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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
The PappaRich brand synonymous with traditional coffee shop fare served in a modern setting has been to date, franchised more than 90 times internationally, with outlets in America, India and Indonesia in the works as well. Originating in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, founder Rich Tan has come a long way since his inception into the food scene back in 2005 when he first had a dream to make authentic Malaysian hawker delights within reach of the masses and even those abroad.
In Singapore alone today, there are 4 outlets dispersed all around the island- The Star Vista, Parkway Parade, Suntec City Mall and Westgate Mall. I personally have not been to the original PappaRich in Malaysia so I had to rely on my friends whom I was dining with, to identify for me which dishes were truly Malaysian and authentic. Maybe some of you who have been to the branches in Malaysia too can share how the Singapore ones measure up to those in our neighbouring country.
We start with some classic Kopitiam breakfast items of bread, kaya and half boiled eggs. While the bread at coffee shops are usually toasted before slathered on with kaya and a chunk of butter, these ones at PappaRich are steamed instead- a testament to how fresh it actually is. Soft, fluffy and even a little springy, these loaves are made with a traditional Hainan recipe exclusively for all PappaRich outlets only. The best part is that the homemade kaya and butter is served alongside so you can spread as much of that smooth pandan goodness as you want. Definitely one of my highlights that evening and I have even made plans to return for breakfast this weekend because I cannot stop thinking about it! You will also be disappointed to know that they do not sell their homemade kaya in bottles- we tried asking but was turned down (apparently dozens of others have also enquired previously).
Hidden on the second level of a two-storey shophouse in the heart of the Duxton enclave is the unlikely find of a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) health cafe. Unlikely because with the popping up of numerous cafes and third-wave coffee movement eateries, this zen oasis offering healthy Chinese ala-carte dishes and tea sets is quite unexpected and a treasured find.
Opened by the The Renhai Clinic located just downstairs at level one, the cafe- Herbal Oasis@Duxton is founder Dr Hong Hai’s attempt at educating the public on holistic living through specialty brewed teas, herbal soups and even a library of reading materials on TCM and health in this quiet and relaxing space.
Choose from the list of Herbal Teas ranging from Clear Vision Tea made up of mulberry, chrysanthemum and wolfberry to a Complexion-Enhancing Tea with flora herbs or even a Noble Tea for Rejuvenation with American Ginseng and match it with a Red Dates Muffin or Black Sesame Muffin with Lemon for just $7 and you have gotten yourself an Afternoon Tea that is friendly to your waistline.
For something more substantial, Herbal Oasis@Duxton also offers affordable Lunch Sets from $15 onwards. Each set comes with a choice of rice, soup and dish but items are all subject to availability.
While we were there, only 2 choices of rice were offered- the Yam Rice and Walnut Brown Rice. Extremely filling with chunks of yam in the former and bits of walnuts and raisins in the latter, both varieties were good to eat even on their own. Other options on other days would include the Olive or Pumpkin Rice. Each bowl is $4 should you choose to order it ala-carte.