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.

The menu is currently in its 3rd stage of refinement, and here’s the verdict from my dining experience. Continue reading

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:
Continue reading

Omakase Burger at The Grandstand

Omakase Burger is a New York-inspired burger joint located at The Grandstand (former Turf City). Occupying 2,600 square feet, the 80-seater eatery is the first in Singapore to serve Mid-West American-style patties –the beef patties are irregular shaped, wider and flatter than the usual thick, round ones that Singaporeans are used to.

Having received overwhelmingly positive feedback since its opening in October 2012, it’s been lauded by several publications, such as 8 Days Magazine and TODAY, as one of the best burger joints in Singapore.

Initially, a few doubts emerged at the back of my head. Best burger? Really? Is it overrated? But the moment I sunk my teeth into the burger, my doubts cleared. The taste in itself is a riposte to those who doubt.

What constitutes the best burger? The patty is crux, but it has to be accompanied by a more-than-decent bun and a specially concocted complementing sauce for the burger to be outstanding.

For the patty, banker-turned-restaurateur Cheng Hsin Yao deploys a method that has served him well during his corporate position –he churns out the perfect patty formula using the Excel spreadsheet.

Continue reading


Do you still remember the NYDC outlet outside The Heeren? It was a favourite hangout spot for teenagers back in those days. That was my first memory of NYDC. My friends who used to hang out there rave about the mudpies all the time. Those days will remain as memories though, as NYDC has moved out of the Heeren precinct. If you’re craving for mudpies in the orchard vicinity, head to the nearest outlet at Wheelock Place.

Their very first outlet (and also their flagship outlet) is in –which was launched 17 years ago in 1995. Today, NYDC has six outlets islandwide and has ventured into the international market, with six outlets overseas.

To commemorate its “Super Sweet 17”, it introduces more than 20 new items on the menu.
Continue reading