The Dragon Boat Festival which is more commonly known as 端午節 (pronounced as 'Duan Wu Jie') amongst the local Chinese is a time where rice dumplings are often prepared and eaten. Even though it is not uncommon to be able to purchase rice dumplings on a day-to-day basis, hotels all around Singapore often launch interesting flavours during this period (much like the Mooncake Festival).
The famed Cherry Garden restaurant located within the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, has revealed the Black Garlic Glutinous Rice Dumpling (黑蒜豚肉竹碳粽 - S$18+) this year. The Black Garlic Glutinous Rice Dumpling is a combination of glutinous rice, wholesome wild rice, fragrant black garlic, savoury preserved vegetables, succulent kurobuta pork belly and bamboo charcoal powder. The bamboo charcoal powder provides a unique grey hue to the otherwise brown dumpling and it complements the fragrant rice infused with the salty and sweet notes of black garlic and minced pork belly.
The signature Golden Pearl Dumpling (怀旧鲍鱼裹蒸粽 精装版) - S$28+) - a signature from Cherry Garden - also returns this year with an extravagant filling of premium ingredients such as the slow-braised abalone, dried scallops, juicy pork belly, mung beans, mushrooms, chestnuts, salted egg yolk and lotus seeds.
For those looking for something a little more unique, Cherry Garden is also offering the Red Yeast Glutinous Rice Dumpling (干贝红糟鸡粽 – S$16+) this year which features an appealing combination of glutinous rice, brown rice, conpoy, and red yeast minced chicken.
Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival at Cherry Garden
(10 to 20 June)
Weekday Lunch: 12pm to 230pm
Weekend Brunch: 11am to 1pm (first seating) | 130pm to 33pm (second seating)
Dinner: 630pm to 1030pm
The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore officially unveiled the refreshed poolside Italian restaurant, Dolce Vita about a month ago and while I have been to the restaurant on multiple occasions, I have not dined there since the refresh. I was recently invited down to the restaurant to check out the modern new interiors and also to enjoy a carefully-prepared meal by one of the chefs to celebrate this joyous occasion.
The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is one of the first few luxury hotels that I have first experienced in Singapore - the hotel is one of the best properties in Singapore and it has one of the best swimming pools and club lounges in the Lion City. While I have previously stayed in a Club Marina Bay Room back in 2015, I was interested to check it out once again since The Oriental Club has been recently refurbished. Check out my latest review of the Club Marina Bay Room here at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore with an impressive view!
A brand new look for Dolce Vita has just been officially unveiled by the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Using a mixed palette of browns and neutral tones, the newly-refreshed Italian restaurant exudes sophistication and a chic vibe. Its subtle grey floor is given a dose of edginess with two stunning black and white tile showpieces that adorn the spacious main dining area.
Melt Café at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore will be bringing a mouth-watering buffet of authentic Thai cuisine from 06 March 2017 to 19 March 2017. Savour classic dishes like the Thai glass noodle salad with shrimp and lime chilli dressing (yum woon sen) or try the green papaya salad served with crushed peanuts, dried shrimps, long beans, tomatoes, chilli padi and nam pla (som tam) over at the live station.
The brand new Movie Moments room package at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore guarantees a great escape from the hectic city life with a breakfast-inclusive room package that delivers entertainment through a movie (or more!) of your choice. Available from now until 31 March 2017, the Movie Moments room package is perfect for individuals (especially locals!) who are interested in staying in the room.
Celebrate Christmas in style with a range of luxurious festive goodies from the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore! If you prefer to indulge in your festivities away from home, there are a number of buffets and feasts that you can choose from but more importantly, if you are looking for an experience to remember, nothing beats a wellness experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore!
Indulge in a selection of classic cocktail infusions at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's BAY@5 and the Axis Bar and Lounge between now and 31 December 2016. Select from the Mandarin Negroni with citrus notes to the refreshing Ginger Snap at S$26++ each.
Indulge in a lavish spread of traditional Bavarian cuisine, German beers and good cheer in celebration of Oktoberfest (2016) at Melt Cafe (Mandarin Oriental, Singapore) between 22 September 2016 and 02 October 2016. Held since 1810, Oktoberfest is the largest and most celebrated beer festival which plays an important part of Bavarian culture - it features a wide array of savoury and rich traditional home-style cuisine paired with authentic German beers and vibrant music. Guests will also be able to look forward to the Bavarian Butcher’s selection of the finest German sausages, such as Bratwurst, Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, Frankfurter Bockwurst, Bauernwurst, Weisswurst, served with a delectable side of sauerkraut, horseradish and sweet mustard.
In conjunction with the annual Gusto Italiano, Guest Chef Emanuele Mazzella (who holds a number of Michelin-stars) will be showcasing a spectacular menu of the finest cuisine at Dolce Vita at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore from 12 to 15 October 2016. Born in Ischia on the Amalfi coast, Chef Mazzella’s culinary passion started when he was a child as he became fascinated by the scents from his father’s vegetable garden, then falling in love with his mother’s cooking in the kitchen. With his firm belief of incorporating local seasonal ingredients, Chef Mazzella features outstanding dishes with natural flavours.
Located within the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, the award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Cherry Garden has recently took home the award of Best Business Lunch (Non-Western) category at the G Restaurant Awards 2016. In celebration with this amazing achievement, Executive Chinese Chef Cheng Hon Chau will be showcasing his specialties in new lunch menus from July to September 2016.