Celebrate Deepavali – Top Restaurant Picks in Singapore

Deepavali Gourmet SpreadDeepavali is probably the biggest Indian festival celebrated across the Indian community. Celebrated over a period of around a week, it is all about extravaganza. The spectacle of lights, the opulence of colours, exhibition of traditional Indian wear in all its glory, celebration of religion and rituals and coming together of families. And where you have such scale of celebration, food becomes the sole focal point. For those who have never experienced the festivities of Deepavali, it is time to head down to the heart of all things Indian at Little India. For those further interested in participating in the festivities, nothing represents the celebration better than the dressed-up temples and of course scrumptious and delectable food. A caveat, these festive spreads are definitely not for the calorie conscious!

While most Indian Restaurants will have some sort of special spread during the festive week, here is a quick-list of a select few high-end fine dining restaurants you can visit during the Deepavali week.

 

PUNJAB GRILL

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Punjab Grill is one place that caters to a wide variety of foodies. From their traditional kebab and biryani feasts, to 5-course and recently introduced “Royal 10-Course Menu”, they provide options to all types of eaters. To add on to festivities of Deepavali, also check out their “sweet-spread”. Click here to view their menu.

For reservation: Online – Click here OR Call – +65 6688 7395

 

YANTRA

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Yantra by Hemant Oberoi is a popular place amongst the Indian community. This Deepavali, Yantra is hosting their Grand Diwali Buffet between 5th and 7th November. For the complete menu click here.

For reservation: Online – Click here OR Call – +65 68363088

 

THE SONG OF INDIA

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Looking for a Michelin Star Indian restaurant, with fine-dining at its best… The Song of India is the place to be… Situated in a lovely standalone property off Scotts Road, the restaurant offers both ala carte and buffet options available, this is a perfect place to enjoy traditional Indian feast, with a slight twist of modern-ness. Enjoy their Deepavali spread and take-home boxes of their festive special desserts. Click here to view their menu.

For reservation: Online – Click here OR Call – +65-9730 9725

 

SHAHI MAHARANI

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Shahi Maharani, is yet another gem… This year for Deepavali, they have included the best of Indian Street Food… which includes super inviting, puchkas, keema pav, tikkis and jalebis amongst other spread. For more information, take a look at their Deepavali special menu here.

For reservation: Online – Click here OR Call – +65- 62358840

 

ZAFFRON KITCHEN

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If you are interested in an all vegetarian set menu this Deepavali, Zaffron Kitchen on the East Course might be your answer. At $55 for two pax, the spread includes a decent assortment of starter, mains and dessert. Needless to say, for those craving non-vegetarian delicacies, their regular menu is still available. Take a look here.

For reservation: Online – Click here OR Call – + 65 6440 6786

 

A few other restaurants to consider: 

  • Courtyard @ Fullerton Hotel – Click here
  • Earl of Hindh @ Sentosa Cove – Click here
  • Mustard @ Race Course Road – Click here
  • RAS @ Clarke Quay – Click here
  • Table by Rang Mahal @ Naumi Hotel – Click here
  • Myra’s @ Stadium and ECP – Click here
  • Sayali @ Aqueen Hotel – Click here

 

 

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Places in Singapore to Catch World Cup Football Matches for FREE (well almost)

While quite a few of us are looking forward to 32 days of adrenaline filled evenings spent watching the world cup 2018, wouldn’t it be nice, if it didn’t drill a whole in our pockets? Have heart, for Singapore takes care of everything. Here’s a list of places you can catch all the live action of football world cup 2018 for free (well almost free!)

Community Clubs

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PA COMMUNITY CLUBS – FREE ADMISSIONS
People’s Association started screening select football world cup matches live at community clubs since 2010. However, 2018 is the first time all 64 matches of the tournament at 55 community clubs across the island . PA in partnership with Singtel, Starhub and Singapore Pools will bring all matches to the residents for free and are expecting a turnout of more than 600,000 people. For complete schedule and other information, please refer to their website. For a complete list of participating community clubs, click here.

SAFRA

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SAFRA CLUBS:  FREE FOR SAFRA MEMBERS
If you are a member, SAFRA is going all out to make their clubs a comfortable place to catch all the live action. SAFRA members will enjoy special seating, F&B promotions, and fan packs to name a few. Non-SAFRA members enjoyed the screenings for a small few last world cup… and this time won’t be too different either. While SAFRA will not screen all the matches, for a complete schedule, refer to their here. For more information on participating SAFRA clubs, visit their website.

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SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB: FREE ADMISSION
The hub is planning a full fledged football festival and admission is absolutely free! The festivities will be concentrated around Sports Hub’s OCBC Square where the matches will be screened on a large LED screen. While not all group matches will be screened, ALL matches in the knockout stages will be available at this picturesque location. Adding on to the festive spirit, the screenings will be accompanied by live music acts and performances. F&B stalls will also be available to complete the party atmosphere. For more information, refer to their website.

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McDONALD’s: PAY FOR THEIR FOODIE DELIGHTS AND ENJOY A FREE SCREENING
22 McDonald’s outlets island-wide will be screening the matches live. While this is not a completely free option, you can enjoy the matches at a seriously low premium… Enjoy their World Cup special treats like Chicken Pizza Kicks and All Day breakfast options while to enjoy some nail-biting finishes. For complete list of promotions and outlets, refer to their website.

Want to go someplace fancy? Make a date or a party out of the event? Check out our list of “Top Bars and Restaurants to watch World Cup (2018) Football Matches in Singapore.”

New to football? Here’s a “Beginner’s Guide to World Cup 2018“. No idea what most Football jargons mean? Refer to our “Football Jargons made easy guide.”

Need a conversation starter to impress that date, a colleague or your bosses? Check out our “21 Most Interesting Trivia About World Cup.”

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Top Bars and Restaurants to watch World Cup (2018) Football Matches in Singapore

PictureWith World Cup 2018 just around the corner, it is time to make plans… and plans cannot be made without knowing where to eat or drink! Let’s take a recce of what’s available around Singapore that might tempt you to spend an evening with friends and family enjoying an exciting football match.

Here’s a list of restaurants and bars that will stream the World Cup football matches live. Since the matches kick-off at different times, i.e. 6pm, 8pm, 11pm, 12am, 2am and yes there’s an annoying 3am kick-off as well, the tragedy is that most good matches are scheduled for a 2am kick-off. Which means that not all bars and restaurants may screen all the matches. So before you plan, please ensure the place is actually open that late in the night!

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1-ALTITUDE
What compliments high emotions, high passion running during a match? Possibly a place to watch it high-up? That’s what you can expect at the roof top bar 1-Altitude, where all matches will be screened live, irrespective of their late kick-offs. 1-Altitude will place a cover charge of S$35 to S$40 (inclusive of 1 drink). It has been speculated that some special guests will be present for the specific matches like Argentina vs Iceland.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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LANTERN ROOFTOP BAR
Don’t like the high, come for the view and enjoy the same excitement. The ever popular bar overlooking the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore skyline, has gotten into the groove with World Cup Cocktails and World Cup Snacks to keep you company as you enjoy the games. The screening schedule has been detailed out on their website and yes, they have the late night kick-offs!

For more information, visit their website.

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PAULANER CLARKE QUAY
Paulaner at Clarke Quay attracts its clientele as much for its beer as its happening location in the heart of Clarke Quay. This world cup, Paulaner at Clarke Quay is not only screening the matches, but is running some interesting promotions and contests. At $38 per person, per match, you can enjoy free flow of select beers. Further more, a lucky draw per match will win 4 lucky winners a S$50 dinning voucher. Now that’s some promotion!

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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PICOTIN EXPRESS
Those who are regulars at Picotin Express either frequent their Bukit Timah outlet for the beautiful view overlooking the golf course or choose the grace of yesteryear architecture at the East Coast. Come 14-Jun-18, and both the outlets will be geared up to host the World Cup 2018 matches. What’s more, throughout the World Cup, Picotin will run a promotion of 1 Pizza + 1 Bucket of Peroni OR Steinlager for just S$60. Picotin is looking to screen the late evening matches, however, you will require to call in ahead and reserve.

For more information on their late kick-off reservations, please visit their Facebook page or website.

Boomerang

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BOOMARANG
With it’s relaxing and sports friendly ambiance, it is not surprising that Boomarang rates highly in list of preferred bistro to watch the World Cup. While their regular closing hours mean that they may not screen the late matches at Boat Quay outlet (jury is still out on that one), at the Robertson Quay outlet you can be sure to catch the 2am kick-offs. Their generous happy hour deal will continue throughout the World Cup from 5pm to 8pm (Monday to Friday).

For more information, visit their website.

Atrium Lounge

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ATRIUM LOUNGE
The stylish lounge at Marina Mandarin presents for a lively ambiance. Enjoy the World Cup with specially designed World Cup drinks like zesty Moscow Mule and fruity Mango Siberian Sunrise plus fries. Not a cocktails person, you can always find Heineken and crispy chicken wings for company. Packages which include snack and drink start as low as $22 per package.

For more information, visit their website.

Muddy Murphys

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MUDDY MURPHY’S
Located at Claymore Connect – Orchard Road, Muddy Murphy’s has been attracting sports enthusiasts all year round. So it’s no surprise that this is going to be a popular handout for watching World Cup matches. If the response they got for screening qualifying matches was any indication, you might need to grab your seats quite early. Muddy Murphy’s has published the schedule for matches they will be screening on their Facebook page. So stay tuned. What’s more, they also have some sponsored contests running.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB
Located at Bras Basah MRT, the pub has an amazing mix of sports screenings all year round. This is one place in town you can head to watch early and late kick-offs. They are even offering packages from as small as 4 to as large as 200 pax groups. All world cup matches will be shown, not just at their Molly Melone outlet, but also at Bull and Bear Bar (Pekin Street, Raffles Place) and BQ Bar (Boat Quay).

For more information, visit their Facebook page or website.

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PAULANER BRAUHAUS 
The popular bar at Millenia Walk has been running a pre-order promotion in anticipation of the World Cup. Along with match screenings, the bar is offering a special beer set of 5, half litre freshly brewed beers is available for just S$82.50 net. The voucher set has been on sale from 23-May, so if you are a Paulaner fan, hurry!

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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HARRY’S
Harry’s cannot be left behind when it comes to events like World Cup. Harry’s will be screening all their outlets across Singapore, however, not all matches will be screened at outlets. Their screening calendar has been updated on their website. Do check the schedule before you head to the nearest Harry’s lest you catch the wrong outlet!

For more information, visit their website.

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BREWERKZ 
Unfortunately only one Brewerkz at Riverside Point will screen the World Cup. Apart from screening the late evening matches (their last reservation is for 1am) they have a World Cup lucky draw. Enter before 28 June and stand a chance to win 1 year supply of Brewerkz premium craft beer! What’s more, Play Brewerkz Soccer Bingo, be the first person who submits each match and get a free jug! Order for a jug of beer before the end of second half and enjoy $2 off every jug each time a goal is scored…

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Don’t want to spend for watching all matches? Singapore has tons of legal and free screenings across the city. Check out our post on “Places in Singapore to Catch World Cup Football Matches for Free (well almost).”

New to football? Here’s a “Beginner’s Guide to World Cup 2018“. No idea what most Football jargons mean? Refer to our “Football Jargons made easy guide.”

Need a conversation starter to impress that date, a colleague or your bosses? Check out our “21 Most Interesting Trivia About World Cup.”

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Conversation Starters – 21 Most Interesting Trivia About World Cup!

What’s a tournament without its surprising history, factoids and trivia? Here are a few conversation starters to get you started with the 2018 World Cup Frenzy!

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1. The first World Cup was played in 1930 between 13 teams.
2. The 2018 World Cup in Russia is the 21st meet.
3. Official Mascot of FIFA World Cup 2018 is Zabivaka. This means “the one who scores” in Russian. And the mascot is rather cute.
4. Brazil has won the World Cup 5 times, and that’s the highest.
5. The defending Champion for 2018 World Cup is Germany, with 4 World Cup titles.
6. In their 88 year history, only 8 teams have won the World Cup.
7. The 2014 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina saw 3.2 billion in television viewers.
8. Every team which has won the cup has had a coach belonging to the same nationality.
9. Brazil is the only team to have participated in all previous World Cups.
10. All 23 players of the England squad play for football clubs within England (English Premier League)
11. India had qualified in FIFA world cup in the year 1950 but had to withdraw due to the rules that the player cannot play barefoot.
12. The total prize money for World Cup 2018 stands at $791 million. $400 million will get handed down to teams. Winner will get $38 million, runner up will get $29 million (not a bad place to lose) and team and third position will get $24 million.
13. 20 out of 21 times, World Cup has been held in a single country. In 2004, two countries – Japan and South Korea – hosted the World Cup together for the first and only time.
14. Of the 20 previous editions of World Cup, the hosts have won the Cup on five occasions.
15. While 32 teams currently compete in the World Cup, the number is expected to go up to 48 teams by the 2026 edition.
16. Out of the 20 previous World Cups, Brazil, Germany and Italy hold 65% of the wins at 5, 4 and 4 each.
17. Russia’s Oleg Salenko from 1994 still holds the World Cup record for maximum goals – 5 – in a single game during Russia’s 6-1 win against Cameroon.
18. In 1982 Hungary scored tournament record of 10 goals in a match against El Salvador.
19. Germany’s Klose holds the record for highest number of goals in World Cup with 16 goals in 4 World Cups.
20. Biggest win a World Cup qualifying match was registered by Australia in 2001 against American Samoa. Australia won 31-0.
21. Argentina player Deigo Maradona’s 1986 hand goal still remains the most controversial World Cup goal. This was a goal where the legendary footballer used his left hand, instead of his head to guide the ball into the goal.

Like this write-up? Check out our “Beginner’s Guide to World Cup Football“, “Football Jargons Made Easy” and “Bars and Restaurants to watch World Cup Football in Singapore.”

Cheers and Happy Watching!

Football Jargons Made Easy – Guide to World Cup 2018

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Like any game, there are certain incessantly used terms, without which it is impossible to understand and/or follow the game of Football. They may sound like jargons thrown around, but they are quite easy to understand. Let’s try.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Goal: When the ball enters a goal of the opposition team, the team gets 1 point. A goal can be scored in normal play or via penalty kick (explained later). Needless to say, team with highest goals at the end of the game wins. Check out the best goals of 2014 World Cup video here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Own-Goal: If a ball enters a teams own-goal, the opposition gets 1 point. No wonder some use this term to describe a foot-in-the-mouth situation. Check out the video of unexpected own-goals here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Substitution: A maximum of 3 substitutions are allowed each match. Meaning, every team can replace upto 3 players in the 90 minutes. These substitutions can be done at any time during the match and are often done to replace a tired, injured or non-performing player. Check out the video of how substitutions look like here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Half-time: A football game is 90 minutes long, divided into 2 parts of 45 minutes each. Half-time happens when first 45 minutes are up. There is a break time of 15 minutes when the teams go off the field.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Extra-time: At the end of each half, a few extra minutes are awarded, depending on how much time was spent/wasted in substitutions (when one player leaves the field and other enters), injuries, card-distribution, fouls etc.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Foul: Fouls are maneuvers or acts practiced by players on the field, which the referee terms as a misconduct or unfair act. Check out the most talked about fouls in 2014 World Cup here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Bookings:
The referee throughout the game maintains a close eye on players and whether they are playing within the limits of the game set. Warnings are given to players for pushing, kicking or misbehaving on the field. A player who has been given a warning can continue to play. The first warning is in form of a yellow card. A player who gets a second warning or has committed a serious offence is booked and sent off the field with a red card. Check out the shocking red cards in World Cup History here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Free-Kick: A free-kick is awarded to the opposition team, if the team member commits a foul. There are two types of free-kicks, direct and indirect. Check out the top 10 free kicks of 2014 world cup here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Penalty-kick: A penalty-kick is one-on-one contest between a player and goalkeeper, where the player gets a direct shot at the goal. This is usually awarded when a foul is committed when the player could have “tried” for the goal, meaning, the player had a good shot at the goal, but to stop it, the opposition committed a foul. Check out the video of best saves by goalkeepers here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Corner-Kick: A corner-kick is a kick, the player gets to take when a ball passes over the goal line, after touching an opposition player and the goal is not scored. It gives the team a good chance to aim back at the goal. The kick is taken from one of the corners next to the goal. Check out the top corner kicks in football here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Off-Side: This is a term often thrown around… and probably a little confusing to understand. When a team hits a ball, the player from the team closest to the goal, cannot be ahead of the second last player of the opposing team. Meaning after the goal keeper, whoever is the next opposing team player, has to be ahead of the player in your team. If while taking the shot, your own team player is ahead of the opposition player, it is considered an off-side position. A goal hit at this time, is a null goal. Quite a few fights, arguments and controversies have broken out over the years thanks to wrongly given off-sides. This is best explained here.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Penalty shootouts: This happens in a knockout game, when a result is required. If both teams have scored the same number of goals, or not scored goals at all, a penalty shootout is held at the end of the game. Here each team takes turn to fire at the goal like a penalty. The team that is ahead at the end of 5 shoots each wins the game. If both teams are equal at the end of 5 shots each, the play continues until a team misses.
For a complete glossary of football terms, you can visit this site.

1024px-Soccerball.svg Football Officials:There are usually four officials on the field.
*Referee: He is the most important official on the field responsible for enforcing the law of the game. He announces the start and end of the game via his whistle, officiates and decides on fouls, bookings, and keeps the players and their passion in check. 
*Linesmen:
There are two linesmen on the field, each observing one half of the field. They usually carry a flag that signals when ball leaves the field area, there’s an off-side or award a corner-kick. 
*Fourth Official:
Positioned at the touchline, in between the dugouts of the two playing teams, his job is to keep track of time spent on interruptions in play (including injuries, disagreements, bookings and substitutions). He is also responsible for keeping track of substitutions and posts the number of the substitute player on the board. Because of their proximity to the dugouts, they often get a ear-ful from the coaches angry at referee’s decision on the field.
Check out the officials signals here

Like this write-up? Check out our “Beginner’s Guide to World Cup Football“, “Conversation starter Football World Cup Trivia” and “Bars and Restaurants to watch World Cup Football in Singapore.”

Beginner’s Guide to World Cup 2018 – Sound Interested, Sound Smart!

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With the World’s Greatest Single Sporting event, World Cup 2019, around the corner, the topic has become almost impossible to ignore. It is imperative to be prepared for arguments, bets, loads and loads of in-depth discussions and of course moody, happy or sad significant others, friends, family and colleagues (depending on who won the previous night).

So what do you do, if (a) you don’t understand the game and/or (b) don’t care for it? Groan, right? Some of us can choose to opt out of a month of all of exhilaration and hype! For rest, there can be a feeling of being left out. While it is impossible to quickly learn everything about the game, history and forecast without actual sorcery, it is possible, for those still interested, to participate in the excitement, without sounding clueless.

-§ Where is it being played: Let’s start with the basics. The 2018 edition of FIFA World Cup Football will be played in Russia between 14-Jun-18 and 15-Jul-18. About 2-3 matches will be played every day between 10am GMT and 6pm GMT. Click here for the complete schedule.
o A smart hack: For those in the East, the 6pm GMT kick-off is the toughest, so it is okay if you have missed the match because there’s work next morning… you can always start the day by saying… “I have to catch the highlights, do not discuss the match with me yet!”
o A smart hack: Don’t know what someone is talking about, just say, “I have decided to stay away from all speculations! Last time I jinxed most of my matches for Spain!” Spain, FYI, in 2014 were knocked out really early.

-§ Who is playing: To begin with, there are 32 teams participating in 2018 World Cup. Well you cannot go wrong with countries like Germany, Brazil, England, France, Portugal and Argentina. A few sore spots which quite a few fans haven’t been able to get over – the ouster of 2006 World Cup winners Italy, three-time finalist Holland and United States. For a complete list of who’s playing and who’s out, refer to the official FIFA world cup 2018 website here.
o A smart hack: If you want to get out of these conversations early, just saying, “With Italy/Holland making a mess of their qualifiers, I don’t care about the World Cup…!” Say this in a frustrated tone and no reason why someone won’t believe you.
o A smart hack: The smart hack about “jinxing” a game can work well here too!

-§ The Groups: The 32 teams are divided into 8 groups (Group A to H) of four teams each. Each team, to begin with, plays against other 3 teams within their group. Depending upon wins and points, the top two teams within each group qualify for the round of 16. From here on the knock-out games begin. Usually the runner-up from one group plays the winner of the other. Winners then proceed to quarterfinals, followed by semis and then the finals. As you can guess, the group draws then become all important. There has been a new system introduced for this world cup which decides which team goes into which group (It’s complicated and not necessary for now. But you can find out more here.). However, what you do need to know is, unlike previous years, there is no obvious “Group of Death” meaning, no two top teams are in the same team.
– The toughest group: Group B has Portugal and Spain in the same stack, with Morocco and Iran completing the group.
– The easiest group: Group A, giving a rather substandard Russia (the hosts) a fighting chance to reach the round of 16.
o A smart hack: A good group to watch other than Group B, would be Group F, the one with Germany who may have some interesting games with Mexico and Sweden in the same side…

-§ The Favourites: While personally I would like to say Germany (have been a follower of this team for 2 decades now), popular opinion gives Brazil a slight edge if the recent odds are considered. So the top teams pegged to aim for the Cup are Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Argentina in that order. You can easily choose to follow one of these teams, and gather some intel (explained later) on the teams. Find out he current odds here.
o A smart hack: If you do not belong to any of the five countries mentioned above, it is never fashionable to support the favourite. Go for the second or the third favourite… or even an underdog.
o A smart hack: 
However, if there’s a betting pool you are gunning for, keep it to the tried and tested.

-§ The Underdog: What’s a tournament without an underdog? Every year there will be  some team which will muster an upset, meaning one of those favourites is knocked out. This year there has been an overwhelming support for Croatia thanks to the two midfielders Modric (Real Madrid) and Rakitic (Barcelona). The other team making news is Egypt with forward Salah (Liverpool) and Elneny (Arsenal) building up a rather impressive team.
o A smart hack: No matter who you choose to support from the favourites… adding “I expect Croatia to make for an interesting contest…” will not hurt.

-§ The Coaches: Football is quite a bit about its coaches as it is about the players. There are a lot many celebrity coaches who demand a see. Coaches often get a fair share of camera time while sitting in the dugout. For example, this World Cup, Portugal’s Fernando Santos who led the Portuguese side to a Euro 2016 win, has amassed lot of praise and attention for team’s transformation into a solid defensive team. Find out more about coach of the top teams as coaches are often at the centre of all discussions, especially for their controversial substitution strategy or team selection. FIFA website has a page dedicated to the coaches. Find out more here.
o A smart hack: The names of couple Brazilian and German coaches is not as straightforward as they spell. Ensure you get the pronunciations right, or it is a telltale sign that you have not heard of them before on TV commentary.
– Brazilian coach Tite is pronounced as Cheechee…
– German coach Joachim Loew or sometimes written as Joachim Löw is pronounced as Jo Akhim Lo. Try not to call him Joan-chim Lowee.  

-§ The Players: Every fan will have his list of favourites, possibly based on which club football team or country they support. But this is a list of the popular players you cannot go wrong with. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal and Real Madrid). Lionel Messi (Argentina and Barcelona). Paul Pogba (France and Manchester United). Neymar (Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain F.C). Mario Gotze (Germany and Brorussia Dortmund – pronounced as Gutzz). Harry Kane (England and Tottenham Hotspur). Jordan Lukaku (Belgium and Manchester United). Alex Iwobi (Nigeria and Arsenal). Lionel Messi (Argentina and Barcelona FC). Thomas Mueller (Germany and Bayern Munich). Sergio Ramos (Spain and Real Madrid).
o A smart hack: Pick an upcoming player to watch out for in any of the top teams and discuss. They have shorter history to discuss and it sounds stylish. You can take a pick from the list here. And yes, have a favourite club… it kind of gives authenticity to your football frenzy…
o A smart hack: What holds true for coaches also holds true for players. If you are calling out a difficult to pronounce player, know what he is called. For example, French star N’Golo Kanté is pronounced as Engolo Con-tay. Gotze is – Gutz. Check out the pronunciations of these players names here.
o A smart hack: Do not try to go near Poland. It’s impossible set of names to read, keep aside remember and pronounce! Just to give you a few examples Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Piotr Zielinski… I am NOT making this up. 

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-§ The positions: A football team is divided into positions they take on the field. For more information click here. The positions include:
Picture1– Goalkeeper: The one who defends ball from going into the goal. He is the only one who can do so with his feet as well as his glove covered hands. No other player is allowed to touch the ball with his hand. It is a serious offense.
– Forwards: These players are closest to the opposition goal and end up scoring most of the goals. They are the attackers.
– Defenders: Also known as Right-Back, Centre-Backs or Left-Back, help keep the ball away from the goal, thus, supporting the goalkeeper.
– Midfielders: As the name suggests these players are situated in between the forwards and the defenders and have distributed tasks of attacking and defending, thus helping players on both ends of the ground.

o A smart hack: Not many teams have a balanced distribution of talent… some are stronger in defending while others have superstar forwards and midfielders but weak defense. Find out what your teams weak spot is and discuss with a wistful chuckle.
o A smart hack: While defenders are very vital for any team, majority of fan following is lapped up by the midfielders and the forwards, possibly because they end up scoring majority of the goals. Pick a few of the players and learn more about them here.

The Terminologies: Like any game, there are certain continuously used terms, without which it is impossible to understand the game. Off-side, foul, booking, linesmen… the list goes on. They may sound like jargons thrown around, but they are quite easy to understand. Wanna learn more? Refer to our post on “Football Jargons Made Easy ” here.

Having said all this, trust me, there’s nothing more exciting than the 90 minutes you watch the action on the field during the games… it has excitement, pace and most importantly loads and loads of skill! If you haven’t taken to football yet, World Cup is the perfect time to start! Join the euphoria for real…

Like this write-up? Do check out our “Football Jargons Made Easy“, “Conversation Starters – Interesting Football World Cup Trivia” and “Bars and Restaurants to watch World Cup Football in Singapore.”

Cheers! And Happy Watching!

Christmas Buffets and Set-Meals in Singapore – 2017

Westin 1It’s that time of the year! Twinkly lights, Merry Carols, Pies, Christmas Trees, the Fat Old Man and of course delectable gourmet food! So as you plan your Christmas lunches, brunches and dinners… here are a few options for you  to enjoy a scrumptious and decadent Christmas weekend! Wish you all a delicious Christmas!

Stellar @ 1-Altitude

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Enjoy a sky-high meal and indulge in a five-course festive dinner as you take in the breath-taking view of dazzling Christmas lights from 282 metres above the bustling streets. The feast includes Poulet De Bresse, Caramalised Fois Gras, Scallop, Gamberi Prawn Veloute and live station which includes Slow roasted Smoked Ribeye, Turkey, Bone-in ham, Grouper, to name a few. For dessert there’s Red Wine Poached Pear, Dark Chocolate Pudding and Pistachios.

Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner (Time: 6pm-10pm (24 Dec) | 6:30pm- 10pm (25 Dec))
Price:
$130++ per person, $150++ per person (window seating)

Reservation: Click here.

For more information, click here.

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Hotel Fort Canning

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Hotel Fort Canning has been a popular destination for Christmas meals. If it isn’t for their delicious spread, then it is for the ambiance in the park. This Christmas enjoy a mix of traditional roast turkey, carving station with whole Tom Yum, fresh seafood, sushi, sashimi and tempura bar, crackling pork belly, spiced roast duck, pan-seared snapper and tender beef rump to name a few.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Price: Adult – $98.00++ |Child – $49++ | Children under 4 years old dine free

Christmas Day Lunch
Price: Adult – $118.00++ |Child – $59.00++ | Children under 4 years old dine free

High-Tea
Holiday High Tea Set: $30++
Sparkling High Tea Set: $40++ (includes a glass of Prosecco)
Fabulous High Tea Set: $80++ (includes a bottle of Prosecco)

Reservation: Call +65-6799 8809 or email fnb@hfcsingapore.com

For more information, click here.

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Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scotts

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Royal Plaza presents the Winter Wonderland inviting patrons for the yearly scrumptious festive feast – Traditional Roasted Turkey and Turkey with a twist. The specials include Japanese Garlic Butter-glazed Turkey – garnished with garlic fried rice, marinated minced chicken stuffing with shredded seaweed, Japanese curry vegetables and drizzled with teriyaki sauce.Indulge in Traditional English Fruit Cake, Homemade German Dresden Stollen, Homemade Italian Panettone and Royal Tarts (set of four tarts – chocolate tarts that come in raspberry, chestnut, passion fruit and apple flavours). Other Buffet specials include Paella, Western Hotpot, Mediterranean Station, and other sweet assortments.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Price: Adult – $90++ | Child – $52++

Christmas Day Lunch
Price: $68++ per adult | Child – $43++

Reservation: Call +65-6589 7788 or gourmet@royalplaza.com.sg

For more information, click here.

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Marriott Café @ Marriot, Tang Plaza

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The Merry Maker’s Wonderland at Marriot promises festive delights through the year-end festivities. To get you started here are the scrumptious highlights – Roast Turkey; Australian Roast Beef; Pork Saddle with Prunes & Pancetta Stuffing; Bourbon & Honey Glazed Leg Ham; Braised Pork Cheeks with Peppered Apple & Cinnamon; Whole Baked Salmon; Cajun Spiced Chicken, and more.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Time: 6:30pm-10pm
Price:  Adult – $148++ (free flow of sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer & juices) |  Child – $60++ (5 to 12 years old)

Christmas Day Lunch
Time: 12pm-2:30pm (First seating) & 3-5:30pm (Second seating)
Price: Adult – $128++ (free flow of sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer & juices) | Child – $58++ (5 to 12 years old)

Reservation: Call +65-6831 4605 Or click here.

For more information, click here.

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Basilico @ Regent Hotel

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This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, look forward to a wide spread of cheese station with over 50 Italian specialty cheeses; and a live station of homemade Squid Ink Tortelloni with Foie Gras, Langoustine and Bergamot Sauce, among others.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Time: 6:30pm-10pm
Price: Adult – $199 (buffet only) | Child – $99.50

Christmas Day Brunch
Time: 6:30pm-10pm
Price: Adult – $199 (buffet only)| Child – $99.50

Reservation: Call +65-6725 3232 | Email: basilicogrm.rsn@fourseasons.com
For more information, click here.

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Oasis Restaurant @ Grand Hyatt

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Surrounded by lush greenery and situated by the poolside, Oasis promises merrymakers a distinctive and jolly Christmas Eve barbecue dinner buffet. Savour barbecue favourites such as grilled Charolaise rump cap with barbecue spice rub; salt-crusted whole Norwegian salmon with fennel and lemon; and roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and gravy. A salad bar and desserts selection also includes scrumptious bites such as mini minced meat pies, banana and mango coupes and plum pudding with brandy sauce.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: Adult – $108++ (inclusive of free-flowing red and white wines, prosecco, selected cocktails, beers and soft drinks) | Child – $58++ aged 4 – 12 (inclusive of free-flowing selected soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee)

Reservation: Click here.

For more information click here.

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Ritz Carlton

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Revel in the festive spirit Ritz Carlton’s annual Christmas Day, family buffet brunch extravaganza in their Grand Ballroom! Event highlights include a five-piece band, Christmas carolers, a photo booth, kiddy rides, carnival games, a bouncy castle, face painting, a magic show and even a guest appearance by Santa Claus. Gastronomic highlights include glazed gammon ham with jalapeno spiced corn bread, herb crusted lamb with fresh mint jelly and côte de boeuf with bourguignon sauce.

Christmas Day Brunch
Time: 12pm-3pm
Price: Adult – $228 per adult (Inclusive of Möet & Chandon NV Brut Imperial, draught beer, house red/white wines and soft drinks.) | Child – $114 (6 to 12 years of age) | Child – $57 per child (3 to 5 years of age)

Reservation: Call +65 6434-5288 or email rc.sinrz.restaurantreservations@ritzcarlton.com

For more information, click here.

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One-Ninety Restaurant @ Four Seasons

Four Seasons 2One of the few semi-buffet-style dine options at One-Ninety Restaurant, features a delightful theatre kitchen, where you can watch the chefs craft their culinary creations. Celebrate the yuletide season in tropical splendor with an array of lavish spreads and delectable culinary dishes like Brown Crab and Mussels, Smoked Short Ribs and Venison Salami, Chef selection of Italian and French Cheeses, Oven Roasted Organic Turkey, Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Gingerbread Pear Cake, Egg Nog Creme Brulee etc.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Price: Adult – $128 with free-flowing of Juices and Sodas | $158 with free-flowing of Prosecco and Red/ White Wines | $198 with free-flowing of Taittinger Brut N.V. and Red/ White Wines | Child – $64 (5 to 11 years old)

Reservation: Call +65 6734-1110

For more information, click here.

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The Line @ Shangri-La Hotel

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The Line approaches lavish choices of seafood on ice, sashimi, Asian and Western mains, roasts, cheese, festive desserts. Highlights include freshly-shucked oysters, Boston lobster on ice, a Christmas macaron tower, chocolate-coated strawberry tower, profiterole tower and more. Prolong the celebration to New Year’s with more decadent selections across The Line’s 16 live theatre kitchens featuring the best of Asian and Western cuisines including local classics like Singapore chilli crab.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Price: Adult – $168 (*Includes unlimited Champagne, house pour sparkling, red and white wines, draft beer, soft drinks, chilled juices, tea and coffee) | Child – $138 (12 to 17 years of age) | $69 (Six to 11 years of age)

Christmas Day Brunch
First Seating
Time: 10:30am-1:00pm
Price: $188 (with alcoholic drinks) or $138 (with non-alcoholic drings) | $79 (Six to 11 years of age)
Second Seating
Time: 1:30pm-4:00pm
Price: $218 (with alcoholic drinks) or $188 (with non-alcoholic drings) | $99 (Six to 11 years of age)

Reservation: call +65 6213 4138 / 4398 or email dining.sls@shangri-la.com

For more information, click here.

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Mezze9 @ Grand Hyatt 

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Gear up for the Christmas with a delectable meals featuring slow-roasted turkey with oranges and spices and sustainable seafood on ice including Tasmanian smoked king salmon with truffle potato salad. Also, do not miss out on liquid nitrogen with strawberry fragola liquor prepared for you a la minute at the live station. If you are looking for seafood there’s Maine lobster with orange, basil and spring onions, bara chirashi don in a rice tub as well as chestnut and winter truffle risotto.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Time:
10:30am-1:00pm
Price: Adult – $188++ (inclusive of free-flowing champagne, red and white wines, selected beers, juices and soft drinks) | Adult – $148++ (inclusive of free-flowing selected soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee) | Child – $98++ aged 4 -12 (inclusive of free-flowing selected soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee)

Christmas Day Brunch
Time: 11:30am-3:00pm
Price:
Adult – $248++ (inclusive of free-flowing champagne, red and white wines, selected beers, juices and soft drinks) | $188++ (inclusive of free-flowing selected soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee) | Child – $118++ aged 4 – 12 (inclusive of free-flowing selected soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee)

Reservation: Click here

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Four Points Eatery @ Four Points by Sheraton

Four Points 1Have a gourmet Christmas by the enchanting Singapore River with festive delicacies under $100, that include Roasted Whole Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Light Thyme Jus, Traditional Baked Gammon Ham with Pineapple Glaze, Sriracha Grilled Lamb Chop, Baked Salmon with Spinach and Green Herb Provençale; not forgetting Christmas desserts like Gula Melaka Yule Log Cake, Christmas Stollen and many more!

Christmas Eve Dinner
Price: Adult – $75.00++ | $37.00++ per child ( Includes Oyster Bar, Live Station and a glass of Prosecco

Christmas Day Brunch
Price: Adult – $75.00++ | $37.00++ per child (Includes Oyster Bar and free flow of Prosecco and Moscato)

Reservation: Call +65-6349 4872 / email eatery@fourpointssingaporeriverview.com

For more information, click here.

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Seasonal Tastes @ Westin

WestinEnjoy the serene view of Marina Bay as you feast on the Asian to international Christmas fare. Savor a lavish selection of fresh seafood, succulent roasts, and delightful desserts to leave you feeling satisfied.

Christmas Eve Dinner 
Price: Adult – $98++ (inclusive of a drink) | Child – 49++

Christmas Day Lunch
Price: Adult – $98++ (inclusive of a drink) | $49++

Reservation: Call +65 69226968 or email seasonaltastes.singapore@westin.com.

For more information, click here.

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The Square @ Novotel, Clarke Quay

NovotelBe spoilt for choice with our irresistible buffet variety of festive delicacies exquisitely prepared by Chef Kishen, featuring traditional festive cuisine including traditional roasts, ocean fresh seafood, hearty appetizers, salads and delicious desserts along with unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks. Highlights include roasted specialities at the carving station like Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy & Cranberry Sauce, Baked Gammon Ham with Clove and Apple Compote, Baked Black Angus Sirloin with Mustard Sauce. Enjoy a variety of seafood on ice including Baby Lobsters, Fresh Oysters and Alaskan King Crabs with an assortment of Terrine Platter including Salmon Terrine with Apricot, Smoked Halibut Rillettes, Parma Ham with Rock Melon and more.

Christmas Eve Dinner
Time: 6pm-10pm
Price: Adult – $85++ | Child – (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Brunch
Time: 11.45am-1.15pm | 1.45pm-3.15pm
Price: Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Reservation: Call +65-6433 8790 or email H5993-FB8@accor.com

For more information, click here.

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The Carvery @ Park Hotel Alexandra

CaveryEnjoy the Spanish-inspired dishes at The Carvery this Christmas. Favourites include Iberico Pork Belly Porchetta stuffed with Chorizo and Apple, Spit-roasted Chicken with Orange and Rosemary, 28-Day Dry Aged US Black Angus Prime Rib (weekends only), Roast Turkey, Catalan Seafood Stew, Buttered Brussel Sprouts, Parsnips and Carrots, Red Mullet Fish with Mojo Verde, Squid and Olive Salad, Sukalki Beef Ragu, and a Turron Trifle. Enjoy the added bonus of feasting on a whole Spanish Suckling Pig!

Christmas Eve Dinner
Time: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Price: Adult – $98 Inclusive of a glass of Sangria | $138 Inclusive of free flow Sangria, wine and beer | Child – $48 Inclusive of free flow soft drinks and juices

Christmas Day Brunch
Time: 11:30am-2:30pm
Price: Adult – $88 Inclusive of a glass of Sangria | $128 Inclusive of free flow Sangria, wine and beer | Child – $48 inclusive of free flow soft drinks and juices

Reservation: Click here.

For more information, click here.

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The Garage @ Botanic Garden

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The Garage offers a medley of celebratory delights, fun activities and attractive promotions at Bee’s Knees and Botanico this Yuletide season. Feast and make merry with a slew of festive delights featuring Salsify Textures from the Tasting Plates, Carabinero with Ibérico Chorizo Risoni and the Butternut Pumpkin Terrine. 7-Course Communal Brunch on Christmas eve and Christmas Day includes smoked Duck Potato Hash; ocean-fresh flavours of Spanish Mackerel with Ibérico chorizo risoni; and more meaty accompaniments like Grilled Pork Belly and Wagyu Petit Tender. Tingle your sweet tooth with a dessert of Xmas Pudding with vanilla sauce—a treat that is impossible to refuse.

Christmas Day Communal Brunch – 24 & 25 December 2017
Time: 11.30pm – 3.00pm
Price: S$68++ (min two to dine)

Reservation: Click here.

For more information, click here.

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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

Pita Pan Singapore (20)

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

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