Flavours of Old Singapore at Plaza Brasserie

Old Flavours of Singapore

There are days when we feel nostalgic and really crave food that connect us to our roots. They are food that rejuvenates our souls, that remind us of cultures and traditions that we grew up with, that we will never get sick of.

Yet, revelation always brings us new things and trends, and we lose sight of some of the familiarity along the way. We are then taught to appreciate and cherish, and reminisce the good things that tug at our heartstrings. It can be as simple as Braised Pig’s Trotter with Vermicelli, or a plate of celebratory Yi Bua. And these old fashion stay gold forever.

Kacang Putih

Sometimes, we are lost for words when we sink our teeth into these nostalgic flavours. But it is quite simply the best kind of feeling when we bite into our favourite food from the past – something that we loved as a child, so pure and unadulterated.

This August, let us all rekindle the good ol’ times as Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road bring back all our classic favourites from the different dialects. Celebrate with Flavours of Old Singapore, and treat yourself to what might possibly be the most heart-warming buffet.

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5 SuperMuffins from Pacific Marketplace to Love

SuperMuffins

We usually prefer cupcakes to muffins because they are a lot more moist and photogenic. Besides, who can resist a cupcake that is dressed up in a rich and decadent dressing? However, our hearts strayed after trying the new SuperMuffins from Pacific Marketplace at Pan Pacific Singapore.

The SuperMuffins are a range of five savoury muffins that come in the most extraordinary flavours; nothing you’d usually associate with muffins, and every bit surprising! Among the five, our favourites are Ms Piggy (S$7), which is a unique cross between a muffin and char siew bao made up of sweet and juicy barbecue pork and piquant salted egg yolk; and The Hulk (S$5) – a combination of mushroom, cheese, and cream in a savoury spinach crust.

Krrish (S$5), Chicken Run (S$7) and Minotaur (S$7) complete the SuperMuffin lineup. Vegetarians will love Krrish for its potato filling power-packed with Indian spices. But for meat lovers, we recommend Chicken Run – succulent chicken cooked in Shao Xing rice wine and garlic chives – or Minotaur, flavourful French style braised oxtail encased within a gruyere-infused crust.

Pacific Marketplace Supermuffins

We never thought a muffin would fill our tummies, but these sure do and in fact, this new meal-in-a-muffin is a unique and satisfying lunch concept. Should you ever find yourself craving muffins while in the Marina Bay precinct, drop by Pacific Marketplace and get your hands on these savoury goodies. As muffins go, this is as good as it gets.

From now till 14 August 2014, stand a chance to enjoy a complimentary SuperMuffin when you take part in the #SuperMuffin challenge. Take a selfie with your SuperMuffin, post it on Facebook and tag #SuperMuffin and @Pacific Marketplace. If your picture gets 20 likes by the time you leave, you will get the muffin on the house!

The SuperMuffins are available for dine-in, takeaway and online at www.pacificmarketplace.com.sg

Pacific Marketplace
Level 1 Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: Tel: +65 6826 8240
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Promenade
Email: [email protected]

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Millenia Walk’s Best Dessert Hideouts

Tart Blanc Patisserie

One of the things that we did not know about Millenia Walk, until we went on a food tour around the mall recently, is that there are so many good dessert hideouts that will make you go weak in the knees.

Among all the unique food places that we have tried at Millenia Walk, the two joints that stood out were Patisserie G and Tart Blanc. The former is a locally-founded patisserie that offers an amazing array of French cakes, pastries and desserts; the latter is an absolute gem that specialises in tart-based desserts. We are head over heels in love with Tart Blanc’s raspberry praline tart!

Fika cheesecake

And to our Muslim friends, when you dine at Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, be sure to save room for their red velvet cake and cheesecake. Rainbow cake lovers have to try MEDZS’ rendition, which is soft, moist, and pretty. And how can we say no to the freshly baked waffles from Commune Cafe & Bistro No. 50?

Other desserts that are worth trying at Millenia Walk are the chocolate lava cakes from 3 Inch Sin; lemongrass & ginger ice cream from Ruby, Thai Inspired Cuisine; and the panna cotta from Bel Mondo.

By the way, do you know that Millenia Walk currently has an ongoing Nosh on the Finer Side promotion (till 3 August 2014) with different treats every day? For more details of the promotions, go to www.milleniawalk.com and like them on Instagram.

This post is brought to you by Millenia Walk Singapore.

Raffles City Is Budding With Flavours This Food Festival

Raffles City Food Festival

Raffles City has many exciting events and activities all year round, but July is the month we always look forward to because of its annual Food Festival. From 11 to 27 July 2014, a series of fun-filled events and promotions awaits you foodies out there.

Raffles City started its Instagram account @RafflesCitySG, and you should follow them not just for the latest feeds, but also because fans of Raffles City get to win 10 prizes daily when you upload a photo on Instagram of your favourite eats at the mall and hashtag #RafflesCityEats together with a geotag of the restaurant.

Duck Waffle

Wondering where to bring your kids over the weekends? Raffles City may just be your answer. From now till 31 Dec 2014, kids dine for free at participating restaurants on weekends.

Last Saturday, we spent the day at Raffles City with many food enthusiasts on a food trail and had a ball of a time at many good restaurants and eateries in the mall. Raffles City is budding with flavours this July, and here are some restaurants to look out for when you next dine at Raffles City.

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Millenia Walk: Nosh On The Finer Side

Millenia Walk Nosh on Finer Side

Whether you are working in the area, meeting your friends for coffee in the afternoon, or having dinner and drinks with your family, there is something to look forward to every day this July at Millenia Walk. From now till 3 August 2014, Nosh on the Finer Side at Millenia Walk and enjoy different treats every day.

Mondays are Deli-cious days where you can have a casual lunch of sandwiches and salads. On Tuesdays, go for Happy Hour after work with your colleagues and have some beers and wines; now drink your fill, your wallet can take it. Wednesdays call for a Mid-week Perk Me Up, so this is every reason to get your caffeine boost. And on Thursdays, treat yourself to desserts, cakes and pastries from the cafes and patisseries at Millenia Walk. Bring on the sugar, we’d say! TGIF? Grab your pals and meet up for some Surf and Turf because there is no better way to end the work week than pigging out on seafood and meat! Weekends are meant for brunch and afternoon tea, so slow down and enjoy a quiet afternoon at Millenia Walk to recharge yours souls over comfort brunch food and good teas.

Fika

That’s not all. Receive a S$10 Millenia Walk F&B voucher with a minimum spend of S$300 (limited to the first 500 shoppers only). To find out more details on the latest promotions at Millenia Walk, go to their website www.milleniawalk.com and like them on Instagram. For more recommendations, read our guide on where to eat at Millenia Walk.

This post is brought to you by Millenia Walk Singapore.

Guide to Millenia Walk’s Unique Food Places

Millenia Walk Food Guide

You know your tummies will be in good hands when you drive in to Millenia Walk. A popular spot among executives around the area, Millenia Walk is one of those underrated malls with a surprising array of F&B tenants that is bound to satisfy and please, and there is always something to feed those cravings – whatever you are feeling.

A recent trip to the mall had us discovering so many new finds, and we fell in love with the sophisticated mall that is right smack in the heart of Singapore. The month of July is even lovelier for Millenia Walk is rewarding all its fans with fantastic promotions that no one can say no to.

Waffles & Coffee

The restaurants and cafes at Millenia Walk have put together many specials to entice every taste bud. Every day has a different theme, and the Nosh on the Finer Side promotion will run from 7th Jul 2014 to 3rd Aug 2014. Here’s how the schedule runs:

Mondays are Deli-cious days, and Tuesdays are to celebrate Happy Hour. Wednesdays call for a Mid-week Perk Me Up, and Thursdays are to indulge in Sweet Treats. Fridays are the end of the work week, so let’s do some Surf & Turf! And to reward yourself on a Saturday, let’s go for some Weekend Indulgence.

This is your chance to explore Millenia Walk and all its hidden gems if you don’t already know of them. Here is a guide to Millenia Walk’s unique food places, and oh, we’d suggest hiding that weighing scale for now.

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Guide to Everton Park Neighbourhood Singapore

Everton Park Guide

Everton Park is quickly becoming the latest it neighbourhood. Some call it the new Tiong Bahru, and it is not difficult to see why. Since Nylon Coffee Roasters and Grin Affair started here in 2012, this quiet HDB neighbourhood has been drawing foodies to explore the area.

Today, there are eight cafes in this enclave, and we won’t be surprised if more cafes and shops choose to open here in the future. You know that Everton Park is officially cool when hotelier Loh Lik Peng – who is behind many boutique hotels and restaurants in off-the-radar neighbourhoods – has also helped to set up a cafe here.

Here is our guide to the Everton Park neighbourhood.

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Cook & Brew Gastrobar The Westin Singapore

Cook & Brew

Beer? Checked. Meats and sausages? Checked. Pasta and local delights? Checked. Wines of The World? Checked.

That is Cook & Brew at The Westin Singapore for you. The comforting gastrobar is a star addition to our local dining scene, one that has earned our loyalty with its extensive menu and addictive relaxing vibe. The cosy interior furnished with oak browns and wood elements is very much like a typical German living room where you can enjoy your comfort food and chill out with friends and families. Over good beers too, of course. There is a whopping 104 beers from 18 countries to choose from!

Cook & Brew westin Singapore

Unpretentious. Fuss-free. Chic. Sexy.

We love the huge space so much, though not as much as the chef who has recently put together a spanking new menu that leaves us mind-boggled and spoilt for choice so completely. And how can we not shout about the unobstructed view of the Marina, again?

Cook & Brew at The Westin Singapore www.facebook.com/thewestinsingapore opens for the whole day, making it the perfect location for all occasions. Drop by during your lunch hour for a casual and relaxing meal, or pop by in the middle of afternoon to grab a beer and some light snacks. In the evening, it is a lovely place to have some pre-dinner drinks with your colleagues or friends before treating yourself to a well-deserved dinner.

Here, we share with you our picks from Cook & Brew’s current repertoire, and please do not leave without trying the German Platter. Yes, we mean it.

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The Ultimate Crab Feast Buffet at PARKROYAL on Beach Road

Ultimate Crab Feast

Black pepper crab. Salted egg yolk crab. Curry crab. Chilli crab. Marmite crab. Crab kut teh. Wait, are we done with the list? Not quite, apparently. And you know what this means? It is time to party with crabs!

The annual crab feast at PARKROYAL on Beach Road is here again from 13 June till 27 July 2014, and it just gets better each year.

Plaza Brasserie Crab Buffet

With 27 crab dishes including 14 whole crabs prepared in different styles, on top of everyone’s favourite seafood station, chefs preparing their speciality dishes ala minute, and a Best of Asia buffet spread – Plaza Brasserie presents its highly anticipated The Ultimate Crab Feast buffet dinner (adult S$65++. child S$39++). Yes, we can already feel your excitement!

We don’t know many people who would say no to free-flow of quality crabs, but we know this is one dinner you must not miss. Here are the highlights from The Ultimate Crab Feast by Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road.

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martini bar at mezza9 offers 9 Martinis at S$9 each

Martini Bar

Like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it is always satisfying to discover new places where you can get a good drink before dinner. Even better when the pot of gold is conveniently located in the heart of Orchard Road.

The martini bar at mezza9 is one of those secret hideouts that only folks in the know head to. There are a few reasons why it has remained hugely popular, and many more reasons why we think you will love it too. First, it is a gorgeous spot to have a drink after work. The glass-enclosed bar on the mezzanine level of Grand Hyatt Singapore provides a view of Scotts Road. Second, with over 30 delicious speciality concocted martinis, it is a shrine that martini lovers can worship.

Martini Bar Singapore

Third – and the main reason for this post – martini bar at mezza9 is having a more than fantastic promotion that everyone should know about. From Monday to Wednesday 6pm to 9pm, enjoy 9 different martinis at S$9++ each! The usual prices for martinis here range from S$19 to S$28, so the S$9++ offer is really a deal of a century.

From Almond Martini, to Blueberry Citrus made with Effen vodka, blueberry liqueur, and grapefruit juice – each of the nine martini reveals a different statement about you.

Let’s just say you must go to the martini bar to try one of the nine martinis post dinner at mezza9, else, for the lack of better descriptions, you’d never know what you are missing out. Which martini best describes you? Try it and let us know!

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martini bar at mezza9
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6416 7322
Mon to Sun: 12pm – 2am
Happy Hour: 6pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Esplanade Mall 3-For-2 Weekday Lunch Promotion 2014

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

When we say ‘Esplanade’, do you only think of the festivals and concerts that take place all year round? Well, the performing arts centre that is nicknamed the “Durian” is home to more than just the artsy stuff, especially during Esplanade Mall’s annual weekday lunchtime promotional period!

From 12th May to 1st August 2014, cave in to a gastronomically delightful escapade and feast at Esplanade Mall with a party of friends with the 3-for-2 promotion (www.esplanade.com/3isnotacrowd). Yes, you’ve got that right. For every 3 main courses, you only pay for the price of 2. And to sweeten the deal, with every 3-for-2 receipt, you enjoy complimentary parking for 3 hours! Not only that, the first 20 to present their receipts will receive a $5 shopping voucher for use at Esplanade Mall retail stores. Two is company but three is definitely not a crowd!

Maybe you never knew, but Esplanade Mall is quite a food heaven in its own rights. There are cuisines of all kinds to pamper all palates and preferences. We can dine there twice a week and not repeat any of the dishes we had! Every restaurant has its selection of dishes, so we went on a food trail and curated our favourites from this promotion.

Here is a guide to Esplanade Mall’s 3-for-2 Weekday Lunch Promotion 2014, and some of our picks from the various outlets:

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10 Things We Love about The Westin Singapore’s The Brunch Beats

Westin Singapore The Brunch Beats

Introducing the coolest Sunday champagne brunch in Singapore… The Brunch Beats (S$158++/pax) at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore. With Dutch DJ Lindo Martinez spinning cosmopolitan tunes and deep house grooves, indulge in an amazing spread with free flow of Veuve Clicquot champagne, wines, beers, and cocktails. Spend your Sundays in an unparalleled gourmet world – from daily bakes, to salad assortments, to the freshest catch from the ocean, to roasts and vegetables… we just wish we had the stomach to try everything. So, go with an empty stomach – and we mean it.

Seasonal Tastes’ culinary and service team all work with a uniform passion – a passion to serve their best to you. The chef always listens to his guests, and is always improving on the spread to best pamper everyone’s palate.

At S$42++ for lunch buffet, it is quite an unbeatable price. To add to that, the spread is extremely satisfying, and we could really eat to our hearts’ content without busting our budgets. Dinner buffet is priced at S$62++ – an amazing spread that is unrivalled and definitely among the most affordable hotel buffet dinners. You get to indulge in your array of seafood (seafood lovers have to go on Fridays because that is Seafood Night S$75++) and free-flow of roasts and sushi, while you unwind and enjoy your evening with the company of an unobstructed view of the Marina.

Seasonal Tastes Buffet

And if you do not mind the splurge, how about treating yourself to The Brunch Beats at Seasonal Tastes? Easily one of the bests in town, and for one, if you have ever been to heaven, this is twice as nice.

Here are 10 things we love about The Brunch Beats at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore.

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Pint & Curries by Bar Bar Black Sheep

Pint & Curries

What does “Pint & Curries” sound like? You might be thinking about a hundred fancy stories, but it really is beer and Northern Indian food – favourites that are ever comforting.

When we were in London last year, we chanced upon several dining establishments that please their crowds with good beer and curries, and it is recognised as a lifestyle to watch your matches while indulging in two of life’s best pleasures. What may sound like a lethal combination is really not that potent, because as with wine pairing, beers can be paired to complement our favourite food, too!

Pint & Curries Clarke Quay

This year, the folks behind the highly popular Bar Bar Black Sheep have launched this very concept right here in Singapore. Nestled in the heart of Clarke Quay, Pint & Curries offers an affordable supper menu of North-Indian curries and well-loved crafted beers.

Party-ing at Clarke Quay will never be the same again. Be gone, hungry nights and empty stomachs. Pint & Curries is a great late night dining option in Singapore, and your best bet and pit stop when you need a hearty supper in between drinking, and its superb location calls for no driving (and being stopped for the breathalyser tests!)

Here are some of our picks:

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mezza9 Grand Hyatt Singapore Sunday Champagne Brunch

Champagne Brunch_mezza9Photo credit: Grand Hyatt Singapore

“The ultimate champagne brunch.” That was the only thought we had on our minds while enjoying our feast at mezza9 Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Sunday Champagne Brunch (S$138++ for free flow of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne, premium red and white wines, beers, mojitos and bloody marys, and S$118 with free flow of soft drinks and coffee/tea).

mezza9 is an institution for Sunday brunch. Its vibrant and upbeat atmosphere makes it the perfect place for family and friends to spend Sundays at. With nine different dining experiences – including the grill, seafood, Thai, steam basket, yakitori, sushi, deli, patisserie, and bar – complete with free flow of champagne, wines and cocktails, there is something for everyone.

The six show kitchens at mezza9 are the perfect stage for the team of talented chefs to whip up their storms, while the friendly service crews are always doing their rounds and making sure that tables are cleared, cutleries are changed, and that your champagne flute is never empty.

Start from the Japanese kitchen, because Japanese food is always a great idea. Tempura, freshly grilled yakitori and sashimi salad are excellent, but make a dash for the array of sashimi and sushi. The Chinese kitchen has excellent roast meats. Pork belly, spare ribs, BBQ char siew and roast duck… Everything is sublime. For more meat, head to the grill, which features roasted chicken, slow roasted black angus prime sirloin and roasted lamb leg.

mezza9 Sunday Champagne Brunch

Seafood lovers will be mind-blown by the selection at the crustacean bar. Grand Hyatt prides itself on serving sustainable seafood, and over here, you will be spoiled by the variety of seafood such as Spencer gulf wild king prawns, Tasmanian mussels, Canadian lobster, Sri Lankan mud crabs, and freshly shucked oysters from France and Australia. Let’s pull our chairs to the seafood bar and feast all day long.

The pastry team at mezza9 is out to impress with its tantalising creations. Bread pudding, citron tart, cream puffs, chocolate tart, oreo cheesecake, and homemade gelato will send you to dessert paradise. And, we mean it when we say we were close to stealing the entire tray of Tiramisu.

If you are thinking of where to go for mother’s day, celebrate the occasion in style at mezza9′s Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch. For more details, check out the promotion here.

For the latest updates, follow Grand Hyatt Singapore on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

mezza9
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6416 7322
Sun Brunch: 11.30am – 3pm
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore

Cafe Mosaic

Buffet restaurants are aplenty, and we will never fall short of choices. Fresh seafood, pots of hot soup, salad bars and bread counters, ala minute stations, daily roast… there is always something to get excited about, but not all buffets are created equal. Cafe Mosaic is a humble outlet at Carlton Hotel Singapore that sees a stable crowd every day, and it is only understandable why patrons pledge their loyalty.

For one, the menu rotates and you can always expect surprises from the chef even if you go seven consecutive days a week. The breads are freshly baked in-house daily, and they make a hearty start to your meal. We also loved the plump and juicy mussels at the fresh seafood station, we lost count of the number of bowls of double boiled Cantonese soup we had, and we couldn’t have enough of the cold appetisers.

Main courses are always a combination of continental and international highlights, and if you are lucky to go on days when the chef dishes out his signature Cod Fish in Pumpkin Sauce, you must not miss the world for this. Meat lovers can help themselves to endless servings of the daily roast, and there are teppanyaki options, too. Don’t forget to stop by the DIY station; expect local delights like Rojak and Gado-gado.

If you go during dinner, pamper your palate with a wider selection that includes a cheese platter and free flow of oysters.

Cafe Mosaic Dessert

All buffets have to end on a sweet note, so we say eat as many slices of Signature Red Velvet Cake as you can. For those who need your cocoa fix, Chocolate Mousse is your answer. And if all else fails, treat yourself to the Signature Café Mosaic Cheesecake.

For more details, visit their website www.carltonhotel.sg/cafemosaic.html and find Carlton Hotel Singapore’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarltonHotelSG


Lunch Buffet (12pm to 2.30pm)
Monday to Friday $42++ per adult $21++ per child

Dinner Buffet (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
Sunday to Thursday $78++ per adult $39++ per child
Friday to Saturday $88++ per adult $44++ per child

DBS/POSB and UOB Cardmembers get to enjoy the following promotions:
Lunch buffet: One dines free with every two paying adults from Monday to Friday.
Dinner Buffet: 1-for-1 buffet from Sunday to Thursday, and one dines free with every two paying adults on Friday & Saturday.

Cafe Mosaic
Lobby, Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Daily: 6am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

This post is brought to you by Carlton Hotel Singapore.

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