Archive for July 3rd, 2010

Hotel Intercontinental Weekend High Tea

I think everyone can tell by now that I just love going for afternoon tea and discovering new cafes. One of the afternoon high teas I like is at Hotel Intercontinental’s lobby. It is quite similar to the Rose Verandah at The Shangri-La Hotel and L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel in that it focuses on Western afternoon tea items.

Those who like a huge spread will not like these places, but the novelty of dining in such places is that the setting makes you feel so relaxed, as if you are not in Singapore. If you’ve been to Hotel Intercontinental, you will know that most of the seats are the sofa type, so it was great to be able to lounge on the sofa nibbling away. Between the 2 of us, we had 2 huge sofas plus 2 arm chairs. I sat on each one throughout the course of the high tea. Hee hee!

HotelIntercontinental Afternoon tea items

HotelIntercontinental afternoon tea items Free flow of lamb chops was reason enough for the Partner to give the thumbs up to Hotel Intercontinental. As for me, I think I emptied half the tureen of asparagus cooked in cheese.

HotelIntercontinental jam donut with more jam

Jam donut with 2 scones Two types of scones (1 fruit scone and 1 plain scone), plus sugar jam donuts.

HotelIntercontinental made to order sandwichesI think the made to order sandwiches will surely please. I haven’t seen that at any other afternoon tea buffet that I’ve been to. They have a whole selection of condiments like smoked meats, smoked salmon, ham, cucumbers, pickles, caviar cream and a whole lot more I can’t remember now.

HotelIntercontinental chef

Just tell the chef what you want and the type of bread and they will prepare the sandwiches for you.

HotelIntercontinental hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate Free flow of premium coffees, teas and hot chocolate.

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Read about my reviews on other excellent Afternoon Tea places in Singapore

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Fullerton Hotel The Courtyard

L’Espresso at The Goodwood Park Hotel

Check out 365days2play’s review on where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

InterContinental Singapore

80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6338 7600, Fax: +65 6338 7366
E-mail:
singapore@interconti.com

Palm Beach @ One Fullerton

It was a nigh of feasting yesterday. Even the prospect of rainy weather could not quell the inner greed in us. It was CRABS night and CRABS we were going to get never mind the crabby weather!

A colleague displayed her charm, and got us a table in the restaurant at 7pm even though our reservation was for 8pm. I relinquished the task of ordering to the experts and diligently waited for the food to arrive.

PalmBeach Fried Crunchy Octopi

The first dish that arrived looked like a cross between fried worms and sticky tentacles. I bet the look of this dish would even scare off Andrew Zimmern. But I knew what it was so I gladly chomped down on the fried baby octopus. The sticky sweet sauce paired very well with the crunchiness of the baby octopus.

PalmBeach Dough Fritter stuffed with seafood pasteNext, we had fried youtiao (dough fritters) stuffed with seafood paste.

PalmBeach prawns in herbal soup

Fresh prawns cooked in herbal soup

PalmBeach salted egg yolk crab

Then the highlight of the evening arrived. Salted Egg Crab!!! All those bits of yellow things piled on the crab are the salted egg. Crab itself is already delicious, but together with salted egg? It just brings you a few steps closer to heaven. I hate to say this, and all cardiologists better turn away, but I wish there was more salted egg yolk and more salt in the egg yolk!!! I can imagine just feasting on this entire crab all by myself, but I had to be polite and share. Oh dear lord this is why it brings you a few steps closer to heaven.

PalmBeach crab claw I had a nice pincer to myself, but I think if you are not afraid of a heart attack, the bestest part is the shell, which is filled with all the crab roe.

Palm Beach crab in bee hoon soup

Then we had another crab dish, crab bee hoon. They served us each a bowl of bee hoon in delicious crab broth, with the crabs placed on another platter. We didn’t manage to order the Chilli crab with fried mantou, which is another of my favourite. The best part is of course tearing a part the fried mantou and using that to scoop up all the spicy chilli eggy sauce. SLURP!!!

PalmBeach Kang Kong To make sure the sin was lessened (ya right!), we ordered some fried kang kong vegetables, delicious in its own right as well.

Red Ruby with Pomelo dessert

And finally dessert. I chose some cold pomelo dessert with red rubies and green jewels. They have hot deserts too.

Pickles and Fried Fish

The pickles and fried fish while you wait for everybody to arrive

PalmBeach Bib with cute crab logoOh ask for a bib so you don’t splatter all over yourself.

Which is your favourite seafood restaurant?

Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant

1 Fullerton Road
#01-09 One Fullerton
Singapore 049213
Tel: +65 6336 8118
Fax: +65 6338 6278

http://www.palmbeachseafood.com

Overeasy Overcrowded!

I really am a night person. Despite sleeping only 6 hours yesterday, and pretty much that for the last 1 week, I still have the energy to stay up late. I even mopped the floor just 10 minutes ago! (It’s 2 am now btw) Waking up early is a huge problem for me, but sleeping late is no problem at all, which is so weird because you would think that if you’re tired in the morning, then you remain tired all day and want an early night. Or maybe it’s due to the exciting night I just had.

Was over at Overeasy at One Fullerton for the Brazil versus Netherlands match. We didn’t manage to reserve a table even though we tried calling all day today. As expected, it was packed to the gills and then some. There was a huge screen erected right in the middle of the Al Fresco area. The lucky ones had seats, but many more were standing along the walkway, even the non-customers.

We went inside, and an amazing thing happened! A portion of Overeasy was cordoned off for a private party. But we didn’t know that at first so we walked straight in. And right at the end there was another TV screen so we headed for that and plopped ourselves on some seats right smack in front of the TV. At this point I realised that we had barged into some company’s football function! It was an Indian company so it was so strange that here were 4 Chinese women plus 2 ang mohs sitting in the prime spot as if nothing weird was going on. One of the ang mohs with us is a Dutch and his patriotism must have given him the courage to lead the way.

Nobody said anything and I was privately giggling to myself the entire 1st half of the match. I felt like taking photos just to prove that this really happened but then I might be identified! While we were walking in, some of the people from this company even smiled at us! I think if we had ordered drinks, they would have been billed to the company!

At half time, we quietly left, and found a table in the public indoor section of Overeasy, but it was not easy to see the match. So after a while, we gravitated outside to the big screen again. It was very fun watching the match outside. Every time there was a target shot, everyone would be shouting along, even if you couldn’t see what was happening.

There’s only 1 more week of World Cup left. And probably every establishment will be crowded like hell during the match hours now that it’s nearing the finals. The best bet, if you want to get a good spot, is to go to a place where there are many pubs and restaurants with TV screens. Then if 1 pub is too crowded, you can move on to the next. Overeasy was nice, but it is the only establishment at One Fullerton showing the World Cup. I still say your best bet would be to go to Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay or Chijmes.

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