Monti Sunday Brunch – Unlimited brunch ala-carte style, eat until you drop!

Catalunya at Fullerton Pavilion which opened to much fanfare a couple of years back has closed, and in its place is now Monti by the 1-Group, which also houses other lifestyle brands such as 1-Altitude, 1-Rochester, UNA, 1-University, The Garage, The Summerhouse and 1-Host. Catalunya was sensational, not just because of the amazing food, but also because of the exuberant atmosphere. I was quite sad to hear that it had closed actually! You have to read my review of Catalunya here as well as watch the video where they deliberately smash plates onto the floor! So I was curious to know if Monti would live up to the high standards that Catalunya had set.

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I had the opportunity to check out Monti’s Sunday Brunch which is an Italian-style ala-carte buffet featuring the 1st ever Amp your Mojito and make your own Bloody Mary drinks booth.

Monti Sunday Brunch - Frutti di Mare (1)

When you first arrive, a humongous seafood platter will greet you, comprising all the goodies of the sea, aka Alaskan king crab, tiger prawns, tuna tataki, salmon sashimi, fine de Claire oyster, mussels and clams. The menu says that the seafood platter is limited to 1 per table, however you can still order more oysters, tuna tataki, tiger prawns and salmon, so really the only big ticket item that you can’t have refills is the Alaskan king crab.

Monti Sunday Brunch - Eggs Benedict (2)

Eggs Benedict

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What to eat at Sentosa – Did you know there are over 120 F&B outlets to choose from?

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When you think of Sentosa, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Beach fun? Island adventure? Resorts World Sentosa? Sentosa may be known as “The State of Fun”, but did you know that Sentosa is also the state of food? There are more than 120 F&B outlets in Sentosa, ranging from cafes to beach bars, and all the way to fine-dining restaurants. The options are so varied – you can dine in an underwater aquarium or as high as up in the sky!

I love dining out, so I’ve been to a fair number of restaurants in Sentosa over the years. Some of my favourite outlets include ilLido at the Cliff for its fine-dining atmosphere, Avenue Joffre for its unique dim sum dishes and fabulous roast meats, The Knolls for a lazy afternoon tea, and Coastes for breezy beachside dining.

However, when I came across the above video on the F&B options available on Sentosa, I was pleasantly surprised to know that I was missing out on a plethora of food gems all around Sentosa. With this number of F&B options, an entire year’s worth of weekend meals would not even be enough for me to completely cover what Sentosa has to offer.

Check out Sentosa’s webpage on dining options and you will be bowled over by the choices available. You can use the filter options (such as beach dining, buffets, vegetarian, halal food etc) to whittle down the available outlets. I find it very useful to sort by zone as well. For example, if you’re going to be in Resorts World Sentosa for a conference and do not want to venture too far, you can check for all the available F&B options in that zone, and you’ll know where exactly to have your morning coffee, business lunch, afternoon snack and business dinner.


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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy staycation – Giveaway coming up!

*Staycation giveaway on my Facebook!*

As mentioned in my previous Breez Bistro Bar article, most hotels are located in the shopping or business districts of Singapore, but once in a while, you find a hotel located in the “suburbs”. One such hotel is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. The Katong neighbourhood is no ordinary neighbourhood, it boasts a long Peranakan history of which I shall not delve into in this article.

We had the pleasure of staying at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in a Business Suite for one night to check out its facilities as well as food. We also had access to the club lounge, which is always a treat as then there is really no need at all to step out of the hotel! Scroll down to read more about our staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy as well as to see the pictures.

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Doesn’t it look like we’re in the living room of a house?

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What to eat at East Coast Park?

East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s most famous parks thanks to its location, its scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km and the multitude of activities that can be enjoyed there such as BBQing, camping, cycling and dining by the seaside. Did you know that more than 7 million people visit East Coast Park a year?

If you haven’t visited East Coast Park in a while, you may be interested to know that it has undergone a number of changes in the past few years.

  1. Parkland Green – The old golfing range has been turned into Parkland Green, a dining enclave with a huge lawn for activities. (Opened in late 2014)
  2. Marine Cove – Also known as the area where McDonalds is located. It has finally been renovated and now boasts 5 eateries plus a huge children’s playground. (Reopened in mid 2016)
  3. Seafood Centre – There are non-seafood centric eateries here, namely halal restaurant Enak Enak Hong Kong Teahouse!
  4. Big Splash – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment
  5. Raintree Cove (Where Burger King used to be) – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment
  6. GoldKist (Chalets) – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment

So…. the key question is, what is there to eat at East Coast Park, aside from the Hawker Centre near the East Coast lagoon? Scroll down to find out more! The eateries are arranged by location, from nearest to town and then heading east. Note the carpark area, to make wayfinding easier. Scroll to the end for the Google map of East Coast Park.

Parkland Green – Area C1

(1920 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449875)

  1. Sandbank
  2. Atmosphere Bistro
  3. Full Pint Brewery
  4. Patro’s Sports Bar & Restaurant 
  5. Starbucks Coffee
  6. Bakery & Bar ST MARC
  7. Kebab Station
  8. Killiney Kopitiam
Marine Cove – Area C2

(1000 East Coast Parkway, Marine Cove, Singapore 449876)

  1. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  2. Babalicious
  3. Hill Street Coffeeshop
  4. My Briyani House
  5. McDonald’s
Georges @ ECP – Area C3

1010 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Park, Carpark C3, Singapore 449892

New Zealand Natural – Area C3

1010 A East Coast Parkway, Area C3, #01-K8, Singapore 449894 

Seafood Centre – Area E1

(Blk 1202/1204 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Seafood Centre Singapore 449883)

  1. Enak Enak Hong Kong Teahouse
  2. Ubin First Stop Restaurant
  3. Rong Heng Seafood Restaurant
  4. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
  5. Jumbo Seafood
Coastal Rhythm Cafe & BarArea E1 (At the Cable Ski Park)

1206A East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon, Singapore 449891

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Breez Bistro Bar (Grand Mercure Roxy) – Cosy neighbourhood restaurant with pool view

You seldom find hotels in neighbourhood locations in Singapore, and naturally so because most tourists would tend to prefer to stay in the city centre where the action is, or in the business districts. Interestingly, there are a number of hotels in the Marine Parade / Katong area, since decades ago. This is probably because prior to the land reclamation done, the Katong area was sea-facing and so it would be quite natural to have seaside hotels facing the waters. The coast has since moved further away but thanks to the resurgence in interest in the Peranakan culture (my guess), hotels deem it fit to still locate themselves in this heritage area. Now Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express Katong also call themselves home a stone’s throw away from Grand Mercure. 

So, if you are in the Marine Parade / Katong area, or after shopping at I12 Katong or Parkway Parade, and thinking of simply eating at the mall again, you just might be interested to know that there’s a cosy restaurant bistro bar tucked inside Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel with relaxing pool views, for your consideration. People tend to be more familiar with Grand Mercure’s bigger restaurants (such as Feast @ East buffet restaurant and Jia Wei Restaurant), so this little bistro is a fantastic hideaway. You’ll have to snag the al-fresco seats or the indoor seats right next to the entrance, if you want the pool views though.

Breez Bistro Bar - Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18 (2)

 Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18

Nothing like a icy cold drink to help you relax.

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