Tiger Beer-inspired Menu at Restaurant Labyrinth in celebration of National Day

“Uncaged” is a term defined by Singapore’s national icon Tiger Beer as having the courage to follow your instincts, live on your own terms and look at things afresh. The home of the 82-years-old brand, Tiger Beer looks to become the symbol of courage, inspiring young adults and the new generation to ‘uncage’ their ambitions, igniting and leaping full of passion to achieve their dreams. This campaign upholds the pride of the Singaporean identity and it is only fitting to lead the launch of Tiger’s global repositioning on home grounds.

This symbol of courage is also portrayed and runs deeply in Chef Han’s culinary roots –Chef Han of Resetaurant Labyrinth being one of Tiger’s Uncage personalities. Continue reading

Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Knolls of Capella Singapore

Brunch is one singular meal of the day that makes me radiate enthusiasm. Part of the charm is about waking up late and having breakfast food at lunch. It could be a simple afternoon of café-sitting, or it could be a luxurious affair like having a buffet at The Knolls of Capella Singapore.

The Mediterranean spread at The Knolls reveals praise-worthy virtue –the standard of food speaks for itself. Highlights include fine-cut meats at the live station, foie gras-something-of-the-day presented on wooden boards alongside dainty savouries, freshly shucked oysters in a few varieties, and more.

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The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis Singapore (3pm to 5pm daily)

Almost nothing beats a relaxing afternoon with a perfect blend of tea paired with the most delectable bites away from the hype and buzz of paper work. The St. Regis Singapore offers a harmonious tea experience and a spread of sweet delights at The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea held by Brasserie Les Saveurs. The Wellness Group (TWG) tea connoisseur has specially arranged an exclusive selection of teas that will pair perfectly with the epicurean spread for our indulgence.

On top of the afternoon tea buffet spread, guests will be served savoury pastries and enticing desserts set on a quintessential three-tiered silver stand, which are changed frequently based on chef’s creations of the day. Continue reading

Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park launches exciting new items this August


Spice Marinated Slow-Baked Duck Leg ($24.80)

Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park launches exciting new items in both the a la carte menu and buffet spread this August in conjunction with Singapore’s 49th birthday. Celebrating the flavours that Singaporeans grew up with, Flavours at Zhongshan Park brings across local favourites with a western spin.


Prawn Laksa Risotto with Coconut Cream ($18.80)

The Prawn Laksa Risotto is a standout. Regular cream is replaced with Asian ingredients such as laksa paste and coconut cream. Accompanying the invigorated grains are succulent scallops, squids and prawns.
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Fun outdoor sports with Superfly Monkey Dragons – Parkour Freerunning Academy & Agency

Watch a child, watch his movements closely. He would have climbed the chair, jumped across the table, rolled down skillfully and vaulted over his toys. The world around him is his playground. There is no hesitation, nor limits, no reservations, and absolutely no thoughts on the ‘what-ifs’. If he falls, he gets up and try the chair again, if he bumps a knee, he would brush the pain off. Doesn’t this remind us of the trial and error activity we are familiar with while we were young. This is the art of movement, practiced alone or with cajoling company, competitive or not. Continue reading

Tiger Beer unleashes patriotic red and white livery this National Day

In commemoration of Singapore’s 49th birthday, Tiger Beer unleashes a patriotic livery encompassing the colours of our national flag. The limited edition 330ml cans, retailing at $25.60 for a pack of 10, are stripped off the iconic blue tone and donned a vivacious red and white colour scheme. Continue reading

Dining Deals at City Square Mall – What to Eat?


Big Treasure Box ($15) – Paddington House of Pancakes

City Square Mall is giving diners huge dining discounts at participating outlets, as well as attractive gifts for shoppers such as Cedele vouchers and chic lunch pouches, from 4 July till 3 August 2014.

Deals worth visiting City Square Mall for:

- Over at KFC, grab 5 pieces of chicken for $9.90 –this promotion is available exclusively at the City Square Mall outlet.
- Get a free coke with every ice-cream creation purchased at Andersen’s of Denmark.
- Bring home a Manchester United exclusive water bottle with every $50 spent at Javier’s Rotisserie & Salad Bar.
- Get a free mini sundae with an upsized order of the BK Doubles Rendang Value Meal at Burger King.
- Promotional fondue in various flavours from $15 at Paddington House of Pancakes.
- Order a drink or dessert at just $1 with every ramen ordered at Marutama Ra-Men.
- 1-for-1 Signature Beef Noodle at Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining.
- Only $9 for Paradise Inn’s Song Fish Head (U.P. $18.90) only at the City Square Mall outlet.
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National Day Buffet at STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar

With National Day looming around the corner, restaurants and dining outlets geared up to celebrate this nation wide phenomenon. STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar makes no exception to indulge families for a National Day Buffet Promotion. Dining reservations may prove hectic and problematic especially on a public holiday, however patrons can dependably expect a good meal and relax in this decent soft lighted dining atmosphere. Chef Ricky, classically trained in French cuisine and his highly proficient culinary team meticulously prepares the buffet line with flavors from traditional local dishes.

Their signature drink, Ais Serai, is a homemade lemon grass concnction that’s sparkling and refreshing for a humid day on this tropical island.

Tiger Prawns with Warm Ginger Sauce whets the appetites for seafood lovers. Expect to come back for seconds and even thirds of this dish.

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The Escape Hunt game experience at Concorde Hotel and Shopping Mall

The Escape Hunt Singapore – Would this be a locked room mystery from Sir Author Conon Dolye adaptation? And for the fans of crime mystery, would you expect an inspiration by Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot? Tracing its origins to real life games in Japan, the well popular and widely received “escape the room” game is now embracing local youth and even the youths at heart. Players range from early youth to working adults, drawn to the alluring idea of escaping. Whether it is to escape studies, deadlines or from certain reality, Escape Hunt is an engrossing game to test the player’s wits, utilise their smarts and compel their fears.

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Waffle Eating Challenge at Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar

Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar is holding a Waffle Eating Challenge from now till 30 July 2014 (extended from 18 July 2014). The challenge is: finish 3 waffles stacked with whipped cream, topped with a scoop of ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce in 5 minutes.

I was eager to try the newly improved waffle, as I heard they’ve fine-tuned the recipe since my last visit (read my previous review here: http://melicacy.com/?p=7173). Turns out I was in for more than just a tasting.

This food challenge is all about the speed! Finish in 5 minutes or less and it’s on the house. You stand to win a $100 Roosevelt’s Dining Voucher too!

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Jamon Carving Session at My Little Spanish Place; Joselito Jamon –serving suggestions

I recently attended a jamon-carving workshop held at My Little Spanish Place in collaboration with the Joselito brand. Tickets were priced at $150+ per pax (with additional $50+ option for wine pairing with 4 wines), which includes a hands-on session followed by a 4-course dinner showcasing the Vintage 2008 Joselito Jamon by Chef Edward Esmero. Continue reading

Weekend Stay and Seafood Buffet at Harbour Café of Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia

Singapore is just a causeway apart from Malaysia, which explains high figures of Singaporeans travelling into Malaysia –some just for makan (eating) or a day of shopping in Johor Bahru. I myself travel to Johor Bahru frequently, mostly for the enticing food.

In desperate need of a holiday, away from home without having to board a plane, Malaysia makes an ideal destination. Puteri Harbour is a destination in itself. Spend a weekend at this peaceful and tranquil locale booming with restaurants, retail outlets and popular attraction Sanrio Hello Kitty Town (its first outside Japan).

Easily accessible from Singapore’s Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints and only 20 minutes from Senai International Airport, Traders Hotel at Puteri Harbour offers comfort with 283 rooms in total. Continue reading

The Egg Story -making the right choice with pasteurized eggs

Did the egg or chicken come first? One of life’s most debated and discussed dilemmas since the era of ancient philosophers. Till now, some researchers say the chicken must have come first as the formation of eggs is only possible with the presence of the hen’s ovaries. Then the opposing question is, what did the first chicken come out of? We can spend all the remaining days of our life to debate on this, as did those ancient researchers, yet one thing is for sure; they are both important! Especially to enjoy the wide selection of savoury dishes our local food scene boldly exploits, from humble home kitchens, to frenzied hawkers and even to the fine delights of restaurants.

Today’s story is about the egg. The little guy who works behind the scene, the unsung hero of most dishes and deserts. Will one usually notice the egg in chocolate molten lava cakes, or the Italian tiramisu? At times the egg hides it’s humble presence from the consumer, while on other occasions it flaunts and prances and calls attention to itself, eggs Benedict for one and in Asian dishes atop a bowl of Japanese Ramen; Hanjuku or Ajitsuke Tamago. These slightly runny eggs bask in its full glory boasting in the precise timing, heat and effort in its preparation, not any amateur attempt. Knowing the benefits, we must avoid the risks as well. Tummy aches and an unsettled stomach will no doubt ruin even the best days at work, especially in Singapore where majority of time spent is thinking something food related. Apps and websites strive on this demand and bring the necessary convenience, how terrible to have all these power at one’s fingertips and not able to enjoy or reap the benefits due to that annoying tummy ache.

Why take the risk from such enjoyment? The Egg Story is solely brought to you by N&N Agriculture Pte Ltd, Singapore’s only pasteurized fresh eggs. Unlike most eggs, these quality eggs high in Omega 3 & 6 and vitamin E are stringently bathed in an all-natural water bath, it’s temperature heats the eggs in their shells to eliminate Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) bacteria and Bird Flu Virus (if present inside and outside the eggs), all while being monitored and computer controlled. Lower in cholesterol, and it’s bacteria removed, children, pregnant women, elderly, and the those whose immunity are vulnerable and anybody who enjoy having their eggs lightly cooked with runny yolks would now be able to be more at ease and able to indulge in the wholesome goodness of Egg Story eggs. Its prominent properties are the petite P laser engraved atop the pasteurized egg, marking its assured quality and to be stored in the chiller for maximum freshness. The Egg Story eggs will stand out in the chiller corner in selected outlets of major supermarkets, packed in 500g, 550g and 600g.
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Singapore Food Festival 2014 -Singapore Chinese Dialect Feast @ Chinatown Food Street

Delicacies and local dialect cuisines has been and is integrated as part of our society, of which we are recognised internationally. Starting back when the inaugurated festival first took place in 1994, the Singapore Food Festival aims to bring a satisfying dining experience to our diverse culture and spectacular cuisines, themed “A Walk Down Memory Lane” this year.

More about the various events happening across Singapore here: http://melicacy.com/?p=7382

Kick starting the festival is Singapore Chinese Dialect Heritage Feast at Chinatown Food Street, bringing nostalgia of old Singapore while patrons savour up to 20 dishes unique to their Chinese dialect.


Red Glutinous Wine Chicken

Featured Hakka dishes include the Red Glutinous Wine Chicken, aromatic from the classic use of Glutinous rice wine, ginger and sesame oil. Well prepared and marinated, the meat is tender off the bones and easily enjoyed by both the elderly and young children, with only subtle hints of the spice from the rice wine.


Traditional Hakka Yong Tau Foo

Gao Ji Food contributes to the Hakka cuisine with their authentic traditional Yong Tow Foo. “Tow Foo” refers to bean curd and “Yong” is a simplification of the Hakka dialect “Ngiong” which means ‘to stuff’. This dumpling symbolized ‘abundant wealth and prestige’ and has since the times of immigrants, Yong Tow Foo evolved as a Hakka heritage food passed down through the generations. Continue reading

Xperience Restaurant & Bar at Sofitel So Singapore


Before I begin on my review of Xperience Restaurant & Bar at Sofitel So Singapore


Panoramic view of the hotel room

When I uploaded a photo of one of the rooms in Sofitel So Singapore on facebook and casually captioned “Staying here tonight!!!…In my dreams hurhur…” everyone seemed to have taken no notice of the second half of the caption and I suddenly became the subject of envy.

Well… I imagine me snuggling up in the lush comforts of the bed, reaching out to the iPad and start browsing; my finger swiping across the iPad, pitting against the constant dilemma on what show to watch. Then falling into deep slumber.

On a side note, Sofitel So Singapore’s rooms are furnished with iPhones and iPads.

Toiletries are kept in an enthralling His and hers drawer unit designed in their iconic hexagonal shape. So if I’m staying here with my girlfriend, we’ll be vying for the ‘Hers’ drawer.

Spotted throughout the hotel are commissioned objects featuring Karl Lagerfield’s “The Lion’s Seal” emblem.

Stylish, fashionable, sophisticated, glamorous and luxurious are words that would describe Sofitel So Singapore best.

You need not book a night’s stay just to soak up the glamorous vibes. Dine at Xperience Restaurant & Bar and be dazzled by the culinary flair of Chef Ann-Cecile Degenne in the sophisticated environs of Sofitel So Singapore.


Seared Pork Knuckle & Pickles ($12/$21/$31)

The menu does not abide by the standard way of categorising (appetisers, sides and mains); instead, dishes are categorised according to textures and tastes: crunchy, zesty, smoky, spicy, silky, saucy and juicy.

The restaurant lets you customise your dining experience based on the occasion by offering three portion sizes: tasting XS portions, personal XM portion, or sharing XL portion.


Mushroom Soup and Celery Royal (set lunch menu)

Those working in the CBD/Shenton Way area will find more reasons not to rush through unhealthy lunches at the desk; fuss-free set lunch menus are priced at $38++ for two courses (entrée and main) or $43++ for three courses (entrée, main and dessert). Xperience Restaurant & Bar Xperience makes for an ideal spot for business lunches as well. Continue reading