YOTEL unveils unique dining experience with chic drinks, KOMYUNITI

Author: Alex Chua

Tucked on the 10th floor of YOTEL is KOMYUNITI, a venue where people connect over nice food and drinks. It is a bar, restaurant, alfresco terrace and a co-working space combined together. KOMYUNITI means ‘community’ and this is evident in the furnishings and layout that invites guests to network, socialise, co-work, eat and drink. Helmed by Head Chef Mark Tai and F&B Manager, As’ad Isnin, expect yummy modern Jap creations crafted via their very own culinary and mixologist experiences and interpretations.

Being just recently launched on 1st November, I love the feel of having mod-Jap cuisines in these sleek, stunning surrounds.


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To start, we had the Salmon Poke – marinated cubes of salmon served with crispy fried onion crackers on the side. Very Hawaiian-vibe, very refreshing with a hint of spiciness (house-made Chili Sauce), the salmon has to be really fresh to be served as poke.


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Next, we had the Curry Corn Soup and Mama’s Tomato Soup. I particularly love the cream of corn, with its curry spices for a surprising touch without being too overwhelming. Comes in plate of 3 cups, these small plates are perfect for those having a small intimate gathering.


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It is so easy to pop this plate of Buttermilk Fried Chicken. I love the mouthfeels when bite into the cornmeal crusted skin, it is not oily at all yet so juicy and tender. Would be good if the sweet potato mash can be a heap too!


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Obviously, the high-quality proteins take the lead here. The pinkish Slow Roasted Duck Breast packs that meaty, flavourful punch even though they are thinly sliced, while the Roasted Pork Belly possessed a full-bodied taste, it is thankfully not salty but savoury. The meat-fat ratio is evenly distributed and the crispy crackling skin is a clear winner.


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If you don’t drink you haven’t been to KOMYUNITI. Just kidding, but the bar does mix pretty interesting cocktails that suits the style of refined, contemporary Jap. KOMpliment, KOMYUNITI’s signature cocktail, is fruity and fragrant, and made with butterfly pea flower-infused gin for that delicate touch of iridescent purple. We’ve also tried tropical cocktails like the vanilla-infused gin Tiki Chin Chin, sours like vodka-based Chaussettes, and bittersweet Benjamin Button. The one kicker for me is Fat Roger. Perhaps I overindulged so the fat-washed bourbon suits that occasion. To drink you will need to first roll the smoked ham with dried cranberries, eat it and then wash it down with whisky.

To sum up, KOMYUNITI hosts quite an extensive selection of delectable dishes and fancy cocktails with a welcoming, feel-good environment.

KOMYUNITI
Level 10, 366 Orchard Road, Singapore 238904
Breakfast 6:30am – 10:30am (11am on Sat, Sun, Public Holidays)
Lunch & Dinner: 12pm – 12am (1am on Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holidays)

Celebrate Chinese New Year at ParkRoyal on Beach Road

Author: Alex Chua

Pig out this Chinese New Year at Ginger, Park Royal on Beach Road as Executive Chef Vincent Aw serves up extensive auspicious culinary delights. The all-day dining restaurant features an array of delicious dishes up for kiap-ping like Braised Pig Ear Terrine with Chinese Herbs at the Salad station, Baby Lobster with Abalone Sauce, Abalone Fried Rice, and Braised Dried Oyster with Sea Moss on the Hot Food isle. What is special is the D.I.Y Yu Sheng station. Perhaps the first in Singapore, you can create your own Prosperity Yu Sheng at the Yu Sheng counter to toss up a good fortune.

Here are a few dishes that I’ve kiap-ed (or grabbed) and enjoyed thoroughly, so if you’re here for the CNY buffet you can go straight to hog these yummies out.

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As an unrepentant carnivore more often than not I will just fly towards the meat station, but the pot of Broccoli with Dried Oyster is just visually desirable. The green broccoli possessed that nice crunch, soaked in a rich oyster broth to give off that distinct umami taste; very flavorful and back of my mind patting myself for being a healthy picker for a change.

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Priding themselves on serving consistently good quality crabs throughout the year, this Baby Lobster with Rich Abalone Broth is a dish I will indulge over again and again. Cooked a la minute at the live station, the lobster meat is fresh with a good springy bite, and pretty easy to peel off the fresh from the shell. Just remember to drink it hot as the taste will be slightly off when it’s cold.

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Other Chinese favorites I raved includes the very tender, very juicy Braised Pig Trotters, Abalone Fried Rice (wok-hei power strong in this one), as well as the Pineapple Salad with Sliced Bak Kwa and Braised Pig Ear Terrine with Chinese Herbs at the Salad station.

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Besides these yummy CNY specials, also available at the hot isle are the surefire hit Baked Salmon topped with deep-fried fish skin – a good source of protein and omega 3 which I have many helpings.
Chinese New Year is never complete without stuffing yourself aplenty with decadent treats and delicacies. Make Ginger the go-to restaurant for your CNY indulgence and book today!

Park Royal on Beach Road – Ginger Resataurant
7500 Beach Rd, Singapore 199591

Available from 21 January to 19 February 2019
Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm, from $48 – $68 (for adults) | from $22 – $34 (for child)
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm, from $68 – $108 (for adults) | from $34 – $54 (for child)
Dining reservations at Ginger can be made at dining.prsin@parkroyalhotels.com or call at +65 6505 5710

Herald in CNY with Delicious Feast at Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Author: Alex Chua

Christmas and the new year celeb (hello 2019!) just zoom us by and before you know it its CNY again. If you’re totally unprepared or just wanting to amp up the festivity with gastronomic delight, then you might want to book Park Hotel Clark Quay’s 6-course Harmony Menu ($378++ per table of 4-5 pax) or 8-course Ultimate Success Menu ($658++ per table of 9-10 pax). You won’t regret it. Here’s a glimpse of what you will be getting.

Yu Sheng – the only dish that requires us to bottoms up and splatter around with chopsticks while chanting auspicious words. The Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng contains flown-in yabbies (lobsters) which are easy to pop into the mouth. The dry-cured Jinhua ham is something not to be wasted after the rowdy tossing because, besides the appealing ruby color, it’s just so tasty.


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When this dish is presented someone murmured ‘oh this is the Fa Guo Piao Xiang ah’. Usually I don’t take Yam Ring due to personal preference but this one I would. Encased within the Stir-fried Seafood with XO Sauce in Crispy Yam Basket contains succulent ocean delicacies such as squid, scallop and prawn. But what’s amazing is the yam basket – so crispy its like munching into nicely just-fried chips. Quite a memorable dish I must say.


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While the fish head is a little bit daunting to look at, I wouldn’t want to skip this Steamed Red Garoupa with Jinhua Ham. The precious ham are inserted into each evenly sliced section of the fish meat, giving it an extra oomph. Who knew fish and pork go so well together.


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If you want to huat (be prosperous) for the new year you must eat this. My favourite dish in the menu, the Money Bag contains generous amount of tender Jinhua ham full of juiciness which explodes into your mouth. The broccoli, which are soaked in the delicious broth, are distinctively crunchy and inviting. I adore the mouthfeels.


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The feast ended with Chilled Coconut Pudding for dessert. Deceptively plain and simple, this light, cooling dish balances different level of sweetness pretty artfully. Yes I am bias because I love anything coconut.
Overall, Chef James Wong does an excellent job serving dish after dish of memorable deliciousness. While the spotlight falls onto the Jinhua ham (half of the dishes contain this savoury wonder from Zhejiang), it weaves in and accentuates the dishes without being overwhelming.

Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street, Singapore 237983

Perk Up Your Palate this CNY @ Song Garden

Author: Alex Chua


Known for its dim sum and mouth-watering egg tarts, Song Garden has been a favourite for many families. Located on level 2 of Mercure Singapore Bugis Hotel where Bugis Street meets Bras Basah in one of Singapore’s more authentic areas, Song Garden offers a trove of auspicious modern Cantonese dishes to user in a prosperous Year of the Pig. Reunion feast anyone?

What can be more celebratory than a toss of Yu Sheng? The Prosperity Salmon and Fresh Fruit Yu Sheng has all the tried-and-tested essentials of Yu Sheng inside the giant bowl of auspicious red. The wooden chopsticks are much longer than usual to accommodate such a big bowl.


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The simmering Lobster with Pumpkin Puree served in Hot Stone Pot with Bacon Scallion Pencil is popular with the diners. The delectable pumpkin puree is now enhanced with generous amount of lobster meat. It was so delicious that I slurped up every last drop. Careful don’t touch the rim because it is scalding hot.


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Nothing shouts more CNY than Pen Cai. The Song Garden Supreme Fortune Pot is braised full of delectable delicacies like 8-head Abalone, Roast Duck, Crispy Pork Belly, Dried Oysters, Sea Cucumber, and the naturally sweet Scallop – which I fell in love with. One sip of the thick gravy will bring you to taste bud heaven.


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Don’t leave without giving the Golden Pillow White Pepper Pork Ribs Bun a try. An absolute crowd-pleaser, this savoury peppery pork ribs suits perfectly with the white bun custodian of pillowy texture. Brought back childhood memories of my great-aunt’s version of this irresistible dish.


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For those with a sweet tooth, a great end to the meal is the Double-boiled Peach Resin with Fungus and Red Dates. Cooling and refreshing, this traditional dessert screams Cantone-sia. You’ll find it hard to stop at just one sip.

Song Garden @ Mercure Singapore Bugis
122 Middle Road Singapore 188973

Weekdays
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm

Weekends/ Public Holiday
Lunch: 11am to 3pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm

Seafood Bonanza with Sky22 @ Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena

Author: Alex Chua


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Surf & Turf = seafood and red meat matchmake in heaven.


Seafood lovers are in for a mouth-watering treat this September. Sky22 in Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena has recently launched the September Seafood Bonanza – a seafood themed buffet available every Friday to Sunday from 1 to 30 September. At a ridiculously affordable price from $48++ per adult (lunch) to $56++ per adult (dinner), you can sample a medley of your favorite fresh and cooked seafood without bursting your budget.

Located on the 22nd floor of the famed hotel, Sky22 gives quite a nice view of its surrounding precinct. Best to make reservations prior to coming here as the seats (100 guests’ seats in the restaurant, 12 guests in the private dining room) can be filled up quite quickly.


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The buffet spread features appetizers such as Poached Salmon with Fennel and Zucchini, smoked tuna, smoked marlin, salads and assorted sushi. There is also a seafood-on-ice counter with fresh prawns, mussels and scallops. I know, there are some who would prefer cooked seafood. You can sip into piping hot bowls of Clam Chowder or Seafood Chowder. I tried the Seafood Chowder, it was just exquisitely delicious, savory enough to open your palate for the main feast.


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One key highlight of the seafood buffet spread is the cook-to-order a la carte buffet spread with over 17 all-you-can-eat main courses and side fares. With favorites like Green Lip Mussels Pomodoro and Crab Quiche, the list is quite extensive so we’ve selected a few dishes to sample (even though the gluttony me wanted to had it all!). We got ourselves the Surf & Turf, which is my personal favorite. Each mouthful of the braised short ribs was rewarded with a quintessential doneness and flavor. The lobster meat was fresh and divine.


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I had a fair share of the Oyster platter, which comprises of three different preparations (Rokefeller, Kilpatrick & Mornay). Of all I love the Mornay for its natural oyster sweetness and mellow topping.


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Besides the Western seafood delights, other noteworthy local seafood dishes like the Singapore Chili Crab with Mantou Bun, Black Pepper Prawns, Nyonya Grilled Seabass and the picture above, the LaLa (White Clams) Bee Hoon. The aroma of this dish was strong and alluring, with an umami broth that I can’t help but keep sipping on it. What about the bee hoon? Simply awesomely slurp-able.


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If you are looking for a place for a romantic date or to hangout with your friends, Sky22 is definitely your choice. For me, I would bring a friend or two to enjoy the good affordable seafood with a view that more than pays the price.

Sky22 September Seafood Bonanza
Date: 1 – 30 Sep 2018
Time:
Lunch – 12 noon to 2.30pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner – 6pm to 10pm (Friday & Saturday)
Price:
Lunch: $48++ per adult/ $24++ per child (age 6 to 12 years old)
Dinner: $56++ per adult/ $28++ per child (age 6 to 12 years old)
Add $28++ for free-flow of house pour red & white wines, prosecco, soft drinks

Sky 22 @ Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Location: 99 Irrawaddy Road, Level 22 of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
Operating hours: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm/ Dinner 6pm – 10pm

Staycation at Swissôtel Merchant Court

James and I stayed at Swissôtel Merchant Court a few weeks ago and we felt like we were literally a stone throw away from all the activities we can do in Singapore. For example, we are close the most happening nightlife places there.

You can also reach Orchard Road or City Hall in less than 10 minutes with a taxi ride.

The check-in process was swift and I was also given Niu Niu upon check-in. You can see him later. I was given the Swiss Executive Room which entitles me to visit their Executive Lounge for some drinks in the evening or breakfast in the morning. One bonus point was that their staffs were really attentive.

I opened the door to a bright and cheery room created with fruits & chocolates. Yes, the cute cow you see there is called Niu Niu, which slept with me through the night.


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I have always loved hotel beds and fluffy white blankets and those at Swissôtel Merchant Court were no exception.


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The toilet was spacious and all the amenities I needed were present. I thought that they have very good shampoo & conditioner though. Some hotels provide the duo that leaves my hair dry and tangled but I had absolutely no issues with Swissôtel’s own Purovel brand. Purovel is also the name of their new spa – Purovel Spa, which is convienently located right at level one.


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Right after exploring the room and finishing a movie in there, we walked over the the Swiss Executive Lounge which is located at the same level. You can enjoy snacks and beverages while reading the latest happenings on the news paper. Psst: Alcohol is included as well!


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We were given the choice to have our breakfast at the lounge or at their Ellenborough Market Cafe which was revamped and opened a few years ago. James’ even celebrated his birthday there last year.

They have a very good variety of food from Chinese to Indian and to Western.


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What makes the hotel stand out has got to be their pool. When you are there, it gives off a resort feeling and the pool event comes with 2 slides. Tell me, how often do you come across a hotel pool with slides?


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Little did I know that there are various OOTD spots around the area too. Spot another one on my Instagram (@maybelinesim) sometime this week.


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James is the healthy one so he went up to the Fitness Centre to gym 1 hour after breakfast. I don’t know how well equipped a gym should look like but he commented that the gym’s facilities are pretty decent. In fact, better than what he had expected.


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My overall experience was fantastic! I love the walking distance to Central (for a bowl of hot ramen) and the happening night view at night.

Adress: 20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058281
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay

REVIEW: Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis

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Yes once again I am out for a staycation! I always enjoy a short dose of staycation to help me retain my sanity in this relatively fast pace city. This time around, my short escape from Lion city’s hustle and bustle is Mecure Hotel Singapore Bugis.
Let me share couple of reasons why you should consider Mecure Hotel Singapore Bugis:

1) Ideal Location for Shopaholic
Located within walking distance from Bugis village which is our equivalent of Bangkok’s Chatukchak & Seoul’s Gangnam Underground shopping centre.

A little tips for the foreigners reading this post: Shopping here is considered most affordable in Singapore and usually it can easily take up at least a day to comb the entire shopping compound! So foreigners staying near here have an added advantage of exchanging more commuting time to shopping time!

Don’t worry even if you are done with Bugis Village within a day, there are many other shopping centres within walking distance. Singapore’s biggest and oldest electronic mall (Sim Lim Square) is also a stone’s thrown away from the hotel. If you wish to find cheapest watch deals in Singapore, there is Bencoolen Mall. To satisfy the foodies, there is no lack of local & international cuisines located at the shopping malls peppered around Bugis eg Bugis Plus, Bugis Junction etc.

Now, let’s move on to the hotel.

2) Lots of Instagram-worthy spots with its Quirky-looking furniture & Interior Design

I shall let the pictures do the talking for this point.

Interesting famed up images lining the corridor while you make a beeline for your room.





In this case, we were given the room. It is a double-storey room with the bed located on the second floor which can easily house 5-10 people within the room.

Upon opening the door to the room, you will be greeted with the open concept bathroom.

Well equipped with basic amenities e.g. Bath gel, toothbrush, Shampoo, conditioner etc. Basically, you do not have to bring or buy any of these items. Just bring yourself and many many sets of clothes for taking IG-worthy pictures!











Other practical items within the room include coffee machine, teabags, two TVs (for each floor) with access to movie, documentary & local channels & most importantly a complimentary handy (for calls, SMS & GPS). Which means now you can afford not to bring along your phone as well! Lol!

While I look down from the second floor, I found the best angle to capture the simplicity & artsiness of the whole room!

Glad we brought along a few outfits to do #ootd shots!








There are a myriad of quirky-looking chairs in alfresco settings (Below).

If you are into vintage, you are going to adore this hotel even more as there are a lot of backdrops with old, ubiquitous HDB flats, most recognized internationally as Singapore’s unique landscape.

Just imagine how many pictures you can take with this beautiful contrast here!




Yearning for a city view? Be sure to visit their Infinity Pool (1.2m in height). Do a couple of laps & take a short break to enjoy a good view of the city landscape. If not for a swim, this is a good spot to get some Vitamin D from the sun.








Right next to the swimming pool is a small juccuzi which you can enjoy the city view in another angle.

The Gym (same floor as the swimming pool & Jaccuzi). There are not a lot of equipment in here but there are still the basic ones enough for you to shed some calories eg Treadmill, weights etc.





3. Comfortable beds

The beds and blankets were overly soft and comfortable. We sure had a difficult time getting up in the morning. We requested for late check out because M wanted to sleep in more after breakfast.





4. Nice Decent Restaurants & Bar in the Hotel

If you are keen in exploring the F&B, I will highly recommend the Royale. In fact, the breakfast is also served at this restaurant. For Dinner, you have a choice of Peranakan based Buffet or western Ala Carte cuisines. The Buffet is valid on Fridays and Saturdays only from now till 26 August 2017.




One of my favourite Ala Carte dish in their menu was the Salmon. It may look well cooked on the exterior but the interior is extremely soft and tender.

Nonetheless, the portion isn’t extremely big. Hence, if you are a big eater, you might want to consider going for the Buffet instead.





Breakfast was good with a considerable variety e.g. eggs, hashbrowns, ham, sausages, beans, cereals etc.





Last but not least, know where is my favourite hangout place other than the room itself? The bar counter where they serves drinks till late night.





Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis is located at 122 Middle Rd, Singapore 188973.

For bookings, please visit: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-A0D7-mercure-singapore-bugis/index.shtml

Hotel Review : 4 Reasons to go for Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa

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Love doing staycations in Singapore?

Here’s 4 reasons why you should consider Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa, a contemporary 5-Star hotel featuring 191 guestrooms situated next to Imbiah Station.

1: Superb Location – Wake up next to Merlion!

Unlike other hotels you can get in town, staying in Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa will make you feel like you are on a mini vacation as you are on another island; an island not to be missed especially if this is your first time in Singapore!

I am going to dive right into the biggest selling point for its location! You have the most iconic Merlion right beside you!

Imagine waking up in the morning with the iconic Merlion greeting you!





Furthermore, it is a stone’s thrown away to the key destinations within Sentosa such as RWS, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, the newly-opened Kidzania Singapore as well as world-class culinary delights. This means that you can walk to the casino, theme park & even Michelin-starred restaurants within minutes.

2: Spacious & Comfortable Room – You won’t feel like leaving the room once you stepped in!

We were fortunate to be hosted at the Heritage Suite situated at the Heritage Wing which left quite an impression.

Be ready to be greeted with a spacious ‘living room’ as you open the door! It is like a long hallway with a comfortable sofa that can easily fit 3-4 pax. The cosy space here allows you to plan a movie night with the large LCD TV for 5-10 pax while you guys enjoy a nice cuppa Nespresso made from the Nespresso machine.





Making a beeline down the ‘living room’, your eyes will be greeted with a big king-sized bed (image above) big enough to even cater to European heights.

Even better what lies on that bed if you are really famished by the time you checked in. Be sure to try their palatable pastries which is also served during their Hi-Tea sessions (more to be shared below).





Coming to the toilet! There is a large bathtub, a shower room, toilet bowl area all partitioned by transparent glasses. We appreciate that there are two sinks within the toilet so that couples like us do not have to fight over the use of sink in the morning!

A very comprehensive set of bathing & post-bath necessities are kept within bamboo baskets e.g. cotton buds, shower caps, toothbrush, shaver & cream etc. They even gave a packet of bath salt should you wanna soak in the hot bath tub to dissolve that long-accumulated stress away!





3: 24 Hour Gym & Photogenic Swimming Pool – Burn your Calories anytime!

Who cares if you ate too much during this staycation! They have a ready ‘pool’ of avenue literally to burn those calories!

I really appreciate the fact that they made the gym 24 hours and it is well-equipped with the latest equipments from Technogym.

In fact, I was having a bit of an insomnia that staycation night.

So guess what? I decided to take it to the gym till the wee hours without any worries that any of their friendly staff politely asking me to stop my exercise! How cool is that!





I just trained with half of the equipment in the gym that night & back to complete the others during the next afternoon before we checked out!





Another noteworthy amenities is their swimming pool.

You could just laze & suntan your afternoon away on the chairs lining the shallower side of the pool!





See how happy and satisfied I am with the clean pool which is 1m in height; Guess it is relatively safe for kids, hence I noticed some parents bringing their children down for a dip!





The pool seems to have a magical way of draining away time without you realizing it! Maybe it is because I had been too indulged in the serenity. Lol! ><

Well, that is exactly what I am here for : Auto Switch to ‘De-stress’ mode!





3: Spoilt for Great Deal of Culinary Delights – You might not even need to explore other parts of Sentosa for food!

The meals (eg Hi-Tea, Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) are served at a their in-house restaurant by the name of ‘Latest Recipe’.

Lets start with the Breakfast after a good night rest on our fluffy bed!

Their breakfast buffet spread is good; with a good array of Western, Indian, Chinese offerings.





Some of our favourites are their freshly squeezed Calamansi & Chocolate Dinosaur to awaken your palettes.





I had quite a few servings of their nicely sliced assorted Cold Cuts! Best with some crusty bread and Thousand island salad sauce!





Chocolate Bagels, anyone?





Other delights include the mashed Beef, Teriyaki Chicken with special marinate etc. The list just runs on…





We had one of the most scrumptious hotel breakfast!





When you have such a heavy breakfast, it gives you enough time to digest till the Hi-Tea during the mid afternoon hours!

We had the Champagne High Tea Set at $78++ for 2 pax. For non-alcoholic lovers, you can opt for the non-alcoholic version at $69++.

The price is reasonably-priced because of the quality & quantity of delectable pastries they lay on your plate.





You get a portion of Shucked or Baked Oysters or Baked Lobster with Cheese (front of the image below) of which I picked the former while M went for the latter!

Even better, you get to do pastries/canapes-pairing with a glass of red, white wine or Champagne.

That is not all! You are given a pot of tea of your choice which can help with cleansing your palettes and aids in digestion. You couldn’t have asked for more during this Hi-Tea!





4: *Attention aspiring Influencers* –  A lot of Instagram-worthy spots!

A picture paint a thousand words, so I am just going to save my words & let the pictures below do the talking!





With the 4 points mentioned above, it is no surprise that we score this hotel 5/5!  🙂

If I had to nitpick this hotel, it would be just to upgrade the bath tub which took quite a while to fill up when I was very much looking forward to relaxing in my warm water bath! In its defense, the bath tub is probably bigger than conventional ones! Haha!

All in all, we felt very rejuvenated & pampered by the huge space, beautiful interior and luxurious feel to this whole hotel. It was worth every single minute of our weekend! This is definitely one of the hotels we will return to the next time I decide on another staycation!

Bedazzling Christmas Menu with Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel

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With Christmas around the corner, restaurants and hotels residing in every corner of Singapore are firing up their Turkey-licious Christmas menus! But if one was seeking a bedazzling Christmas menu, the award-winning “10 at Claymore” residing at the lobby of Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel, is definitely one of the top choice to consider.

This is with special consideration for an intimate round-table luncheon which the hotel will be hosting just on Christmas Day itself to add a special festive touch.





Nowadays, I find many restaurants either over-promising the variety of their food or compromised on its quality. Worst if sometimes both happens and at the expense of huge bill size! However, for this hotel buffet, I assure you that you will definitely fancy the spread here especially if you are avid poultry eater.














I would not say this is the most affordable Buffet in town but the cost is definitely well justified by Award-winning executive chef, Andy Oh’s creative spin to some of the traditional Christmas savories. This includes a series of delectable offerings such as Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Chutney, Honey Baked Ham, Herb Crusted Organic Rack of Lamb and etc. But the one that caught my stomach’s attention the most would be their Succulent Blackmore Wagyu har-grilled “Cape Byron” Angus Prime Rib, slow cooked to perfection!

You do not even have to sink your teeth into the steak to know its tenderness; it can even be sensed when slicing through the meat and marbling with my table knife. Indeed, I did not have to chew much to enjoy the entire slab of beef. Also, a good amount of marbling gave out its distinctive & palatable flavour.

Frankly, I enjoyed it so much, I think I easily had almost 500g of it myself! Speaking of making my buffet worth its cost! Lol! Of course, all the other dishes were equally good as well!








Another highlight of this buffet would be this award-winning Char Kway Teow! I bet you must be thinking what does Christmas got to do with this Penang dish! However, I still insist in sharing the best stuff I tried during my food tasting session. If you yearn for some Penang Char Kway Teow, this place offers the likes of it with a good, intense Wok Stir-fried taste! Thanks to the Malaysian roots of Chef Andy Oh!, Now you do not have to fly over to Penang just to enjoy a good plate of Authentic Char Kway Teow!





Pricing:
For Festive Lunch Buffet,
Mon-Fri, Adult cost $42++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $21++
Sat & Sun, Adult cost $48++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $24++
Christmas Eve & New Years Eve , Adult cost $58++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $29++
Christmas Day & New Year Day , Adult cost $88++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $44++

For Festive Dinner Buffet,
Mon-Sun, Adult cost $68++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $34++
Christmas Eve & New Years Eve , Adult cost $118++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $59++
Christmas Day, Adult cost $118++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $59++
New Year Day, Adult cost $88++ & Child (5-12 years old) cost $44++





As mentioned above, you can also choose to dazzle your family with an intimate round table Christmas Luncheon, and revel in a memorable experience in their banquet venue decked with festive ornaments. For this luncheon, you get to savour Traditional Roasted Turkey complete with Homemade Chestnut Stuffing, Giblet Sauce and Cranberry Chutney, as well as the ultra delicious Chr-Grilled “Cape Byron” Angus Prime Rib and Protuguese Linguica Sausauge!

From 12-3pm, per table seats 10 pax and it is priced at $888 per table.

For more information, please visit: https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore/orchard/stay/dining/10-at-claymore.html

Food that make you Warm, Happy and Merry at Park Hotel Alexandra

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Author: Alex Chua

Black Forest Christmas Feast at The Carvery – from 12 December 2016 to 1 January 2017

As the decorations and festivities kick in along Orchard Road, Park Hotel Alexandra gears up for an enchanted Christmas 2016 with a bountiful feast at The Carvery. This year, executive chef Robert Chan and his team is treating diners and guests to a spread showcasing the wholesome and earthy flavours of produce, herbs and vegetables inspired from the Black Forest in Germany.
It’s a return to classic, authentic feast complete with serene notes of Christmas carollers echoing through the hotel during the yuletide season. Time to pile the plates high with your favourite Christmas deliciousness!



For the carnivores – The Carvery’s famed three-metre long meat carving station

Located on the 7th floor of Park Hotel Alexandra, The Carvery is the hotel’s stalwart restaurant renowned for its meat buffet. Offering a comprehensive selection of flawlessly prepared, quality roasts along its expansive three-metre long meat carving station. These are accompanied by a note-worthy entourage of accompaniments and desserts to whet your appetite.

Let’s check out the signature items in The Carvery this Christmas!

Roasts



Hit the roast jackpot with highlights such as US Black Angus Beef Prime Rib (weekends only), Crown Roast of Pork and Spit-roasted Chicken with Tarragon

Here’s a shout out to all beef fans (me included!) – don’t miss out on the US Black Angus beef. It is flavourful, tender inside with the slight thin crisp outside, definitely worth a second helping or more! Do note that the stellar cut of Ribeye is available for weekdays while the premium Prime Rib is available on the weekends only.



Lathered with fresh herbs such as savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano and cooked in oven for several hours until reaching that perfect tender

Truly a sight to behold. The rib portions of the loins are wrapped together to form a circle, replicating the ‘crown’. This succulent Crown Roast of Pork with Herbs and Mustard has a pronounced meaty palette that would appeal to the true carnivores.



Keeping to the traditions – tarragon, a quintessential Christmas herb, is stuffed within the chook and beneath the skin to impart its distinct fragrance

The only available item for takeaway at $38+ ($68+ with a bottle of wine, available from 9 to 29 December 2016) and my personal favourite, the Spit-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon is served with roasted winter vegetables and gravy. Each hefty bird is approximately 1.8kg, ideal for up to six diners.

Sweet indulgences



This crepes are made ala minute right in front of you, with fruits, toppings and sauces chosen by you

It is said that good desserts can lift up a person’s mood, and I couldn’t agree with this statement more. And who knows you can get that from the simple yet delicate Buckwheat crepes? Paired with with your choice of fresh fruits like strawberries, mangos and bananas, walnuts, almonds or Christmas sprinkles toppings, and drizzle it with salted caramel or silky chocolate, and you’re all set for a sweet ride to a warm, cosy Christmas.



Granny Smith and red Gala apples are used to create this savoury dessert

It is apple fantasy comes true with Baked Apples with Walnut Stuffing. A common fruit in the Black Forest, the baked apple is stuffed with walnuts and almond paste, giving it a contrast in texture – tender from the outside with a mild hint of almond flavour and crunch from the walnut.



Who can refuse a slice of sweet heaven?

The Black Forest Trifle is as beautiful as they are flavourful and it is undeniably one of the best trifle I’ve tasted so far. This Carvery’s signature is made with generous layers of chocolate sponge cake, dark chocolate mousse, brandy soaked cherries and whipped cream and custard. The combination of sweet and slight tanginess from the cherries is just incredible.

Overall, The Carvery offers a unique gastronomic experience with great buffet spread for your family and loved ones to celebrate this festive occasion.

The Carvery (Level 7)
Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm to 3pm | 6pm to 10pm
Tel: (65) 6828 8880 Email: thecarvery.phal@parkhotelgroup.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carvery.sg/