Seafood Indulgence Buffet at Seasonal Tastes from 19 to 28 March 2015

Seasonal Tastes Seafood Buffet

Fans of Seasonal Tastes, rejoice because there is an upcoming Seafood Indulgence buffet dinner from 19 – 28 Mar 2015! We don’t know about you, but the word ‘seafood’ alone is enough to get us all excited.

Now, listen up. In addition to the existing international buffet spread that is mouthwateringly sumptuous no less, there will a crazy lineup of the prized treasures of the ocean - Canadian oysters, warm Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, bacon and parmesan, Oysters Diane with cheese and hollandaise, lobsters, prawns, salmon sashimi, Clams Casino baked with bread crumbs, as well as a Seafood Paella.

Sounds like a seafood feast, no?

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Palais Renaissance Food Guide – 4 Affordable Dining Destinations in Orchard Road + Giveaway

PS Cafe

We love a good meal at Palais Renaissance on days when we just want to get away from all the crazy crowd, and Palais Renaissance being so accessible from the main area makes it an ideal location for some quietness in the middle of the hubbubs of Orchard Road. The bonus? Free valet parking from 12pm – 4pm from Sunday till Thursday and 12pm – 11pm on Fri, Sat and Public Holidays. Car park charges are really reasonable, too.

But more than these, do you know why else we love Palais Renaissance? It may not have the longest list when it comes to F&B tenants, but what it has to offer is a unique experience at each of its tenant – nothing mainstream, nothing too predictable, and with surprisingly affordable price tags.

Ishinomaki

Yes, Palais Renaissance is not all about expensive shopping for the high net-worth. While it is a destination shopping mall, it also has some very impressive dining outlets to boast. And you need not pay an arm and a leg for a meal here.

We are giving away 5 X S$20 dining vouchers from P. Bistro, as well as 10 sets of Bara Chirashi Set Lunches from Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar. More details of the giveaway at the end of this post.

Here is our guide to Palais Renaissance where you can find 4 affordable dining destinations in the heart of Orchard Road.

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Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Hotel Presents Its Hong Kong Dim Sum Feast

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant

With doors opened since 1995, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is one of luxurious Chinese restaurants along Orchard Road that serves classic Cantonese delicacies. It sits within Singapore Marriott Hotel, and its accessibility and ambience makes it an ideal destination for a family meal, business luncheon or a centralised gathering spot.

From 9 to 22 March 2015, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Hotel is hosting guest chefs Chow Shing Yip and Liu Wai Hung from JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong to present a Hong Kong Dim Sum Feast.

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Waterfall Ristorante Italiano at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Transforms Into A Southern Italian Trattoria

Waterfall Italian Restaurant

Italian cuisine is too underrated in Singapore. Not enough attention is given, or it is because there are not enough authentic options in town? We can never say no to a good Italian meal, because the sheer variety is enough to keep us occupied. There is always something new to explore, new flavours to fall in love with, and different textures to entice us.

For one, Waterfall Ristorante Italiano at Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore offers a daily spread that is sumptuous no less, and we can always count on the chefs for an authentic Italian affair. If you haven’t heard, the former Waterfall Cafe has been transformed into a Southern Italian trattoria that features handmade pastas and fresh seafood.

Waterfall Ristorante

Prices are still very reasonable, but the dishes are better and heartier than ever. The new Chef de Cuisine, Marco De Vincentis, hails from Naples. And his experience will bring you nothing but the most authentic tastes of Southern Italy.

Think fresh seafood from the Southern Riviera, nutty flavours, and lots of lemon touches. Nothing overly fanciful too, just really playing around with fresh and quality ingredients to accentuate the essence and to showcase the true Italian flavours.

Take a trip to Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore – one of Singapore’s best hotels – and have a quiet Italian meal. You will love their new menu. Here are some highlights from Waterfall Ristorante Italiano’s new menu that we sampled:

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Arteastiq Tea House Launches A New Menu Inspired By Cuisines From Around The World

Arteastiq

Few restaurants in Singapore are as romantic and artistic as Arteastiq Boutique Tea House is. Pun is intended, but you might derive from its name that this restaurant is all about art and tea. They call it the “art of teasing”, but we think there is so much more.

It is the kind of sexiness you would associate with a date night, or a regal dining affair for the high society. Arteastiq sits at a quiet corner of Mandarin Gallery, and scores for its accessible location and wide space. Tasteful interior design with predominant monochrome furniture, exotic chandeliers and sporadic stalks of white flowers, chi-chi ambience with French jazz, an art studio, and a robust menu of artisanal teas and all kinds of wondrous food dishes.

Arteastiq Tea House

We sampled the new menu recently, and we have been containing our excitement of sharing them since. Which is why we say Arteastiq is more than just tea and art jamming, because the food menu is nothing short of impressive. From an assortment of appetisers and contemporary mains that are created with love, to a selection of desserts that are reinterpreted with modern takes, the new menu packs a punch and gives us even more reasons to return to Arteastiq.

Arteastiq is undisputedly among our favourite dining concepts along Orchard Road, and here are our picks from its new menu:

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Kaiware Japanese Restaurant: Nazi Chef Peter Teo is Back In The Game

Kaiware Japanese Restaurant

Previously from Wasabi Tei, Mitsuba and Chikuwa Tei, Chef Peter Teo is no stranger in the local food scene. Despite his notorious reputation as a food nazi, he has always been known for serving excellent Japanese food.

Kaiware Japanese Restaurant at TripleOne Somerset is his latest venture. It offers a range of Teishoku (S$24 – S$32), Nabe (S$22 – S$35), Sashimi (S$30 onwards), as well as a pretty affordable 8-course Omakase set (S$58++/pax), but the only reason why we made a trip down was to try his famous Chirashi-don.

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5 Healthy Eateries in Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD) – Choose Your Calories Wisely!

The Green Bar

New year; new resolutions. It’s time to get into the groove of eating clean (especially after all that Christmas and New Year’s indulging). So for those in the Central Business District, we’ve gathered serious intel on five gourmet joints that offer healthy eats - that not only include salads, but also carbs and meats – to please the body and the palate.

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Famous Taiwanese Brand Dazzling Cafe To Open in Singapore This April

Dazzling Honey Toast

Famous Taiwanese brand Dazzling Cafe, known for its Shibuya-style Honey Toast, is coming to Singapore in April 2015. Dazzling Cafe’s first flagship store in Singapore will be located at the new Capitol Piazza. The Singapore outpost will be offering all the Dazzling Cafe’s signature dishes – Mochi QQ Waffle, Mentaiko Pasta and the aforementioned Shibuya-style Honey Toast.

Dazzling Cafe Singapore
15 Stamford Road
#01-85 Capitol Piazza
Daily: 12pm – 8pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

12 Dishes That We Love from Cook & Brew’s New Menus

Cook & Brew New Menu

There are restaurants that we return to because we love the ambiance, there are those that we return to because the prices are friendly, then there are also those that hold a special place in our hearts simply because the team of chefs and waitstaff are like friends to us.

Cook & Brew at The Westin Singapore is one of those places, and it is not your typical restaurant. It is a gastrobar, sitting high on the 33rd level and with a glimpse of the city from above, with an exuberant team who are ever passionate about their food and beers, and a comprehensive menu that covers your bar snacks, mains, desserts and all the beers that you can ever dream of.

Cook & Brew Gastrobar

A recent change of menu had us revisiting the gastrobar, and Chef Aaron has a lot to impress, indeed. On a side note, his humble personality and comical expressions make it so easy to like him. Hailing from Canada, this man is famed for making his own sausages and meatballs, and man, do we need those with our beers!

But of course, Cook & Brew’s new menu is so fascinating that you might just need more trips back to try everything. Here are some highlights from its revamp, and 12 star dishes that you definitely must try from Cook & Brew’s new menus:

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3 Reasons to Spend Valentine’s Day at The Westin Singapore

Cook & Brew westin Singapore

Valentine’s Day is just less than two weeks away, and if you haven’t thought of what present to get for your partner – we have the answer for you.

So they say, “when someone gives you his/her time, s/he is giving you a part of their lives that they cannot get back.” Make the special occasion count, let Valentine’s Day be so memorable that the moments will be etched in your hearts forever. Every reason to splurge, every reason to pamper, and more than that, love should be frivolous and unrestrained.

COOK & BREW

Over at Cook & Brew, the lively gastrobar at Level 33 of The Westin Singapore, the chefs have specially created a 5-course set menu ($260++ per couple, inclusive of a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose per person) for all the lovebirds.

Start the 5-course dinner with the finest selection of Seafood on Ice – Fine de Claire Oysters, Andaman Tiger Prawns, Marinated Black Mussels, Razor Clams. Next up is an appetising Grilled Octopus paired with grapefruits and spiced hazelnuts salsa verte, as well as a Truffle Housed Smoked Bacon Soup with Kale and Butternut. For the mains, the House Brined & Seared Waygu MS8 Short-Rib Corned Beef Style will please every meat lover. And what’s Valentine’s Day without some pretty desserts? The Cast Iron Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with a scoop of walnut ice cream and maple syrup is one lovely sweet treat to share with your partner.

To make your reservation at Cook & Brew, please call +65 6922 6948 or [email protected]

SEASONAL TASTES

Regular readers will know that we are big fans of Seasonal Tastes for a few reasons – a wonderful view of Marina Bay and the south coast of Singapore, a super convenient location in the heart of the Central Business District, and an ever-changing buffet lineup that never fails to surprise us at every visit. For Valentine’s Day 2015, the buffet dinner at Seasonal Tastes is S$108++/pax and it is inclusive of a glass of champagne and free-flow soft drinks. And we are pretty sure the ladies will be so thrilled about the desserts shrine.

To make your reservation at Seasonal Tastes, please call +65 6922 6968 or [email protected]

Heavenly Spa by The Westin

HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN™

Treat your partner to a 90-minute Berry-licious treatment (S$230++ per person) at Heavenly Spa by Westin™. Brimming with powerful anti-oxidants and natural fruit acids, this Belly-licious treatment also comes with a 30-minute Blueberry Scrub and 60-minute Blueberry Massage. The promotion is valid between 9 to 22 Feb 2015.

To find out more about The Westin Singapore’s Valentine’s Day specials, go to TheWestinSingapore.com, ‘like’ The Westin Singapore on facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

This post is brought to you by The Westin Singapore.

Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Chinese New Year Delights

mezza9 CNY Menu

How to ever get sick of Grand Hyatt Singapore when the many restaurants are ever competent and always delighting our taste buds with new creations?

It is no secret by now that mezza9 is among our all-time favourite restaurants list, and we can go there for lunch and dinners and still be wowed by the chefs for their outstanding culinary skills and understanding of food.

And then there is StraitsKitchen too, an evident crowd favourite with its impressive buffet line-up, featuring the heritage of Singapore and all our representative dishes. It is a halal outlet too, and one that our Muslim friends can head to for a trusty feast.

Mahjong Chocolate

So what is Chinese New Year without a get-together at Grand Hyatt Singapore? Whether you are looking for a buffet, or a multi-course Chinese meal, you can find your answer(s) here. Something to take home too, perhaps? We will share with you our picks from their festive takeaways!

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Chinese New Year Buffet at Plaza Brasserie, PARKROYAL on Beach Road

Plaza Brasserie CNY

One of the most underrated restaurants in town happens to be one that we really love for many reasons – Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road. For one, we grew up with the buffet spread that our parents have always loved, and every return brings about fond memories of the good times with our loved ones.

It may not be the sexiest place to date, but we still go back to Plaza Brasserie whenever we need a trusty option that will never fail us. The chefs are like good friends to us, and we share the same gourmet ideals and philosophies. Some days, you just need to do away with all frills and fads, and let the true essence of culinary blow you away.

We love to bring our families to Plaza Brasserie for a sense of familiarity, and celebrating Chinese New Year there sounds like an awesome idea. To rejoice in the festivity, the team at Plaza Brasserie is all ready to impress. With a determination to pamper their regulars with that coveted familiarity, the chefs are also introducing unique creations for some surprises, and it includes two lamb dishes in the Prosperity Feast. Well, it is the year of the Goat, right?

We had the privilege to have a preview of the feast, and here are some of the highlights of the Chinese New Year Buffet at Plaza Brasserie that you must not miss out on:

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The Westin Singapore’s Lunar New Year Buffet Dinner at Seasonal Tastes

Seasonal Tastes CNY

It is no secret by now – Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore is one classy restaurant we always love and frequent, and no matter how many times we dine there, there is always something new to look out for, and something different to try.

The buffet spread is one sumptuous one. Fresh seafood aplenty, sushi and sashimi selection, ala minute stations with varying cuisines, and our all-time favourite dessert shrine. They have the best desserts among the many buffet lines in Singapore. If you haven’t tried the spread, you are missing out – big time.

Superfoods Yusheng

More reasons to visit Seasonal Tastes is the upcoming festivity, Lunar New Year. We already did, and as always, our taste buds were so spoilt by the team of chefs. This is one place to bring your family to for celebrations. The spread is wide and there will surely be something for everyone. More importantly, their lunar menu is a fair mix of traditional goodies and improvised recipes that is sure to please.

Here are the dishes to love at Seasonal Tastes’ Lunar New Year Buffet Spread:

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Pete’s Place at Grand Hyatt Singapore Introduces a New A La Carte Menu

Pete's Place

Pete’s Place at Grand Hyatt Singapore has been around for so many decades and is a longstanding favourite among its many loyal customers. Conveniently located in town, it is a rustic and homely outlet that dishes out nothing but the most authentic Italian dishes.

Since joining Pete’s Place, Chef Andrea Bontempi has been working to include elements from Northern Italy – from the high plateau of Piedmont to the coastal cities of Livorno and Genoa, and his home in Brescia – into the new a la carte menu.

Among the new additions to the menu, we enjoyed the Burrata e Caponata (S$22). Any good Italian worth its salt will have a good burrata on its menu, and Pete’s Place is no exception. Drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar, the burrata sat atop an eggplant caponata.

Pete's Place Grand Hyatt

The pastas at Pete’s Place are freshly handmade from scratch, and there are twelve options on the menu to choose from. The Ravioli Astice (S$36) is a delicious combination of lobster ravioli with burrata cheese and saffron zucchini sauce, but the standout dish for us was definitely the Gamberi e Nero di Seppia (S$29) – squid ink linguine with seared sustainable prawns and calamari.

The Cacciucco alla Livornese (S$34) brought back memories from our trip to Livorno last year. Originated from the coastal city in Tuscany, this seafood stew is a classic dish that is popularly enjoyed by Italian fishermen. Traditionally, fishermen used what was left over from their catch to make the stew. What makes Pete’s Place’s rendition different is the use of the freshest seafood – a melting pot of squid, baby octopus, prawns, sustainable barramundi, cod, white bait, mussels and clams.

La Cotoletta alla Milanese (S$45) is a Milanese speciality, and something that we always order whenever we are at Milan. Very few places in Singapore serve this dish, so you could imagine our elation when we saw it on Pete’s Place new menu. The breaded veal chop is accompanied by a simple herb salad and tomato confit.

For desserts, you must get our all-time favourite Tiramisu (S$12) but make sure you save room for the Bonnet Astigiana (S$10). We loved how Chef Andrea has given the traditional Amaretti Chocolate Pudding a refreshing touch by adding orange blossom and basil cress.

For reservations at Pete’s Place, please visit singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com. For enquiries or information, kindly call +65 6732 1234 or e-mail [email protected]

Pete’s Place
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6416 7322
Daily: 12pm – 4.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

The Ultimate Orchard Road Food Guide: 93 Best Places To Dine at

Orchard Road Food Guide

It has been four years since we wrote our guide on restaurants in Orchard Road and though we update them from time to time, we thought it is high time to re-curate and to introduce a new guide, featuring even more dining places in Singapore’s most famous shopping street.

Options are aplenty and no doubt we are all spoilt for choice, but are they really worth their queues/ price tags/ waiting time? We have friends from overseas who visit Singapore and have limited time on our sunny island, and then we have our locals who do not want to waste their calories unnecessarily.

The next time you head to Orchard Road, you need not face the risk of stepping in to a random diner and not knowing what to expect.

Here is the Ultimate Orchard Road Food Guide - Top 93 Places to dine at Orchard Road, Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut:

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