Sunday Brunch @ Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Occupying the iconic colonial house in Singapore Botanic Gardens that formerly housed Au Jardin by the Les Amis Group, Corner House has been earning both accolades and Michelin Stars since its debut in 2014. Helmed by Chef Jason Tan who was previously from Sky on 57 at Marina Bay Sands, the food at Corner House is all about “gastro-botanic” cuisine – sustainable produce and seasonal ingredients.

Having tried making a reservation at this 60-seat restaurant before, I knew just how difficult it was to get one. So my boyfriend definitely scored some brownie points when he told me that we were going to Corner House for Sunday Brunch on my birthday.

Corner House serves a 4 course Sunday Brunch for $88++ per person and as you probably have guessed it, this brunch is only available on Sundays.

GODIVA Chocolatier Opens Lifestyle Concept Dessert Café @ ION Orchard

Luxury Belgian chocolate brand GODIVA Chocolatier has opened its very first lifestyle concept dessert cafe in Singapore. This also marks the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Located at B1 of Ion Orchard, we were invited to the grand opening party on Thursday and got a first glimpse of the 40-seater cafe with its gold and dark brown colour theme.

GODIVA Chocolatier Café offers a wide variety of gift boxes filled with GODIVA’s luxurious and signature creamy dark, milk and white chocolates. Finished with a thick ribbon tied into a fancy bow, these boxes are grab and ready-to-go presents for your loved ones.

Spring-Inspired Heritage Afternoon Tea: Au Jardin at The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Singapore

The Lobby Lounge at Intercontinental Singapore has just launched their new Spring-Inspired Heritage Afternoon Tea: Au Jardin. Featuring three tiers of handcrafted savoury and sweet creations adorned with edible flowers and dressed in bright colors, this special edition pays tribute to the well-loved season which represents fresh blooms and rejuvenation.

Available daily till 31 Jul 17, from 2pm to 5.30pm, the three-tiered set is priced at $78++for two guests, inclusive of a choice of loose-leaf teas or coffee, or $108++for two guests, inclusive of a choice of loose-leaf tea or coffee and two flutes of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne.

I am always a huge fan of afternoon tea, which to me has to have a few essential items- fluffy scones and jam, finger sandwiches, pastries and of course a good blend of tea. The tea set from The Lobby Lounge ticked all the boxes.

Ding Dong @ 115 Amoy Street

Established in 2013, Ding Dong has been the go-to-restaurant for many diners for its experimental menu that screams passion, creativity, and excitement. The restaurant which was once located at Ann Siang Hill, has now re-settled at the corner of Amoy Street – a well-known dining enclave with serious competition. Despite the relocation and refurbishment of this beloved restaurant, the essence of their menu has not changed a single bit – Asian-inspired cuisine with modern twists.

Assistant Head Chef Miller Mike currently helms the kitchen of Ding Dong, bringing onboard a novel perspective to traditional flavours, and conjuring new dishes that never fails to leave diners impressed. To take the dining experience a level higher, Head Bartender Angeline Lim has also stepped up her game with an array of signature cocktails to complement any dish on the menu.

Boru Boru X Candour Coffee | A Lunch-Only Pop-Up Concept Serving Japanese Bowls

As its name suggests, Boru Boru (a pop-up Japanese café sharing the space with Candour Coffee) offers an affordable selection of Japanese rice bowls using the freshest seafood and ingredients. The fishes are sliced in-house with a pair of well-practiced hands to guarantee thick, uniform cubes of oceanic bliss that become sweeter the longer one chews. Diners are also free to decorate their bowls with add-ons – such as salmon roe (ikura), flying fish roe (tobiko), and caviar – at the cost of $1-$3 more per ingredient.

The space of the café is relatively small, barely fitting two adult elephants, and one may wish to come earlier to avoid the lunch crowd. Bar seats are also available for those who are unable to secure a table or would like to catch the baristas performing their coffee rituals amidst the lively atmosphere.

Our first bowl, Boru Chirashi ($13.90), features a lively mix of assorted seafood – diced salmon, tuna, octopus, shrimp, and salmon roe – atop a warm bed of sushi rice. The toppings were undeniably fresh and felt alive at times, in a good way of course, but what sealed the deal for us was the chef’s generosity with his ingredients. Moreover, the cook on the octopus and shrimp was textbook – soft, succulent, and so delectable!