CUPPLETS Cafe + Bakery @ Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Hidden inside the Ngee Ann Poly campus at Blk 16, is a cutesy gem of a cafe called Cupplets run by ex-students of the school. If you are not a current student or ex-student of Ngee Ann, I will save you the trouble of turning a few rounds and getting lost in the process by telling you to head towards to the Sports Complex, walk pass the food court and you will see it. It is on the ground level.

This was meant to be a simple coffee-run with a fellow foodie friend of mine who is also a Westie but I ended up really impressed with the quality of the tarts and drinks we had there and decided to blog about it. But not just to share about the great find, but to also support the entrepreneurial spirit of our young people in Singapore.

And if you are one for the rustic aesthetics, mismatched tables and crockery, then Cupplets is the perfect place for you. It does make a much more affordable alternative compared to other whimsical vintage-feel cafes around the area that tend to overcharge for their ambiance.

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Cupplets serves mainly cakes, tarts, muffins and brownies- the usual sweet stuff but savoury pies such as Chicken or Tuna are also available. The coffee beans are the same ones used at Common Man Coffee Roasters- I am no coffee expert but my coffee fanatic friend did enjoy her cuppa very much. I on the other hand, had a Matcha Latte that was beautifully rich and smooth- not to be missed by Matcha fans.

Weekday Dim Sum Buffet @ Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore

Renowned Cantonese restaurant- Hai Tien Lo located at level 3 of Pan Pacific Singapore has recently launched a pretty awesome Weekday Dim Sum Buffet at a very reasonable price of $48++ per pax. Featuring a selection of 35 signature items, including 20 new dim sum creations by Chef Lee Siaw Cheen, this a la carte dim sum lunch buffet, available from Mondays to Fridays, is the reason why 3 hour long lunches are absolutely necessary and legitimate even.

Dim Sum Chef’s Specialty
Deep-fried Yam Paste with Foie-gras, Baked Egg Tart with Swiftlet Nest and White Fungus, Steamed Berkshire Pork Buns, Stir-fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallops in Chef’s Special Homemade XO Chili Sauce

These 4 items on the menu are the only ones that are limited to one serving per guest. With good reason I guess, because everyone is probably going to just order these signature highlights over and over again once they have had their first bite- which spoils the concept of a buffet when you should be leaving space for variety, instead of focusing on a few items alone. And trust me, many items on the menu are really worth trying.

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My absolute favourite of the 4 was actually the Stir-fried Carrot Cake with Dried Scallops- a surprising choice really if you do know me, as Carrot Cake is not usually one of my quintessentials at Dim Sum. Nonetheless, these ones won me over with its chunky bite, alluring fragrance and appetizing wok-hei. Chef’s homemade XO sauce which it was fried in, certainly complimented it beautifully. I truly yearned for a bigger portion of this.

Another one worth mentioning is the Steamed Berkshire Pork Bun which had an ideal proportion of bao to char siu in every bite. Succulent, juicy and sweet, the stickiness of the meat contrasting with the fluffiness of that bun was just plain delicious. If only I could have one whole basket…

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Deep-fried Dumplings with Shredded Turnip

Try not to get scalded as you bite into these golden flaky pastries because they come served piping hot! Not to be missed though, these dumplings were truly mouth-watering without being too oily and greasy.

The Westin Singapore’s The Brunch Beats at Seasonal Tastes

Not quite like your usual Sunday Champagne Brunches, The Brunch Beats at Seasonal Tastes of The Westin Singapore sets itself apart with groovy tunes and a spectacular view of the South China Sea from your seat at level 32. And of course just to name a few other attractions, there is also free flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, fresh gorgeous seafood, live interactive stations, a Steak à la minute Service and an assortment of beautiful desserts offered at this international buffet. Either way, this is one Sunday party not to be missed.

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Toast to the weekend with a wide range of alcoholic beverages to choose from. Be it cocktails concocted by the resident mixologist, Veuve Clicquot champagne served from magnum bottles, wines, craft beers or even mix-it-yourself Bloody Marys, there is no excuse not to get a little tipsy from the endless supply of booze available.

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For those less interested in alcohol, go straight for the seafood section on ice which entices with its stunning display of oysters, crabs, lobsters, prawns, scallops and mussels.

Red House Seafood Restaurant @ 68 Prinsep Street

One of Singapore’s oldest seafood restaurants- Red House Seafood Restaurant, is celebrating its 38th anniversary of serving fresh and delicious seafood fare to their customers this year. And in conjunction with the joyous occasion, this family-run restaurant, located in a restored shophouse along Princep Street, has also launched a slew of new creations and two celebratory set dinners which will be available from now till 30 June 2014.

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These items, also available on the Red House ala carte menu, are cooked with sustainable seafood flown from Scotland three times a week and caught using environmentally-friendly methods. From Scottish Brown Crabs, Scottish Blue Lobster, Whelks, Megrim Fish and Scottish Oysters, these creations are prepared in ways that allow the natural flavours of the beautiful seafood to shine through.

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For executives working around the area, I strongly recommend their affordable set lunch priced at $38++ for 2 persons which features a Dim Sum Basket of their signatures, creamy custard Prawns, a scrumptious Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun before ending with some oozing soft Durian Mochi- definitely a steal especially for such a prime and convenient location.

While families looking for a special place to celebrate an occasion (Mother’s Day perhaps?) and willing to splurge a little, will not go wrong with the Red House Anniversary 7 Course Set Dinners (Modern/Signatures) at $388++ for 6 persons which includes either a bottle of Champagne, White Wine or 2 Jugs of Tiger Beer.

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The starter of the Modern Set Dinner is a Thai-inspired refreshing Chilled Spicy Whelks $35 dish. Tossed with fresh onions, mangoes and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, the sweet and spicy notes of this dish were as vibrant and flavourful as its presentation.

A La Carte Buffet Dinner @ Jade Restaurant, Fullerton Hotel

Fans of The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant’s A La Carte Dinner Buffet which was first introduced for the month of December last year will be ecstatic to know that it has since been relaunched on 1 April 2014 with new creations by Chef Leong Chee Yeng and his team. Diners can look forward to more than 38 dishes in this refreshed A La Carte Dinner Buffet menu which features old favourites from the previous edition and new exciting ones as well. Available daily from 6.30pm onwards, it is guaranteed to be a culinary journey of gastronomic proportions that will allow you to feast till your hearts are content.

Getting hungry yet?

These are the highlights of the Jade Restaurant A La Carte Buffet which you do not want to miss out on…

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From the list of Appetizers, we started with an order of Deep-fried Prawns Coated with Passion Fruit Mayonnaise- new on the menu. Tangy with a fruity finish, these succulent fat prawns were generously smothered with creamy mayo and bursting in sweetness with every bite. Refreshing and delightful, this is highly recommended. For something slightly more conventional, these is also the Deep-fried Prawns Coated with Wasabi Mayonnaise on the menu. Order both if cholesterol levels are not a limiting factor.

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One from the previous menu, this Roasted Five-Spice Crispy Pork Belly is a classic and deservingly so. Crackling and fatty, it was hard to resist stopping at one piece. Everyone probably felt the same because no one needed much persuasion before this plate was cleaned out.

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Another new item, this Crispy Squid in Seven Spices Fragrant Salt brought back memories of salt & pepper squid which I used to always order at Chinese restaurants in Australia. These did not disappoint by the way. Crunchy and a tad chewy, these crispy squid were great munchies which I think both young and old will enjoy.