50% discount at Tung Lok Seafood at Orchard Central with American Express Platinum Card


Razor Clam steamed with Garlic and Vermicelli ($10 per piece)

I recently dined at Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant at Orchard Central and scored myself a great bargain of 50% off; it was almost like I robbed them of $100 worth of food. With the American Express Platinum Card, I have the liberty of ordering more than I normally would, or pick items that are doubly expensive, without exceeding the usual budget.


Braised House Special Beancurd with Nameko Mushrooms and Vegetables ($18)

The American Express Platinum Card has soon become a card gourmands can’t leave home (or live) without; it comes with free membership to two popular dining programmes –the Classic Far Card Membership, and the PALATE programme. Under these two programmes, card members get to enjoy dining perks at over 80 restaurants.

The PALATE programme and the Classic Far Card Membership are pretty similar; they both offer discounts of up to 50% off the bill at participating outlets. To be precise, the Palate Dining Privileges are as follows: 1 diner will be entitled to 15% off, 2 diners at 50% off, 3 diners at 35% off, 4 diners at 25% off, and 5 to 20 diners at 20% off.


Raw Oyster ($3.80)

Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant offers a wide range of seafood, from oysters to clams, lobsters to crabs, and fish to prawns, available in a myriad of cooking styles. Continue reading

La Mère Poulard Cookies

The popular French cookies by La Mère Poulard have recently captured attention with the new vibrant packaging. Carrying on the brand’s 126-year heritage, the new packaging retains the image of Mont Saint Michel – a well-known French heritage site famous for its history, architecture and landscape – where the brand was conceived back in 1888.

The cookies come in five different flavours – Chocolate Cookies, Les Galettes Caramel (a personal favourite; sweet, crunchy and fragrant), Red Fruits Cookies, Les Sablés (Butter), and Traditional Cookies – and are available in all major supermarkets island wide. You can also purchase online at Healthy Gourmet online store: http://shop.healthygourmet.sg.

Antoinette Restaurant, Påtisserie & Salon de Thé


The Queen’s Vacherin ($25) – rose petal meringue filled with yuzu cream, vanilla bean ice cream, vanilla crème chantilly, lychee, strawberries and raspberries, crowned with spun sugar

Antoinette has carved a huge name in Singapore’s dessert field, satiating sweet tooth(s) of all ages and genders. So much so the savoury items are often left out of conversations, underemphasised, undervalued. It’s time to give the savoury menu a time to shine –not that it needs a desperate call for attention, but it does deserve special mention.

The brand (and appellation) is inspired by the famous last queen of France, Marie Antoinette. Conceived by Chef Pang Kok Keong, Antoinette Restaurant, Påtisserie & Salon de Thé has 3 outlets: its flagship store at 30 Penhas Road opened in June 2011, second at Mandarin Gallery opened 2 months later, and the third and largest (3100 square feet) opened in 2012 at Palais Renaissance. The outlets exude the style and ambience of Marie’s favourite hideaway chateau, the Petit Trianon, in the gardens of Versailles.

The flagship store at Penhas Road for instance is bedecked in an eclectic mix of charming furniture evocative of the late eighteenth century neoclassical style.

Chef Pang’ has a strong foundation in classical French cuisine, and is highly gifted in both the sweet and savoury departments. The dedication and precision he applies to his sweets are also applied to savouries, which are bound to impress fastidious diners. I never knew this before, but the savoury menu is available across all three outlets.


Quinoa Salad ($16.50)

First to impress is the artfully presented Quinoa Salad, composed of rocket leaves, compressed watermelon chunks, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, sour dough chips, feta cheese, sherry vinaigrette and extra virgin olive oil. Scoring high distinction for the excellence in the coalition of ingredients, the contrasting textures work well together. This is one salad that leaves a deep impression and builds up desire. Continue reading

(Recommended Luxury Accommodation in Bangkok) Conrad Bangkok

In November 2013, Conrad Bangkok earned the title of Country Winner Thailand, Luxury City Hotel, in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, competing together with over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries nominated to participate across 50 categories including Luxury Private Island Resort, Casino Hotels, City Hotels and Lodges. In addition to that prestigious award, they also triumphed in The International Hotel Awards with a triple win with Best Conventional Hotel Thailand, Asia Pacific and International.

Conrad Bangkok also received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in May 2014, given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, with ratings of at least four out of five, taking into account the volume and recency of reviews.

Also worth mentioning: green advocates will be pleased to know that every bulb throughout the hotel will be entirely replaced with LED lightings – which are brighter and significantly more efficient than fluorescent counterparts – as a measure of promoting a greener future through energy savings.

Having gathered all these news, I figured I couldn’t possibly miss out on Conrad Bangkok as part of my agenda during my work-come-leisure trip. Continue reading

Gyoza-Ya at Robinsons Orchard, Singapore

I don’t mind myself eager to write about restaurants that are just average. The reviews you see on Melicacy sit on both the extreme ends of good and bad. Restaurants that are really good deserve special mention; likewise, I find it mandatory to warn others about restaurants that are really bad so readers don’t have to go through the same utter nightmarish experience that I did. Gyoza-Ya happens to be one I feel deserves glowing reviews.

As a specialist in making gyozas, Gyoza-Ya has adopted the latest Japanese technology to assist the kitchen team in producing fresh gyoza at high speed. With this (not-so-secret-anymore) culinary weapon, each gyoza is consistent in weight and size.

The 77-seater restaurant at Robinsons Orchard (the former Heeren Mall) features an open kitchen concept. Diners can choose to sit around the kitchen (with 31 seats available), decidedly the front row seats to “live cooking entertainment”. Continue reading

Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa (with 2 featured recipes)

Since January 2012, Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa has been indulging visitors with a mouth-watering plethora of Malaysia’s flavourful hawker fare.

Stalls whipping up dishes from around the Peninsula include KL Claypot Rice and Klang Bak Kut. There are over 20 stalls, some of which are halal-certified, such as the Kampung Nasi Lemak stall ($5-$6.50) and the Roti Canai & Nasi Briyani stall (under $7.50). Penang Char Koay Teow has consistently been the bestselling dish.

To keep things exciting, there’s the monthly special. The featured dish is available only throughout that particular month. Last month in September, Durian Chendol ($4.50) took centre stage. Thick and creamy durian puree crowns the standard dessert of shaved ice with red beans, green jelly, coconut milk and palm sugar. The green chendol jelly found in this Malaysian dessert is made from scratch here. This dish evoked memories of RWS’s annual Durian Fest –nothing quells durian cravings like it does.


Duck Satay ($13 for 10 sticks)

This October, guests to Malaysian Food Street are in for a special treat. If you find chicken, pork and beef satays too “mainstream”, the duck satay may come as a delightful diversion. I’m not an ardent fan of duck meat, but this duck satay is one of the best satays I’ve had, so juicy and succulent. Chunks of duck meat are marinated overnight with turmeric, onion, garlic, lemongrass, salt and sugar before they are barbecued over charcoal fire still slightly charred. The duck satay is paired with a specially concocted sauce made of crushed peanut and fresh pineapple puree. This is a must-try!
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(Recommended accommodation in Johor Bahru, Malaysia) DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

DoubleTree by Hilton expands its presence with the launch of its Johor Bahru property to meet the growing demand for upscale hotels in Malaysia’s southern region. One distinctive trait of the hotel chain is its hospitality that begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival, which characterises welcome and care in DoubleTree by Hilton’s culture. The hotel chain has been baking these signature chocolate chip cookies for travellers all over the world for the past 25 years.

Fact: DoubleTree by Hilton gives out approximately 60,000 chocolate chip cookies to guests each day, adding up to more than 21 million cookies annually.

Since the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru in July, more than 10,000 chocolate chip cookies have been given out to guests.

Located in the Central Business District of Johor Bahru, the hotel is less than 5 kilometres from the Johor-Singapore Immigration Checkpoint, and 25 kilometres from the Senai International Airport. Its accessibility to Singapore and Changi International Airport is a major plus to international travellers.

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Open Door Policy at Yong Siak Street

Open Door Policy, Tiong Bahru estate’s well-loved modern bistro since October 2011, opens its doors to fresh and bolder ideas with a new head chef, Daniele Sperindio, helming the kitchen.

Chef Sperindio began his culinary journey at a tender age of 13 in Genoa, Italy, and honed his culinary skills in Paris and Monte Carlo after he completed training at the Professional Institute Marco Polo. He was also the sous chef of Michelin-starred Antica Osteria del Bai of Genoa, and has worked in fine dining restaurants in the US. He adds to his portfolio a Sommelier certification from the United States Sommeliers Association (USSA), for the benefit of marrying food with wines beautifully with a deeper understanding.


Beetroot Risotto (cooked in sherry vinegar) topped with Feta Goat Cheese and Pea Tendrils ($25)

Open Door Policy is favoured for its modern cooking techniques, which bring out the best of the ingredients and adding sophistication to hearty contemporary classics at the same time –essentially eclectic comfort food coked with finesse. The menu undergoes a major revamp, replacing 70% of list with exciting new dishes.

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Jetstar launches new inflight menu

Flying with a budget airline is a great opportunity to save money, and it need not be a nettlesome experience. Jetstar is recognised as one of the best low cost carrier in the region, having received numerous awards over the years. My flight experiences with Jetstar have always been pleasant.

This month, I travel to Bangkok for leisure. Catching wind of the news about Jetstar’s new inflight menu, my grounds for flying with Jetstar mount up. Continue reading

Momiji Shabu Shabu, Singapore’s top value-for-money Collagon Hotpot Buffet

Momiji Shabu Shabu (hotpot buffet) by the Suki Group of Restaurants once again tops the ranks for the most value-for-money buffet places in Singapore, right after the success of Momiji Japanese Buffet Restaurant at City Square Mall.

The hotpot concept Momiji Shabu Shabu presents an array of over 100 items in the buffet line, a selection of cooked food, sushi, fruits, soft drinks, teas, hot beverages, desserts, and raw ingredients for the hotpot.

Most unique about this hotpot concept is the collagen soup base, which is derived from the simmering of kampong chicken and fresh vegetables, taking up to 6 long hours to fully dissolve the chicken bones and for every bit of goodness to go into the broth. Continue reading

(Hotel Review) Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

Strategically located in the commercial hub of Pantai/Bangsar, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar is nestled adjacent to multinational office complexes and the iconic Menara Telekom, also a brief five minutes drive from one of the largest shopping complexes in the capital, Mid Valley Megamall. With the launch of the KL Gateway Corporate Office Towers coming soon around the vicinity, business travellers and conference attendees will find the hotel of utmost convenience. Continue reading

Marina South Curry House -Comforting Tze Char Fare in the CBD

Marina South Curry House fuels the CBD (Central Business District) crowd with a rustic taste of Singaporean-Malaysian tze char fare. The interior is reminiscent of a refurbished coffeehouse from the 70s era, with vintage elements that prompt diners of the good old times.

Heading the kitchen is Chef Gan Seong Teik, whom hails from Ipoh with over 40 years of cooking experience and has cooked in restaurants around the globe such as Mexico (1 year), Japan (1 year), Taiwan (3 years) and New Zealand (8 years).

If you ask me, I would say he has far better prospects tossing woks in foreign or western countries to pander to the homesick Asian expats and spreading the magnificence of the Asian food culture, rather than competing with like-minded countrymen. But he has chosen to settle down in Singapore at his current age of 56, as it is of closer proximity to his hometown. The CBD crowd get to benefit from it!


Fish head Bee Hoon ($7.90 for single portion/$18.90 for 2-3 pax, served in claypot)

The signature Fish Head Bee Hoon warms the stomach with a comforting broth that’s rich, milky and thick without the addition of milk, and tasty without the use of MSG in the cooking process. It is made up of a combination of ingredients simmered for over 6 hours. Fresh chunks of sea bass bring glee to fish lovers, with thinly sliced ginger refreshing the palate between sips and bites.

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Reasons to visit Kallang Wave Mall at Singapore Sports Hub (#1) – Chocolate Origin

The new Kallang Wave Mall at Singapore Sports Hub has received overwhelming response from the active and sports-loving crowd, as well as throngs of families on weekends. What else is a draw? Chocolate Origin. But that’s not all. I will be featuring some of the establishments I’ve visited in Kallang Wave Mall over the next few weeks to interest you with something new to tuck into each week.


Cuppa Lava Cake ($5)

The Cuppa Lava Cake makes a positive impact on those with a sweet tooth. Chocolate lovers will strictly refuse any plea for sharing. This individual portion comprises cold vanilla ice cream at the bottom layer and warm chocolate cake on top, oozing with hot chocolate lava in the middle –a cause for salivation.
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Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

A bungalow perched atop Telok Blangah Hill, formerly owned by the Yemeni spice traders in the 1920s, is now a majestic dining venue well sought after by lovebirds for first dates, and also a popular wedding venue using the romantically picturesque garden in full bloom as a perfect backdrop.Celebrated as a destination of elegance, combined with seclusion and heritage, Alkaff Mansion offers facilities that fit wedding soirees memorably. And more. Continue reading