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Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan Zoisl – Let the chef decide what you should eat!

Choice can be a double-edged sword if you haven’t a clue what it is that you desire. Leaving the decision making to the chef when you’re at a restaurant and thinking of what to eat, in this case can actually pay off.

At Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan, instead of choosing off a menu, diners are invited to cross out what ingredients they would like to avoid. The entire meal will then be left to the chefs to prepare and serve based on the freshest produce of the day. The Japanese have a term for it, “omakase”. And yes, the chefs, not the waiters will serve you so that they can explain to you the inspiration behind their creations.

I had the privilege of checking out Chef’s Table some time back and I must say that the food served is indeed delicious, innovative and stylishly presented. Even the fish dish was delicious to me, and I am usually very fussy about fish as it tends to be too dry or stringy. So it did seem like the gamble to leave it all up to the chef paid off.

The only issue I have is with the pricing. For our 6 course meal costing $128++, I would have expected some sort of a steak for one of the courses to make the entire meal feel more substantial. Although there was a veal dish, the veal was diced into cubes, which doesn’t give the same impact.

Scroll down for pictures of the meal we had.

Chef's Table by Stephan Zoisl - Crabmeat

The meal was off to a good start with this crab dish that was just bursting with flavour, literally from the salmon roe, to the juicy diced cucumbers and the sweet crab flesh, helped along with a gazpacho sauce of cucumber and yoghurt.

Chef's Table by Stephan Zoisl - Hamachi (1)

The first of the two fish dishes, the hamachi was lightly seared on the outside while still being raw on the inside, allowing its freshness to be tasted.

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Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu beef at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch Buffet!

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These days with so many F&B restaurants sprouting up just about every other day, it’s not enough to simply serve decent food. Each F&B needs to boast its own unique selling point to entice customers to give it a try, and to keep them coming back. This is probably even more pertinent for buffets, where it costs a pretty penny to enjoy one, so people tend to be even more discerning.

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Borderless Sunday Brunch (15)

I think Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch might have just hit on a winning formula via these 4 areas. Btw they call it borderless because you get to experience 3 different F&B outlets in 1 buffet, ie

  • Food Capital buffet restaurant – a buffet only restaurant on other days
  • Grissini Italian Grill Restaurant – specialising in antipasti and hearty Italian favourites, not forgetting the Josper Grill meats
  • Tempo Bar – signature cocktails

1. Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu Beef

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Borderless Sunday Brunch (50)

Yes I kid you not. The rest of the buffet offerings is not as extensive as the name suggests, but then again, do you need an extensive buffet spread if you already have foie gras and wagyu beef in unlimited quantities????

2. Grilled meats from Josper Oven

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Borderless Sunday Brunch (56)

Speaking of the Josper Oven, that itself is another reason to check out Grand Copthorne’s buffet. The Josper Grill to chefs is like a Ferrari to car lovers. The Josper oven combines an oven and grill in one and is fired by charcoal and flavoured wood to bring out the aroma and texture of the ingredients.

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SilkAir launches All-Time Favourites menu for Business Class

For those of you travelling on SilkAir’s Business Class, listen up because your ride just got sweeter. SilkAir, the full-service regional wing of Singapore Airlines has launched its All-Time Favourites menu comprising 20 meal options spanning Asian, Western and Singaporean cuisines, for flights leaving Singapore that are 3 hours and above. The meals are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To enjoy this option, Business Class travellers must book their intended All-Time Favourites meal at least 24 hours in advance via the SilkAir/SIA websites or via their travel agents. If not, you’ll just have to settle for the usual inflight meals.

And to help you wash it all down, freshly-squeezed orange juice and champagne will also be available, and on selected flights, Masala Tea also. Speaking of Masala Tea, that Masala Tea is really extraordinary. You must order it if it’s available on your flight. It’s spicy, it’s warming, it’s comforting, it’s enough to entice me to book a business class ticket to somewhere just so I can have more of it. It’s a pity it’s only available up in the skies because it’s so darn delicious!

Here is the list of the 20 All-Time Favourites dishes, scroll down if you want my recommendations on what to order.

SilkAir All-Time Favourites Dishes (All) 3

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SAVOUR Wines 2016

The second part of SAVOUR 2016 is back from 9 – 11 Sept 2016 (read about the first part here), and this time, the focus is on wines! There will be a Wine Market which will house over 400 labels of wines from all over the world, such as from south America, California, Australia, Spain and Argentina. Entry to the Wine Market is via pre-purchased Wine Tasting Cards at $15 for 10 wine tastings or $20 for 20 wine tastings.

SAVOUR Wines 2016 (10)

Each pre-purchased card comes with a free limited edition SAVOUR Wines wine glass, which can also be bought separately for $10. Wow so that means you’re paying only $5 for 10 wine tastings if you go for the $15 card! That’s like 50 cents per glass! Sounds like a good deal to me. Smile

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Even if you don’t want to pay for the wine tastings, you should still make a visit to SAVOUR Wines because there are also free masterclasses on wine pairings, glassware, tasting notes etc. Each class fits a maximum of 20 people. And the maximum number of people allowed at every session of SAVOUR Wines is 700 peeps.

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2016

It’s the time of the year again to make plans to attend the upcoming Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Started in 2012, the festival this year will welcome over 40 culinary superstars from around the world including Nigella Lawson, Joan Roca, Dany Angove, Rick Stein and Singapore’s very own Janice Wong , who will share their knowledge and passion across an abundance of mesmerising food encounters. 

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

The festival boasts collaborative dinners, educational brunches, masterclasses, interactive question and answer sessions, held in various locations in the picturesque Margaret River. The Feast in the Forest, with meat cooked over an open fire sounds like just the thing I would want to go for if I were in Margaret River during the festival. Or perhaps the gourmet beach BBQ? And of course, not forgetting the Gourmet Village at renowned Leeuwin Estate Winery. Read more about the Margaret River Gourmet Escape here, but hurry, because tickets are running out fast!

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