‘Taste of Singapura’ Buffet at Brizo Restaurant & Bar @ Park Hotel Clarke Quay

As with the many restaurants and hotels celebrating SG50 (Singapore’s fiftieth birthday), Brizo Restaurant & Bar at Park Hotel Clarke Quay has introduced a ‘Taste of Singapura’ buffet, featuring seafood dishes and local delights. Available every Wednesday to Sunday evenings (6.30 to 10.30pm) from now till 30 September 2015, the buffet also carries the restaurant’s signature crab dishes.

The prices of the buffet is as follows:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: $58++
  • Friday to Sunday: $68++
  • Children age six to 12 years old dine at half price

The seafood part of the buffet spread offers distinctive local flavours like Singapore-Style Chilli Crab, Salted Egg Crayfish, Tiger Prawns in Fragrant Cereal and Fish Head Curry. There are also mantou (fried buns), prawn crackers and assorted pappadum to go along with the seafood.

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A Guide to Palette Restaurant & Bar @ Capitol Piazza (Media Tasting)

Many bloggers and foodies have been talking about this new multi-brand dining concept called Palette Restaurant & Bar by BreadTalk Group, located at Capitol Piazza. Some liken it to a high-end food court, while others rave about having ten specialty food brands all under one roof. Over here, you can find over 400 different dishes on one menu, from street food from around the region to gourmet delicacies.

The ten food brands are:

  1. Huat Huat BBQ
  2. Delhi 6
  3. Ah Koong Restaurant
  4. Yong Xin Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle
  5. Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant
  6. Hok Kee Authentic Hong Kong Noodle & Congee
  7. Balestier Bak Kut Teh
  8. IndoChili
  9. Little Nanyang
  10. 90 Gastro Bar

You will not have to worry about finding a seat because the dining hall seats 420 guests comfortably as it spans 12,000 square feet. Also, ordering is done through an iPad, so you do not have to stand at a stall and wait for your food.

Each table comes with a jar of fruit and herb-infused water ($3, free flow), which is as good as ordering a drink from a stall.

1. HUAT HUAT BBQ

Famous for its BBQ chicken wings for about 14 years, Huat Huat BBQ has also set up stall here at Palette.

Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wings (half a dozen for $12). Chicken wings marinated with Chinese rose wine, barbequed and served with chilli sauce. The special marinate added fragrance and sweetness to the meat. I wish I had more space for this!

2. DELHI 6

Other than local food, you can also find North-West Indian cuisine by Delhi 6. The dishes are cooked with two electric tandoors (Indian clay oven).

Paneer Ke Sholey Roll ($11.90). Roomali (thin flatbread) roll with spiced Calcutta cottage cheese and vegetables. According to the staff there, this is a must try because it is very good. The flavours melded together brilliantly and it is a good option for vegetarians.

Lahori Boti Kebab ($16). Boneless mutton marinated for three to four days with green mango and papaya, then tandoori-grilled with masala spices. I would have preferred if this was chicken because the mutton was rather gamey.

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New Modern European Brunch at FYR Cycene ond Drinc @ Boon Tat Street (Media Tasting)

FYR Cycene Ond Drinc has recently launched a new modern European brunch, offering a fun DIY party detox drink, new appetisers and main courses, the last two using their Josper Wood Charcoal Oven and lychee wood to infuse a smoky note to their dishes. By the way, this is my second visit at FYR and you can find my first post here.

SMALL BITES:

Other than the Baked Half Bone Marrow that we had the previous time, FYR has added three more new Small Bites to their brunch menu.

Yam & Sweet Potato ($8), served with cheese sauce and tomato salsa. The chips were sliced so thinly that it was hard to tell what they are made from. I am not much for the cheese, but the salsa with bits of garlic inside, was delicious.

Grilled Squid ($12), served with turmeric, garlic, crispy onion and lime leaves. This was a hot favourite among us foodies and everything about this dish, from the flavouring to the crispy onion were spot on.

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European-Asian Dining Xperience @ Sofitel So Singapore (Media Tasting)

Xperience Restaurant, which opened in May 2014 and is located at Sofitel So Singapore (you cannot miss the iconic facade of the building), offers a relaxed yet stylish experimental dining concept. Although this restaurant is rather new and not as established as others, it has won a number of awards, namely Singapore Tatler Singapore ‘s Best Restaurants 2015 and a Certificate of Excellence from The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel’s G Restaurant Awards 2015.

The restaurant is helmed by Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne, who is one of the few female hotel Executive Chefs in Singapore. She has worked with some of the word’s best chefs including Michel Bras and Jean Georges Vongerichten. If that is not enough as a draw, the restaurant also houses a custom-built Molteni oven!

The interior of the restaurant is designed by Isabelle Miaja and the most notable furnishing has to be the comfortable bed sofas with LED lights. Customers can have a choice of dining at a table or climbing in and “dining in bed.”

Truffle Pao with Short Ribs Stuffing ($25). The aroma of the truffle actually stemmed from the black charcoal buns rather than the filling. The buns were a bit wet for me, not sure if it was from being in the steamer too long, but they did end up being really soft too. The short ribs were tender and juicy.

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A Guide to Cafes and Restaurants at 321 Clementi

So glad to have more dining options in the West and now that almost all the shops at 321 Clementi have been opened, it is high time to try the food that they have to offer. This list is accurate as of 19 July 2015 and pictures are taken with iPhone 6.

The cafes/ restaurants:

  1. Kowloon Express (#01-01)
  2. Doi Chaang Coffee (#01-02)
  3. Toasties (#01-10/11)
  4. Sakae Sushi (#01-12)
  5. Wimi (#01-13)
  6. Tea Tozz (#02-01)
  7. Beesket (#02-03)
  8. Saizeriya (#02-05/06/07)
  9. Charcoal Thai (#02-08)
  10. Vons Chicken (#02-09)
  11. Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe (#02-10)
  12. Mei Heong Yuen Dessert (#03-02)

The list above is arranged by level.

1. KOWLOON EXPRESS (#01-01)

This restaurant, which was launched in 2014, prides itself as Singapore’s only halal dim sum specialist. In addition to this outlet, they have another one at Chinatown Point. According to them, their Salted Egg Custard Pau is not to be missed.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 1000-1530hrs and 1730-2200hrs
Closed on Mondays.
Tel: 9389 5769

2. DOI CHAANG COFFEE (#01-02)

Doi Chaang coffee originates from a small village in the mountainous region of Chang Rai province of Northern Thailand. After the eradication of opium crops in 1983, the farmers were presented with the highest quality Arabica coffee plants to grow. Together with the climate, soil composition and geographical location, this has resulted in premium and organic Arabica coffee.

While Doi Chaang specialises in coffee, the range of its mille crepe cake is extensive and rather astounding! They have interesting flavours like Tiramisu, Raspberry Yoghurt and Hokkaido Milk.

Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1000-2200hrs
Tel: 8161 8621

3. TOASTIES (#01-10/11)

Another certified halal dining option available for Muslim friends! Toasties bakes their bread in house daily, ensuring a fresh supply. The premium sandwiches are something different from the usual kind, with options like Yakitori, Chicken Katsu and Beef Pastrami. Other than sandwiches, the cafe also serves pizzas, soup and drumlets.

The concept is very similar to Subway, where you choose a type of bread (premium, crunchy, honey oats and parmesan oregano) and the topping that you would like. In terms of vegetables, same choices as Subway but less generous in the amount given. Other than the Sriracha and Sweet Spicy Mango sauces, the rest are pretty standard.

Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs
Tel: 6786 8336 (Tampines Outlet)

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Millenia Walk: Tart Blanc and Marco Marco

I got a good deal when I bought a Groupon voucher for four at Tart Blanc, Millenia Walk. According to some of my friends on Instagram, this place is “underrepresented” on social media. The outlet located next to Starbucks is rather small and we actually missed it once, literally walking past it.

Some of the tarts on display were the same as the ones I had seen on Instagram. I was actually hoping to get the ones created to look like cute animals, but I guess I missed the period. The tarts that we ordered were a combination of what we wanted to try as well as recommendations from the staff.

Blueberry Lavender Chocolate Tart ($7.50). Lavender chocolate ganache, homemade blueberry jam, lavender honey soaked joconde and blueberry mousse.

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Violet Herbs @ Tras Street (Media Tasting)

Violet Herbs first opened its doors on Tras Street in January 2015 and is famous for its modern European cuisine. The name Violet Herbs is inspired by the rare and unique purple-coloured herbs in nature. Hence, the restaurant hopes to offer excellent semi-fine dining experience at affordable prices.

The restaurant is helmed by Chef Edward Hoe, who at the young age of 34, already has almost 20 years of experience under his belt. He held various executive roles at restaurants like Restaurant Ember and Keystone Restaurant perfecting his culinary skills before deciding to open his own restaurant.

The restaurant is housed within a two-storey conservation shophouse. The main dining area which seats 28 people, reflects the colour of the name of the restaurant. With elegant purple and grey hues, high ceilings and mirrors on its wall, it is a comfortable and inviting place to dine at.

The second floor dining area seats about 28 too. Off the second floor is a private room which can seat about fourteen people or can be separated into two smaller rooms of eight people.

Amuse bouche of the day was Duck Confit with Champagne Jelly. The amuse bouche changes daily, depending on the day’s fresh ingredients and chef’s inspiration. It was served with Saffron Parmesan Bun and a dip made with garlic, parsley and mint.

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