L’ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle has finally opened their brick and mortar store in the heart of Orchard Road. Dubbed as Singapore’s first eclair boutique, L’ÉCLAIR located at the ground level of Singapore Shopping Centre brings a bit of Paris to our island with their exquisitely designed cream-filled choux pastries. Aesthetically charming and simply pleasing to the eyes, each eclair is practically an art piece served on a plate that has been taking social media by storm with how photogenic they are on camera.
The duo behind L’ÉCLAIR- Sarah and Michelle, initially started out as an online business, supplying eclairs to other cafes such as Mean Bean Wicked Grind (where I first got a taste of those pretty little things) before moving on to pop-ups hosted at Three Years In A Balloon and Artistry. The establishment of this physical store has therefore been long time coming.
Previously located within the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) campus, Bread Yard has since moved to a cozy corner space of the Galaxis Building at 1 Fusionpolis Place. Specialising in handcrafted breads, the menu is decidedly modest, offering sandwiches, toast, bread puddings, all day breakfasts and naturally-leavened pancakes. Prices are extremely affordable as well, with full platters starting at $10 and sandwiches at $7. No added service charge or GST either.
For more eateries/cafes in Singapore with no GST or service charge, check out my list of 25 Places to Eat in Singapore with Nett Prices.
We made our way here for lunch on a Thursday and the cafe which seats about 50 pax, was packed with hardly an empty table around. Filled mostly by staff from the surrounding offices, Bread Yard is certainly a crowd favourite with their fuss-free ordering system and laid-back setting.
Be spoilt for choice at the newly opened Palette Restaurant & Bar, a multi-brand dining concept by BreadTalk Group, where you can enjoy a myriad of gourmet delicacies and street food from ten speciality food brands – from popular home-grown heroes like IndoChili and Delhi 6, to restaurants chains like Ah Yat Seafood Kitchen, as well as exciting newcomers like Ah Koong Restaurant from Malaysia. To top it off, 90 Gastro Bar offers a collection of Singapore-inspired tipples and modernised local desserts to complete the full dining experience.
We started off with some cocktails from 90 Gastro Bar to pique our appetites – here’s the Cabaret Oasis and 1686 at $17++ each. Both cocktails were unique concoctions and each left a smooth and refreshing aftertaste, which complemented the savoury fare we had later on.
One of my favourite picks of the evening was the Sate Ayam Madura by IndoChili ($8.80++ for 5 pieces). Grilled chicken skewers doused with homemade peanut sauce, these were succulent and moist with a lingering smoky flavour.
Next on my list was the Chandi Murg Tikka by Delhi 6 ($13++) – this rich and flavourful dish had great chunks of juicy boneless chicken entrenched in garlic and cashew nut cream sauce.
Making its debut this year at Fairmont Singapore’s resident Japanese restaurant- Mikuni, is the well-loved and much celebrated Summer Unagi Festival.
Unagi, or more commonly known as the eel, is highly regarded as one of the most nutritious and wholesome foods around. This prized delicacy is also believed to increase one’s stamina, renew vitality, and of course keep the body cool to beat the summer heat. The festival usually takes place in mid-July to early August, coinciding with the doyo period that is supposedly the hottest time in Japan.
As for those of you who are simply fans of this freshwater fish for its distinct flavour profile and dense meaty texture, this is one celebration not to be missed.
From 20 July to 31 August 2015, expect to be enthralled by Unagi-themed dishes created by Mikuni’s Executive Chef Moon Kyung Soo that can by enjoyed during lunch (5 courses for $120++) or dinner (8 courses for $220++).
In celebration of Singapore’s golden jubilee, Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng of The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant is introducing his SG50 Nostalgic Feast Menu inspired by traditional Cantonese dishes from the 1970s and 80s. Curated in partnership with Wong Ah Yoke, the highly regarded restaurant reviewer and food critic at The Straits Times, expect nothing less than a meal fit for a king.
Resonating modern oriental encapsulated in a seemingly westernized architecture, the Jade creates culinary art pieces that the imperial royalties would assent with one another. Think Jade and immediately one travels back in time to ancient China. In parallel fashion, Master Chef Leong’s Nostalgic Feast Menu aims to bring you back in time and captures classic, rustic flavours through homespun tastes.
The Nostalgic Feast Menu started off with an elaborate Combination of Lobster Platter, which was a curious amalgam of lobster fruit salad, traditional fried prawn roll (or more well known as “hei zhor” in dialect), fried crab with eggs, spring rolls, and fried pork rib with garlic and red fermented bean. I was never a fan of fried stuff but trust me when I tell you that the traditional fried prawn roll and fried pork rib stole my heart and well, stomach too. The fanciful presentation certainly lived up to expectations. The traditional fried prawn roll was packed plumped generous with fresh shrimps and the right proportion of minced pork fats, while the fried pork rib was insanely tender and well-marinated.