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FLEA GIFT
A fair for the foodie with over 130 vendors, look
forward to trying everything from cheese to wine,
with cooking
demos from the
like of seafood
specialists The
Alaska Guys.
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com/theexpatfairs
While picking out the
perfect Christmas gift at
this flea market, snack
on baked goods from
Little Nothings Bakery
and Bakes & Craft, or
try healthy cold pressed
juices from Hic’ Juice.
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pages/Good-CitizenSG/1469446463336755
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BEAMS 30 Days Store
1
Till 7 Dec | kapok, #01-05 National Design Centre |
11am-9pm
Get your hands on limited edition BEAMS products at
the pop-up store and sit down at kapok café after for
a cup of coffee. www.facebook.com/KapokSG
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The Fair
Pan Pacific Hotel |
10am-6pm
Founded in 1990, The
Fair is held six times a
year with goods from all
over the world gathered
for sale. Look forward
to a wide variety of
merchandise as well as
lucky draw gifts.
www.fairsandbazaars.
com/
Public Garden
Christmas Market
6-7 & 13-14 Dec, 1-7pm | TripleOne Somerset
Better known for their terrariums and eco
efforts, Public Garden’s Christmas markets
include popular vendors Green Banana, The
Marmalade Pantry, and Plain Vanilla.
www.public-garden.com
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Bookfest@Singapore
Playground
Free | 12 Dec 12pm-10pm, 13-21 Dec 10am-10pm |
Suntec Singapore
From $20 | Every
Wednesday | kyo
Don’t miss the finals of the Chef Wan
Cooking Challenge
(11am), with
contestants
making dishes
from his latest cookbook, 400
Resipi Terbaik!
www.bookfestsingapore.com
Tonight, the club turns
into a regular carnival
of partygoers with
contemporary dance
hits. Ladies, get your
free flow vodka orange
here from 10pm to 2am.
www.clubkyo.com
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F1 Pit Building | 12pm-8pm
Singapore
International
Film Festival
4-14 Dec
Now in its 25th year,
SGIFF will open with
Unlucky Plaza, a film by
Ken Kwek featuring, among others, a
restaurateur turned kidnapper.
www.sgiff.com
www.sgiff.com
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Artscience
Late
Free | ArtsScience
Museum | 7-10pm
Check out the bar while
enjoying performances
at this monthly event;
tickets for standard
exhibitions are at 1-for-1
discount too.
www.marinabaysands.
com/museum/
exhibitions-and-events/
artscience-late.html
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ZOUKOUT
12-13 Dec | Siloso Beach Sentosa
Party animals should be familiar by now with ZOUK’s
annual dance rave at Sentosa. This year, look forward
to food from The Travelling C.O.W., Deli on Wheels,
and chilling with Popaganda’s ice pops.
www.zoukout.com
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Pasticceria Ferrero
Weekends, 29 Nov-21 Dec | Wisma Atria
At Pasticceria Ferrero, not only can you customise your
own Ferrero Rocher gift boxes, live demonstrations of the
making of Ferrero Rocher chocolates will be held with two
specially Italian trained chefs.
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CHRISTMAS
Ho ho ho-ppy holidays!
Check out p26 to see what
Santa ate.
Christmas Wonderland
Free | 29 Nov-1 Jan | Gardens by the Bay
A dream come true: an European-style Christmas
market in Singapore. With light sculptures flown in
from Italy and gourmet restaurants, it’ll be a treat
for everyone. www.christmaswonderland.sg
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Imaginary
Friends
Afternoon
Tea
30
31
Till 31 Dec | Pacific
Marketplace | Daily
3-5pm
Local author Melanie
Lee’s book is brought
to life with 10 delightful
sweet and savoury tea
treats. $58 for two.
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Marina Bay Singapore
Countdown 2015
Indulge in refreshments and shopping at the
Marina Waterfront Bazaar, or enjoy yourself at the
carnival before seeing off 2014 with a huge bang.
www.marinabaycountdown.sg
M1 Fringe Festival 14-25 Jan
Laneway Festival 24 Jan
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POULET
1FESTIVE DINING
Poulet goes the way of sweet, tart apples for
Christmas with its juicy chicken offerings: a succulent
poulet roti ($17.90++ half, $30.90++ whole) with
caramelised apple sauce, and crispy cinnamon winglets
($5.90++ with any main course) paired with an apple
dip. Festive menu available until 31 December at all
outlets save Jurong Point. Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. #0412 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street. Tel: 6509 9411
Experimentation is the motto of Restaurant SELA,
with its constantly changing menu and innovative
dishes. The Christmas menu features soft, roasted
brussel sprouts ($16.50) with bacon and sweet tangy
pomegranate, and turkey breast escalopes ($26) with
mangoes, plums, and feta cheese. Mon-Sat 11.30am2.30pm, 6.30-11pm. 32 Seah Street.
Tel: 6337 6358
Putting a South Asian spin on Christmas pays off
for Zaffron Kitchen West Gate. Its festive menu ($35
per pax) offers a choice of mains between a whole
wheat Shahi turkey biryani, or a roasted tandoori turkey
set. Dessert includes the chef’s spin on bread and
butter pudding. Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm, 5-9.30pm; FriSun, eve of PH and PH, 11am-10pm. #01-20 Westgate, 3
Gateway Drive. Tel: 6465 9880
Clover Garden‘s four-course festive menu ($42
per pax) runs till 10 Jan 2015. The cream of cauliflower
soup topped with prosciutto crisp, poached egg
and croutons is especially heart-warming in this cool
monsoon season, and we enjoyed the triple-textured
Tasmanian salmon, which goes from raw on the inside
to flaky on the outside. Daily 7am-10pm. #01-02 Hotel
Clover, 33 Jalan Sultan. Tel: 6297 0377
EARL
SWENSEN’S
Earle Swensen’s rolls out its holiday menu,
available till 31 Dec, with three new mains and a dessert:
the slipper lobster vol-au-vent ($32.90) has pan-seared
lobster packed with mushrooms and vegetables into
a puff pastry bowl, and the turkey breast supreme trio
($26.90) combines turkey breast with king prawn over
butter chestnut rice. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. #02-117
VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk. Tel: 6272 3306
Check out family-owned Trattoria Nonna Lina‘s
Tuscan Christmas specials, available till 24 Dec.
The festive dishes include tortellini in brodo ($42), a
handmade tortellini with parma ham and Italian pork
loin, and zuppa di polpo e patate ($40), an octopus
and potato stew. Daily 12pm-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 61
Cantonment Road. Tel: 6222 0930
For every festive charcuterie platter order ($45)
from sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse, you can get 50
percent off a bottle of Rose de la Chevaliere 2013. MonThu & Sun, 11.30am-12am. Fri-Sat, eve of PH, 11.30am1am. #01-70 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel:
6222 1887
BRUSSELs
SPROUTS
At Sakura Forte, let Santa’s little helpers prepare
a feast for you: the highest tier ($68.80 per pax, min. 40
pax) includes a live carving station with roasted turkey
and a delicious honey-glazed ham with fresh pineapple
chutney and dessert stations with ice cream and
chocolate fondue. www.sakuraforte.com.sg
Rotisserie chicken restaurant Charly T’s take-home
bundle ($78 nett) is perfect for a family of four and
includes their original recipe rotisserie chicken and a
Danish crackling roast pork. A two-day advance order
is required, and orders before 20 Dec will receive a
discount of 10 percent. #02-06/#02-K12 Pasarbella, The
Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. Tel: 6467 9307
Marmalade At Home‘s festive dine-at-home
options include a four-course set menu ($68 per pax,
min. 12 pax), a festive buffet ($58 per pax, min. 30 pax)
that offers up a variety of three mains, four sides and
three desserts to choose from. Festive savouries (like
their honey baked ham) and sweets can be added on
and delivered. www.marmaladeathome.com.sg
HEALTHY
GOURMET
This Christmas, enjoy the Belgian specials of
BRUSSELs SPROUTS, including a mussels and clams
soup ($28) and sausage ($32) with sweet caramelised
apples, redcurrants and pomme puree. Available till 31
Dec. Tue-Fri 5-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm. #01-12 The
Pier @ Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road.
Tel: 6887 4344
At the colourful and playfully decorated Spuds
& Aprons, try the $32 three-course festive lunch set:
togarashi pan-seared Norwegian salmon, with fennel
and a manuka yuzu dressing, and an aglio olio chipotle
squid ink pasta or a baked Asian turkey roll. Sun-Thu
11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, eve of PH, 11am-1am. 109 Mt Faber
Road. Tel: 6377 9688
2CHRISTMAS DINE-IN
Orange Clove Catering’s festive menus are
suitable for family gatherings of any size, with their
menus ranging from 40 pax ($25-35 per pax) to an
intimate 8-10 pax ($299); featuring herb-scented oven
baked chicken, traditional roast turkey, and honey-baked
chicken ham with pineapple sauce. Additional add-ons
available for delivery. www.orangeclove.com.sg
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ORANGE
CLOVE
CATERING
For the health-conscious, try Healthy Gourmet‘s
organic Christmas hampers ($70-80) which let you
easily create a meal with ingredients from Alce Nero,
such as fusilli and wildflower honey, and Belvoir’s
organic elderflower cordial. www.healthygourmet.sg
Dôme Café’s takeaway party platter ($218, feeds
10-12) includes a royal roasted turkey with chestnut
stuffing, a premium smoked honey-glazed ham, a
Christmas logcake (chocolate raspberry or tiramisu), as
well as other goodies. Daily 10am-10pm. #03-92 Plaza
Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 3601
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LOGCAKE DELIGHTS
Celebrate a white Christmas with Bakerzin’s
tropical logcake ($62), coconut-themed with a subtle
almond base, and salted caramel mouse wedged
between; or their striking blue-and-white snowy dream
logcake ($68), reminiscent of a warm cup of eggnog
and decorated with gold leaf and white chocolate.
www.bakerzin.com
The offerings at Délifrance range from their
smooth classic red vevet logcake ($45) and pistachio
logcake ($45), to the more unique Love of Delifrance
raspberry, shaped like a tree trunk with a warm smiling
face, a pink twist on the usual choc variant.
www.delifrance.com.sg
Until 28 Dec, Japanese bakery Green Pumpkin
introduces two modern logcakes: their au chocolat
Yule log ($40.80) pairs rich chocolate mousse with
sweet peach slices, and the aux fruits Yule log ($30.80)
introduces
a tropical twist to Christmas with mango
CHOCTOBER
FEST
mousse
and caramelised apple.
www.greenpumpkin.com.sg
Roll up for some lovely homey treats from Pine
Garden’s Cake, a 1984 homegrown family bakery.
There’s a spiced apple caramel logcake ($42-83) with
spiced apple chunks, and a cookies and nougat logcake
($59-86), with chunks of cream cheese and almonds.
#01-2369 Block 529 Ang Mo Kio 10. Tel: 6459 5507
Prima Deli joins the tropical festive fun with their
lychee logcake ($38.90), sweet whiffs of lychee, as well
as the traditional chocolate-flavoured truffle ($38.90)
and limited edition mont blanc ($50.90).
www.primadeli.com
JOE &
DOUGH
Joe & Dough presents its Christmas Valrhona
chocolate mixed berries Yule logcake, covered in a
mix of rich and smooth 62 percent Valrhona Satilla
dark chocolate and 33 percent Valrhona Opalys white
chocolate, with sweet juicy mixed berries topping the
decadent bake. www.joeanddough.com
Artisan Boulangerie Co goes with a traditional
chocolate logcake ($42) made with crunchy praline and
Gianduja mousse flavoured with roasted hazelnuts; the
cake is adorned with a layer of chocolate glaze and
DEAN &
DELUCA
fresh berries. Pre-order at least two days in advance for
collection. artisanbakery.com.sg
Put a smile on loved ones’ faces with the joyously
vibrant Dean & DeLuca Rainbow Logcake ($78),
inspired by their signature Rainbow Cake. Red velvet
fans are not left out as the cake has been turned into the
luscious red velvet cheese logcake ($78). They’ve also
introduced the chempedak fruit logcake ($88), filled
with real pulp. #04-23/24 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard
Road. Tel: 6509 7709
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participating in the Eat2Give campaign will be donating
part of their proceeds or rolling out special menus and
dishes. Support them and tag your photos on social
media. eat2give.givingtuesday.sg
#mfmnewandbolder Manhattan Fish Market has
launched an all-new menu of 43 dishes that covers both
sea and land: we liked their Fishy Chicky Bang Bang
($13.95), a double fillet of dory on one side and chicken
on the other, served with a sunny side up and chips,
and the oyster roulette ($7.95). fb.com/MFMSingapore
Bready, set, munch
What you’ll loaf: bacon focaccia ($6.50), lined with
streaky bacon on a homemade béchamel spread.
The Keong Saik neighbourhood may be saturated with
hipster cafés, but it certainly has room for unpretentious
listings like Bread & Hearth. Be greeted with a rolling
pin for a door handle, and a palatable spread of fresh
European pastries. 18 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6534 7800
BREAD &
HEARTH
#shareyourloaf with a friend today! New
Zealand bakery Loaf has launched their packets
of Mini Bites and Cakes treats in supermarkets
islandwide; and you can upload a photo of yourself or
with friends, showing how you’d share your favourite
Loaf product, to win Loaf goodies. Till 31 Dec.
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What you’ll loaf: sinful cream puffs ($5.50) chockfull
of generous velvety filling in delicate airy choux
cases.
Housed in a quaint shophouse, Pantler is home to a
busy test kitchen that is constantly rolling out tempting
goodies the likes of strawberry entremets, banana
eclairs, pâte de fruits and the galette des rois, or
kings’ cake. 198 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6221 6223
Steps away from the popular Kki, 3 Petits Croissants
is a gem not to be missed. The French-themed bakery
prides itself on its quality viennoiseries, while serving
up fresh coffees and sandwiches. Master baker Nicolas
Moutalidis has 17 years of experience, and draws
inspiration from his previous posts in Paris, Dubai, and
North Carolina. #01-01/02, 1 Zubir Said Drive
and Pâtisserie Glacé, before striking it out on his own
with his eponymous cake boutique. Offering Petit
Gateau (sliced cakes) and Grand Gateau (whole cakes),
its cosy interiors are decked full of darling Frenchinspired creations—but pastries sell out way early.
#02-44, Block 1, Tanjong Pagar Plaza. Tel: 6604 9709
ASANOYA
Mugiho Bakery
What you’ll loaf: Ojiisan A-ge Pan ($2) or
‘grandfather's fried bread’, a well-balanced and
homey azuki creation topped with soy powder.
An inviting oasis amidst the hectic hustle of Lau
Pa Sat, Mugiho Bakery stocks a delectable array
of Japanese-influenced bakes. The store is its first
beyond Japan and is already a popular stop for the
office crowd. Wash the azuki bun down with robust
brews from its sister café, Delicius Pasticceria. 18
Raffles Quay. Tel: 6702 7430
3 Petits Croissants
What you’ll loaf: crumbly croissants ($2.70), which
are hearty and satiating. We’re totally digging the
not-so-petit gilded rolls.
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Chef Yamashita
What you’ll loaf: Sake ($7.50), a pillowy soft soybean
mousse topped with sake jelly made out of liquor
from Nara, chef Yamashita’s hometown.
Chef Yamashita was the maestro behind Flor Patisserie
Asanoya
What you’ll loaf: Karuizawa blueberry loaf ($2.60 for
100g), a rye bread with fresh berries; crisp on the
outside and soft within.
Asanoya boasts over 80 years of culinary excellence.
This the brand’s first storefront outside Japan, and
stocks a hearty range of breads, brews, salads, and
soups. #01-03, 15 Queen Street. Tel: 6703 8703
b i t e s
New restaurants featuring exotic fare
Hold the meat! Inspired by the European meatless
cuisine wave that has swept Taiwan, Joie serves up
a six-course lunch ($38.80) and seven-course dinner
($68.80) with an array of modern Japanese fusion
dishes, playfully presented. We loved the button
mushroom gratin, presented in an escargot plate with
melted mozzarella cheese, and the hearty snow pear
and napa cabbage consommé served in a teapot. MonSun 12pm-3pm, 6-10pm. #12-01 Orchard Central, 181
Orchard Road. Tel: 6838 6966
($3) sizes. The chunky steak pie ($5.20), with hearty
beef chunks and gravy, is one of the most popular, and
the Thai chicken curry pie ($4.90) is fragrant and spicy.
Also try the mini dessert pies ($3.30). Daily 10am-10pm.
#B3-10, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road
PIE FACE
JOIE
Howdy, mate! All the way from down under hails
Pie Face, a micro-bakery café that produces pies made
with a 48-layered crust in both savoury regular and mini
Have a Caribbean lunch with Limehouse Deli,
which offers both lunchtime grab-and-go delights and
dine-in menus for those who wish to soak in the reggae
vibe. With chefs from Trinidad and Tobago, the eatery
brings Jamaican patties ($4-4.50) and mains like jerk
chicken ($12) and curry goat ($13) to the CBD area.
Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm. 51 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6226 7530
TOP 10
SOFT SERVEs
Yes, in order of preference.
Full deets at www.bites.com.
sg/daily-bites/reviews
10. McDonald’s,
www.mcdonalds.com.sg
9. Come-In-Hokkaido,
#B1-50 Liang Court Shopping
Centre
8. Oyoge! Taiyaki, 191 New
Bridge Road
7. Amasoy, #B4-64 ION
Orchard
6. IKEA, www.ikea.com/sg/en
5. Mr Bean,
www.mrbean.com.sg
4. Sunday Folks, #01-52 Chip Bee
Gardens, 44 Jalan
Merah Saga
3. Godiva, B2 Takashimaya
Department Store, 391
Orchard Road
2. Honey Creme, #01-37, 313@
Somerset, 313 Orchard Road
1. Tsujiri, www.tsujiri.sg
Bonus: HoneyComb, 30 Bali Lane
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An office canteen turned high-tech social
enterprise, and a hungry trip to “Japan”
Everyone is welcome at the industrial-chic Food
Glossary. It’s brought to you by the folks at ABR
Holdings Limited and Good Morning Nanyang Café, so
expect solid kaya toast (try the ciabatta version, $2.60),
"sock" tea and coffee, as well as Asian (nasi Singapura
with curry chicken, $4.80) and Western fare. Order via
the easy-to-navigate app or online, or via the tablets by
the counter. What we love most is its mission, supported
by South West Community Development Council:
to actively provide training, social and employment
opportunities to residents in the community, especially
back-to-work women and mature workers. Mon-Fri (excl.
PH) 7am-6.30pm. #02-01 The JTC Summit, 8 Jurong
Town Hall Road. www.foodglossary.skipque.com
It’s a stroll through modern-meets-olden Japan at
Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street, Jurong Point.
The Osaka stretch features the famous Dotonbori
icons: Glico man, huge crab (Kani Doraku), and a giant
pufferfish lantern (Zubora-ya). What’s new after the $7
million makeover is the Tokyo stretch, styled after old
Edo: elegant with paper parasols, kabuki masks and
classic paintings. Exclusive here are Shabu Tontei for
premium kurobuta and wagyu hotpots (sharing sets from
$58); the WAttention Plaza (pop-ups include F&B and
traditional handicrafts); and Kabe no Ana’s café concept
for mentaiko carbonara spaghetti ($13.90) and eggs
benny ($15.90). B1 Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 1
SHOKUTSU
TEN
“SUPER” OPENINGS
Watch out! Superhero-themed cafes are
coming to town
Hungry Heroes brands itself a restaurant/deli cum
decorative art retailer/consultancy (Art Art and Away,
upstairs), but we'd add another: a superhero museum.
The impressive memorabilia's a personal (i.e. not for
sale) collection—you'll find figurines, busts, life-sized
statues of Superman, Thor and Iron Man. Speaking
of iron, we love the meaty menu: there’s Meat Fury's
signature pork ribs ($16/30) and The Juggernaut ($188,
serves 8-10 pax), a platter of ribeye, lamb rack, sirloin,
pork ribs, pulled pork, sausages, de-boned chicken
leg, honey glazed ham, veal osso bucco and beef stew.
Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-11pm. 33
Tessensohn Road. Tel: 6295 5401
Choose from a selection of fuss-free bentos at
Superhero Concept Café (we tried the $8 Lasso of
Truth, dry ramen with your choice of chicken, salmon
or prawn), Sidekicks (we chose to Time Travel with
the generous $7 otah omelette), Villainous Desserts
and beverages. Everything’s cooked with olive oil and
purified water. Should anything on display (Batman
bobbleheads, DC T-shirts) catch your fancy, scheme
with your wallet to make the collectible yours. Work
nearby or have an office pow wow? There’s delivery
too (minimum order of $50). Mon-Fri 11.30am-7pm. 37A
Boat Quay. Tel: 8228 4334
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The spirit
of gifting
BATH MELTS AND BOMBS
For the star in your life: Who doesn’t love
these natural scented bath items that come
in the form of everything from a mini Santa
to a classic silver star that sparkles up the
bathwater?
From $7.50 from LUSH, #01-303 Suntec City
Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6884 5494
It’s getting harder to find the right presents,
whether it’s for the family member who has
everything, your lucky Secret Santa or even
yourself! Get the best bang for money with the
perfect gifts under $10, $50 and $100.
By Lim Si Hui
CHRISTMAS
CARD
For the friend who
loves a laugh:
Send a pugalicious card to
light up someone's
Christmas!
$3.50 from Typo,
#01-18 313
Somerset.
Tel: 6509 6951
ADVERTORIAL
STRALA LED LANTERN
For the young and young at
heart: this handy little light
can be toted from room to
room. Set up a tent and
enjoy a weekend of indoor
camping!
$6.90 from IKEA, 60
Tampines North Drive 2.
Tel: 6786 6868
SUGARPOVA CANDIES
For the BFFs: Maria
Sharapova’s fun, flirty soft
candies are a sweet
way to snack away the
holidays. Comes in
quirky shapes from
handbags to fruits
and a tongue-tingling
sour variant.
$7.50 from Robinsons
The Heeren, 260
Orchard Road.
Tel: 6735 8838
BiTES alert!
8-12 Dec
We have 10 sets of
three Sugarpova
candies, including one
autographed by Maria
Sharapova, to give away!
Check out bites.com.sg/
promotions/contests
Fresh and hot
That's how Shi Li Fang serves up their
food. With two outlets in Singapore, the
Taiwanese hotpot restaurant prides itself
on putting fresh food on the tableƒjust
like home
Adhering strictly to their motto
of “No steaming, no boiling, no
frying. Healthy food naturally,”
Shi Li Fang goes the extra mile to
put a smile on customers’ faces.
We noticed that meats are sliced
upon order; and patrons can opt
for DIY springy hand-stretched
noodles and “prawn glue”, a
minced paste housed in a piping
bag. Order your choice of broth
from up to four soup bases, then
create your own sauce from an
array of over 30 dipping sauces
as you wait for everything to be
served fresh.
Shi Li Fang’s fast too. Pop in
for a quick solo lunch and a mini
hotpot will be prepared for you
(up to two soup bases)—orders
arrive in five minutes, tops. Try
their specialty chicken set which
comes with a basket of mixed
greens: the tender poultry and
piping hot broth will make a
difference to your work day.
#07-10/11 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard
Road. Tel: 6238 0800
#01-41 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street.
Tel: 6222 8518
FOUR SEASONS SHAKER
For the domestic god/goddess: The cutest shakers we’ve ever
seen—and we’ve seen lots. To recreate a scene of frolicking in
the snow or crossing the Gobi desert on a camel, fill these with
salt, pepper, and spices.
$49 from Qualy, qualydesign.sg
LET’S BUILD A
SNOWMAN
FRUIT BOUQUET
For the sweettoothed: With
its plump little
snowmen, this
bouquet of
juicy and tangy
pineapple, apple
and strawberries
recreate a white
winter wonderland in
your mouth.
$99 from Rainbowly,
rainbowly.com
WISHBONE
NECKLACE
For the minimalist:
Instead of tussling
with your girlfriend or
BFF over getting to
make a wish, get them
these local handmade
necklaces that add
charm to any outfit.
$39 for mini-sized,
$45 for normal-sized
from By Invite Only,
www.byinviteonly.info
HAPPY SOCKS
For the fashionable father: The true sign of a
stylish man lies between the hem of his pant
leg and the top of his shoe, and these colourful
socks are sure to make even a stranger smile!
$50 from Robinsons, #03-01 Raffles City, 52
North Bridge Road. Tel: 6216 8388
COLLECTABLE DESIGN TIN
For the tea-loving lady: A beautiful
tin filled with goodies like raspberry
and white chocolate biscuits and
lavender preserve.
$68 from Crabtree & Evelyn, #01
09 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk.
Tel: 6270 6887
Authentic Homemade Japanese Food.
All ingredients are handled with care at OOTOYA. Fresh
vegetables are all hand-washed and peeled each day. For meat
and fish, we have our own handling procedures to keep the
freshness. Because of this thorough preparation and our policy
to only start cooking dishes after we receive the order, we are
able to guarantee the quality and freshness of each dish.
We are always dedicated to create more mouth-watering foods
to our valued customers.
Facebook.com/OotoyaSG
Branches:
Orchard Central #08-012
Tel : 6884 8901
Clementi Mall
#03-53
Tel : 6659 2644
Changi City Point #01-30/31 Tel : 6636 1228
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food trends
What we loved, what was meh, and what
needs to stop… just stop immediately!
1. Lobster rolls (YAY!)
With the opening of Pince &
Pints ($48), modelled after
London's Burger and Lobster,
suddenly everyone was craving
a hot dog bun filled with fancy
pants chunky buttered lobster.
Try also Platypus Lobster Shack
($19.90), or Boston Seafood Shack’s “Lobstah” roll ($18).
2. Mixologists (YAY!)
It’s the year of the bespoke bars. And along with it,
barkeeps became the hottest commodity in town. The
dapper Mike Cheong from WOOBAR, champ of La
Maison Cointreau Singapore 2013, will be at the Regional
Finals in Jan. We also like Mixes from Mars, Spiffy
Dapper, Anti:dote, Ah Sam’s Cold Drinks Stall, Bitters &
Love, Tess, Nutmeg and Clove, Operation Dagger and
The Secret Mermaid.
3. Pet cafés (YAY!)
For furry therapy: stroking one
relieves stress and lowers blood
pressure. For cat lovers: Neko
no Niwa ($12/pax for first hour),
The Café Café, Meomi Cat Café,
Cuddles Cat Café and The Company
of Cats. And for pooch pals: We are the Furballs,
Doggiestyle Café and III Café (they also held a bunny
event) for a barking good time.
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4. Affordable upscale dining (YAY!)
We returned for Sushi Kou's oh-so-affordable $50
omakase sets. Try Restaurant Labyrinth for a Mod-Sin
molecular $98 five-course prix fixe that aims to tease
all your senses: the mango tomato bruschetta arrives
looking like steak tartare, and chilli crab ice cream is a
mindbender.
5. Honeycomb (Neutral)
While everyone was braving the line at Honey Creme
($5.90), the real trend was in honeycombs. Beegurt
(opened 14 Oct) has frozen yoghurts topped with raw
honeycomb from New Zealand; HoneyComb (opened
25 Oct) has both milk soft serve and yoghurt options
with South Korean honeycomb.
6. Food pop-ups
(Neutral)
Pop-ups became
mainstream. We
wonder if they’re really
“guerrilla operations”,
like the In-N-Out Burger
stand (12 Nov). Then you
have ANDSOFORTH had
actors and stage crew working
with the culinary team for a surreal feast ($88). Markets
abounded, like Crateful, Creatory, 9MCM, and Naiise
(#supportlocal!). Also notable: #FIJIWaterLimeTruck
(15-16 Aug), MAGNUM Pleasure Store (23 May to 23
Aug) and Singapore Food Festival’s Nyonya Mobile
(12-17 Jul).
7. Collagen/beauty hotpots (Nay!)
In the case of Tsukada Nojo ($25/person, min. 2 pax),
the secret's in the stock, made from carefully-raised
Jitokko chickens. Collagen is said to aid in your body's
renewal (like the elasticity of skin). You'll find similar versions
in Shirokiya ($38.80, feeds 2-3 pax) and buffet restaurants
Shabu Sai (yuzu and salt beauty pot in May-June) and
Momiji Shabu Shabu. Our cheeks ain't glowing yet…
waitaminit, we have to take it everyday?
8. Juice cleanses (Nay!)
You must have at least one friend
who went on a juice cleanse/detox
this year. This liquid programme of
cold-pressed juices is supposed to
“spring-clean” your system. Check
with your doctor if it’s suitable for
you before starting. Then check your
bank account as it doesn’t come cheap (easily $300 for a
three-day programme).
9. #desklunch food delivery
(Neutral)
If you work in the CBD, this
#desklunch phenomenon is
huge, with specialist vendors.
Grain offers healthy options
like stuffed tofu with goji
berry black rice ($9.95, 493
kcal); Lunchbox.sg has largely
Asian cuisine meals like minced
pork noodle ($11). Try also food courier
Feedex (pick-up from a central location) and Boxgreen
(healthy snacks under $20/month). Thinking of the delivery
business? Check out Oddle, a platform for F&B business
owners. Cubicle rats, just remember to get some fresh air!
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10. Nostalgia (Nay!)
Nostalgia isn’t real anymore—it’s
there to sell you some romantic
version of the past. Yet we fall
for it every single time. We do
actually like Tian Kee and Co (in
a 54-year-old provision shop), The
Dispensary (an old Chinese medical hall),
My Awesome Café Singapore (Chung Hwa Free Clinic)
and The Tastemaker (Shing Lee bookstore belonged to the
owner's grandpa), but let’s hope 2015 brings us back to the
future with new ingredients and fresher concepts.
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EXPERIENCES
Be it service, ambience or food, we can’t get these out of our minds
Oyster omelette from Green Sky
We chomped through Bedok Corner in October’s edition and
found an amazingly crisp orluak ($5) from a family-run Halal stall.
#01-14 Bedok Food Centre, 1 Bedok Road
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Waterdrop Teahouse
A hidden find in Punggol. The tranquil vegetarian eatery serves
crispy ginger ($5), braised rice ($4.50) and teas. Level 3 Fo
Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, 1 Punggol Place. Tel: 6411 0596
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Mont Blanc from Henri Charpentier
We love this French-inspired Japanese patisserie’s Mont Blanc
($9): a slightly savoury glazed chestnut, light cream, and finally,
the chestnut cream with a hint of rum. All this sits atop a buttery
financier (also a star item). 9A Dempsey Road. Tel: 6479 5518
Fish noodles from Hai Tien Lo
Part of the celebratory six-course menu ($108, till 31 Dec) by
master chef Lai Tong Ping, the springy noodles are steeped in
flavours of the rich broth, with a tinge of wok hei. Level 3 Pan
Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6826 8240
Steamed minced meat with aged radish from Chui Huay Lim
This Teochew muay staple ($12) featured hand-minced meat paired
with 10-year-aged radish native to Swatow (not your usual chye
poh)—available in limited quantities from painstakingly-sourced
family-producers.. #01-02 Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee
Road. Tel: 6732 3637
Moly milk strawberry green tea from Moly Cafe
The homemade creamy topping is seasoned with sea salt, adding
punchiness to the fruity and fragrant tea—we're also loving the
strawberries and cream ($3.20/4.50). Also newly refurbished, with a
cooler and larger seating area. #01-304, 109 Toa Payoh Lor 1.
Tel: 9382 6613
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These standout establishments got us excited
SUFOOD
The Taiwanese vegetarian restaurant's packed, service
impeccable, and it’s great value for money ($25++ for an eightcourse set menu). We're still yearning for the eye-catching
signature appetiser ($5.80): Japanese yuca root with blueberry
coulis, oriental white water snowflake greens, and cherry tomato
jelly. #02-19 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6333 5338
Khun Mee Thai
Thai-Chinese Teochew owner Khun Aum shadowed her favourite
Bangkok street food vendors: try the ba mee (Thai wanton mee)
with dumplings, charshu, lava egg and crabmeat ($8.80). #0232/34 Bedok Point, 799 New Upper Changi Road. Tel: 6445 9932
Nickeldime Drafthouse
From the 15 seasonal craft beers on tap to the takeaway Liquor
Store, we’re beery happy. Throw in beer-infused nosh like stout
meatballs and a beer crepe, take-home growlers, a screaming
neon sign, and a boozing octopus to seal the deal. #01-06, 273
Thomson Rd. Tel: 6256 0261
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Hairy Crab at Home
Premium Seafood, or Hairy Crab At Home, impressed us with
a delivery of wriggling, healthy crustaceans from Lake Taihu;
storing, cooking and eating instructions included ($108 for
the Silver Mixed Package: three 125g females and three 150g
males). www.fb.com/hairycrabathome
Pek Kio Market & Food Centre
We staked out the nostalgic food centre for our patriotic August
issue: silky smooth handmade HK-style chee cheong fun (#0125) and crispy peanut pancake (#01-32). 41A Cambridge Road
Hai Di Lao 313@Somerset
While you wait, get a manicure, read magazines, snack and drink
for free, play games, sit and chat with kakis. Once inside, you're
"royalty"—handphone covers, hairties; a hand-pulled noodles
show. Level 4, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road. Tel: 68357227
Pizzeria Da Mario
Authentic Italian hospitality by the river side. Tthe family-friendly
restaurant does delish pizzas ($22, marinara with fresh prawns
and tender squids and scallops, marinated in garlic parsley) and
pastas ($36, tagliolini tartufati, topped with black truffle shavings,
Parmesan cheese and cream). The laidback vibe’s also a hit with
regular patrons (mostly Italians). #01-05/06 The Quayside, 60
Robertson Quay. Tel: 6235 7623
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A delicious year for fans of Japanese food
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Memorable Japanese restaurants
We loved centrally-located Shin Minori's a la carte lunch buffet
($34++) with a beautiful and fresh sashimi platter, and wide
choice of dishes; EN Japanese Dining Bar for kindly hosting
our buffet blogger hot seat with Melicacy (Sept issue); and
Ootoya for their family-style fare with a taste of home.
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Ramen
Keisuke Takeda, known for his restaurants, re-opened Keisuke
Tokyo in Suntec City (June) and launched Ramen Keisuke
Tonkotsu King - Matsuri in Parkway Parade (July). We also
wrote about 53 ramen brands here in September's issue.
Oishii Japan 2014
From 16-18 Oct, we covered our first major event, Oishii
Japan, as the supporting food paper, along with official
gourmet magazine, epicure (our big sis). Go, BiTES, go!
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OF AFFAIRS
Shame and blame is the
name of the game
Hawker deaths and restaurant closings
Arrest at Vienna International
Seafood and Teppanyaki buffet
Refusing to pay for food wastage, a
woman hurled both vulgarities and
physical items at the hapless staff.
Food dumping at Eighteen Chefs
A dissatisfied freelance photographer
dumped food on the table and posted
it on Facebook.
Singaporean reports JB eatery
Yes, a police report.Their crime? Toospicy nasi goreng kampung.
Forum Seafood Village Restaurant
overcharges tourists again
The restaurant served Alaskan King
Crab instead of mud crab—and a
resulting bill of $1,186.20.
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Hawker deaths
Mr Tay Khang Huat of Heng Kee Curry
Chicken Bee Hoon Mee, and Mr
Andrew Lim Seng Ann of Ye Lai Xiang
Cheng Tng, passed away from heart
conditions.
Patron death
A four-year-old boy died after eating
at a nasi padang stall at Northpoint
Shopping Centre.
Restaurant closures
Rising rentals and the labour crunch
have forced several big names to
close: Guy Savoy Singapore, Bomba
and Kha, One on the Bund, and Au
Jardin, just to name a few.
Haig Club Whisky
David Beckham visited our shores for the
launch, but does his name really make a
difference to the product?
The Papa Shop
Actor Keagan Kang's bar and alcohol
shop opened in March.
Babette
Backed by DJ Darren Wee; dishes out
French-Japanese fusion.
The Mama Shop
Opened by Felicia Chin and Sora Ma
and two shadow backers.
Zhen Zhou Dao
Opened by actor Moses Lim and family,
the restaurant folded in March.
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Savoury cupcakes
From Royal Plaza on Scotts. Polenta and
spring onion weren't our fave desserts of
the year.
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Ramyun… and rice?
Korea’s new Samyang ramyun and rice
cup noodles are just amusing.
Ramen burgers
Fried ramen noodles replace regular
buns, found at The Travelling C.O.W.
Black burgers
They're charcoal from bun to bun—and
don’t look all that appetising.
Pudding ramen
The Taiwanese added caramel pudding
to their instant noodles.
U-TURNS AND
ROUNDABOUTS
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Bye-bye, chef
Ujong heralded a Mod-Sin menu with
chef Shen Tan at the helm... for just seven
months. Too bad the new menu has been
totally overhauled.
A-
Wild Rocket stays put
Wild Rocket closed in 2013, citing rising
rents—only to reopen in July in the same
spot: the landlord agreed to lower rents.
C-
Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint... sold!
Finally, for a whopping $4 million to
conglomerate Aztech Group.
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Bincho at Hua Bee
An old-school mee pok eatery stays
put at the front, with a yakitori joint in
the back.
B
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Shisha ban
We’re still not quite over the sudden
shisha ban that bars and their clientele
are calling foul over.
The more things change...
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Café Fest disaster
Tthe "exclusive event" became a
crowded public free-for-all on the
spot and perks and goodies vanished.
Weak excuses and poor compensation
failed to appease ticket buyers as the
festival’s Facebook page exploded into
a fiery ball of fail.
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New food trends and products
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De Burg eviction
Rising rentals are one thing, but we
were stunned when De Burg was
evicted by their landlord with minimal
notice in May, leaving them stranded.
:D
:D
CELEBRITY
ENDORSEMENTS
Fails and wails all round
:D
the funny :D
Famous names want to be in F&B
I CAN’T
BELIEVE IT
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Wish you had a reliable buffet resource available to guide
you to the best all-you-can-eat spots? Buffet Bounty is
your go-to resource on buffets for all budgets, tastes and
locations. This month, we truss up the turkey buffets,
chat to a blogger about her fine dining preferences, hunt
down Christmas Eve buffets under $50 and show you
where to dine and party on New Year’s Eve. Log on to
www.bites.com.sg for these buffets and more!
Bites guide:
Price guide (nett)
$
wallet-friendly (below $50)
$$ just can’t resist a splurge ($50-100)
$$$ a special occasion ($100-150)
$$$$ indulgence galore (above $150)
laksa and chilli crab. Dining receipts score you a chance
in their festive lucky draw.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off for festive buffets
21 on rajah
Certified halal
Does not serve pork or lard
Kid-friendly facilities
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off hamper and festive goodies (valid from 15
November to 30 December 2014)
◆ 20% off festive buffet lunch and dinner from Sundays
to Thursdays (valid from 1 to 30 December 2014, except
24 and 25 December 2014)
◆ 15% off festive buffet lunch and dinner on Fridays
and Saturdays (valid from 1 to 30 December 2014,
except on 24 and 25 December 2014)
Buffet Town [ ]
#B1-44E Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road.
Tel: 6837 3793
From 24 Dec 2014 to 1 Jan 2015, this sprawling buffet
restaurant serves up four innovative flavours of turkey:
traditional, char siew, kung pao, and tandoori ($32.80++,
Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm; $39.80++, Sat-Sun & PH
11.30am-3pm; $44.80++, Mon-Thu 6-10pm; $49.80++,
Sat-Sun & PH 6-10pm). Equally tempting are the honey
gammon ham and ice-cold snow crabs—on top of their
usual buffet spread. A mini playground will entertain
your tots.
Buffet town
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Festive
Turkey
Buffets around
Singapore
$
10 at Claymore
Lobby Level Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore,
10 Claymore Road. Tel: 6831 6686
Dig into an oven-roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing,
accompanied by giblet gravy and cranberry marmalade
at this buffet ($42++, Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm) that runs
throughout December (except 24-25 & 31) Other musttries include the roast wagyu beef, the hearty seafood
on ice (Maine lobsters and Queen Roe scallops), and
freshly-made crepes.
21 on Rajah [ ][ ]
Lobby Level Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park,
1 Jalan Rajah Road. Tel: 6808 6847
Celebrate Boxing Day (26 Dec) with this dinner buffet
($42++, 6-10.30pm) that features a carving station with
traditional roast turkey and roasted U.S. prime ribeye.
Make your own comfort food at the DIY rojak station,
and indulge in Asian pasta with Singaporean sauces like
Azur
Lobby Level Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport
Blvd. Tel: 6823 5354
Enjoy traditional roast turkey as part of Azur’s festive
buffet ($42++, 12pm-2.30pm, 15-19, 22-24, 26, 29-31
Dec) that includes a fresh seafood bar and Asian and
Western show kitchens. Be sure to leave room for
handcrafted Christmas sweet treats.
Brizo Restaurant [ ]
Level 1 Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Street.
Tel: 6593 8855
The festive buffet lunch ($36++, 15-23 Dec) includes
roasted turkey with rosemary sauce and cranberry
sauce on the side, honey baked ham with apple sauce,
and roasted beef striploin. Delight in the selection
of butter, salted egg, and pepper crabs; these go
swimmingly with their cereal tiger prawns. If you’re
having the dinner buffet (from $65++, 6.30-10pm), your
kids will love the special Santa’s workshop.
visit
Caprilicious
Level 1 Capri by Fraser Changi City, Singapore 3
Changi Business Park Central 1. Tel: 6338 0800
A turkey rules the roost at this festive buffet lunch
($33.80++, Mon-Fri except 25 Dec, 11am-3pm). The
bird’s dressed in a homemade Romesco marinade
and stuffed with Bahia rice paella and portobello
mushrooms. This Mediterranean bird is flanked by
swordfish sashimi and roaring fresh tiger prawns—don’t
forget the main courses and sweet treats once you’re
fowl-ly satisfied.
In partnership with
Flavours At Zhongshan Park [ ]
Lobby Level Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park, 16
Ah Hood Road. Tel: 6808 6846
A buffet spread ($36++, 1-5pm) that will satisfy the
stomachs of Straits Chinese food lovers. Enjoy a
welcome festive mocktail before making your way to the
carving station for home-brined honey-glazed gammon
ham with apple sauce, and roasted turkey with chestnut
stuffing served with green peppercorn sauce. The
restaurant’s very own “teh-tarik man” will also be “livepulling” the local beverage.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off for festive buffets
flavours at
zhongshan
park
Bar and Billiard Room
Lobby Level Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road.
Tel: 6412 1816
On the live carvery station roosts roasted turkey stuffed
with chestnut, served with gravy and cranberry sauce
(13-23 Dec, Thu-Sat: $68++, 11.30am-2pm; $78++,
7pm-10pm). The European colonial styled restaurant
also serves up lamb leg and Australian sirloin. After
your meaty rounds, try the cute snowmen and penguin
desserts.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 20% off for total bill
Café Mosaic
Level 1 Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road.
Tel: 6311 8195
The traditional roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and
old port wine sauce at Café Mosaic (from $68++; 12-25
Dec 6.30-10.30pm; 24-25 Dec 12pm-2.30pm) makes for
a nice accompaniment to the live festive music of the
National Junior College String Orchestra. Treat yourself
further to the fresh seafood, including queen scallops,
and the honey baked ham with pineapple raisin sauce.
Carnivore Grandstand
#01-16 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club. Tel: 6466 9418
Cranberry turkey is the star of the season (24-25 Dec:
$45++, 11am-3pm; $60++, 5.30pm-8pm; 24 Dec:
$70++, 8-11pm) at this Brazilian barbecue restaurant.
Balance the savouries with logcakes and candy canes.
The Square
Level 7 Hotel Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay,
177A River Valley Road. Tel: 6433 8790
Apart from the roasted turkey with giblet sauce and
cranberries sauce ($38++, Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm
except 25 Dec), load up your plate with grilled
barramundi, salted egg pork ribs, and a selection of dim
sum. Desserts span durian pengat, French pastries, and
the Christmassy stollen and logcakes.
$$
Aquamarine [ ]
Level 4 Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marina Square,
6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6845 1111
Encounter either the roasted traditional tom turkey on
a rotating grill, served with chestnut stuffing and giblet
sauce; or the roasted rendang marinated turkey (from
$60++, daily 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm). Other than the
Christmas fare of roast ham and beef, make a beeline
for the wide range of seafood (mussels, crabs).
6.30-9.30pm)—it’s on rotation so do call up in advance
to check. On Christmas Eve and Day, turn up the cheer
with their free party favours.
Indulge at Park [ ]
Level 1 Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman Street.
Tel: 6432 5888
Slow-roasted turkey breast with chestnut and golden
raisins stars in the Santa & Santarinas Festive Delights
buffet ($45++, Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm; $55++, Sun
12pm-3pm; $58++, Sun-Thu 6.30-10.30pm; $65++,
Fri-Sat 6.30-10.30pm). Throughout December except
for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For more holiday
cheer, check out the baked Christmas ham with cola
maple glaze and the Christmas Shepherd’s Pie; tiny tots
will have lots of fun with tree decoration and balloon
sculpting on Sundays.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off hamper and festive goodies (valid from 15
November to 30 December 2014)
◆ 20% off festive buffet lunch and dinner from Sundays
to Thursdays (valid from 1 to 30 December 2014, except
24 and 25 December 2014)
◆ 15% off festive buffet lunch and dinner on Fridays and
Saturdays (valid from 1 to 30 December 2014, except on
24 and 25 December 2014)
Carousel [ ]
Lobby Level Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore, 25 Scotts
Road. Tel: 6589 7799
A traditional Christmas roast turkey with giblet gravy
and chestnut stuffing is part of Carousel’s festive buffet
($49++, Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm; $55++, Sat-Sun 12pm2pm; $68++, Mon-Fri 6.30-9.30pm; $78++, Sat-Sun
indulge
at park
l’espresso
L’Espresso
Lobby Level Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore,
22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6737 7411
If roast turkey is not your thing, try the pan-seared sous
vide turkey breast with chestnut stuffing at L’Espresso’s
festive English afternoon tea buffet (from $45++;
Mon-Thu 2-5.30pm; Fri-Sun 12pm-2.30pm, 3-5.30pm).
It’s available 1-30 Dec except on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day. There’s also hot food and scones,
desserts, pastries, and cakes.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Exclusively for HSBC credit and debit cardholders:
10% OFF
festive takeaway goodies
Valid till 25 December 2014. For orders, call 6825 3866. Visit www.hsbc.com.sg/dining for more dining privileges.
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Blogger Hot Seat
This month we convinced the camera-shy corp comms and PR specialist with
digital responsibilities, Karen Wee of superfinefeline, to unprecedentedly “showface” for our Christmas feature at 10@Claymore. She gives us the lowdown on her
moniker and why she hardly touches cooked food at any buffet.
with a wax seal. I thought, ‘siao liao’.” Lunch cost 180.
CURRENT FAVE CHEF: Paul Longworth of Rhubarb le
Restaurant for his pigeon leg confit and panfried breast
with rhubarb and rose purée, grapes ‘a la Aussignac’.
christmas
luncheon
WHO: Karen Wee
(www.superfinefeline.com)
BLOGGING SINCE: 27 September 2006. Moniker given
by a close friend due to her cat-like movements.
ON CATS: Rescued a stray near Brewerkz with a broken
hip and a “run-over” tail. After a trip to the vet, the B&W
feline was named Oreo, but ran away after six months.
COUNTING COFFEES: Eight cups of latte in a day while
working on a story for a women’s magazine.
Parlez-vous français? Studied French in
university as part of her European Studies course.
FAVE HAUTE DISH: Artichoke black truffle soup from
the now defunct Guy Savoy Singapore.
MOST EXPENSIVE MEAL EVER: Dallmayr (restaurant
side instead of bistro) in Munich. “The menu was a scroll
Lime
Level 1 PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore, 3 Upper
Pickering Street. Tel: 6809 8899
From 12 Dec (except 24-25), a classic roasted turkey
and honey baked ham will be added to Lime’s
celebratory line-up ($68++, daily 12pm-2.30pm; $78++,
daily 6.30pm-10.30pm). The savoury menu features foie
gras terrine with fruit chutney and lobster bisque soup,
and you can pat your belly fondly after you’ve filled it
up with the durian pengat-inspired durian mousse with
vanilla buttercream logcake.
Makan@Jen
Level 10 Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road.
Tel: 6708 8899
With a traditional roasted turkey available for Christmas
FEAR FACTOR CHOW: In Guangzhou, friends ordered
a stew bubbling with chicken testicles (“as big as
fishballs, squishy with fluid inside!”), fish intestines and
cow’s vagina. Ate, with the help of chilli and whisky.
ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD: Fishball noodles with
homemade chilli and meekia.
DON’T OFFER HER: Ketchup, durian, bugs, offal (can
only tahan foie gras), beer (craft beer like Hitachino
Nest is OK), octopus, certain pork (some has boar
taint), instant coffee.
FINE DINING PET PEEVES: Cold bread, not changing
cutlery after each course.
FLAVOURS OF X’MAS: Eggnog and mulled wine.
Definitely Starbucks’ Toffee Nut Latte.
Day ($55++, 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm) alongside their
usual international Christmas buffet spread (dishes yet to
be confirmed at press time), just top up $25++ for a freeflow of tipple: sparkling wine, house red and white wine,
and the signature Jen cocktail. Get ready to make merry!
Olive Tree Restaurant
Lobby Level Hotel Intercontinental Singapore,
80 Middle Road. Tel: 6825 1061
The traditional roasted turkey (1-30 Dec except 24-25
Dec: $68-118++, daily 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm) is decked
out like the colourful streets of Barcelona. The Spanish
theme continues: 36-month aged jamon iberico, and
cod fillet with fresh manila clams and saffron. If you love
chocolate-dipped churros, or Spanish doughnuts, they’re
on the dessert menu as well.
visit
THE BUFFET:
Crustacean
Celebrations dinner buffet at 10 at
Claymore at Pan Pacific Orchard,
Singapore ($68++ per person, daily 6-10.30pm,
ended 30 Nov 2014)
TIME OF VISIT: 14 November, 7pm
STRATEGY: Sashimi (only salmon, tuna and
swordfish), oysters, salad and cold cuts (iberico and
salami, please), soup (especially lobster bisque, but
never minestrone), a strict selection of cooked food
(live stations, certain starches, a la minute dishes),
cheeses (“I love the creamy and the stinky). If there’s
still tummy room: a scoop of ice cream; raspberry
sorbet if available. “I’ve actually been here a few
times. Coffee is good too; the Penang dishes (hae
mee, laksa and char kway teow) are must-haves.”
BEST DISH: Always the char kway teow. American
Maine lobster spiced with kam heong, and
Australian Riverland tenderloin in balsamic red wine
were pretty good too.
NOT EVEN ON HER MIND: Most of the cooked
food. “At a buffet, the dishes are usually sitting
around for some time and that could alter the taste,
so I prefer to order from live stations or the a la
minute Plates of Pleasure menu.”
SHOULDN’T HAVE ORDERED: The lamb was too
dry.
AN X’MAS BUFFET’S GOTTA HAVE: Gammon
ham
HOW MANY BiTES? Taste: 3/5 Value for money:
4/5 Service: 4.5/5
Note: At press time, Christmas buffet was not yet
available, but the hotel kindly prepared a showcase
of their festive specials (available from 1 Dec 2014.
Read more on p.18)
olive tree
restaurant
In partnership with
5
Orchard Café
Lobby Level Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard
Road. Tel: 6739 6565
Traditional roasted turkey is part of the pre-festive
buffet (8-23, 26-30 Dec: $55-78++, daily 12pm-2.30pm,
6-10pm) rotation along with Christmas delicacies like
champagne ham with honey, grilled premium beef
tenderloin with Béarnaise sauce and goose with
orange sauce. End the feasting with fusion desserts like
pandan coconut macarons and jackfruit panna cotta.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ Early bird special: 25% off festive dining (valid till 15
December 2014)
◆ 18% off festive buffet and goodies
christmas
Buffets
under $50
NETT
oscar’s
On the eve of the 25th, prepare a little
gift to yourself: check out these costsaving buffets to ring in the season
and feed a whole family of elves!
IKEA
Lovers of Swedish meatballs listen up; IKEA will be
having a Christmas Eve buffet (lunch: $30, 12pm2pm; dinner: $35, 5.30pm-7.30pm and 8pm-10pn;
members enjoy $10 discount for themselves and a
guest). Buffet offerings include Christmas ham and
smoked salmon, with soda and coffee or tea, as well
as a $10 voucher for snazzy home furnishings. 60
Tampines North Drive 2. Tel: 6786 6868
Plaza Brasserie [ ]
Lobby Level PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore,
7500A Beach Road. Tel: 6505 5710
Kiseki
Kiseki’s festive menu is chock-full of Japanese festive
fusion goodness: roasted turkey with miso glazing, deep
fried soft shell crab with truffle salt, and a honey baked
ham with yuzu jam. The usual suspects in Japanese
cuisine feature heavily too: White tuna tataki with ponzu
and yuzu sauce, beef sanso yaki, and fresh sashimi.
For the variety, it’s a bang for your buck Christmas
Eve buffet ($32.80++, 11.30am-3pm; $39.80++, 5pm10.30pm). #08-01/02/03 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard
Road. Tel: 6736 1216
River Garden Coffee
House
ikea
Oscar’s [ ]
Lobby Level Conrad Centennial Singapore,
2 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6432 7481
Seasonal offerings at Oscar’s buffet ($59++, Mon-Sat
12pm-2.30pm; $69-80++, daily 6pm-10pm) this year
include roasted mustard turkey and a live seafood
station. If you’re game for Christmas brunch ($198++,
12pm onwards), bring your children along to have some
fun at the kid’s corner, and to have their picture taken
with Santa Claus or listen to some Christmas carols at
select timings.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off total buffet lunch and dinner and Sunday
Amazing Graze (valid from 28 November to 30
December 2014). More details on hotel website.
kiseki
The restaurant’s menu on Christmas Eve ($38.80++,
12pm-2.30pm) runs the gamut from east to west: there’s
Asian fried slipper lobster with curry sauce and roasted
suckling pig; traditional baked gammon ham and Welsh
rarebit baked spinach with salmon. If you’ve already
made plans, check out the lunch spread from 1-23 and
26-30 Dec at the same price. Level 1 Riverview Hotel
Singapore, 382 Havelock Road. Tel: 6349 4871/72
Katong Kitchen [ ]
This Christmas and Christmas Eve lunch buffet affair
boasts specialties ranging from lobster Katong laksa
with onsen quail egg (yum!) to Nonya spice prime
roast beef with lemongrass jus ($42++, 12pm-4pm).
Then have crispy sesame ball with durian for dessert.
If you can’t wait to dig in, these offerings are also
available during weekday lunchtime from 15-23 Dec
($40++, 12pm-2.30pm). Level 4 Village Hotel Katong,
25 Marine Parade Road. Tel: 6551 2141
Starz Restaurant
Take the whole family to Resorts World Sentosa for a
fun Christmas break—and for their Christmas Eve lunch
($42++, 12pm-2.30pm) and Christmas Day high-tea
($36++, 12pm-4pm). Try their centrepiece traditional
roasted turkey, spicy chilli crab with fried mini mantous,
and grilled wagyu steak with red wine sauce. A similar
spread is available 1-23 Dec during weekday lunch
($42++, 12pm-2.30pm) and weekend high-tea ($36++,
12pm-4pm). Lobby Level Hard Rock Hotel, 8 Sentosa
Gateway, Sentosa Island. Tel: 6577 6688
Andersen’s of Denmark
Exclusively for HSBC credit and debit cardholders:
visit voucher* (worth up to $10)
with purchase of ice cream log cake
Complimentary return
*Voucher is for next use only. Complimentary $5 voucher for purchase of 1kg log cake, $10 voucher for purchase of 1.5kg log cake. Valid till 31 December 2014.
Visit www.andersensicecream.com for outlet listings. Visit www.hsbc.com.sg/dining for more dining privileges.
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The classic roast turkey with sausage meat, available
from 12 Dec (except 24-25, 31), competes for attention
with the marbled mangalica pork roast from Hungary.
Carvery aside, the buffet ($45++, daily 12pm-2.30pm;
$60, Mon-Thu 6-10pm; $65, Fri-Sun 6-10pm) tantalises
with honey glazed ham and roast Angus beef striploin.
On Christmas day, brunch will be at The Ballrooms,
which houses a kids’ playzone and a cupcake
decorating competition.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off takeaway festive goodies. Valid from 12
December to 1 January 2015.
◆ 15% off festive lunch and dinner buffets. Valid from 12
to 30 December 2014, except on 24 and 25
December 2014.
◆ 15% off festive lunch and dinner buffets on 24, 25,
31 December 2014 and 1 January 2015. Valid with
reservations and pre-payments made by 18
December 2014
Tiffany Café &
Restaurant
$$$
Pete’s Place
Basement Level Grand Hyatt Singapore,
10 Scotts Road. Tel: 6738 1234
Tuck into a traditional baked turkey with chestnut stuffing
at the live carving station at the Christmas Eve buffet
dinner ($108++, 7-11pm) in the cosy, warmly-lit Italian
restaurant. There’s also slow-cooked beef flank and a
roasted lamb leg—don’t miss the seafood at the live
station with oysters and poached Canadian lobsters.
Plaza
Brasserie
Eve ($55.80++, 12pm-2.30pm; $65.80++, 6-10.30pm).
A third child or adult dines free with every two paying
adults. The Asian theme continues with salted egg yolk
crab and smoked duck in shiso plum sauce; then tuck
into durian pengat crumble and chocolate fondue.
Silver Shell Café [ ]
Level 3, Dine on 3, Shangri-la’s Rasa Sentosa Resort &
Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa. Tel: 6371 1966
A traditional roast turkey is the highlight of the Christmas
Day buffet ($68++, 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10pm) that features
local and international cuisines. The restaurant also has
a kid-sized buffet counter that’s the perfect height for
picky eaters to grab their own plate of food.
Tiffany Café & Restaurant [ ]
Lobby Level Furama City Centre, Singapore,
60 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6531 5366
The Asian spiced roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing
is a great deal with the 3-for-2 promotion on Christmas
(24-25 Dec: $77.30 nett, 12pm-2.30pm 12-23; 24 Dec:
$90.50 nett; 6.30-8.30pm, 8.30-10.30pm and 25 Dec:
6.30-10pm) where roast turkey stuffed with foie gras,
fresh sourdough breadcrumbs, mixed mushrooms and
fresh herbs, from “Godfather of Australian cuisine”, chef
Tony Bilson, will be available.
Triple Three
Level 5 Mandarin Orchard Singapore,
333 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 6271
There’s a fine traditional roasted turkey to be had
alongside delectable Kagoshima wagyu beef and
a melt-in-your-mouth pan-fried marinated duck liver
with miso and black truffle (24-25, 31 Dec: $78$148++, 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm). Treat yourself
to the green tea logcake and a selection of free-flow
beverages.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 20% off festive goodies
Valid till 14 December 2014.
◆ 15% off festive goodies
Valid from 15 to 31 December 2014.
The Glass House
Lobby Level Hotel Fort Canning Singapore,
11 Canning Walk. Tel: 6559 6770
A touch of chardonnay enhances the braised roast
turkey; the bird is infused with white wine through
steaming before being roasted in the oven at high heat.
At this Christmas Eve buffet ($98++, 6.30-9.30pm),
meat-lovers will be pleased with the prime rib roast beef
with horseradish cream sauce and shallot and garlic
confit, and maple-glazed gammon ham with pineapple
and bacon chutney.
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 15% off on total buffet bill (food only) for Christmas
Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, New Year’s Eve BBQ
buffet Dinner and New Year’s Day Brunch
Window on the
Park Restaurant
Window on the Park Restaurant
Level 2 Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre,
11 Cavenagh Road. Tel: 6733 8333
Open a window on holiday feasting with this buffet
The St. Regis Singapore
Exclusively for HSBC credit and debit cardholders:
10% OFF
Festive Takeaways and a la carte
For orders, call 6831 6272/6320 or email to coffeecrust.orchard@meritushotels.com. Visit www.hsbc.com.sg/dining for more dining privileges.
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new year’s
eve Buffets
A feast to wrap up 2014? Free-flowing tipples or a
countdown party? We’ve nailed them all here.
CAFÉ BRIO’S
Café Brio’s last buffet of the year (from $106++, 6-10pm)
features herb-rubbed roast whole turkey with chestnut
filling, cranberry jam and gilbert jus, as well as honey
glazed Gammon ham, logcake and panettone. Then
move on to the smoked green tea marlin and snow fish
platter with wasabi mayo; grilled Alaskan king crab,
baked hotate mentaiyaki, and wagyu mini steak. You
might also want to conquer the macaron tower.
Lobby Level Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392
Havelock Road. Tel: 6233 1100
HSBC CARDHOLDERS ENJOY:
◆ 18% off for festive dinner buffets for a maximum
of five diners
◆ 20% off for festive dinner buffets with a minimum
of six diners
Wash it all down with a dose of music at the lounge: a
guest DJ from Spain will be manning the decks.
43 North Canal Road. Tel: 6536 4046
INDOCAFE—THE WHITE
HOUSE
A colonial respite that’s on the fringe of Orchard Road.
Help yourself to hearty and familiar Peranakan fare at the
a la carte buffet ($58.80++, 6-10.30pm). Start with kueh
pie tee, bok nee (black fungus and chicken) salad, before
moving onto mains like babi pongteh, nam yue (preserved
beancurd) pork chop, wagyu beef cheek rendang, ulam
(herb) rice and finally chendol panna cotta.
35 Scotts Road. Tel: 6733 2656
KEBABS N CURRIES
Head to Mustafa Centre’s rooftop hangout for an Indian
buffet ($35++, 8-11pm) with prizes for the best couple and
best dancers (couples). Tuck into the heady and hearty
flavours of multani paneer tikka (a cottage cheese dish
flavoured with coriander and other spices), gosht palak
(mutton with spinach), baghara baingan (eggplant curry)
and a variety of salads. Fill up on South Indian chicken
biryani and an assortment of naans, then finish off 2014
with chamcham (a traditional Bengali sweet flavoured with
saffron, cream, and garnished with coconut flakes).
#07-00 Mustafa Centre, 171 Syed Alwi Road.
Tel: 6419 0749
NUVO
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D’BELL SINGAPORE
This Resto Lounge from Mumbai tosses up a special
buffet ($70++, 7-10.30pm) which features a canape bar
(crunchy tandoori duck spring roll, seared ocean scallops
in an Oriental spoon), freshly baked breads, crab bisque,
and a selection of mains and desserts. We’re eyeing
the baked beef roulade, Bhune wine tomatoes, masala
lamb kebabs and mango rasmalai. Includes masala chai
or coffee, which comes with a side of gourmet cookies.
This fusion Japanese-Italian restaurant is a choice spot to
see 2014 segue into the New Year amid flutes of bubbly
and delish food ($65++, 5-8pm; $85++, 8.30pm-2am).
Armed with your choice of prosecco, Bellini or Mimosa,
feast on pizzas (pecorino chicken bolognese, wasabi
aioli), yakitori (pork and cherry tomatoes; prawn, squid
and capsicum), pasta (angel hair wakame, grilled pork
pasta) and more. Be sure to bring a partner or buddy for
a one-time complimentary platter of cold cuts, antipasto
and sushi.
#02-100 Marina Square Shopping Mall, 6 Raffles
Boulevard. Tel: 6822 2098
SENSO RISTORANTE & BAR
Slide into the shiny New Year with free flow prosecco,
wines and beer at Senso’s countdown party ($58++ for
non-dining guests, 11pm-2am). This millennial (it opened
in 2000) Italian establishment proves it’s still got the party
animal within—groove to a live DJ set, clink your glasses
with friends old and new, and make enough conversation
so you don’t get too sloshed before the clock strikes
midnight.
21 Club Street. Tel: 6224 3534
SINGAPORE SWIMMING CLUB
If you’re chummy with a member of the Singapore
Swimming Club, you can attend their Mid-Summer
Masquerade Ball (members $110, guests $128; 6.30pm2am). It includes a variety show, stage games, music and
comedians; the sit-down dinner (includes steamed red
grouper with Yunnan ham) is followed by a buffet spread
(includes roasted honey baby ribs, leg of lamb with mint
sauce) to last partygoers till the stroke of midnight and
beyond. Porridge supper’s even provided after 12.30am,
when there’ll be a grand lucky draw and a DJ set.
45 Tanjong Rhu Road. Tel: 6342 3670
SOUTHWEST TAVERN
Westies, this one’s for you. This cowboy themed
restaurant’s challenge to you: eat and drink all you can (food
7-10.30pm, drinks 7-11.50pm). Feast on Beer Butt smoked
chicken, crackling pork roulade with pineapple salsa, honey
mustard lamb kebab with mint yoghurt, Australian marbled
sirloin with wild mushroom sauce, Louisiana seafood broil,
baked fresh Norwegian salmon, and more. Drinks: Erdinger
and Heineken draught, housepours, house red/white wine.
#01-33 TradeHub 21, 8 Boon Lay Way. Tel: 6515 4303
THE DINING ROOM
The Dining Room’s New Year’s Eve dinner buffet ($138++,
7-10.30pm) offers seafood on ice, pan-seared duck liver
with caramelised berry, araguani chocolate brownies with
lavender ganache and more. When you’re done, there’s still
time for a five-minute train ride to town for that swinging
countdown party.
Lobby Level Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road.
Tel: 6839 5621
THE
KITCHEN
TABLE
the
kitchen
table
Bring your
dancing shoes to
this buffet at this
whimsical family
restaurant. Six
live stations dole
out a la minute
platters. Head
for the raw bar which houses fresh shellfish and glistening
seafood, then go for the freshly steamed dim sum, crackling
wood-fired pizzas; and tantalising tandoori fare ($168++
non-alcoholic, 6-11pm). Grab a drink and adjourn to
WOOBAR after dinner for live music spanning all genres;
from jazz to fusion funk, to usher in 2015.
Level 1, W Singapore, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove.
Tel: 6808 7268
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
Exclusively for HSBC credit and debit cardholders:
15% OFF festive goodies
Valid till 25 December 2014. For orders, call 6885 3081 or email to mosin-festive@mohg.com. Offer is not valid for purchase of hampers.
Visit www.hsbc.com.sg/dining for more dining privileges.
d e s t i n a t i o n
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Caldwell House
Originally built for magistrate clerk
H.C. Caldwell in the 1840s, Caldwell
House was bought for 4,000 francs by
Father Jean-Marie Beurel for the Infant
Jesus Sisters in 1853. On 26 Oct 1990,
Caldwell House was gazetted with the
Gothic Chapel as National Monuments
under the Preservation of Monuments
Act. Today the restored building is an
art gallery.
Goin’ to the
chapel of love
If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare
sure nails it if he’s post-mortem-ly describing the
area centred on the newly revamped CHIJMES—also
comprising Raffles City shopping mall, Raffles Hotel
Shopping Arcade, and the lesser-known Odeon Towers;
this is a haven of dining and retail options in the proximity
of City Hall, Esplanade and Bras Basah MRT stations.
gothic chapel
Gothic Chapel/hall
Completed between 1902 and
1903, the chapel, along with the hall,
is a popular wedding venue and
photography location today. Gaze at
the high ceilings, flower and bird motifs,
grand chandeliers, and of course, the
gorgeous stained glass windows.
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Bar bites from as low as $5 (Tzatziki ginger chicken skewers), mains from an
affordable $20 (foie gras and wagyu beef rice). Grab a side for $9 (Earl Grey
cured salmon tartine) or $10 for umami truffle fries with real black truffle shavings.
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For great views, a pumping party and tipples at knee-shaking heights. Take the
express elevator for a smooth but ear-popping journey. A cover charge applies on
special nights, but otherwise, a drink in hand will suffice. Monday's the night for $15
martinis, Thursday for $10 housepours, or if you're driving, a $10 mocktail (before 9pm).
Chow includes pizzas from their wood-burning oven (from $30 for Margherita). Events: 24 Dec,
10pm-late for The Ultimate Christmas Party; 31 Dec, 10pm-late for the New Year's Eve Spectacular
Countdown Party ($50 nett). Wed-Thu 7pm-2am, Fri-Sat, eve of PH 7pm-3am, Sun & Tue 7pm-1am;
last Friday of the month 7pm-4am. Tel: 9177 7307
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Thaw out in this rainy weather with comforting Japanese-style hotpot. Literally
meaning "warm vegetables", go for the signature yasai platter ($9.90), or the
more premium Japanese Wagyu katarosu (chuck roll, $24.90). Daily 12pm11pm. Tel: 6336 4002
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Start with a chef's selection platter of the freshest ($36/6 pcs), then try them
steamed with white wine ($28/4 pcs), fried ($9/2 pcs), or grilled with four toppings
($28/4 pcs). There's also homemade sangria ($8.80/glass), a wine punch, for a
fruity nightcap. Daily 5pm-12am. Tel: 6332 6789
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Find your java respite at Dimbulah, or "long watering hole". Their roasted Arabica
coffee beans hail from Dimbulah Mountain Estate, in Tropical North Queensland.
All their cuppas are double ristrettos (from $4 for a short espresso). Go for '1664'
beer battered fish and chips ($18) or an Aussie steak pie ($6). Daily 7am-12am.
Tel: 6336 4700
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In her past life as a convent compound, CHIJMES housed an orphanage, schools,
dorms and a chapel. The site underwent redevelopment after 1983. Part of the
compound became SMRT's HQ; and the remaining complex was renamed
CHIJMES (reopened 1996)—after the convent's acronym (Convent of the Holy
Infant Jesus) and the peal of the tower bells. Its recent $45-million revamp saw
the lowering of its cloister walls along Victoria Street for more visibility, and the
addition of three corner entrances. Look out for the Lawn Market (6-7 Dec),
The Artisans & Craftsmen Market (14-15 Dec), an Exotic Asia X'mas Special at
CHIJMES (18-21 Dec), and of course, the NYE Countdown at CHIJMES (31 Dec).
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ODEON TOWERS
(331 NORTH BRIDGE ROAD)
Odeon Towers—for a chillax session on the roof
Overview
Mainly an office building, 23-storey high Odeon
Towers also has an extended two-storey retail
podium block. Look out for the reflecting pond,
punctuated with rocks, a green planter wall, and a
timber boardwalk just across the water feature.
Asia Grand Restaurant (#01-02/08)
Go for the good value and tasty Peking duck ($38,
limited to one per table), with crisp skin you can wrap
in egg rolls and a $10 top-up for fried rice after. Chefs
use the wok, claypot and bamboo steamer as a nod
to preserving Cantonese culture and tradition. MonSat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sun & PH
10am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. Tel: 68870010
HAN – Cuisine of Naniwa (#01-04)
Splurge on specialty Kushikatsu (from $18/3 sticks), or
skewers dipped in batter and panko (breadcrumbs) and
deep-fried. In the good hands of executive chef Seiichiro
Arakawa, try the Osaka sushi morikomi bento lunch set ($65),
or go all out for dinner with the Ohmi beef courses (from
$180, grade A4-7 and 8). Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm, 6-10pm.
Tel: 6336 2466
Loof (#03-07 Extension Rooftop)
Welcome to Odeon Towers' nightcap spot—the roof, or Loof.
Its playful and Singlish name suggests what's ahead: bar
food that's #SoSingaporean (Loof Flies $9, Babi-que Sliders
$16), and cocktails with a Southeast Asian spin (Bandung
Bloom $17, Ho Chi Mint $17). Make a trip to their version of
the Mama Shop for “I don’t friend you” books, coin-operated
kidult rides and old-school snacks. Events: 11 Dec, 8pm-12am
for Pops of the Top; 24 Dec, 9pm-late Christmas Eve party; 31
Dec, 9pm-2015 New Year's Eve countdown. Mon-Thu 5pm1am, Fri-Sat & eve of PH 5pm-3am. Tel: 6338 8035
RAFFLES HOTEL SHOPPING ARCADE
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Overview
Operated by the hotel: kopitiam-style Ah Teng’s Bakery (#01-09), and Long Bar
(#02-01), the birthplace of the Singapore Sling. The retail area houses over 35
international and regional fashion and designer stores, F&B, premium gift shops—
with the verdant grounds in sight to complete your leisurely afternoon experience.
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SunnyHills (#03-05)
These bite-sized pineapple cakes from Taiwan brand SunnyHills are a great addition to any
festive table. Till 26 Dec, Christmas gift sets are available in two sizes: $25/10 pcs and $50/20
pcs. Or get the limited edition version ($27) that comes with 10 pieces of tangy and buttery
pineapple cakes and a bottle of pineapple juice. Daily 11am-7pm. Tel: 8522 9605
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It’s a beautiful, classy showcase of the cameras from this reputed German brand. Take
your time in the Leica Gallery—admire the premium pieces and find out more from the
friendly staff. Prices upon request. Daily 10am-8pm. Tel: 6336 9555
Surrender (#02-31)
The stylish clothing store draws you in with its artisanal brands and high street labels. It's a
bit hipster too: graphic tees and jackets from Japanese brand Neighbourhood (crafted with
pride, yo!), footwear by Fujiwara Hiroshi x Nike, and HEAD PORTER Tokyo pouches. MonSat 12-8pm, Sun & PH 12-5pm. Tel: 6733 2130
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(252 NORTH BRIDGE ROAD)
Raffles City—where fashion, food, and a fountain meet
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Overview
The shopping mall is part of a 28-year-old complex that
also houses an office tower, a convention centre and two
hotels. New in: Boost Juice Bar (#B1-51, opened 30 Oct)
and premium ice cream stop AFE + BEA Nothing Ordinary
(#B1-68, opened end Nov).
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Fountain (Basement One)
Dine beside the leaping fountain at PODI (#B1-45) or choose
to sit around it and chow on bites from Epi D'or bakery (#B1-44),
Tsukiji Gindaco (#B1-54) and Tip Top (#B1-55).
NBC (#B1-22)
If you're looking for a giant Totoro plushie or an elusive Midori
notebook, NBC is the place to go. Packed with stationery and
gifts from Japan, it always has the latest San-X toys and a trove of
notebooks. Pick up a planner here for the new year! Tel: 6336 7466.
www.nbcstationerygifts.com
Das Erzgebirge-Haus (#03-27)
Great Christmas gift ideas galore in this traditional German wood craft
shop. Purchase a decorative nutcracker, an intricate Schwiboggen or arch
light, or a Yuletide music box. You’ll also find toys for the kids and Guardian
raffles city
market place
Angels for your desk. Tel: 6334 1920.
www.erzgebirgehaus.com
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert (#B1-79)
Apart from the eatery's HK wonton noodle, and mango
pomelo sago, grab their promotional items and new
dishes like plum sauce pork rib noodle ($7.50). Top up
$1.90 for lemongrass jelly with passion fruit and soursop
or almond paste, and steamed yam cake. Daily 11am10.30pm
Osaka Ohsho (#B1-75)
The gyoza specialist's pan-fried meat dumplings boast
elastic yet thin skin, and a balanced savoury filling of
minced pork ($3.90/6pcs). Must tries: mabo tofu &
double cooked pork ($14.90), fluffy Tenshin Han ($9.90,
a cross between mui fan and omu rice). Daily 11.30am9.45pm. Tel: 6338 5584
Raffles City Market Place (#B1-01/02)
The gourmet supermarket's just been re-launched with
more spacious layout. For desk lunch bentos ($6.50 for
Thai green chicken curry), salads (from $4.99), a "Food
of the World" aisle, and a "Wellness" corner (wholegrain pasta and gluten-free snacks). Cart home heirloom
tomatoes from France, rose garlic from Spain, and
choice cuts of U.S. beef. X'mas tipple pick: the limited
edition Rekordelig Premium Winter Cider ($7.70/500ml)
from Sweden. Daily 9am-11pm. Tel: 6336 2676
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Back to
our island
T’was the
evening
before
Christmas,
when up
on the
roof;
Santa and
Rudolph
arrived,
all belly
and
hooves.
Ho ho… oh? Our famous
tourists from the Arctic
Circle revisit Lau Pa Sat
Festival Market after its $4
million revamp.
Photography by Benjamin Soh/ Tay Yu Liang
World cuisine:
Costa Rican
chicken salad in
a fried tortilla
shell, or Krunchy
chalupas;
Vietnamese goi
cuon (fresh
spring rolls) and
Filipino lechón
(spit-roasted
meats). Slightly
squeamish but
tasty: chicken
liver Japanese
skewers and raw
squid viscera
with salt (dinner
menu only).
ding!!!
ding!!!
Hark now hear the
clock tower peal (every
15 minutes: the iconic
structure’s been fully
restored to its former
glory.)
"Teas from Betjeman and
Barton, and floral tau
huay! I can also pop by
The Little Flower Shop to
decorate my sleigh."
“The weather’s
so humid,
compared to
the North Pole;
cool down
with cake and
a latte to go.”
Osaka’s Delicius
Pasticceria uses
superior green
tea powder
from Uji, Kyoto.
!!!
With a few Indian vegetarian stalls
to choose from, veg-chomping
rudolph opts for big bites indeed.
Behold his Bombay Meal.
LAU PA SAT FESTIVAL MARKET (AKA TELOK AYER MARKET),
18 Raffles Quay
The bill
The total (4 pax): $49.90
➔ [NEW] Stall 6 Mamacitas (Halal): Krunchy chalupas
chicken set with avocado $8.90
➔ Stall 49/71 Mang Kiko’s Lechon: Roasted chicken &
pork combo meal $12
➔ [NEW] Stall 55 Azmaya Yakitori Teppan: chicken liver
skewer $2.50, raw squid viscera $5
➔ Stall 22 Sunny Viet: fresh spring rolls $5
➔ Stall 64 Big Bites (vegetarian): Bombay Meal $6
➔ [NEW] Stall 25-27 Delicius Pasticceria: Iced matcha latte
$6.50, Matcha azuki cream roll $4/slice
The score
➔ Food
➔ Ambience
➔ Value
THE VerdicT
➔ Slightly expensive; but the
centrally located iconic food
court has a good range of
cuisines, from local to the more
exotic. The night-only Satay Club
takes over the road from 7pm-3am.
A one-stop location for tourists.
Have a favourite hawker hunt? Talk to us at [bites.editorial@magsint.com]
*BiTES dined incognito and paid for our own meaL
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Last stop,
the nighttime satay
street:
“Pakcik! One
dozen satay,
tapau for
the road!”
so heavy,
so happy.
HO HO
MERRY
CHRISTMAS!
t h e
d r i n k
t a n k
Christmas
in a bottle
What’s a celebration without some tipple? these festive drinks
from all over the world will add pizzazz to your party, be it a
hearty turkey meal or a canapé gathering.
By Lim Si Hui
GLÖGG SAFFRANSSMAK
Origin: Sweden
Price: $20 (500ml)
Alcohol content: 15%
Glogg comes from “gloedga”,
the Swedish word for heat. This
mulled white wine with saffron is a
traditional Christmas drink, often
enhanced with spices like cinnamon
and ginger to give it its rich smell.
Serve it cold as an aperitif at parties,
or warm it up and add some raisins
and chopped almonds on a windy
(or air-conditioned!) night. IKEA, 60
Tampines North Drive 2.
Tel: 6786 6868
BOLS ADVOCAAT
Origin: The Netherlands
Price: $47 (750ml)
Alcohol content: 15%
A more liquid version of the
traditional dessert-ready Dutch
eggnog, advocaat is made from
pure egg yolks, giving it a rich,
sweet taste and creamy aroma with
a hint of alcohol and vanilla. For an
easy cocktail, add Advocaat and
cold lemonade in equal parts with
an ice cube to make a Snowball;
garnish with a slice of lemon.
www.liquorbar.sg
INSIGNA DEL SAZ BRUT
NATURE CAVA
Origin: Spain
Price: $28.80 (U.P. $36)
Alcohol content: 11.5%
Made from Chardonnay and
Macabeo grapes, this pale yellow
wine exudes clean aromas of white
fruit and laurel; you’d think it was
champagne—at less than half the
price. Zesty with slow bubbles, it
can be served at 6-7°C alongside
white meat, or goat cheese.
Vin Atelier, #B1-11 Thomson V Two,
11 Sin Ming Road. Tel: 9368 7730
PORTAL LBV PORT 2008
Origin: Portugal
Price: $72 (750ml)
Alcohol content: 20%
We won’t be snuggling in front of a
fireside with a glass of port, but this
fetching bottle makes us wish we
could. With a floral aroma of ripened
red fruits and chocolate, and a hint
of spices, the sweet treat goes down
smoothly. If you’re getting classy,
serve this deep ruby-coloured port at
16-18°C, decanted, and pair with red
meat dishes or chocolate desserts.
www.colheitas.com
REKORDELIG PREMIUM
WINTER CIDER
Origin: Sweden
Price: $7.70 (500ml)
Alcohol content: 4%
This special winter edition cider is
a Swedish favourite as well. Enjoy it
during an alfresco lunch—its infusion
of apple, vanilla and cinnamon make
it perfect for a summer Christmas.
Warm it up and add an orange slice
to serve as a mulled cider, or pour it
over ice for a light sparkler. Raffles
City Market Place, #B1-75 Raffles
City, 252 North Bridge Road
KRONENBOURG BLANC
Origin: France
Price: $4.95 (330ml)
Alcohol content: 5%
Give your Christmas luncheon an
elegant touch with this modern wheat
beer, light in alcohol an d packaged
in a classy blue bottle. Like a breath of
fresh air, it has a sweet and refreshing
taste that differs from other white
beers, with the aroma of citrus and
coriander spice. Brewed in Alsace,
this slightly hoppy beer goes great
with salads, seafood, and tangy
cheeses. NTUC FairPrice, #B1-09
Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2
MIWAKUNO YUZU / ICHIGO
Origin: Japan
Price: $34 (Yuzu, 500ml) / $39
(Ichigo, 500ml)
Alcohol content: 7%
Kanpai to Christmas in the tropics!
These light Maruishi Brewery sakes
are made from yuzu from the Ehime
prefecture and strawberries from the
Aichi prefecture respectively. With
a refreshing and smooth finish, they
can be drank straight, on the rocks,
or mixed with soda for a fun bubbly
texture. Ippin Café Bar, #01-01 18
Mohamed Sultan Road.
Tel: 6733 4794
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s u p e r m a r k e t
s l e u t h
A tale of
two turkeys
‘Tis the season for juicy, roasted turkey—but where to buy?
We check out two supermarket fowls and suss out what to
do with leftovers
By Lim Si Hui, Photography by Tay Yu Liang
Top
Turkey
Tips
• Have warmed
FairPrice
Roast
Rosemary
Turkey Set
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$55.90, serves 4-6 pax
3.5-4.5kg before roasting
Pre-orders end 20 Dec,
and must be placed 3 days
in advanced in-store or
online.
While the healthy white breast
meat was a little dry, the dark
meat on the bottom half of the
turkey was juicy and tender;
however, this turkey lost points
on its not-quite-crispy skin.
Verdict:
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•
Chicken Chestnut
Stuffing (400g)
With the looks of chicken ham and
the taste of comfort food, this goes
down well with the gourmet sauce.
Gourmet Sauce (300g)
Gave a peppery kick to the
turkey and stuffing, but did
not taste significantly fragrant
for a Christmas gravy.
chicken stock on
hand: Brush a
dry turkey with it
before carving,
or dredge carved
turkey pieces in it
before serving to
moisten them up.
To warm up sliced
turkey without
drying it out, heat
in the oven in a
casserole dish
of chicken stock,
covered with
aluminium foil, for
10 minutes.
Rochester
Market
Roast
Turkey
•
•
•
Turkey Gravy
Rich and savoury, although
it might be on the salty side
for the health-conscious.
$59 uncooked, $99 cooked, serves 5-7
pax
4-5 kg before roasting
Available in other sizes at various prices,
or in sets with other meats.
Sage & Onion Stuffing
$25 A LA CARTE
While filling, this stuffing was
a little bland and could use
more seasoning.
Most of the turkey—save some breast meat—
was moist, and the thigh meat was particularly
tender; the highlight of this turkey is its skin,
which is crispy and well-seasoned, even beating
out some takeaway turkeys from high end hotels.
Verdict:
Cookin' up
some bites
BOXING DAY leftoveRS
Boil the carcass for soup
stock to use in porridge
and stews
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Slice up breast meat
thinly to make healthy
rice paper spring rolls
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Gather the scraps to put
together into a pot pie or
a baked stew
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COPPER SUGAR
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If you’re worried that you’re
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THERMOS SHUTTLE CHEF
If you haven’t been participating in Earth
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SLICESY
Make your life easier with an array of graters
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SliceSy. Need sliced potatoes for a gratin?
Done. Need chunky vegetables for a soup?
Done. Grated cheese, sliced apples, pizza
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$250 (3L), $290 (4.5L) from Isetan,
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Tel: 6733 7777
$199 from Live Kitchen by mayer, #02-25
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Tel: 6838 4079
BOSCH COMPACT KITCHEN MACHINE
Whirl it up with the mixer of many talents:
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food with just one mixing system to prepare
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$299 (U.P. $439) till 25th January 2015 from
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We can’t promise that
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$169-$239 per knife
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ZOJIRUSHI BREAD MAKER
Nothing says home like the smell of freshly baked
bread in the morning, and this mini machine helps
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buttons, and voila! The possibilities are endless:
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es
it
last
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A matter
of taste
After 365 days of feasting, we look back
fondly upon some of our favourite
flavour combinations that surprised,
soothed and delighted the palate.
Pe n ny Ho
k
...grilled por
o
with pota t
sa la d from
Ootoya . T he
smoky mea t
t
ba la n ces ou
t he s w e e t
sa la d!
Meredith Woo
...Savan na Dark fr
om Beer
Fest 2 014 with an
ad
sa lted swee t-sour ded
pr
plum, to ba la nce th eserved
e
bitterness from th
e hops.
+ Kerala vege ta ble
is
from SAHA Signa tu te w
re In dian
R esta uran t & Terr
ace Bar
done in an espuma
with citrus
pudding.
June Lee
...oolong tea leaves fused with
sea salt and milk in an iced tea
latter. The earthy tea leaves
and sweet milk are both enhanced
by salt! + A decadent smoked uni
carbonara with onsen egg crayfish
and truffle soil from NUVO.
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Merry
Christmas
and a Happy
New Year
from BiTES!
Benjamin Soh
...salted egg crab
with curry leaves
from Roland
Restaurant; I
discovered the
flavour this year
and fell in love!
C herin Ong twurst
a
...Germa n br sta rd!
u
with swee t m juicy,
d
Sa voury a n f hea t.
o
with a tinge
Lim Si Hui
...foie gra s with apple compote
from Restauran t SELA. The
compote sweete ns the rich duck
liver as it melts in your mouth.
+ Cockles wra pped in mint and
dipped in lime, pepper and salt
from Mrs Pho; a refreshing tak e
on sea food.
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