Hina Matsuri also known as Doll’s Festival, is celebrated each year on 3rd March in Japan. This occasion is a time for families or in particular, parents with young daughters to make offerings of food to miniature dolls as they pray for the happiness and health of their little girls.
Back by popular demand and for the third year running, Fairmont’s resident Japanese restaurant- Mikuni has launched a bento set lunch menu specially created to mark this festive occasion.
Available for a limited time only, from 1 – 10 March 15, these 8-course bento sets are exquisitely designed to charm the ladies. From the feminine pink colour accents to the floral touches, Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo has taken deliberate care in the plating of every dish, right down to the garnishing so as to impress his guests.
Presented in a tiered style with all 8 dishes fitting perfectly onto a neat wooden tray, Chef Moon’s attention to detail was truly evident as each layer unravelled one tantalising item after the other. If you are all about first impressions, I am sure you will be won over from the moment the Hina Matsuri lunch bento is placed in front of you.
From the same people who brought you Lucha Loco at Duxton Hill, comes the vivacious, younger, and slightly more chipper sister outlet- Super Loco. Located at The Quayside, this restaurant and bar which prides itself for serving Mexican street food, has a bright and sunny appeal with its coloured theme of pastels and neon. From communal tables and benches to bar counter stools and regular wooden tables, the spacious open-concept diner is all about recreating the Mexican City experience for their guests.
Super Loco offers two menus- Dinner served from 5pm onwards Wednesdays to Sundays and Brunch on the weekends from 10am-3pm. Reservations are also not allowed unless you have a group of more than 8 people. After seeing all those mouthwatering pictures on Instagram, coupled with my inclination towards brunch food, I naturally gravitated towards making a trip down on a Sunday to try their newly launched weekend brunch menu.
Following the success of their flagship outlet at 78 Moh Guan Terrace in the heart of Tiong Bahru, Flock Cafe has opened their second branch in yet another neighbourhood estate- Ghim Moh. Bringing cafe food to the heartlands seems to be Flock’s formula for success and evidently, it is working. We dropped by on a Sunday afternoon and found that the place was packed with families. Seeing elderly folks sipping on a cup of latte while their teenage grandchildren chowed down burgers and pastas was apparently not an uncommon sight here.
Though the menu here at the Ghim Moh branch is quite similar to the one at Moh Guan Terrace, there are some specials such as the Homemade Nyonya Fish & Prawn Patty and Spicy Chicken Katsu Burgers that are only available here. We ordered their pasta items- the Pork Cheek Tortiglioni $14 and Sauteed Prawn and Dried Shrimp Linguini $14 which were both modest in portion. The latter with its bits of dried shrimp and touch of spring onions added to the pasta an oriental flair that was quite refreshing. This was certainly fusion done right.
It started with an elusive and mysterious invitation from Grand Hyatt to spend an evening with them. And in return, they promised to put together a special, intimate night of grand festivities in celebration of the New Year. My interest was naturally piqued and I RSVP-ed with a yes.
No more details were released until a few days before the event when we were contacted again for our pick-up address as they were arranging for our transport to and from Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Wednesday, the 11th of February soon arrived and so did our black Mercedes Benz which dropped us off right at the front door of the hotel.
The special evening began with some cocktails, bubbly and canapes. Think homemade pralines filled with thick peanut paste, crisp black moss chips and the most exotic seafood pearls (tuna sashimi). I of course committed the cardinal sin of a blogger by eating first before my camera and therefore have no footage of the pretty canapes. You will just have to take my word for it that they were really appetising.
The Mama Shop at Pearl’s Hill Terrace opened to much fanfare in October last year when word got out that the cafe had two pretty lady bosses who were also popular TV actresses – Felicia Chin and Sora Ma. Set up at the former Police Operational Headquarters, the area is a tad run down and takes a bit of navigation skills to get to. The space itself too was surprisingly modest with no more than 5-6 tables set up.
Menu wise, The Mama Shop offers mainly burgers, waffles and pies/quiches with a touch of local flavour with items such as satay and peanut paste with glutinous rice balls. Between the three of us, we ordered their highly raved Happy Peppy Lobster Burger $16.90, Otah Roll $7.90 and Okaasanwaffle $4.90. Yes, the prices here are rather affordable.