Wah Lok at the Carlton Hotel Singapore ran a pretty great lobster promotion last month and if you have indeed missed out on it, the restaurant is running a Braised Whole South African Abalone promotion in May 2016 for just S$32++ (instead of S$48++) per piece. If abalone is not for you, the restaurant also serves up really good dim sum and double-boiled soups - I dare say the dim sum is one of the best in Singapore!
When you are here at Wah Lok, you can't go without giving the Baked Barbecued Pork Buns a try. More commonly known as Bo Lo Bao, these pork buns have that perfect caramelisation on the top yet remaining soft, fluffy and delicious on the inside. The deep-fried Yam Rolls with Seafood is also another one to try - firstly the dish just looks amazing and despite being deep-fried, you will find no remnants of oil. Secondly, beneath that crispy surface is a beautiful combination of taro and fresh seafood. Wah Lok also serves up some of the best vegeratian dim sums that I have had - the translucent skin (which reminds me slightly of Vietnamese rice paper) is chewy, thin and delicate while the ingredients remain flavourful and crunchy - perfect!
Looking for something a little heavier? Try the simple but delicious Steamed Carrot Cake here at Wah Lok - be sure to ask for some XO Sauce (if it isn't already on your table) for that great finish.
If you are looking to celebrate an important occasion (like the upcoming Mother's Day or someone's birthday), you may consider the Braised Whole South African Abalone which is available at a special price of S$32++ per piece in the month of May 2016 - cut into the supple and tender flesh of the abalone and dip it into that amazing braised sauce.
Another thing to look forward to in Wah Lok is the desserts. While I do enjoy the famous Avocado Cream a lot, I've decided to try something different this time so I ended up with the Mango Pudding with Pomelo and boy was that a great decision! I love the consistency of the mango and the pudding itself - firm and chewy.
If you are looking for something a little more healthy, opt for one of the Herbal Jelly desserts that Wah Lok has.
This was an invited media-tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.
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.
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.