If you have not heard of “Tai Cheong Bakery”, then you, my friend, might just be missing out on what was deemed as ‘the best egg tarts in the world’ by Chris Patten. That said, some probably might not even have a slightest inkling as to who Chris Patten is, except for the fact that he was the last governor of Hong Kong. Notwithstanding, let’s just say that these custard-filled tarts are popular and charming enough to form hour-long queues at both the Takashimaya and Holland Village outlets.
The Holland Village outlet is the brand’s first dine-in-concept in Singapore which opened its doors in mid-November 2016 to allow customers to enjoy an authentic cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style teahouse) experience. This 42-seat restaurant comprises two sections – an air-conditioned indoor space for guests to relax amidst an open-concept kitchen and an outdoor area for those who prefer a warmer, windier environment. Dine-in customers would also be pleased to know that the restaurant does not impose service charge and prices stated on the menu are already inclusive of GST.
Singaporeans love their seafood and having seafood in a bag is fast becoming a common phenomenon in many restaurants. So when my dad suggested one day that we should try this new place that opened in Pasarbella called Ah Hua Kelong Seafood Restaurant, I did not think too much about it and assumed that it was no different from Dancing Crab, which was only next door.
Nonetheless, our interest was piqued by its Singaporean name and brought the family down to check the place out. We were greeted by the friendly owner Jing Kai, who more than enthusiastically gave us an introduction on the types of seafood the restaurant offered and how all the fishes, mussels and crabs in the tanks in front of us were farmed at their own kelong (fish farm) and harvested on the same day that you eat them. This means that the fish literally comes from kelong to table and is as fresh as fresh can be.
Located at the seafood area of Pasarbella, next to the Oceans of Seafood, it is not hard to locate the many tanks of live seafood which marks the spot where Ah Hua Kelong Seafood Restaurant is. Reservations are highly recommended judging from the huge crowds that came by the Friday night that we were there so while they will not be able to reserve a table for you (since it is a shared space and common area), you will at least be assured that you will have food because quantities of stock for each day are limited.
Christmas is just around the corner and if you have not yet found the right place to celebrate the special occasion, Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant might just be the one-stop solution for you! Available from now till late January, Clinton St has introduced 4 new creations alongside their original menu to bring forth the spirit of Christmas on every plate. Diners, or simply pancake fanatics, would be intrigued to find a delightful twist on their signature pancakes which will be revealed shortly.
Do read on as we slowly unravel the individual creations for the Christmas season that surprisingly does not feature any turkey drama at all.
Starting the meal on a lighter note, we were introduced to the restaurant’s signature Neil’s Biscuits (served on the house for dinner) which are deemed as the ‘king of biscuits’ by Martha Steward. These delightful buttermilk treats boast of the fluffiest interior hidden beneath the golden-crisp skin. Although it can be rather plain tasting on its own, a generous spread of butter and raspberry jam easily solves the problem and even had us wanting seconds!
Award-winning One-Ninety restaurant located at main lobby level of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has recently revamped their market fresh semi-buffet. Offering up to 30 selections of entrees across 3 very different yet specialised cuisines- Apple Wood Grill, Asian and Italian, One-Ninety is set to impress with their new and improved gastronomical specialities.
Available 7 days a week, the appetizers and desserts at this semi-buffet change daily, according to the freshest and finest seasonal produce available for the day. From quality imported cheeses from France and Italy to the wide range of Charcuterie featuring a smorgasbord of cured meats, hams and various cuts, the chefs at One-Ninety have got the gourmand in you covered.
Sneaking into the local café scene is 6-month old Common Chefs – an unassuming café located right below Victory 8 Condominium along 8 Jalan Lengundi. This hidden gem offers a delectable selection of Western classics ranging from grilled beef burgers to chicken and waffles to make up for that 15-minute walk from Sembawang MRT.
Although the layout and decor of the space is modest, Instagrammers and fellow foodies would be enthralled by the seats near the glass windows for that Instagram-worthy shot amidst the natural lighting. Those simply seeking a cuppa to relax and let loose on the other hand, would prefer to sit beneath the warm downlights to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. We came here twice in a span of two months and got to sample a number of items on their rather concise menu.
The café’s signature Truffle Tater Tots $12 was certainly a dish to rave about. Crispy potato nuggets deep fried till golden brown before being tossed in fragrant truffle oil and served with generous shavings of aged Parmesan. Despite its slightly greasy appearance, we were centrally charmed by the warm potato puffs encased within its crispy outer shell.
For something thicker, meatier and juicer, the café has got you covered with an explosive range of flame-grilled burgers! The Boss ($19 for Beef/$18 for Chicken) was literally the big daddy of all their other burgers which showcased a jam-packed layer of flavoursome ingredients – sautéed mushrooms, grilled beef patty, sharp cheddar, fried egg, pickles, bacon and caramelized onions – to create an umami explosion in every bite. The best part was of course the succulent double-layer beef patty packed so snugly between two well-toasted brioche buns.