Christmas from the Heart at Hotel JenOrchardgateway

Author: Nigel Tan

As the end 2018 draws nearer, so does Christmas as well. Hotel Jen recently launched its festive Christmas menu and its one not to be missed. Being one of the relatively newer hotels in orchard, Hotel Jen’s buffet menu doesn’t fall short to the rest. Before I start critiquing on the food, can I just add that the nicely decorated alfresco dining is one you definitely need to request for. If you’re looking for something romantic or simply something warm that set the tone of Christmas, do request for the outdoor seating. The unrestricted outdoor view, the nicely decorated trees with fairy lights coupled with the cool wind really brings a whole new sensation to a Christmas dinner in Singapore.

Roasted Rosemary Crusted Australian Angus Prime Rib

A big shout out to all carnivores out there, Hotel Jen’s Christmas menu (on top of their standard buffet menu, which already have an extensive selection of seafood) consist of a myriad of sausages and meats! These include Coiled English Cumberland, Spiced Chorizo Sausage, Bratwurst, Neuberger and Cheese Cracker Sausage. Yes you heard it right, Cheese Cracker sausages! Who doesn’t like a good cheese sausage. The briny cheese within the warm sausage just compliments the umami-ness of the sausage without overpowering it. And if you’re wondering, the flavour of the sausage is not overpowering which really makes me return for more. They also provide condiments such as – mustard, pickles, sweet and red sour cabbage to compliment and cut through the fat.

Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway Christmas

Credit: William Tan

Next, what is Christmas without Ham. The Honey Baked Ham with Caramelised Pineapple is another dish not to be missed. Even though its slow roasted the ham still retained all that moisture and remained juicy even after the roast. The caramelised pineapples really bring an Asian touch to roasted ham as well. If you love Hawaiian pizza, this really reminds me of it, minus the pizza dough.

Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway Festive Sausage Platter

One thing I really like about Hotel Jen’s Christmas buffet is that the Chefs’ do carefully think about what side dishes compliments the poultry. The slow roasted ribeye was roasted to perfection. Complimented with the Wine ripe tomato, really brings a burst or freshness with every bite. Secondly, the Maple Syrup, Merlot Turkey. The maple syrup really adds another dimension to the dish and brings out the flavour of the bird. Complimented by the Trio Pepper in Yam Fritters, this dish is really one to be looking out for as well. The Roasted Turkey with stuffing, with the Own Grown Basil Morello Cherry Compote is also another notable mention.

Hotel Jen Singapore

Credit: William Tan

All in all, I would say that the Chefs’ at Hotel Jen did a great job in brainstorming for this festive menu. Each side dish has complimented the accompanying poultry well and bringing a new depth and creativity to our normal Christmas favourites. This Christmas menu really shouts out to all the meat lovers out there. Even if you’re not a meat lover, do head down and enjoy their huge variety of seafood dishes as well. At such a reasonable price, together with this extensive selection, do head down and celebrate Christmas at Hotel Jen, and remember to ask for the outdoor seats.

Makan@Jen
Festive Season Buffet Highlights
15 – 23 Dec, 26 Dec – 30 Dec
Lunch: $48++/pax
Dinner: $68++/pax

Christmas Eve – 24 Dec
Brunch: $48++/pax
Dinner: $108++/pax

Christmas Day – 25 Dec
Brunch: $88++/pax
Dinner: $88++/pax

New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec
Brunch: $48++/pax
Dinner: $118++/pax

New Year’s Day – 1 Jan
Brunch: $48++/pax
Dinner: $88++/pax

Season Greetings,
Nigel

Dine and Chill with Flaming Beef Bowl at The Butcher’s Kitchen

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Author: Alex Chua

The Butcher’s Kitchen, one of the largest butcher retailers in Singapore with over 15 years of history, has launched Singapore’s first-ever Flaming Hokkaido Beef Bowl (U.P. S$23.90). Lauded as first-of-its-kind and doused with a Flaming cognac concoction for a culinary spectacle, contrarians would surmise that it is more sizzle than substance. But don’t just take my words, take it from the beef connoisseurs and gourmands and they are raving for it.

The reason? The meat’s origin – Hokkaido. Why Hokkaido? The island’s fairly low temperatures throughout the season allows the beef cattle to develop more fats naturally. Coupled with the fresh clean air, water and high-quality natural feed, making Hokkaido beef one of the highest quality in Japan. Rest assured that The Butcher’s stringent quality control ensures the meat imported are free of anti-biotic and hormone growth promotants (steroids).


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Digging into this gourmet bowl is a delicious indulgence by itself. The beef slices are succulent, flavourful yet moist even after the flame. Topped with The Butcher’s Signature sauce and parsley for garnish, the cognac concoction imbues the premium beef with a subtle fruity and floral note. While you might not get drunk with this, the alcohol did elevate the taste profile and sensation of the meat.

And now there’s more cheer for your palate and pocket! As part of the Grand Opening Special, from 13 January to 14 February, The Butcher’s Flaming Hokaaaido Beef Bowl will go at 50% off!


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Besides the star dish, there’s two other non-beef options: The Butcher’s Pork Bowl (U.P. S$12.90) and The Butcher’s Salmon Bowl (U.P. S$13.90). The Salmon features fresh Atlantic Salmon, which is farmed in Kvaroy, a tiny island off coast of central Norway. Lightly seared to retain moisture and a nice crisp at the edge, the salmon is something not to chomp down straight but to savour, every piece of it.


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Liking The Butcher’s Pork Bowl is an acquired taste. Featuring The Butcher’s very own Thai-style Grilled Pork – the process of slow-roasting the meat allows the juiciness to be ‘lock-in’ while having the texture perfectly done. Imported from Linley Valley Western Australia, the Free-rang pork are of top quality and has a remarkable taste.
Overall, if you are looking for high quality, fresh and safe meat with a foretold knowledge of its origins guaranteed by the meat specialist, then you come to the right place. The Butcher’s Kitchen is quintessentially fine dining on delicious, top-notch meat without breaking the banks or the formalities.

The Butcher’s Kitchen
Suntec City Mall, #02-472 Singapore 038989
Opening Hours
Mondays to Fridays: 11am – 3pm/ 5pm – 9pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 11am – 9pm

Grilling Meat in the Heartlands

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Author: Alex Chua

Different Wood, Different Taste

Nobody expects a custom-made griller in Hougang One, the heartlands of heartlands. The least of all me, who lived in approximate walking distance to the two-level mall since young. Here, at Meat Market, various cuts of meat sizzle and crackle atop blazing fire. One quick glance from the open kitchen window you can see beef ribs, chicken thighs, pork chops, sausages and prawns sat neatly in rows. For this month, lychee wood – a wood famous for smoking Peking duck, is used as the fire source. Come January, it could be apple wood – smoky with hints of fruity sweetness, or oak wood – which gives off an earthy smoke flavour. It is mid-December and nobody knows for sure. Such casualness, nonchalant demeanour in procurement gives it a certain neighbourhood charm and ingenuity which nowadays restaurants, usually owned by large corporations or private equity firms, found waning.


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But don’t be fooled by Meat Market’s easy-going attitude and discount on its quality. Here are some comforting dishes that leaves me craving for more.


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First up is the Thai Beef Aglio. The beef cubes are well-seasoned, firm with a refreshing sweet and sour taste. Served al dente, the linguine came with a generous dose of citrusy pineapples. While I would prefer a tender beef texture, this savoury dish definitely whets my palate for more.


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Who doesn’t love salted egg? Generously slathered with homemade salted egg sauce, the lightly-crusted fried dory is surprisingly moist and juicy on the inside. Served with a side of fries, the reasonable-priced Salted Egg Fried Fish Focaccia makes a very convincing case for me to return back to this restaurant.


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My boy friends and mah-jong mates would definitely dive straight into their favourites in this Fisherman’s Pride. Featuring all the familiar oceanic gluttonies that includes grilled prawns, scallops, salmon, squid and softshell crab, this all-encompassing platter would satisfy everyone at the table. I am particularly attached to the flavourful smoked squid which is served al dente.

And now for the die-hard carnivores – the Carnivore.


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There’s never such a thing as too much meat, and I guess I could clean this up myself on a flat stomach. Heading straight to the beef, the meat possesses that nice slight pinkish centre with a thin layer of fat, and it proves to be tender, moist with a rich velvety texture. The grilled pork is equally tender, moist with a smokey flavour. The best among the assortment is the chicken, which is succulent and moist, with a slight crisp on the skin to give it a well-textured edge to the meat.

You can choose the accompanying sauce for the platter. From the usual classic BBQ sauce, herb vinaigrette to the mocha sauce for the more adventurous meat-eater!


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Another local favourite – with a slight twist. The sugar-coated French Taste hides mellowly tau suan inside, complimenting the crusty bread on the outside. If you love donuts and ice cream, try the Donut Fries. Shaped into the shape of fries, the donuts became the dipper for the scoop of classic vanilla ice cream plopped on the centre of the bowl.

Hearty food. Creative presentation. Reasonably-priced. Checked, checked and checked.

There’s no reason not to give this sassy restaurant a try, just remember to come hungry. For me I would definitely revisit this place again with my bunch of friends who stayed around there. Because if I am satisfied, they should probably be so too.

Meat Market

1 Hougang Street 91, #01-40, Singapore 538692

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm

MEDZS Mother’s Day Special

Lavish your mother with great food this Mother’s Day by bringing her to MEDZS!

They came up with three very special family sharing platters.

First: The Greek XXL Seafood Platter ($49.80++) is in one word, sumptuous! Savour an eclectic range of seafood such as butter grilled king crab, salmon head, sea bass, sea bream, snapper, blue mussels and fresh live prawns!

Second: French Family Meat Platter ($48.80++)

Suitable for those with a love for all things meaty, this platter comprises of pan-fried duck confit, crispy pork belly, AUS Wagyu beef rump, roasted pork ribs with roasted wild mushrooms and roasted potatoes.

There is also a side of green salad to temper the taste.

No celebration is ever complete without desserts.

Third: The Desserts Platter ($21.90++)

As you can see from the picture, this platter consists of lychee rose panna cotta, churros with chocolate sauce, red velvet cake, earl grey creme brulee and chocolate brownie. The sweetest treat ever served in a platter!

I am holding a special drink which will be served to all dining mothers that day. Cheers!

It’s non-alcoholic so do not worry.

On a side note, they are having this promotion as well.

There will be 20% discount on ala carte food items on weekdays during lunch hours from 11am – 2pm.

And all beers and wines are on 1 for 1 promotion!

Ciders are probably my only favourite beer. And those two below are my all time favourite ever since I got to try them about 1 and a half year ago.

MEDZS’s Mother’s Day Sepcial Promotion is available on 12 May 2013.

MEDZS @ Millenia Walk:

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-46/47/55/56, Millenia Walk, Singapore 038596

Business hours:
Fri-Sat 11.30am – 1.00am
Sun-Thur 11.30am – 12.00am

Contact: 6337 7507

MEDZS @ Orchard Central:
181 Orchard Road #B2-01 to 03, 30 to 43, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896

Business hours:
Mon-Sun 11.00am – 1.00am

Contact: 6238 9028