If you work around the Milennia Walk and Promenade area, you would have already known about the amazing gin happy hour that the Conrad Centennial Singapore runs every evening. This luxurious property has gone one step ahead to reveal The Gin Experience which allows guests to create their customised Gin & Tonic from just S$12++ a glass during happy hour - there are 12 premium gins, 7 tonics, 8 bitters and over 30 garnishes for you to choose from to create your very own G&T.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was invited down to check out the brand new Gin Experience by the Conrad Centennial Singapore and I took most of the photos under heavy alcohol influence - please do bear with me if the photos do not look spectacular. With so many gins, bitters, tonics and garnishes to choose from, it is pretty easy to get overwhelmed but thankfully there is a simple four step process to creating your very own G&T - there are also recommended ones if you just want to let the experts do their jobs.
Let us start with the basics - the one thing that makes and break the drink:
- Beefeater 24, England
- Plymouth Original, England
- Hendrick’s, Scotland
- Brooklyn Gin, USA
- Citadelle Original, France
- Death’s Door, USA
- G’Vine Nouaison, France
- Ford’s Dry Gin, England
- Hayman’s Old Tom, England
- Sipsmith London Dry, England
- St. George Terroir. USA
- Sipsmith Sloe Gin, England
Seriously, from the list of gin above, you should already be convinced to check out the brand new Gin Experience here at the Conrad Centennial Singapore. At just S$12++ during happy hour, having some of these premium gins (sorry Beefeater but I'm not talking about it) is just a huge deal.
Remember while The Gin Experience is designed for you to have fun and create the perfect G&T, you should not be discouraged from trying some of the beautiful concoctions there - play safe if you are not familiar with the ingredients at the start but definitely get creative over time! The Gin Experience is available daily from October 28, 2016 at S$22++ per glass, or at S$12++ per glass during happy hour, GIN-O’clock from 5pm to 7pm. Go social and get Gin-spired. Share a photo of your gin concoction on your social feed with hashtags #GetGinspired #ConradSingapore, and enjoy an extended GIN-O'clock to 9pm, valid till November 27, 2016.
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.
If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have already known that the season for mooncakes (i.e. Mid-Autumn Festival) is coming up really soon and in the spirit of good fun, I have compiled what I would like to call a Mooncake Price Index (even though if we were to be pedantic, it is inaccurate to term it as that) for 2017. What I have done is basically gone through the price lists of all the hotel mooncakes that I have tasted so far to find out what the average price (GST inclusive) per baked and snowskin mooncake is - I have included both normal-size and mini-size ones for the sake of completeness. Do note that when there are multiple prices for different flavours, the cheapest price is utilised in this calculation.
When I visited Beijing last month in the summer, I stayed at the newly-built Hotel Jen Beijing which is a 5-star property located in the heart of Beijing's Guomao Central Business District (CBD). If you are thinking about getting from Singapore to Beijing, I highly recommend the SQ802 flight (check out my experience in Business Class HERE!) which will get you there by 2:40PM. One of the things that truly impressed me during my stay was the existence of a microbrewery within the hotel - these beers are then served in the Beersmith Gastropub ((鲜啤吧) which is connected to the main lobby of the Hotel Jen Beijing.
The Tower Wing of the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has only quite recently completed a massive refurbishment that saw the re-introduction of a newly-designed lobby, new restaurants (including the impressive NAMI which I was at a couple of weeks ago) and brand new rooms. During my recent stay at one of the brand new rooms in Tower Wing, I decided to check out the Lobby Lounge after hearing quite a bit about it.
Ash & Elm at the InterContinental Singapore has just relaunched a new Sunday Champagne Brunch experience that spans over three culinary theatres. Apart from an array of fresh seafood selection, a caviar bar, an extensive selective of charcuterie and cheeses as well as mains and desserts, diners over at Ash & Elm will also be able to enjoy unlimited orders from the special Tasting Platters menu which integrates the different components of breakfast into a la minute dishes.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has quite recently unveiled a refurbished Tower Wing with a striking new lobby, rooms, Horizon Club lounge as well as the introduction of a couple new dining concepts. The long-standing Japanese restaurant, Nadaman, which has been opened since 1984, has now been removed from the property and a brand new Japanese fine-dining restaurant, NAMI, is now open on Level 24 of the Tower Wing.
Having just spent a weekend at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, I dare say that it is one of the most luxurious hotels that I have ever been to in Singapore. Offering spectacular views of the iconic Marina Bay waterfront through 10 metre-high floor-to-ceiling windows, La Brasserie has just recently undergone a refurbishment process to to feature refreshed furnishings and new drapery by the famous Jim Thomson. The interiors have been revitalised with a more contemporary influence and a brand new Set Dinner menu has been unveiled to showcase some of the restaurant's best dishes.
It has been slightly under a year since my last visit to the Hilton Singapore's rooftop Italian restaurant, il Cielo, and so I was very excited to check out the new dining experience with newly-appointed Chef de Cuisine, Yohhei Sasaki. Chef Sasaki has culinary experience across one-to-three Michelin-starred Italian restaurants in Tuscany and Lombardia where he perfected his skills to combine the seasonal Italian and Japanese gourmet produce to create unique Italian dishes with a touch of Japanese flair. Two degustation menus (wine-pairing available) for dinner (also available during lunch) have been created by Chef Sasaki to showcase some of his signature dishes.
The One-Ninety Bar which is located within the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has only quite recently unveiled a brand new Weekend Afternoon Tea experience where diners can select from a variety of TWG Teas and specially-brewed Lavazza Coffee. Available from 2:00PM to 5:00PM on weekends only, the Weekend Afternoon Tea experience is best enjoyed alongside unlimited servings of a curated sweet and savoury selection.
The Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction and especially since the completion of its multi-million dollar refurbishment back in April 2016, this place is looking better than ever. Created by the talented Pastry Chef Ben Goh, the brand new Spring-inspired Afternoon Tea: Au Jardin presents a carefully curated culinary journey through the lavender fields of Provence and the sakura cherry blossoms of Japan. This special Afternoon Tea creation which is both pleasing to the eye and satisfying to the tummy will only be available until 31 July 2017 at The Lobby Lounge.
Oscar's at the Conrad Centennial Singapore has just relaunched the Sunday Brunch experience with a greater variety of quality meats and seafood, Champagne, premium wines, beers (including unlimited Hitachino Nest craft beers) and access to the craft Gin & Tonic Bar. While there is no lack of Sunday Brunches in Singapore, Oscar's differentiates itself from the competition by offering not just variety but quality that you do not normally associate with buffets - the roasts, seafood and beverages especially are all proof to that. If you are serious about quality drinks and food, this is the Sunday Brunch to be at!