Decadent Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore!

Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore is proud to launch their weekly decadent, gourmet buffet delight – the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet! With a stunning view of Singapore’s Marina Bay and the South China Sea through the restaurant’s ceiling-high windows from the 32nd floor of Asia Square Tower 2, diners are promised a spectacular afternoon away from the crowds.

Featuring a smorgasbord of mouthwatering delights, tuck in to a generous selection of fresh seafood, roasts, classic international brunch dishes, local and regional favourites, all on top a free-flow selection of champagne, wine, beer, selected cocktails and soft drinks! The champagne brunch buffet is available every Sunday at $148++ or at $88++ (with only one glass of champagne or drink of your choice). And without further ado, here are some gorgeous pictures to whet your appetite further.

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Yantra – A Shining Gem of Fine Indian Cuisine Crafted by Chef Hemant Oberoi

A Wonderful and Happy Lunar New Year to all my readers! After a snazzy 2016 and a month’s break in January, there is certainly much to look forward to in this year ahead. The past one year has been great for this website. After about 9 years running, I am pleased to formally welcome three new contributors to this website. There is Elliot who is both skilled in his writing and as a chef in his personal kitchen. There is Benjamin who delivers fresh insight and a new-found appreciation for food that speaks to his values as he sails the seas. And there is Tom who simply wishes to savour the moment and introduce the best just for you. Look out for their articles as we make our way through 2017! It brings me with great pleasure then to also start the new year with one of the finest contemporary Indian restaurants that I’ve discovered here in Singapore.

Yantra, the eight year old fine dining Indian restaurant at the Tanglin Mall, is now a proud partner with the famed Chef Hemant Oberoi, the former Grand Executive Chef of the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. After a series of chefs that were part of the Yantra mantle, Chef Oberoi has now entered and revamped the menu to feature a more artisanal, contemporary Indian fare that is refined and layered with flavour. For the prestige and nuanced touch that Chef Oberoi inspires into the menu, it is no wonder then that one must be prepared to pay a premium. But for the experience to taste a repertoire that has once graced the plates and palates of dignitaries like the Clintons and the Obamas, this might be a journey well worth it.

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Sumptuous Hokkaido Harvests Buffet Returns to Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard!

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Triple Three at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore is set to bring back, for a limited time only, its gastronomically amazing Hokkaido Harvest buffet! From 19 to 30 October 2016, be enthralled with some of the freshest sushi and sashimi specially flown in from Hokkaido. Look out for favourites such as the scallop and hamachi, and of course indulge in portions of King Crab (Taraba-gani) and Snow Crab (Zuwai Gani).

New on the menu this year are mouthwatering items such as the luscious Onsen Tamago with Uni (Soft Boiled Egg with Sea Urchin) and the Kani Miso Gratin. And this is not forgetting robtayaki dishes from the Wagyu, Hokkaido Beef Curry, to the Madara Agedashi Shirako.  Continue reading “Sumptuous Hokkaido Harvests Buffet Returns to Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard!”

En Sakaba – Casual Japanese Restaurant with Unique Tapas and Sake!

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Before my recent flight abroad, my friends and I were looking around for a dinner place to get-together and enjoy a few drinks or two. One of the main considerations for me was that it had to be something that I could not immediately get while in the UK. While there was the option of good ol’ hawker fare (something that I am now starting to miss), we quickly decided on visiting En Sakaba at JEM – mainly for its then opening promotion of 30% off all regular-priced sake bottles.

En Sakaba is not your traditional Japanese Izakaya, though it does establish itself as a hybrid with a casual bistro bar setting. The extensive selection of sake, alongside a smattering of beers, cocktails and wines, will please any table looking for a drink; and the food is at best discerned as Japanese influenced tapas. Signatures which are highly worth the recommendation are items such as the Grilled Hotate on half-shell, which can come topped with options such as Uni sauce, Foie Gras, Zuwai Kani Miso or Mentaiko Cheese. Other delights such as the Kurobuta Niku No Hoho Yaki and the Zuwai Kani Miso Kourayaki were also favourites around the table. But if something more filling is needed, a must order is the Foie Gras Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don. For its price, good use of Japanese rice, decent-enough portion and use of gorgeously cooked beef, I do think it is a winner to go alongside a pint of ice-cold beer. And the best part, it was amazing to see how reasonably priced most of the tapas items were.

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Shukuu Izakaya – The Japanese Local Bar Restaurant Re-Imagined!

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I love a good izakaya. There is first something about its ambience, which promises a mix of liveliness and warmth, that eases one into comfortably into the setting. Once settled in, a round of drinks, or two, would quickly add to the mood. The food is then a good accompaniment as the evening goes on. Friends are a must. It is, after all, a place of escape and solace for the regular Japanese salaryman.  Continue reading “Shukuu Izakaya – The Japanese Local Bar Restaurant Re-Imagined!”

Pistachio, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill by Chef Khaled Elelimi!

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Nestled within the heart of Balestier at Zhongshan Mall, lies a quaint, Middle-eastern restaurant named Pistachio. Owned and helmed by Chef Khaled Elelimi, former Middle-Eastern Chef at the Shangri-La hotel, Pistachio features a selection of Khaled’s culinary specialties, limited mostly by the restaurant’s small kitchen and team.

I was not entirely surprised when Chef Khaled chose the name Pistachio. Since his days at the Shangri-La, I’ve somehow associated the tasty nut with Chef’s cuisine, having had the opportunity to try some of the most fantastic of desserts made with it. For Chef, however, Pistachios are also a sign of good luck and joy, a legacy of its fabled use in both the Middle East and China. Continue reading “Pistachio, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill by Chef Khaled Elelimi!”