December 28, 2018

G Bar & Grill, Charcoal-Grilled Delights At Apex @ Henderson Road

We took some time out recently and went all the way to Apex @ Henderson (the building is situated at the intersection between Jalan Bukit Merah and Henderson Road) to visit G Bar & Grill.

The casual eatery prides itself on serving charcoal-grilled meats that's churned from the compact yet powerful Bertha Charcoal Oven, one of the most coveted ovens in the world which is used in Michelin-starred restaurants, and by world-renowned celebrity chefs.

Couple that with wok-hei infused dishes that's fired using high-grade wok, we were totally sold on the menu.

December 26, 2018

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Celebrates CNY 2019 With Culinary Delights From Shang Palace, The Line, The Lobby Lounge & Silver Shell Cafe

The Year of The Pig might only arrive in February next year, but it's never too early to start planning where to have the the all-important reunion dinner, and the many celebratory feasts with family, friends, and colleagues.

We're Singaporeans. It's okay to be kiasu and make the reservations early lol!!!

Here's a look at what Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa has to offer across their acclaimed dining destinations - Shang Palace, The Line, The Lobby Lounge, and Silver Shell Cafe.

December 22, 2018

Park Hotel Clarke Quay ~ Usher In The Year Of The Pig With An Abundant Feast For CNY 2019!

Very soon, it will be bye bye to the Year of Dog 2018, and hello to the Year of Pig 2019.

I enjoyed the Chinese New Year menu at Park Hotel Clarke Quay previously, so am back to check out the offerings that Chef James Wong has planned for the coming year.

Symbolising an abundance of good fortune, success, wealth, health and joy, the CNY menu will be available from 25th January to 19th February 2019.

December 20, 2018

NEW Opening! 15 Stamford by "Demon Chef" Alvin Leung @ The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Singapore

15 Stamford by Alvin Leung which was unveiled to the public a day ago is one of the last new restaurants to open on our shores before 2018 draws to an end. The dining experience at the 150-seater restaurant capped off my dining escapades for this year with a perfect note!

You may have already heard of Chef-Founder Alvin Leung before. Wearing a "demon chef" persona, he is best known for using rule-breaking culinary rebellion as his personal brand, and his multi-faceted cuisine at 3 Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. Is anyone fancying a "Sex on the Beach" (featuring an edible condom filled with honey and ham) right now?

December 18, 2018

MO BAR @ Mandarin Oriental, Singapore ~ Afternoon Tea With Exquisite Treats And Lovely View

One of the best decisions I made recently was to take some time off work and spend a relaxing time over afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental's MO BAR.

Formerly-known as Axis Bar & Bar, the space has since undergone a refurbishment and recently re-opened as MO Bar. I'm glad that the full-height windows are retained, offering us a lovely view of Marina Bay. Never mind that UV rays are harmful for our skin haha. I just want to sink into the plush pink couches, eat, drink, and chill away...

December 16, 2018

Folklore @ Destination Hotel, Beach Road ~ An Heritage Eurasian Christmas Feast Awaits

The kind of food that goes onto the Christmas dinner table differs from family to family, and for Folklore's Chef Damian D'Silva, an elaborate fare featuring a myriad of traditional Eurasian dishes prepared by his grandfather would mark the spirit of celebration at the D'Silva's home.

This festive season from 14th to 31st December, diners will get to have a taste of his family traditions too as Chef Damian will be showcasing lesser-know heritage dishes from his grandfather's repertoire.

December 12, 2018

Nissin Cup Noodle ~ Limited Edition " Almost Sea Urchin" (Uni) Flavour! "ほぼウニ"!

Cup noodles in sea urchin flavor?!! I wonder how long fans of sea urchin have been dreaming of it like me.

Our dream have come true in a way as Nissin Foods, a Japanese food product company that's best known for their instant noodles, developed a limited edition, premium cup noodle in "Amost Sea Urchin ほぼウニ" flavour.

Launched on 19th November, it is currently available nationwide in Japan at a suggested retail price of ¥230.

December 06, 2018

Paradise Group Opens Le Shrimp Ramen @ Paragon Orchard ~ This Is A Real Winner! Must-Try!

Paradise Group has just added another restaurant to its portfolio: Le Shrimp Ramen!

So is it Chinese la mian? or Japanese ramen? Le Shrimp Ramen actually marries both Chinese and Japanese culinary influences! This is Singapore's very first Chinese la mian concept to offer shrimp broth!

The idea came about while Paradise Group's CEO Eldwin Chua was in Japan. A specialty ramen stall that sells flavorful shrimp-based broth left such a deep impression on his mind that he became inspired to recreate the broth and put a Chinese spin on it by using local ingredients.

December 02, 2018

Kindori ~ Japanese Craft Chicken & Beers @ CHIJMES

"If they (Korean) can do it, we (Japanese) can do it just as well, if not better!"

That was literally the case after an evening over chimaek (the pairing of Korean fried chicken and beer). Long story short: The friendly challenge was accepted, inspiration came striking down and... tadah! Kindori has now landed at Chijmes!

Located on the first level just outside Rengaya, Kindori specializes in Japanese fried chicken and... you guessed it... Japanese craft beers.

November 10, 2018

HEYTEA 喜茶 @ ION Orchard ~ China's Most Popular Tea Has Arrived in Singapore!

Hey hey! Know what? HEYTEA 喜茶 from China has arrived in Singapore!

For the uninitiated, HEYTEA is the original inventor of trendsetting cheese tea. The brand is widely-considered to be China's number one contemporary tea connoisseur, and most popular iconic tea brand. Their 110 outlets spans across 17 major cities in China including Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Singapore is its first-ever overseas store.

What's so outstanding about their cheese tea that someone actually broke the longest record time by queuing for 7 hours just to get a cup? We went to the ION Orchard store to find out.

September 24, 2018

Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke, The Latest Concept By Celebrity Chef Keisuke Takeda Opens At Onze @ Tanjong Pagar

It is finally revealed what Japanese Ramen King, Chef Keisuke Takeda, has up his sleeves recently: Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke!!!

With the opening of this latest concept at Onze @ Tanjong Pagar, one can say that Chef Keisuke is set to capture our hearts and tummies again with his rendition of what is considered to be a daily comfort food in Japan.

You can imagine it to be the ideal marriage of sukiyaki and gyu (beef) don into one unique blend of favor. I went, I ate, I craved for more bowls!

March 08, 2018

SAMA Curry & Café Singapore's NEW Outlet At Plaza Singapura ~ Delicious Japanese Soup Curry!

Not all styles of curry are to my taste, but the ones at SAMA Curry & Café Singapore have endearingly caught my fancy.

The casual eatery specializes in Hokkaido-style soup curry that is customizable to our preference with different flavors and 30 levels of spiciness! Certainly not your usual kind of thick Japanese curry.

Though I did not get a chance to try it when SAMA Curry opened its first branch at Downtown Gallery last May, it's a happy case of better late than never. Besides, the new outlet which opened in February this year at Orchard's Plaza Singapura is a much more convenient location for me who works nearby.

March 02, 2018

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke @ Holland Village ~ Singapore's First Dedicated Duck Ramen Restaurant!

If the Japanese name Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke is too much of a mouthful... just remember it as Hybrid Duck Ramen Keisuke!

Opening tomorrow on 3rd March 2018 at Holland Village, this new ramen joint is all about the duck! Though the bird is uncommon in Japanese cuisine, it is ubiquitous in French cuisine which Chef Keisuke Takeda is formally trained in.

This is his latest brainchild after the successful launch of other popular concepts including Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Ramen Keisuke Tori King, Ramen Keisuke Kani King, Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, and Ginza Tendon Itsuki.

February 12, 2018

Beauty In The Pot 美滋锅 @ OneKM ~ Hotpot Restaurant With Pink Princess Theme!

A PINK restaurant??? PinkyPiggu never imagine a pink princessy-theme would materialize for a hotpot joint but it did!

After two successful outlets at OneKm (#02-21) and The Centrepoint (#05-15/16), Paradise Group's Beauty In The Pot 美滋锅 has opened its newest, largest, and pink branch at level 3 of OneKM (#03-38) earlier this month!

Well, you read it right. That's two outlets at the same mall to cater to the overwhelming demand especially during dinner time. We do love our hotpot with collagen broth, don't we ;)

February 08, 2018

Uya 四代目菊川, A New Unagi Restaurant Opens At Orchard's Wheelock Place!

I always thought I'm a one-"Man" woman, then..... "Uya" comes along!!!

Man Man has horded our local dining scene for quite a while as a showy, live eel establishment in Singapore, with the spotlight shining even brighter when it bagged a Michelin Bib Gourmand award recognition. I went, I ate, and I love it. No doubt many others feel the same too.

With the opening of Uya 四代目菊川, a new unagi restaurant at Wheelock Place, hereby comes the inevitable comparison between the two. "How? How? Which is better?

February 02, 2018

Care Bears X Kumoya! The Halal-Friendly Café At Jalan Klapa Is Back With Another Pop-Up Collaboration!

"Care Bears... prepare to stare!"

For you who still remember, the "Care Bear Stare" is when the Care Bears stand together to radiate rays of love and good cheer from their bellies! From 1st February to end-March 2018, our bellies will be made happy with a limited-time menu featuring these adorable bears!

The place to be at is Kumoya, the Halal-friendly café located at Jalan Klapa. This is the first full-fledged Care Bears centric pop-up cafe in Singapore and South-East Asia!

January 28, 2018

UNI Gallery by OosterBay @ The Plaza, Beach Road ~ Must-Go Uni Heaven For All Sea Urchin Lovers!

This is for all sea urchin lovers! UNI Gallery by OosterBay is the place to go to!!!

Nestled in the inconspicuous basement of The Plaza along Beach Road, the uni specialty restaurant stood out among the tenants with its bright, eye-catching Japanese-inspired murals, and inviting vibes.

While the establishment may appear to be casual and unassuming, do come prepared to pamper your palate with an extensive range of exquisite uni and premium sashimi which are scoured and air-flown from Japan, USA, and Canada!

My uni-centric dining experience at UNI Gallery left me giddy with uni happiness.

January 26, 2018

Indocafé, The White House @ Scotts Road ~ Celebrate Lunar New Year The Peranakan Way

Celebrate Lunar New Year the Peranakan way? Why not?

If you're keen on having a Nyonya twist to the upcoming reunion dinner, perhaps you can consider checking out Indocafé, The White House which is known for their spread of contemporary Penang Peranakan cuisine, inspired by the exotic flavors of the spice-rich straits regions.

The restaurant has introduced festive menu sets starting from $280++ (for 3-4pax) to $688++ (for 10pax), and it offers catering services as well if you prefer to dine in the comfort of your home.

January 22, 2018

Man Fu Yuan 满福苑 @ Intercontinental Singapore ~ Joyous Reunions For CNY 2018!

When my colleague asked me for reunion dinner venue recommendations, one of the places which I've highly suggested was Man Fu Yuan 满福苑.

Why leh? Because the award-winning Cantonese restaurant is conveniently located within International Hotel at Bugis area, venue is elegantly-set, service is efficient, and most important, the food is good.

In short, Man Fu Yuan got standard lah!

Executive Chef Eric Neo has specially crafted five festive menus to herald in the Year of The Dog. Available from 18th January to 2nd March 2018, the menus include auspicious highlights, and are priced from $118 per guest.

January 18, 2018

Cassia Cantonese Restaurant @ Capella Singapore ~ Bountiful Feasts Awaits For CNY 2018

For you who enjoy quality Chinese food, you will probably not be unfamiliar with Cassia which is located at Capella Singapore on Sentosa island. The fine-dining restaurant is widely-acknowledged to serve some of the best Cantonese cuisine around!

We were certainly in high anticipation of what Cassia has to offer for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations as our footsteps took us through the restaurant's elegant interior towards our table.

The festive line-up includes set menus priced from $88++ to $199++ per person, as well as quintessential lou hei platters that starts from $38++.

January 08, 2018

CNY 2018 @ Park Hotel Clark Quay ~ Rousing Start To The Year Of The Dog

While Park Hotel Clarke Quay does not have a dedicated Chinese restaurant, indulging in Chinese New Year reunion feasts are still possible here as the hotel is opening up their function rooms for table reservations from 8th February to 2nd March 2018.

Tip: Request for the room next to the pool if it's available. The view is lovely.

The food is delightful as well, specially crafted by Chef James Wong, a culinary veteran with nearly four decades of experience in Oriental and Cantonese cuisine.

January 06, 2018

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒 @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel ~ Auspicious Lunar New Year Feasts for CNY 2018

My friend told me with a pining tone in his voice, "I've waited for a year..... to eat Pen Cai!!!"

Haha yes, the luxurious pot is back, together with auspicious yusheng and a host of delicacies synonymous with Lunar New Year celebrations.

This year, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is offering prosperous set menus, specially-curated Spring buffets, exquisite takeaway treats that features both classic favorites and innovative delights.

We were at its award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 萬豪軒 for an early CNY feast.

January 02, 2018

宴 Yàn Cantonese Cuisine @ National Gallery Singapore ~ A Wealth Of Lunar New Year Delights For CNY 2018

Even as Christmas is barely over, we're being constantly reminded that Chinese New Year (which falls on 16th and 17th February this year) is coming very soon! Malls are constantly playing the familiar tunes of "gong xi gong xi", and many restaurants have already rolled out their festive menus.

You might say... "it's still more a month away!" Well, it's always better to book earlier rather than later. I don't think anyone would want the stressful situation of not being able to secure a table at your intended restaurant, especially for the all-important reunion dinner.

For you who are in favor of Cantonese cuisine offering familiar flavors with modern presentation, 宴 Yàn Cantonese Cuisine at National Gallery would be a worthy venue to consider.