LaBrezza, The St. Regis Singapore

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Saffron Panna Cotta ($16) – served with caramel sauce almond, orange tuilles and sweet dried fruits

The St. Regis Singapore embraces a new Chef de Cuisine, Luca Moioli, who will be holding the culinary reins at the hotel’s in-house Italian restaurant, LaBrezza. The completely refreshed a la carte menu is aptly balanced with a mix of classic Italian fare – original creations from his hometown, Sarnico, in the region of Lombardy – and his own signatures that are expertly crafted with contemporary touches. Continue reading

Cola Café by Jack’s Place

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Jack’s Place launches a new concept, Cola Café, in tandem with its revamped look, beginning at its newest restaurant outlet at Paya Lebar Square. Read more about Jack’s Place’s new look and menu at my previous post. Adjacent to Jack’s Place, Cola Café is a casual outlet catering to a diverse age group – counting in youths, working colleagues, homemakers and retirees – to catch up and linger over coffee and tea, as well as enjoy cakes, pastries and ice cream. There’re also salads and pastas on the menu if you’re intending to grab a quick lunch or dinner. Continue reading

Jack’s Place’s revamped restaurant outlet at Paya Lebar Square

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Jack’s Place is a brand close to the hearts of many Singaporeans, some of whom are loyal patrons from way before there was an influx of western cuisine restaurants (back then there were no Michelin-starred restaurants or celebrity chefs), some of whom (I happen to belong to this group) started dining there as children where their parents used to date, whose parents would then share with their kids the fond memories of their dating years, which often take place at Jack’s Place.

For those who don’t know much about the history of Jack’s Place, it began in the 1960s with Mr Say Lip Hai, who learnt how to prepare Yorkshire pudding and roast beef when he was a cookboy with the British troops. After learning the skills, he opened his first restaurant called Cola Restaurant and Bar in 1967, catering mostly to the British and Commonwealth troops and their families, and those residing in the Sembawang neighbourhood. In 1968, a huge opportunity came his way. A British housewife approached him after tasting the steak he prepared, to start a catering business in her husband (Jack Hunt)’s pub in Killiney Road, which led to the birth of Jack’s Place Steak House where Mr Say was in charge of the whole kitchen operation. In 1974, Jack Hunt sold the business to Mr Say and relocated back to England. Today, the company comprises the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Say family.

Celebrating its 49th anniversary this year, one year shy of the big 50, Jack’s Place is taking gradual steps to refresh and revamp its outlets with a new look, beginning with its newest outlet at the comparatively new Paya Lebar Square. In succession, renovation at all 17 outlets is targeted to complete in two years. The revamp involves the concept of Jack’s Place (or rather, an addition of a new concept), the décor, ambience, and as might be expected, an updated menu. Noticeable changes include the replacement of the iconic green and white checked tablecloths with the new silk-screened tailor-made wooden tables.


Fire Steak ($29)

What many of us are most concerned about is the food. Signature staples like the steak on hotplate will stay. Huge sighs of relief, yes? Catering to modern day diners, the presentation of some items will be updated, such as the Fire Steak, now served on a white plate.
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(Recipe) Homemade Black Sesame Noodles with Seared Salmon and Peanut Sauce

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If you have been following me on Instagram, you are probably aware that I’ve been experimenting a lot with the Philips Noodle Maker since a few months ago. I started with the simple “egg, water and flour” noodle and whipped up many successful noodle dishes from this one simple type of noodle – many of which inspired from local hawker fare, and some are personal tweaks from the recipe book that came with the Philips Noodle Maker – but I never felt extremely proud of any of my creations and neither will I claim credit for the wonderful recipes that the recipe books have provided. The dish of black sesame noodles with peanut sauce is one of my most satisfying creations.
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Ginzawa Japanese Restaurant at Palais Renaissance

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Palais Renaissance, positioned at a quieter corner along the bustling stretch of Orchard Road, has a new addition to its dining offerings. Ginzawa is a new Japanese concept underlining traditional Japanese fare with modern twists, and encompassing multiple facets of Japanese cuisine from kaiseki and seasonal omakase to lunch set dons and chirashis.


Deluxe Tempura Moriawasu ($35) – Anago Ippon Age, Uni Tempura, Amaebi Hotate Kakiage

The menu consists of sections dedicated to steamed, grilled, sushi and tempura dishes. Also available are seasonal offerings that allow the chef to showcase his creativity and culinary techniques. The man behind these dishes is veteran Chef Donny Tan, whom has accumulated over 30 years of culinary experience at Japanese restaurants in the US, Europe, Japan and Singapore. Continue reading

Saveur Art @ Ion Orchard -Affordable French Dining

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Dining at the higher floors of Ion Orchard is often regarded as a lavish affair, encircled by elite brands that contribute to the upscale reputation of the mall. One would imagine to be paying at least $150 each for a meal at a French restaurant, especially at Ion Orchard where rental rates are expected to be extremely high, but Saveur Art @ Ion orchard contradicts just that.


Salmon Confit ($11) – with marinated ikura, cauliflower, horseradish

Saveur’s first foray into the Singapore food scene was a huge hit; it extinguished the intimidation of French dining and made it affordable to the masses. The Saveur Group’s latest venture, Saveur Art, is an upscale version of Saveur, starring a different set of menu exclusive to this outlet. Saveur Art features deluxe ingredients such as white and black truffle from Alba, Italy, langoustine and wild game like pigeon, without the exorbitant pricing. It also carries a larger range of wines compared representing different regions of France, which also includes two dealcoholized white and red wines. Fervent fans of Saveur can still find their favourite items like Angel Hair Pasta and Duck Confit at Saveur Art, albeit with slight twists. Continue reading

“The Best of Thai” at Escape Restaurant & Lounge, One Farrer Hotel & Spa (2 to 16 April 2015)

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One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore collaborates with Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy to present “The Best of Thai” from 2 to 16 April 2015.

Before I begin with the food, I have to say that I am very impressed (unexpectedly) by the overall feel of his hotel, having stepped foot here for the first time. This relatively new five-star hotel, located away from the bustling city centre, strikes one as being built to anticipate the arrivals of diplomats and VIPS at first glance. As you enter the hotel, you are welcomed by a sense of sophistication. Art pieces grace the spacious lobby, with soothing music playing in the background.

At Escape Restaurant & Lounge, white linen tablecloths give the restaurant a clean and classy look, albeit too formal for buffet pleasures I feel, but nonetheless comfortable. The theatrical open kitchen grants diners unobstructed views of chefs in action. The crowd was a little sparse on last Friday evening, which was good for me because I enjoy the quiet peace and less people swarming around the buffet line, but I don’t think the restaurant will enjoy such peace for a long time, especially when more people start knowing about what a gem this place is.

Plain white plates are glued into sculptures of art and hidden away in display cabinets, replaced by various shapes and sizes of ornate dinnerware that are totally “instagram-worthy”. This is where you can truly show off your incredible food plating creativity. Continue reading

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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