Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

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Joël Robuchon, a renowned culinary figure whom has accumulated a total of 25 Michelin stars in different parts of the world including Singapore, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Macau, Monaco, Paris and Tokyo, whose restaurants are on the top of every gourmand’s checklist, is a man of firm principles when it comes to French cookery. Speak to him about “molecular gastronomy” and expect a long face.

Seen as a stern and austere man, who allows no inferior work to leave the kitchen with his knowledge, those who have secured a position in his kitchens ought to be no less than the top of the line with great ambitions and talents. I can imagine the workspace spiralling into a frantic pace with each visit he makes, but his very appearance is also what many would eagerly anticipate –a rare occasion to meet the culinary legend that we worship endlessly. Even the staunchest fan may not have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of him.

I felt so privileged to be able to meet him in person, two years ago, when Resorts World Sentosa organised the RWS Food Affair, in which the RWS Celebrity Chefs Dinner brought together six prominent chefs including Joël Robuchon.

Dining at Joël Robuchon Restaurant may not be that far-fetched a dream. While it can cost up to an intimidating $500 per person for dinner, fans can get a taste of Joël Robuchon’s culinary finesse for just under $60. Turn to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, a relaxed concept adjacent to Joël Robuchon Restaurant underlining a heightened level of interaction between chefs and diners with just a (wall-less) counter separating the kitchen and main dining area. Lunches are priced at $48, $68 or $108 per person, and dinner at $68, $98 or $138. The a la carte menu also offers tasting portions.

I headed to Resorts World Sentosa with great anticipation that Saturday afternoon, all eager to be impressed all over again at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon where I visited two years ago, only to find out that I have gotten the date wrong. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon was closed; it is only open for lunch on Sundays (operates for dinner from Thursdays to Mondays). Joël Robuchon Restaurant on the other hand opens for lunch on Saturdays (operates for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays). I was dressed for L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and underdressed for Joël Robuchon Restaurant, and so was my dining companion. The front of house crew were gracious and ushered us to the seating area without any air, while a table at the swanky Joël Robuchon Restaurant was being prepared for us. I took awhile adjusting to the situation, having to strip off the casual persona and gradually starting to believe that I’m going to dine at Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Lunch at Joël Robuchon Restaurant is far more affordable than dinner, starting at $78 to $118 per person. The versatile menu allows diners to compose their own meals by picking and combining items from a list of appetisers, mains and desserts. For instance, the $118 per person meal includes the Amuse-Bouche, choice of 1 appetiser, choice of 1 soup, choice of 2 main courses, choice of 1 dessert, and coffee or tea served with petit four. Dinners are priced at $228 to $428 per person.

Quoting Joel Robuchon, “Innovation, Modernity and Tradition are the three words that inspired me to create this menu…” “You can adapt as you wish by choosing one, two, three or four services, depending on your appetite, your desires, and discover a multitude of flavours.”
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Afternoon Tea Set ($28++ for 2 pax) at O’Coffee Club

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O’Coffee Club launches an Afternoon Tea Set priced at just $28++, offering great value for money spent. The three-tiered set, filled with an array of sweet and savoury treats, is designed to feed 2 guests generously, allowing room for a 3rd friend to share the enjoyment. Served between 3pm to 5pm daily from now till 30 April 2015, the Afternoon Tea is available at selected outlets (Millenia Walk, Paragon, Raffles City, Wheelock Place, Wisma Atria and Changi Airport Terminal 3). That said, there might be plans to involve its other outlets.


Red Berry Tea (U.P $7.20)

Also included in the Afternoon Tea set are hot beverages, pick any 2 from O’Coffee Club’s range of premium coffees such as latte and cappuccino, or from a selection of gourmet Gryphon teas.

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Paradise Dynasty (March to May 2015 Promotion)

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Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao ($14.80 for 8 pieces)

Think of Paradise Dynasty, and the signature multi-coloured xiao long baos come to mind. A basket of Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao comes with 8 flavours, namely the Original, Cheesy, Szechuan, Garlic, Ginseng, Crab Roe, Black Truffle, and Foie Gras, which are also sold separately in single-flavoured baskets of 6 and 10. It was love at first bite for me, especially with the Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, and I’m sure many can relate.


Chilled Malva Nut Tree with Pear Bits ($4.80 or $3.80 for OCBC cardmembers and PGR members)

This season, Paradise Dynasty takes a bold step, bringing forth an exciting and somewhat exotic menu, available at all outlets from 9 March to 31 May 2015. Some items on the menu might not bode well with conservative diners, for instance the Braised Duck’s Tongue and Steamed Bullfrog with Diced Chilli, but those who are well acquainted and appreciate these delicacies will be first to flock there for a chance to satisfy their cravings. A popular Shanghai dessert, Chilled Mava Nut Tree with Pear Bits also makes a rare appearance in this 3-month long promotion –a refreshing and not too sweet dessert perfect to end the meal with.

OCBC Credit/Debit card members and PGR (Paradise Gourmet Rewards) members get to enjoy special prices during this promotion. For instance, 6 pieces of durian xiao long bao is available at a special rate of $8.80 (usual price $10.80).

Durian lovers will be enthralled by the durian xiao long bao, made with the highly prized Mao Shan Wang durian. Continue reading

What’s new to eat at Orchard Central

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One of the purposes of my multiple visits to Orchard Central from the start is to pamper my palate with Dean & DeLuca’s Red Velvet Cake (Dean & DeLuca’s a great place to shop for gifts too, especially for homecooks or housewarming parties). Now, there are so many more reasons to visit the mall, I can’t even keep track. Evolving into a food paradise, the inviting selection of F&B outlets include the relatively new Lady M Confections (an expansive dessert outlet spanning across two levels), amongst well-established favourites such as Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant (giving great value for money spent), Cold Stone Creamery, BWB | burger VS wings + bar, Tony Roma’s, and TungLok Seafood to name a few.

Green Rabbit – Crepe & Salad Gastrobar – #B2-06

So what’s new and noteworthy at Orchard Central? The health conscious can sink their teeth at Green Rabbit – Crepe & Salad Gastrobar. Founded by a husband-and-wife team, this casual quick-serve eatery focuses heavily on quality, freshness and affordability. If you ask why put crepes and salad together, it is because the couple believes that every health-conscious individual’s diet plan should encompass cheat days. They started this venture after receiving raves and encouragements from friends who’ve tried their crepes.


Koi Nippon ($9.90)

Design your own salads from $7.90 or try their pre-designed salads from $8.90. The Koi Nippon comes highly recommended, comprising romaine, thick slices of smoked salmon, tofu cubes, corn kernels, soba noodles, broccoli, sesame seeds, cherry tomatoes and white miso dressing. The portion size is generous, and diners can even request for extra dressing at no extra charge.


Mona Laksa ($9.90)

You are encouraged to be slightly more adventurous here, because the Mona Laksa is well worth stepping out of the comfort zone for. It comes with romaine, prawns, vermicelli, boiled egg, alfafa sprouts, julienned carrots, crunchy croutons, sliced onion, and creamy laksa dressing that will blow your socks off. We had the prawns substituted with pieces of chicken breast and found it to be highly satisfying as a meal. I didn’t think I would be able to stomach all that greens, but at the request for more of that delicious dressing, I wiped out every single morsel left on the plate. “Tom Yummy” (tom yum inspired) is another novel creation next on my want-to-try list.


Strawberry Chocolate Crepes ($5.90)

Signature crepes are priced from $4.90.

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Discover the ‘Unofficial Official History of Singapore’ with Tiger Beer

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So it seems, Singapore was not the only great thing born in 1965; the first Tiger Beer can was also introduced that year. In conjunction with the nation’s upcoming golden jubilee celebrations, Tiger Beer launches a campaign seeking to explore the origins of some of Singapore’s icons in a light-hearted manner to, which looks to inspire Singaporeans to take a fresh perspective on the history of Singapore. Continue reading

Goodwood Park Hotel’s Durian Fiesta ever: 16 March to 2 August 2015

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Singapore’s Goodwood Park Hotel’s biggest Durian Fiesta ever is happening from 16 March to 2 Auguest 2015, starring six new creations adding to the line-up of durian-centric goodies, twice as many varieties as usual. Since its introduction in 1983, this annual fair has been winning the crowds with D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians’ luxuriously creamy flesh and sweet aroma.
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Mad About Sucre –more than just cakes

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Marrying the best of French confectionery techniques with illustrious British designs, Mad About Sucre impresses with its awe-inspiring portfolio of handcrafted wedding and celebratory cakes. Apart from showcasing its finesse in elaborate towering cakes, the cakery in the Tanjong Pagar precinct has a small selection of dainty pastries and cakes for your dessert pleasures, requiring no special occasion to enjoy. Continue reading

(Recipe) Homemade Noodles with Stir-fried Minced Pork & Long Beans

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Here’s a simple but nutritionally balanced noodle dish comprising meat and vegetables, inspired by Dan Dan Noodles. The egg noodles are homemade using the trusty Philips Advance Collection Noodle Maker, comprising of just plain flour, water and egg. Many homemakers are turning to making their own pasta and noodles from scratch for health reasons, and Philips has made it so easy for all of us. I’ll be sharing more recipes that highlight the versatility of the noodle maker in upcoming posts, but first, this is one recipe that I always stick to for a quick and delicious meal.
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Adrift by David Myers at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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Image provided by Marina Bay Sands

The inception of the highly anticipated Adrift by David Myers at Marina Bay Sands fetches exciting news to connoisseurs of food and cocktails in Singapore. Hailing from America, celebrity chef and restaurateur David Myers brings forth a wildly sophisticated concept centring on the vibrant travel experiences he has encountered. Not just any restaurant with a bar, Adrift is fabricated to be a social, memorable and fun venue, spotlighting small plates diners can toast to.


Image provided by Marina Bay Sands

With bartender extraordinaire Sam Ross as its consultant, one can only expect top-notch results at Adrift. The extensive cocktail list embraces both creativity and the classics, traversing across the East and West.


Toast – Beef Tartare, Sesame, Egg Yolk, Chilli ($26)

The playful food menu is divided into categories of “Drinking Bites”, “Toast”, “Nomadic”, “Sumi”, and “Aside”. Under the category “Toast”, the exceptional beef tartare comes highly recommended. Continue reading

New Menu: PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar at Resorts World Sentosa

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The distinctive PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar at Resorts World Sentosa updates its menu with wallet-friendly mains, tapas and burgers to add to its repertoire of scrumptious meats on skewers that we previously enjoyed.


Camarones Ceviche ($16)

The previously enjoyed selection of ceviches have been overhauled with new flavours and presentation, now served in dainty cocktail glasses. Carmarones is no stranger to us; it is the newly polished version of the now-defunct Langostino, drenched in coconut leche (milk) and accompanied by deep-fried banana. The new version gives you more distinct clean slices of crunchy fried plantain banana you can eat as a snack on its own, when it was previously just a topping of bits and pieces. I like the new look!

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10th Edition Singapore Restaurant Week, 14th-22nd March 2015

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Shrimp with Tropical Fruit Salsa from Lime House

The bi-annual Singapore Restaurant Week is what food aficionados always look forward to, with over 100 of Singapore’s most celebrated restaurants offering special 3-course menus at just $25++ and $35++ for lunch and dinner respectively, or a supplement of $15++ and $20++ for lunch and dinner for Dining City Star-Awarded restaurants. It’s a great opportunity to get a taste of some of the best restaurants in Singapore, some of which you would otherwise find no occasion to splurge at.


Milo Dinosaur from PORTICO

Coinciding with the island-wide celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday (SG50), the theme for this edition, “Something Old, Something New – A Modern Take on Comfort Favourites”, is a way of paying tribute to the milestone year. Putting the chefs skills and creativity to the test, each restaurant will be presenting their own inventions based on the theme, taking childhood or traditional comfort foods and remix them with their own contemporary twist.


Pluma Iberica from UNA

I’ve picked out some restaurants that I’ve tried and personally liked, and sorted them according to categories (with links to read about my dining experiences) centring around “dining companions” based on the ambience and level of formality, so when you’re planning a meal with your other half, best friend, colleagues, school mates, or parents, this might make it easier to pick a restaurant that best suits the circumstance. Continue reading

Best-value Korean BBQ Buffet at Hansik Korean Family Restaurant (Queensway)

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Korean BBQ buffet lovers used to gather at the Tanjong Pagar precinct, until more and more similar concepts start sprouting across Singapore in sync with the growing demands. Those that emerge just to earn a quick buck will see a decline in business in due time because diners are unlikely to patronise restaurants that short-change in quality. Hansik Korean Family Restaurant is one of the few Korean restaurants that will last the test of time, not only because it is run by Korean descendants (the Choi family) with lots of passion in food, but also because they strive to keep the prices affordable without compromising on quality. They have an a la carte menu offering a myriad of traditional Korean dishes such as Bulgogi, Ginseng Chicken Soup, Bibimbap, Korean pancake and more, but most enticing is the BBQ buffet that we are all fanatical about, priced at just $16++ for lunch and $22++ (additional $3 for weekends/PH) for dinner. Seniors get to enjoy special rates of $15++ for lunch and $20++ for dinner, while 1 student dines free with every 3 paying students.
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The Ultimate GUINNESS Experience – St. Patrick’s Festival is happening from 11 to 17 March

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St. Patrick’s Day (Festival) has been extended from a weekend carnival to an entire week of celebrations across Singapore, with a range of exiting activities lined up from 11 to 17 March 2015. Celebrations will not be complete without GUINNESS, the iconic dark brew globally synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. Supported by GUINNESS, the Official Beer of the event, St. Patrick’s Street Festival (13-15 March, Boat Quay) is a key highlight you shouldn’t miss.

The weeklong extravaganza will also feature Jack & Rai paying a tribute to Irish music at Timbre @ The Substation on 11 March, top international chefs battling it out at Singapore’s 19th Guinness Oyster Opening Championship at Muddy Murphy’s on 15 March, #1 Irish Entertainer in the Middle East, Paddyman, and specially created Guinness-infused tapas at Fabrika @ Klapsons, accompanied by special GUINNESS offers.

Those joining in the fun can put these Irish tips to good use:

1) To say ‘A pint of Guinness, please’, say Pionta Guinness, le do thoil (Pyun-tah Guinness, leh duh huh-il)
2) To say ‘Cheers’, say Slainte! (Sloyn-cheh)

See you there!

Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore introduces “Lower East Side” to its updated menu

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Penicillin ($23)

Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore entered our cocktail scene with a bang last April, and unlike other establishments that claimed quick success, the hype did not die down for this grand hotel bar. Excitement level is kept on a constant high, especially when the bartending and culinary team continuously up their game with each menu launch.


Ode to “Eggs” ($10) – sweet coconut semifreddo “egg white”, pineapple-mango “yolk”, served with slices of crisp brioche

Manhattan commenced the year 2015 with the introduction of five new classic craft cocktails and four gourmet bar bites, revolving around the trendy yet cultural neighbourhood, Lower East Side, to replace “Wall Street” on the menu. You will also find new additions to existing neighbourhoods (Soho, Upper East Side, Theater District and Spanish Harlem) on the menu. Continue reading