Exquisite Traditional Indian Cuisine @ Tandoor, Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre

Author: Alexius Chua

If you are in the mood for something fancy and Northern Indian, head to Tandoor, a restaurant synonymous with authentic traditional Indian cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. The premise is beautifully decorated with a contemporary vibe, right at the very end a floor-to-ceiling see-through kitchen window so you can see the chef prepare your food.

We had the non-vegetarian set menu, which is all beautifully presented and taste as appealing as it looks, worthy of the Singapore’s most awarded Indian restaurant namesake. This only gives me wonder how the vegetarian set menu looks like, only if I have two stomachs!

The first dish is the Masala Crab Cake. Every bit of the spiced crab meat is a delight especially when you hit that duck foie grass and mango confit. This dish balanced the savoury and sweetness well with the pairing of pear, rhubarb chutney and warm toasted brioche.


Next up the soup dish. Makai Ka Shorba, which is sweet corn velouté served with masala potato gnocchi. As a sweet corn lover, I like that the inventive Chef Bobby Krishnan turned up the richness of the soup which at the same time cleanse the palate for the next course.


Our main course is the visually arresting Sea Perch Pakora. The deep-fried cumin flavoured Sea Perch fish, while looked deceptively dry, is so soft and full of flavour attributed much to its Ibeko caviar batter. Tagged along with prized ingredients such as Jerusalem artichokes, avocado and a dash of scallion dressing, this could very well be the most satisfying fish dish I had and a HPB approved one.


The fall-of-the-bone Australian Lamb Shank is so artfully tender and almost melt in the mouth. Coupled with a Cherry Vine Tomato resting on a bed of cassoulet on the other side of the braised sauce to balance the meatiness. Wish I had more of the lamb though but at this stage I am quite full already so I am not complaining.


For desserts, we had the Cardamom Ice Cream. The profiteroles is marshmallow soft and sweet with citrus centre, giving you a sweet ending of the entire satisfying course.
What Tandoor offers is a whole experience – a mesmerizing atmosphere with great food and impeccable service. You will probably not need more than that to have a good time.

Tandoor, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
Opening Hours
Lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm
Dinner from 7pm to 10:30pm
Telephone: +65 6733 8333
Website: http://www.tandoor.com.sg/

Buffet: Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard 1-for-1 SG51 Buffet


Back at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre (HISOCC) for their buffet. If you haven’t already know, HISOCC – Window on the Park has one of the most affordable hotel buffets in Singapore!!

To make it even more affordable, the prices are even more attractive from now to 31 Aug 2016:

Lunch – 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner – 6.30pm to 10.00pm

Lunch (Daily): S$51++ for two persons
Dinner (Weekday): S$55++ for two persons
Dinner (Weekend): S$61++ for two persons

Child (6-12 years old): S$5.10++ per child
Child (below 6 years old): Free of charge

There are 51 specially curated local favorites for SG51. Expect DIY station like Prawn Noodles (my favourite!!) or Lor Mee among the other local favorites such as Black Pepper Crayfish, Chilli Crab, Sambal Stingray and more.

If you are a seafood lover, enjoy fresh seafood spread of salmon sashimi, prawns, mussels, scallops and oysters (for dinner only) as well. FYI, they were so fresh that I had my doubts when I found out about the price of the buffet!

End your meal with a sweet note with an assortment of Nyonya Kuehs, Durian Pengat and Egg Tarts.

Remember to visit them before 31 Aug 2016 to enjoy this buffet.

They are located at:

Level 2, Holiday Inn® Singapore Orchard City Centre
11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore 229616
T: +65 6733 8333
E: wop.hisinorchard@ihg.com

Our 1st 2015 Lou Hei @ Xin Cuisine

Our first Lou Hei started off with a BANG at Xin Cuisine housed within the newly-renovated Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel! *Make sure you don’t make your way to the wrong one !*

Look at that BIG Bang on the table as the Goat has found its way right up to our table!

This amazing Lou Hei was delicately designed by the head chef himself! Can you see the Goat infused with the year 2015 within the Lou Hei? Really innovative & magnificent, isn’t it?

The second amazing thing is the extravagant ingredients they splashed within the Lou Hei! Some of you guys probably go “chey no big deal having salmon and abalone what!”. How about some Bird’s Nest then? ><

Ralph, the restaurant manager personally served us! I thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiastic hospitality during the entire dinner!

After making a HUGH mess at the table with our rowdy Lou Hei, we made our way back to our original table to enjoy some nice Chinese delicacies.

Starting off with the Chinese New Year Dim Sum Combination:

Pan-fried Yam and Pumpkin Cake with XO Sauce – For this one, i like the infusion of the XO sauce with the crispy Yam. The two tastes did not seek to overpower each other but instead infused to give a rather savory and flavorful taste.

Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Truffle in Egg White Sauce – Look at how real the dish mimics a goldfish in the pond. I almost couldn’t bring myself to eat this one down. The most memorable part of this dish was how fresh the prawns were within the goldfish’s “Belly”

Poached Whole Mable Goby with Hairy Gourd and Dried Shrimp

“Home Style” Roast Duck with Tea Leaves – My 2nd Favourite Dish of the Night! It was easily the MOST tender and juicy duck meat that i have tasted ! For tea lover, this is a definite MUST TRY cos you will be able to taste a mild tea flavor within the meat.

Xin’s Traditional Pen Cai – My personal favourite! I had 2 bowls because the entire pot was filled with goodness. Goodness beyond description! As you can see, there were abalones, scallops, mushrooms, fish maws, dried oysters, prawns etc. The portion was also very generous as portrayed below.

And the desserts…… Double-boiled Milk Pudding with Bird’s Nest!! Seems like Xin Cuisine is serving Bird Nest feast for CNY this year! Yum yum.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole CNY menu food tasting experience @ Xin’s Cuisine because of its flavorful traditional chinese dishes & the delicacy in details they have placed into every dish to make them look as appealing as they tasted.

Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant is located at:

Outram Road, Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore 169075


Atrium Restaurant @ Holiday Inn Singapore

Zouk zouk zouk? Yea, we all know about the famous Zouk. But when people talks about Zouk, the first impression always leads to Holiday Inn Hotel. I used to visit the hotel there for drinks and dinner but my last visit was almost 1.5 year ago.

Last week, I was back at Holiday Inn for a dinner buffet at Melting Pot with J. We had the same thoughts when we stepped into the hotel – “Wow, is this Holiday Inn? It looks different!!”

Then… We realised that the 512-room Holiday Inn Singapore had revamped their lobby, refurbished their guest bedrooms and all-new dining concepts to offer their guests a more modern and contemporary experience. The location is pretty ideal as it is suitable for people who are here for both business and leisure as it is only minutes away from Singapore’s Central Business District and our popular shopping districts – Somerset, Orchard Road and more.

The food at Atrium Restaurant has also changed. It was formerly known as Melting Pot Cafe but now, Atrium Restaurant. As compared to the old Melting Pot, Atrium Restaurant is now brighter and gives off a very modern feel.

New interior, New Chef -Executive Chef Chua Yew Hock, New menu. Chef Chua enhanced the restaurant’s offerings to include his signature dishes, Mussel Otah-otah, Curry Laksa, Asam Fish and Chilli Crab.

I like the Laksa section because because you get to DIY and cook your own laksa. Pick the ingredients you want (I spammed the prawns and eggs and left the bean sprouts out). Hehehe. “Customisable” food always make my tongue happy.

I didn’t know it was a DIY section so I asked one of the chefs there to cook for me LOL. I cooked my second serving after that.

All the yummy egggggssss. I love the soup so much that I had 2 bowls of laksa (with extra egg and prawns) and a third bowl of the soup alone. The soup was not overpowered by the taste of coconut milk even though it was quite creamy.

They have a kid’s corner too! Your kids are so not going to pick on the food because they are so cute!

James loved the seafood section the most. See what was on his plate!

Other food like Sushi and Cheese are also available!

The desserts spread is also good for people who have sweet tooth! They have macaroons to cakes to pies to chocolates to ice cream!!

Well for me, it’s the usual. Macaroons first! James loved the pralines. They had Lychee Praline and Champagne Praline that night.

This dark chocolate pie is good!

Other than Atrium Resturant,there is also an upcoming Atrium Bar 317 scheduled to launch this month and the ever-popular Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant which serves authentic Cantonese cuisine.

The makeover is indeed timely for us to offer something new to our loyal guests and to cater to visitors to Singapore, as well as residents here. We are looking forward to a robust season especially with the re-launch of our new all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar and guest bedrooms,” said Anne Johnston, newly appointed General Manager, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is located at:
317 Outram Road Singapore 169075

Visit them at http://www.holidayinn.com/sinatrium 🙂