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CNY ’15: Toss to Prosperity with Din Tai Fung’s Chinese New Year Delights

The auspicious year of the Goat has arrived at Din Tai Fung! Putting together a slew of festive specials from 1 January to 5 March 2015, the celebrated Taiwanese restaurant which is famous for their signature Xiao Long Baos, is all about prosperity promotions this Lunar New Year.

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Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng 发财鱼生
$32.80– Standard 小盘 (serves 2 to 3) / $48.80– Deluxe 大盘 (serves 4 to 6)
Available for dine-in and takeaway

Citibank cardholders get to enjoy a 15% discount on the Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng set, excluding top-up ingredients

OverEasy Bar and Diner

OverEasy by The Lo & Behold Group i.e. the same people who brought you The White Rabbit, Loof and The Black Swan is an all-American diner offering comfort fare served alongside an extensive list of cocktails and complimented by the stunning view of the Marina Bay Skyline. Beautiful in the day, it is even more captivating when night falls and the lights of our city take over.

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Though this diner and bar by the bay has been around for more than 5 years now, the crowds continue to love this place and after experiencing an evening here, I can understand why groups of friends, couples and even families enjoy the concept and food offered here.

Timeless yet modern, OverEasy recently revamped their menu by introducing new spins on their old school crowd favourites and adding some brand new never-before-seen items as well.

Jing Hua Restaurant- Delicious Homemade Dumplings

Jing Hua restaurant (or more affectionately known as 京华小吃) along Neil road has become a household name that is known for serving up delicious homemade dumplings for the past 25 years, since 1989. A homegrown family business which is now being run by the second generation, it is heartening to know that despite the fact that Jing Hua’s menu has never changed since the very beginning, the popularity of their dumplings and other signatures has never wavered and remains well-loved in Singapore.

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My sister who is a huge fan of 小笼包, strongly recommended I try the ones made by Jing Hua. These Little Juicy Steamed Meat Dumplings, priced at $7  for 7 dumplings are probably one of the most affordable you can find in town. Quality-wise, definitely a bang for your buck and every bite is worth so much more than its price. The translucent skin, though thin and fragile, encases the soup and parcel of minced pork so delicately and beautifully. The proportion of soup, meat and skin was said to have taken many years to perfect and the end result shows.

Antoinette Presents Brand New Classic French Menu

I have long been a fan of Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtisserie & Salon de Thé since they opened back in 2011. Founded by the Godfather of desserts- Chef Pang Kok Keong, Antoinette is not only his playground to experiment with a variety of sweet concoctions and creations, but also a full-fledged restaurant that serves timeless French classics. But while I was a frequent patron of their Mandarin Gallery and Palais Renaissance outlets especially for their luscious and creamy scrambled eggs, I never once stepped into their flagship store at Penhas road- not till a few weeks back at least when I made a trip down specially to try their brand new menu of savouries.

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No idea what took me this long to visit the Penhas outlet but I am glad I finally did because it was so exquisitely furnished, laced with gold and pastel trimmings, complete with that late-eighteenth century Neo-Classical charm that is so alluring. And yes even though the other 2 restaurants are similarly elegant in aesthetics, dining at the flagship store is an experience in itself.

Onto the food, Antoinette has recently unveiled a brand new classic French menu which features a whole new cast of newcomers but still keeping the familiar favourites around. The all-day expanded menu of savouries and sweets is said to be a tribute to the timeless French dishes that have stood the test of time.

Pince & Pints Restaurant & Bar @ 32/33 Duxton Road

It is hard not to draw comparisons with London’s iconic Burger & Lobster when you are at Pince & Pints. They do after all work under a similar concept- a modest menu of just 3 items and each sold at the same fixed price. Also, since the day it opened last month, Pince & Pints has had the legendary queues which Burger & Lobster is infamous for. As the former only opens at 5pm for dinner, it is quite safe to come down about 1/2 hr before that to queue. Chances are that you will probably get a table when the doors open. Just make sure that everyone in your party has arrived or they will not allow you to be seated.

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As mentioned earlier, each of the 3 items on the menu at Pince & Pints is at a fixed price of $48++. The first choice is a Whole Lobster (steamed / grilled), served with a side of fries and salad. For 600g of lobster especially in Singapore, it is honestly a pretty good deal. We picked the grilled option and had a satisfying time peeling off the lobster flesh from the shell. The herbed clarified butter for dipping was a little disappointing though- too watery and not thick enough. But the lobster flesh was sweet enough to eat on its own so nothing much to fret about.