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Named after ‘halia’, the Malay word for ginger, The Halia at Botanic Gardens- flagship restaurant of The Halia Group, is no stranger to many having been around for the last 10 years. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Ginger Gardens in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the award-winning restaurant charms easily with its full-length glass windows that creates an optical illusion of dining at a fancy garden party without the associated humidity and mozzies.
We came here for their highly raved Weekend Afternoon Tea which has a ‘no-reservation’ policy. Choose between the air conditioned 32-seater dining room or get in touch with nature at their al fresco deck that beckons with its gentle breeze and warm sunlight. Either way, it promises to be an excellent dining experience.
Summer is upon us once again. This much embraced season by the locals of seasonal countries generally sees the tossing of the winter boots and coats, slipping into flip-flops, shorts and donning on a sun hat to hit the beach to get that long awaited tan. While here in Singapore, the change of the seasons is hardly significant to us apart from the monsoon that hits us at the end of the year, Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton gives us a reason to celebrate the arrival of summer, with The Taste of a Mediterranean Summer, available only on weekends, from 1 June – 1 September 2013.
The extremely talented Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang has done it again with ten whimsical desserts that reflect the exotic sandy Mediterranean beaches and made me (and possibly any other girl) squeal with delight as I laid eyes on the display of sweet treats which were undeniably downright appealing.
Nothing screams summer more than these gorgeous hot pink Rose Almond Sun Hat Cakes, fashioned out of fondant and intricately detailed with a matching colored ribbon, finished with a dainty little blue daisy flower for the complete look- a clear demonstration of Chef Pang’s meticulous nature. Taste wise, the soft cake sits on a flaky biscuit base which gives a crunchy bite for a contrast in textures. This might however be a tad sweet for those with a lower tolerance for sugared items. But take one all the same and share it, just because it is so pretty.
The Caramel Mediterranean Salt Truffle Pearl was my absolute favorite and if it were not so decadent, I would have had more than three. Sitting so delicately in oyster shells, one might even mistake these for the actual Pearl Oysters with the accompanying iridescent gemstone inside. But they are actually edible and much too indulgent to be left on display or worn as a piece of jewellery. Bite into the white chocolate casing and relish in the thick salted-caramel sauce that flows so deliberately into your mouth. Delish!
And because flip-flops or slippers are often synonymous with summer, these Seaweed Cake Sand-als pay tribute to that very relationship with an analogous model of the open-toed footwear with a matching green Y-shaped strap at the front. And yes they come in pairs like the actual thing but no you do not have to take both. The flavor of the seaweed was distinct with its subtly salty and organic taste which weaved in so naturally with the buttery biscuit crumbs that made up the cake. Too cute not to miss!
From the very same people who brought you Arteastiq Boutique Tea House, their newest foray into the local dining scene- MUSEO sports a decidedly swankier and classier appeal, incorporating both a restaurant and barroom with one of today’s most luxurious postal codes- Quayside Isle on Sentosa Island.
Pronounced as ‘MOO-ZAY-O’, which is Museum in Italian, MUSEO boasts of a ritzy interior, with rough-cut concrete walls, plush comfy seating as well as an integrated social painting studio (known as Art Jam at Arteastiq), a stunning view of the Marina and a picturesque sunset to boot. Accompanied by specially selected house music, MUSEO seeks to whisk you off into an idyllic respite where the mind can relax and the soul is at ease.
The first-of-its-kind, MUSEO presents a whole new dining concept of ‘Dine-In-A-Cup’ where signatures of Pan Roast Cod Fillet $33 and Two-way Lamb $35 are served in tasteful glass holders, adding on to the overall snazzy appeal of this place.
For a more intimate touch, diners are allowed to customize their very own Mezzanine set by choosing up to 4 out of 12 specially concocted Chef creations for $39. Alternatively, you could leave it to the expertise of Chef Yip and his team and order their Mezzanine Signatures, which includes 4 recherché selections for $38.
** Do note that these are tasting portions
The gimmicky concept of Specialty Tea Sets has also been brought over from Arteastiq and diners will recognise the similar presentation of the teapot, glass cup, biscotti and shot of syrup, all served neatly in a row on a dark wood tray with a tea menu which includes old favourites and new refreshing concoctions of Fruit, Floral and Ginger teas.
Click HERE for Chihuly Lounge’s Summer Weekend Afternoon Tea menu!
Cheese lovers rejoice! The beautiful and classy Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore presents its seasonal Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea with a delightful theme of CHEESE! Be enamored by more than thirteen cheese-based desserts creatively put together by Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang during this Cheese extravaganza from 2 March to 26 May 2013.
The Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea features a live station of Strawberry Balsamic Salad with Mascarpone Sorbet, together with a choice of Cheddar Raisin Scones or Plain Scones. These fluffy buttery scones are kept warm in the wok and are best enjoyed with the lashings of jams and cream all available on display. My vote goes to the Mascarpone Sorbet which was refreshingly light with highlights of creaminess and milky sweetness, the perfect compliment to the crunchy olive croutons served alongside.
Savory bites include a MUST TRY Oven Baked Bacon Wrapped Potato with Honey Mustard, simple but well executed dim sum items such as Steamed Scallop Siew Mai and Steamed Vegetarian Soon Kueh with Sweet Flour Sauce and Sour Chili, and an indulgent Glazed Wagyu Beef Ball with Smoked Garlic.
Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe located at a relatively obscure part off Upper Serangoon has been on the radar for quite some time now. But having lived in the West for most of my life, venturing to the North is hardly on the cards. So when a few of my friends and I had a sudden adventurous streak one day, we decided to explore this much raved about dessert cafe.
The place was not hard to find with the GPS and once we spotted the iconic red coloured Beetle parked outside the shophouse, we knew we were at the right place. The layout of the cafe bore a subtle semblance to Open Door Policy. We were greeted by the same dim and romantic setting upon walking in, while the courtyard had similar glass paneled ceilings allowing cheerful sunlight to pass through. Furniture were mismatched on purpose, with different types of chairs and tables pulled together quite easily by that rustic red-bricked wall. And because Valentines’ Day had just passed, there was still residue decor of streamers with hearts and ornaments hanging from the ceilings, giving a whimsical touch of fancy.
The menu here at Wimbly Lu, though not extensive, offers a decent variety of desserts such as cakes, truffles, waffles and ice-cream. There is a heavy emphasis on the sweets but savoury items such as Golden Fries, Cottage Pie and Hash browns are also available for a light snack.
For just $8.50, this Waffle with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream and Chocolate Sauce was superb. Light and fluffy with a crispy browned skin, this was faultless and easily one of the best waffles in town. The Salted Caramel ice-cream had a lovely balance of salty and sweet. You could almost feel that distinct flavour of the sea salt flakes on your tongue as well as the stickiness of the caramel all in a single taste. Unfortunately, our additional scoop of Honey and Cinnamon Ice-Cream did not have anything on that Salted Caramel Ice-cream and paled much in comparison.
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I was a little disappointed with the Eton Mess $6 which was just not as tied together and well combined as I had hoped. The cream and mixed berries sat as a separate entity from the meringue pieces instead of coming together as one dessert. I would not order this again.
The Root Beer Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream $6 however, was a surprising and unique number. Loved how the Vanilla ice-cream really brought out the root beer flavour and had me thinking of the A&W Root Beer Float!