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.
The rooms at the Conrad Centennial Singapore have undergone a massive refresh and they are now looking great! In fact, the Executive Lounge in the property is currently going through a series of refurbishment to ensure that it stays in line with the new brand standards and global image. In spite of these changes, one thing that stayed constant throughout is the quality of food at Golden Peony - the luxury hotel's signature Chinese restaurant. For the Lunar New Year ahead, Chinese Executive Chef Ku Keung has once again created a series of creative dishes that combines the best of traditional Cantonese cooking techniques with a much more modern presentation.
The Sofitel Singapore City Centre officially opened just over two months ago and Racines has already established itself as a prominent restaurant in the central business district. I was completely won-over by Racines since my first visit and I have been back on multiple occasions for lunch and dinner (in fact, I even considered getting an Accor Plus membership at some point because I really enjoyed the food!). While the French kitchen in Racines (led by Chef Jean-Charles Dubois) has been objectified as one of the best places in the area for well-executed French cuisine, most diners have not tried many dishes from the Chinese menu. As such, the Sofitel Singapore City Centre wanted to make up of the upcoming Lunar New Year (2018) to showcase some of the culinary highlights from the Chinese kitchen and from what I have seen so far, it is looking pretty good!
The White Rose Cafe in York Hotel Singapore is famous for the Penang Hawkers' Fare which happens three times each year (it's coming back this weekend!). What a lot of people do not realise however is that it actually does not operate as a buffet restaurant for lunch and dinner on a regular day. Instead it serves up local dishes at a relatively affordable rate (especially when you are sharing) and the restaurant has recently added a number of new specialties into the a la carte menu.
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has unveiled a refreshed interior in May 2017 alongside a refocused culinary direction. Following the success of this revitalisation but more importantly, to concentrate on serving quality food and great service, Jade has steered away from the two-seating weekend dim sum buffet menu to introduce the one-seating Gourmet Dim Sum Treasure menus set instead.
One of the most highly-anticipated hotels to open in Singapore this year is the Sofitel Singapore City Centre. The flagship Sofitel property will officially be opening her doors on 02 October 2017 (even though there are paying guests staying in-house already) and alongside this opening will be the introduction of a brand new restaurant, Racines, which is helmed by the award-winning Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois.
Singapore is a foodie heaven and especially so if you enjoy Cantonese food - there are no lack of restaurants here that offer quality dim sum. When I stayed over at the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove last month, I was surprised to find out that the WOK°15 Kitchen actually offers a really affordable weekend a la carte dim sum lunch buffet for only S$38++ per adult (half price for children). I have passed by the ONE°15 Marina Club on multiple occasions (like when I last stayed at the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove) but I never knew the restaurants were actually open to public - you do not need to be a member to dine in them!
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.