30licious by Amex and HungryGoWhere – $30++ deals, 30 days (Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore)


30licious, jointly presented by American Express and HungryGoWhere, is happening from 3 November to 2 December 2014. Over 30 days, Amex card members can enjoy meals at $30++ each at over 30 participating restaurants ranging from upscale settings to chill-out premises. Diners without amex cards can still enjoy the meals at $35++ each at selected restaurants. To enjoy the 30licious deals, simply log on to book.hungrygowhere.com/30licious to make a booking, which also acts as a form of reservation.

US Kurobuta Baby Back Ribs from Lawry’s

Participating restaurants include A for Arbite, Buyan Russian Restaurant & Bar, OSO Ristorante, Ristorante PepeNero, Seasons Bistro, Siam Society, Town Restaurant, Ujong and many more. I wish I could visit all participating restaurants to take advantage of such a great deal but I was out of town for a month and could only commence my gastronomic journey with 30licious towards the end of the promotion. I’m eagerly looking forward for the next 30licious promotion already!

When I was young, at probably 11-17 years of age, I’ve always dreamed of dining at Lawry’s, previously located at Paragon. Each shopping trip with mum at Paragon ends up with an increasing desire to dine there. Somehow it seemed like the most elegant dining spot decades ago, and till date they still present themselves as an elegant and sophisticated dining destination. The 30licious dining promotion finally gave me a reason to pay a visit to Lawry’s, which relocated to Mandarin Gallery (God knows when!). The $30++ set menu was a great bargain for the quality of service, ambience and food. We were lucky to snag a window seat that overlooks the bustling Orchard Road.

The set menu includes freshly baked classic hard rolls to start with, starter and main of your choice. Lawry’s emphasises hugely on tableside service, which is apparent in the starter and main.

The starter of The Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad comprises crisp Romaine, iceberg lettuce, shredded beets, baby spinach, chopped eggs and croutons, tossed with their signature Vintage Dressing in a salad bowl spun on a bed of ice. If we take away the fancy serving manner, the salad itself is nothing to shout about. The ingredients were not evenly coated in dressing, and that’s not it. My partner’s plate and mine differs slightly; I didn’t get any baby spinach and barely any shredded beets while he had a scanty portion of baby spinach and shredded beets. There were no signs of chopped eggs.

The 30licious set menu offers three mains for diners to choose from: Chef Cut, Italian Chicken & Mushroom and US Kurobuta Baby back Ribs. Part two of tableside service comes with the main of Chef Cut contained in the “Silver Cart”, where diners would then choose their cut of preferred doneness from the batch and have their 120g portion of the roasted Prime Rib of Beef carved before your eyes, served with US Idaho mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Continue reading

Tony’s Pizza: The Monster Pizza Challenge


Tony’s Pizza is a casual pizzeria serving up the true New York style pizza, with its flagship outlet at the junction of River Valley and Zion Road, a short walk from Great World City shopping mall. Its recent expansion sees its second outlet at Bugis Junction.

The pizzeria features many furnishings and memorabilia from New York, truly bringing a slice of New York to Singapore. Pizza lovers can choose to dine-in or takeaway.

Tony’s Pizza also offers delivery, but only to locations in close proximity to the store as the delivery guy goes around on a bicycle –New York style! For delivery, call (65) 677-PIZZA.

Those with unusually huge appetites or those who can eat at an incredibly high speed, The Monster Pizza Challenge will give you an opportunity to test your limits. Having done several food challenges previously (such as burgers, dim sum, buffalo wings, and more) I was eager to sink my teeth into pizza this time round. Continue reading

Adults-only Cocktail Brunch Buffet at Manhattan of Regent Singapore


Shrimp Cocktail

Kids would need babysitting on Sundays as the sophisticated cliques put on their best and strut their way to ‘Manhattan’ at Regent Singapore for Singapore’s first adults-only cocktail brunch.

(Read my review of Manhattan Bar here: http://melicacy.com/?p=7246)

New York’s venerable tradition of weekend brunches, pervaded with unlimited craft cocktails, beers, wines, and gastronomic pleasures, travels halfway around the world, fitting effortlessly into Singaporeans’ lifestyle.

Diners can indulge from 11.30am all the way till 3.30pm in the elegant and stylish setting of Manhattan, beginning with a breakfast series served shortly after you take your seat. The crisp-edged Silver Dollar Pancakes is exquisitely paired with caramelised apples and drizzled in bourbon maple syrup.

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PISCO South American Kitchen and Bar at Resorts World Sentosa


South America ranks as the fourth largest continent, and the fifth largest in population. The culturally diverse country reflects a rich and diverse culinary landscape.

With such an inviting scenario, we warmly welcome the introduction of PISCO South American Kitchen and Bar, located at Resorts World Sentosa. Named after the port of a colonial town in Peru (which is a Quechua word that means “bird”), PISCO South American Kitchen and Bar encompasses a library of South American fare from Peru, Chile, Brazil and other countries of the continent. Continue reading

Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar (#NotHorsePiss)


Pork Belly Cubano Sandwich ($14)

Roosevelt’s is a diner and bar with a huge American influence, conveniently located just outside the exit of Outram Park MRT in the Tanjong Pagar precinct. The laid-back ambience is a huge draw; the spacious and New York-style industrial chic interior exudes a welcoming feel. The all-day dining menu comprises familiar comfort food and a good selection of wines and whiskeys to complement. Young ones will not feel left out with the inclusion of a kids’ menu.

Owners of Roosevelt’s are no amateurs in the F&B business. They currently own more than 5 unique F&B outlets in Singapore and Malaysia, including Millesime, an award-winning French dining restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.

Roosevelt’s beverage directors are clearly wine connoisseurs. The wide range of single malt whiskies and an extensive wine list offer something for everyone. One area they might lack experience in, is choosing the right coffee blend to suit Singaporeans’ palates. Continue reading

BWB – Burgers VS Wings + Bar


One of the hippest dining spots in town today, Burger VS Wings + Bar is an American-style restaurant that inventively links scrumptious nosh with a sports theme –boxing. Not to worry, violence is not involved; it is pure entertainment.

The most violent affair that could possibly occur would be a debate on whether to order the burger or wings, and perhaps relentless chomping on wings and burgers.

The vast and spacious interior accommodates up to 180 diners, encompassing a theatrical open kitchen, tapas and dessert buffet stations, a ‘boxing ring’, punching bags and props.

Engaging the crowds are hyperactive boxers, and ring card girls who often appear during ‘half-times’ with placards featuring incredibly attractive offers from 1-for-1 deals to items going at $1 and more. Continue reading

DIO Burger at The Grandstand – “Do It Ourselves”


DIO Burger at The Grandstand blatantly pits itself against neighbouring Omakase Burger, vying for superiority in matters of burgers.

While it’s still too early to determine if DIO Burger will succeed in surpassing Omakase Burger and seize its crowning glory, we do recognise DIO Burger’s tremendous potential.

Differing from its competitor, DIO Burger gives diners vast freedom in customising and assembling their burgers in any way that pleases their palates most.

Begin by choosing a bun –whole grain for a healthier option, brioche for a tinge of sweetness, or lettuce-wrap for a low-carbohydrate option. Patty options include the never-frozen wagyu beef, grilled chuck beef, chicken thigh, pork ribs and pacific fish. Continue reading

Boston Seafood Shack at The Star Vista


Feeling the hunger while at The Star Vista? You have countless of dining options. But if you are craving for seafood and yearn to dine in a chic enclave, Boston Seafood Shack deserves your attention.

This dining concept evokes the soul and atmosphere of small seafood eateries that dot Boston, bringing the hearty flavours of the Bostonian harbour to Singapore.

Despite the unfavourable reviews online, we decided to still venture into the positive possibilities that Boston Seafood Shack has to offer –and turns out the meal exceeded our expectations.

Boston Seafood Shack has gone through several developing stages since it first opened, taking in valuable feedback from diners and constantly improving on both the food and service. It is undeniable they’ve had a rough start, with a large number of dissatisfied customers averse to returning –but one thing for sure is that they have made tremendous progress and deserves renewed evaluation.

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Dining at Earle Swensen’s


I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I’ve never stepped foot into Earle Swensen’s before. It is the fancier and refined version of the ever-so-popular Swensen’s, which of course comes with a slighter bigger price tag. Finally, an opportunity arose, and I headed down to VivoCity’s outlet to give it a try.

As part of their ode to give diners a complete dining experience, all mains at Earle Swensen’s now come with complimentary access to their salad buffet bar (also available a la carte at $13.90).

The all-you-can-eat salad bar features a mix of fresh fruits, compound salads, and a variety of crisp greens.

The salad offerings are refreshed thematically according to seasonal availability.

Salmon Fish & Chips ($24.90)

Sumptuous mains starring quality beef include the Smoky BBQ Beef Short Ribs, Charbroiled Black Angus Ribeye Steak, and The Ultimate Wagyu Burger. Continue reading

J’s Restaurant at Purvis Street


Her eyes, gleams with hope and love; her heart of gold, pumps with zeal and affection; the charitable efforts that portray her selfless love for the less privileged, tug on my heartstrings so emotionally.

Joy Mahbubani, Managing Director of J’s Restaurant, is a passionate and determined lady, who has survived the distressingly rocky road of being a single mom, has fought with death when she was taken ill 9 years ago, and has overcome ordeals of hardship and grief that an average Singaporean can hardly fathom. While many restaurateurs are driven by money, Joy derives simple pleasures from giving back to society.

There are no short of dining options along Purvis Street, but this under-the-radar and often-overlooked eatery distinguishes itself with its widely-varied classic Latin American influenced food, inspired by Joy’s travels through South America. Continue reading

The Manhattan FISH MARKET celebrates its 10th year anniversary with a revamped menu


As promised in my Bugis+ Food Trail post, I’ve returned to The Manhattan FISH MARKET to try more dishes.

Stewed Tomato Mussels ($7.95)

The Manhattan FISH MARKET needs no introduction. After 10 resolute years in the business, this popular chain of restaurants continues to excite and gratify consumers. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, a freshly designed menu is launched, boasting new flavours and a wider selection of poached dishes. Ardent seafood lovers as well as the health conscious will be delighted. Continue reading

STREET 50, Bay Hotel Singapore’s global flavours restaurant


STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar at Bay Hotel Singapore presents a global spectrum of flavours – from Italian, French and American to Vietnamese, Indonesian and local – with its own unique twists.

The menu caters to diverse palates of both consumers in Singapore and visitors from across the world, ranging from meats and seafood, Asian selections, gourmet bites to pastas and pizzas. With so many good possible choices, you will have a hard time making a decision on what to order.

Salmon Cutlet

Chef Ricky who helms the kitchen is classically trained in French cuisine, but has also tremendous experience churning out Asian cuisine.

Starters start at $8, pastas range from $12 to $18, mains range from $18 to $22 and Asian selections range from $12 to $24. Continue reading

Food Trail at Bugis+ with Omy bloggers


Last weekend, a group of Omy.sg bloggers were invited to a 6-hour-long food trail, covering over 10 dining establishments in Bugis+. With an empty stomach and a voracious appetite, we sampled a wide range of cuisine from American to Chinese, and Korean to Thai, available in the promising mall.

(Hashtag for the event: #BugisPlus; follow me @melicacy on Instagram)

Regrettably, I had an event to cover earlier in the day, hence I missed out on several restaurants. Nevertheless, I’ll be featuring some of the restaurants I’ve visited at Bugis+ during the past few months, in addition to what we’ve sampled during the food trail. Continue reading

Chili’s seasonal menu: “Chillin’ and Grillin'”


Chili’s Grill & Bar is an internationally known restaurant chain, serving up a flavourful mix of South-western-inspired classic American favourites in a fun, energetic atmosphere. With several decades of history since 1975, they now have over 1,500 restaurants in all 50 states, two territories, and across the world in 32 countries. Its first outlet in Singapore opened in June 2009, at Tanglin Mall.

From 30 January 2013 through 9 April 2013, the “Chillin’ and Grillin’” menu – developed by the brand’s Global Business Development Chefs – will bring novel integrations of ingredients without steering away from the invitingly familiar flavour profile Chili’s is loved for.

The four choices of “Chillin’ and Grillin’”, available for dine-in or carryout, are as follows:
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