The Pan Pacific Singapore is one of my favourite hotels in Singapore for many reasons - the higher-tier rooms are beautiful and comparatively affordable (you can sometimes get a suite for $500), the GHA Black benefits are great, the food's always good and the service staff are always amazing. While the other restaurants (e.g. Hai Tien Lo, Keyaki and Edge) are consistently in the limelight for offering some of the best food around, the Atrium and Pacific Marketplace are often overshadowed by their better performing siblings. For instance, not many people actually know that the Pan Pacific Singapore offers TWO kinds of Afternoon Tea sets that you can choose from - English and Peranakan.
The English Afternoon Tea Menu is more suitable for those with a sweeter tooth. Presented on an elegant three-tier stand, the English version offers an array of pastries and scones that will entice your tastebuds. Some of the creations include the following:
- Charcoal Bun w ith Smoked Salmon
- Beetroot Bun with Crab Meat and Avocado
- Classic Dark Raisin Scones
- Lemon Meringue Tart
- Almond Florentine Tuile
- Caramel Croquembouche
The Peranakan Afternoon Tea Menu (my personal favourite) is great for people who enjoys more savoury delights. Offering you a taste of the Peranakan cooking skills, this Afternoon Tea set will feature dishes like the the Nyonya Kueh Pie Tee, Traditional Penang Popiah and Apam Balik. My personal favourite? The Chef's Special Traditional Nyonya Chicken Curry! Both the English and the Peranakan Afternoon Tea comes with complimentary and free-flowing coffee and Gryphon Tea. There is also a Champagne option if you are feeling a little indulgent.
Pan Pacific Singapore
Atrium and Pacific Marketplace
S$38++ | S$58++ | S$68++
(Coffee and Tea | Glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne | Glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne)
The Summer Pavilion at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore needs no introduction - it was the first Cantonese restaurant in a hotel to receive One Michelin star in Singapore and the food has always been consistently good. I have been to the restaurant on multiple occasions (usually in the day) and the lighting has always been great but unfortunately this time, I was stuck with a dinner tasting of the Chinese New Year menu and therefore the images do not do the food any justice.
Since Carlton Hotel Singapore’s grand opening in 1988, Wah Lok (the hotel’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant) has continually been ranked as one of “Singapore’s Best Restaurants” as well as “Singapore’s Top Restaurants” by both Singapore Tatler magazine as well as Wine & Dine magazine respectively. If you are looking for the most delicious Pen Cai (or Treasure Pot) in Singapore, look no further - it is here at Wah Lok in Carlton Hotel Singapore!
When Jiang-Nan Chun at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore was re-introduced approximately two years ago, it brought along a wave of new dishes that combines the best of Cantonese-cuisine with a modern interpretation. One of the most memorable dishes for me personally was the Signature Peking Duck that is served with caviar even. This year, with a new chef at its helm, the culinary team over at Jiang-Nan Chun has once again reinvented itself to serve not only delicious food but one that is intricately-plated as well.
The Lunar New Year celebration at InterContinental Singapore's Man Fu Yuan is always something that regulars would look forward to each year. I was fortunate enough to be invited down by the team at the property for a preview of some of the new dishes and surely enough, it did not disappoint.
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!