Antoinette ‘La Patisserie au Sofitel’ @ Sofitel So Singapore (Media Tasting)

This is my second visit to Sofitel So Singapore (you can read about my first visit here) and this time it was for desserts! Antoinette has now opened an outlet in the Central Business District and it is located right at the lobby of the hotel. You will be glad to hear that the entire selection of pastry is available everyday only at this outlet, and not only on weekends as at the other Antoinette outlets!

While the seating area might look small here, you may actually take your pastries anywhere within the lobby, which seats up to 50. It is a great location to just relax and have tea while enjoying the delectable selection of pastries and cakes offered.

The star of the show… Satay Swirl ($3.50), which was inspired by Satay Street of Lau Pa Sat next door and specially created for Sofitel So Singapore by Chef Kok Keong. Chef Pang added more spices so that the satay flavour is more pronounced and not covered up by the richness of the dough.

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Official Launch of Online Gourmet Cake Shop Cakes Online (Media Tasting)

If you always find ordering cakes a hassle, as you need to make two separate trips down to a bakery to place your order and collect it, then I have a solution for you! CakesOnline,sg, is a brand new online gourmet cake shop, with ISO 22000 certification. The cakes are alcohol free and you may make special requests like cutting the cakes up into bite-sized pieces. The best thing is, they deliver for free!

Chocolate Slated Caramel Tart ($65). A trending flavour now in cafes and bakeries, and CakeOnline.sg is no exception. Bittersweet chocolate ganache and gooey salted caramel, this is definitely a crowd-pleaser.

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[Newly Opened] Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar @ Faber

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar, a month old Japanese restaurant, is located at Faber Drive, next to Buck Tile St. Cafe. The range of items available on the menu is quite wide, with everything from fresh seasonal sashimi air-flown from Japan to noodles and tempura. Also, Chef Kikuchi has a special blackboard where he updates it with weekly specials.

Sashimi Salad ($14), served with nori (seaweed) and wasabi, is a chef’s recommendation. This mixed sashimi salad, is deceptive because the fresh sashimi is buried under all the greens! It was only when we tossed it that we realised how much sashimi there was! This made me wish that there were more greens to even it out a little (this is a good “complaint”).

Sashimi Platter ($50), featuring six kinds of sashimi. The sashimi is indeed fresh and nicely presented, just that it was not as thickly cut as some other Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

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[Newly Opened] Tête-à-Tête Cafe @ Biopolis, Buona Vista

So glad that there are more cafes opening in the west and Biopolis seems to be a hub for cafes! Tête-à-Tête Cafe is located at Nucleos, one of buildings in the cluster, just a few feet away from Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar. The cafe is really spacious and offers great photo-taking opportunities with its full-length windows.

As I entered the cafe, my eyes were first drawn to the beautiful display of desserts at the entrance, then to the classy and timeless black and white decor.

The staff was very patient with us and took some time to explain the individual desserts. Honestly, that made it more difficult for us to decide what to order as everything sounded so good.

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Lady M @ Orchard Central

I finally made a trip down to Lady M @ Orchard Central after passing by it so many times and admiring the beautiful glass structure from the outside. The cafe is indeed a sight to behold with all the floor to ceiling windows.

The place is not very friendly for young children and elderly with all the stairs. It also occurred to me that the staff there must get a workout from climbing the steps everyday.

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MEDZS’ New Breakfast Menu @ Clifford Centre (Media Tasting)

MEDZS has recently introduced a new breakfast menu at their Clifford Centre outlet, which is just 100 steps away from Raffles Place MRT Station Exit A.

The new menu consists of usual breakfast favourites like scrambled eggs with sausage to easy-to-grab sandwiches for those on the go. It is catered especially to the working crowd in the area and is available from 8-11am, from Monday to Friday.

The outlet has indoor seating as well as a semi-alfresco dining area; the latter was what we opted for because it had the best natural lighting and it was a good place to people watch.

While waiting for the rest to arrive, we enjoyed the morning breeze along with our English Breakfast Tea and Peppermint Tea ($4.90 each).

First to arrive on our table were the artisan sandwiches & baguette. We had the Olives Ciabatta with Prosciutto & Veal Paprika Lyoner Ham ($12.90), Laugen Brotchen with Pork Bierschinken & Red Cheddar Cheese ($11.90), Beef Pastrami with Rustic Baguette ($12.90) and Italian Panini Bread with Tomato Capresse & Buffalo Mozzarella ($12.90).

Out of the four sandwiches, I found the olive ciabatta the most interesting. The distinctive sweet, sour and pungent flavour of the olives enhances the soft sponginess of the bread.

This Scrambled Eggs with Chicken Sausage, Mushroom and Bacon came at an UNBELIEVABLE price of $5.90! While the eggs were slightly salty, it was very delicious and unanimously everyone’s favourite dish at the tasting.

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High Tea at the Rose Veranda, Shangri-La Hotel

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Sis introduced a new place for high tea to me! It is none other than Rose Veranda at Shangri-La Hotel. We did not really choose an appropriate time to go as they were having the Shangri-La Dialogue there during that period. Hence, the security was really tight and there were many dignitaries around. However, we got a good deal and I will tell how you can get it too!

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The Rose Veranda is located on the second floor, which is easily accessible through their huge winding staircase or via the lift. It is very spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows, affording guests a view of the lush greenery outside.

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The place mat and setting provided were very dainty. I simply adored the little floral prints on the napkins, cups and saucers.

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