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.
Located within the Grand Park Orchard, Mitzo Restaurant & Bar offers progressive Cantonese cuisine with a modern touch. The renowned restaurant has introduced over 30 new dishes in the month of March (2017) and the cocktail list has also been given a slight refresh with the inclusion of new tipples such as Uncle Negroni and Chinese Collins. The newly-revamped food menu at Mitzo showcases the culinary skills of Executive Head Chef Nicky Ng in be able to combine the best elements of traditional Cantonese cooking with a modern twist.
Most people think about overpriced eggs and toasts when you mention brunch but the award-winning Keyaki in Pan Pacific Singapore has taken that typical expectation and transformed it into something amazing. The Bubbly Brunch at Keyaki runs every weekend and public holiday - it is priced from just S$75++ per adult for food only (the quality is truly amazing) and there is also a more indulgent option at S$135++ with free-flowing alcoholic beverages (which includes unlimited Laurent Perrier Brut NV Champagne, Mio Sparkling Sake, Akazaru Sparkling Shochu, Manzairaki Kaga Umeshu Soda, Tiger Beer as well as Red and White Wines).
Gin has gotten a lot more popular in recent years and if you are looking for an affordable to learn more about American Gins without wanting to break the bank, the Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Milenia Singapore offers S$12++ G&Ts every day from 9:00AM to 1:00AM (which pretty much counts as an all-day offer to me). With a dream to 'Make Gin Great Again', The Ritz-Carlton, Milenia Singapore aims to showcase the depth and breadth of botanicals found in American gins by pairing them with uniquely-flavoured tonics and bitters.
Award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Hai Tien Lo (海天楼), will be unveiling a refreshed menu from 01 March 2017. Located within the luxurious Pan Pacific Singapore, Hai Tien Lo is led by Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping (黎东平) to present a menu that will feature premium seafood and uniquely crafted dishes. A comprehensive Fine Wine List will also be made available for diners who would appreciate perfect food and wine pairing.
It has been a year since EMPRESS by The Privé Group opened up within the Asian Civilisation Museum and I remember my last visit to this amazing space has left a lasting impression on how good the food actually was. Therefore, I was really excited to be given the opportunity to check out the Valentine's Day (2017) menu here at EMPRESS before anyone else got to sample it. From 13 February 2017 to 14 February 2017, indulge in intricately-prepared Cantonese fare with a romantic view of the iconic Boat Quay as you celebrate the season of love at EMPRESS.
With so many Italian restaurants in Singapore, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out. As part of a campaign by Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a couple of international influencers (hey you can see some of them in the reflection!) and myself were treated to an evening soirée and a dinner at this charming Italian restaurant along Club Street which is actually nestled within The Scarlet Singapore. Casa Tartufo which literally translates into the House of Truffles, is well-deserving of its name. The restaurant, which honestly feels like an extension of someone's house, has an obsession with the use of quality truffles long before they were commercialised here in Singapore.
Park Hotel Clarke Quay has finally unveiled a brand new all-day dining restaurant along Robertson Quay which is out to impress. Occupying the space where Brizo Restaurant & Bar used to sit, PORTA Fine Food & Import Company has transformed this entire space into a venue that exudes beauty and modern charm. The new restaurant shows no remnants of Brizo-past and the food is for the lack of better word, stunning. Led by Executive Chef Michael Suyanto who was previously leading the team in Bistro du Vin with the Les Amis Group, PORTA is truly a pleasant surprise and one that I have been impressed with right from the moment I stepped foot in.
Not many people know this (myself included) but Amara Singapore Hotel is home to pretty impressive Chinese restaurant - Silk Road. Influenced heavily by Sichuan cuisine, Silk Road offers a curated selection of Chinese Tea and culinary delights that are affordably price (for a restaurant located within a hotel). Read on to find out more about the highlights from the Lunar New Year (2017) menu this year!
Indulge in classic Cantonese dishes at one of the most luxurious Cantonese restaurants in Singapore - Yan Ting at The St. Regis Singapore. Chinese New Year (2017) goodies and takeaway favourites are available until 11 February 2017 - members of the Supper Club at The St. Regis Singapore can receive up to 25% off gourmet takeaways.
Indulge in a selection of gourmet delicacies that have been handpicked this Lunar New Year (2017) at the 10 at Claymore (located within the Pan Pacific Orchard). The Spring Time Oyster Rhapsody will feature five varieties of freshly-shucked oysters alongside prominent dishes that are often consumed during the Chinese New Year.