several chocolate companies had sprouted across Europe. Cadbury was producing boxed chocolate as early as 1860s, Hersey’s chocolate were born in 1890s and innovation and invention of different forms of chocolate, made from the gift of God of Wisdom of the Aztecs started reaching every home.

However, just like every shiny diamond, these food diamonds have a rather ugly backdrop. Around 60-70% of world’s cocoa production still happens in South America, specifically Ivory Coast. It has been alleged that an estimated 90% of cocoa farms in Ivory Coast have used some form of slave labor in order to remain viable. When cocoa prices drop, farmers in West Africa sometimes cut costs by resorting to slave labour.

Having said that, it does not challenge or bring down the value of the chocolate we so take for granted. So next time you slowly unwrap your favourite chocolate from the shiny wrapper, spend a thought on the long and interesting history of this ‘today commonplace product’. Think about the journey the cacao or cocoa seeds have made, the inventions the scientists have put in place, the many variations they have created, thus, once again proving that human beings can go any lengths to satisfy their gluttony.

Disclaimer: The facts contained within this article are sourced from various textual as well as internet sources. There is no guarantee that the facts included here are 100% true… yet this is the closest history of chocolates available in written records. Any discrepancy is regretted. 

It’s Vietnamese Time… And Madam Saigon awaits – One of the best Vietnamese Restaurants Around

Vietnamese is one of my favourite Asian cuisines. It brings together spices and flavours in such a beautiful manner that even at the end of a hearty meal, you are left wanting for more. The first time I tried Vietnamese was at a food cart in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the first Vietnamese dish I had ever tried was the all famous Pho (flat rice noodles) with chicken soup. And with that one tasting, all my preconceived notions about Vietnamese cuisine, that they use fish oils, loads of fish paste, have a really strong aroma etc. just dissolved. It takes just one try to fall in love with the cuisine.

Madam Saigon Singapore

Madam Saigon Singapore

Last weekend, I tried out a quaint little Vietnamese restaurant called Madam Saigon at Millenia Walk, Singapore.

I usually start my review with how the restaurant ambience looked like, but in this case, what I want to foremost mention is what appealed to me about the restaurant. It’s people. Even on a Sunday night at around 9, the staff and the servers were helpful, ever-smiling and patient as we browsed through their rather elaborate menu. What’s more, they understood vegetarian-related constrains and were kind enough to point out which sauces had fish-sauce and which did not, making the vegetarian diners at the table really comfortable and happy.

Madam Saigon Singapore (18)The restaurant décor is nice and welcoming, with green being their dominant theme colour. The wall are adorned with warm photographs show-casing day-to-day life in Vietnam.

Madam Saigon Singapore (19)The way the restaurant is set makes it for warm ambience, especially for enjoying a casual meal.

In terms of food, the restaurant is paradise for fish and meat lovers. At the same time, though not as elaborate, they cater quite a bit to vegetarian tastes… This is what we tried:

Chicken Summer Roll @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Chicken Summer Roll @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[1] Chicken Summer Roll: Wrapped in thin rice flower roll, is salad and lightly spiced boiled and almost-shredded chicken. This is an alternative to those who want to avoid eating the fried spring rolls.

Pho - Beef Ball Noodle Soup @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Pho – Beef Ball Noodle Soup @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[2] Pho – Beef Ball Noodle Soup: No Vietnamese meal is complete without boiling bowl of Pho… the Beef Ball Noodle soup made it for a surprise change to the typical sliced meat you usually get. I preferred the beef balls to sliced beef. The beef balls were perfectly cooked… Just a caveat here… the soup makes it for a one-person meal. You want share it, if you wish to enjoy some other delicacies.

Vietnamese Mango Fish @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Vietnamese Mango Fish @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[3] Vietnamese Mango Fish: This fried boneless fish fillet can give a great fish and chips a run for it’s money. Served with an amazingly tangy mango salad, this dish a must-must try for all fish lovers!

Lemongrass Tofu @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Lemongrass Tofu @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[4] Lemongrass Tofu: Chunks of Tofu nicely stir-fried in lemon grass make for a perfect starter for a vegetarian lover. The tofu was soft and the overall dish quite unique.

Stir-fried Lemongrass Chicken @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Stir-fried Lemongrass Chicken @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[5] Stir-fried Lemon Grass Chicken: Small pieces of chicken stir-fried in garlic and lemon grass and served with rice… Again, the portion of this dish makes it for a complete meal, to opt for sharing, else you will be left with one dish to finish for the rest of the meal… it’s yummy, well-flavoured and light.

Vietnamese Fried Rice @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Vietnamese Fried Rice @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[6] Vietnamese Fried Rice: We went for a vegetarian fried rice complete with fried egg. The rice was so well balanced that it was easy to finish it off by itself without any curry or condiments.

Vegetable Curry @ Madam Saigon Singapore

Vegetable Curry @ Madam Saigon Singapore

[7] Vegetarian curry: Madam Saigon makes a coconut based vegetarian yellow curry which is perfect for a vegetarian. It goes really well with the vegetarian fried rice and has none of the strong aromas. It’s well-spiced and not spicy… again meant for sharing… as the portions were quite large.

How much will it cost me: The restaurant is really reasonable in terms of cost and portions of servings. A dinner for 2 with a decent spread should not cost more than S$ 30-35 depending upon what you choose.

Verdict: If you are looking for a tasty meal, complete with warm settings and really helpful servers, go no further than Madam Saigon. For the Pho lover, they have a huge variety and choices available. Have a vegetarian amongst you, no worries either… finally the place is really reasonably priced, especially for the portions it serves, thus, ensuring you do not burn a hole in your pockets. Next time, you have a craving for Asian food, skip the Thai and the Chinese and head for this lovely little Vietnamese place. I bet you won’t be disappointed.

Address: Madam Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant [1]  #01-26 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039596 OR [2] 30 Liang Seah Street Singapore

Timings: 11:30 am to 10 pm

Places to watch FIFA World Cup 2014 in Singapore – Exhaustive List

Fifa World CupNothing can make you feel as happy as a solid hi-fi you share with your buddy after your favourite team makes that impossible goal… or your least favourite team missing it! This world cup… the groups coming together at a pub or someone’s house to watch that all important group match have gone down drastically due to the inhuman hours of the matches… World Cup gatherings are getting restricted to weekend nights… sigh!

This post is specially for those who have been turned down by boring friends when you have suggested meeting up for that exciting match you have been waiting for, for four long years! Here’s an exhaustive list of places you can watch the FIFA World Cup 2014 and cheer in a group all week long.

[1] Community Centres around Singapore: As many as 40 community centres around Singapore are screening most of the important clashes… For more information on locations, matches and timings do visit http://www.pa.gov.sg/events/latest-events.html

[2] Central Business District: The CBD here loosely covers the options available in or near CBD and it has quite a few options of its own… especially for those who might want to catch an early game before the day’s work… Wabar Singapore, The Shaven Cat, The Chamber Bar and Bistro, The Beacon Room, The Bank Bar + Bistro, Shallots, Ricciotti, Regal Entertainment, Paulaner Brauhaus, J Bar, llluzion, Hood@Bugis+, Singapore Recreation Club, Harry’s (at Esplanade), Caffe B, Brotzeit (Raffle’s City), Paprika and Cumin, Boulevard.

[3] Arab Street Area: You can definitely catch the matches at three different places in the Arab Street. Nasrin Restaurant, Café Le Caire and My Turkish Corner… If you are prepared to walk just a little bit more… J Entertainment and Club De Zara at Jalan Sultan can also be an option.

[4] McDonald’s Outlets: Looking for a cheaper option? 39 McDonald’s outlets across the island will screen World Cup Matches live…

[5] Boat Quay Area: Want to be at the centre of action… you will find nothing better than Boat Quay. You can enjoy the matches at any of these outlets. Bq Bar, Charlie’s Tapas, Grill & Bar, Sahara Bar and Restaurant and The Penny Black.

[6] River Valley & Robertson Quay Area: River Valley has it’s own share of quiet options. Beer Market, Bice Bistro, Brewhaus, Cocoon Bar and Supperclub, En Japanese Dining Bar, Grand Hollywood Disco & Pub, Le Noir, and Wings Bar, Boomerang Bistro & Bar and Zouk.

[7] Orchard Road: Orchard road has some pretty hep and some well-not-so-hep places… choose as per your liking, carefully. Here are the options. Malones Irish Restaurant & Bar, Muddy Murphy’s, Hard Rock Café, Harry’s (Orchard Towers), Entertainment Group, Filling Station Night Club and Café, Fu Chan F&B Group, Jamcute, Ipanema World Music Bar, MBK Entertainment, and well some other places in and around Orchard Towers.

[8] Sentosa Gateway: Sentosa and Sentosa Gateway has three quite frequented options. Start with St. James, Tiger Live, Toxic Entertainment. Then there’s Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro.

[9] East Side: This includes most places beyond well Aljunied. Asteroid’s Cyber, Changi Beach Club, Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House, M/S Hmshost Singapore, quite a few McDonald’s outlets, Safra National Service Association, Singapore Swimming Club, The Coast Bistro & Bar, Vegetoriam, Syed Restaurant and Vie Bar.

[10] West Side: This includes places beyond Redhill. Food Pavilion, Hollandse Club (open for all during world cup), Jurong Country Club, Saf Warrant Officers And Specialists Club, Tree Lizard, quite a few McDonald’s, Holland Village Food Court and Meetup@494.

[11] North & North East Side: While this does cover a large portion, the options here are quite few and limited. There’s The British Club, Serangoon Garden’s Country Club, Food Xchange @ Admirality, One Place Western Food Restaurant and Ice Cold Beer

On a final note, do check the timings of the restaurants to find out what matches will be screened. Needless to say, almost all restaurants will screen all the matches from Quarter-Final onwards.

Juntos num só ritmo! 

If you found the list helpful, do visit www.facebook.com/spicerover to enjoy such interesting updates!

Fast Food for Thought – Perfect Place to have Breakfast… All day Long!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

I love casual café’s. You know those places where you can enjoy a well-made burger or freshly made fries… or even a simple bacon and egg brunch. And while Singapore has plenty of those, I hold a special place for Fast Food for Thought.

A quaint café situated on the arty Victoria Street… Fast Food for Thought is a perfect place to hang out for a leisurely brunch / lunch or just sit and read or as many SMU students do, study.

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

The café is pretty interesting… especially the bright red outdoors. I love bright and shiny places… they surely say, we offer a warm welcome!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

The entire café has some really curious décor. Whether it is the glasses suspended from the ceiling or

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

blackboard that spreads across the centre!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

They have a self-service counter. And no number system. So when you order, you usually indicate where you are seated and the server finds you with your order!

Coming to what they actually serve, here’s what I tried.

Salt and Pepper Fries @ Fast Food for Thought

Salt and Pepper Fries @ Fast Food for Thought

[1] Salt and Pepper Fries: The fries were freshly made… nice and crisp. Nothing to complain about and one thing I can tell you… it definitely sets the mood for the rest of the meal.

Basic Works @ Fast Food For Thought

Basic Works @ Fast Food For Thought

[2] Basic Works (All Day Breakfast): My all time favourite combination offered without any jazz! Scrambled eggs (they were really good), smoked bacon (crisp and fresh) and brioche toast. And all this for just S$ 8!

Bread and Butter Pudding @ Fast Food for Thought

Bread and Butter Pudding @ Fast Food for Thought

[3] Bread and Butter Pudding: Bread and butter pudding with chocolate buttons served with vanilla ice cream and generous sprinking of nuts! I have not had too many great bread puddings around, but this one is worth a try!

Few other dishes to try include their sweet breakfast options which include French toast, pancakes both of which are served with gula Melaka and vanilla ice-cream.

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought

Apart from their food, they have some interesting bakery offerings such as their carrot cakes and chocolate mud cakes.

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought

What’s more, they have some unique beer choices as well.

How much will it cost me: The three dishes cost me S$ 23. It is a reasonable place, considering they have a fair footfall of students from various colleges visiting them all day long.

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought, Singapore

Verdict: They do have some killer breakfast offerings. I would recommend a definite visit, especially for their all day breakfast and desserts! It’s reasonably priced, the décor is welcoming. And finally, they have free wi-fi! I say it’s a whole package!

Address: 8, Queen Street, Singapore 188535

Time: Tue – Sun 11am to 7pm

Back to Basics – Peperoni Pizzeria… For some fresh, crunchy pizzas!

Pepperoni (5)

Pepperoni

One of my most favourite comfort foods is Pizza. Bread, meat, ketchup and cheese… it cannot get any better. I still remember the days when mom used to make pizza out of Roti, add loads of meat/veggies pour ketchup and grate cheese and then roast it on a pan (these were the oven-less days). The crunchy crust was my favourite. Of course then came the era of thick pizza base (the days of Pizza Hut and Dominos). And I lost the pull towards pizza for a while. If I wanted to eat that thick a bread, wouldn’t I just go for a sandwich I thought. This of course was personal preference. But things turned for the better with thin crust pizzas and my love story with pizza was restored.

Peperoni

Peperoni

Recently, I fell in love with Pizza all over again, when I visited “Peperoni” Pizzeria, a relaxed a restaurant chain spread across Singapore. Peperoni currently has five outlets in Singapore, newest one being their establishment at Suntec City.

One of the most endearing things about Peperoni is their casual, vibrant décor that immediately makes you feel welcomed.

Peperoni

Peperoni

The interiors dominated by orange shades and bright lights makes it a homey environment to be in.

Pepperoni (16)The sign on their wall, is what first catches your eye. You just cannot miss it. Overall, it has indeed become one of my favourite restaurants when it comes to ambience.

Peperoni

Peperoni

Moving on to their delectable food offering. Peperoni is most famous for their freshly made thin crust pizzas. Their pizza station is something they love to flaunt. The wood fire oven, the glass partitioned work-top and skilful chef’s at work is a favourite pastime for those waiting in queue to get into the restaurant.

Apart from pizza’s they also serve limited yet decent spread of anti-pasti, salads, pastas and other select dishes. In terms of drinks, beer lovers, okay let me rephrase, adventurous beer lovers may want to try out some of their speciality beers.

Here’s what we tried:

Tripel Karmeliet @ Peperoni

Tripel Karmeliet @ Peperoni

[1] Tripel Karmeliet (speciality beer): The description of the beer goes something like this. Three-grain beer has the lightness & freshness of wheat, the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness. Despite the fact that we were in no mood to drink, we enjoyed a glass of the beer and we were not disappointed! They also have other beer offerings. Those interested can take a look at their choice at http://peperoni.com.sg/menu/drinks/belgium-beers

 

Caprese @ Peperoni

Caprese @ Peperoni

[2] Caprese: For some reason, I had someone at the table who insisted that this was an extremely healthy dish. Healthy maybe, low-cal, definitely not! Thick slices of mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, basil and olives. It’s a refreshing starter for sure, especially on a hot day! So no complains… The mozzarella serving was generous and the portion was quite large for two.

Arrabiata @ Peperoni

Arrabiata @ Peperoni

[3] Arrabbiata: Red chilli garlic sauce, fresh basil and an actual red chilli mixed with well cooked pasta. I was quite impressed with this simply made pasta… and trust me I have seen this one messed up more times than I can remember. Vegetarians, you will not be disappointed with the pasta!

Hawaiana Pizza @ Peperoni

Hawaiana Pizza @ Peperoni

[4] Hawaiana Pizza: Finally comes the pizza. The classic all-time favourite pizza, pork ham, pineapple, bellpeppers generously laid over a freshly made tomato base sauce. No complains there. Crispy base (its actually crunches) makes my day. While I ordered a 9” pizza, for a family of 4, order their all time hit, XXL 21 inch pizza. Cost S$ 50, but turns out can really feed a family!

How much will it cost me: Pizza’s usually cost S$ 20 for 9 inch pizza, S$ 24 for 12 and S$ 50 for 21 inch pizza. Their basic pasta offerings range from S$ 20 to S$ 30 depending upon what you pick. A lunch / dinner for 2 usually costs S$ 75 including 1 alcoholic drink and dessert.

Special: Suntec City Peperoni offers a great weekday lunch offer. [1] Salad [2] 9 inch pizza OR pasta [3] Drink all for S$ 14.90 NETT.

Verdict: Try it. No doubt about it. Especially if you enjoy freshly kneaded, thin crust pizzas. It’s a great place to take your family for a pizza meal. Also a good place to go for business lunch, their special offer is really impressive. Casual environment, good pizzas yet does not burn that large a hole in the pocket. If I have to, the only negative I can think of… their servers can definitely do better. They all looked irritated and unfriendly, almost banging our drink on the table. I do not know if they were having a bad day, but it was not really called for. But for sheer food offering, definite thumbs up.

Address: http://peperoni.com.sg/contact

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