Archive for August, 2011

Paulaner Bräuhaus

I am quite lost when it comes to choosing a place to eat when in a shopping centre. I love keeping tabs on the restaurant and cafe scene, and most of the times, all the interesting restaurants that I want to try are located off the beaten track. Another reason why dining in a mall doesn’t catch my fancy is that the queues are horrendous! Come at 7pm on a Friday or a weekend and you’re almost guaranteed a half hour wait, which totally sux when you’re already famished.

Which was why I was rather apprehensive yesterday during a movie outing with several colleagues. We were supposed to watch Horrible Bosses at GV Marina and there was some vague idea of dining at Victoria Peak at the Suntec Convention Centre but no reservation was made. As expected, a last minute suggestion popped up, which was to go to Paulaner Brauhaus. It proved to be a pretty good suggestion because I haven’t been to Paulaners in like 6 years or something. I don’t know if my colleague enjoyed herself though, cuz she maintains a vegetarian diet on the 15th of every month…

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It was very crowded on the 1st floor, but almost empty on the 2nd floor (pictured above) which houses the restaurant. It seems hardly anyone knows that there is a restaurant section on the 2nd and 3rd floor! People! Paulaners serves proper meals upstairs, and not just bar food! The bar menu does have some meal sounding things, but go upstairs and you will get the full menu.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Light Lager

It was Sunday and from about 5-8pm they have a 1 for 1 drink. I ordered the 0.3litre light lager $13. With beer, I don’t know enough to describe the intricacies of the taste. I just know that I liked it and i finished about 1 and a half glasses.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Complimentary Bread

Generous amount of warm complimentary bread, with pate and butter. Our main dish arrived soon after so I was forced to discard the bread and attempt to conquer the main dish.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Meatpile

This is what I call the MEAT PILE. Ok they obviously called it a more refined German Platter, but seriously, I think MEAT PILE is a more apt description! When the 2 guys saw the amount of meat on the plate, their eyes glistened and the savage side of them emerged. Throughout the entire meal, they kept gushing about how happy they felt looking and devouring all the meat. And it is seriously a lot of meat. Each pax is charged $29.90 and you need a minimum of 2 pax. The amount here is a 2 pax order, but 2 guys and 1 girl could not finish all of this meat! I suppose if we hadn’t drunk the beer, the 3 of us might just have been able to conquer this.

Check out the knife waving in the background. Someone was going to spear me if I didn’t hurry up with the photo taking!

Meat pile close up

Here’s a close up of the meat pile. I liked the oozy cheese sausage at the bottom of the picture, and definitely the roast pork knuckle. You can choose to have boiled knuckle, but I say go for the roasted one (not that I’ve tried the boiled one but do I really need to advise you on this?). I didn’t like the meatloaf, it felt too smooth and processed, and totally unlike the NZ meatloaf I am familiar with that is chock full of detectable vegetable and meat bits. The sauerkraut was also so so, not pungent enough for me! When ordering this, just throw your diet out the window and just enjoy the crunchy roast pork knuckle fats. Think of it as collagen, good for the skin! Oh, mashed potato was served, but largely ignored for obvious reasons.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Pizza

My other colleague ordered this pizza for $17, the one on the vegetarian diet. But she only managed to finish 3 pieces. Definitely not the authentic Italian pizza that I like. The yellow bits are peaches or apricots, which is an interesting change. I wonder if this is a German version of pizza. Seriously I don’t know how she managed to sit through the entire meal watching us wolf down the meat pile.

Paulaner Brauhaus

All in all, it was a very fun meal. Meat pile coupled with beer tends to lower the inhibitions of others. I might actually order the roast pork knuckle on its own the next time and not have to share all the crispy bits with other crispy bit loving people.

Go on a Sunday evening to get 1 for 1 beers, and bring your Citibank or Amex card for 15% discount on food! And don’t forget to leave your diet at home!

Paulaner Brauhaus

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-01 Millenia Walk
039596 Singapore
+65 6883 2572
+65 6883 0702
Opening Hours
BAR:
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Sun-Thu: 12pm-1am ; Fri-Sat & Eve of P.H.: 12pm-2am
RESTAURANT:
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Dinner (Mon-Sun & P.H.): 6.30pm-10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm

http://www.paulaner-brauhaus.com

Vineyard @ HortPark – Part 2

As I was saying, my friend and I had a lovely time dining at Vineyard. I called a few days earlier to make reservations and was told that the indoor seating was fully taken! We had to sit at the Patio, but I have no regrets about that since that gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sunset as well as be out in the open. There weren’t any fans or anything, but since it was night, it wasn’t hot at all.

Unfortunately, the dumb thing about sitting outside is that while I got some really good fotos of the sunset, it was pitch dark by the time my mains arrived! Pictures tagged with 365days2play are mine, the rest of the photos are courtesy of Vineyard.

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Make sure you come before it’s dark so that you can walk around for a bit and take photos!

See pictures of sunset at HortPark

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I love these rocking chairs! Different view, different seating! The tables are a little low for the rocking chairs, but that’s the price to pay if you want to sit outside. The kids at the next table sure loved it. Speaking of kids, Vineyard does have a kids play area behind the restaurant.

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Snap snap snap, just can’t resist when you’re in such nice surroundings.

Vineyard @ HortPark - Mushroom Soup

Forest Mushroom Soup $10 – It has a very strong smell, almost pungent even. Luckily taste wise, the soup was pretty good and full of mushroom flavour.

Vineyard @ HortPark - Prawn cakes

Lemongrass Prawncakes with Green Papaya Salad $12 – 4 prawncakes. They looked really delicious when served, and I love the crispy exterior. However, I felt the prawn cakes were kind of lacking in prawn flavour. Felt as if the prawn cakes had more flour filler than prawn.

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The interior of Vineyard, a totally different vibe as compared to sitting out at the Patio

~~ Photos below are from Vineyard ~~

Oven Roasted Game Hen, Roasted Potatos, Rosemary Gravy

Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hen, Roasted Potatoes, Rosemary Gravy $26 – You get 2 pieces of meat (1 thigh and one breast meat). Game hen is obviously tougher than the usual type of chicken, but has more flavour. I am very fussy with chicken and I don’t eat breast meat, so I only enjoyed half the meal. The thigh was delicious and bursting with flavour, wish it wasn’t so small! My friend helped me to polish off the breast meat.

From the picture above, you can see 2 bones sticking out, which is why the staff also mistakenly told me that 2 thighs were served, when in fact it is only 1.

Pizza Group Shot

Wild Picked mushrooms with australian aged brie & Smoked Bacon $20 – We ordered this pizza, believe that’s the one right at the back of the photo. Surprisingly, we loved the pizza! Having tried really good Italian pizzas in Singapore, I’ve come to conclude that one can only get good pizza at a good Italian restaurant. I’m glad to report, Vineyard’s pizza is pretty good too! Loved the floppy and moist texture of the pizza. Loved the toppings and the smoked bacon! Definitely a must order!

Chef's Selection of Cheese Board, Crackers, Balsamic Reduction, Dried Fruits-tile Pizza Group Shot-horz New Zealand Fresh Mussels in Bianco Broth, Basil Coulis-horz Oven Roasted Wild Snapper with Seasonal Vegetables, Lemon Caper Noisette-horz Brunch Shot-tile

Those pancakes look decadent!!

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There’s a little play area for the kids at the back of the restaurant

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Looks posh, but Vineyard doesn’t impose a dress code.

More information on Vineyard

Vineyard is inspired and has been designed around the location and aims to suit many different customer groups, catering to parkgoers, execs and the more typical diners via a varied menu of Thai, Italian and French specialties.

As a wine bar, Vineyard carries about 100 labels of wine that are priced very affordably (ranging from $40-99) To encourage wine drinking at our venue, especially along the beautiful al fresco patio, they have comfortable low chairs and rocking chairs for lounging and also bar snacks menu for lighter bites.

The restaurant also caters to families and children by demarcating a Children’s Play Corner during the day with Mini Archery, Drawing and Mini Bowling.

On going promotions :-

1) Set Lunch @ $22++

    Valid on Weekdays (Mon – Fri excl. Eve of PH & PH)

2) Family Set Meals @ $40++

    Choice of a 3 course set meal from a special menu

3) One child per paying adult dines free when ordering from the Kid’s Menu

See pictures of sunset at HortPark

Vineyard at HortPark

ADDRESS : 33 Hyderabad Road HortPark Singapore (119578)
TEL : + 65 6479 7977

NDP 2011!

Hope you all had a good National Day holiday! I spent mine catching up on work, urgh! Had 2 tickets for the 9th August NDP but I gave them to my parents instead. Here are some pictures I took from the NDP Preview a week ago that I did manage to attend.

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Happy Birthday Singapore!

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Sunset at HortPark

After a gruelling Saturday back in the office, I rewarded myself with a dinner at the newly opened Vineyard restaurant that is located within HortPark. I’ve been to HortPark several times in the last few years. It is like a mini botanic gardens. I don’t really know how they make money, and it seems that the plant shop has since closed down. Nevertheless, it’s still a nice place to go to especially in the evenings.

While waiting for our meal to be served, we got to enjoy a wonderful sunset directly from our seats. I can imagine how much more breathtaking it must look if we were up on top of a hill. Isn’t it amazing that the sky can display such colour and vividness in a span of only 5 minutes? You have to get the timing just right, miss the sweet spot and the show’s over.

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Al fresco seating area. Definitely worth sitting outside for. It wasn’t that hot either with the night breeze.

NDP 2011 Fireworks!

Was privileged to be able to obtain 2 tickets to the National Day Parade 2011 preview last Saturday. Even though I’ve been to the NDP quite a number of times, and I was actually fretting about whether to drag myself there again that day, I totally enjoyed myself at the Preview held at the Marina Bay floating platform. The atmosphere was electrifying! I took so many photos, especially of the fireworks, which is definitely my favourite segment!! Here’s a quick montage of the fireworks while I cobble together the rest of the photos.

 

Happy 46th Birthday Singapore!

Fireworks Montage

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