The Best of Thai @ One Farrer Hotel & Spa (Media Tasting)

Thanks to Derrick of SgFoodonFoot, I was invited to a sneak peak at The Best of Thai buffet at Escape Restaurant & Lounge at One Farrer Hotel & Spa. This buffet is going to be held for a limited time only, from 2 to 16 April 2015, and it is a special collaboration between the hotel, and Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy.

We got a special demonstration by the chef himself how to make Som Tum (spicy papaya salad). He showed us the important ingredients like shredded papaya, dried shrimps, chilli padi, lime, fish sauce, garlic, etc. Chef also mentioned the difference between pounding the ingredients and gently mashing them to bring out the flavours.

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Flock Cafe @ Ghim Moh (Media Tasting)

I knew that Flock Cafe had opened an outlet in Ghim Moh, which is just a stone’s throw away from my house, but I had never paid them a visit. Little did I know that the cafe is just opposite the hawker centre that my parents like to frequent on weekends.

The cafe is spacious and did I mention how much I love white walls and tables? Great for taking pictures and it brightens up the whole interior. The menu is written on a huge chalkboard spanning the wall near the entrance. Flock serves coffee, all-day breakfast, main courses, pastas and desserts.

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Restaurant Week 2015: Napoleon Food & Wine Bar @ Telok Ayer Street

This was my first Restaurant Week meal and one of the more memorable ones. Napoleon Food & Wine Bar is a cozy restaurant situated on Telok Ayer Street, with a rather quirky sense of design as the seats are fabricated in the style of Napoleon’s uniform with a “pocket” for the iPad menu. The restaurant also has an extensive collection of European wines, which line the side of the main dining area.

Tuna Nicoise Salad. Lightly seared tuna with a pinch of pepper, served with mixed salad, olive crumbs, crispy potatoes, French Beans, boiled egg and lemon emulsion. Points for both presentation and taste.

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Restaurant Week 2015: Salt Grill & Sky Bar @ Ion Orchard

This was my first time at Salt Grill & Sky Bar @ Ion Orchard. To get to this restaurant, you need to proceed to their reception counter at level 4, which is opposite Haagen Dazs and Janice Wong. There, they will guide you to a special lift, which takes you directly up to level 55 where the restaurant is.

Since this is a star restaurant, instead of the usual $35++, the dinner set cost $55++.

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Restaurant Week 2015: Latteria Mozzarella Bar @ Duxton Hill

With a name like Latteria Mozzarella Bar, I expected mozzarella to be a central ingredient in every dish, kind of like Mad for Garlic. However, the namesake was only evident in the first course.

The restaurant is located in a picturesque lane, lined with trees and colourful shophouses. I can imagine people coming here to take their #ootd shots. I can also see why people call Singapore ‘A Garden City’.

You can opt for indoor or outdoor seating. Given the extremely hot and humid weather, we decided to sit indoors.

When we requested to sit near the windows, we were told that the four seaters were reserved for parties of four. However, all but one of the four seaters along the row were given to couples.

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Restaurant Week 2015: Indocafe–The White House @ Scotts Road

Indocafe has been on my watchlist for the longest time. The iconic black and white colonial structure is steeped richly in its Peranakan culture. Other than being known for its Peranakan dishes, Indocafe has a wonderful collection of Peranakan art. The set dinner here cost $35++ per person.

I was pleasantly surprised to be led to a private room, which was beautifully decorated with Peranakan artifacts.

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