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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

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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
https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg

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

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

Paddington House of Pancakes – Discover the World in 100 Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes

I am very rarely impressed with menus… and by menu’s I do not just mean what is on offer in terms of variety of dishes, but also the way it is presented.

Menu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Menu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes offers one of the most impressive menu’s I have seen in the last few years. Located on the Level 2 at City Square Mall, Paddington House of Pancakes offers an extensive and innovative selection of pancakes & crepes, both sweet and savoury!

Menu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Menu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

What’s more, you can actually see how most of the dishes would actually look like. There comes my second part of the menu – its presentation!

Menu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Menu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

I love the way it is designed and I can go on and on about the thought process behind it! Most of us are not sure about how savoury pancakes would turn out, especially if the dish has too many elements like meat, sauces, veggies etc. The pictorial representation is a perfect way to tickle the imagination and the palate.

Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes

Moving on from the menu to the ambience, that too is extremely impressive. The walls are filled with posters – some stating history of pancakes, some just around to make you real hungry…

Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes

I loved the writings on the wall…

Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes

And the pillars…

Paddington House of Pancakes

Paddington House of Pancakes

The colour ambience is perfect for a nice informal meal, although I saw a few official meetings happening around me!

Now comes the actual food. Don’t be surprised if it takes you for ever to decide… after all it isn’t always a good thing to be spoilt for choice. Going through a 20 page menu, staring at the gourmet pictures of various dishes is quite time-consuming and honestly tiresome! Talk about first world problems! After scanning through so many pages and reading a ton of mouth-watering descriptions… this is what we ordered.

Classic Buckleberry @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Classic Buckleberry @ Paddington House of Pancakes

[1] Classic Buckleberry: Blueberry pancakes served with cream cheese scrambled eggs with mushrooms & crispy turkey bacon… served with generous quantities of maple syrup. What was interesting about the dish was that the slightly sweet pancakes complemented really well with the creamy perfectly made eggs. The turkey bacon on the side added a nice crunchy touch! Perfect dish to start your weekend…

Monaco @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Monaco @ Paddington House of Pancakes

[2] Monaco: Zucchini & onion pancakes served with grilled herbed lamb shoulder, yogurt mint sauce and mashed potatoes. This was a decently large portion… the pancakes were nice and soft, grilled lamb (250gms) was done just right. The mint sauce I thought was a little watery, but nicely flavoured! Overall a good large dish, great for sharing.

Honolulu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Honolulu @ Paddington House of Pancakes

[3] Honolulu: This is a pannekoek – popular 12” pancake from Holland. Simply put, this type of pancakes / crepes is like a pizza… only the base is well, pancake-batter. Honolulu is almost similar to a Hawaiian Pizza… which includes pineapple cubes, tomatoes, chicken bacon stripes (baked), onions and loads of mozzarella on top. Nice simple dish with generous ingredients all across. The dish is sufficient for one person with a good appetite.  The sweetness of the pineapple and the meat and veggies made for a fulfilling dish. Just a caveat, if you prefer your pancakes to be thick and soft, this may not be for you.

Nice @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Nice @ Paddington House of Pancakes

[4] Nice: Host of food items like grilled chicken, grilled mozzarella, chicken bacon, mushrooms, prawns, pineapple and topped with mushroom creamy sauce are stuffed inside a freshly made soft crepe. That’s a whole lot of stuff if you ask me… and yes, it is a helluva heavy dish! But quite something… advised for those who are really hungry!

Classic Sweet Pancakes - Strawberry and Cream @ Paddington House of Pancakes

Classic Sweet Pancakes – Strawberry and Cream @ Paddington House of Pancakes

[5] Classic Sweet Pancake: So we ended our scrumptious meal with the classic sweet pancakes. Of a variety of options available, we went in for ‘Original Pancake’ with fresh strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream. I could see the devil smiling when the beautiful looking dish was placed on the table. The classic pancakes were soft and warm… and the accompaniments were well just as fresh and perfect way to end our meal.

How much will it cost me: The meal cost us approximately S$ 75… between 4 people. It is not the most expensive of the places…

Verdict: Without a doubt, one of the most interesting places I have been… the sheer choice, the welcoming ambience and good quality of food makes it a perfect place, especially for brunch… The place provides both sweet and savoury choices, thus, providing vegetarians with some decent options. While I agree the savoury choices for vegetarians are not as many… their sweet pancakes and crepes section more than makes up for it! And their

offerings have flavours of the world… after all as their tagline says, Discover the World in 100 Pancakes. My verdict, a must try!

Address: 180 Kitchener Rd, Level 2, City Square Mall, Singapore 208539

Timing: 9am to 11pm

Phone: +65-6612 9029

Website: http://www.paddingtonpancakes.com/

New Year’s Eve Dinner Options – Under S$ 100 per person

I was exploring and compiling a list of all the great restaurants to visit for New Years Eve Dinner… when a friend commented. “I challenge you to find 5 restaurants around here who will give me (1) Good Ambience and (2) Decent food choice… all under S$ 100 for a New Year’s Eve Dinner.” Well in true Barney Style I replied back with a, “Challenge accepted!” And here’s not 5 but a good 10 restaurants that I believe fit the bill.

Wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR guys!

Spice Cafe[1] Spice Cafe @ Concorde Hotel
Spice Cafe at Concorde has a New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner, which includes extensive menu comprising of sumptuous spread of fresh, succulent seafood and specialty meats including medallions of lobster with bed of wakame and cucumber. Indulge in a selection of main courses such as beef tenderloin wrapped with puff pastry and squid ink seafood paella, chicken and roasted pine nuts. With delectable desserts such as croquembouche and assorted French pastries, you will be spoilt for choices with our array of sweet endings to round off a perfect meal. Apart from this, every diner will enjoy a complimentary serving of half a lobster and a box of novelties and a glass of house pour, beer or soft drink.
Price: Adult $95.00++ / Child $45.00++
Address: Concorde Hotel Singapore, 100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840
Reservations: +65-67398370 or +6567338855 ext. 8133 Email: spices.chs@concorde.net Website: singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com

Brizo[2] Brizo Restaurant @ Park Hotel, Clarke Quay
Enjoy the culinary pleasures at Brizo Restaurant and Bar, Park Hotel wit their Roasted Spanish Paprika Crispy Pork Belly stuffed with Apricot, Roasted Australian Lamb Rack with Herbs Crust, Braised Oxtail in Red Wine, Braised French Duck Leg with Dark Cherry, Spring Chicken in Mushroom Fricassee, Maine Lobsters, Flower Crabs, Live Oysters, Australian Yabbies, Chilean Scallops to name a few.
Price: Adult $80++ / Child $40++ Top up $38++ for free flow of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Wines & Beer
Address: Park Hotel, 1 Unity St, Singapore 237983
Reservations: +6565938899
http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/clarkequay/dining/brizo-restaurant-n-bar/

alligator pear

[3] Alligator Pear @ Fairmont Singapore
Start your New Year celebrations with a sunset meal by the pool, relishing a unique selection of cold cuts, fresh seafood and barbequed meats including Aged Grain-Fed Sirloin with Bearnaise Sauce and Grilled Lamb Cutlet with Mint Sauce. They have a view of the Marina Bay, albiet from afar… but good enough to see some bursts of the fireworks display over the Marina Bay.
Price: Adult S$ 95++ or Moët & Chandon Imperial: S$ 115 per bottle.
Address: Level 8, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 178882
Reservations: +6564316156

[4] 21 on Rajah @ Ramada Singapore
Enjoy a gastronomic dinner, starting with fresh lobsters and crabs and moving on to gourmet delights such as Goose Liver Mousse
on Toast and Beef Medallion with Shallot. Round off the meal with unique desserts like Pumpkin Panna Cotta.
Price: Adult $78 per person or $108 per person with free flow of sparkling wine for dinner and a ticket
to our Hats & Sequins Countdown Pool Party. S$ 39 per child
Address: 1 Jalan Rajah Road, Singapore 329133
Reservations: +6568086868
http://www.dayshotelsingapore.com/sites/default/files/Festive%20Brochure.pdf

[5] Thanying @ Amara Hotel
Thanying is one of my favourite Thai restaurants in Singapore. Renowned for its authentic Royal Thai cuisine, this festive season, they have a set menu. Some of the noteworthy specialities include Turkey Salad mixed with Rose Apple, Orange, WaterChestnut and a hint of Chill, Thai Spicy Prawn Soup, Deep-fried Boneless Grouper Fillet, Green Curry with Chicken and Thai Cakes and fruits.
However, these festive set menus are available for a minimum of 4 person group and require at least 2 days of advance reservation.
Price: Adult S$75 / S$ 80 per person
Address: Thanying Restaurant, Level 2, Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
Reservations: +6562224688

Swiss Cafe[6] Cafe Swiss @ Swissotel The Stamford
Enjoy Swiss hospitality at Café Swiss with their Feast on a diverse assortment of festive favourites that include cold appetisers including Foie Gras Terrine with Apricot Chutney and Chervil as well as the Apple Caramelised Pear Salad with Candied Walnut and Fig for starters, before shifting the spotlight to the seafood selection which features a mouthwatering display of freshly-shucked seasonal oysters, poached Green Lip mussels, tiger prawns and clams. Variety of specialties including Slow Cooked Crispy Pork Belly with Grilled Courgette and Caramelised Apples, as well as the Mignon of Beef with Bearnaise sauce on the side, coupled with Turkey and Honey Baked Ham carvings, will take the festivities up a notch. Not forgetting signature Swiss favourites including an enticing selection of Swiss cheese and traditional Swiss Raclette and a decadent Chocolate Fountain for a sweet end.
Price: S$75++ per person or S$85++ per person inclusive of free-flowing juices or $95++ per person inclusive of free-flowing Tiger Beer
Address: Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882
Reservations: +6564316156

[7] Sky Lounge @ Peninsula Excelsior Hotel
Enjoy this open air meal with favourites like Seafood on Ice, Lobster Vol-Au-Vent, Foie Gras Terrine on Melba Toast, Norwegian Smoked Salmon Tartlets, Selection of Caviar with Blinis, Roast Wagyu Beef on carving with Black Pepper and Mushroom Sauce, Tagliatele with Goose Liver, Salmon Steak with Cream Dill Sauce, Osso Bucco, Five Spice Lamb Rack, Pollo Diavola, Panna Cotta, Tiramisu Cake, Raspberry Crumble, Red Velvet, Cheese Platter to name a few.

Price: Adult: $88.00++ / Child: $48.00++ Inclusive a glass of Moet et Chandon (for Adult) & Festive Mocktail (for Child)
Address:  5 Coleman St, Singapore 179805
Reservations: +6563372200
http://www.ytchotels.com/peninsulaexcelsior/dining-entertainment

Aquamarine[8] AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin
Enjoy this popular buffet with AquaMarine’s catch of the year like Baked Whole Salmon Zuchinni “Scale”, Giant Squid with Apple and Fennel Salad, Seafood Fritatta and wholesome festive desserts. While this buffet doesn’t fall in the under S$ 100 category, I accepted this as an exception with S$ 108 not to far behind!
Price: Adult S$ 108++ / S$ 76++
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Reservations: +6568451111
http://www.meritushotels.com/en/hotelinformation/marina-mandarin-singapore/whats-happening

Traders

[9] Ah Hoi’s Kitchen @ Trader’s Hotel
Enjoy this unique concept of all you can have barbeque dinner. Available on offer, barbecued lobster, king prawns, stingray, pork & lamb chop as well as satay, Asian salads, chilli crab and mouth-watering desserts. They also have Roast beef carvings on New Year’s Eve. Buffet includes wine, sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks and juices.
Price: Adult S$ 98 / Child S$ 38
Address: 1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
Reservations: +6568314295

[10] Oasis @ Grand Hyatt
Enjoy the lush greenery in tranquil surroundings at the Grand Hyatt Singapore poolside restaurant Oasis and savor the BBQ dinner of meat and seafood selections a la minute on the open charcoal-fired grills.
Price: Adult S$ 69 / S$ 34
Address: 10 Scotts Road Singapore 228211
Reservations: +6567381234
http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/images/hotels/sinrs/NY_brochure09.pdf

My pick of top Christmas Lunches / Brunches in Singapore – 2013

A Christmas spread photo I love!  Courtesy: farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8293980055_c6b8efff4f_z

A Christmas spread photo I love! Courtesy: farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8293980055_c6b8efff4f_z

As I walked past the beautifully lit Orchard road last week… I couldn’t help but get sucked into the holiday season. Walking past the shining Christmas ornaments, each mall competing for the best themed decorations, temporarily I forgot I was chasing a deadline… or that I had run out of groceries and actually had a couple of cans of soda in the fridge which summed up my dinner options…

And with the thought of food of course, came the idea for the next few posts… As I research how I spend the 12 days of Christmas… I will keep posting my research in form of my top picks for brunches, lunches, dinners, desserts etc…

Spicerover

 

Today I start with: My top picks for Christmas & pre-Christmas Brunches / Lunches. I have picked the restaurants based on my experience coupled with what I thought looked like great spreads. I was excited with the final list… hope you enjoy it too!

 

 

[1] The Dinning Room: It’s been sometime since I have been to The Dining Room at the Sheraton Towers, but it still remains one of my favourite places… This year, they have something called ‘Prelude to Christmas Lunch Buffet’. Enjoy the traditional Christmas delicacies such as Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Spinach stuffed Chicken Galantine, Roast Goose with garlic and sage to name a few.
From: 3rd December 2013 to 21st December 2013 (Tuesday to Saturday)
Price: Adult S$ 58 & Child S$ 28
Address: Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore
For reservations & enquiry: +65-6839 5621

[2] Paulaner – Brauhaus: Looking for a cozy lunch for two… the Bavarian Christmas Set Menu at Paulner is a perfect option.
Menu includes: Bavarian Soup Specialty, Cream Forest Mushrooms and Garden Herbs with small Becon Bread Dumplings, Roast Turkey Breast with fresh Garden Veggies, Cranberry Sauce and Thyme Baby Potatoes OR Traditional Munich Red Wine Venison Ragout, served with Cranberries and Homemade Potato Dumplings. For dessert they have, the puff Pastry Cherry Tart with Movenpick Vanilla Ice Cream
From: 9th December to 26th December
Price: S$ 48++ per person.
Tel: 6883 2572
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Millenia Walk Singapore

[3] Melt – The World Cafe
This by far is my most favourite place in Singapore. It’s a shame I have not been able to visit this place for over a year now… But hope to change that this Christmas… Their pre-christmas Brunch is probably the lagest spread I have seen in Singapore yet. Catering to almost every favourite cuisine you can think of… this is a total value for money buffet for the sheer spread. They have some exciting live stations which serve the traditional Christmassy gourmet options.
On: 24th December, 2013 (Christmas Eve Brunch Buffet)
Price: S$ 88++ per person
Tel: 6885 3500
Address: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Singapore

[4] Alkaff Mansion
Enjoy the Christmas Day in the hills… especially with the weather holding up these days… Those looking for some Christmas day intoxication over and above food, here’s a brunch with free flow of prosecco, red and white wines while enjoying an array of over 20 international dishes. Some of the delicacies include Oven Baked Turkey with Cranberry, Marinated Salmon, Classic Italian ‘Panettone’ with Chantilly Cream & Chocolate, assorted cheese etc. to name a few.
http://www.alkaff.com.sg/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Christmas-Brunch-Menu2013.pdf
On: 25th December, 2013 only – 12pm onwards
Price: $128 (adult), $58 (child)
Address: Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, 10 Telok Blangah Green Singapore

[5] Wooloomooloo Steakhouse:
Another perfect meal for a family at the Wooloomooloo Steakhouse has a 4 course Set Menu Lunch available from Christmas Eve to the Boxing Day. The special’s include the traditional turkey, Australian Black Angus Sirloin. You can find their menu at: http://www.wooloo-mooloo.com/files/images/menu/b4254df9-WMSG-Xmas-lunch.pdf
From: 24th December to 26th Decemner
Price: S$ 68++
Tel: 6338 0261
Address: 2 Stamford Road, Level 3 Swissotel The Stamford Singapore

[6] Park Royal at Pickering:
The Lime at ParkRoyal has an entire line-up of festivities right from their Yuletide brunch on 22nd, 25th and 26th December to their Festive lunch buffets from 19th December to 1st Jan. where a line-up of festive highlights such as Char Siew Roasted Turkey and Honey Glazed Ham awaits. Eat, drink and be merry at our Yuletide Champagne Brunch featuring the traditional christmas offerings and some exciting seafood as well. http://www.parkroyalhotels.com/media/pdfs/singapore/pickering/parkroyal_on_pickering_festive_brochure_fa_%28for_web%29.pdf
Brunch on: 22nd, 25th, 26th December
Price: S$68 OR S$128 (inclusive of Champagne)
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Tel: 6809 8899
Address: 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore

Few others to consider:

Balzac Brasserie for some French Christmas delicacies at Rendezvous Gallery, Bras Basah Road.

The Halia at Botanic Garden… a serene brunch… Recommended for groups with children, or those who prefer Halal food.

– The Christmas brunch at The Terrace, Sentosacove… recommended for groups with children…

Au Chocolat at Marina Bay Sands – They have Christmas Set meal options, set in the backdrop of a fairytale Christmas.

The Carousel at Scott’s Plaza is my pick for a large group. They offer a choice of food items terms of size / weight, perfect for a large group…

Apologies to the VEGETARIANS… while you might find the odd potato sage and salads around, these Christmas treats are not for you. Let me see if I can dig out some GOOD vegetarian Christmas options!

This is not a sponsored post… the list is based entirely on my choices.

Alaturka: Turkish / Middle-eastern Delight

Alaturka

Alaturka

I have been meaning to write about Alaturka for ages now… It is one of my “Most frequented” places. In fact, Alaturka was the first Turkish / Mediterranean restaurant I tried after landing in Singapore two and half years ago.

This cozy little restaurant, situated on 16 Bussorah St, off Arab street has a charm of its own.

Alaturka

Alaturka

Right from the purple flower theme decorating the brick walls, to the various artifacts adorning the walls, the place has an appeal of its own.

Alaturka

Alaturka

The 50+ seater capacity restaurant has divided its seating into 3 parts. There a small enclosure of sorts right at the end of the restaurant that seats large groups. Of course, you can never get that place unless you actually reserve it… especially on the weekend. Then there are tables lined next to the walls and finally seating alfresco (if you can call it that).

What I love the most about the decor of this place is that you will be enchanted by the traditional touches…

Alaturka

Alaturka

Then it could be the beautiful ceiling lamps, or simply the evil eye or the blue ceramic clock suspended in the middle of the restaurant.

Alaturka

Alaturka

Alaturka

Alaturka

I find the chaos of various traditional pieces enamouring. This is what, I feel, gives the restaurant decor a sense of character…

The Food:

Coming down to food… I have been to this restaurant so many times now, that I don’t even look at the menu anymore… These are a few of my favourites at Alaturka.

Meze Tabagi @ Alaturka

Meze Tabagi @ Alaturka

[1] Meze Tabagi: Whether you are in a large group of small, this dish is really a must try. It is an assortment of various mezzes or dips. There’s hummus (chickpea dip), Cacik (cucumber and yogurt salad), Haydari (herb garlic), Babakanoosh (eggplant and garlic), etc… You not only get to try the different dips, the quantity is such that it’s a dish meant for the entire table.

Hummus @ Alaturka

Hummus @ Alaturka

[2] Hummus: Okay, so I ordered the hummus separately, because that’s all someone at the table wanted to have… and the darling dip of the middle eastern cuisine was really good. The texture not to smooth, spices perfectly balanced… just simple and savoury…

Coban Salata @ Alaturka

Coban Salata @ Alaturka

[3] Coban Salata: This cold salad comprising of cucumber, feta cheese and tomatoes is extremely tasty and refreshing.

Vegetarian Mousakka @ Alaturka

Vegetarian Mousakka @ Alaturka

[4] Vegetarian Mousakka: The dish comes in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. We opt for the vegetarian… the dish comprises of diced potatoes and eggplants served with vegetables and melted cheese. The dish is served on a hot stove… the dish is quite heavy… and oily too, for those counting calories, for there are a number of fried elements within… Having said that, it is equally scrumptious and vegetarians will surely enjoy it (provided you actually like eggplant).

Veg Lahmacun @ Alaturka

Veg Lahmacun @ Alaturka

[5] Lahmacun: The Turkish pizza is one of my favourite… and while meatlovers can opt for the non-veg (usually lamb) lahmacun, try Alaturka’s vegetarian lahmacun… it’s quite well made… Ground up vegetables mixed with tomato and various Middle Eastern spices are spread on a thin layer of bread (think thin crust) and baked. Though similar to thin crust pizza, there’s no cheese in Lahmacun… It’s a must try dish, either veg of non-veg.

Lavash @ Alaturka

Lavash @ Alaturka

[6] Lavash: A balloon bread with sesame seeds sprinkled generously served hot with the meze platter… order this even if you decide to skip the mezze… Lavash is a great accompaniment with the other dishes.

Shish Tawook @ Alaturka

Shish Tawook @ Alaturka

[7] Shish Tawook (Taouk): Up until now you would have realized, in an all Turkish place, I have not mentioned a single non-vegetarian dish… that’s because their vegetarian food is also just as good… having said that, I now turn to my favourite chicken kebab dish… the Shish Tawook… Beautifully marinated chicken is grilled to perfection (not dry, nice and juicy) and served on a skewer with pilaf, the middle-eastern rice and assorted vegetables. The aromatic rice and vegetables are a lovely combination… but the chicken really is the hero… Chicken lovers, this dish is a must try.

Kunefe @ Alaturka

Kunefe @ Alaturka

[8] Kunefe: I am slightly, okay let me not mince words here, I am extremely biased towards “Kunefe”, my most favourite dessert across cuisines… so if a restaurant serves kunefe, I do not really see any other words… And although their kunefe isn’t the best I have ever tried… it is really good. For those unfamiliar with what kunefe is, it is semolina pastry (fine seviya) served with unsalted melted fresh mozzarella Cheese and cream. It’s the perfect way to end a delightful meal.

How much will it cost me: A dinner for 2 should cost you anywhere for S$ 30 to S$ 55. It’s not frightfully expensive, and their serving sizes are quite large too… Every dish that is served is meant for sharing.

Alaturka

Alaturka

Verdict: It is not the best Turkish / Middle-eastern food I have had… but it is really good. Their cook I hear is from Turkey and it shows in the taste. The spread and variety is quite good… and there’s loads for the vegetarian palate. Their ambiance is delightful and their food delectable. If you are a fan of Turkish / Middle-eastern cuisine… you will like the place. If there is one issue with the place… it is their service. They are seriously understaffed. And while it isn’t that obvious on weekdays, on weekends you see the difference. The waiter running around, delay in taking orders and so on. But if you are patient enough to sit back and enjoy the food, you won’t regret it.  One tip… if you are planning to visit it on a weekend or Public Holiday, ensure you reserve a table, cause the place is usually full.

Address: 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore. Tel: 6294 0304

Website: http://www.alaturka.com.sg/

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