Cuisine from the Land of Smiles – Thai Buffet Promo at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore

Seafood Salad

Feast@East Buffet Restaurant at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore takes diners on a journey to Thailand with a Festival of Cuisine from the Land of Smiles from 18th October to 3rd November 2013.

The festival presents a rotational menu featuring popular Thai dishes such as Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Thai herb salad with sea bass and prawn spring rolls.

Minced Pork Salad

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Buffet Alert: Turkish Delights at AquaMarine, Marina Mandarin Singapore (1-31 October 2013)

This October, AquaMarine presents an array of authentic Turkish delights, curated by two renowned Turkish guest Chefs Ahmet Akpinar and Zekeriya Saygin, who have a total of 40 years of culinary experience combined.

Available for lunch and dinner, the sumptuous buffet spread includes a varied selection of authentic Turkish favourites on top of an international spread that includes sashimi, fresh crustaceans and more. Continue reading

Penang Food Promotion: Buffet at Cafebiz, Traders Hotel, Singapore

From 13th September to 31st October 2013, Cafebiz and Ah Hoi’s Kitchen of Traders Hotel, Singapore will showcase the much-loved flavours of Penang.

Penang Assam Laksa

Guest chefs Lim Thow Shong and Ridzuan Bin Mat from Golden Sands Resort have specially been invited on this ocassion to prepare the Penang-focused menu.

Popular dishes such as Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Assam Prawns, Chicken Curry Kapitan, Rojak, Tau Kwa Sumbat, Nasi Goreng Teluk Bahang, Loh Bak, Mee Goreng Mamak Penang and Curry Mee will be featured on a rotating menu at the Cafebiz buffet on top of an international buffet spread, while a selection of six dishes will be available for dinner at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen.

Jiu Hu Eng Chai (Cuttlefish Kang Kong with Prawn Paste Sauce)

Talk about Penang and instantly images of hawker and street food come to mind. Its wide-ranging cuisine owes its origin to the diverse multiracial population of Malay, Chinese and Indian, as well as influences around Asia such as Thailand.

Penang Fried Kway Teow

Apart from the food, Penang is renowned for its tourist attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Diners of the hotel’s Penang food promotion qualify for a lucky draw, where prizes include two-night stays at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Golden Sands Resort, and Traders Hotel in Penang –a dream come true for ardent lovers of Penang food! Continue reading

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

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

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“Hawker Heritage – The Next Chapter” Buffet Spread at The Line on 21 & 28 September 2013

As part of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s commitment towards preserving Singapore’s hawker heritage, the hotel stages a special promotion, “Hawker Heritage – The Next Chapter” at The Line on 21 and 28 September 2013.

Nine young hawkers from six famous eateries will present local hawker dishes at The Line. They are the new generation of hawkers who are either taking over the reigns from their successful seniors, or dauntlessly striking out a career path in the hawker industry with relentless hard work, determination and passion.

The inaugural “Hawker Heritage – The Next Chapter” at The Line embraces Singapore’s food culture, adding variety to the restaurant’s 16 theatre kitchens, showcasing traditional hawker dishes in addition to the array of crustacean favourites, freshly shucked oysters, sashimi and a variety of cuisines. Continue reading

Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet at York Hotel (6 to 22 September 2013)

From 6 to 22 September 2013, indulge in unlimited servings of Penang delights such as Char Kway Teow, Prawn Mee, Laksa, Lor Bak, Rojak, Cuttlefish Kang Kong, Oyster Omelette, Kway Teow Soup and Kway Teow Dry at the Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel.

These flavourful dishes are bound to reignite your memories from the great times in Penang. Continue reading

Sunday Brunch at 21 on Rajah, Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park

Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park launched a staycation package at an affordable price of $198++ for a night’s stay at the hotel’s Days City view room (for stays until 31 December 2013), which includes complimentary Sunday brunch for two (worth $38++ per adult) at 21 on Rajah and a guaranteed late check-out at 3pm.

Enjoy the Sunday brunch buffet at only $38++ for adults and $19++ for children, which comes with free flow of chilled juices and Sangria selection at the Bar.

The chic yet cordial environment makes for a great venue to spend an afternoon of fun-filled activities with your family.

The buffet spread is decent with ample variety, which gives good value for money, but I have to say the food can’t match up to the superb selection from the a la carte menu. Read my review here:

You can expect an array of Western and Mediterranean-inspired comfort food, and amongst them are fresh seafood on ice and a live meat carving station to keep seafood and meat lovers occupied. Continue reading

The Latin Quarter – Latin American Buffet Lunch at just $13.90 nett

Singapore Science Park –a geeky spot where the IT parks, industrial parks, business parks, science parks are stationed. Diverging from the geeky state amidst monotonous blocks of concrete building is The Latin Quarter, a humbly seductive 60-seater offering authentically Latin American buffet lunch at a stunningly attractive price. For just $13.90 nett, diners are granted the liberty to gorge themselves silly.

Mixed Salad – Tomato, Red Onion and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Chipotle Dressing

The buffet spread of 9-12 selections includes soup, salads, several side dishes, rice, fish, pork, chicken and a dessert. Its menu changes weekly and rotates every two to three months –hence the ravenous can visit The Latin Quarter on a regular basis without getting bored of it.

Ginger Picadillo Corn Soup with Coriander and Ginger Picadillo

The buffet is available only from Mondays to Fridays, 12pm to 3pm. Despite its obscure and not-easily-accessible location, this value-for-money buffet is worth traveling the distance for. I can pretty much picture the smirks on the faces of those working/studying/living close by.

Fresh Salad – Garbanzo Beans, Fresh Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado

Beans is a staple food in Latin cooking, and this fact is palpable in the dishes offered at The Latin Quarter –be it in a simple salad or a hearty stew.

Egg and Potato Tortilla

Foreground: Fish Stew, Egg & Potato Tortilla, Yuca Fritas (Deep-fried Yellow Potato)

My top picks for that day’s menu go to the Fish Stew, Egg & Potato Tortilla, Yuca Fritas, Tomato Rice and Stewed Chicken in Coconut Milk. Continue reading

(Melicacy’s Top Pick; August 2013) A La Carte Sunday Brunch at Checkers Brasserie, Hilton Singapore

Eggs with Wagyu corned beef hash

Endless rounds of egg specialties that take inspiration from around the globe, and delectable gourmet bites that you can order as many rounds as you can devour –this is the kind of brunch that will leave an indelible impression.

Checkers Brasserie at Hilton Singapore has come up with a new a la carte buffet concept, presenting an extensive menu of thoughtfully crafted dishes that are freshly prepared upon order, in addition to the dazzling array at the buffet spread. Continue reading

Chef Bernard Bernabe presents A Taste of Kiwi Hospitality @ Oscar’s, every Sunday in July

In the month of July, the focal point in the wine and dine scene at Conrad Centennial Singapore is all on New Zealand.

Expect to be tantalised by a plethora of fresh New Zealand produce amidst the hearty Sunday Amazing Graze Lunch at Oscar’s, tastefully prepared by Executive Sous Chef Bernard Bernabe, whom hails from the beautiful land of Kiwis himself.

The sumptuous buffet spread include a taste of traditional Maori cooking; fresh and plentiful seafood; high quality meat and dairy products such as the Roast Canterbury Whole Lamb with Rosemary Mint Jus and Pan-Seared Waikato Beef Entrecote with Horse Radish Puree, Potato Beignet and Pickled Mushrooms; and highlights include the Green Lip Mussel Parpadelle Pasta with Herbs and Olives; Baked Marinated Whole Red Snapper with Lemon Beaurre Blanc; and New Zealand Seafood Bouillabaise with Otago Saffron Rouille.

Buffet pricing:
$78++ per person (food only)
$148++ per person (accompanied by a great selection of New Zealand sparkling and house pour wines and beer)

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Ju Chun Yuan –Dim Sum Buffet at $18+ for a limited time only! (Usual price at $24+)

Dim sum lovers, you’re in for a treat. At just $18+ (no service charge), you get to enjoy a plethora of over 50 dim sum varieties, from 11.30am till 3.30pm, any day of the week. Where can you get such a good deal? The answer is no other than Ju Chun Yuan, located at Far East Square.

Housed in a heritage site, in the former Chui Eng Free School built in 1854 (one of the first Chinese free schools to provide free education to the poor), Ju Chun Yuan’s ancient-looking façade is stunningly elegant and very well preserved. A great backdrop for touristy group photos –I totally witnessed that. Wade past prevailing tourists (if any) whom might be blocking the entrance, and walk through the elegant bamboo courtyard that leads to the restaurant.

The two-storey 140-seater restaurant is dressed in a classic Chinese décor, replete with 4 well-appointed private rooms that are perfect for intimate gatherings and parties.

I visited Ju Chun Yuan twice for the value-for-money dim sum buffet, and both visits were exceedingly fulfilling.

On the regular menu, tasteful renditions of Min cuisine (also known as Fujian cuisine) predominate.

Oh how I love dim sum. With the desire of wanting to order every single item on the menu, my eyes would excitedly scour the extensive list of familiar dim sum items, and my hand, gripping onto a pen, would instinctually tick away, filling the order chit with numerous strokes that scream greed.

I have compiled pictures taken from both visits. I used a compact camera during my second visit, thus the quality difference. You could possibly derive vicarious pleasure from the following food porn –or at least, I hope my photos did justice to the dishes. Enjoy. Continue reading

Basilico presents “An Italian Journey” and “Winesday Night Live” with Live Pasta-making Demonstration on Wednesdays

Italian cuisine is more than just pizza and pasta. Basilico, Regent Singapore’s flagship Italian restaurant, presents a gastronomic array that’s as varied as the many regions of Italy.

Showcasing a different region each month, their well received wine dinners and Basilissimo (Best of Basilico) dinner draw inspiration hugely from the regions’ rich culture and produce.

The culinary team works hand-in-hand with an esteemed wine estate from the showcased region each month, creating exemplary pairings of food and wine in an intimate Wine Dinner affair.

“Winesday Night Live” happens every Wednesday, where you will enjoy 50 percent off selected regional wines. Look forward to the “live” station where their chef will demonstrate the art of pasta making.

This rustic pasta-cutting tool ensures that the width of the pasta is consistent.

Three-course Dinner with Antipasti Buffet, Dessert Buffet and your choice of Mains at $78++ per person, $108++ with 2 glasses of wine pairing and $128++ with 3 glasses of wine pairing. 6.30pm to 10pm.

The popular three-course Basilissimo dinner has recently launched the “Italian Journey”, which begins with a spectrum of antipasti, featuring premium cold cuts, cheeses, marinated seafood and seasonal vegetables.

Cold cuts include Mortadella, Coppa, Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto Cotto and Salame Pugliese. Continue reading

HANSANG Korean Restaurant at Grandstand

HANSANG Korean Restaurant at Grandstand proudly and rightfully claims to be Singapore’s biggest Korean restaurant till date. This flagship outlet is the establishment’s third outlet, after its and Novena Square 2 outlets.

Spanning across a whopping 12,500 square feet of space, this spacious 200-seater restaurant houses HANSANG’s central kitchen, 10 VIP rooms and a mini Korean supermarket, LotteMart, which is well stocked with Korean imports that home-sick Koreans residing in Singapore are hankering for.

Assortment of side dishes

In Korean, “HANSANG” describes the generosity and hospitality of the host. In that spirit, this restaurant welcomes all guests to step in and enjoy its splendid spread of Korean cuisine in a cordial environment.

The giant screen in the middle of the restaurant screens popular Korean dramas and K-POP music videos throughout its operating hours. What impresses the most is the sumptuous array of over 100 authentic Korean dishes. Continue reading