Today is the last day of 2010, and as I gaze back into the year, quite a lot of eventful and tasty treats have been found each month. It is an exciting year for the F&B industry with plenty of new restaurants in new malls opening especially those from the Integrated Resorts and Somerset area catering to an even wider audience. As a flashback, let’s take a look at what features this food blog has for each month.
This is probably my first encounter with the RAMEN Craze in Singapore. Suddenly, more dedicated ramen shops started sprouting about the major shopping districts with long queues hailing the front door. The visit to Ippudo Singapore where the focus lies strongly on the Ippudo pork broth used for the ramen had actually generated a queue in which I stood in for 45 minutes before getting a seat.
And with January being my birthday month, I took the day to celebrate my 20th birthday at Miss Clarity Cafe. My dinner was specially crafted by Executive Chef Jonathan and it was my very first custom French dinner. Look at that beautiful Candied Onion Gratin in the picture! It was a joyous memory topped with home made marshmallows and macaroons, though the establishment has since changed hands and chef.
I remember this month vividly for the exciting freshness of cuisine from Sushi Tarafuku at 313@Somerset. They had an ongoing promotion then of up to 50% discount and I recalled having servings of Uni Sashimi. And their Salmon Sushi at that time was oh so good that it literally melted in your mouth. Finesse in skill, though the restaurant has now changed its concept to an affordable buffet establishment.
The month I discovered restaurant quality coffeeshop prices Seafood and Nepalese cuisine under a HDB Block in Toa Payoh Lorong 4. Imagine indulging in Lobster with Fish Fillet or the ever popular Rack of Lamb at affordable value and if you are keen to try out flavours from Nepal, you could even go for the MoMo!
April was a month of skills and secrets and this was when I found out the steps to a Master Xiao Long Bao craftsmanship from Din Tai Fung at their inaugural Blogger’s Culinary Workshop. A lot of work goes into making just one Xiao Long Bao and each ingredient to make one at Din Tai Fung is precisely measured out in terms of weight, size and quantity for that absolute need for perfection. One Xiao Long Bao requires a Six Man Team. Food for thought?
May saw Millenia Walk revamped with the opening of a new wing PARCO. The restaurant level is unique as while there is the main feature of Japanese eateries and restaurants, there lies singularly in the center a full fleged Italian restaurant TAVOLO. And the best dish I had there could well be the Piadina con Arugola, Prosciutto, Mozzarella. Mmmmmm.
Marina Bay Sands launches great fanfare to the restaurants sector with the showcase of the 7 Celebrity Chef restaurants setting up in Singapore. A Chance for Seven Gastronomic Journeys under one roof in Singapore, a world’s first! Labeled as a “dream team that is nearly impossible to surpass”, partake in flavours crafted by Chefs Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Santi Santamaria, Tetsuya Wakuda, Justin Quek, Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck.
It was great meeting quite a few food bloggers again this month at an Exclusive Bloggers’ Preview of Patite Patisserie. Not what you would imagine to be as a dessert shoppe, Patite Patisserie brings the cake to you and allows you the freedom to decorate it yourself all while at home! Get a basic cake from them, and start decorating away!
Celebrity Chef Restaurant SANTI unveils the introduction of a new Tapas Bar and lounge featuring an all new tapas menu with masterpieces of Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy simple yet breathtaking dishes like the Assortment of Iberic Charcuterie Platter with “Pa amb tornaquet” where the ham itself is delightfully fatty enough and the glaze of olive oil accentuates the creaminess, salty texture and smoothness of the meat. Pair that with maybe a glass of Sangria or even the frozen tapas of Japanese Peaces with Hibiscus Granite and the night is settled!
Heritage from former colonial India is remembered here at Vintage India with Fine Indian Cuisine served a la Western style complete with a majestic decor in a beautiful bungalow at Dempsey Hill. Classics of the past is well preserved in the menu and the beauty of Indian food culture is presented in yet another perspective. Excellent with full robust flavours, the restaurant is an epitome towards how rich history and tradition from different worlds can sometimes meet to form a beautiful harmony.
This has been a month of firsts for me. I first visited Holland Village, first visited Ghim Moh, first discovered La Fromagerie by Edith and Julien – a dedicated Cheese and gourmet shop at Chip Bee Gardens. And this is definitely the place to visit for cheese lovers like me. I went past the doors and saw the bright labels of “Cheese Shop” stuck on it and I knew I had to go in. Savour the different cheeses from different families and if you feel like having an excellent French fine dining meal, don’t forget Le St’ Julien at the waterboat house.
ToTT Cooking Studio opened to much interest as it was both a cooking lifestyle hub as well as as a professional cooking studio for classes. I had the chance to learn Peranakan cuisine at a Gastronomic Adventure Session with Chef Malcolm Lee of The Candlenut Kitchen. All ingredients provided with and a cooking experience that is well worth to take away from the course. Look at that Curry Chicken I whipped up above at the session! Hungry?
December proves a tough month to find feature articles and there quite a few.I initially could not decide between the two and both of them coincidentally are from Marina Bay Sands. Eventually I felt that both are just as deserving maybe complimentary of each other. First up, The Chocolate Bar. Atop the Sands SkyPark and open to the public at The Club from 8pm onwards everyday till midnight, The Chocolate Bar is priced affordably at $38++ and one is promised an excellent range of chocolates crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Alejandro and his team. And while the carrot may be the chocolates, don’t forget to indulge in the extravagant scenery from the Sands SkyPark where full viewing access is available for guests.
I celebrated this year’s Christmas and my mum’s 50th birthday at Marina Bay Sands RISE with their Christmas buffet for the evening. A smorgasbord of tantalizing traditional feasts are available from the luscious foie gras, cuts of a huge assortment of cheeses to interesting cocktail fare such as the Egg White Emulsion with Truffle Oil and Black Caviar. It was priced at only $88++ and with the refreshing open-aired dining experience under the night stars in the cool comforts of the hotel, this was definitely a night to remember.
2010 will be over in a few hours time and then its the start of a brand new year. To all my readers out there who have continuously supported GourmetEstorie, thank you very much! Do keep visiting as we all engage in another year of exciting feasts and delectable delights ahead!
And for now, I wish all my readers a Delightful and Joyful Happy New Year!