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

50% off buffet for 2 at Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore with American Express Platinum Card


Ever since I signed up for the American Express Platinum Card, I’ve been taking what seems like a penny-wise step, revolving many meals around the benefits the card offers. Amex has always been known for great dining perks, especially when it combines two popular dining discount programmes –Classic Far Card Membership and PALATE programme.

Read about my previous dining experience with the American Express Platinum Card where I saved over $100 at Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant, under the PALATE programme: http://melicacy.com/?p=7702

The Classic Far Card Dining Membership offers vouchers and unlimited dining benefits at all food and beverage outlets at participating hotels, namely Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, Swissotel Nankai Osaka and Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok. As members, our share of the bill is complimentary when dining with at least one paying adult.

Here’s a breakdown of the discount system: member plus 1 guest (2 adults) will be entitled to 50% off the bill; member plus 2 guests (3 adults) will be entitled to 33% off, member plus 3 guests (4 adults) will be entitled to 25% off, member plus 4-9 guests (5-10 adults) will be entitled to 20% off; member dining alone will be entitled to 10% off.

With such an enticing offer, I dined at Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore on two separate occasions and I literally only paid only for the price of one meal. For two to dine on weekend dinners, the original price was $116 (before GST & service charge). After discount, it was $68.27 ($58 plus service charge and GST). My dining partner and I split the bill and paid only $34 each! And that’s for a sumptuous top-notch buffet dinner.

The buffet is consistently superb; it is pretty obvious the kitchen and service crew take great pride in their job, efficient and organised in their respective scopes. The food, takes one to gastronomic paradise. The theme is decidedly Asian-Peranakan, with perennial favourites like Durian Pengat, Kueh Pie Tee, Steamed Fish, Fried Noodles at the live station, and more. To get your money worth, indulge in fresh crustaceans, sashimi and wok-fried crayfish. Ellenborough Market Café is undeniably one of the best buffets in Singapore.

Sign up for your own American Express Platinum Card here to enjoy great dining discounts: https://www.americanexpress.com/sg/platinum-credit-card

For reservations, call (65) 6239 1848/1847 or email emc.reservations@swissotel.com.

Ellenborough Market Café
Lobby Level, Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road
Singapore 058281
Website: http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-merchant-court/dining/ellenborough-market-cafe/

50% discount at Tung Lok Seafood at Orchard Central with American Express Platinum Card


Razor Clam steamed with Garlic and Vermicelli ($10 per piece)

I recently dined at Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant at Orchard Central and scored myself a great bargain of 50% off; it was almost like I robbed them of $100 worth of food. With the American Express Platinum Card, I have the liberty of ordering more than I normally would, or pick items that are doubly expensive, without exceeding the usual budget.

Braised House Special Beancurd with Nameko Mushrooms and Vegetables ($18)

The American Express Platinum Card has soon become a card gourmands can’t leave home (or live) without; it comes with free membership to two popular dining programmes –the Classic Far Card Membership, and the PALATE programme. Under these two programmes, card members get to enjoy dining perks at over 80 restaurants.

The PALATE programme and the Classic Far Card Membership are pretty similar; they both offer discounts of up to 50% off the bill at participating outlets. To be precise, the Palate Dining Privileges are as follows: 1 diner will be entitled to 15% off, 2 diners at 50% off, 3 diners at 35% off, 4 diners at 25% off, and 5 to 20 diners at 20% off.

Raw Oyster ($3.80)

Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant offers a wide range of seafood, from oysters to clams, lobsters to crabs, and fish to prawns, available in a myriad of cooking styles. Continue reading