[New Buffet!] Pearl of Orient Penang Fiesta @ Pan Pacific Orchard

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Looking for a buffet with unlimited servings of ala carte options? Look no further than Pearl of Orient Penang Fiesta at 10 at Claymore, Pan Pacific Orchard. In addition to the Penang street food dishes available, there are seasonal Plates of Pleasure, where you can have unlimited servings of specialities and premium meats in petite portions.

This April and May, Executive Chef Andy Oh and his team will present original creations from his hometown, Penang, and you will be able to savour dishes this Malaysian town is famous for like Penang Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa, Penang Rojak and many more.

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Here are just a few of the dishes you can find at the buffet:

  • Oysters
  • Fresh sashimi
  • Wine Braised Beef Ribs
  • Potato Dauphinoise with Aged Salami
  • Slow Braised Duck with Salted Vegetables
  • Chicken Kapitan Peranakan Style
  • Nyonya “Kerabu” Fried Rice
  • Goreng pisang
  • Inchi Kabin Fried Chicken
  • Kueh Pie Tee
  • XO Poh Piah: strongly recommend this! Very juicy and flavourful!

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Atlas Coffeehouse @ Bukit Timah

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As some of you would know, Assembly Coffee has closed its doors over the weekend. However, if you still wish to experience the same kind of service and memorable moments, you may head on down to their sister cafe Atlas Coffeehouse. Helmed by the same team behind Assembly Coffee, this cafe is located in the same vicinity and just a short walk from Botanic Gardens MRT Station.

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Initially I wanted to have their signature Atlas Butterscotch Banana Pancake ($18). Fluffy pancakes served with caramelised banana and house-made butterscotch & honeycomb ice cream.Many have said that it is worth the 20 minutes wait. Alas, they ran out of bananas at ten in the morning and I ended up ordering Candied Bacon Buttermilk Waffles ($14) to go with my cup of Hot Chocolate ($5).

The waffles was actually a great way for me to have my meat and dessert in one dish. I would recommend this dish if you can take your dessert very sweet (like me). The waffles are crispy on the outside, light on the inside and it comes with an abundance of maple syrup. On the other hand, the hot chocolate was quite a let-down. It arrived lukewarm. The saving grace is that there is no service charge here!

Atlas Coffeehouse
6 Duke’s Road,
Singapore 268886
Tel: 6314 2674
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 0800-1700hrs
Closed on Mondays.
Nearest MRT Station: Botanic Gardens Station (Circle Line and Downtown Line)

Dallas Restaurant & Bar Celebrates 10th Birthday @ Suntec City Sky Garden

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Dallas Restaurant & Bar has been a popular expat and tourist haunt at Boat Quay since 2006 and as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, they have opened a second outlet at Suntec City Sky Garden. The glass house-style restaurant is located between Tower 1 and 5 and you will save time getting there by taking the long outdoor escalator from the ground floor.

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The bar is an ideal place to catch sporting events on large screen TVs, either at the island bar or al fresco area, while chilling out over drinks. With over 40 carefully curated wine labels, a variety of chilled brews on tap, followed by an extensive cocktail list, you are spoilt for choice.

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Grilled Corn ($6). Perfectly roasted sweet corn topped with Chipotle mayonnaise (with a strong emphasis on the word ‘perfectly’), sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Talk about starting with a bang! I like corn, but I am not one who will obsess about it. That said, I could not get enough of this. For that reason, if you are a fan of corn, I heartily recommend that you order this.

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Shiny, The Naughty Hamster

It has been quite some time since I posted a picture of my hamsters and here is Shiny, my naughty brown Syrian. Yes, I do have an affinity for brown hamsters and I am biased enough to think that they are the cutest!

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This naughty boy loves to bite the bars of his cage and raise quite a ruckus at night. However, when you open the door of his cage, he will be reluctant to come out, stopping just before he is fully out of the cage.

One Stop Shop Taiwanese Cuisine at Woo Ricebox @ Jurong Point (Media Invite)

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Woo Ricebox might to unfamiliar to some Singaporeans, but it is actually a well-known brand in Taiwan. Established in 1939 in Taitung, it mainly catered to hungry travelers who took long train rides from Hualien to Taitung. Now, it has come so far since its humble beginnings and has over 200 stores in Taiwan!

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The outlet at Jurong Point is its second in Singapore. The flagship outlet is at Ocean Financial Centre has been a popular hit with busy people working in the Cenrral Business District, who like a filling single-portion takeaway option. Also, while it provides for takeout, the food is freshly prepared only upon order.

The main differences between the two outlets are that the snack menu at Jurong Point is more comprehensive and the audience Woo Ricebox at Jurong Point hopes to draw are families.

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Did you know that there is a Royal Gong Cha outlet inside the restaurant? It is also managed by Royal T Group, which Woo Ricebox is subsumed under. The concept is to present a one stop shop where patrons can consume both food and drinks originating from Taiwan.

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Truly Affordable Food at Truly Test Kitchen @ Kampong Ampat (Media Invite)

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The name ‘Truly Test Kitchen’ is pretty much synonymous with affordable and good food. They first started out in 2013 as “Truly Curry Rice” at a hawker centre at Telok Blangah, famous for their generous servings of curry rice. Now, Truly occupies a 3,000 square feet space in an industrial building at MacPherson, incorporating five food concepts managed by them:

  1. Truly Curry Rice: their popular flagship stall
  2. Mian: meaning noodles in Chinese, hence you can find an array of noodle dishes at this stall
  3. Handmade Meatball Porridge & Traditional Yam/ Radish/ Pumpkin Cake: embracing the classical and traditional home-cooked flavours
  4. Truly Western: unique sets at affordable cost
  5. Drinks: much needed thirst quencher to put out the “fire”

While Truly Test Kitchen closes at 2.30pm, we were recommended to come before 1pm because they usually sell out by then.

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How can we make a trip there and not try their signature curry rice? If you usually have your rice “flooded” with gravy and curry is one big love of yours, this is definitely the place for you. The pricing of the rice is as follows:

  • Rice with curry: $0.50
  • Egg: $0.50
  • Vegetables: $1
  • Meat: $1.50
  • Seafood: $2

It is no wonder why this place is such a hit both on weekdays and weekends!

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Gecory: Italy Gelato Coffee Pastry @ Clementi Avenue 2

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One thing I love about social media is that you can find new food hunts from other people’s feeds. I happened to chance upon Gecory, which stands for GElato, COffee and pastRY, through Nicholas’ Instagram account (@stormscape) and saw that the cafe was actually pretty near my place.

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It has been about two months since Gecory opened its doors here at Clementi Avenue 2, just opposite the MRT station. The cafe prides itself on its selection of 12 standard and four seasonal handmade gelato flavours. In addition to that, the brightly lit and cheerful interior of the cafe definitely draws you in.

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