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Bosch @ Savour 2012

*Media Invite*

Before I begin the post proper, I just want to say that the highlight of the event was to be escorted under a huge 6 man umbrella by a cute umbrella bearer during the torrential downpour. What a sight indeed. At first, it was just me, Hazel from Ai Makan and Sherie of Maameemoomoo together with the umbrella. Half-way to the VIP booth, we acquired 2 stowaways, who just as mysteriously disappeared before we even reached our booth. Scroll right to the end for photos.

OKAYYY, on to the event itself. As the official home appliance sponsor of SAVOUR 2012, Bosch invited old media as well as new media to experience Bosch’s best-in- class induction hobs, elite built-in ovens, versatile kitchen machines and a range of cooking appliances during a “Face Off” cooking experience with Bosch star chefs. The 2 star chefs of the day were Chef John See, who previously worked as the Chief Chef to former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, as well as Chef Claudio Sandri, who currently helms the kitchen at Brasserie Wolf.

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (16) For the record, I liked the brown fried rice done by Chef John See.

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (17)

While waiting for the chefs to do their thing, we indulged ourselves in the delicious canapés provided. I love canapés, not least because they look so dainty and tasty! If there are so many dim sum restaurants around, why aren’t there restaurants focussing on just canapés?

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (3) Closer look…

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (25) Bosch Savour 2012 Event (8) Even otah can look so atas when put in the right hands!

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (20) Scallops

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (14) A mixologist getting our drinks ready

Bosch Savour 2012 Event (23) Hazel of Ai Makan posing with the refreshing minty concoction that kinda resembles plants growing out of the glass.

Bosch Savour 2012 Event

The perks of being Bosch’s VIP guest was that we got to raid the VIP tent! After walking through the torrential downpour, I wasn’t all that keen on the free flow of champagne so I just opted for a cappuccino. There were lots of canapés to choose from. We were told they were all air flown in from France, but actually, we agreed that most of the canapés tasted weird. No idea why. There was however, 1 item which was fantastic beyond words, and that was the chocolate treat above. Top layer of chocolate ganache like jelly followed by another chocolate layer that has a mousse flavour but not texture, and finally at the bottom, chocolate crispy base. Decadence! I had 3 to myself. Pity there’s no way to buy this …

VIP Booth at Savour 2012 (2) 

VIP Booth at Savour 2012 (3) 

Savour 2012 Umbrella Bearer (2)

Savour 2012 Umbrella Bearer And this is the 6 man umbrella I was talking about. Sherie of Mameemoomoo trying to help the guy hold up the umbrella.

Savour 2012

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store at this year’s Savour 2012 held at the F1 Pit Stop. I got a chance to visit Savour courtesy of Bosch, and I’ll blog about that in the following post. In the mean time, enjoy the pictures! I believe tickets have to be bought on site now that the event has started.

Go early and remember to wear comfortable footwear because there will be a lot of walking! Bring an umbrella too! I had to walk in a poncho under the torrential rain today as I happened to be stuck in a standalone individual tent! Come hungry! Lots to sample!

http://www.savour.sg

Savour 2012 (2) Iberico Ham! Free tastings! The guy looks quite happy to take charge of that leg of ham.

Savour 2012 (3) I wish I could wheel one of these back home.

Savour 2012 (6)

All these fresh produce are from MarketPlace 360.

Savour 2012 (7)  Scones and the Rodda Clotted Cream

Savour 2012 (8)

Savour 2012 (10)

How to be a better home Barista workshop

Savour 2012 (11)   How to take better food photography workshop

Savour 2012 (12)

How to place your light filters and camera in order to capture the best picture

Savour 2012 (13)

Savour 2012 (14) View of the Singapore River and Marina Bay Golf Course

http://www.savour.sg

Brasserie Les Saveurs – Restaurant Week March 2012

After a not so spectacular Restaurant Week experience a year ago at Magma restaurant, I skipped the next Restaurant Week event. I wasn’t planning on going for this year’s Restaurant Week either, but when Amex sent me an enticing email saying “PRORITY BOOKINGS ENDS TONIGHT!”, I succumbed and clicked on the email….just to you know, check out the restaurants without really intending to make a reservation.

I was actually still mixed after perusing the list of restaurants. I asked the Partner if he would like to go and he said “OK but you decide on the restaurant”, which totally didn’t make things any easier. I casually told a friend who was on MSN about Restaurant Week and to my surprise he was keen to attend! Not only was he keen, he didn’t mind going on a Monday night to a restaurant that listed its menu as “Surprise Menu”. OK fine let’s just plunge in and hope for the best! So with trepidation, I clicked “Book table for 2 at St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs”.

Brasserie Les Saveurs Restaurant Week Menu

I am so glad we went for Restaurant Week cuz the meal we had at Brasserie Les Saveurs was totally fantastic. The ambience was good, the food was good, the service was good. Really I couldn’t ask for more, except perhaps a little more lighting because the food photos didn’t turn out too good. But then again, more lighting would have changed the mood of the place. Next time I’ll bring a torch.

Normal Restaurant Set Dinners are at $35++ each, but St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs is considered as one of the high end restaurants so an additional $20++ was imposed. Still, it’s worth the money as most of the ala carte main courses are well over $40++ already.

Brasserie Les Saveurs - Trio of chocolate mousse with coffee ice-cream and pepper anglaise sauceHave to start with a picture of dessert first even if I ate dessert last.

Brasserie Les Saveurs - Bread Basket (2) The usual bread basket served before the commencement of the meal. Bread was nice and warm in its covered basket. Love the tub of French butter provided! Decadence! My friend polished it off entirely.

Brasserie Les Saveurs - Gaspacho Amuse Bouche Amuse bouche of gaspacho served. Refreshing vegetable concoction with a dollop of cream. The cream is supposed to be mixed into the gaspacho but it was so lovely I couldn’t stop eating it on its own.

Brasserie Les Saveurs - Foie Gras Terrine - Duck Foie Gras Terrine and Roasted Figs with Balsamic vinegar and Mesclun Salad (2) Duck Foie Gras Terrine and Roasted Figs with Balsamic vinegar and Mesclun Salad. Heavenly melt in the mouth rich duck foie gras. Brioche was provided but I felt it was just in the way of me enjoying the terrine in all it’s naked glory. I had to stop myself from finishing it all off or I would be too full to enjoy the main course. I didn’t let the waitstaff clear it either until after desserts, just IN CASE. My dining companion sniggered at me for consuming so much fat. Ya lah he had the healthy soup for starters, but need I remind him that he ate the entire tub of butter?

Brasserie Les Saveurs - Spicy Roasted Tomato Soup with olives and basil (2)-tile   Spicy Tomato soup with olives and basil. Soup came separately from the condiments! I had a spoonful and thought it to be delightfully refreshing with a nice sour tang from the tomatoes.

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Salt Grill and Sky Bar– Restaurant Week March 2012

Here’s some pictures my friend took at Salt Grill today for lunch with his wife. I’ve never been to Salt Grill before but prior to this, I’d always wanted to dine here one day cuz the place looks so bright and cheery. He did mention that he was craving for more food even after this 3 course meal.

What a pity. Restaurant Week’s a time for restaurants to wow their 1st time customers so that they will then come back to dine at full prices. In my opinion, Restaurant Week’s really not the time to be stingy with your customers! It’s only 1 week and it’s the time to pump up the marketing! The set menu has only 2 or 3 choices per course, and if the diners and their dining companions are eating the same thing and voicing the same complains, the restaurant is done for.

Salt Grill - Bread Basket Bread Basket

Salt Grill - Crab omelette  Crab Omelette

Salt Grill - Sashimi

Sashimi

Salt Grill - Barramundi Fillet  Barramundi Fillet

Salt Grill - Slow Cooked Pork Slow Cooked Pork

Salt Grill - Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

Salt Grill - (7) End of the meal…

Read more about Restaurant Week here.

Salt Grill and Sky Bar

2 Orchard Turn, Level 55 & 56 238801 Singapore

http://www.saltgrill.com/

Restaurant Week March 2012

Sunday 25 March 2012 last day of Restaurant Week for March 2012. Hope you have all made the best of it! If not, you may have to wait till October 2012 before Restaurant Week comes around again.

For those of you who don’t know about Restaurant Week, well Restaurant Week comes around twice a year. Participating restaurants (and they range from places like Equinox, Absinthe and Clifford to Tanjong Beach Club) will serve a 3 course meal for $25+++ for lunch and $35+++ for dinner. For super atas restaurants, an additional charge of $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner will be added to each diner.

Restaurant Week is the time to sample all the expensive restaurants you’ve always wanted to try but were scared to. $55 for dinner may sound a lot, but ala carte main courses at these place already cost $40 or more usually anyway, so you’re assured that at the very least, you won’t be paying more than usual for a 3 course meal on a normal day.

I went to Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis as well as Boathouse at Fullerton. Dinner at Brasserie Les Saveurs was absolutely delightful will stay in my memory for a long time to come. Lunch at Boathouse was nice, but slightly below expectations due to my ultra wonderful visit to Brasserie Les Saveurs. Will be blogging about the experiences very soon!

Actually, I’ve been to Restaurant Week once before, I believe in March 2011. That was to the German Restaurant Magma at Bukit Pasoh. Although the food was adequate, I found it to be very normal. I guess I was expecting the fact that it was Restaurant Week to mean that my meal would include something special, a more value for money meal or something. I just felt I was getting totally what I paid for. Turns out Magma Restaurant felt the same way about Restaurant Week and they are no longer a participating restaurant this time round. Not all restaurants are like that though. I totally felt I was getting more than my money’s worth at St Regis. But I have to admit it may be a gamble. Still, you’re unlikely to get less than what you paid for.

As I was saying, Sunday is the last day for Restaurant Week but there are still a few seats left so go make the most of it!

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