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The Westin Singapore pulls out all stops with their newly launched Afternoon Tea of Seafood and Champagne. Fancy a three course set featuring a whole poached Canadian lobster and two freshly shucked oysters, a three-tiered platter of seafood delights and canapés, and ending it all off with an assortment of sweet treats such as eclairs, chocolates and cakes. Complimented by a stunning view of the Marina Bay at level 32, I dare say that this Afternoon Tea is by far one of the most luxurious and decadent ways to spend with that special someone. The icing on the cake is that this entire three course tea set including two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label is $85++. Top up to $130++ if you want the whole bottle to make the occasion even more memorable.
Our first course as mentioned earlier was all about the cold seafood. A whole poached Nova Scotia Lobster rustically presented in its shell, simply prepared to allow the natural sweetness of the lobster meat to shine through- a little firm, yet tender with a good bite, 1/2 a shell each was definitely not enough! The shucked Oysters paired with three different sauces too were nicely plump and delightfully slippery, complete with a salty finish and sweet notes. We were only on the first platter but already very much impressed.
When word got out that famed New York’s Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant was setting up shop in Singapore and having their soft opening on 19 Sep 15 at 9.05am, a few foodie friends and I immediately rescheduled our original Saturday plans and excitedly made our way down to the 60-seat space in Purvis Street. We arrived at about 10am and already the restaurant was full house so we had to wait for about 20min before we finally got a table. Relatively fast though in my opinion, considering that my prior experience in NYC had me waiting 2 hours on a cold rainy day outside their flagship outlet in Lower East Side before we were ushered inside to a table.
The menu here in Singapore is supposedly similar to the one in NYC. I recognized a few classic items such as their Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes, Chicken & Waffles, Southern Breakfast and Eggs Benedict. Prices range from $13.50 to $23. Reasonable and none too pricey.
We placed our orders the moment we sat down and though we had plans to order quite a number of items on the menu, the server cautiously reminded us that “portions were American-sized” and that we should be less ambitious with our orders. Rightfully so because when those plates arrived on our tables, servings were admittedly very generous.
It is hard not to fall in love with this place once you step through the modest, unassuming white doors of May May restaurant along Tras Street. Beyond that inconspicuous entrance that most would almost simply just walk past, this 40 seater space inside boasts of marbled black and white table tops, wooden accents and a glass roof that allows natural light to flood the place so beautifully. Not forgetting too that floor-to-ceiling vertical garden plot anchored against the wall, making quite a statement by adding some pop of colour and touch of nature to an otherwise sleek and modern interior design.
Lunch here is all about Asian-inspired rice bowls with varying choices of protein, complimented by an onsen egg, oven roasted tomatoes, amongst other healthy toppings of veggies such as mushrooms and wasabi sprouts. Between the four of us, we had the Red Chilli Chicken $15, Beef Rendang $16, Braised Pork Belly $16, Butter Poached Cod $18 and Cold Somen $15. You can also choose to add $2 for a change of rice to quinoa.
Dinner on the other hand is a whole different menu featuring sharing plates- big and small, like Fried Cauliflower $14, Confit Potatoes $14, Chilean Sea Bass $32 and Lobster Rice Noodles $28.
Tea is from Tea Bone Zen Mind while the coffee beans are from Nylon Coffee Roasters. They actually do do decent latte art here as well. Cocktails and bottled craft beers are also available.
Another cafe in the West has opened and despite being only barely a week old, Paddy Hills has already created quite the sensation across social media for its gorgeous natural lighting, photogenic dishes that are so prettily plated and the laidback Aussie vibe that it sells. True to Aussie style as well, the prices on the menu are all nett.
The space itself was surprisingly big with communal tables, window and booth seats, and even coffee counter seats where you can catch the barista in action. And if you were wondering, Paddy Hills serve coffee roasted with Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee beans and the tea is from 1872 Clipper Tea & Co.
Food wise, their Daytime Eats comprising of Breakfast (0830-1730) and Lunch (1130-1730) offer mainly cafe-type food with Australian-Japanese influence and a unique spin to each item. Expect creative culinary innovations such as Plantation (Quinoa, puffed rice, pine nuts & pomegranate), Salmon Carpaccio (house-cured salmon, pickled wakame, yuzu caviar, cream cheese & baby radish) and The Asian Brick (thick brûlée brioche french toast, goreng pisang, butternut squash puree, yam ice cream & marcona almonds). Fusion is key here at Paddy Hills. After 1730, the Nighttime Nosh menu is all about sharing plates and Yakitori, with a heavier emphasis on local flavours.
Paddy Hills recently made adjustments to their operating hours and they now only open at 0930.
With a land scarce city like Singapore, parking lots are often a nightmare to find. Free parking is even more so a luxury and possibly a rare commodity. Still, we managed to rummage for 15 places in Singapore with free parking all day long– this list does not include the shopping malls that offer free parking during lunch hours from 12-2pm. No more having to be on your guard or look out for the “summon auntie” while dining or worrying about the value your CashCard reader is going to reflect when you drive out of the carpark. Simply park the car, stay as long as you want and enjoy your meal.
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