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Osia – Cooking with Friends featuring Tim Montgomery

*Media Invite*

This has got to be one of my fastest posts as it is not even 24 hours since I left the restaurant that I am penning this down. But dining at Osia at Resorts World Singapore was a wonderful experience and I need to share this news with you before Chef Tim Montgomery flies home to Australia!

Due to popular demand, Osia is once again hosting Cooking with Friends with guest Chef Timothy Montgomery from 16 to 19 July. Returning for a second stint, Chef Montgomery is a talented Australian chef who now holds the Executive chef position for both Berardo’s Restaurant & Bar and Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. Prior to taking on these two roles, he previously led Bacchus Restaurant to win four consecutive Chef Hat’s – a prestigious Australian restaurant award. In the upcoming month, Chef Montgomery will be presenting Osia’s diners with several delectable menus reflecting his food philosophy: simplicity, freshness and a deep respect for seasonal and regional produce.

Osia Restaurant - Us with Tim Montgomery

Standout dishes available on Chef Montgomery’s a la carte menu include the Moreton Bay Bug, Jasmine Rice Congee with Macadamia and Guanciale; and ‘Kokoda’ Kingfish and Scallop with Coconut, Yuzu, Fingerlime and Rice Cracker. For those wanting to add to their culinary belt, a complimentary masterclass by Chef Montgomery will also be held on the 19th of July for dine-in guests only.

3-course Set Lunch: $50++/ 4-course Set Lunch $60++

3-course Set Dinner: $90++/ 4-course Set Dinner $115++/5-course Set Dinner$135++

Available from 16th to 19th July 2014

Free cooking demonstration by Chef Timothy Montgomery: 19th July from 3pm-5pm on a first come first serve basis (max of 15 pax; reservations recommended)

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Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace, located on Fort Canning Hill, is one of those fine-dining restaurants that boasts a very historic location but yet is a mere stone’s throw away from the city centre. Surprise surprise, it is but a 10 minute walk from City Hall MRT station!

Admittedly, finding it may be a bit of a problem, but if you know to stop your taxi just before the Philatelic museum, the stairs leading to the black and white conservation building which houses Lewin Terrace is just behind the museum and the fire station! Thankfully, I am familiar with this area, having worked in the vicinity for several years. I’ve never found it a problem to get here, even on my 1st day of work, because I know my museums well! Smile

Lewin Terrace

This is the beautiful Lewin Terrace bungalow that greets you after you have ascended the stairs. This was the former residence of the Chief who headed the Central Fire Station on Hill Street. You might vaguely recall that the restaurant Flutes used to occupy this building previously. Here’s a good spot to take all those selfies, if you manage to arrive before nightfall. But be careful because you might find a friendly face popping out of the veranda to welcome you warmly with a “HELLO!” just as you are admiring yourself in your iPhone, as was what happened to me.

Daisuke Kawai

The friendly face and voice belongs to none other than Mr Daisuke Kawai himself, the general manager and chief sommelier of Lewin Terrace. You can tell he’s a friendly person right? Smile The Japanese are ever so polite and eager to ensure you have a good time, you know you are in good hands when it comes to service standards. Beneath his unassuming exterior, Daisuke boasts an arsenal of sommelier awards, including Top Wines Best Sommelier of the Year in the Singapore World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence 2013.

Lewin Terrace - (2)

We had a sampling of the tasting menu available at Lewin Terrace, prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ryoichi Kano and team. Chef Ryoichi loves experimenting with different foods, spices and tastes, which is evident in the French Japanese inspired cuisine that you will find at Lewin Terrace.

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Gaia Ristorante at Goodwood Park Hotel

Today’s Straits Times’ article on Gaia by Wong Ah Yoke has reminded me that I really ought to push out my post as well on this hidden gem!  Gaia Ristorante is located at the illustrious Goodwood Park Hotel, and with a location like that, and an interior decor that spells fine dining, you would not be faulted for thinking that the prices are not wallet friendly. But depending on what you order, you could actually dine at Gaia Ristorante and have a good time without having to wash the dishes later!

If you stick to the pasta main courses, they are mostly in the $20+ range. A black cod dish costs $38, while the pork costs $35. If you go for the more expensive meats like lobster, veal, lamb saddle and pigeon, that’s where the prices start to become steep. Desserts cost about $15, once again, quite comparable to some desserts at brand name cafes these days.

For our media tasting, the Partner and I sampled the degustation menu, which comprises 5 courses at $98++/pax.

Gaia Ristorante Canapes

Assorted rice and potato crackers
Caramelised figs with Oscietra Caviar
Watermelon with black squid in and almonds
Parmesan bisquit with balsamic vinegar and Asian spices

One thing I love about dining at such restaurants is that they always try to surprise you with some small canapes to kickstart the meal. You never know what you will be served but usually the items are pretty good and the chef has the flexibility to be creative with the ingredients he has on hand. My favourite here was the figs with caviar, a sweet and salty combination that I’ve never tried before.

Gaia Ristorante -  Variazione cruda di gamberi (1)

Variazione cruda di gamberi – Raw red Sicilian prawn: warm ricotta cheese, oregano and Raw blue Caledonian prawn: peach, salt caramel

At Japanese restaurants, I do not flinch when being served Amaebi, aka raw sweet shrimp. And in fact, I am not one to shy away from raw foods, I love raw meats! I’m not exactly sure why I did a double take, save for the fact that the blue Caledonian prawn looked like a raw tiger prawn, and tiger prawns are not commonly served raw. But the fact is that the red Sicilian prawn as equally as raw, and once I saw that fact, there was no stopping me from diving into this dish.

If you have the opportunity, I really would recommend ordering this dish. This is where you can taste fresh prawns at their finest. They were so succulent and sweet that I feel as if I’ll never look at prawns the same way again. This is where you can savour the true texture of prawns that have not been marinaded in alkaline water (like in many chinese restaurants). They are firm but yielding with each bite.

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Communal Feasting at Halia (Raffles Hotel)

Contrary to popular belief that dining at Raffles Hotel is only limited to the rich or for special occasions, The Halia at Raffles Hotel bucks this trend by offering value for money dishes which you can enjoy any day of the week.

In fact, Halia has always prided itself on a dining concept that encourages flexibility and communal dining, coming up with dishes classified as “big plates” or “small “"plates” instead of the usual “appetizers” and “mains”. And they are priced accordingly too, unlike many tapas restaurants I know of that sneak in main course pricing into their miniscule appetiser sized dishes. Yes, ever since I was served 3 chicken mid-wings (not the whole wing mind you!) for $20, I’ve almost all but sworn off tapas restaurants.

Halia at Raffles Comunal Feasting

One of the latest promotions to be dished up at Halia is their $260++ Communal Feasting set, which is essentially a set meal for 4 people. This is no ordinary set meal though, it has TWELVE dishes! Now is that value for money or what? 5 or 6 small eaters may even share this meal! Check out the photos of what we sampled for the Communal Feasting set.

Halia at Raffles - Chilli crab dip, toasted baguette (4)

Chilli crab dip, toasted baguette

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Pan Pacific Hotel Peranakan Afternoon Tea

Pan Pacific Singapore celebrates National Day with the introduction of a limited time only Peranakan Afternoon Tea at the Pacific Marketplace. From 16 June to 9 August only, you can order a 4-tiered tiffin carrier to enjoy dishes such as Kueh Pie Tee, Open-Face Otak Sandwich and Quail Egg, Nyonya Chicken Curry. For desserts, you have kueh lapis, tapioca cakes and Onde Onde. It costs only $58++ for the 4-tier tiffin carrier plus coffee and tea for 2. The portions are quite generous, so 3 small eaters may even enjoy this Peranakan Afternoon Tea set.

Peranakan Afternoon Tea Set

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