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 signature Cantonese restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Summer Pavilion, has received a one-star rating (2016-2018) in the Michelin Guide Singapore for three consecutive years. Led by Chinese Executive Chef Cheung Siu Kong and Restaurant Manager, Gery Lee, Summer Pavilion has established itself as one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Singapore that not only offer amazing food, great personalised service but also one of the most beautiful interiors in the country. From 21 January 2019 to 19 February 2019, indulge in a selection of exquisite dishes this year with six- to eight-course set lunch and dinner menus. Diners who celebrate the first 15 days of the Lunar New Year at Summer Pavilion will also receive a set of exclusive Ritz-Carlton red packets and a pair of Mandarin oranges, per reservation.
When I first checked out Madame Fan at The NCO Club, I was completely won over by the brilliantly-executed dishes, the ambiance and more importantly, the juxtaposition of old world nostalgia and new world charm. This is the first year that Madame Fan is celebrating the Lunar New Year festival (since the fine-dining restaurants only opened its doors last year) and they have crafted a series of Set Lunch and Set Dinner menus which are available from now until 19 February 2019.
Racines at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre will be offering a series of festive set menus for the upcoming Lunar New Year from 21 January 2019 to 22 February 2019. Last month, I was invited down to the restaurant to check out some of the menu highlights and there were a couple of standout dishes (some of them are available for takeout too and there is an Early Bird Offer if you act fast!) that I would be sharing here. It is also worth noting that all Chinese New Year dining specials at Racines comes inclusive with Yu Sheng.
The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore was one of the first few hotels that I have stayed in when I relocated back to Singapore a number of years back. Last year, I stayed in a Club Marina Bay Room to check out the newly-refurbished Oriental Club and ever since I have gotten my American Express Platinum Card, I have been thinking about another staycation since the FHR Benefits for this property seem pretty good. Located near the Marina Bay, this luxurious property has just unveiled a brand new dining concept - MO BAR, which occupies the previous space where Axis Bar and Lounge used to sit, is the latest addition to the bar scene in Singapore. Led by Bar Manager Michele Mariotti who was previously as The Berkley and The Savoy in London, the cocktails here are not for the fainthearted and the inventive food will leave you craving for more.
Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has just introduced the first of The Chef's Table series and this monthly affair will feature different dishes that are based on the inspiration of the award-winning Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung as well as the supply of seasonal produce. Priced at S$128++ per person, The Chef's Table series will be hind in Shang Palace's private dining room (with a private lounge area) where guests can embark on a six-course epicurean journey with Chef Mok as he shares personal stories and inspirations behind his cooking.
The NCO Club is one of the latest lifestyle destinations in Singapore this year and it houses four distinctive F&B concepts - Madame Fan (Chinese restuarant), Cool Cats (jazz bar), Fish Pool (Champagne and Oyster Bar) as well as Stags' Room (wine bar). Located on 32 Beach Road, The NCO Club is located in between the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach as well as the distinctive Raffles Singapore. I was recently invited down by the team to check out Madame Fan which in their words, is a 'etiquette-free entertainment lifestyle concept' - this means that while the food is authentic, the dining experience is different from what is typically associated to traditional Chinese restaurants.
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.