Guide to Westgate’s Restaurants: The Dining Destination in the West

Westgate

Ever felt so discouraged by the potential crowd in town that you just want to escape to a neighbourhood mall for a lovely meal? And when you think of neighbourhood mall, do you think of limited F&B options and mediocre food? Because Westgate will so totally change that perception.

Since its opening last year, Westgate has been the mall of the West, and it has such a comprehensive F&B tenant mix that it is impossible to run out of dining ideas! Residents from the vicinity might have already discovered its amazing directory of eateries and restaurants, and non-residents also have every reason to patronise. Names that were previously only found in town have expanded their empire to the West, alongside new concepts and fresh finds.

From 1 to 31 October 2014, be part of Westgate’s Dine-out where you receive S$10 worth of Food Republic dining vouchers when you spend S$100. Plus, enjoy exclusive weekday deals at participating F&B outlets. Refer to westgate.com.sg for more details.

There is definitely something at Westgate to satisfy every craving and palate. The spacious mall is well-connected by public transport and has a huge car park to boast, and it offers options for various budgets and occasions. Whether you just need a midday cuppa, or looking for a place to dine, here is our guide to Westgate’s restaurants – undisputedly the dining destination in the West.

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Omotesando Koffee: One of the Best-Kept Secrets in Tokyo

Omotesando Koffee

Housed in a machiya (traditional wooden house) in the Omotesando neighbourhood, Omotesando Koffee is a small and simple space, and it feels as though you are having coffee in a neighbour’s house. It would appear that Omotesando Koffee is just like a normal residence from a first glance, but if you look deeper and step in for a cuppa, you will discover that it is really a space that houses one of the best-kept secrets in Tokyo.

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5 Ways Diners Can Be Better Customers

Better Customers

What ruins our mood most when we dine out is not the food, nor the ambience, but very often the service and attitude of wait staff. All it takes is a smile to set things straight; similarly, an unfriendly staff can spoil things with her rudeness, and an unhelpful staff can affect the overall dining experience.

Some time ago, we shared about what everyone can do to expect better service, and while more often than not, we complain about poor service when dining out, diners should also reflect and think about how we play a part in making the whole dining experience memorable.

Service is not just about the workers, but it also involves employers and customers. In this day and age, more is expected, thus more has to be given. As NTUC’s Labour Chief Lim Swee Say puts it: “The globalized world thrives on mutual dependency, mutual support and mutual acceptance. Good services beget good customers, and good customers beget good services”.

Today, we will like to elaborate with five more ways on how diners can be better customers.

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Famous Japanese Patisserie Henri Charpentier to Open in Singapore on Oct 9 2014

Henri Charpentier Tokyo

Whenever we are in Tokyo, we always make it a point to drop by Henri Charpentier to have desserts and tea, as well as to get some gifts in the form of madeleines, financiers and biscuits for friends.

Henri Charpentier is one of our favourite patisseries in Tokyo and it has exceptional desserts and pastries in a classy tea salon. We are thrilled that Henri Charpentier is opening its first overseas dessert salon in Singapore at Dempsey Hill on 9 October 2014. Besides its signature Crepe Suzette and cakes, the patisserie will also be serving exclusive Singapore-inspired desserts.

Win Air Tickets To Maldives with Insure & Travel Enhanced

UOB Insure & Travel

During the past few weeks, we have been playing UOB Travel Savvy Quiz to win air tickets to dream destinations like Seoul, Melbourne, Bali and Taipei. We always save the best for last, and from 29 Sep to 5 Oct 2014, the game is ending with a bang by giving away air tickets via Singapore Airlines to Maldives!

For those who have yet to play the travel quiz, this is your last chance to try your luck and challenge yourself at www.uobtravelsavvy.com to win prizes and air tickets. The travel quiz, as we have explained before, is really easy and addictive. There are a total of 30 questions which revolve around food, culture, costumes and landmarks and all you have to do is to choose the correct answer (out of two options) to the picture shown. The results will be judged based on your score and the total time taken to answer the questions.

UOB Travel Savvy

The top 10 highest scorers will win prizes and anyone who participates in the online quiz will be eligible for a lucky draw to win air tickets. Just remember that you are only entitled to win the prizes only if you have registered. So upon completing the game, please fill in your particulars to enter into the Hall of Fame and register for the grand lucky draw.

Another way to boost your chances of winning the air tickets to Maldives is by purchasing Insure & Travel Enhanced. For every single trip plan, you will receive 10X chances while each annual insurance plan will give you 50X chances to win the air tickets. If you make your purchase today (29 Sep 2014) at Insure & Travel Enhanced, enjoy a special 40% OFF your travel insurance plan by using the promo code <FB29>.

This is the last week for UOB Travel Savvy Quiz, so remember to play the quiz to win air tickets to Maldives!

This post is brought to you by Insure & Travel Enhanced.

McDonald’s Singapore Finally Has All-Day Breakfast on Weekends and PHs (At Selected Outlets)

McDonald's All Day Breakfast

Yes, you read that right. McDonald’s Singapore is finally serving all-day breakfast on weekends and public holidays! REJOICE!

We have been counting down to this day for God knows how many years, and it is better news than good news! Gone are the days that we have to crawl out of bed on weekends when we should be sleeping in, and we set our alarms just so we could make it in time for our Hotcakes and Big Breakfast fix. But we no longer have to do this!

Selected outlets have starting pleasing fans with extended breakfast hours, and we really cannot contain our excitement. The regular breakfast menu will still be served till 12pm, and from 12pm to 5:30pm, enjoy the classic favourites of Hotcakes, Hotcakes with Sausage and Breakfast Deluxe. The early birds can have the stupid worms because mornings and worms suck, and for the rest of us who have a penchant to ditch our alarms on weekends and public holidays, we can still wake up to awesome McDonald’s breakfast!

This promotion has just been rolled out yesterday, and can only be found in 30-odd selected outlets in Singapore – mainly at areas like Woodlands, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Serangoon, Punggol and Sengkang. We are certainly hoping it to be extended island-wide soon!

London’s Best Burger Restaurants

London's Best Burgers

London has seen an explosion of gourmet burger joints and there are plenty of options when you are craving for a good and solid burger. Think huge and juicy patties enveloped in soft pillowy buns, together with crisp lettuce and feisty sauces. Whatever kind of burgers you are craving for, you can probably have them satisfied the Brit way. We explored the city to discover London’s best burger restaurants. Here are our top picks for the finest burgers:

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simplylife European-Style Bakery Cafe Hong Kong

Simply Life Hong Kong

Among all the different dining concepts that we went to during our Hong Kong trip in July, simplylife – a European-style bakery cafe by Maxim’s Group - is our favourite place.

In a busy city where people are always racing against time and missing out on the smallest things, simplylife is an oasis of calmness in Hong Kong, and quite simply what life should be. We fell in love with it, more than what we thought we would. The space is one that will have you slow down, relax and breathe in the simple pleasures of life. simplylife, indeed.

Simply Life

Since its opening in 2007, simplylife has not only expanded to 8 branches in Hong Kong, but it has also garnered a strong support among its loyal customers. Nothing is unnecessarily expensive, and only the freshest ingredients are used for every item they serve and put on your table.

We can go on and on about why we are head over heels in love with the concept, but the best way is for you to include it in your itinerary when you are in Hong Kong. Here is how simplylife stole our hearts:

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Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Pickering presents The Nonya Set

Lime PARKROYAL on Pickering

PARKROYAL on Pickering is a gem along Chinatown. The eco-friendly hotel boasts a breathtaking metropolitan architecture, and the star restaurant – Lime – is a crowd pleaser no less. With a strong following from the executives and expats working in the vicinity and local families and couples, Lime dishes out delectable spreads every day for its fans. While the lunch and dinner buffet is particularly popular among its business crowd, Lime has come up with a sweet deal for those who still love dining at the gorgeous establishment – minus the food coma from a heavy lunch.

That’s what buffets always do to us, right? We eat our lunch hour away with all the cold cuts, pastas, cakes and whatnot. And we rub our bellies happily as we leave, only to realize that lunch will have us feeling all restless and dazed when we get back to our desks. So that is why Lime’s new Nonya Set Lunch got our attention, and we thought it couldn’t be a more brilliant idea!

Lime Nyonya Lunch

Beginning from the month of September, the Nonya Set (S$38++) will entice with a Peranakan charm. Individually plated and with a variety of five tantalising dishes, the Nonya Set is specially conceptualised by Lime with the idea of satisfying your cravings for all things Peranakan in a comfortable and laidback environment. Retreat to a menu of Peranakan classics lovingly prepared by the prized Chef Nancy Teo – who has deep Peranakan roots – and indulge in a fulfilling lunch of Kueh Pie Tee, Bakwan Kepiting Soup, Babi Pong Teh, Ayam Buah Keluak, Chap Chye, Bakwang Kepiting, Bubur Cha-Cha and Durian Pengat Shooter.

It is the perfect dining option – be it a business luncheon or if you are introducing overseas friends to Peranakan cuisine. It saves you the hassle of walking to and fro for your food, and it is never as messy as a buffet can get. But if you still love your all-you-can-eat style, you will be delighted to know that an additional Peranakan section has been added on to restaurant’s daily buffet spread, so you get to enjoy free flow of all these Nonya treats from Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering Singapore.

The Nonya Set is available daily during lunch and dinner at S$38++ per person.

Lime
PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street
Tel: +65 6809 8899
Email: [email protected]
Sun to Thu: 6.30am – 12am
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 6.30am – 2am
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Clarke Quay

This post is brought to you by PARKROYAL on Pickering.

Beast: London’s Hottest King Crab & Steak Restaurant by Burger & Lobster

Beast London

Not the most pleasant word in the dictionary, but a dinner at Beast King Crab & Steak Restaurant is surely one of the most memorable dinners we’ve had at London. Fans of the ever-popular Burger & Lobster would know that Beast Restaurant is the other brainchild of the same owner, and it is a five-month-old joint that is the talk of the town.

It is similar, yet very different. Beast Restaurant is a posh outlet in Marylebone, and it is a stunning underground restaurant for diners of the after-dark. Longitudinal log tables and seats fill the indoor sitting area, together with endless candles to light up the restaurant. It felt like we stepped right in to a scene from Phantom of The Opera – the regal British atmosphere is second to none. The open kitchen makes the place less intimidating and we had fun exchanging banters with the chefs. The team of wait staff stands all around the space, ever ready to serve.

Be seated, have a drink, and the staff will brief you about how Beast Restaurant works. There is no menu. At £75 per person, you are in for a feast that is fit for even the biggest beast. Like many other things in London that will shock you with its price tag, this dinner is an indulgence, one that only those with a raw love for premium steak and Norwegian red king crab will covet. If you are willing to splurge, Beast Restaurant will promise you a theatrical and gastronomical experience.

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Travel Savvy with Insure & Travel Enhanced and Win Air Tickets to 5 Dream Destinations

Travel Savvy

How travel savvy are you? Do you feel prepared for every trip that you take, and equipped with all the knowledge that would enhance your experience? Apart from reading up on the places you are going to visit, and shopping for the clothes and necessities you would need, how else do you prep yourself and ensure you are truly ready for your holiday?

Have you missed out on getting yourself a reliable travel insurance? If you are having second thoughts or even considering if getting one is necessary, you should hesitate no more, because being insured is as vital as needing an air ticket to board your flight. You would also want to travel without worries, and to know that should something untoward happen, you are covered, right?

UOB Travel Savvy

So we celebrate our recent partnership with Insure & Travel Enhanced distributed by UOB, and we would like to share with you the incredible travel insurance plans that are made readily available – no matter where and when you are traveling.

From now till 5 October 2014, Insure & Travel Enhanced is having a weekly challenge where you can play a simple travel quiz to win air tickets via Singapore Airlines to Bali, Taipei, Seoul, Melbourne and Maldives. The game is extremely easy and incredibly addictive. There will be a series of questions on food, culture, landmarks and all you have to do is to choose the correct answer (out of two options) to the picture shown.

The top 10 highest scorers every week will win prizes and anyone who participates in the online quiz will be eligible for a lucky draw to win air tickets. Challenge yourself at www.uobtravelsavvy.com

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Where to eat at Phuket Patong Beach

Patong Beach

Phuket is one of the most well-known beach destinations in Asia; travellers fly in from all around the world for some soaking up in the sun and relaxation at the prized Thai island. Among all the beaches in Phuket, Patong Beach is the largest and busiest one on the island.

While Patong Beach is known for many things – from water sports, to nightlife and luxe resorts – it can be quite a challenge to find affordable authentic Thai food when you are there for a holiday. Most restaurants along Patong Beach are tourist traps, and they serve mediocre Thai food at exorbitant prices.

We made several trips, and picked out some fantastic places to dine at when at Patong Beach. They may not be the cheapest by Thailand’s standards, but they are authentic enough with reasonable price tags, some of which are favourites even among locals. Here is our guide on where to eat at Patong Beach, featuring five restaurants and eateries that offer delicious Thai classic dishes and seafood.

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10 SCOTTS Afternoon Tea at Grand Hyatt Singapore

10 SCOTTS

10 SCOTTS at Grand Hyatt Singapore is more than just a hotel’s tea lounge. Impeccably designed with a collection of rooms, it makes you feel right at home. Like being in your living room where you can host a group of close friends over drinks, the cosiness is unrivalled and one that replicates the warmth of home. Or, it can make a quiet meeting place to have coffee with your clients over some corporate talks. It also works as a lovely library where you can enjoy some me-time and retreat into your shell.

On days when you feel like taking a break and giving yourself a little treat, the afternoon tea at 10 SCOTTS at Grand Hyatt Singapore is just the thing you need. It comes in an elegant two-tier glass tray that is packed with lots of goodies. The items change periodically, but there will always be a staple selection of sandwiches, tarts and quiche, as well as all-time favourites like the delicious crab cakes with remoulade sauce that we are not ashamed to admit wolfing down several of it at a go. Other snacks include the freshly-made seafood popiah (spring roll), samosas, and scones served with homemade raspberry jam, clotted cream and kaya (coconut jam).

10 SCOTTS Afternoon Tea

There is a also a self-serve freezer that houses a varying selection of salads, cold dishes and homemade ice cream as well as a communal table with over six different freshly made desserts. The stars of the show include the anti-griddle fried egg – with vanilla ice cream forming the egg white and mango passion puree representing the yolk – and a beautiful flower pot dessert that is really a generous helping of salted caramel ice cream and chocolate soil, topped with chocolate brownies and delicate edible flowers.

In addition, the afternoon tea comes with a selection of hot dishes from the live station, cold cuts, artisan cheese and bread. And the best part of it all? Everything that you are served with at 10 SCOTTS’ afternoon tea is refillable. The only danger is you will end up eating more than you should. But sometimes, all of us deserve to indulge a little, so go ahead and spoil yourselves.

On weekdays, the afternoon tea at 10 SCOTTS is S$43++/pax with refillable tea, coffee and fruit juices; and S$73++/pax with free-flowing of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. On weekends and public holidays, the prices are S$53++/pax and S$83++/pax respectively.

10 SCOTTS
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6732 1234
Afternoon tea: Daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

 

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Foodline: Your Go-To Portal For Finding the Best Buffet Catering in Singapore

Foodline

One of the questions that I get from readers frequently is to recommend caterers that offer good and reliable service at reasonable prices. The next time you are looking for a caterer to feed your guests, we have a recommendation.

Foodline (www.foodline.sg) is a Singapore based catering review website that partners with over 50 caterers. We all know how challenging it is to organise an event, but when you search for your caterer via Foodline, life will be a lot easier because there are real reviews and photos by customers who have engaged the service of the caterers listed.

You can search for your ideal buffet catering by your budget, cuisine and requirement. Whether you are organising a mini buffet on a shoestring budget for a gathering, looking for a halal buffet caterer for your party, picking a high end caterer for your company’s corporate event, throwing a high tea for your baby’s first month, or choosing the right wedding caterers for your big day – Foodline will help you find the best buffet caterers in Singapore.

Foodline FB

When your event is over, write a short review of the caterer’s service (with a photo) on Foodline to share with everyone your experience, and Foodline.sg will provide a cash reward (ranging from S$10 to S$30). Foodline.sg is also having a lucky draw where you can win S$500 worth of catering vouchers simply by joining their mailing list. Read here for more details. For the latest updates, ‘like’ Foodline on Facebook.

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Satisfy the Carnivore in You at Plaza Brasserie’s For The Love of Roasts Buffet

Plaza Brasserie Roast Buffet

Satisfy the carnivore in you at PARKROYAL on Beach Road from 5 September to 26 October 2014 at Plaza Brasserie’s For The Love of Roasts buffet dinner (adult S$65++, child S$39++) which features an all-you-can-eat buffet spread of premium meats. The highlights include Wagyu D-Rump Roast, 200-day Grain-fed Prime Ribs, Angus Beef Tenderloin Roast, Roast Pork Collar as well as exotic meats like Braised Kangaroo Tail, and Braised Ox Tongue… We bet you are just as excited as we are!

For The Love of Roasts is Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL On Beach Road’s inaugural presentation of a buffet that is centered around tantalising roasts and exotic meats, and the chefs have definitely gone all out to impress with their best offerings that will feed a king.

Roast Pork Collar

[ GIVEAWAY ] We are also giving away 3 pairs of weekday buffet dining vouchers to retreat to an evening of feasting at For The Love of Roasts buffet. Leave a comment below, and share this post on your Facebook timeline to win. More details on the giveaway at the end of this post.

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