We dined at Singapore Marriott Hotel’s Pool Grill and saved $70, thanks to the Entertainer App

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Finding a tranquil dining spot in the core of an active city like Orchard Road poses as a challenge, but not unimaginable with the well-concealed gem like Pool Grill, perched on the fifth level of Singapore Marriot Hotel, adjacent to the outdoor pool.

Pool Grill is where you dine al fresco in a sophisticated resort-like setting that brims with romantic vibrancy –perfect for anniversaries and proposals.


Marinated ½ Baby Chicken ($29; 300grams)

Prices for mains range from $28 for a vegetarian Mushroom Risotto, to $68 for a 400-day grain-fed Australian Wagyu Rib-Eye steak. Not the most affordable dining option in town, but the quality and portion justify its prices.

Online deals, credit card promotions and discounts prove to successfully entice visitors. I for one am drawn to restaurants listed in the Entertainer App, where I get to enjoy buy-one-get-one-free for main courses. I have previously dined at Hummerstons, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, and Buyan Russian Restaurant & Caviar Bar; using the Entertainer App, I’ve saved more than $250 thus far. The app costs just $67!


Glazed Lemon Tart with Nut Tortilla and Vanilla Chantilly Cream ($14.50)

There are over 990 buy-one-get-one-free vouchers for restaurants, nightspots, spas, activities, attractions and more, plus over 380 free night voucher offers for hotels and resorts throughout Asia & Indian Ocean. I’ve even utilised the buy-one-get-one-free voucher at informal f&b spots such as Dunkin Donuts, Popeyes, ShareTea, and Ben & Jerry’s.

This time round, thanks to the Entertainer App, I saved approximately $70 at Pool Grill.


Yellowfin Tuna Tartare ($20)

Our meal commenced on a high note with the pristine Yellowfin Tuna Tartare that arrives with crisp crouton, fresh horseradish crème fraiche and an invigorating drizzle of lemon oil. Clean, fresh flavours; effortlessly divine. Continue reading

Osia rolls out a New Menu (Available from January to March 2014)

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Resorts World Sentosa’s award-winning restaurant Osia rolls out a new menu to usher in a brand new year. The new menu by Chef de Cuisine Douglas Tay showcases contemporary western dishes characterised by natural flavours and essences from ingredients that are sourced from all over the world. Creativity and passion prevails throughout the dishes.


Seafood Ice Experience ($36)

The distinctive Seafood Ice Experience has been revamped to the following: Watermelon Raspberry Vinegar with Amaebi; Calamansi Mojito with Hokkaido Scallop; Sourz Apple with Salmon Trout; Coconut with Maine Lobster; Pineapple Rum with Tuna; and Lychee Martini with Oyster.

A commingling of fruity sweetness and oceanic brininess, the Lychee Martini with Oyster is exceedingly popular with the ladies, and is also my personal favourite.


Hokkaido Scallop ($40)

The citrus-cured Hokkaido Scallop galvanised with cauliflower cream, black truffle salsa and seaweed vinaigrette is amongst the “must-tries”. Justice is done to the freshness and succulence of the scallop.

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Platters Bistro & Wine Bar collaborates with Chef Jeremy Nguee (November 2013 to February 2014)

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Introduced more than a year ago, Platters Bistro & Wine Bar continues bringing excitement to the ‘dine and share’ concept with its unique Chef-Designed series, where the menu is re-designed every four months by a new guest chef.

From now till the end of February 2014, the spotlight is on Chef Jeremy Nguee, chef-owner of Preparazzi. A shining star in the catering industry in Singapore, he was also the official caterer for the recent Dinner En Blanc.

Gourmet healthy food is the focal point and a mainstay in Chef Jeremy’s line of work. Sounds painful to be deprived of deep-fried munchies and comfort food huh.

This collaboration gives Chef Jeremy a nod and a rare opportunity to be adventurous and creative, without a care of how artery clogging it may be, showcasing his love for comfort food, and what he truly is deep inside.

The theme this round is based on sinful indulgence and full flavours, nicknamed the #fatdieyou series. The nickname came across as off-putting to me initially, but the moment the food reaches my palate, the apprehensiveness is dispelled.


Thunder Thighs & Crackpot Rice ($36/$68)

The Thunder Thighs & Crackpot Rice consists of meaty and succulent French frog legs (‘Cuisses de Grenouille’) and soft shell crabs that are battered and deep-fried, accompanied by tobiko, hollandaise and bacon, sided with crab roe rice that’s cooked with pork lard –so sinful but so flavourful.

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(Christmas Feature 2013) Resorts World Sentosa; “Snow Chocolate” Log Cake; Universal Studios Singapore

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Resorts World Sentosa brings a myriad of festive deals and activities across the resort at its numerous F&B outlets and attractions.


“Snow Chocolate” Mango and Candied Lemon, Ivory Cheese Cream, Coconut Hazelnut Crunch ($70 for 1kg)

A slew of celebratory treats have been lined up at Resorts World Sentosa’s dining outlets, including festive pastries from Universal Studios Singapore and Christmas menus from Joel Robuchon Restaurant, Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, Feng Shui Inn, Osia, Forest and Palio. Continue reading

House at Dempsey

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Ensconced amidst lush foliage in a serene environ, House at Dempsey is not where one would typically take a pit stop at, but it is a destination worth travelling the distance for. The ambitiously massive venue spans 17,000 square feet of total ground area, encompassing an indoor and an outdoor café, four multi-function rooms and a bar.


Pumpkin Hazelnut Fries ($12)

Allow conversations to flow freely as you begin the meal by munching on these delectable Pumpkin Hazelnut Fries –straw-cut pumpkin fries coated in crunchy hazelnut, paprika and chilli powder, or the fragrant and delightfully crisp Truffle Taro Fries ($8) that are highly addictive as well.


Asparagus, Serrano Ham and Crumbed Egg ($24)

Egg-lovers will find innumerable pleasure in the starter of Asparagus, Serrano Ham and Crumbed Egg.

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(Christmas Feature 2013) Food Trail at The Star Vista with Food&Travel Magazine

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Thanks to Regent Media’s invitation, a bunch of readers and bloggers gathered at The Star Vista for an exciting food trail, sampling some of the establishments’ Christmas menus.

Loads of festive rewards are lined up at The Star Vista this celebratory season.

From 15 November to 31 December 2013, spend a minimum of $80 and stand to win shopping and dining vouchers in the Sure-Win Lucky Dip. Other Christmas treats include complimentary gift wrapper and sticker with a minimum of $60 spent. You can top up to $120 ($90 for CapitaCard members) to redeem a specially designed Xmas mug. CAPITASTAR members get extra goodies.

There’re no short of dining establishments at The Star Vista. Confirmed coffee lovers can head over to Jamaica Blue for some Christmas desserts to complement a warm cuppa Signature Blend Latte.

Taking its name from the Blue Mountains in Jamaica, one of the world’s best coffee-growing regions and the origin of one of their exquisite coffee blends, Jamaica Blue prides itself for its fine selection of coffees.


Jamaica Blue Signature Blend Latte

Cute latte art!


Classic Chocolate Mousse Pot

The Fabulous Christmas Sampler includes a platter of two desserts and your choice of either the Jamaica Blue Signature Blend Latte or a pot of earl grey tea. Continue reading

Weekend Brunch Buffet at Ku Dé Ta Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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Ku Dé Ta Restaurant makes its way to the list of best brunch buffets in Singapore with its impeccable spread and unbeatable environs. Perched on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, it is where you’d dream of spending every other languid weekend at.

Available on Saturdays and Sundays, the Weekend Brunch ($98), includes juices, coffees, teas, smoothies, milkshakes and soft drinks, on top of a stunning buffet spread and an amazing a la carte menu that you’re free to order as much as you can possibly stuff yourself with. For alcohol devotees, go for the Cocktail & Champagne Brunch ($178) that’s inclusive of Louis Roederer Bruit Premier, selection of white, red & rosé wines, cocktails, sangrias and draught beers.

Spanning from 11am till 3.30pm, diners can feast leisurely at the slowest of pace till their hearts content.

The crowds start streaming in at noon, so be sure to make reservations or arrive early to secure a table.

On a side note, the spread is effortlessly photogenic, which sets the perfect circumstances for photography enthusiasts to hone their photography skills.


Manuka Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs and Toasted Rye Bread

The a la carte brunch buffet menu comprises over 20 savoury items. As one would expect, there are the quintessential egg-dominated items, which include the Classic Benedict, Goat Cheese & Tomato Omelette, Mushroom & Mizuna Leaf Omelette, Crab Benedict, Steak & Eggs and Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs. Continue reading

Singapore River One unveils Weekly Campaign “Tuesdays by the River”

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“Tuesdays by the River” is a 6-month weekly campaign organised by Singapore River One (SRO) and its partners, which aims to hype up and enhance the appeal of the Singapore River with a whole new nightlife experience.

Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay are three bustling spots that line the fringe of the Singapore River, which is popularly known as the nightlife mecca of Singapore teeming with a diverse range of food and beverage options. Currently the Singapore River and its three quays include 500 property owners, 700 business owners and 10,000 residents.

In a nutshell, Boat Quay comprises conserved shophouses that provide a diverse range of F&B options; Clarke Quay is a vibrant entertainment, shopping and hospitality destination; and Robertson Quay is a welcoming mixed-used area that offers riverfront living alongside dining and leisure offerings.

This promotional campaign marks the start of SRO’s one-year partnership with Visa as the official card for the Singapore River, where Visa cardholders can enjoy exclusive offers, discounts and promotions, including having access to exclusive 1-for-1 deals every Tuesdays from 17 September 2013 to 18 March 2014.

A highlight for “Tuesdays by the River” is the first-ever ‘river taxi pub crawl’ –a collaboration between SRO, Singapore Pub Crawl and River Explorer. Participants get to barhop via a scenic ride on board the river taxis, enjoy the breeze, meet fellow party lovers, and bask in Singapore River’s vibrant lights.

Highlights of the River Boat Pub Crawl include visiting 4 bars and 1 mega club via a River Boat, free shots at every bar, free club entry (VIP Treatment), and exclusive drinks specials (Special prices just for all pub crawlers). Continue reading

Bellwethers Bistro Bar (Free Drink for Melicacy’s Readers with No Minimum Order!)

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Nestled in an unobtrusive alleyway within the Little India precinct, Bellwethers Bistro Bar is a funky spot diverging itself from the shabby and old-fashion conception of eateries in the vicinity.

It inhales rusticity from its quaint surroundings, at the same time putting on an edgy veneer with artistic murals adorning the walls. The interior setting is decidedly modern-simplicity with a sleek bar to boot.


Sangria

Patrons can participate in the Trivia Pop Quiz that happens every first Wednesday of the month, forming teams of 2-4 to compete for the top 3 positions, to win a bottle of whiskey each.


Refreshing Cucumber Smoothie

Embracing creativity and talents, there’s an ‘Open-Mic Night’ every Saturday from 7-11pm, welcoming artistes to sign up to perform and showcase their flair for music. Bellwethers provides a space and platform for aspiring artistes to develop their confidence and showmanship to bring their performing skills to another level.


Lamb Rack with Grilled Vegetables (serves 2-3) – $60

Bellwethers’ menu is curated by resident chef, Warren Poh, who exhibits a distinct Spanish influence in his style of cooking. He has trained under renowned chefs such as Chef Reynaldo (head chef of 7Adam), Chef Aitor Olabegoya (Executive Chef of Migas and Elite concepts, Hong Kong), and Chef Quim (Chef-owner of el quim la bouqueria, Barcelona Spain).

Food is served in sharing portions as communal dining something they highly advocate. Continue reading

Brasserie Les Saveurs presents contemporary French indulgences crafted by Chef de Cuisine, Antoine Bonnet

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Brasserie Les Saveurs, the signature restaurant of The St. Regis Singapore, announces a new culinary experience with its latest a la carte menu featuring brasserie-style contemporary French indulgences specially crafted by Chef de Cuisine, Antoine Bonnet.

Before I begin raving about the gastronomic experience, the opulent surroundings and luxurious settings at Brasserie Les Saveurs is simply enchanting. The alluring live singing and melodious tunes from the grand piano further adds to the mood of elegance.


Amuse Bouche

Our meal commences on a high note with the Amuse Bouche creating a sweet dance of sensations on the palate. Continue reading

RWS Food Affair: RWS Celebrity Chefs Dinner (18 September 2013)

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Resorts World Sentosa puts up a spectacular display of culinary finesse with six celebrity chefs joining forces for this one-night-only gastronomic event –the RWS Celebrity Chefs Dinner, part of the inaugural RWS Food Affair.

Read more about the RWS Food Affair in my previous blog post.

One of the highlights for me was meeting the legendary Chef Joël Robuchon in person.

The S.E.A. Aquarium’s Open Ocean habitat transforms from a viewing gallery to a massive dining room, enthralling diners with the magnificent view of marine animals including manta rays, leopard sharks and goliath groupers. Continue reading

RWS Food Affair: A 9-day showcase of 6 Celebrity Chefs (14 to 22 September 2013)

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The inaugural RWS Food Affair takes place from 14 to 22 September 2013, showcasing the prowess and expertise of six celebrity chefs with their specially crafted menus exclusive to this gastronomic event.

The climax of the RWS Food Affair is an opulent 6-course dinner in a magnificent setting at S.E.A Aquarium, happening on 18 September, which features the cuisines of Chef Joël Robuchon, Chef Sam Leong from Forest, Chef Li Kwok Kwong from Feng Shui Inn, Chef Cat Cora from Ocean, Chef Douglas Tay from Osia and Executive Pastry Chef Kenny Kong, who each designed a course for this dinner.

The 6-course set dinner is priced at $288++, which includes free flow Ayala Brut Majeur NV Champagne for pre-dinner cocktails and free flow Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvrdre & Penfolds Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling for dinner.

I attended a media preview, which brought us to four participating restaurants to get a peek of the dishes that are going to be served during the RWS Food Affair. Continue reading

Breez Bistro.Bar at Hotel Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

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Breez Bistro Bar is located on the newly revamped Level 4 of Hotel Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore, ensconced comfortably by the poolside. Diners can choose to dine indoors or spend a languid day sipping on tipples and munching on bar bites outdoors by the pool.

Happy Hour happens daily from 5pm to 8pm.

Hotel Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore operates a Halal Certified Kitchen on Level 4 that prepares all the Halal cuisine available in the hotel, including the a la carte menus at Breez Bistro Bar, Feast@East Buffet Restaurant, and the Halal selection in the In-room Dining menu. Continue reading

Laksa Food Trail with OpenRice and CDC

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Laksa is one of Singapore’s most loved local delights. Speak of laksa and conversations flow endlessly with what variants of laksa one prefers. Some like it rich, some like it extra spicy, some like it without hum (cockles), some like it with lots of them, some like it with thick rice noodles, some like it with thin vermicelli. So what pleases your palate most?

Growing up, I used to order laksa without cockles, as my unadventurous palate refuses to step out of its comfort zone and cockles have always seemed alien to me. It was only in recent times that I allowed my teeth to sink into a cockle, and it happened to be one of the juiciest and freshest morsels I could ever imagine in a humble bowl of laksa; it was then that I decided I would not omit cockles from laksa. Never regretted that decision one bit.

Sungei Road Laksa
Jin Shui Kopitiam, Blk 27 Jalan Berseh #01-100, Jalan Besar, Singapore 200027

Sungei Road Laksa has one of the freshest and juiciest cockles, which come in generous portions, nestled atop thick slurpable rice noodles steeped in piping hot broth. The broth is thin and a tad watery, but some prefer it this way as it is less cloying. Plus, it is so tasty I could drink it like soup! Continue reading