The beautiful Pool Grill at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is running a Flavours of Spain promotion (until 13 March 2016) with Guest Chef Albertz Ortiz to bring you an array of Spanish delicacies that is surprisingly affordable. When I checked out the Pool Grill previously, I was pretty impressed by the quality and presentation of food. Read on to find out more about my experience with the 4-Course Set Dinner below!
I arrived at Pool Grill slightly early for dinner so I ended up with a pretty nice sunset by the pool. Also, it seems like there is now an option to have dinner by the pool in one of these private cabanas.
Coming from Barcelona, Guest Chef Albert Ortiz has had 12 years of experience in established restaurants across Spain and Singapore. Beginning his career as a Commis Chef in 2004, Chef Albert is now a renowned Executive Chef for traditional Spanish cuisine.
The 4-course Set Dinner is priced affordably at S$58++ per person and it comes with a choice of Appetiser, Starter, Main and Dessert. For my first course, I have selected the Pan-seared Scallop, “Sofrito” Purée, Chorizo “Migas”, Caviar Oil, Dill which was beautifully cooked - even Gordon Ramsay would probably approve! I love the texture of the Chorizo "Migas" which translates into "Chorizo Crumbs", is inspired by the apotheosis of old bread.
My favourite dish of the night has to be the starter - Grilled Octopus, Crusty Pork Jowl, Buttered Mashed Potato, Smoked Spanish Paprika Oil. You will not go wrong with a perfectly grilled chunky octopus. Also, that Crusty Pork Jowl which has been sous vide and then carefully cut really provided that melt-in-your-mouth texture which is difficult to replicate. The mash potato still remained texture but I would have personally preferred a more consistent texture.
For my choice of mains, I went with the Braised Beef Cheek, Olive Oil Crashed Potato, Baby Carrots, Passion Fruit. Fork-tender beef cheek that is served with a caramelised glaze - I love everything about the beef but I have failed to find much of the passion fruit component in this dish.
Finally, for dessert, the deconstructed Lemon Tart, Italian Meringue, Candied Grapefruit, and Pistachio. I loved how refreshing the sorbet was and the tartness that went with it - definitely one to try but I did hear the other dessert choice was equally good.
I wrote about the availability of new U.S. Prime Grade Cuts from Greater Omaha at the Hilton Singapore's Opus Bar & Grill a couple of weeks ago and I recently invited down to the restaurant to check out the menu for myself when I was staying over at the Hilton Singapore last weekend. Remember you can easily get S$50 back in statement credit when you charge at least S$300 to an eligible American Express card.
The highly-anticipated Hairy Crabs are back at Pan Pacific Singapore's Hai Tien Lo today - from 17 October 2016 to 27 November 2016, savour these highly-prized crustaceans which are well-known for their creamy golden roe. Enjoy a selection of delicacies prepared by Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping through a special prix fixe menu or order them from the a la carte menu to find out why these crabs are regarded as one of the most premium crustaceans around!
White Rose Cafe at York Hotel Singapore needs no introduction - it is home to the famous Penang Hawkers' Fare which happens three times a year. Executve Chef Charlie Tham has recently launched a brand new Wok Hei Specialties menu that showcases four local favourite dishes at S$15++ each. This special menu is only available between 01 October 2016 and 15 December 2016 so make sure you do not miss out on it!
Ding Dong continues to serve up contemporary takes on traditional Asian cuisine since the relocation in July earlier this year to this beautiful new location at 115 Amoy Street. This modern Southeast Asian restaurant has also introduced a refreshed cocktail programme in addition to its original and much well-loved food menu. Ding Dong has also recently extended the weekday Set Lunch special to Saturday so you can enjoy all the favourites at the same affordable price even on a Saturday!
In the month of October 2016, indulge in an English Afternoon Tea experience with Pink Treats at the Goodwood Park Hotel's L'Espresso. This ever-popular English Afternoon Tea buffet will feature for a limited-time only, an array of pink treats that have been specially created in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Diners will also receive a Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) pink ribbon pin which is worth S$2 - guests will also be able to make a minimum donation of S$2 for more pins and all donations will go towards the BCF.
If you are ever craving for Japanese on a Saturday and you want to indulge in a really affordable but still amazing buffet, you should check out the Kinki Restaurant + Bar that overlooks the impressive Marina Bay waterfront (and the Marina Bay Sands, of course). The weekly Bottomless Brunch on Saturday has gained quite a bit of traction lately so it is definitely important for you to make a reservation beforehand (unless you are keen to have disappointment for lunch instead).
Before anyone gets too excited, there are no naked photos of anyone in this post at all. Naked in the Sky is an extension to Naked for Satan. Before I even tell you about Naked in the Sky, I had to find out why exactly is Naked for Satan named as such. With a curious mind, I went forth to find the answer to my question and this is what I found out: A guy named Satanovich (hereby known as Satan) used to distill moonshine in his underpants during the sweltering summer months. Since the moonshine was illegal, patrons used to use the code phrase "Let's get Naked for Satan" to gain access to this well-guarded but highly-regarded liquor.
Boasting a homemade rempah (spice paste) that is made from scratch, NOW Noodles + at Novena Square 2 is currently serving up five different noodles at a price point of S$9.80 Nett. While many of you may have heard about the Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg already, I was recently invited down to this restaurant to give all five flavours a go.
Between now until 02 October 2016, savour a mouth-watering spread of Vietnamese favourites at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore's Town Restaurant as three guest chefs from the luxurious The Nam Hai, Hoi An in Vietnam bring some of the region's best to our sunny island. This dinner-only buffet will be made available for a short period of time only so if you are a huge fan of Vietnamese cuisine, be sure to head on down to check it out.
Izakayas are traditionally gastropubs that people frequent especially after work. If you are ever in need of a place to drink and more importantly, to enjoy quality food, you will definitely have to check out ShuKuu Izakaya which is located along Stanley Street. For those of us who are not that great with where things are generally, it is pretty close to Telok Ayer MRT Station and where PS.Cafe along Ann Siang Road is. Could this be Singapore's best izakaya?