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. Continue reading

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

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

Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore

The Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore is back from 5th to 21st September 2014, ready to satisfy the deepest cravings. Occurring twice yearly, this buffet promotion has consistently been pulling off the best of Penang flavours to Singapore since 1986, and has never lost its appeal.

This September, a new stall joins in the kaleidoscope of Penang specialties, without additional cost, still affordably priced at $25.80++ (weekdays) and $28.80++ (weekends) per adult.


Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan

The new Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan wins votes with the intensely flavoured Nonya Chicken Kapitan with a spicy kick, and fragrant Nasi Lemak (coconut rice). Continue reading

The #GreatFIJIWaterRace at Epicurean Market 2014

Stand to win a grand prize of $2,000 cash and 3D2N stay at Marina Bay Sands!

The #GreatFIJIWaterRace is an amazing-race style competition where adventurous foodies race against time to complete challenges to earn points. The race is open to attendees of Epicurean Market 2014, and provides an interactive way to explore different zones within the market. Challenges include celebrity chef spotting, coffee art design and more. Contestants are required to engage on platforms such as Instagram or Twitter as part of the race, and with a total of 5 mandatory tasks and 2 bonus tasks to complete, the person who earns the most number of points in the shortest time wins!

The #GreatFIJIWaterRace is organised by FIJI Water, the “Official Still Water” partner for Epicurean Market 2014. For more information on the event, go to www.facebook.com/FIJIWaterSG.

Date: Saturday, 13 September 2014
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Venue: Hall D & E, Sands Expo And Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands

About FIJI Water
FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJIWater, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJIWater has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in their own backyard through their membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit www.fijiwater.com, like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fijiwatersg), or follow them on Twitter (www.twitter.com/fijiwatersg) and Instagram (@FIJIWaterSG).

Watch this space for updates on my participation in the #GreatFIJIWaterRace!

An Ayurvedic Journey at St. Gregory Spa, PARKROYAL on Beach Road

Begin a healthy journey in the Ayurvedic lifestyle at the St. Gregory Spa –a brand PARKROYAL on Beach Road (together with several other PARKROYAL and Pan Pacific properties) collaborates with. Marking its first anniversary, St. Gregory Spa introduces An Ayurvedic Journey, an age-old healing art of Ayurveda. Continue reading

SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse

Clarke Quay Central – a five-story shopping mall managed by Far East Organization that sits on the banks of the historical riverside quay in Singapore – houses SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse. Bestowing upon diners a scenic view (think: river cruises rhythmically drifting along the Singapore river), with occasional encounters of screams from the G-MAX reverse bungee, the restaurant serves up hearty meals, tempting bar bites, and an extensive selection of bottled beers from around the world.

In recent times, SQUE has updated its menu with new flavours and excitement. The revamped menu boasts over twenty new additions.


Shrimp and Pomelo Salad ($16.00)

The health conscious will feel entirely at ease with either the Tomato Mozzarella Salad or the Asian-flavoured Shrimp and Pomelo Salad –a light-hearted toss of crisp greens and fresh Norwegian shrimps, drizzled with lively Asian Vinaigrette. Continue reading

English Afternoon Tea at L’Espresso of Goodwood Park Hotel

Set within the premises of the iconic Goodwood Park Hotela reputable pioneer in Singapore’s tourism industry with history dating back to 1900L’Espresso has earned a reputation as being synonymous with elegant teatime pursuits.

The English Afternoon Tea buffet is a main attraction at L’Espresso. Available daily, a dazzling host of dainty sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, chocolate fountain and traditional English scones will fill tummies between conversations and tea (or coffee).

Nibble on dainty bites such as Slow-cooked Farm Chicken in Crepe, Roast Beef with Cornichons, Smoked Salmon with Beetroot Mousse and Caviar, Poached Prawn with Pineapple and Avocado Salsa, Brie with Grape on Maple Crostini, Nicoise Tartlet with Tuna Tataki, and Foie Gras Terrine with Coated Pistachios and Cranberry Compote (a top pick).
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MAGGI SENSES Laksa


MAGGI SENSES Laksa

Laksa is one of the most widely enjoyed hawker dish in Singapore. It is no easy feat to replicate the dish at home though. The laksa paste is made up of a medley of ingredients, and is time-consuming and arduous to prepare from scratch. There are ready-made laksa pastes in the current market, but to make things even easier, MAGGI brand by Nestlé Singapore is introducing a new product –MAGGI SENSES Laksa. It comes in a larger noodle portion at 100g, packaged with a sachet of laksa paste made of fresh and natural spices with no added MSG. Muslim friends also get to enjoy this Halal-Certified product. Add ingredients of your choice for a balanced meal, such as vegetables, meats and egg.

Now you get to quell late-night laksa cravings in the comforts of your home!

The MAGGI SENSES Laksa retails at $7.95 for a pack of 4. Check them out at your nearest super/hyper-market.

Xin Wang Hong Kong Café’s ‘Fly Me To Hong Kong’ Lucky Draw

Autumn sales, endless shopping sprees and a tantalising array of food await your indulgence as you stand a high and tempting chance to win a fun-filled holiday in Hong Kong. Xin Wang Hong Kong Café – best known for their satisfying Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore’s street favourites – introduces the ‘Fly Me To Hong Kong’ campaign. In collaboration with travel agency Focal Travel, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe will be awarding 48 lucky diners and their partners with flight tickets and accommodations at The Oriental Pearl, worth a total of $30,000 to be won.


Crispy Prawn Noodles

Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe further spur diners to participate in this grand lucky draw by adding tempting options to its menu. Continue reading