Super Star K Korean BBQ Restaurant Singapore

Super Star K

Talk about the hottest Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore, and we all think of Super Star K at Tanjong Pagar. The outlet specialises in using charcoal grill for its Korean BBQ, and the authentic dining experience explains its popularity among Singaporeans and tourists alike. Perpetually packed and crowded, dinner might have to come with a little wait, but we will tell you it is going to be worth the while.

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18 Cafes in Singapore’s Residential Neighbourhoods

Neighbhourhood Cafes Guide

A few years ago, the idea of cafes opening at residential neighbourhoods was simply farfetched and almost impossible. Fast forward to today, cafes are sprouting in these unassuming neighbourhoods – mainly because of cheaper rental – and we are certainly not complaining because everyone has its own charm and they are lovely and cosy in their own rights.

Here is a guide to 18 cafes that have opened in the quaint residential neighbourhoods around Singapore.

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Patty & Bun Burger London

Smokey Robinson Burger

Messy, greasy and fingers-licking good, Patty & Bun’s Smokey Robinson Burger (£8.50) is the perfect burger. It comes with everything you need in a burger – caramelised onions, bacon, smokey mayo, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a beef patty which is cooked to perfection. We wolfed it down within minutes. It was, hands down, the best burger that we have had in London.

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Singapore’s Best Lobster Rolls

Singapore Best Lobster Roll

So the lobster roll trend has finally hit our shores! We have been waiting for this day to come, and the only times we could ever satisfy this craving used to be those holidays to New York City and London. But gone are those days when we’d pin so hard for a good lobster roll fix and had to sleep off the craving, because much to our delight, more restaurants in singapore are rounding up their menus with their own renditions of this ever popular dish. Or snack. Whichever is more appropriate, depending on your appetite. One is definitely not enough for us.

Now, why is lobster roll so popular, you may wonder. We’d tell you exactly just why – chunks of juicy lobster meat doused in mayonnaise that sits within a toasted buttered brioche, every mouthful bursting with sweetness from the fresh flesh; how do you even go back to normality once you’ve had a good lobster roll?

It took us a while to sum this post up, because we wanted to try the popular ones in town before we present you this list that you should bookmark. We went on a trail to scout for the best versions, and here, we share with you the best lobster rolls in singapore that you must try:

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Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant’s Aburi Sushi

Rakuichi

Our usual go-to Japanese restaurant in the Novena neighbourhood is Tomi Sushi Bar, but when we were in the area last week, we wanted to try a new place for a change.

Located at the ground floor in the same building as Oasis Hotel, Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant has been around for a few years, and while we have noticed its branch in Dempsey Hill before, we never thought of trying it now until now.

Man, we’ve been missing out. Its much-lauded aburi sushi deserves a special mention. The Tokubetsu Set (S$28.60) – includes a salad, an assortment of 6-piece aburi sushi, stir-fried fish head with teriyaki sauce, seafood & vegetable tempura, miso soup, and sesame ice cream – is extremely value-for-money. There are also cheaper lunch sets like saba shioyaki, shake teriyaki and katsu don at S$18.60.

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
#01-05, Oasia Hotel
8 Sinaran Drive
Tel: +65 6659 6683
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Novena

#01-22, 10 Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6474 2143
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Travel with Peace of Mind with ACE Travel Insurance

Ace Travel Insurance

So you’ve booked your flight tickets and you are ready for a holiday. There are always many errands to run, work to see to, and things to pack before you board the plane. But is there something you might have missed out on your checklist? Did you pen down ‘travel insurance’?

Now if you are thinking it is not necessary, think again. Do you have a guarantee that nothing will go wrong on your trip? Travel insurance is one favour we should always do for ourselves.  Whilst many unforeseen circumstances can prove very costly, travel insurance these days, on the other hand, is very affordable. So getting yourself insured is the right thing to do.

Ace Travel

And then we are down to choices. There are aplenty in the market, and we have our own preferences too. One of them that we have personally bought before is ACE Travel Insurance for its affordability, and various levels of coverage.

In this post, we will share with you more about why you need travel insurance, and an amazingly irresistible deal – with 40% OFF single trips – that is limited for only a few days from 27 Aug to 3 Sep 2014.

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Seasonal Tastes’ Themed Night Buffet Dinners

Seasonal Tastes Dessert

Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore has recently launched its themed night buffet dinners. Themed nights always mean more excitement and something special to look forward to, and with six different themes every night from Monday to Saturday, we just granted ourselves plenty more reasons to visit Seasonal Tastes again and again.

Mondays is Mama Mia Pasta Night. Go with a completely empty stomach, for you will be in for a treat – expect nothing short of a dream-like range of handmade pasta prepared with different sauces.

On Tuesdays, we pay homage to the Executive Chef’s roots with German Classics making a guest appearance. Crispy pork knuckles, farmer’s meatloaf, braised veal shank, bratwurst, kassler and sauerkraut… You get the idea. Go on and make your reservation!

We are big fans of Seasonal Tastes’ pastry chef, for she never fails with her divine creations, and the dessert buffet is always something that we look forward to the most. Wednesdays are ladies’ nights, with a dessert shrine – featuring sweets like profiteroles, mini cakes, cupcakes, macarons, and a berry pink chocolate fountain – that is specially set up with the ladies in mind. Go on, indulge in those sweets with your girls. We won’t tell.

Celebrate Thursdays with a Thai feast and enjoy favourite dishes like Thai green papaya salad, phad Thai with prawn and chicken, tom yum goong, and Chiang Rai-style steamed jumbo prawn.

Seafood buffet

Fridays are for T.G.I.F and for everyone to get together and catch up. What better way to welcome the weekend than to spend it with treasures of the sea? Seafood Nights at Seasonal Tastes come with the freshest selection of crustaceans like lobsters, crabs, prawns, mussels and freshly shucked oysters, and we trust you know that you should not miss this for the world.

Not forgetting the guys, Saturdays are your days to get your pals to pig out on carving and roasts. The chefs have prepared a fine selection of tender roasts – such as cold roast beef, crispy pork belly with cauliflower puree, slow-roasted beef prime ribs and BBQ beef short ribs – that will satisfy the carnivore in you.

Seasonal Tastes’ themed night buffet dinners at The Westin Singapore are priced at S$62++/pax for Monday to Thursday, and S$75++/pax on Friday. Diners enjoy complimentary per entry parking from 6pm onwards (Monday to Friday) and all-day (Saturday to Sunday).

Seasonal Tastes
The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View, Level 32 Asia Square Tower 2
Tel: +65 6922 6968
Email: [email protected]

This post is brought to you by The Westin Singapore.

Maxim’s Group is giving away a Free 3D2N Trip to Hong Kong

Urban bakery

Last week, we shared about a facebook contest by Maxim’s Group whereby readers get to win a free 3D2N gourmet trip to Hong Kong, and it is really encouraging to see all the entries so far.

To recap, Maxim’s Group is giving you a chance to try your hands at being a food critic, and win a 3D2N FREE gourmet trip for two to Hong Kong and dine at our favourite Maxim’s Group restaurants including simplylife, M&C Duck, and Maxim’s Palace.

The trip is on 24 to 26 Sep 2014 and it includes return air tickets to Hong Kong for two guests, two nights hotel accommodation, a welcome dinner at The Square (One Michelin Star restaurant), as well as dining coupons (for two) to designated Maxim’s Group restaurants.

Lobster dumpling

It is really easy to win this contest, and it takes no more than 10 minutes (depending on how fast you can compose a good write-up). All you have to do is to take part in Maxim’s Group Facebook contest.

  • Like Maxim’s Group on Facebook.
  • Go to Maxim’s event page www.facebook.com/events/1489288271315267 and click “Join”
  • Choose the dish that you want to try the most from this Facebook album. Send the photo and a short write-up of 50 words – on why you want to try the dish – via private message to Maxim’s Group Facebook Page.
  • Two winners (from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore) will be selected based on the creativity of the short write-up. A representative from Maxim’s Group, renowned food critic Hsu Tien Lin and I will be the judge of the contest.
  • The contest will run from now till 31 Aug 2014 (11.59pm Hong Kong time).
  • Results will be announced on Maxim’s Group Facebook page on 5 Sep 2014.

This post is brought to you by Maxim’s Group.

Why you should make restaurant reservations with HungryGoWhere Online Reservations

HungryGoWhere Reservations

Making a restaurant reservation sounds like a foreign thing to do here in Singapore, but it is a huge trend in Western countries. Getting a table at the popular and best restaurants are usually tough when you do a walk-in, and that is why everyone relies on prior reservations to guarantee their seats.

And we are really heartened to see this trend taking flight in Singapore. There are aplenty restaurant reservation options, and even more reasons why we should pick up this habit. For one, we have recently implemented HungryGoWhere Online Reservations on our website, and you may have noticed the red box at the end of posts that feature participating merchants.

HungryGoWhere Online Reservations (book.hungrygowhere.com) is a really useful system and one that we trust, and we share with you the various reasons why you should use it too.

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Singapore’s Best Baked BBQ Pork Buns

Best BBQ Pork Buns

With chunks of juicy, sweet yet savoury BBQ char siew encrusted in a soft and pillowy golden bun baked to perfection, a bite of Baked BBQ Pork Bun is enough to send you to heaven.

No matter how big a dim sum menu is, this is one dish we always look out for, one that we have to order. It puzzles us why many dim sum restaurants in Singapore do not serve this dish, but for those that we have been to and fell in love with, we want to spread the joy of biting into a good Baked BBQ Pork Bun. Here is our take on 5 of Singapore’s Best Baked BBQ Pork Buns.

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Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific Singapore

Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific

With so many new restaurants opening in Singapore every week, it takes a good restaurant to survive amidst the competitive market, and an even better one to continuously stay at the forefront of the industry. Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore is one of them.

A stalwart in the local dining scene, Hai Tien Lo sets high standards for quality Cantonese cuisine and remains one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. It is the kind of place where you go for a smart yet casual luncheon with your business associates, to have dim sum with your friends during a gathering, or to celebrate your family member’s birthday.

Hai Tien Lo

Since joining Hai Tien Lo in 2004, Chef Lai Tong Ping has taken on the duty of lifting the restaurant to greater heights together with his team of chefs. It is no mean feat to straddle the line between sticking to classic Cantonese cooking and coming up with new and innovative creations to satisfy the ever-growing demands of diners.

To celebrate Chef Lai Tong Ping’s 10th anniversary at Hai Tien Lo, he has created ‘A Glorious Decade’ – an sophisticated six-course menu (S$108/pax, minimum of two guests) which showcases his signature hand-crafted creations, the dishes that best represent the cuisine and food philosophy at Hai Tien Lo.

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Noodle Stories by TungLok at Orchard Central Singapore

Noodle Stories

There are plenty of options when dining out. Even more so when you are at Orchard Road – steaks, sushi, dim sum, salads and what have you. And then there is your fine dining, buffet and all the extravagant choices. But where do you go to when you are craving an honest Chinese meal that is unpretentious, satisfying and affordable?

Our recent lunch at Noodle Stories by TungLok Group gave us an answer, and has earned a spot in our ever-popular guide to Inexpensive Restaurants in Singapore. And it is by no surprise, because this new outlet at Orchard Central is well-loved by executives and shoppers in the area who always swing by when they need an easy Chinese meal.

Noodle Stories Orchard Central

We had a feast, and we really did not know how to pick just one favourite. The use of fresh ingredients in every dish made it such a stupendous meal, and we left with very happy tummies. Today, we share with you some highlights of our lunch, and do not be surprised if you bump into us at Noodle Stories, because we will definitely return for more yum for the tum.

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Win a 3D2N Free Trip to Hong Kong by Maxim’s Group

Dondonya Japanese

Back in July, we went on a gourmet food trail to Hong Kong with Maxim’s Group, the leading F&B name with 70 brands and 840 outlets in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China. It was quite an experience for both our eyes and senses.

Maxim’s Group is giving you a chance to try your hands at being a food critic, and win a 3D2N FREE gourmet trip for two to Hong Kong and dine at our favourite Maxim’s Group restaurants. The trip is on 24 to 26 Sep 2014 and it includes return air tickets to Hong Kong for two guests on Cathay Pacific, two nights hotel accommodation at Lanson Place in Causeway Bay, a welcome dinner at The Square (One Michelin Star restaurant), as well as dining coupons (for two) to designated Maxim’s Group restaurants.

Simplylife

All you have to do is to take part in Maxim’s Group Facebook contest.

  • Like Maxim’s Group on Facebook.
  • Go to Maxim’s event page www.facebook.com/events/1489288271315267 and click “Join”
  • Choose the dish that you want to try the most from this Facebook album. Send the photo and a short write-up of 50 words – on why you want to try the dish – via private message to Maxim’s Group Facebook Page.
  • Two winners (from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore) will be selected based on the creativity of the short write-up. A representative from Maxim’s Group, renowned food critic Hsu Tien Lin and I will be the judge of the contest.
  • The contest will run from now till 31 Aug 2014 (11.59pm Hong Kong time).
  • Results will be announced on Maxim’s Group Facebook page on 5 Sep 2014.

This post is brought to you by Maxim’s Group.

10 Things We Love About Outback Steakhouse at orchardgateway

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse, the largest steakhouse chain in the world, is a household name and its flagship store at Millenia Walk has been in Singapore since 2000. Known to serve reasonably-priced steaks and mains in a casual ambience with friendly service, Outback Steakhouse never goes out of fashion, and we really love its menu; it is much more comprehensive than we thought, and even if you are not a fan of steaks, you will be spoilt for choice with its array of mains. They have a fantastic range of cocktails as well! Martinis and Ribeye; how wonderful life is.

We swung by its newest outlet at orchardgateway, and sampled many signature dishes. Here are 10 things we love about Outback Steakhouse at orchardgateway.

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Singapore’s 50 Must-Try Desserts

Singapore Must Try Desserts

Creme brûlée, macaron, soufflé, tiramisu, madeleine… Desserts are not only the best food for the soul, they have the loveliest names that touch the heart too! It is no secret that we love desserts and over the past few years, we have tried many desserts from restaurants, cafes, patisseries and bakeries. Some are life-changing, some are mind-blowingly out of the world, some take our breath away…

Well, whatever they are, they are not to be missed. Here is our guide on Singapore’s 50 Must Try Desserts.

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Guide to Mooncake Festival Singapore 2014

Mooncake Guide 2014

Mid-autumn festival is widely celebrated by Chinese all over the world. It is an occasion to gather with our loved ones and to enjoy mooncakes and tea over chats. Every year, families and friends exchange mooncakes – both traditional and flavoured snow skin ones. And it is one tradition that we really love and embrace. The sheer joy of sinking our teeth into these decadent lunar treats is so extraordinary, so… unadulterated. Complete with lanterns and a bright moon, Mid-autumn festival is one occasion that warms our hearts, always.

And we want nothing but the best for this occasion that we grew up with. This year, we started shortlisting brands that we always turn to for reliable goodies, and we are more than pleased to be finally sharing with you the bests of 2014. Here is our guide to Mooncake Festival Singapore 2014, featuring our picks on the interesting creations to look out for this year, and we hope you find something that you will enjoy with your loved ones, or to gift to your business associates!

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