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My encounters with everything that’s Spanish has always been memorable and pleasant. From the first-ever Paella that I have tasted at PasarBella to my once-in-a-lifetime experience in Peru where the main spoken language is Spanish; I really do appreciate the rich Spanish culture.

If you want to experience a slice of the Spanish culture here in Singapore without having to burn a big hole in your pocket for a flight to Spain, there’s one place for it, Tapas Club.

Tapas Club

Tapas Club is a casual Spanish restaurant chain that first launched in Singapore in 2017. It brings Spain’s vibrant and rich culinary culture to diners at accessible price points.

Creating an immersive dining experience where guests are able to enjoy traditional Spanish food, Tapas Club offers hearty food, quality wines, and show-stopping musical and flamenco performances.

The restaurant also houses a mercado where customers can purchase authentic Spanish food products as gifts or for their homes. This includes a selection of beers and wines, as well as Spanish preserves, olive oils, preserved vegetables and seafood, and signature cold cuts like Iberian ham.

A Haven for the Wine Enthusiasts

Tapas Club is an ideal chill-out place for after-work wine and cocktails (last order at 10pm on weekdays). The wine list has over 50 different labels and features a wide variety of wines from key wine producing regions in Spain.

Prices start from SGD 38 and guests have the option of ordering their wines by the glass, carafes or bottles – perfect for wine enthusiasts looking to discover more Spanish wines as all varieties are fully covered.

At Tapas Club, there are over 20 varieties of grapes from different types of wines, including the renowned Tempranillo – a black grape variety that is natively grown in Spain. The wines available at Tapas Club covers the many regions of Spain, such as Rioja or Ribera del Duero, as well as up-and-coming regions like Manchuela or Ribera del Guadiana.

In addition, Tapas Club also arranges bi-monthly wine pairing dinners, taking guests on a journey through the different regions of Spain with an assortment of wines and tapas.

Our Dining Experience at Tapas Club @ VivoCity

Tapas Club @ VivoCity is Tapas Club’s second outlet in Singapore and we are really envious of the folks who work around the Tanjong Pagar area because Tapas Club is a wonderful place to dine at and chill-out. If Tapas Club opens an outlet in the heartlands i.e. Punggol, you probably will find us there downing jugs of Sangria every day.

The warm and rustic ambience replicates the look and feels of a Spanish tavern and recently, we were there for dinner and we had an enjoyable time because the service was impeccable, the food was excellent, and the Spanish live band entertainment was splendid ……

& the best part?

The food was reasonably priced and the portion was good enough for a group of 4!

The Tapas Menu

Highlights on the wine-friendly tapas menu include Berenjena Con Miel, eggplant chips fried in a light batter then drizzled with honey for a salty-sweet finish. Next, a hearty serving of Piquillos Rellenos, deep-fried piquillo peppers stuffed with a filling of seasoned ground pork, bechamel sauce and onions, enveloped in a savoury demi-glace sauce.

Another showstopper is the all-time Spanish favourite, Tortilla de Patata a traditional egg and potato omelette served with a soft, barely set centre.

The restaurant also serves signature Croquetas De Jamon – ham croquettes, a staple at any Spanish restaurant. These are encased in a puffed crumb and filled with oozy bechamel sauce and savoury Spanish Iberian ham.

The Tapas+ section of the menu offers more substantial dishes of great value. Each dish comes with one complimentary side (guests may take their pick from a selection) and is best enjoyed either as a main course or shared among friends.

Highlights include the Pulpo a la Brasa, a wonderfully charred grilled octopus, served on a bed of confit potatoes then drizzled with olive oil and pimenton (ground dried Capsicum annuum chillies).

A classic addition to any Spanish meal is the Arroz Negro, a rich and briny squid ink paella that is tossed in Spanish rice with cuttlefish and clams. Atop the al-dente rice sits hefty dollops of garlic aioli which is best enjoyed mixed into the rice for a creamy, savoury finish.

Tapas Club Specials

A group of musicians and dancers perform traditional Spanish flamenco shows one Thursday per month, while Saturday, Sunday and PH brunch sees the introduction of the communal paella pan. Guests may tuck into unlimited servings of paella cooked in a 1.2-metre wide pan for only SGD$10 between 12-3pm. This echoes the way Spaniards eat on weekends, where large communal sharing dishes enjoyed in a spirited, vibrant atmosphere are the norm.

For a slice of the Spanish culture, head down to Tapas Club this weekend and enjoy the great authentic feast that’s specially prepared by the chefs!

Recently, we were at Balestier Road and as usual, the whole stretch of road can get pretty busy as there are many budget hotels and eateries located in the area. We went to Oopen Pasta and Grill Restaurant (that is situated within the compounds of Ibis Singapore Novena Hotel) for a weekend lunch and we had their 3-Course Chinese New Year (CNY) Set Menu which is priced at $28.80 nett per person.

Image Credits: Accor Hotels

The 3-Course CNY Set Menu consist of the following:

Soup

Crab Meat Soup with Sweet Corn

The Crab Meat Soup with Sweet Corn has a rather homely taste and it is not the typical western-style sweet corn soup where milk and cream is added. Topped with some real crab meat (not the usual crab sticks), the soup is definitely a great way to whet the appetite.

Main Course

There are three different types of main courses that are offered for the set menu- fish, chicken or pork; and although most people would go for the Honey Char Siew Chicken Thigh or the Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs, I really enjoyed the crispy Deep-Fried Snapper.

Do note that all three main courses are served with Cantonese Rice, Chinese Sausage and Dried Shrimp.

Deep-fried Snapper with Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mushroom with Ginger Oyster Sauce

If you’re in the mood for some seafood, the Deep-fried Snapper is a good choice but of course, I also know that not everyone is a fan of fish. As for me, I really enjoyed it because it’s fresh and crisp and the batter is light.

OR

Honey Char Siew Chicken Thigh with Wok-fried Hong Kong Kai Lan with Shallot

The Honey Char Siew Chicken Thigh is a perfect choice and if you bring your children along, I’m pretty sure they will enjoy it too. The meat is juicy, tender and cooked to perfection with a smoky flavour to it.

OR

Sweet and Sour Pork Rib with Stir-Fried Capsicum with Onion and Pineapple

Sweet and sour pork is a pretty classic Chinese dish that one can commonly find at almost all Tze Char stalls and if you like to have something familiar, this is probably it. Tangy in taste, you can’t go wrong with the Sweet and Sour Pork Rib.

Dessert

“Tong Shui” with Glutinous Sesame Rice Ball

The “Tong Shui” with Glutinous Sesame Rice Ball is a sweet finish to the 3-course meal. The fragrant and sweet ginger-based soup is made with some brown sugar and it mellows down the spiciness of the ginger, giving the whole dessert a nutty caramel flavour.

Afterthought

Overall, the 3-Course CNY Set Menu is extremely value-for-money and if you are planning a CNY office luncheon with little budget, this is probably it! On a side note, Oopen Pasta and Grill Restaurant does offer takeaways from their a-la-carte menu.

If you don’t frequent Balestier or if you haven’t been there before, you can just pop by Oopen Pasta and Grill Restaurant for a quick casual meal before you begin to explore the rich heritage and culture of Balestier.

Image Credits: Roots.Sg

Some recommended places of interests in the area for first-timers include Go Cho Tua Pek Kong Temple and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, and if you’re game enough, you can try some durians in Balestier too. Having said that, Balestier is also the home of Singapore’s best Tau Sar Piah stores, so if durian isn’t your cup of tea, then you should get some Tau Sar Piah, a traditional Chinese baked pastry with green bean filling.

Fun Fact #1:

The area of Balestier was named after Joseph Balestier, Singapore’s first American consul from 1837 to 1852 and the owner of a 1,000-acre sugar plantation which was located in Balestier.

Fun Fact #2:

In the 1880s, several bungalows were constructed, with one still remaining at Tai Gin Road known as the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (formerly the Sun Yat Sen Villa or Wan Qing Yuan).

Fun Fact #3:

The Chinese labourers, who settled in the Balestier area, built a temple which still exists known as Go Cho Tua Pek Kong, with the area having the last free-standing wayang stage in Singapore that was built in 1906.

From a stunning lion and dragon dance performance on the first day of the Lunar New Year (5 February 2019) at the hotel’s main driveway to a wide array of prosperous Lunar New Year delicacies and takeaway goodies, there’s something for everyone this Lunar New Year at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

Looking for a unique place to have a memorable reunion dinner?

Well, make the Year of the Pig a memorable one for you and your family when you dine at Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, Singapore’s highest Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in Singapore! Featuring seven auspiciously-themed set menus; from the eight-course Prosperity menu at $538++ for four persons to the Splendour menu that features Braised Four-head Australian Abalone among its courses at $2,588++ for 10 persons; you can look forward to a fine epicurean experience that’s unlike any other.


Image Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Making a debut on the menus this year would be the Double-Boiled Free-Range Chicken Soup with Bird’s Nest, Sea Coconut and Snow Pear, Roasted Chicken with Szechwan Mala Sauce, and Deep-Fried Prawn with Yuzu Sauce.

Prefer to avoid the crowds and have an intimate reunion dinner at home instead?

If you prefer to celebrate Lunar New Year in the comfort of your own home and yet have a slice of what Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro has to offer, you can opt to take away delicious specialities such as the Baby Abalone Fortune Pot and Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng. Perfect for cosy home gatherings, Shisen Hanten’s rendition of the classic fortune pot is a combination of 20 premium delicacies that include dried oyster, fish maw and Chinese sausage. All purchase of the Baby Abalone Fortune Pot includes a complimentary Salmon Yusheng and Glutinous Rice with Dried Sausages.


Image Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Also available are festive goodies such as Hokkaido Pumpkin Steamed Nian Gao, Golden Pineapple Ingots, and Steamed Yam Cake with Dried Scallop, alongside traditional favourites. A new addition would be the Crispy Caramel Treats with Pine Nuts, a delicious snack that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.


Image Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

For reservations and enquiries, call +65 6831 6262/6266 or email shisenhanten.orchard@meritushotels.com

Hungry for more?

A sumptuous feast awaits at Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s award-winning Japanese-inspired international buffet restaurant, Triple Three. Lunar New Year specials will showcase classics such as Buddha Jumps over the Wall, Braised Pork Trotters with Black Moss, Roasted Suckling Pig, and Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage wrapped in Lotus Leaf. For dinner, diners can also indulge to their heart’s content in grilled lobster topped with a decadent layer of salted egg yolk butter sauce.

Must-try dishes would also include Executive Chef Sam Chin’s Nyonya-Spiced Roasted Kurobuta Pork Rack where he incorporates flavours from his hometown, Penang. Other highlights of the buffet include the freshly-shucked oysters, seafood on ice, and sushi and sashimi.

Image Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

No Lunar New Year festivity is complete without the tossing of the Yusheng for good fortune. On the first, second, and even days of the Lunar New Year, this ceremonial dish will be included on the lunch and dinner buffet spreads of Triple Three so that diners and their loved ones can toss their way to prosperity!

Also available are traditional sweets such as Love Letters, Pineapple Tarts, Kueh Bang Kit, and Cashew Nut Cookies. One other major highlight would be the coconut-flavoured jelly in the shape of a Koi Fish which symbolises abundance.

Buffet Pricing

Lunar New Year Eve (4 February)
Lunch: $88++ Adults $48++ Child
Dinner: $138++ Adults $48++ Child*
*Includes free-flow house-pour wine, beer, juices and soft drinks

First Day of Lunar New Year (5 February)
Lunch: $128++ Adults $48++ Child
Dinner: $118++ Adults $48++ Child

Second Day of Lunar New Year (6 February)
Lunch: $128++ Adults $48++ Child
Dinner: $118++ Adults $48++ Child

For reservations and enquiries, call +65 6831 6288/6271 or email dine.orchard@meritushotels.com.

Last but not the least, if you’re a tourist and you happen to be in Singapore during the festive Lunar New Year, you must check out Chatterbox because this is where you can feast on a scrumptious selection of local delights such as the Legendary Mandarin Chicken Rice, Chatterbox Lobster Laksa, King Prawn Fried Hokkien Noodles, and not forgetting the classic Salmon Yusheng for an auspicious start to the new year.


Image Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

For reservations and enquiries, call +65 6831 6291/6288 or email chatterbox.orchard@meritushotels.com.

There’s really indeed something for everyone this auspicious Lunar New Year at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, so do make your reservations early to avoid any disappointments!

Lime Restaurant gets all fired up with a new outdoor meat and seafood grill from 5 to 21 October 2018

Grill gourmands will soon be able to savour the distinct flavours of char-grilled meats and seafood, cooked on an outdoor grill, from the comfort of the air-conditioned, stylish interiors of Lime restaurant.

Thrill of the Grill makes its debut at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s award-winning restaurant for three weeks from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 October, as Lime’s newly appointed Executive Chef Yap Wai Lunn continues to make his mark on the Chinatown icon.

Menu highlights from the smokin’ hot Thrill of the Grill menu include Lamb Shish Kebabs, Wagyu Beef Cubes, Pork Belly Char Siew and Chicken Tandoori. For those seeking to satisfy that fresh seafood craving, there’s also Seabass in Spicy Yellow Sauce, Sambal Marinated Squid, Oyster Kicap Manis and Clams with Kam Heong sauce.

All dishes are cooked to smoky perfection over authentic charcoal grills at the wooden-decked barbeque station, enabling alfresco dining enthusiasts to venture outside and watch the chefs in action. If you need to take a break from the grill, the interactive kitchens inside Lime will also feature a line-up of International specialities and local favourites such as  Mushroom Risotto, Potato Rosti  Laksa Noodles, Chilli Crab Pasta, and Kueh Pie Tee.

‘Thrill of the Grill’ is available daily from 5th to 21st October 2018, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm
SGD88++ per adult inclusive of free flow coffee and tea
SGD44++ per child between 4 and 12 years old

Enjoy 10% savings when you dine with four paying adults or more, valid from 
Monday to Thursday only
For dining reservations and enquiries, please connect with us at +65 6809 8899 or email lime.prsps@parkroyalhotels.com*Prices quoted are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% goods and services tax.


Lime Operating Hours:

06:30 – 00:00 from Sunday to Thursday

06:30 – 02:00 on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Contact Details:

Tel: +65 6809 8899  |  Email: lime.prsps@parkroyalhotels.com
Address: PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289

 

Received some pretty hot news this morning and yes… if you don’t know yet… here it is!

Surf up this Fish Season with McDonald’s new offerings, including the brand-new Fish & Fries and Sweet Chili Fish burger which will get you hooked from the first bite!

Fish & Fries

From 1 March 2018, dive in and enjoy the crunch of the new Fish & Fries – featuring the timeless combination of crispy battered tender fish filet, paired with our world-famous fries, for a crunchin’ good time. The Fish & Fries Extra Value Meal which includes the Fish & Fries, Fries (Small) and a Coke (Small) is available from $7.90.

Sweet Chili Fish Burger

The maritime odyssey gets more depth with the Sweet Chili Fish Burger – featuring the same tender and juicy fish filet, this time with a wave of flavours – sweet chilli mayo and fresh vegetables, served on a tasty chilli bun. The Sweet Chili Fish Burger Extra Value Meal includes the Sweet Chili Fish Burger, Fries (Medium) and a Coke (Small), available from $7.50. Go with the flow and catch it before it’s too late!

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate lovers can rejoice as the delicious Chocolate Pie (available from $1.40) has reached the shores of Singapore. Indulge in the chocolatey crust and molten chocolate filling!

All items are available after breakfast hours in all restaurants and via McDelivery® and Uber Eats from 1 March 2018, while stocks last.

McDonald’s anyone?

If you’re looking to celebrate this coming Valentine’s Day 2018 in style, look no further and start making your plans as seats are extremely limited at some of the most exclusive and luxurious dining venues.

In this post, we are going to share with you two highly-recommended dining venues that we believe will offer you and your other half a memorable and romantic dining experience,

Recommendation #1: Sofitel Singapore City Centre @ Tanjong Pagar

When it comes to crafting the finest gourmet experiences and affinity for epic romance, nothing and no one beats the French. This Valentine’s Day, Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois and his culinary brigades will play cupid to all lovebirds in Singapore as they tailor-made two unforgettable and mesmerising dining experiences for every couple seeking an exclusive, sophisticated and effortless romantic gourmet getaway right in the heart of the city.

The best part of spending Valentine’s Day dinner at Sofitel Singapore City Centre?

One very lucky couple will walk away with a 2-Nights Romantic Escapade to Sofitel Bali inclusive of flights.


Sofitel Singapore City Centre Offer #1
Valentine’s Day “Dinner Under The Stars” at The Poolside (Level 6)

Super Limited to 6 couples only (First Come, First Served Booking Required) @ $588++ per couple on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 from 7.00 pm -9.30 pm

Six lucky couples may choose to book a table for a super romantic and very exclusive Valentine’s Day “Dinner Under the Stars” ($588++ per couple) at the hotel’s inspiring poolside overlooking a canopy of towering skyscrapers and an inspiring Singapore Harbour.

This amazing dinner comes complete with a limousine pick up, a premium menu crafted by the hotel’s creative culinary team, champagne sabrage and flowers/box of chocolates for the ladies.

ROMANTIC HIGHLIGHTS

● Limousine Pick-Up

● Premium Valentine’s Day Menu with Gourmet food and beverage selection.

● Each table will be set under the stars in a cabana.

● Live Oyster and Seafood bar

● One bottle of Duval Leroy Rose Champagne (sabered tableside)

● Guitarist to serenade each couple

● A bouquet of roses for the lady and a box of chocolates as farewell gift

● Each couple qualifies for Lucky draw to win a 2 Nights stay at Sofitel Bali with Flight


Sofitel Singapore City Centre Offer #2
“Hearts Entwined” 4- Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Racines
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 from 7:00 pm -9.30 pm

Racines meanwhile welcome all couples young and old with open arms by handcrafting a sumptuous 4-Course Set Menu at $178++ per couple (food only) or $198++ per couple with 2 glasses of Duval Leroy Champagne Brut.

ROMANTIC HIGHLIGHTS

● Each couple qualifies for Lucky draw to win a 2 Nights stay at Sofitel Bali with Flight

● A stalk of rose for the lady and a box of chocolates as farewell gift

VALENTINE’S DAY 4- COURSE DINNER MENU

Couples will eat to their hearts desires as Racines presents an enthralling menu comprising

AmuseBouche
St Jacques – Hokkaido Scallop Royale, Pike Caviar, Kale Salad

Soup
Bisque D’Homard Et Uni – Dubois Lobster Bisque, Uni Espuma, Sweet Onion Marmalade, Ikura

Mains
Cabillaud – Pan Roasted Atlantic Cod, Truffles Ratte Potato Emulsion, Sauteed Asparagus
OR
Boeuf – Chargrilled Angus Beef Fillet, Morel Fricassee, Caramelised Heirloom Carrots, Bordelaise Sauce
OR
Poulet – Slow-roasted Cornfed French Chicken, Trumpet Mushroom Stuffing, Grenaille Potato Confit, Truffle Jus

Pre Dessert
Pomme et Yuzu – Granny Smith and Yuzu Sorbet

Dessert
Rhubarb Tart, Fraisier and Vanilla Parfait, Strawberry Candy

For enquiries, bookings and reservations at Racines, you can contact ha152@sofitel.com or call +65 6428 5000.

Address:
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
9 Wallich Street, (Enter via Peck Seah Street)
Singapore 078885


#2 Recommendation: Artemis @ Level 40

Couples looking for something extra special can dine at Artemis, Singapore’s stunning Mediterranean-inspired rooftop restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Fernando Arevalo. Offering a one-night-only special four-course set menu at just $148++ per person, Artemis’ breathtaking views of the Marina Bay set the perfect backdrop for one’s declaration of love.

Apart from the beautiful menu already crafted by Artemis, new dishes have been added for this special occasion and it will only be available on the 15th of February. These dishes include the Beetroot Tortellini (Feta, Ricotta, Asparagus, Broccolini, Carrot Purée), Black Cod (Rhubarb, Spring Onion Salad, Beurre Blanc – +$10), Milk-Fed Veal Loin (Pedro Ximinex Cherries, Chipolinni Onions, Salsify Purée – +$10), and the Strawberry Shortcake (Yoghurt Ice Cream, White Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts).

For more information and/or reservations, you can call +65 66358677 or email them at enquiries@artemisgrill.com.sg

Address:
Level 40
138 Market Street
Singapore 048946


 Image Credit: Floral Garage Singapore
Image Credit: Floral Garage Singapore

To make the occasion even more romantic for your other half, do check out Floral Garage Singapore (Singapore’s Favourite Florist) for some delightful hand bouquets that will complement the ambience and setting! 

Singaporeans’ love for Japanese food is pretty evident and it doesn’t come as a surprise because we often see long queue lines forming outside Singapore’s top Japanese restaurants. Recently, we stumbled upon IZA, a newly-opened Izakaya Bar in the charming Siglap neighbourhood and we totally fell in love with it.

Open daily from 6 pm till 1 am, IZA offers a casual and unpretentious Japanese-styled bar and restaurant that serves affordable kushiyaki fare and drinks amidst a homey but yet modern ambience.

Designed with plenty of group seating that is perfect for families and communal dining, you can let your hair down, bond and celebrate the day over drinks and an amazingly wallet-friendly food menu.

When we were there, we tried 3 of their new and innovative creations that happen to be the crowd favourites and we were told that they sell out pretty quickly each night. 

Four-Ton Chawanmushi $4.50***

The only one-of-its-kind in Singapore, the Four-Ton Chawanmushi integrates a blend of century egg, salted egg, quail egg and the traditional chicken egg into an indulgent, steamed four-egg delight.

Fresh Whole Seabass with Home-made Chilli $28***

We definitely enjoyed this one. Oven-baked fresh whole Seabass perfectly complemented with home-made Chilli. This dish has the Sambal Chilli Stringray kind of ‘feel’ that we usually get from East Coast Lagoon Food Village.

Otah Tamago $6.90

Otah Tamago which combines Japanese-rolled omelette with fragrant Otah from Muar. The Otah has certainly overpowered the Tamago. We wonder if IZA is up for an even more quirky kind of local creation like Chicken Rice Tamago?

We also had other delectable dishes such as:

Table Treats

  • Grilled Oysters, 3 Pieces ($12)***
  • Grilled Avocado ($5.00)
  • Grilled Pineapple ($2.00)***
  • Stuffed Taupok Special, 1 Piece ($3.00)
  • Deep Fried Chicken Soft-Bone ($6.00)

Skewers

  • Fresh Prawns ($3.50)***
  • Hand-made Chicken & Pork Meatball ($3.50)***
  • Chicken Mid-Joint ($1.90)***
  • Bacon Wrapped Lychee ($2.80)***
  • Lady’s Finger ($1.90)***

Carbs

  • Hae Bee Hiam Spaghetti ($11.90)***

***must-try dishes!

We probably don’t have to tell you how good the food is because it is seriously damn good. You just got to try it for yourself to believe.


What We LOVE About IZA

Wallet-Friendly Food & Beverage Menu

For the fresh and tasty food that patrons are getting, the prices are seriously very affordable and furthermore, there’s no service charge unlike most other dining establishments in Singapore. This thus makes IZA an ideal dining place for couples who are on a budget.

Wide Selection of Alcoholic Beverages Including Japanese Craft Beers & Sakes

There’s a wide selection of alcoholic beverages that IZA serves and they include Japanese Craft Beers like Coedo Beniaka (best paired with meat) and Coedo Shiro (best paired with seafood and vegetables). For Sake, IZA serves the Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo and Fudoh Special Junmai.

Warm and Welcoming Service Staff & Ambience

The service staff were really attentive and responsive to our needs. Needless to say, it was such a pleasant dining experience that we will definitely be back for more. The best part of the dining experience? You won’t leave smelling like a grill after dining at IZA!


IZA
695 East Coast Road
Singapore 459059

Opens daily from 6 pm to 1 am

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iza.bar.siglap/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iza.bar.siglap/


For those who are new to the Japanese food culture, here are some definitions of commonly-used Japanese food terms:

Izakaya: a type of informal Japanese gastropub where a variety of dishes and snacks are served to accompany alcoholic drinks.

Chawanmushi: egg custard dish

Kushiyaki: grilled meat or vegetables on a skewer

Kushiage: fried meat or vegetables on a skewer

Sake: Japanese rice wine

Yakitori: grilled skewered chicken

Yakiton: grilled skewered pork

This Christmas and New Year, go merry feasting with Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay at The Square Restaurant!

Presenting a sumptuous buffet spread with a selection of international and local specialities carefully crafted by the Hotel’s Chef De Cuisine, Chef Kishen Ramachanran and his culinary team; be spoilt for choice with an irresistible buffet variety of festive delicacies such as the Salt Crusted Baked Whole Barramundi, Roasted Beef Strip Loin with Grain Mustard Sauce, Roasted Lamb Leg Pepper Crust with Rosemary Sauce, Roasted Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple & Orange Herb Sauce, and more.

Roasted specialities at the carving station feature Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy & Cranberry Sauce, Baked Gammon Ham with Clove and Apple Compote, Baked Black Angus Sirloin in Mustard Sauce.

Novotel Clarke Quay Festive Christmas Buffet 2017

A variety of seafood on ice including Baby Lobsters, Fresh Oysters and Alaskan King Crabs with an assortment of Terrine Platter including Salmon Terrine with Apricot, Smoked Halibut Rillettes, Parma Ham with Rock Melon and more will be served.

End on a sweet note with festive desserts prepared by our Pastry Chef Siak, including Red Velvet cakes, Festive Cupcake Tower, Mini Assorted Macaroons, Panettone and the traditional Merry Festive Log Cake.

Novotel Clarke Quay Festive Christmas Buffet 2017

Buffet Lunch (Mon – Fri)
From $38++ per adult

Weekend Buffet Lunch (Sat & Sun)
From $48++ per adult

Buffet Dinner (Daily)
From $62++ per adult

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch & New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner with Unlimited House Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner (24th & 31st December 2017)
6.00pm – 10.30 pm
Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Brunch (25th December 2017)
11.45am – 1.15pm | 1.45pm – 3.15pm
Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Dinner (25th December 2017)
6.00pm – 10.30pm
Adult $62++ | Child (5-12 years old) $31++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $52++

New Year’s Day Lunch (1st January 2018)
12.00pm – 2.30pm
Adult $48++ | Child (5-12 years old) $24++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $32++

* Prices are subject to 10% service charge and thereafter 7% Goods & Services Tax. Reservations made are non-refundable and are subject to availability on a first-come-first serve basis. Prices are not applicable in conjunction with other promotions. Menus will be on rotation and buffet items may be subject to change.

For reservations and more details, you can contact The Square Restaurant at 6433 8790 or visit: www.novotelclarkequay.com

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It was our first time to Cake Avenue and as its name rightly suggests; it is da place for wonderfully crafted cakes that not only look pretty but also Instagram worthy as well. Born out of the passion to excite customers with beautiful and playful cakes, owners Natalie and Chuan Sheng Wong have come a long way since setting up their first humble outlet in 2000.

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From making birthday cakes designed to look like Bak Chor Mee to anniversary cakes that looked like branded handbags, Cake Avenue makes the impossible possible with their latest all-new dessert menu (created by Cake Avenue’s Head Pastry Chef E.T. Yew) that is designed to mimic the look and feel of classic savoury diner foods such as hamburgers, corndogs, nachos and alphabet soup.

My Personal Opinion of the All-new Dessert Menu by Cake Avenue’s Head Pastry Chef E.T. Yew

Honestly, I have a sweet tooth and I never fail to leave some stomach space for desserts. After what seems like endless servings of desserts, I literally died a happy man with an overdose of sugar in my bloodstream. Out of the 6 dessert items served, my favourite is the Nachos Dulces (SGD$12.90) and it is basically a tex-mex nachos lookalike dish that includes crispy flatbread ‘nachos’ packed with toppings such as chocolate mousse ‘refried beans’, strawberry compote ‘salsa’, julienned peach ‘cheese’, and pistachio ice cream ‘guacamole’. Sure, the Nachos Dulces might seem a little like rojak but I really like the fruity, nutty, and crunchy combination!

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If quirky is your middle name, you should try the Diner Slider and Fries (SGD$15.90). I swear it is the most mind-boggling dessert that I ever had. Featuring two slider-sized burgers, each comprising of a dark chocolate ice cream burger patty sandwiched between vanilla butter cake buns; the dish is served with a side of warm fries made up of vanilla cake. To top it off, the citrusy passionfruit puree ‘mustard’ and tangy raspberry puree ‘ketchup’ made the whole setup look completely like legit burgers and fries.

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As for the other desserts that I had, I shall keep mum and leave it a surprise for you to find out how they taste like. After all, with ample dining space and a cosy ambience, Cake Avenue gives you the best opportunity for you to jio all your friends down for some adventurous get-together.

Should you be planning a Christmas party at home or the office, you too can usher in the festive cheer with Cake Avenue’s takeaway options. Prices for the Christmas Set Menus range from SGD$67 to SGD$172 and ala-carte selections are available as well.

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Whether it is a sweet dessert like the log cake or a savoury dish like the chicken lasagna, there are plenty of choices to choose from and Cake Avenue’s halal-certified too. 

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Do note that a minimum of 3 days advance notice is required for all takeaway bookings so I highly recommend that you start planning early.

For more information, visit Cake Avenue’s Facebook Page and Website.


Cake Avenue

33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132

Nearest Train Station: Beauty World MRT Station (Downtown Line)

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8.30pm
Closed on Mondays

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Valentine’s Day is round the corner and if you are thinking about where to bring your partner for a nice dinner, why not consider Japanese-French fusion restaurant, Lewin Terrace?
This Valentine’s Day, Lewin Terrace presents a sumptuous 5-course dinner menu designed to tantalize palates and kindle the flames of romance.

A beautiful black-and-white bungalow surrounded by lush foliage and tucked away in the heart of the historically-iconic Fort Canning Park, Lewin Terrace offers patrons respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, providing the perfect atmosphere for lovers to share an intimate evening together as they delve into a gastronomic experience that features the finest of ingredients from Japan, masterfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine Hiroyuki Shinkai.

With over a decade of professional experience working at Michelin star establishments (L’Osier in Tokyo and Beni in Singapore), Chef Shinkai is devoted to the pursuit of perfection in the culinary arts as he continues to refine his own personal interpretation of French cuisine. Armed with the strong belief that simplicity is key, Chef Shinkai’s philosophy is grounded in the importance of elevating the natural freshness of his ingredients, an ethic that complements Lewin Terrace’s produce-driven approach.

Witness the quaint and picturesque charm of Lewin Terrace this Valentine’s Day while savouring a robust interplay of textures and flavours –all the right components for a wonderful night to remember.

Dinner is priced at SGD$388++ per couple with a half bottle of champagne, with an optional supplement of SGD$120 for a 5-glass wine pairing.

Hurry and reserve a table now!
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Lewin Terrace’s Valentine’s Day Set Dinner Menu

Amuse bouche

Le ENTRÉ Froid
Duck tartare /Salad /pear
鴨と洋梨のタルタル仕立て赤ビーツ、サラダ

Le ENTRÉ Chaud
Scallop saute/sauce aromatic /pomme écrasé
帆立貝のソテー、カレー風味の野菜のソース

Le POISSON
AMADAI/Cepes Mushroom /”KOSHIHIKARI”/Fish sauce
あまだい松笠焼

La VIANDE
“Wagyu Rossini”
“Kagoshima” A4 Wagyu Beef Steak/foie gras /Madeira sauce
鹿児島和牛ステーキロッシーニ

LeDESSERT
“Chitose” Strawberry, Japanese Strawberry by Chitose

Small World

Coffee or Tea

S$388++per couple, with a half bottle of champagne

With wine pairing S$120 (5 glasses)

Evian (still) or Badoit (sparkling)

Unlimited $8 per person

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST