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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

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

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

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

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

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

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

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

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

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

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

blackboard that spreads across the centre!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

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

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

Salt and Pepper Fries @ Fast Food for Thought

Salt and Pepper Fries @ Fast Food for Thought

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

Basic Works @ Fast Food For Thought

Basic Works @ Fast Food For Thought

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

Bread and Butter Pudding @ Fast Food for Thought

Bread and Butter Pudding @ Fast Food for Thought

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

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

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought

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

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought

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

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

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought, Singapore

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

Address: 8, Queen Street, Singapore 188535

Time: Tue – Sun 11am to 7pm

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

Pepperoni (5)

Pepperoni

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

Peperoni

Peperoni

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

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

Peperoni

Peperoni

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

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

Peperoni

Peperoni

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

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

Here’s what we tried:

Tripel Karmeliet @ Peperoni

Tripel Karmeliet @ Peperoni

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

 

Caprese @ Peperoni

Caprese @ Peperoni

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

Arrabiata @ Peperoni

Arrabiata @ Peperoni

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

Hawaiana Pizza @ Peperoni

Hawaiana Pizza @ Peperoni

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

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

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

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

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

Ice Cream Scoop Shop Dempsey Hill… Ben & Jerry’s Dessert Extravaganza!

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

Very few restaurants / eating joints manage to create an awe in me because they offer something I have not imagined or experienced. Ben & Jerry at Dempsey Hill is one such restaurant that makes me think “Hmmm if I had an ice cream/dessert joint, I would want it to be something like this!”

Out Side seating @ Ben & Jerry's, Dempsey Hill

Out Side seating @ Ben & Jerry’s, Dempsey Hill

Situated in one of the picturesque houses at the ever so romantic Dempsey Hill, Ben & Jerry’s takes ice cream parlour concept to another level.

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

Sprawled across a 1500+ sq feet area, this place gives an impression that you are sitting in an old-time roadside eatery in a village somewhere in Europe!

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

The rustic and wooden interiors…

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

Rare raw brick walls are really endearing.

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

The fireplace (non-functional) charming. Especially when you have a live band playing right in front of it.

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

It’s not a tidy seating, yet the overall setting is just something that makes you want to hang out there, enjoying delectable desserts / coffee / food or alcohol.

Moving to why we usually go there… for the desserts! Ben & Jerry’s offers some really interesting and delicious ice cream based desserts, drinks and sundaes. I will list out some of my favourites.

I will list out some of my favourites.

Double Brownie Special - Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Double Brownie Special – Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

[1] Double Brownie Special: Freshly baked brownie (yes, the brownie is fresh, you can tell) with your choice of ice cream. My favourite ice cream combination includes chocolate chip cookie dough, New York Super Fudge Chunk (chocolate ice cream with dark fudge chunk, pecans, walnuts and fudge covered almonds) and Vanilla!

Double Belgian Waffle - Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Double Belgian Waffle – Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

[2] Double Belgian Waffle: Freshly prepared Belgian Waffle with your choice of ice cream, with cream and chocolate sprinkles… Normal ice cream combination that works is any chocolate ice cream and vanilla.

[3] Some of my favourite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavours to try:

 

Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey

Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey

Chunky Monkey: The first time I heard about this ice cream, I rejected or almost rejected the idea of trying it… who has a banana ice cream! I ate my words along with a huge serving of the chunky monkey. If you like banana, you CANNOT miss this flavour! It’s ice cream carton is usually out of stock at quite a few places.

 

 

 

 

 

Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake

Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream – Strawberries & a Thick Graham Cracker Swirl is actually another rare flavour I really really enjoy! A caveat, if you decide to take a scoop straight out of a box, beware, its really difficult to keep it down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk

Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk

New York Super Fudge Chunk: Chocolate Ice Cream with White & Dark Fudge Chunks, Pecans, Walnuts & Fudge Covered Almonds, a chocolate lovers gourmet delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much will it cost me: Well a scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s is around S$ 10-12. Add another S$10 for waffle/brownie… however, the serving size for Sundaes is quite large and meant for sharing!

Verdict: Oh I find it a perfect place to have a date. Apart from the gourmet desserts, the place also has a well-stocked bar and some select food choices as well. Although I have never really tried food here (Dempsey has quite a few other restaurants I enjoy) I like their limited spread. They have Nacho’s, select pasta, salad, pizza and soup. The setting is perfect for quiet time with your partner as well as a dessert night out for families! Caveat, week days evening is nice and quiet. Weekends, quite a few children around… take your pick!

Location: 8 Dempsey Rd, 247696. Ph: 6473 3231
Timing: 10:30am to 11:00pm

* This review is the writer’s personal opinion and is NOT a paid review.

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/

Don Quijote – For those who crave a little Spanish Spread!

I am a huge fan of Spanish cuisine. The obvious reason for that is Spanish cuisine is full of a variety of spices, without necessarily being hot or chilli. The not so obvious reason is that it maintains a perfect balance for those whose palate craves for delicate yet spiced grub.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Recently, I visited one of my favourite Spanish restaurants in Singapore – Don Quijote. For those who wonder what the name is all about, Don Quijote is the chivalric primary character in a fictional Spanish novel titled “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha”, roughly translated as “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha”. It is recognised as one of the best works of Spanish fiction and the novel went on to inspire many artists in the musical, literary and filmmaking fields.

Coming back to Don Quijote the restaurant, it is one of the better Spanish foods I have tried in Singapore.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Located at the serene Dempsey Hill, the restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating. On a cool Singapore evening, it is an absolute pleasure to sit outdoors and enjoy the fresh crisp night air.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Their indoor seating is quite classily done.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Right from the bright yellow colour of the walls to the partial brick setting, the restaurant has a warm feel. The large bar takes a centre-stage in the restaurant.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

The wooden décor at the bar and

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

the paintings on the wall make it a real homey yet swish place to be.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Now focusing on the main aspect… the food. Don Quijote offers some authentic Spanish gourmet including the variety of tapas and of course their traditionally made choices of Spanish Paella.

Here’s what we tried:

Starters:

Don Quijote, Singapore

Fresh Bread @ Don Quijote, Singapore

We started with the complementary bread and garlic butter…

Patatas Bravas @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Patatas Bravas @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[1] Patatas Bravas: This is my most sought after Spanish Tapas… soft boiled potatoes served in spicy tomato chilli sauce. My tapas selection is never complete without this dish. The Don Quijote tapas was nicely made with enough sauce to make a moist well garnished dish. It was just the right amount of tangy and spicy so that neither tastes were overwhelming.

Setas al Ajillo @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Setas al Ajillo @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[2] Setas al Ajillo: The Setas al Ajillo or Garlic Fried Mixed Mushroom was a new try. And we weren’t disappointed. A mixture of choice of mushrooms sautéed in garlic made for a great starter.  Just like the Patatas Bravas, the mushrooms were nicely flavoured and really well made.

Croquetas con Jamón @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Croquetas con Jamón @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[3] Croquetas con Jamón: The Croquettes with Cured Spanish Ham were the highlight of the evening. Beautifully fried crispy croquettes with a delightful mixture of cheese and ham left you wanting for a lot more than were actually served. The croquettes were served with a spicy tomato basil sauce that was a great accompaniment.

Main Course:

Vegetarian Paella @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Vegetarian Paella @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[1] Spanish Paella Vegetarian: I am a hard core non-vegetarian, but surprisingly, I have always preferred the vegetarian paella… I often find it to be more flavourful than the others I have tried. Or maybe it’s just a matter of taste. I think one of the reasons for that is that a vegetarian paella just like Paella Valenciana (chicken based) is made is saffron stock. You just cannot miss that flavour. Either ways, the paella at Don Quijote is really good. One of the things about Paella is that it takes a good 25-30 minutes to be made and hence, the best idea is to order your paella early… A small is good enough for 2 persons; a medium good enough for 3-4 and large is for a group of 4-5 at least.

Dessert:

Bomba de Chocolate @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Bomba de Chocolate @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[1] Bomba de Chocolate: The Don Quijote version of a freshly-made chocolate cake made with Spanish chocolates and served hot with vanilla ice-cream. The cake is one of the really good lava cakes I have had in a long time. Just like the paella, the cake is made fresh and take at least 30 minutes of preparation time. Furthermore, it is sold out quite often, so order early!

Almond Marquise @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Almond Marquise @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[2] Almond Marquise: Of all the dishes we tried, their Marquise was probably the most underwhelming. For one it looked like it had been frozen for too long that instead of being a slight bit mousse-like, it was actually hard, almost like a soft cake… If this is the quality they serve often, then this dessert is avoidable.

Dessert Wine @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Dessert Wine @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[3] Castillo de Maetierra (Dessert Wine): The dessert wine was really good – Sweet with a bit of spicy after taste, but not overwhelming. They have a decent wine collection, although like most other restaurants around Singapore, their better collection is served only by the bottle… and it is no secret that alcohol in Singapore can get quite pricey.

How much will it cost me: Here comes the sad part. The food is excellent, and it comes at a price. A rather high price. The dinner cost us approximately S$ 120 (minus the wine bottle), which I agree is rather steep. However, my experience with Spanish restaurant in Singapore overall has been that they are pricier than the normal restaurants… I have no idea why that is.

Verdict: I like the place. Of course it isn’t a place I would go all too often, but it is a place I have visited when I have guests who wish to try their hand at some Spanish spread. The ambience, the location and the selection of food available makes it a good bid. Apart from Spanish specials they have a large collection of Cold Tapas, Fideus, Ensaladas and Pastas. Their choice of meat and seafood dishes is great, but it also has a lot to offer for vegetarians which I always find comes in quite handy, especially when I perpetually have at least one vegetarian around… Overall, I would definitely give it a thumbs up.
Address: Dempsey Hill, Block 7 Dempsey Road, #01-02, Singapore 249671

For reservation: +65 6476 2811

http://www.don-quijote-restaurants.com/

Baja Fresh: For some Tex-Mex / Mexican Cuisine

One of the few cuisines that comes close to the chili Indian offerings is the Mexican spread… I am a huge fan of Mexican cuisine… Right from the assemble your self Fajita’s to the tex-mex favourite crispy tacos and the chili-tomato special enchilada’s Mexican cuisine offers an interesting variety of choice. What’s more, it is one of the few cuisines that does not treat vegetarians like an unwanted step-child… and offers equally tasty options to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike…

Baja Fresh, Singapore

Baja Fresh, Singapore

One of my favourite mid-range Mexican restaurants in Singapore is Baja Fresh, Mexican Grill.

Baja Fresh

Baja Fresh

Located at Rendezvous Hotel opposite the Singapore Management University campus at Bras Basah, this lively Mexican eatery is a simple, no-nonsense joint where a family can go and enjoy a meal at a decently reasonable price considering their size of the portion.

Baja Fresh

Baja Fresh

There’s something for everyone here. Baja Fresh is a Mexican chain started in 1990 in the California, USA. Their usp in a country of Bell Tacos was fresh ingredients and a self-serve, unlimited salsa bar. A household name in the USA, Baja Fresh is present in Dubai and Singapore as well.

Here’s what we had during our last visit:

Nacho Chips & Salsa @ Baja Fresh, Singapore

Nacho Chips & Salsa @ Baja Fresh, Singapore

[1] Salsa Bar & Nachos: Almost all their meals come with a serving of crispy nachos chips which go extremely well with the choice of four salsa’s they offer, along with lemon and cilantro.

Salsa Bar @ Baja Fresh

Salsa Bar @ Baja Fresh

The four choice of salsa’s include (1) ‘Pico de Gallo’ the original tomato, onion salsa. (2) Salsa Hot… which is their spicy version of salsa, although it is not really as hot as I would personally like. (3) Salsa Baja, this used to be some sort of top Baja secret… the secret apparently lies in heavily roasted tomatoes mixed with coarsely chopped onions and jalapenos and lemon seasoning. (4) Last one is Salsa Molcajate supposedly made on traditional Mexican stone tool. This is chunkier version of the salsa with a rustic condiment’s look.

Lime Margarita @ Baja Fresh

Lime Margarita @ Baja Fresh

[2] Margarita’s: Fresh Margarita dispenser endows the counter… with two flavours lime and blue, their lime flavour is an out and out hit. It’s not as strong as one would expect, but all the same decently well made.It also has some beers on offer…

Chicken Fajita @ Baja Fresh

Chicken Fajita @ Baja Fresh

[3] Chicken Breast Fajita’s: The seasoned and grilled chicken breast is served with Mexican rice, guacamole (quite well made), sour cream and sauted onions. This is served with tortillas. At Baja Fresh, tortillas are served as corn or flour. Corn tortillas are the tortilla versions of tacos… personally, I like their flour tortillas. While there are quite a few positives of Baja Fresh, their rice is one of their problem points. It’s just not good. But the rest is quite well made and fresh, kind of compensating for the disappointing rice.

Veggie Tacos @ Baja Fresh

Veggie Tacos @ Baja Fresh

[4] Original Baja Tacos Vegetarian: I like their tacos… it’s crisp and well-made. The tacos are filled with Mexican beans, veggies and go very well with their unlimited salsa’s.

How much will it cost me: For some reason I have realized Mexican food around Singapore is slightly pricier than a lot of other cuisines. Having said that Baja Fresh is comparitively reasonable and a meal for two would cost around S$ 40 inclusive of a Margarita.

Verdict: It’s not the best Tex-Mex I have had… but it is good. Their ingredients are fresh, salsa’s are really good… and the portion size leaves nothing to complain about. It’s definitely worth a try in case you want to enjoy some Tex-Mex. I have seen some unflattering reviews about Baja Fresh on a few forums and I agree, as I initially mentioned, that they are not the best. Their rice servings are really dismal, but the quality of tacos, their meat and the veggie options too definitely pulls me back to visit the place often, not to mention the fact that it happens to be my veggie husband’s most sought after place. Spice and veggie options, what more can I ask for, he often quips.

Location: Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore

Phone: +65-6337 7300

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