North Canal Road has a new addition to its row of eateries and that tenant is none other than PUNCH- the brainchild of the people behind Ronin and The Plain. Although it has only been a week since its opening, PUNCH has already created quite the wave on social media with its beautiful instagram-friendly courtyard and nailing that highly sought-after minimalistic look that most cafes seem to be going for these days. Concrete with wooden accents and touches of greenery, the overall attitude was casual, laid-back and effortlessly hipster.
The concept here at PUNCH is similar to that of Ronin in that there is no actual menu and the wait staff recites the menu out to you, dish by dish so you can stop him/her at any point for further clarifications on the ingredients or components of any of the items. Novel idea and quite brilliant actually considering that the menu does change up frequently and the cafe saves on having to print new hardcopy menus each time they add or remove a dish.
We came by on a Saturday afternoon and was informed that only the Brunch menu was being offered. This also meant that the much raved about Fried Chicken that everyone says is a must-try at PUNCH, was not available. We were definitely disappointed to find that out but nonetheless settled for a bowl of Classic Bolognese $16 which our friendly server convinced us, was a worthy alternative. Made with three different types of minced meat- chicken, pork and beef, this bolognese served with spaghetti was more towards the dry side so if you prefer your pasta soaked with gravy, this probably would not be your cup of tea. Notwithstanding that, it was still enjoyable but none too mind-blowing.
Valentine’s Day is just round the corner (two weeks time to be exact), and it brings us back to the much dreaded topic of finding the perfect gift for our special someone yet again! This year however, we suggest that you ditch the boring chocolates and pricey stones, but instead, bring your date out on a romantic adventure of gastronomical delights. With that said, you can be rest assured that the esteemed chefs and sommelier at both Long Bar Steakhouse and Raffles Grill at Raffles Hotel have got you covered with specially crafted menus for this romantic day.
Our romantic evening began with the ‘clang’ of the famous national cocktail, the Singapore Sling. First ever to be created in the historic hotel, this enchanting cocktail primarily consists of pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine and Dom Benedictine, with cherry brandy and Cointreau giving it the lovely pink hue. Needless to say, we were deeply intrigued by the bright fruity flavours of this dynamic concoction.
With barely half a month left before the glorious celebration of the Lunar New Year, restaurants across Singapore have been whipping up new creations to put forth its finest dishes onto the dining table. For this year, the talented chefs from the various Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts have conjured up several festive delights to win the hearts (and ‘red packets’) of your family members! These Chinese New Year Set Menus and exclusive dishes will be available at the respective Crystal Jade restaurants from 25 January to 22 February 16.
Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone and Pomegranate | $88 Small, $138 Large
Crystal Jade Fine Dining Restaurants
Starting off with their rendition of the quintessential Yusheng, this Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone and Pomegranate served in an auspicious large red plate, delivered waves of sweet and savoury notes in every bite. Featuring a neat stack of shredded greens topped with tender slices of Mexican abalone and coated with a dark fruity pomegranate infused plum dressing for that tangy finish, we thoroughly enjoyed how the added fruity crunch from the pomegranate seeds brought out the freshness of the oriental salad!
Chilled Asparagus $20
Crystal Jade Fine Dining Restaurants
For something refreshing, this humble appetizer of Chilled Asparagus planted in a bowl of ice is a great choice. Thick, juicy with subtle earthy undertones, the natural sweetness of those crisp spears was brought out by the aromatic truffled-scented dipping sauce that accompanied it.
From the folks behind the wildly popular Assembly Coffee on Evans Road comes a new cafe concept located just a few minutes away along Bukit Timah Road- Atlas Coffeehouse. Markedly more spacious in shades of blue and white, with marbled tiled walls and matching marble top tables flanked by wooden chairs, the decor of Atlas Coffeehouse ticks all the boxes for that minimalist, stylish yet cosy feeling. The menu here has also expanded, with more savoury options and a wider variety of sweets to accompany your cup of coffee expertly brewed by Daphne (owner and barista) using Two Degrees North Coffee Co coffee beans.
We went straight for the Nutella Brioche French Toast $15 which got us girls squealing when it arrived. Think thick slices of toast soaked in a beaten egg custard concoction and fried till golden brown with a generous layer of hazelnut chocolate spread topped with a huge scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream and smothered with berry compote to balance out the sweetness. This one is definitely made for sharing but we promise we will not judge if you choose to finish it all on your own!
Love is in the air and yes it is that time of the year again. The time to impress that special someone or to simply show your other half how much he/she means to you. And if you are looking for a fancy dinner place for that intimate night out without breaking the bank, then The Carvery located at level 7 of the chic and stylish Park Hotel Alexandra might just be right up your alley.
Known for its affordably priced quality roast meats buffet, The Carvery presents a specially-crafted sumptuous semi-buffet menu for Valentine’s Day weekend this year. Available from 13 – 14 February 16, this exclusive dinner also includes two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne alongside a wide variety of seafood, roasts and dessert specials for $188++ per couple.
Begin your romantic evening with a trio of starters delivered to your table- Yin Yang Soup (made up of oven roasted tomato soup and creamy leek and potato soup for that perfect balance of flavour- sour, tangy, sweet and savoury), a cold Seafood Platter (featuring freshly shucked plump seasonal oysters, Red Claw crab, juicy Tiger prawns, and cured salmon served alongside with condiments of shallot oil, ponzu dressing and chilli cream) and an Intermezzo of citrus Yuzu sorbet in Champagne to cleanse the palate before moving onto the mains.