5 Things Your Waiter Wants You To Know

Waiter

Have you ever served in a restaurant before? Or wondered what is it like to be one of those wait staff with big trays? How long are they on their feet each day, and do you think they have it easy?

Waiters are very noble beings. They wake up each day with a common purpose – to bring their best service to your table. Many times, we may have taken them for granted, and they really deserve more appreciation and respect; appreciation from customers, and respect from their employers.

We spoke with a few friends in the industry, and have them share with us some hidden messages they wish to share with customers so as to help make their workplace a better one, and for them to be motivated to serving you better.

Here are 5 things your waiter wants you to know:

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Guide to 24 Cafes in The West of Singapore

Cafes in West Singapore

These days, we don’t need to travel out of our neighbourhood to get good food and desserts. Cafes are spouting out everywhere, and we are definitely not complaining. We have cafes at every district in Singapore, and no one gets left out.

The West of Singapore may not be a favourite part if you do not reside there, for it is pretty far out from the main areas and can indeed get a little out of the way. But because we are such fans of artisan places and cosy spaces, we would travel just for a slice of rainbow cake or a good cuppa, yes?

If you are a resident of the West, this post might not be of much surprise to you anymore (or is it?), but if you are from everywhere else, this should spark some venturing out and give you some ideas on where to eat out at next.

We will update our list from time to time, but for a start, here are 24 cafes in the West of Singapore to check out:

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Celebrate Christmas with Orange Clove Catering

Orange Clove Christmas

It is the time of the year again when our mailboxes would be greeted by endless questions from our readers, and one of the most common of them all? “Which caterer would you recommend for a private party?”

We used to not know how to reply such questions, until we found faith in Orange Clove - a proud winner of “Best Corporate Caterer” and the Overall Winner for Singapore Prestige Brand Award – Promising Brand Category. We’ve heard so much about them, and friends have always sang praises of their service and quality. We’ve sampled, and we now understand why they are a perennial favourite when it come to catering. Whether it is a corporate celebration or an intimate Christmas party with your family and loved ones, Orange Clove will make you the hero for your party and event, with its Christmas menu providing options that will fit every tastebud and budget.

Christmas Log Cake

Throwing a party for a big group and have yet to start on the planning? Not to worry because Orange Clove will come to the rescue and make you the hero for your party and corporate events. This year, Orange Clove has come up with three different Christmas menus that range from S$25/pax to S$45/pax.

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Christmas Dining 2014 at Millenia Walk’s Restaurants

Millenia Walk Christmas

We always love a good mall that has varied F&B options, so that whenever we are in the mood for, there is something we can turn to and count on for a satisfying meal. Millenia Walk is one of those. Strategically located in the heart of Singapore, with many hotels and attractions in the vicinity, Millenia Walk is your answer to lunch meetings, coffee breaks and more.

They have a list of understated F&B outlets who are always introducing new goodies and seasonal features to reward your taste buds, and this Christmas, we have a line-up of specials to share. From simple snacks to gastronomical meals to sassy sweets, they are about to entice you with festive treats and promotions.

There are also vouchers to be won and prizes to walk away with, so read on to find out the best of Millenia Walk’s Christmas dining 2014 and the surprises that await you this Christmas!

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Grand Hyatt Singapore WEEKEND 24 Staycation

Grand Hyatt WEEKEND 24

Just like food and fashion, we have our favourite brands when it comes to hotels too, and we know those names are the ones that we can count on and turn to whenever we need a good night’s sleep.

Hyatt is definitely on our list, and no matter which part of the world we are at, it is one brand that we can resonate with. The Hyatt brand is well-received and ever popular for their consistency in delivering the best experience to their esteemed guests.

We are not going to be overly fancy describing our stay at Grand Hyatt Singapore, because just like the brand prides itself, the experience is nothing but an honest and sincere one; no frills, just a classy execution for your enjoyment. Grand Hyatt Singapore has also just launched its WEEKEND 24 – an exclusive staycation package that lets you check-in at any time, and check-out one full day (24 hrs) later.

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5 Reasons Why Maxim’s Palace is Our Favourite Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong

Maxim's Palace dim sum

Hong Kong is known for many things – the iconic Peak, postcard-worthy Hong Kong’s skyline, the vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene at Lan Kwai Fong, as well as the one thing that truly defines Hong Kong, at least for food lovers – dim sum.

Maxim Palace

A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without having a dim sum meal or two. Or as many as you can. There are countless dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, and while the choices are mind-boggling to say the least, we love Maxim’s Palace for they offer the most quintessential Hong Kong dim sum experience. It ranks top for its authenticity by retaining its practice of serving dim sum on trolleys – the good ol’ traditional way.

Here are 5 reasons why Maxim’s Palace is our favourite dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong and why you should go there for yum cha when in the city.

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Stateland Cafe’s Red Velvet Waffles

Stateland Red Velvet Waffle

Located on Bali Lane, Stateland Cafe has been making a name for itself for its waffles. Served with a scoop of ice cream, and topped with homemade cream cheese glaze, the Red Velvet Waffle (S$14.90) indeed lived up to its name.

Thick yet fluffy, with the red velvet base combing well with the cream cheese glazing – this is one waffle that you have to try if you are on a hunt for the best waffles in Singapore.

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Guide to Cafes in Rangoon Road Neighbourhood Singapore

Rangoon Road Cafes

Rangoon Road is one of those areas that we’d love to think of as the “last frontiers of Singapore”. In our memories, we grew up knowing Rangoon Road as one laid back neighbourhood scattered with coffee shops, little eateries and workshops. When one thinks of Rangoon Road, Ng Ah Sio and Founders Bak Kut Teh come to mind.

However, the neighbourhood is more than just bak kut teh. While Rangoon Road may not have evolved much, it is no less quaint and lovely. Today, many new cafes have opened in the neighbourhood and it is hardly a surprise given the strategic location.

Here is a guide to cafes in the Rangoon Road neighbourhood.

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The Westin Singapore Turns One – Enjoy Staycation, Dining and Spa at S$1*

Westin Seasonal Tastes

Time really flies. Since our first trip to The Westin Singapore, we have become regulars at the hotel over the past year. The Seasonal Tastes continuously introduces new creations to its buffet lineup, while Cook & Brew feels like home whenever we want to have some comfort food and chillout with friends. And we know that we can always count on Heavenly Spa by Westin™ when we are in need of a pampering treat.

It has been an exciting year at The Westin Singapore and as part of its 1st anniversary celebrations, it is offering SPG members an insider access to The Liverpool Football Legends. Calling it an insider access is an understatement; it is an invaluable experience that money can’t buy.

Football fans will be thrilled to know that The Westin Singapore is the official hotel for the match between Liverpool Football Legends and a top selection of Singapore football heroes on 15 Nov 2014, and SPG members can use their Starpoints® to bid and meet the Liverpool legends to play golf, dine together, travel on the team bus, VIP seats to watch the match and mingle at an exclusive after-party.

Westin First Anniversary

That’s not all. There will be a series of activities that will be taking place at the hotel during November to reward distinguished guests of The Westin Singapore.


Sleep Well at S$1*: From 1 Nov to 30 Dec 2014, book a minimum stay of 2 nights and enjoy the third night at an unbelievable rate of S$1++. All guests who stay at the hotel on 12 Nov will receive a mini football signed by the Liverpool Legends. For the first 50 bookings for stay on 15 Nov, guests will receive a pair of tickets to catch the Liverpool Football Legends in action. For reservations, please go to TheWestinSingapore.com

Eat Well at S$1*: Dine at Seasonal Tastes in November and enjoy your next buffet dinner at S$1++. For those who are working in the business district, hop over to Daily Treats for S$1++ deals on sandwiches, soups, fruit salads, coffee, tea and juices. They are your best bets for a quick fix. To make your reservation at Seasonal Tastes, please call +65 6922 6968 or [email protected]

Feel Well for S$1*: The Westin brand is all about wellness and having a healthy and balanced lifestyle. When you go for a 90-minute treatment at Heavenly Spa by Westin™ in November, revel in a 25-minute Energize Scrub for just S$1++. For reservations, please call +65 6922 6977 or email [email protected] Terms and conditions apply for all promotions.

To find out more, go to TheWestinSingapore.com/firstanniversary, ‘like’ The Westin Singapore on facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

This post is brought to you by The Westin Singapore.

mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore Introduces New Set Lunch and Ala Carte Dishes

mezza9 Dessert

mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore has recently launched its new set lunches, and fans of the prized restaurant will be delighted to know that new options are aplenty, including a healthier four-course set menu consisting of just 600kcal. It is always lovely to dine at a familiar outlet, and even better when the chefs are always pushing their boundaries to introduce new creations to excite your palate.

On top of the introduction of new set lunches, mezza9 also wows its crowd once again with many new ala carte dishes, all of which are true to their philosophy of dishing out earnest cuisine with sustainable ingredients to please the soul.

For so many years, mezza9 has been a perennial favourite, and with this wave of new introductions, it gives us many more reasons to go back. Regulars will share our joy, but if you aren’t already a fan, here are some temptations:

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C-A-S-H-B-A-C-K Cafe Marathon with OCBC 365 Credit Card

OCBC 365 Card

It is a Singaporean’s culture to dine out, because there are way too many awesome options to choose from. But if only we could have a rebates card that could reward us on all our dining expenditure. Well, good news for everyone who relates to the aforementioned situation, because there IS a card that rewards you every time you eat out in Singapore!

The OCBC 365 Credit Card is the Card for all the foodies out there, as it gives you cashback all year round at any dining establishment. And because it is applicable to cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and even caterers, it basically means feasting time all year round!

With the OCBC 365 Credit Card, you can enjoy 3% dining cashback on weekdays and 6% dining cashback on weekends. And when you travel overseas, you can also enjoy 3% cashback on your overseas dining too! What’s more, the card also gives 3% cashback on groceries, online spending and more.

But first, let us share with you how much we’ve saved from using the card for our daily meals. Last week, we went on a C-A-S-H-B-A-C-K cafe marathon, and covered eight cafes with names that with the respective alphabets. It was such fun feasting while saving, and here are the eight cafes in Singapore that we love:

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Osaka Food Guide – 23 Restaurants & Cafes You Have to Visit

Osaka Food Guide

Osaka is affectionately known as the “Kitchen of Japan”, and with this title, it only means that every meal at the Japanese city will be a good meal. There are no lack of options when dining at Osaka – from street snacks to fast meals at local eateries to a gastronomical display of kappo – and it is impossible to run out of ideas on what to eat because whether you are craving for an okonomiyaki or you need a bowl of piping hot ramen on a cold winter night, Osaka will feed you well.

Prior to our trip, we heard so much about how no one comes back from Osaka skinny, and while that thought did sound a little threatening, we knew we were going to love it. And indeed, we did! Friends and locals shared their favourites and go-to places with us, and we have compiled this Osaka food guide for your easy reference so that you will never have a bad meal at Osaka.

Cafes, local eateries, ramen parlours, sushi bars, exquisite dining in aristocratic ryoteis… you name it, Osaka has it. Enjoy feasting your way through the Kitchen of Japan!

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Orange Clove Makes You The Hero for Your Corporate Events and Parties

Captain 500 truck

From cocktail reception to Christmas parties, seminar luncheons, weddings and birthday celebrations, buffets and sit down dinners for your corporate events, there are many gatherings every year and what better way to unite people than to feed them well?

However, it can be a challenge trying to put everything together; those who have had to bear the responsibilities of organising an event would know the pain. And the biggest and most common problem is to find the one caterer that is reputable, reliable and has options to satisfy all palates.

Orange Clove Dinner

Options are aplenty, and there are many players in the market. Orange Clove Catering (orangeclove.com.sg) is always a top-of-mind name, and having sampled their culinary skills lately, we are even more convinced that they are the ones to turn to when you need a caterer – whatever the occasion may be, they will offer the most ideal solutions and have you earn the title of a heroic host.

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Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro Has a New Lobster Roll on The Menu

Quayside Fish Bar Lobster Roll

With daily fresh imports of wild-caught seafood and fish from different parts of the world, Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is our go-to place for seafood and late night nibbles. The restaurant has recently introduced Lobster Roll (S$49) on the menu. Its rendition comes with a whole live Boston lobster (600g of meat) in a buttered roll, homemade chili and kaffir lime aioli, and super addictive truffle shoestring fries.

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro takes its seafood seriously, and boy are we glad that there is a new option when we are craving for lobster rolls in Singapore. From what we’ve heard, they are currently working on other variations like Seafood Roll and Shrimp Roll; we definitely hope to try them soon!

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
31 Ocean Way #01-11
Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 6268 8633
Tue: 9am – 12 midnight
Wed & Thu: 12pm – 12 midnight
Fri: 12pm – 1am
Sat: 9am – 1am
Sun: 9am – 12 midnight
Nearest Station: Harbourfront

K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet – One of the Most Affordable Korean BBQ Buffets at S$14.90

K Cook Korean BBQ

K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet has just opened at Orchard Central for a few months, but it has already earned the loyalty of many customers for a simple reason. It is one of the most affordable Korean BBQ buffet restaurants in Singapore. On weekdays, the Korean BBQ buffet is S$14.90++ /pax for lunch, and S$24.90++/pax for dinner.

During dinner, you can find a selection of meats like marinated pork collar, chicken, pork belly, pork collar, marinated beef short rib, beef bulgogi, beef plate eye and marinated beef ribeye, while lunch has considerately lesser beef options. Granted, the quality and variety of meat are not the best, but given the prices, there is really nothing to complain about.

Lunch: S$14.90++ (Mon to Fri), S$24.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).
Dinner: S$24.90++ (Mon to Thu), S$26.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).

K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
#07-01, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6884 7282
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset

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