An Ode to Surf & Turf Buffet Dinner @ Window On The Park

Author: Alex Chua

Orchard Road is a hotbed of fancy hotel restaurants and cafes with buffet-style offerings, but none comes close to Surf & Turf Buffet Dinner @ Window On The Park in terms of value for money. With its 1-for-1 offer, diners get to choose 1 main dish from the five new Surf & Turf dishes specially curated by Executive Chef Ken Chaw and team. Each main is complemented by the well-executed, free flow appetisers, soups and desserts.


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Comfortable, casual and laid-back, this sprightly restaurant at Holiday Inn is a great place for a after work dinner with colleague or friends, preferably in pairs so as to utilize this great 1-for-1 deal. I adore the simple, homely ambience without too many needless distractions that some of the major hotels embellish themselves with.

For me I choose the Grilled Angus Tenderloin with Peppercorn Sauce and Gochujang Jumbo Prawn. The tenderloin is tender and nicely drizzled with the peppercorn sauce, elevating its savouriness. While the star should be beef, the limelight is somewhat stolen by the jumbo prawn. Crunchy, juicy and reek full of flavour, the bite is pure satisfaction by itself.


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My carnivore friend chose the Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek and Baked Alaskan Cod as his main dish. I nipped abit of the medium Wagyu and find the meat so soft you can spoon it. Presentation wise it looks somewhat similar with mine. The other 3 mains are –
• Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Cream and Truffle Scented
• Poached Hainanese Chicken with Infused Fragrant Rice and Braised Baby Abalone
• Herbs Roasted Baby Chicken with Raisin Sauce and Pan Seared Salmon with Blood Orange Sauce


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While waiting for my main course (trust me, it isn’t very long), I browse around the semi-buffet spread and found a big Parmesan wheel. Apparently, this is meant to toss your D.I.Y salad (cherry tomatoes, sliced capsicum, preserved olives and many more) to make a cheesy Caesar’s Salad.


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Speaking of D.I.Y, you can also make your very own rojak. With a rojak section that contains all the necessary condiments and a mixing bowl to work that magic, it is very hard not to have fun preparing your very own version of local grub.


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Of course, the dinner buffet at Window On The Park ultimately caters to an international clientele. So you can expect freshly shucked Canadian oysters, prawns, crab meat, ssushi and other seafood varieties. You can also order the ever-popular Chef’s Singapore Laksa where you have the option of the chefs personally preparing a bowl of local goodness for you or you do it D.I.Y.


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No buffet dinner is complete without sweet notes of desserts. One remarkable find is the Ondeh Ondeh cake. With its thick and fluffy pandan layers, coconut butter cream and generous amounts of Gula Melaka in between, top it with one of the three flavours of ice cream for a complete after dinner indulgence!

New Surf ‘N’ Turf Buffet Dinner
6.30pm to 10pm
Monday to Thursday
S$80++ per person, 1-for-1 pricing

Promotions
Pioneer Generation Cardholders enjoy the surf ‘n’ turf buffet dinner at $35++ per person.

Address:
Window on the Park
Level 2, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore 229616

Souper Tang – Nutritious, Robust Flavours Worth Returning For

Author: Alex Chua

Unless you have been to The Centrepoint recently, chances are you would not know about Souper Tang, a Malaysia restaurant specialized in nourishing herbal soups, that opened on the 2nd floor of the building on Orchard. Despite the casual ambience of the restaurant which is contemporary and relatively serene, I am impressed by the health products they carry (bird nest, essence of chicken) and delectable array of dishes served to us.

The style of Souper Tang dishes gives me the best of both worlds. It is abit of Chinese upmarket cuisine with your health in mind. Nothing is more perfect than knowing that the food you consume contains just the right essentials your body needs.


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Our appetizer, the crunchy Fresh Cucumber Tossed in Sesame & Walnut Mix, gives off an unforgettable aftertaste. Walnut is good for brain health and cucumber brings your body temperature down, a simple dish good for Singapore’s sweltering weather.


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Speaking of the climate, we may be into the hot season, but I cannot say no to a bowl of nutritious, comforting Ginseng Chicken Soup. Yes, the signature of the restaurant the Souper Tang Signature Soup. If you guys are feeling tired the whole day and feel a need of a boost then drink this soup. It helps reviving vitality, boost energy, enhance mind concentration and has anti-aging effect.

When you first taste the soup, you will feel there is lots of things going on in it, the taste of the herbs especially the ginger, the chicken flavour and the strong taste of the soup from the long hours of brewing. No doubt you can feel the effort and time that was put into the soup. The chicken is soft and can be pull off from the bone with a slight touch of it and the amount is huge too.


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For the meat lovers, the Home Braised Pork Belly in Rich Dark Sauce is served on a hot plate and the smell of sizzling pork belly is heavenly and on top of it the shinning texture of the dark sauce makes it even more appetising. Just the sight and smell make the dish irresistible already.

Lets move on to the main highlight, the taste of it. The most important part of the pork belly is the fatty part and it is just cooked right, not hard but extremely soft and melty. The meat on the other hand is tender. Ratio wise of the fat and meat is a 6:4, PERFECT!

There is also angelica root being added to the dish and it helps with the blood circulation so if you guys are contemplating with it being unhealthy, destroy that thought and give this dish a try!


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Another Souper Tang signature dish, the Claypot beancurd with Sliced Fish and Pickled Olive tastes like the claypot beancurd dish I had in other Chinese restaurants in the Orchard belt, only more luxurious and healthier. Pickled olive is rich in fiber, which helps to promote growth and digestion. This dish contains high content of Vitamin B and calcium, certainly what I needed in this life juncture.


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The Caramel Beancurd/ Caramel Ginger Beancurd that served here is awesome! It is smooth and silky and is comparison or even better than those popular beancurd outside. When I have the first mouth of it, it just melted in my mouth.

It comes with caramel and caramel ginger flavour, with the mix of caramel and beancurd together I would say it is a perfect match, it complements the beancurd with a slight touch of sweetness. For those that don’t like sweet stuff you can choose not to add the syrup on it and for those adventurous there is the caramel ginger.

Souper Tang
The Centrepoint
176 Orchard Road, #02-52 & 02-K01, Singapore 238843
Tel: 6737 6772

FOOD: Delight your taste buds with four locally-inspired dishes at Eighteen Chefs

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Author: Alex Chua

Delight your taste buds with four locally-inspired dishes at Eighteen Chefs Chilli Crayfish Pasta There is nothing more Singaporean than Singapore’s food itself. In celebration of National Day this August, Eighteen Chefs elevates the spirit of multi-cultural diversity to a whole new gastronomical level with the introduction of four delectable, locally-inspired dishes. A household name when it comes to quick, affordable Western cuisine, the halal-certified restaurant is well-known for its customizable cheese baked rice and wide variety of freshly-prepared western fare with a local twist. The juxtaposition of local and western ingredients of these four new dishes is on point, and it should gel with the local’s taste buds as well. The surprises truly satisfy!

The first dish, Chilli Crayfish Pasta ($16.80) is served with a mix of succulent crayfish and pan grilled fish atop a toss of pasta. I love the rich, tangy sauce which mixed perfectly with the pasta and the freshness of crayfish.


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Dry Laksa Pasta

For those who adore Singapore’s standard of spiciness would definitely appreciate the Dry Laksa Pasta ($14.80), as it can be quite hot to the tongue. Accompanied with grilled tiger prawns, juicy prawns and eggs, the pasta is best consumed while its hot to retain the succulent laksa taste!


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Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs with Fried Rice

The dish which I would come back for more is the Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs with Fried Rice($13.80). Almost melt-in-the-mouth, thick tender grilled chicken kebab pineapple skewer is drizzled with peanut satay sauce, paired with fragrant friend rice and toss of side salad, making it the perfect composition for a protein-rich meal. The dish tastes delicious, with the nutty richness balanced by the refreshing flavours of the pineapple and meaty punch from the kebabs. There are no charred edges in the skewer.


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Fluffy Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

What better way to end the course with every Singaporean childhood dessert? The colourful Fluffy Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich ($1.80) is just like your everyday cheer-me-up ice cream sandwich from your favourite peddler plus more. Uncompromisingly sinful and localized, you can choose between flavours such as sweet corn, raspberry ripple, red bean, choco mint and durian, wrapped in a visually pleasing unicorn-like colored bread.

There’s no reason not to visit Eighteen Chef’s for a quick, affordable yet tasty meal. Ultimately, Eighteen Chef’s is a place that makes you feel good. As does the food.

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

Shopping at Wisma Atria

Every year, be it Chinese New Year or Christmas, I would visit Orchard Road even more frequently than the normal days to soak myself into the festival mood as the entire stretch or road would be decorated with beautiful decorations and all. People also looked happier and chattier there.

This year, James and me decided to buy ourselves a similar backpack because I had enough of him and his ugly bags :X

My first thought was Porter International!!! Wisma Atria has one outlet there!! As you know, I just came back from Taiwan, and after seeing all the bags there, I got myself 4 items from the shop so I knew it was the right place to get us the backpacks.

On top of that, Wisma Atria is also having some contest right now where we will get a chance to fly to  a destination of our choice. So why not shop there for some presents with the hopes of flying to Paris – our dream country?!?!?!

When we entered the mall, we were greeted by the lovely scents of the candles from Yankee Candle as there was a little cottage at the atrium 🙂

We stopped by a little for a sniff before heading up to Porter International at Level 3 (for me) and James to Plinio Visona at Level 1!

The little accessories from Porter Internation like coin pouches, wallets and bracelets caught my attention too (even before checking out the bags)!

I got myself this from the MORI series Backpack. It was a love at first sight because I fell in love with the combination of Maroon and Gold. As for James…. I picked the Black and gold one for him!

I am pretty sure that he would love this bag because it has a contrast of colors and he love contrast. With that said, this bag is very spacious and looks versatile for almost any outfit.

There were really other designs that were pretty nice as well..

James did consider this but it wasn’t big enough to fit in a laptop. We thought that it would be very useful for trips though!

Hehehehe. I couldn’t resist. I got this as well 🙂

I liked shoulder bags so this tempted me a little too…

When I was shopping, James sneaked off to another shop to pick me a gift as well. He went to Plinio Visona located on Level 1 where they sell real leather bags. They have really good quality and trendy bags.

You guys know how much we love to cafe hop right? I love Paris Baguette because of their desserts! I heard that Omakase Burger is pretty yummy too. Shall give that a try when we are in town again!

This is only part of the story. If you wanna read the entire story, read it here: http://www.wismaonline.com/?ch=english_happening&pg=english_happenings_hot&ac=AC_81RBUSqI_20141219170946

PSSST: Wisma Atria is quite a nice place for you to do some christmas shopping! 🙂

Saboten at 313 Somerset

Yayyy. I always visit IMM for Saboten but now I can have it at 313 Somerset too!! Most events are held in town so it would be a good place for an after-event catch up with blogger friends!

J and me dined at Saboten before we got together. Heh.

Like the other outlets (other than IMM), you can have free flow of greens.

I also love their specially imported rice from Japan.

Let me show you what they have on their menu (part of it) before showing you the promotions!

To celebrate the new opening, you will be able to find Iberico Loin Katsu, Fried Jumbo Prawn and few grilled items.

Grilled Chicken Set at $18.


Grilled Salmon Set at $21.

HungryGoWhere voted Saboten as Singapore’s best tonkatsu restaurant and then, Saboten has become the go-to place for all aficionados since it’s launched.

The Fried Jumbo Prawn is EXTREMELY fresh! J had 3 prawns for dinner along with the sides!

The king of shrimp is enveloped in a crispy exterior that is crunchy to the last bite.

Iberico Loin Katsu is delightfully unctuous and tender.

Not forgetting my favorite Chawanmushi which I had 4 cups that evening. Silky smooth is probably the best phrase for it!

All set menus come with side dishes: free refills of the light and fluffy Japanese rice, miso soup, cabbage, chawanmushi, pickles and refreshing Yuzu sorbet!

The new outlet excuses an inviting vibe yet peaceful enough for you to enjoy your meal.

They are located at Saboten 313@Somerset #B2-02/03 Singapore 238895 from 11.30am to 10pm daily.

All day brunch at MEDZS

You should be glad… No… rather, I should be glad.

I can wake up late on weekends and still make it for brunch because MEDZS is introducing their new brunch menu.

MEDZS is a restaurant that offers a cashless, casual dining concept and a home to an eclectic range of Mediterranean cuisines. They have a mixture of French, Spanish, Moroccan, Italian, Greek and Turkish brunch for you to pick.

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Now, what is brunch without eggs?

I was literally jumping for joy when I knew that I was going to taste all the different kind of breakfast set with EGGS.

Here comes Bouncy Benedict ($14.90) served with rosti.

Everyone was going for the egg when this set was served.

Look at that yolk, it’s oozing out!

Stacked Brunch Torte ($14.90), was a generously served brunch. I find this set value for money because it is able to feed two. The insides are filled with egg, bell peppers, cheese, spinach and ham. A unique twist of combination.

My personal favourite is Le Jolly Monsieur ($13.90).

Having tried all the eggs of the different sets, the scramble eggs tasted the best. I like having eggs, cheese and ham for breakfast and Le Jolly Monsieur has all three of them inside on top of the bacon and bratwurst.

Slurrpppppps!

Toasty Tortilla ($14.90), with eggs, served in another way. Still served with scramble eggs, but also with the Spanish omelette. There are a lot of onions in the omelette, so sweet onions lover, you would probably love this.

Poseidon’s Wrap ($14.90), served with prawn, fish, squid, tomato, lettuce, scramble egg, tzatziki and Greek salad.

Egg-crowned Shashouka ($14.90), served with lamb kefta, tomatoes, eggs tagine and garlic toast.

Round off your delightful meal with a colourful dessert.

A Berry Pancake Gala (S$12.90) features fluffy pancakes crowned with fresh berries as well as summer berries! You can also choose to sweeten the enjoyment with a choice of maple, mango, vanilla or strawberry sauce.

There are other sets that are waiting for you at the restaurant. Experience one of the largest range of brunch items, with prices from just $12.90 to $14.90.

MEDZS has set out to whip up dishes that are hearty and affordable. The dishes are priced affordably so that you do not have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket even if you decide to pamper yourself every weekend.

The restaurants’ cozy and friendly settings also make them an ideal place for to enjoy tete-a-tete conversations. Visit Orchard Central for the underground buzz, and Millenia Walk to enjoy the spacious and alfresco setting.

MEDZS @ Orchard Central
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #B2-01 to 03 / #B2-30 to 43, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening Hrs: Monday to Sunday 11am – 11pm
Telephone: 6238 9028

MEDZS @ Millenia Walk
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-46/47/55/56, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Opening Hrs :Fri-Sat: 11.30am – 1.00am Sun-Thur: 11.30am – 12am
Telephone: 6337 7507

I permed my fringe!

I always regret it ALOT when I cut bangs. But when I have long fringe, I want it short because they can be quite irritating at times. I always choose to cut bangs because I like one part of the growing phase – the phase where u can comb it to the side nicely.

And my readers would know that I don’t work on Monday, therefore, Monday = pampering, chilling or full of errands day. And yesterday, was the HAIR DAYYY! I delayed the whole appointment for 3 Mondays because I was too busy.

The first thing my hairstylist, Oscar, told me was “You need to colour your roots already“.

I didn’t had the intention to touch up the roots, but oh wells, why not? Since I was free and all. I love how Oscar knows what my hair needs.

After touching up the roots, I told Oscar I wanted bangs. He’s the kind who would prefer girls with long fringe than bangs because bangs would make one look like a kid. Okay, that is what happens to me all the time.

But this time, instead of going for the usual flat bangs, he permed my bangs to look like a doll. And this was something new to me because I never had permed bangs, or rather, I have never tried perming the fringe before.

He snipped it after colouring. Welcome back~ Flat bangs!

I was quite afraid that I would look like some aunty with some “curry puff” fringe with the rollers. I was really afraid of the end result. LOL.

It was a pretty quick process. He added some cream and let the rollers stayed for 15-20 minutes before washing.

And the final result after blow drying…. I don’t think that it is obvious in the picture but the fringe was rather bouncy and curled in, giving me a very dolly look. My friend saw me and asked if I would prefer “Ang Kong Kia” or “Barbie”? LOL

Yes, the hair was shorten by a lot as well. With dry hair like mine, I think it is best to keep it short. I wanted to try shorter length but I have to let it grow until April for a bridal shoot.

That’s Oscar. Okay, he didn’t smile and that made him look fierce. But in actual fact, he is quite a chatty and funny person. One nice guy really. My hair always feel well taken care of  when I am in his hands.

Look for Oscar when you visit SalonB!
And quote “Blogger Maybeline” for 20% off chemical services.

They are located at:
1 Nassim Road #02-03 Singapore 258458
(Directly opposite Tanglin Shopping Mall)

Parking is free when you do your hair there!

Make an appointment at 6863 5855.

Come choose your poison at MEDZS

Alert Alert Alert!

Have you always been a fan of desserts just like me? I can skip my meals for just desserts I swear! And here in this post, is a Sinful Series of delicious desserts which are paired with refreshing cocktails.

Interesting? They are known as the seven deadly sins! MEDZS’s desserts have earned recognition of many epicureans and so to take their enjoyments up a notch, they have came up with this series.

Having personally been to Europe, I had personally experience how food establishments offers delectable desserts in the meals and they are even offering irresistible pairings of desserts and cocktails. Thanks to MEDZS, they are also bringing in a similar trend to Singapore, allowing patrons to enjoy a truly indulgent experience!

Close up of the Sins.

The series is really cute because each pair has a different name. For example, they have Greed, Wrath, Pride, Sloth, Lust, Envy and my favorite, Glutton. The dessert for Glutton is damn cute because it is called Fat Hope (bottom left of the picture above). LOL! Fat Hope is actually a rich cheesecake topped with Reese peanut butter chocolate. I am a fan of Reese chocolate, honestly!

They may look angelic and nice but the shots are the real devil. They can knock one out easily as each individual shots are pretty strong themselves. My favourite was the Jealousy Potion (the shot in yellow, with green base). It is a smoky whisky with the sweet aftertaste of Midori Melon Liquer and Mango juice. I could drink Midori Melon pure by itself! I used to have a 1 litre bottle of it at home.

Cost:
7 Devilish Desserts: $23.90
7 Sinful Shots: $49.80
7+7 Combined Platter: $68

The 7 Decadent Sins are on the menu permanently instead of being seasonal.

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If you would like some food to fill your tummy before the desserts, I would strongly recommend you their Carbonara! The food are cooked only after you placed your orders so rest assured that you will only be served with hot and yummy food.

I can have this Carbonara everyday. No joke. This is not my first time at MEDZS but I can’t help but praise their food every time I visit them.

The Deep Sea Prawns was also one of the highly raved food that night. The prawns were really fresh and huge that night.

Rosti. If you prefer to have it crunchier, do request them to fry them a little longer 🙂

In case you’re wondering where can you find MEDZS, you can find them at

MEDZS @ Orchard Centraal
#B2-01 to 03, #B2-30 to 43

or

MEDZS @ Millenia Walk
#01-46/47/55/56.

See you there!