June 26, 2016

ALBA 1836 Wine Bar & Restaurant, Italian Wine & Dine @ Duxton Hill

Mention Alba, the first thing that comes to mind is those luxurious Alba white truffles, the coveted "diamonds of the kitchen". But in this blog post, the focus is on ALBA 1836, an Italian wine bar and restaurant located in a quiet corner of Duxton Hill.

Occupying a charming white colonial building, ALBA 1836 radiates a mix of elegance and old world charm. We walked through the entrance into an impressive floor to ceiling wine cellar which led us into the inner courtyard. The feel is spacious and tables are set comfortably apart.

Particularly eye-catching is the open kitchen, allowing us to take a peek into the meal preparation as Chef de Cuisine Luca Piras and his team work away.

June 22, 2016

Teppan Bar Q @ Robertson Quay ~ Hakata-style Teppanyaki & Spanish-Japanese Fusion Dishes!

Like your food straight off the teppanyaki's iron griddle and piping hot? Teppan Bar Q offers us exactly that enjoyable gastronomic experience!

But Teppan Bar Q is more than just a typical teppanyaki restaurant. It is a contemporary one that pulsate with a Spanish twist to its dishes by marrying the flamboyance of Hakata-style teppanyaki cooking with the intricacy and attention to details found in tapas cuisine.

The best of both worlds, if I might boldly say.

June 20, 2016

Big Lazy Chop 大懒排 @ Short Street ~ Grab These Delicious Ribs & Money Bags!

Big Lazy Chop
..... 大懒排..... tua lan xx..... err wait, I'm stopping the Hokkein translation in its track in case anyone finds the descriptive offensive. Oops :p

But it is all in cheeky fun that the folks behind Big Lazy Chop named it as such. Inspired by lazy days indulging in great food, the bistro aims to serve up Chinese fare such as their Signature Pork Ribs and Sri Lankan Crabs in a modern, laidback ambience.

 "Zhi char with air-con"? Yes! My friends would probably agree with me that it's not too far off to label it as such.

June 18, 2016

HONEY BUTTER CHICKEN! Where To Find The BEST In Singapore!

Honey Butter + Fried Chicken? Yes! Yes! Yes!

After Honey Butter Chips and All Things Honey Butter, this post is dedicated to HONEY BUTTER CHICKEN, a divinely delicious combination of sweet savory taste with the sinful addictiveness of crispy fried chicken.

There might not be many food establishments in Singapore offering this flavor of fried chicken yet, but the few that do have it, most did a pretty awesome job of bringing out the unique lusciousness of honey and butter pairing.

Which rendition is the BEST among all? The only way to find out is..... to eat Eat EAT it all! Lol!

June 16, 2016

Barrio By Mex Out, 313@Somerset ~ Place To Go For Delightful Mexican Food!

Let's get Mexican in a delicious way! Place to go would be Barrio by Mex Out, an exciting new Mexican joint located on the 1st level of 313@Somerset where Smoothie King previously was.

Named after the barrio, Spanish for 'neighborhood' which is a residential space for Mexicans to hang out, Barrio's setting is modelled after those Mexican beer gardens, complete with an "outdoor" bar and strings of fairy lights.

Heavy human traffic along the 70-seat casual eatery provides a highly energised vibe, perfect for chilling out after work, social gatherings or casual date nights.

June 12, 2016

Crystal Jade Prestige @ Marina Bay Financial Centre Presents Signature Weekend Brunch!

Weekend brunch alert! This time with dim sum and option of free flow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne!

For every weekend from 1 May to 26 Jun between 11.30am to 3pm, the Crystal Jade Prestige Signature Weekend Brunch presents a sumptuous 10-course weekend brunch set priced at $58 per person, or $98 per person with champagne ($48 or $88 for DBS/POSB/Jadeite members).

We were quite late in getting to this special promotion which runs for a limited period, but better late than never. For those who have yet to decide on a place to celebrate the upcoming Father's Day this Sunday, there is still time to make a reservation.

June 10, 2016

Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar @ The Grandstand ~ A Modern Noodle Small Plates Bar

Shall we go to Chow Fun Restaurant & Bar and have some "chow fun"? Nope, I don't mean fried rice, but fried noodles!

Before anyone gets confused, please let me explain that the name, Chow Fun, is a playful nod to the ubiquitous Cantonese fried noodle dish served at Chinese restaurants in America where Singaporean chef and owner, Alicia Lin, spent 20 years of her life.

It also alludes to 'chow' or food, and the 'fun' spirit of the restaurant.

Ahh that explains it (and the kitschy deco), right? Now get prepared for over 18 Asian and Western-inspired noodles offerings!

June 08, 2016

Napoleon Food & Wine Bar @ Telok Ayer Street ~ Enjoy Wine And Dine With Entertainer App's 1-For-1 Offer!

Napoleon Food & Wine Bar! An intimate 42-seater restaurant located along Telok Ayer Street (nearest mrt station DT18 Telok Ayer & EW15 Tanjong Pagar) that marries old world charm with cutting edge technology.

We were greeted with nature-inspired theme deco with heavy emphasis on rock and wood upon entering the establishment. In the midst of the bar is also an eye-catching high-tech glass-encased wine display counter complete with automated dispensing abilities.

Parisian owner Jean-Christophe Cadoret, having come from a family of wine makers in France, aims to provide wines of great quality and price points by specifically selecting wines from parcels adjacent to prestigious vineyards in France.

June 06, 2016

Treasures Yi Dian Xin "一点心" By Imperial Treasure @ Paragon Orchard ~ New Dim Sum Restaurant Serving Bites Of Happiness

There's a new treasure for us to treasure. Treasures Yi Dian Xin "一点心"!

Am I right to say that we are all so familiar with the different offerings under the Imperial Treasure umbrella? That unforgettably awesome Peking duck (Super Peking Duck), those convenient "one-plate" roasted meat rice and noodles when a quick meal is needed (Windows Of Hong Kong), getting hot and steamy over pots of bubbling goodness (Steamboat), just to name a few.

To move with the times, the restaurant group has recently launched a new casual concept, Treasures, which aims to serve up their signature selections of classic Chinese cuisine in a cool, vibrant and more contemporary setting. Target clientele is us, the young ones. Expect a host of dim sum, noodles, congees and roasted meats at a comfortable price range.

June 02, 2016

Cook & Brew Gastro-Bar @ Westin Singapore ~ Delightful Wine & Dine With Gorgeous Level 33 View!

Meal times just got better at Cook & Brew with the recent launch of their 2-course Set Lunch ($35++) and 3-course Set Dinner ($55++)!

Looking at the selection of starters, mains and desserts, it is simply too good a deal to pass over. Most importantly..... the dishes that we've tried on evening of our visit were mostly very enjoyable.

More on that later. First, let's look at the place itself.

A specialty gastro-bar, Cook & Brew is located at Level 33 of The Westin Singapore within the Asia Square Tower 2, smack right in the middle of office buildings overlooking the gorgeous Marina Bay.

May 31, 2016

Ultimate Guide To All Things HONEY BUTTER In Singapore! Chips, Nuts, Fried Chicken, Fries, Waffles & More!

HONEY BUTTER! The craze that swept through Korea and beyond. The sweet-savory combination that seemed to have an inexplainable magical power to make anything insanely yummy!

Managed to get the popular Honey Butter Chips already? If those chips are not sufficient to fully satisfy your craving for honey butter-flavored deliciousness, here are MORE!

Chips! Nuts! Fried Chicken! Fries! Waffles and all things Honey Butter! Though the variety is not as wide as what we can find in Korea, the available offerings on this little island of ours are still pretty decent.

Let's get on this quest for All Things HONEY BUTTER In Singapore!

May 28, 2016

Steam Box 蒸好食创意蒸汽火锅店 @ Serangoon Gardens ~ Hong Kong's Steam Hot Pot Trend Arrives In Singapore!

The constant growing competition amongst the local F&B establishments have brought along a slew of innovative ideas and concepts to whet our appetites. One such concept to currently hit our shores is a twist on the traditional steamboat we are so accustomed to.

Located within Serangoon Gardens is a new establishment called Steam Box which aims to introduce the latest Hong Kong food trend of allowing customers to steam their food themselves. Say hello to a new DIY steam-potting era!

May 26, 2016

Antoinette Fetish Matcha ~ For You Who Like All Things Matcha!

It's the Antoinette Fetish Matcha campaign!

Yes, you've read it right. Antoinette is having a bout of fetish for anything matcha. From 27 May to end-July, the restaurant is presenting its first 'fetish campaign' aimed at delivering full-sensorial, ultimate experience for lovers of matcha.

If you like all things matcha, the 22 creations using high quality green tea powder from Nishio, Japan are for you. Selection includes hot items, cakes, pastry, confectionery and drinks. Wow!

So green! Even non green-eye monsters will be super green with envy!

May 22, 2016

Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar @ Faber Drive, Clementi ~ What A Gem!

The laidback residential estate of Faber Hill within Clementi has a delicious secret, Nobiro Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar.

Opened in May 2015, the izakaya-style restaurant has been quietly serving up an array of Japanese dishes including sashimi and grill delights, as well as omakase specials to the residents living nearby, steadily building a reputation that deemed it to be worth a visit.

So I ventured into the ulu-ness, and was rewarded with a satisfying meal.

May 20, 2016

Geometry, A Gelato Café At Bukit Merah ~ Pretty Gelato On A Tart!

Back in school, the word 'geometry' is one of the most scariest ever for a mathematics dummy like me. Now, I can't wait to lap it all up! Because 'geometry' has taken on the delicious edible form of gelato! Haha!

Geometry has opened in the heartlands of Bukit Merah, specializing in freshly-made gelato with no artificial preservatives or ingredients, and paired with handcrafted pastries.

Recipes are akin to formulas, combination of ingredients require precision like equations, hence the name of this ice cream parlor. Very cheem profound hor...

When Shuxian, one of the owners, told us that she majored in mathematics, we went, "ahh... no wonder!"