The Knolls @ Capella Hotel – A Revamped Lunch/Dinner Menu

25 10 2015

With room rates starting at the ~$800 region and up, the first imageries that come to mind at the mention of Capella Hotel would definitely be one of opulence, exclusivity and grandeur. Nestled away on Sentosa Island, this 5-star hotel houses The Knolls, which specializes in French-influenced Mediterranean fare and Cassia, a fine-dining Cantonese Restaurant. On this occasion, I was here to sample the newly revamped “bistronomy” menu at The Knolls.

Better known for its award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch (priced between $128++ to $258++ depending on the various options of free flow drinks) and Afternoon High Tea ($39.90++), the lunch/dinner bistronomy menu at The Knolls has been left somewhat forgotten. This is a pity because selected items on the lunch/dinner menu were delicious and reasonably priced, with 3-Course Lunch/Dinner Sets going for $52++/$78++ respectively.

We kicked off the meal with an amuse bouche of Chicken Liver Pate, which I enjoyed immensely. The abhorring scent of gaminess was absent, leaving just a savoury velvety spread to whet the appetite.

Of the two appetizers I tried, my preference was the Octopus Ballotine ($27), served with Orange Martini dressing. A Ballotine is typically made using poultry and pretty similar to a roulade, where deboned poultry meat is stuffed, rolled and tied up for further cooking. For this instance where octopus was used instead, we saw pieces of octopus held together by a gelatinous layer. I liked that the octopus wasn’t too rubbery and went well with the dried tomatoes and a glass of German Riesling.

The Open Ravioli ($23) comprised of an Asian-inspired duck & foie gras dumpling served with its bouillon (atas word for broth). Pleasant but uninspiring, the dish failed to capture my attention and I was unable to detect the foie gras.

For the Mains, I liked the Pan Seared Seabass with Mediterranean seafood ragout, Orzo pasta (rice shaped pasta), chipirones (tiny squids) and aioli ($44). My main feedback was that Seabass skin could have been made to be more crispy but otherwise, I enjoyed the rich mix of aioli with the pasta and complementing seafood.

I found the Grilled Marinated Beef Short Ribs, Truffle mashed potatoes, mixed green salad and gherkins ($35) rather one-dimensional in taste, with the sweet marinade coming in the spotlight.

The Crispy Lamb Rib Confit ($38) tasted slightly gamy but I did appreciate the Bell Pepper Coulis (red sauce), which helps to cut through the excess unctuousness from the lamb. I didn’t take to the piece of Grilled Mini eggplant stuffed with cumin, rice and raisins, as the rice was on the heavy side and excessive in terms of the rice to eggplant ratio.

Of the 3 desserts I tried, the Cassatta ($16) was the only one that stood out. The Pistachio sponge forming the base, raspberry sorbet at the core and lemon meringue on the exterior was an excellent combination. The tartness from the raspberry and lemon was perfect for ending the meal.

On the other hand, the Profiteroles ($16) and Pandan Coconut Crème brûlée ($16) were forgettable.

Overall, the meal was a mix of hits and misses. On the plus side, I liked that the restaurant is spacious and dining tables are spread far apart enough to have a private conversation going. The casual setting left me at ease and provides a relaxed environment for date nights and gatherings. The wait staff while attentive, were unintrusive as well. My main grouse would be the food. Some of the restaurant’s signature items like the Pate, Octopus Ballotine, Seafood Pasta and Cassatta are worth a return visit, while the other dishes came across as pretty meh, so do stick to the tried and tested here where possible. The price point for food is reasonable, though the wine list is slightly pricey relative to the food.

This meal was sponsored by The Knolls. A special thanks to Melissa for hosting.

The Knolls

1 The Knolls, Capella Hotel, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297

Tel: +65 6591 5046

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Sabio by the Sea @ Quayside Isle – Awesome Chill-out Place

13 09 2014

Quayside Isle might just be my top spot for a lazy weekend brunch. While it’s slightly more troublesome to get to by public transport (take the monorail from Vivocity to Beach Station in Sentosa, followed by bus shuttle 3 to W Hotel), you will be treated to a host of restaurant choices, with a serene and picturesque view of the Marina. If you like chilling at Keppel Bay, you will definitely love this too! 

I simply love seafood, so I feel just at home with Spanish cuisine. While Sabio by the Sea has a weekend brunch set priced at $35++, which includes a basket of assorted breads and pastries, a main course and a choice of coffee or tea, I decided to go ala carte instead to get a better idea on the various tapas they have on offer.

Tapas portions here are ideal for parties of 2-3 people. Between M and myself, we managed to finish 3 tapas, 2 mains, 1 dessert and 4 glasses of Sangria for lunch, if that’s any indication of how much to order. As Sabio by the Sea is one of the participating restaurants under the Palate Program, diners using Amex Platinum credit cards are entitled to 50% off food (but not drinks) when dining as a party of 2. Hence all in, our bill came up to $118 net, which is good value for money in my view.

For the hot tapas items, the Sea scallops with sparkling white wine sauce ($18++) was pretty tasty and the buttery sauce did a great job complementing the scallops by not being overly seasoned and drowning it out.

The Clams in White wine Sauce ($16++) was very decent as well. Simple dish done right.

As the restaurant is not air-conditioned (few restaurants in Quayside Isle are), it can get pretty warm and humid by midday, which provides a perfect excuse to get down with Sabio’s White and Red Sangrias ($12++/glass). Between the two, both M and myself preferred the red one. It’s slightly sweeter and felt a bit less dry.

One of the staff recommended that we try the Tortilla Española ($12++), a traditional Spanish potato and onion omelette. The portion was generous but taste-wise, I didn’t think much of it.

Most Singaporeans, myself included before I toured Spain and Portugal, have a very different idea as what what octopus should taste like compared to the Spaniards and Portuguese. So, I would recommend trying the Grilled Octopus leg with “Viola” Mash Potato and Sauce Paprika ($21++) here, which was pretty authentic. When cooked right, the octopus flesh will be less chewy than what you would come to expect with a slight briny taste. M mentioned that the light briny flavor reminded her of crab.

There are 3 types of Paella served here. We opted for the Paella de Pescado, a seafood mix of Squid, Sea Bass, Mussels, Clams and Shrimps ($26++). It’s quite a common problem to find dry overcooked seafood in paella, so I was very pleased that this wasn’t an issue here. Other plus points was the very generous serving and the freshness of the seafood.

To end off our meal on a sweet note, we ordered the Churros, which came with a Choice of Homemade Chocolate or Caramel Sauce ($12++). The surprising thing was how ungreasy the Churros was (for a deep-fried doughnut), compared to the Churros in other restaurants such as Salt Tapas Bar (which is still tasty nonetheless).

Overall, I had an enjoyable Sunday brunch here. The food was above average and the setting couldn’t be better. My only gripe was that service was on the slow side and it was difficult to get the attention of the wait staff.

To shed some light on Amex dining promotions, Amex Platinum Card holders are currently offered free memberships to two dining programs, the Classic Far Card Membership and the Palate Program. Under these two programs, card holders get the opportunity to enjoy significant discounts at over 80 restaurants and bars, such as Jaan, Mikuni, Prego, Forlino and il Lido just to name a few. Over and above the above two mentioned programs, card users will also get additional dining benefits under the “Platinum Private Deals”. Of course, terms and conditions apply. More details on the two dining programs are listed below:

palate card
 
Far card

 

In addition, from now till 9 November, 2014, Platinum card members will also get the chance to be one of five lucky winners daily to win $100 worth of Tunglok dining vouchers for the Monday-Saturday draws and $100 worth of Fairmount dining vouchers for the Sunday draws. Each receipt above $50 earns card users 1 chance to win, with doubling of chances for receipts from any The Far Card or Palate establishment.

This meal was sponsored by Amex.

Sabio by the Sea

31 Ocean Way, #01-02, Singapore 098375 (next to W Hotel)

Tel: +65 6690 7568

Website: http://sabio.sg/bythesea/home/





Woobar @ W Hotel – High Tea, or more accurately “Low Tea”

10 05 2014

Whenever I hear the term “high tea”, I get an impression of luxury and indulgence. After all, it does sound like a step up from just “tea” right? So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many eateries and cafes use the term “high tea” loosely, not knowing that it is in fact, a misnomer.

The story goes that in the past, the Brits used to get by with just 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner. However, it became fashionable for dinners to be served as late as 9pm (my guess is that most Brits hit the tavern after a day’s work first…and it seems like little has changed since then). Unable to stomach the long interval between breakfast and dinner, the Duchess of Belford at that time, a lady named Anna, made it a habit to have bread, cakes, butter and tea be served to her room in the afternoon, giving rise to what we now know as afternoon tea, or “low tea” as this meal was often eaten on low parlour chairs.

“High tea” on the other hand, used to refer to the hot dinner with strong tea served to rejuvenate industrial workers after a hard day’s work. The term “high” was used because these dinners were served to workers sitting on high back dining chairs.

Definitions aside, I would say that my experience with Woobar’s High Tea Set ($58/$68++ per set serving 2 pax on weekday/weekends) was in general, a positive one. I personally felt that the pricing was really reasonable, given the location premium, free-flow of tea/coffee, the amount and quality of the food. What’s more, diners can request for complimentary parking as well 😀

The key downside however was the seats, low sofas that were not at all conducive for eating.

One of the salient features of this tea set is the “bird cage” presentation, which is more novel than functional. The teeny bite-sized nibbles do add up to quite a bit of food so my advice would be to have a light lunch before embarking on this journey.

The bird cage comprises of 3 tiers. At the top most tier, served in what looked like a fishbowl, was the Chocolate Crackle and Pop which reminded me of coco pops.

The second tier comprised of savoury items. I especially liked the Tikka Inspired Salmon with Mint on Spiced Pappadum, which was like an aburi salmon marinated with curry powder among other Indian spices. The Torched Double Brie Pickled Cucumber Nigiri was nice as well, especially since I’m a fervent cheese lover.

I’m still on the fence about the Chocolate Foie Gras Ganache with Port Wine & Gold Leaf. It’s a creative idea but the flavours weren’t very compatible in my view. The liberal use of port wine also resulted in a slightly overwhelming alcoholic flavor.

On the other spectrum, the Twice Cooked Hen’s egg Mantou Chili Crab was really forgettable, mainly due to the egg that hardened up somewhat from being twice cooked. Furthermore, I could hardly make out the chili crab sauce and felt it tasted like sweet Thai chili instead.

The bottom tier comprised of the sweet items. Of the lot, I had a penchant for the Assorted Macarons and the Almond Whoopie Cookie Sandwich. Items I felt were so so were the Bambolini Ball (Lemon Infused Lemon Curd Ball) and the Fresh Berry Trifle Shots.

What I didn’t like were the Chocolate Cupcakes that I found dry and overly dense, not exactly the best attribute to have after numerous rich and heavy desserts.

As part of the tea set, we were also served Crones (a light filo pastry) of varying flavours such as Passion Fruit Butter, Marmalade, Strawberry and Blackberry. This was my favourite item of the afternoon and what I liked best about it was that it was not overly sweet or cloying, while retaining a mild buttery tone and flaky texture.

We also ordered a side of Truffle Fries ($15++), which was rather pricey given the petite portion.

Woobar @ W Hotel

21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, W Hotel Singapore

Tel: +65 6808 7258

Website: http://www.wsingaporesentosacove.com/en/woobar





Saint Pierre @ Sentosa Quayside – Saturday Brunch Menu Unveiled

6 06 2013

Saint Pierre has officially moved to its new location at Sentosa Quayside last week. While you might not have heard of them before, I’m sure other names such as Brussel Sprouts which does fine tasting mussels, Picotin, SQUE Rotisserie at The Central @ Clarke Quay or Rocks Urban Grill & Bar @ The Sail might ring a bell. What these eateries share in common is their chef/owner Emmanuel Stroobant.

I tried Saint Pierre’s set lunch 3 years back when it was still housed in Central Mall and didn’t think much of it then but that visit was prompted after having the best lobster bisque I have had to date at one of Chef Stroobant’s now-defunct restaurants The French Kitchen, so I really didn’t know what to expect now.

Saint Pierre’s Saturday Brunch Menu

While primarily operating as a French fine dining restaurant, Saint Pierre additionally serves Saturday Brunch and Sunday Semi-buffet Roasts (priced at $68++/adults, $38++ for children aged 4-9), during lunchtime (11.30am to 3pm) to cater to the weekend crowd. On this occasion, I was here to review their Saturday Brunch menu.

I much prefer the setting of its new premises, which overlooks the yachts moored at the Sentosa Marina. The vibes I got was far friendlier and less stifling compared to its previous premise, so its definitely a lot more inclusive with regards to clientele now, catering to dates, family outings with kids and mere catch up sessions with friends.

As usual, I couldn’t decide which ala carte brunch main to get so I just opted for the Brunch Set ($38++), which includes a glass of Fruit Juice (Watermelon, Carrot or Orange), Homemade Assorted Breads, a Choice of Main from the brunch ala carte menu and Coffee/Tea.

Initially I thought that the assorted bread was just going to be small bread rolls but what came over was a basket of Ciabatta, Brioche and Croissants, with homemade jams and a wad of butter. Of the 3 types, the brioche was my favourite followed by the croissant, though both aren’t items that I would particularly come back for.

My favourite brunch item was the Eggs Benedict ($24++). Instead of sourdough, brioche is used instead so if you like your breads buttery, you would probably enjoy this as I did. The Hollandaise Sauce too was richer than what I have had in other places. Iberico Bellota ham is used in this dish as well and it’s a higher grade of iberico ham because the pigs are fed with acorns rather than the normal corn feed. My only reservation about this dish was the poached egg. Not sure if it was on purpose but both my eggs yolks had a similar texture to the ramen egg yolks, which was more viscous than expected. Either way, it didn’t really bother me as this rendition of eggs ben tasted great!

I wasn’t a fan of their Scrambled Eggs ($22++) topped with black truffles as it was rather salty for my liking.

The Beef Parmentier ($18++) came as a recommendation from the staff. Essentially, its thinly cut slices of corned beef with onions over a bed of mash. Personally, it felt slightly heavy as a brunch dish as the mash was rather dense. I would love to see it as a staple during Saturday evening BBQs though.

CJ was quite excited when she saw the Waffle ($18) on the menu but it was far from what she expected. Instead of the common saccharine dessert waffles, this one was a mix of sweet, sour and savoury, with the ice cream replaced by foie gras mousse, apple compote & vanilla beans. Still pondering whether the dish is creative or confused but I would probably have found the mousse and apple compote more suitable on a brioche instead.

Would I recommend Saint Pierre’s brunch? Well, the food is pretty average in terms of taste, quirky, classy but average. The main draw then would be the ambience. If you haven’t been to Quayside, please mark in down somewhere on your calendars, it’s a really awesome chill out place…think Keppel Bay but with more restaurant choices.

This meal was sponsored by Saint Pierre. Special thanks for hosting the tasting.

Saint Pierre

31 Ocean Way, #01-05 Quayside Isle

Tel: +65 6438 0887





Barnacles @ Rasa Sentosa – In the Running for Best Sunday Lunch Buffet

9 02 2013

Short of doing a staycation to enjoy beach resort treatment, Barnacles @ Rasa Sentosa has come up with a fantastic idea. Diners at Barnacles’ Sunday Garden Party Lunch buffet will be allowed access to the pool facilities at Rasa Sentosa, where one can just relax and enjoy the end of the week after the meal. It’s a day to be enjoyed by the whole family as activities are also organized for kids just outside the restaurant where a performer does stuff like balloon sculpting, juggling and a magic show to entertain the children, while the adults can continue indulging in the buffet spread and immerse into their conversations without any distractions.

Priced at $138++ per pax, diners get to indulge in an array of seafood (hence the name Barnacles), charcoal grilled meats, cooked dishes, an impressive French cheese platter and desserts. The buffet is made more affordable for diners who come with their kids, as one child under the age of 12 gets to dine for free with each paying adult (subsequent children will be charged $38++).

It might be a little warm in the afternoon but if it’s a cloudy day, you should definitely try sitting outdoors, which boasts a tranquil waterfront view.

The assortment of food here isn’t varied as some other buffets but they make up for it with quality.

Singapore lacks an oyster culture. Most of us harbour myopic views on what raw oysters should taste and look like, derived from our multiple experiences at the various International buffets we have been to. So when we stumble across an oyster that tastes unfamiliar, we tend to think that something is wrong with that oyster. That was my view not long ago too but it all changed after I visited Blue Water Café & Raw Bar, one of the best seafood restaurants in Vancouver. There was a selection of about 20 different species of oysters to choose from, leaving me totally lost. From the province of British Columbia alone, there were already more than 12 types of oysters on the menu, and the oyster descriptions on the menu (eg “small cup, firm flesh, light brine, lettuce-like finish”) sounded like wine notes more than anything else.

For Barnacles’ Sunday buffet, French Fine de Claire Oysters are served, which will appeal to folks who love briny, less fleshy oysters. It was fresh but I’m definitely one who prefers my oysters sweet and creamy.

Apart from oysters, there’s also Lobsters, Alaskan King Crab, poached Prawns, Periwinkle (a type of small sea snail) & Bulot (large sea snail) for seafood lovers.

Most of the cooked food are placed outdoors. Apart from the cooked lamp chops, grilled chicken and roast beef, there’s also a live BBQ station which grills your Chicken Steak, Sausages, Salmon, Prawns, Beef and Lamb ala minute.

I piled up my plate full of grilled meats and seafood, of which the ready cooked lamb was frigging awesome. Possibly one of the most tender lamb chops I have had to date, unexpected that I would experience it at a buffet. The salmon and sausage were good too, whose meat was moist. Different sauces such as the Mushroom Sauce, Brown Sauce of caramelized onions, Mint Sauce, Mustard was also provided to complement the meats.

Most buffets leave their cooked food out in the open for hours on end but Barnacles employs a different strategy. A tray might hold as little food as 6 scallops but refilled with fresh ones often, ensuring that diners always get food that is fresh and just out of the kitchen. The gesture is much appreciated and the Seared Hokkaido Scallops wrapped in Bacon was certainly one of the highlights for this buffet, worth having seconds for which I did.

The Crab cooked in Chinese Herbs was great as well and the crab meat was really sweet and delicate.

Instead of the ready cooked Bee Hoon, I would recommend going for the Risotto (choice of mushroom, shrimp or salmon but as kiasu Singaporeans, an “everything” risotto seems more likely) instead, which is made to order. I found it more delicious than most of the risottos I have had in ala carte restaurants.

The quality of the desserts on the dessert line was the most impressive one I have encountered so far at a buffet. Special mention has to go to the Apple Pie, Pavlova and Macarons. I’m sure there are other noteworthy desserts as well but I was far too stuffed by this juncture to try everything.

Warm Chocolate Cakes (no lava included)

The Pavlova (bottom of pic) is a meringue-based dessert that has a marshmellow-like core

What we see here are Macarons and not macaroons. I used to think that it was just a UK vs US spelling difference but they actually refer to different types of pastries.

The spread of 8 different types of French Cheese was simply amazing. I’m no cheese connoisseur (most of my cheese knowledge comes from Mousehunt, a Facebook game I used to play) but I guess my favourites were the milder tasting ones and one that was rum & raisin flavoured, which had a subtle saccharine flavor that goes well with the crackers.

Kids being entertained while parents go wild at the buffet line

Parents need entertainment too

For a buffet, one usually finds one or two dishes that are worth going for seconds. At Barnacles, every other item was deserving of such honour, especially the lamb chops, seared scallops, chilled seafood, dessert & cheese line.

I dislike buffets in general because I tend to overeat, crappy food at that. This time, I was glad to have overeaten yet disappointed that there wasn’t any room in me for more. It’s one of the few times I have felt this way about a buffet, so Barnacles definitely has my stamp of approval. The premium paid for this buffet…justified.

Special thanks to Rasa Sentosa and Barnacles for hosting the tasting.

Barnacles

101 Siloso Road, Rasa Sentosa

Tel: +65 6371 1966





iFly and SkyLoft, Sentosa – Indoor Sky-diving and Rooftop Dining

24 08 2012

I’m quite the risk averse person when it comes to physical activities. I shy away from scuba diving, sky-diving, bungee jumping and theme parks, though I admit I do ride the occasional roller coaster and spinning teacups to avoid looking (too much) like a wuss in front of members of the opposite sex. So I was a little apprehensive when I received an invitation to try out iFly, an indoor sky-diving tunnel in Sentosa, which was followed by a tasting at Skyloft, a rooftop bar restaurant located in the same premises as iFly. Unsure if such an activity was too adventurous for my risk-profile, I went to check out the online videos and pictures of iFly. Fortunately, they didn’t look too extreme for my feeble heart and I decided to take the leap, literally.

Even little girls can do it!

The most basic package is priced between $50 to $89 (depending on the time and day of visit, whether you are an adult, student or child and whether a booking had been made in advance) and consists of 2 skydives. Each skydive simulates a fall from 12,000 feet to 2,500 feet and lasts approximately 45 seconds.

Do not fret if you have no experience in sky-diving as a short training session is conducted pre-flight to advise flyers on the various hand signals used, basic postures for the dive and of course, a review of safety tips. In all, the whole activity lasted approximately 1.5 hours.

Me during a dive

During the 2nd flight, the instructor lifted me up all the way to the top of the wind tunnel and dropped me back down to the base of the wind tunnel for the additional thrill.

Happy sky-divers 😀

Happy that I didn’t embarrass myself too badly during the flights, I then proceeded on to SkyLoft, which is housed on the roof of the iFly complex. It’s a pretty chill place and in the late mornings and afternoons, the outdoor area makes for a great place to do some light reading and casual chit chats, as it is rather spacious and conducive enough for mugging, working or slacking purposes.

However, I would imagine that the best time to visit SkyLoft is in the evenings, where you get to catch a glimpse of the sunset, the laser show and fireworks display from Songs of the Sea, followed by live music by renowned musicians such as Claire & Charmaine (on Wednesdays), Jack & Rai (on Thursdays), Shirlyn & the UnXpected (on Fridays) and Sara & 53A (on Saturdays).

Lazing at SkyLoft on a Saturday Afternoon

View of Songs of the Sea from SkyLoft

Of course in the afternoon heat, I would rather escape into the cool embrace of air conditioning.

SkyLoft’s Indoor Seating, for lovers of air-con

The cuisine at SkyLoft isn’t very pronouced, though it veers much towards western. Just when you think it’s an Italian joint with its list of pastas and pizzas, you stumble upon items like Pork Ribs, Steak and even Laksa.

We started with a serving of the Wings ($14++), sinful fried chicken wings that were coated with a marinade tasting suspiciously like prawn paste and garnished with a light sprinkling of chicken floss. You can hardly go wrong with fried chicken. I believe most of us can attest to that. But in terms of preference, I would still go for a good old bucket of KFC fresh out of the fryer!

Stone the food blogger who raves about KFC right?

Perhaps a better snack worth ordering is the chunky Truffle Fries ($12++), which was very decent and managed to stay crisp for a surprisingly long time.

I found the Big Breakfast ($16++) unexciting. It is made up of the usual suspects, Egg (choice of sunny side up, overeasy, poached, scrambled, runny scrambled), Pork Sausage, Bacon, Semi-dried tomato, Baked Beans, Sauteed Mushrooms and Mixed Salad, none of which stands out from the mediocre in terms of taste.

I believe food should be made fresh, from scratch if possible to justify the premium we pay when dining out so it irked me that the Baked Beans seemed to be of the canned variety. The Bacon too was much too salty. I would have loved to try some homemade sausages but there’s hardly any cafes around that do, so I can’t fault them on that but if you know of any local cafes that do, do share and comment below!

The Eggs Benedict ($14++) has room for improvement too, as the Hollandaise Sauce was way too tart.

Instead of the usual white noodles that we are familiar with, SkyLoft’s Laksa ($18) is made using Yellow Noodles and topped off with Jumbo King Prawn, Fish Ball, Fish Cake, Tow Pok, Spiced Coconut Gravy and Sambal Chili. Perhaps familiarity with the slender white noodles has made me resistant to change, but I find the yellow noodle a bit too thick and chewy, so much so that it felt like I was having a bowl of curry chicken noodles instead. I didn’t take to the  coconut gravy either as it was too watered down, and too spicy for me to handle. The best thing in this dish was definitely the fresh and springy jumbo prawn, which could be something you might be paying $16 for in Newton Circus.

So while SkyLoft gets full marks for its laid back ambience, the food has some way to go. This was surprising as I found their canapes very well executed when I was there for their restaurant launch about half a year back.

In conclusion, I would say that iFly is worth a visit, especially if you have not sky-dived before. If you have some spare cash lying around and are planning to throw a party, what I can suggest is to book the sky tunnel for a private event, followed by food, booze and music at SkyLoft. It promises to be an experience you and your friends will not be forgetting for a long time.

Special thanks to iFly and SkyLoft for the invitation!

SkyLoft @ iFly Singapore

43 Siloso Beach Walk, #05-01

Tel: +65 6270 0602





Good Ol’ Days @ Silver Shell Cafe, Rasa Sentosa Resort

16 08 2012

On National Day evening, while most Singaporeans were glued onto their tv screens, I was at a buffet hosted by Silver Shell Cafe at Rasa Sentosa, together with Melissa from Melicacy and Derrick from SG Food on Foot.

The theme of the buffet is entitled “Good Ol Days” and features a wide range of local culinary delights, cultural performances for entertainment and games from yesteryear, which I found rather apt for this occasion. No effort has been spared into conceptualizing the theme, with cafe staff donning on traditional hawker attire, and Chinese, Malay and Indian crockeries and utensils have been specially purchased to add a more authentic feel for the meal.

Good Ol Days is priced at $58++ per adult and $25++ per child and runs every Thursday for the month of August but due to the overwhelming response, Rasa Sentosa has decided to continuing running it into September as well.

1) Chinese Food

One aspect that sets Silver Shell Cafe apart from most other locally themed buffets is the extensiveness of the live cooking stations. You can get oyster omelette, carrot cake, hokkien mee, laksa and lor mee, all of which are prepared ala minute.

Oyster Omelette

Carrot Cake

Hokkien Mee

Laksa

Lor Mee

Of course, there is pre-prepared food as well, ranging from bak kut teh, dim sum and chili crabs. Would have loved to have some fried man tou to dip the chili crab sauce with!

Chili Crab

One of the hits from the chinese food section was the kueh pie tee, which diners prepare themselves and can overload with whatever ingredients they like best. The kueh pie tee cups are replaced frequently due to the high turnover of this dish, so the cups were always fresh and crisp to my delight.

Kueh Pie Tee

There’s also a roast meat section, which serves steamed white chicken, roast chicken, roast duck, char siew and roast pork. There’s chicken rice available as well with all necessary condiments like ginger, dark sauce and chili. Would have been great if they included innards as well, as some tourists might not get the chance to try this back home.

2) Malay Food

While less extensive than the Chinese food section, the Malay section features signatures like otak, satay, begedil (fried potato cutlets) and mee rebus. Something I would love to have added to the mix as well is BBQ Stingray!

Mee Rebus

3) Indian Food

There’s an Indian chef that makes the roti prata from scratch at the Indian food section, and it was fortunate that I manage to snag a fresh batch to go with my curry chicken, vegetable dal and Assam fish curry. I thought the curry chicken was fantastic, with a thick creamy consistency from the coconut milk that goes well with the prata.

4) Appetizers & Seafood

There’s a section for appetizers and seafood as well, where you can get fresh prawns, bamboo clams, crabs, scallops and mussels, cold dishes and sushi.

5) Drinks

In tune with the theme, diners get to sip on local favourites like soy bean milk, grass jelly, bandung  (rose syrup drink), longan red date drink and coke off vintage glass bottles.

6) Desserts & Fruits

What I loved most from the dessert line was the Durian Pancake which was prepared ala minute as well, so it comes to you crisp and piping hot. It can be improved upon though, as the pancakes are on the thick side.

For this special occasion, in addition to the standard buffet fruits such as watermelons, oranges, lychees, bananas and rambutans, durians and mangosteens were also available just outside the cafe.

Tau Suan

Durian Pancake

During the course of the meal, we were also entertained by Malay and acrobatic Bhangra dances. There’s also a chance for audience participation if you feel up for it!

There are game stations which showcase games from yesteryear like five stones, chapteh, zero point and many other trinkets for the kids to have a go at.

In conclusion, if you are looking for the best carrot cakes and laksa in town, you will not find it here. What you will find though, is a great introduction to Singapore cuisine and culture, to reminisce the good old days.

Special Thanks to Rasa Sentosa for the invitation!

Silver Shell Cafe

101 Siloso Road, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort Level 3

Tel: +65 6371 1966








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