(Lunar New Year 2015) Shisen Hanten, Mandarin Orchard Singapore


Shisen Hanten by celebrity Chef Chen Kentaro at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, famed for remarkable Szechuan cuisine with a Japanese twist, is rolling out an array of Chinese New Year menus and festive goodies from 26 January to 5 March 2015.

Diners can choose from a range of 10 set menus that are auspiciously named Prosperity, Fortune, Success, Peace, Happiness, Wealth, Opulence, Triumphant, Sumpreme and Splendor, priced from $98 to $388 per person. Apart from the set menus, a range of specialties and signatures such as Barbecued Whole Suckling Pig and “Chen’s Mapo Doufu” alongside Lunar New Year specials are available on the a la carte menu. Continue reading

(Lunar New Year 2015) Furama RiverFront


Furama RiverFront welcomes the year of the Goat with sumptuous buffet spreads and festive menus throughout the Lunar New Year, as well as tantalising festive takeaways.

Kick-starting the meal on a high note is the Salmon Yu Sheng, featured in the buffet lunch and dinner on the eve and the first two days of Chinese New Year, priced at $68++ per adult and $20 per child. Other Chinese New Year delicacies available in the buffet spread include Pen Cai, Stewed Dried Oysters with Sea Cucumber, Drunken Chicken with Chinese Wine and Honey Pepper Pork Rib. 3 diners pay for the price of 2 when you pay with selected credit cards. On top of that, reservations for 6 diners and above will receive a complimentary serving of Fortune Yam Dumpling.
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(Lunar New Year 2015) Antoinette


Antoinette, much favoured for its French pastries and cakes, unveils a Lunar New Year Collection inspired by Chinese traditions and local flavours. Created by Executive Chef Pang Kok Keong, the Lunar New Year confectionery and specialty cakes showcase his creative touch and mastery, bound to impress in the aesthetics and taste department. They’re not your usual Chinese New Year goodies. Think: Valrhona chocolate love letters, fluffy pork floss meringue, macaron made of mandarin orange and white lotus paste, earl grey mandarin orange chiffon cake and more.

The most groundbreaking creation would be Chef Pang’s reinvention of the iconic Yu Sheng (Lo Hei); the Queen’s Yu Sheng ($88++, serves 6-8 persons) is a dessert with French elements, eaten as a sweet ending to the Chinese New Year meal. It features a large chocolate Golden Egg symbolising birth and renewal, perched on a “nest” of auspicious sweets such as chocolate fish, ingots and coins, 5-spiced almonds and cashews, mandarin orange butter cake and meringue kisses, and yam and sweet potato chips. A wooden hammer is served alongside, where diners reveal the ingredients hidden within the chocolate egg with a strike: pineapple, Thai green mango, red dragon fruit and pomelo, all diced and shredded just before serving. The dressing is unique blend of mandarin orange, plum and gula Melaka. The communal tossing then follows.

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UNA presents Singapore’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration with Spanish flair, Viva la Vida


Seafood & Chicken Paella

Chef Jean-Philippe Patruno brings his wealth of culinary experience (from 3-Michelin starred Chez Nico the remarkable Barrafina Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar and one of UK’s top restaurants Quo Vidas) to UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park, taking the Spanish dining scene in Singapore to greater heights. With Spanish, Italian and French roots (his mum is Spanish, dad’s Italian, and he’s born in the South of France), he complements his expertise in Spanish cuisine and Italian and French influences with his expert precision in utilising the best raw ingredients to bring a whole lot of excitement into his cooking.

Staged in the lush, rustic garden setting, UNA Spanish Restaurant at One Rochester Park is an ideal place for any form of celebration, for instance the fast-approaching New Year’s Eve. Come 31 December 2014, UNA will transform into an iconic Spanish boqueria (traditional market), complete with a stunning array of authentic Spanish cuisine and lots of entertainment. Continue reading

(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) Affordable Christmas Feastings at Street 50 Restaurant & Bar


Christmas feastings need not be exorbitant. Street 50 Restaurant & Bar at Bay Hotel Singapore, located in the Harbourfront-Telok Blangah precinct, is serving up three international buffet menus competitively priced from $38 to $88, with complimentary parking thrown in. Additional perks include: Senior Citizens pricing at $28 nett, activities and crafts corner for the little ones, kids eating for free and a gift in the sure-win lucky dip for each table. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 9 & 10) Capella Singapore


Our Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014 closes with a “two page feature” of Capella Singapore and its spectacular range of log cakes, created by the imaginative and competent Pastry Chef Sam, who takes a whole lot of pride in his desserts, who deserves due credit and infinite limelight.

My first encounter with Capella Singapore’s dessert spread has left me awestruck; I rate it as one of the best, if not the best, in Singapore. Since then, I’ve always looked forward to returning to The Knolls, primarily for desserts.

Chef Sam has constructed a total of 6 unique log cakes that cater to every possible liking; unfortunately, they are not for independent sales. Instead, each log cake is available on a rotational basis, titled the Yule Log Cake of the Day, and to be enjoyed as sweet endings to the Festive Lunch and Dinner, priced at $65++ per person for 3 courses and $98++ per person for 5 courses for lunch and dinner respectively.

Here’s a peek into the 6 log cake creations.
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Oriental Christmas Dining at Jin Shan Lou, Marina Bay Sands Hotel


Christmas feastings need not revolve around turkeys and hams. Jin Shan Lou at Marina Bay Sands Hotel – known for dishing out fine Chinese cuisine – pleases those with an Eastern-inclined palate with lavish Christmas set menus at $138++ or $168++.

The set menus, which include a glass of champagne (or a complimentary bottle of champagne wine with minimum 4 diners for Bank Of China card holders), feature premium ingredients that will gratify fastidious diners. The master at the helm, Chef Huang Ching Biao, is armed with 47 years of culinary experience, which includes working in the presidential kitchen in Taiwan serving the royalty, presidents, high-ranking officials and the elite. Expect similar quality here!

Here’s a peek into the $138++ Christmas set menu.
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(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) MELT~ The World Café, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore


Breaking away from all the log cake features that I’ve been virtually feeding you with, here is a Christmas spread you shouldn’t deprive your rumbling tummies of! Here is a sneak preview of what MELT~ The World Café of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is offering this festive season. Continue reading

Festive Meal for 4 at Harry’s


Form a party of 4 and head down to Harry’s this Christmas to enjoy the festive celebration from 11 December 2014 till 4 January 2015. Priced at $250, the festive menu for four includes two Festive Platters ($19), four varieties of Big Plates, Sticky Date Toffee Pudding, Christmas Snowball Cocktail and Limited Edition Beer Popsicles. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 8) InterContinental Singapore


This Christmas, InterContinental Singapore brings forth something close to the hearts of Asians, especially the hearts of those with Indonesian and Peranakan roots.

InterContinental Heritage Peranakan Log ($70 for 1kg)

The InterContinental Heritage Peranakan Log incorporates the perennial favourite kueh lapis, a multi-layered cake that is extremely time-consuming and painstaking to make. But this is not just any kueh lapis –this is possibly one of the best kueh lapis you can get in Singapore. I would personally get it on any given occasion, if they ever sell it on its own. It is moist and buttery, and fragrant with the infusion of pandan leaves, which also gives the cake a greenish tint. In this log cake, the creamy element embodies lime and coconut for a refreshing note, overlaying the pandan kueh lapis along with another layer of pandan sponge cake and another of tangy pineapple-ginger compote. This log cake definitely deserves a spot in our Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014!

Classic Chocolate Cherry Winter Log ($65+ for 1kg)

Those with a penchant for black forest cakes will find familiar elements in the Classic Chocolate Cherry Winter Log that they will enjoy –and more. Tempting you are the chocolate almond cocoa nib sponge, 55% dark chocolate mousseline cream, crispy pearls and rum soaked sweet cherries.

The log cakes along with other festive goodies can be purchased at their Festive Shop located at the entrance to InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction from 11am to 8pm daily till 25 December 2014.

Check out the rest of InterContinental Singapore’s Christmas promotions here: http://singapore.intercontinental.com/festive/

For more information, call (65) 6825 1008 / (65) 6825 1224 or email sinhb-festive@ihg.com.

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 7) Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel


Log cakes need not be cloyingly rich or chocolate-intensive. We have seen remarkable log cake creations of unimaginable flavours over the recent years that bring excitement during the festive season. There’s a log cake made for everyone.

Strawberry Mint Yoghurt Yule Log ($77.04 for 1kg)

For those longing for a log cake that is light, fruity and not too sweet, the Strawberry Mint Yoghurt Yule Log from Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel fits the bill.

The log cake comprises an ethereally light and fluffy vanilla sponge, blanketed in an adequate layer of creamy white chocolate yoghurt mousse that isn’t too sweet, with an epicentre of strawberry mint jelly cubes for a slight tang.

With log cakes like this, you won’t have to give up sweet endings in order to maintain your figure.

Christmas goodies are available till 25 December 2014. Check out the range at their Christmas Festive Booth located at the Lobby. For enquiries, call the Christmas Festive Booth at (65) 6839 5636.

Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel
39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230
Email: Sheraton.singapore@sheratonsingapore.com
Website: sheratonsingapore.com

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 6) Mandarin Orchard Singapore


If there’s one thing I always look forward to as Christmas approaches, it is Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s highly raved Honey Glazed Ham –it is no ordinary ham, its recipe has been perfected and closely guarded over the last 40 years! The culinary and pastry team at Mandarin Orchard Singapore certainly take great pride in the festive offerings, satiating both sweet-loving and savoury-hankering palates without fail. Naturally, one of their log cake creations makes it to the Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014, and it is the newly introduced Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Yule Log.

Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Yule Log ($75)

Full of poise with a whimsical touch, the Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Yule Log captures the heart not only with its alluring demeanour but also with its exceptional taste.

Light vanilla sponge cake, cherry compote and Hokkaido cream make up this divine log cake. The richness of the Hokkaido cream, juxtaposed with the fruity element of cherry, spells splendour.

For orders or enquiries, call (65) 6831 6272/6320 or email coffeecrust.orchard@meritushotels.com

Download the order form here: http://www.merituslifeandstyle.com/EDM/Dec14/images/xmas_order_form_2014_web.pdf