Archive for November, 2012

Where to eat at Marina Bay Sands

Since I have been going to Marina Bay Sands pretty often lately, I thought I’d do a summary on cheap places to dine at at MBS. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to pay through your ear and nose when at MBS, there are cheap dining options if you know where to go. Of course, MBS is also known for its high-end, celebrity restaurants too. A number of them overlook the MBS casino area. It’s quite mind-boggling, the rows of poker tables and slot machines there are, it takes a few seconds before the eyes get oriented to what you’re actually seeing. Make sure that you learn some poker skills if you want to try your hand at the poker tables. For me, just the slot machines on their own are able to entice me for hours. Anywaysss…

The cheapest place to have a meal at Marina Bay Sands is at the food court. There are 2 food courts, Rasapura Masters and 1983 A Taste of Nanyang. Rasapura Masters is huge, and faces the skating rink. 1983 is much smaller, with some booth seats too. There are about 5 or 6 stalls, so there is no need to worry about a lack of variety. They are located at the opposite ends of each other, so I guess the choice depends on where you are when the tummy starts growling.

The cheapest place to have a cup of tea or coffee at MBS (apart from at the food court) is undoubtedly at ToastBox. Actually, this is one of the most expensive ToastBox in Singapore, with a teh going at about $2. But it’s cheap if you consider that you’re at MBS. This is where you can get a slice of cake at an affordable price of about $3. Sure, the cake is not that big, but it’s something to munch on while having gentle conversation.

The cheapest place to have a steak at MBS is at SouthCoast, on Mondays. On Mondays, from 6.30pm, you can get a super affordable set dinner for only $15. You get the steak, plus a glass of wine or a beer! The steak’s not the best of steaks, but STILL!!! The rest of the SouthCoast menu is pretty affordable too, and I love it that they have interesting options like pies, rolls and Antipodean favourites.

One of my favourite, MUST GO restaurants at MBS is Au Chocolate! Even if you don’t dine there, you must at least WALK PAST IT! If it isn’t evident enough from the name, let me tell you upfront. Au Chocolate is a chocolate and sweeties wonderland! There is a huge cake display, with the most luscious looking cakes beckoning to you. There is an ice-cream gelato stand. If you’re lucky, you can also view chocolate pralines and truffles being made on the spot at the see through kitchen preparation area. The chocolate bars, sweet buckets, jelly beans and more, it’s tough walking out empty handed. Food is pretty affordable at the restaurant café. Burgers are about $20, crepes around $20 too, milkshakes $10. If you don’t know what to order, may I suggest the Fish & Chips? Their fries are great!

DB Bistro Moderne and Osteria/Pizzeria Mozza are nice places to dine too. I wouldn’t consider it cheap to dine there, but there are dishes you can order which don’t break the bank. For example, a lot of the DB Bistro Moderne main courses go around $35 onwards. Look out for their daily specials, which can be really attractive. The last time I was there they had a bucket of mussels go for $26, and the portion was enough to fill for dinner. Pizzeria Mozza’s pizzas go around $30 too, and if you are small eaters, can be shared!

I wish I could recommend you the Celebrity Restaurant I tried, unfortunately it closed down because the owner died, in Singapore no less! It was a treat to dine at Santi, a memorable evening I will never forget.

What to eat for cheap at Marina Bay Sands MBS? Now you know. Smile

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant

For those of you who love the cuisine at Majestic Restaurant and Jing, you will be glad to know that Chef Yong Bing Ngen has opened yet another restaurant, the Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant at Gardens By the Bay. Located below the Flower Dome, the 110-seater restaurant offers a spacious layout apt for family and group dining. Diners can enjoy the impressive waterfront view of Marina Bay, while huge water tanks holding fish and other seafood greet you at the entrance. Majestic Bay - 冠华咖啡焗肉蟹 Live crabs, Bay’s signature “Kopi” sauce (Market price $56 per kg on 8th Nov 2012) (2)

Apart from Majestic Bay’s signature “Kopi” Crab dish, which I will elaborate on later, other highlights include the quintessential Chilli Crab, Leopard Garoupa, Bird’s Nest, Abalone and Seafood Treasures. Lighter bites featuring dim sum are offered for lunchtime, in part to cater to the walk-in crowd who may not want heavy seafood dishes so early in the day.

Majestic Bay - (8)

Majestic Bay - (3)

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Christmas Shopping at Cold Storage!

‘Tis the season to be jolly and December is almost upon us already. Need I even remind all of us that once again, the year has just flown by in the blink of an eye? Make sure you end the year with a festive bang, and for me, that always means having a great Christmas as well as a great New Year.

For those of you who are planning on hosting your very own Christmas party at home, Cold Storage supermarket is a great idea to stock up on your festive produce. With a few simple ideas and some creativity, you too can host a Christmas party for cheap. If you’re a guest attending the Christmas party, you can even consider buying gifts from Cold Storage. Any strategy to avoid the mall crowds is a good strategy. Read on for more ideas on how to host the perfect Christmas party without burning a hole in your pocket!

Cold Storage Supermarket Christmas Preview

Actually, it was with a very heavy heart that I had to miss out this Cold Storage Christmas Preview, but I sent my trusty sidekick to take photos and eat my fair share of the food. Pretty amazing the venue too, it was held at ION Sky! The views are fantastic!

Festive Produce at Cold Storage Supermarket

Let’s start first with all the goodies that were laid out for the media to try.

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce (5)

Starting with desserts as usual, of course you have to have the signature log cakes!

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce (8)

Italian Cold Cut Platter  (Parma Ham, Mortadella, Air-dried beef, Italian Air-dried Salami, Smoked Flat Pancetta) $99.99 for 1.2kg Serves 8 – 10 pax

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce

Sliced terrine meats on crusty baguettes. A cinch to make and yet a crowd pleaser. Smile

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce (3)

Filled croissants

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Will your cookie make the cut?

Awww this is so cute I just had to share!!

SweetSpot Holiday Charity Cookie Contest

Marina Bay Sands SweetSpot pâtisserie is organizing a call-out for original recipes to raise funds for charity. The contest aims to engage cookie enthusiasts by giving them the opportunity to have their winning cookie sold exclusively at SweetSpot outlets at Marina Bay Sands. All proceeds will be donated to Metta School, a special needs school for children with learning disabilities and a Marina Bay Sands Designated Charity.

An In-House committee will shortlist the top 3 cookie recipe submissions. From 29 November – 2 December, the public will be able to sample and vote to determine the winning cookie at respective SweetSpot outlets. The last day for submission for cookie recipes on the Marina Bay Sands Contest tab tab is 26 November

For more details on the contest, including T&Cs, please click here.

SweetSpot Christmas Cookie FB

Don’t eat me!

Dean and Deluca

Dean & Deluca, I finally made it there last week, after the maddening crowd had died down. Only waited 5 minutes for my seat, and by the time i finished, at least 1/4 of the seats were empty. This was 3.30pm btw.

I love looking at their display case. So many pretty cakes and breads calling out to me. I tried to remain very focussed, and ordered my chocolate croissant and latte. I’ve been consuming far too many chocolate croissants in the last 2 months, all in the name of research! I’m trying to find out where the best croissant can be found in Singapore. Truth be told, a lot of those I tried are all good. They are all different in their own way, some are very flaky, some are very butter, some are more dense yet somehow still good!

Dean & Deluca - Croissants

Nice shapely croissants. Did you know that a lot of the pastries sold at Dean & Deluca are not made in-house but sourced from other purveyors like Maison Kayser and Baker & Cook? It’s interesting that they do so, because most brands want to create their own in-house goods. That they don’t have their own products can be both a good and bad thing. The benefit is that you get to order products from a few bakeries and sample them all in one location. The bad thing is, freshness can be an issue especially if the deliveries are not done everyday.

Dean & Deluca - Cheddar Scallion Scone

It’s not often you find a scone with savoury ingredients in it. I only saw this after I’d ordered my croissant or else I would have ordered the cheddar scallion scone!

Dean & Deluca - Flat White

The flat white was so so only. Definitely not the 3rd wave coffee standard. And look at the latte art, or the non-existence of it. The croissant was not bad. It didn’t taste freshly made, and was a little stiff, but nevertheless it was still nice, in part thanks to the chocolate inside it.Dean & Deluca - Honey Bears!

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