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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New Menu: PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar at Resorts World Sentosa

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The distinctive PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar at Resorts World Sentosa updates its menu with wallet-friendly mains, tapas and burgers to add to its repertoire of scrumptious meats on skewers that we previously enjoyed.


Camarones Ceviche ($16)

The previously enjoyed selection of ceviches have been overhauled with new flavours and presentation, now served in dainty cocktail glasses. Carmarones is no stranger to us; it is the newly polished version of the now-defunct Langostino, drenched in coconut leche (milk) and accompanied by deep-fried banana. The new version gives you more distinct clean slices of crunchy fried plantain banana you can eat as a snack on its own, when it was previously just a topping of bits and pieces. I like the new look!

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Breakfast at Jamie’s Italian VivoCity (9.30am to 11.30am, Saturdays & Sundays)

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Most of us are familiar with Jamie Oliver from his frequent television appearances; some of us are huge fans of his. His emergence in the Singapore with the opening of the casual Italian restaurant, Jamie’s Italian in VivoCity, has brought ardent fans streaming in, also attracting food lovers from all over.

After spending a month in a Western country (Melbourne), I’ve fallen deeply in love with the café culture, breakfast and brunch affairs, and chiefly, fresh ingredients modestly cooked and allowed to shine. Since coming back to Asia, I’ve been yearning to experience that brilliance and passion in food, which I later found in Jamie’s Italian’s new breakfast menu.

Jamie’s Italian VivoCity opens its doors early every Saturday and Sunday, serving up a range of breakfast items from 9.30am to 11.30am. Continue reading

Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa (with 2 featured recipes)

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Since January 2012, Malaysian Food Street at Resorts World Sentosa has been indulging visitors with a mouth-watering plethora of Malaysia’s flavourful hawker fare.

Stalls whipping up dishes from around the Peninsula include KL Claypot Rice and Klang Bak Kut. There are over 20 stalls, some of which are halal-certified, such as the Kampung Nasi Lemak stall ($5-$6.50) and the Roti Canai & Nasi Briyani stall (under $7.50). Penang Char Koay Teow has consistently been the bestselling dish.

To keep things exciting, there’s the monthly special. The featured dish is available only throughout that particular month. Last month in September, Durian Chendol ($4.50) took centre stage. Thick and creamy durian puree crowns the standard dessert of shaved ice with red beans, green jelly, coconut milk and palm sugar. The green chendol jelly found in this Malaysian dessert is made from scratch here. This dish evoked memories of RWS’s annual Durian Fest –nothing quells durian cravings like it does.


Duck Satay ($13 for 10 sticks)

This October, guests to Malaysian Food Street are in for a special treat. If you find chicken, pork and beef satays too “mainstream”, the duck satay may come as a delightful diversion. I’m not an ardent fan of duck meat, but this duck satay is one of the best satays I’ve had, so juicy and succulent. Chunks of duck meat are marinated overnight with turmeric, onion, garlic, lemongrass, salt and sugar before they are barbecued over charcoal fire still slightly charred. The duck satay is paired with a specially concocted sauce made of crushed peanut and fresh pineapple puree. This is a must-try!
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6-Course Dinner by Michelin-Starred Guest Chef Alyn Williams at The Cliff of The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa

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Red Snapper, Miso Glaze, Seaweed Butter, Beach Vegetables

The series of dinners and brunches by Michelin-starred guest chefs have brought an added vim and finesse to The Cliff at The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa. Not only did this initiative bring Singapore’s culinary scene to greater heights, it also provided Singaporeans an opportunity of a lifetime to taste the culinary gifts from celebrated chefs from around the globe.

Previous star-studded guests include Chef Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon, Lonndon, Chef Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ, California, and Chef Saul Bolton of Saul, New York City. The final Michelin-starred guest chef to arrive in Singapore for this series is Chef Alyn Williams, whose restaurant Alyn Williams at The Westbury has been awarded a Michelin star, three AA rosettes, and voted 15th place in UK’s National Restaurant Awards 2012. Born and bred Londoner Chef Williams also bagged the title of UK’s Best Chef of the Year in 2012.

Chef William’s entrance to Singaporeans’ palates highlights his style of straightforward cuisine with contemporary touches, featuring only the best of seasonal ingredients. Epicureans here get to taste his signature Foie Gras Semifreddo with Lemon Curd, Hazelnut and Coffee during the 6-course dinner, as well as seafood and lamb dishes that embrace middle-eastern influences.

After the customary champagne upon arrival, the Canapé of Tuna Tartare, Gazpacho Gel and Sesame Toast arrive in separate components –one of crunchy, one of fluffy and another featuring the star of tuna tartare topped with a smooth layer of gazpacho gel. Continue reading

Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Knolls of Capella Singapore

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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 Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa welcomes Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton from 9 to 13 July 2014

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The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa welcomes the third Michelin-starred Guest Chef Saul Bolton from New York City to showcase his culinary expertise from 9th to 13th July 2014 at The Cliff, posterior to Chef Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon, London in May and Chef Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ, California in June.


French Turbot with Fennel, Piquillos and Saffron Sauce

His Michelin-starred restaurant, Saul, has held a Michelin Star rating for eight consecutive years and is listed by the Zagat’s guide as one of the top restaurants in New York City. I would never give up an opportunity like this to pamper my palate with such highly rated gastronomy.


Chawanmushi of Sea Urchin, Warm Black Truffle Vinaigrette

During his stay in Singapore, Chef Bolton will be presenting a specially designed menu that features diverse cultures borrowed from all over the world. Asian pleasures include the Chawanmushi served with a luxurious dollop of sea urchin (uni) and blanketed with a layer of black truffle-infused-and-studded vinaigrette. Divine. Continue reading

Madam Kwan’s Truly Malaysian Cuisine at VivoCity

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Food is always a talking point amongst Singaporeans; we travel across the island and for some even across the globe for the love of food. Our neighbouring country, Malaysia, for instance, is a dining destination popular amongst Singaporeans for its richly flavoured dishes. Many have travelled to Malaysia for a taste of Madam Kwan’s famed nasi lemak. The opening of the 200-seater outlet in VivoCity, Singapore, brought innumerable joy to fans in Singapore.


Nasi Lemak ($13.90)

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