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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

A Chef, An Artist – Reena Pushkarna, the ‘Curry Queen of Israel’ now adding taste to Singapore

Reena Pushkarna

the ‘Curry Queen of Israel’ now adding taste to Singapore – Reena Pushkarna

“Chefs are like painters… the tools their paint brushes, the kitchen their canvas! And then you paint…” That’s how celebrity chef Reena Pushkarna, lovingly known as the ‘Curry Queen of Israel’ describes her art and love for cooking.

From restaurants to providing ready-to-eat recipes under the brand name ‘Reena’, to having celebrity cooking show, this stunning, dynamic, ever-smiling chef today is a household name in Israel. After successfully conquering and ruling the Israel food scene for Indian cuisine, she along with her son Kunal Pushkarna entered the Singapore market in late 2011 with a unique restaurant concept called Pita Pan – an all vegetarian Mediterranean affair!

Reena Pushkarna

Reena Pushkarna

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with her for a relaxed talk at Pita Pan, Marina Bay Sands where she discussed her love for cooking, (passion and excitement evident on her face like a little child),  her inspirational journey towards becoming the Curry Queen and her future plans in Asia.

Having successfully introduced and inculcated taste for Indian cuisine in the land of Israelis who are known for their specific food preferences, she admits the journey, of course, wasn’t easy. “More than 20 years ago, my husband (Vinod Pushkarna) and I started an all vegetarian restaurant at Tel Aviv. I looked after cooking, catering to preferences of the guests, designing my kitchen, training my chefs, restaurant décor and so on. But logistics and business I happily left it to him,” she says with a chuckle. “After about a year of struggle with our vegetarian offerings, we decided to introduce non-vegetarian food to the meat loving locals, in form of tandoori recipes… and the hard work seems to have paid off.” She finishes humbly.

Reena Pushkarna

Different moods of Celebrity Chef – Reena Pushkarna

And it was hard work indeed, for this stunning chef, hugely adorned for her tasty dishes, has in fact picked up cooking from chefs across the world. But hold on, this wasn’t in any renowned culinary school, but aboard ships! “My husband was a Captain in Indian Merchant Navy. On board the ships, we had a number of chefs from different countries… and I actually picked up culinary skills at the hands of trained chefs from across the world! I could not have asked for better learning atmosphere.” Having said that, she picked up and truly honed her passion toward Indian cuisine closer home… “My mother-in-law is an excellent cook and I truly gained a lot from her!”

So famous is her chain of restaurants in Israel that it is reported that the famous peace talks starring former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were reported to have first started at her restaurant Tandoori at Tel Aviv, Israel.

Gourmet food and personal touch are the hallmarks of all her restaurants and that’s exactly what she brings to Singapore with Pita Pan. “For me food is a way to connect with people. I would never bring about anything into my restaurants that I do not personally enjoy having. I have worked with my chefs here, personally trained them, designed the menu and I love to keep innovating. For me teaching and learning in the kitchen never stops. In fact, before the launch of Pita Pan, I along with my chefs trained with the chef at famous Mediterranean restaurant back in Israel. It was a great experience learning the fine art of making Mediterranean basics like Hummus under a veteran who has done it for 35 long years! So everything we serve here has an authentic touch.”

Reena Pushkarna

Different moods of Celebrity Chef – Reena Pushkarna

Just as I was about to ask her about why the Curry Queen, who runs the most famous Tandoor restaurant in Israel decide to go vegetarian when entering Singapore, we were pleasantly interrupted by the arrival of Executive Chef of Marina Bay Sands, Christopher Christie. It is a humongous task to get this chatty, active chef alone for a tete-a-tete for long time-spans. For in-between celebrity chef visits and her visits to the kitchen, she even manages to keep an eye out for her guests. She quickly donned her chef’s avatar and even went behind the counter to serve customers, when she saw the ever-increasing queue during the lunch hour rush.

“I am thankful we are well-received here…” she smiles after returning to the table. Why vegetarian I prompt. “I personally think vegetarian food can offer a lot, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. And we are constantly working at bringing in a unique dining experience. I love to experiment. I always look out for what might suit a particular ingredient. Or can I make something special that might appeal to say, children or people with particular preferences. For example, we recently launched Pita Pizza, which is catching up with children quite a bit! Apart from that, we recently started offering Hummus without garlic, for those who ask for it! I try to bring in unique offering wherever I can. For example, all the condiments we have on offer here, our chutney’s are my own special creations and that’s how we add special touches to traditional food from the middle-east!” (Detailed review of Pita Pan follows this interview in next few days).

Pita Pan Singapore

Pita Pan Singapore

Today Pita Pan Outlets are available at 2 locations in Singapore. The first of which opened opposite Arts and Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands. “I wanted something that offered both open air and indoor seating. It offers a casual yet homey atmosphere. For me Pita Pan offers an opportunity to bring about something different after having worked for over two decades around Indian food.”

With inroads in Singapore & recently in Macau (Pita Pan has an outlet in the Venetian), is Pita Pan looking to open outlets elsewhere in Asia. “We definitely want to take this concept to more places… and we are exploring options. Hopefully we will be seen in a few more countries in days to come.”

Apart from food and restaurants, Reena Pushkarna has very hectic social life. She is an active member of various organizations including the Israel Chamber of Commerce, IWC (International Women’s Club), and Executive board member of Indo-Israel Friendship Association. She was also a part Israel Prime Minister Sharon’s Business Delegation to India in 2003. With an active business to run, now across geographies, how does she find time for her social commitments? “If my contributions can create a difference or even a slightest impact, I want to be a part of it!” she says simply, “And for that I will always make time.”

With both her children now settled in Singapore (daughter Sarina and son Kunal), does it seem more like home? “My visits have increased quite a bit. And I love spending time with my grandchildren… so yes given time I can happily claim I have three homes, Israel, Singapore and of course India!”

Reena Pushkarna

Different moods of Celebrity Chef – Reena Pushkarna

Talking about Singapore, I couldn’t resist asking her about her favourite local cuisines. “I turned vegetarian a few years ago… so I am always on a look out for vegetarian delights. I have tried the vegetarian Laksa which I enjoyed quite a bit. Apart from that I quite enjoy Thai food offerings here!”

We wish and hope to see this dynamic chef churn out more gourmet & delectable concepts in her culinary journey!

– Interview by Sonal Chinchwadkar

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

Marble Slab Creamery – For some well made Ice Cream Flavours and their Sundaes

You take so many things for granted around Singapore. A friend was visiting from India sometime back who commented… “I am amazed at the sheer variety in something as simple as ice creams you know… I have not seen such spread of flavours and mixes in ice creams ever!” It was only then I remember how fascinated I was at what Singapore offers… for something as work-a-day as ice creams as well.
This conversation happened outside one of my favourite ice cream chains in Singapore… Marble Slab Creamery.

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Marble Slab Creamery, the concept was born in the United States in Houston 30 years ago. Today the franchaise has spread across 35 states in the USA and beyond to Canada, UAE and Singapore as well.

For those unaware of Hot Plate prepared Sundaes, the Creamery can be quite an experience.

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Step 1: You pick an ice cream of your choice from the regular and unique flavours they offer. Some of favourite flavours are:
– Butter Peacan
– Coffee
– Lemon Custard
– Strawberry
– Red Velvet Cake

You can of course ask for a taste of the flavours that appeal to you from the beautifully colourful display.

Step 2: Either you can eat the ice cream as is, or create a Sundae out of it, on a hot plate…

Select your toppings for the sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

Select your toppings for the sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

Basically, you take the ice cream, select what type of Sundae you want.

Sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

Sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

They mix it for you on a hot plate thus blending the ingredients with each other to create a homogeneous Sundae.

Some of my favourite Sundaes are:

Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp @ Marble Slab Creamery

Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp @ Marble Slab Creamery

– Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp: Mixture of sweet Cream with Crushed Butterfinger (a Marble Slab creation) along with Chocolate Chips & Caramel.

Strawberries 'N Cream @ Marble Slab Creamery

Strawberries ‘N Cream @ Marble Slab Creamery

– Strawberries ‘N Cream: For the fruit lovrs, here’s a Sundae with Strawberry ice cream, sweet cream and fresh strawberries.

Smooth Mint Masterpiece @ Marble Slab Creamery

Smooth Mint Masterpiece @ Marble Slab Creamery

– Smooth Mint Masterpiece: Rare combination of Cool Mint with Chocolate Sprinkles, Mint Candy & Fudge… haven’t had such a Sundae before…

Marble Slabs Creamery also has a selection of Ice Cream Cakes… a concept fast catching up… replacing the traditional birthday cakes… You can either order the cakes (I have tasted them on a few occasions and they are pretty cool!) or pick up a cake off the shelf… What’s more? You can order the cakes online on their website and decide on a collection location as well…

How much will it cost me: A small Sundae (quite large for 1 and just about enough for 2 persons) will cost you around S$ 9 to S$ 12. Yes, it is decently pricey… but it does serve a variety and makes it perfect for once in a while visit. Cakes cost around S$ 60 per kg.

Verdict: I am a sucker for anything unique and/or different… and the fun of watching an ice-cream sundae made before your eyes is pretty exciting for me. (I know enough skeptics around me who often scoff at my enthusiasm and term it as lame… but hey! I enjoy it.) The quality of their ice creams is good… the fresh waffles option is quite good too. What I find most interesting is some of their unique flavours… and for that alone, I wouldn’t miss a chance to visit it!

Locations: The store is currently available at about 10 locations in Singapore. http://www.marbleslab.com.sg/store_locator_sg.html

Bombay Cafe: Specially go there for their range of Indian vegetarian snack options!

Having choice often spoils you… and that I believe is true about Singapore to the T. Whenever I am in a mood to dine out (which I must say is quite often), what annoys me is the sheer choice… for with choice comes decision making!

Bombay Cafe Singapore

Bombay Cafe Singapore

A week or so ago, I was shopping at Little India, when a friend from Mumbai called… and from his voice I knew he was munching on something. As expected he revealed he was having ‘Samosa’ at our favourite joint and he decided to call me, apparently to make me drool. So my mission for the day became, mission ‘Samosa’ and what better place to go than ‘Bombay Cafe’ on Syed Alwi Road.

Of the various Indian restaurants available in Singapore, Bombay Cafe holds a special spot for two reasons. It has the name Bombay in it… and it serves two of my favourite Indian snacks… Samosa’s and Wada Pav! So that night we decided to go Indian and dined at Bombay Cafe.

Bombay Cafe Singapore

Bombay Cafe Singapore

The Bombay Cafe décor often brings a smile. The shocking pink décor is to say the least unique. It isn’t my personal taste… but it does take some real conviction to create this sort of décor. And you know what… it works!

Bombay Cafe Singapore

Bombay Cafe Singapore

What works even better are the huge blow up posters of Indian Movies that adorn the walls and the ceilings.

Bombay Cafe Singapore (21)

Bombay Cafe Singapore

Overall the décor really grows on you and beyond a point, you think it is perfect for whatever it represents… the vibrancy of Bombay city!

If their décor is impressive, so is their food. And my husband seems to think so even more, because it is a pure vegetarian restaurant! Here’s what we tried…

Aam Panna @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

Aam Panna @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

[1] Aam Panna (Chilled raw mango drink): Aam in Hindi has two meanings… One is Commoner and other is Mango… Don’t ask me how same word means two different things! Having said that, this Aam means mango… it’s a traditional chilled raw mango drink which is extremely appetizing and makes for a perfect start for a Indian meal…

Samosa @ Aam Panna @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

Samosa @ Aam Panna @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

[2] Samosa: Since I actually went there for the Samosa’s that’s the first thing we ordered and we weren’t disappointed. Spicy potato vegetable (Indian style) wrapped in a crispy coating and fried to perfection. Pretty decent stuff.

Khaman Dhokla @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

Khaman Dhokla @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

[3] Khaman Dhokla: Simply put, it is a spiced spongy cake… made from chickpeas and rice flour… and later spiced with coriander and mustard seeds. Of the three starters we ordered, the Dhokla was actually not good. Rather than being spongy and light it was heavy and soggy… literally as if it was soaked in water… I do not know if it was a one off thing or that’s the way they serve it, but after this experience, I will shy away from trying to find out.

Malai Kofta @ Bombay Cafe, Singapore

Malai Kofta @ Bombay Cafe, Singapore

[4] Malai Kofta: Being a sweet tooth, I often include at least one vegetable that has a hint of sweetness to it. That’s Malai Kofta… Indian vegetarian Kofta is a great alternative to meatballs… and these veggie koftas are served in cashew paste mixed with the gravy, giving it a sweetish hint! And the one at Bombay Cafe is really well-made, Kofta’s soft and nicely soaked in the gravy.

Achari Paneer @ Bombay Cafe, Singapore

Achari Paneer @ Bombay Cafe, Singapore

[5] Achari Paneer: Achari Paneer… it’s basically Paneer (Indian tofu) marinated in pickle spices and served with tomato flavoured curry. The dish was good, nicely spiced and paneer was really soft… overall it was a great dish!

Rotis @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

Rotis @ Bombay Cafe Singapore

[6] Roti Basket: We took an assortment of Indian breads… Kashmiri Naan, Plain Tandoor Roti and Paratha. The breads were fresh and hot… so no real complains there.

How much will it cost me: The restaurant is quite up market but it is not exorbitantly priced… Most vegetables are priced around S$ 10 and most starters are priced around S$ 6 to S$ 10. Their portions are pretty decent too.

Verdict: They have a huge spread of Indian snacks which attracts me the most. Punjabi Indian main courses are available at a lot of places… but I often find myself thinking of some traditional Indian snacks… like Chaat, Crispy Samosas and Wada Pavs, Pakoras and yes… Cutlets! If you wish to try out different types of Indian Vegetarian Starters, this is a great option… It also proves that vegetarians have a large choice in starters as well. Having said that, it does not mean that main course in Bombay Cafe is bad… it’s just as good. Overall there food quality is good, some of their specific items really good and I recommend it highly, especially for their veggie snack options!

Address: Bombay Cafe, 79 Syed Alwi Road, Opp Mustafa New Building Singapore 207658

Tel: +65 6396 6452

http://www.bombaycafe.com.sg

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