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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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Janice Wong Restaurant at the National Museum–Exquisite plated desserts!

Attended the Margaret River Gourmet Escape pre-launch event held last week at the newly opened Janice Wong Singapore. Before I delve into the details of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape (happening on 18 – 22 November 2016, tickets available here), here’s a quick sneak peek into the fantastical desserts that Janice Wong has conjured up at her second outlet in Singapore, which she will also feature at the festival. Btw, the restaurant at the National Museum sees Janice Wong expanding her culinary repertoire by introducing mains to the menu. Yes, the menu offers savoury items, although it seems limited to noodles and xiao long baos mainly.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape - Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

This dessert had me nearly scraping a hole into the plate to reach the last tasty drop. The pandan kaya and coconutty flavours were really pronounced, and it was a nice way to enjoy “kaya toast” in an icy cold manner.

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Afternoon Tea at Axis Bar & Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Prior to my maternity leave, I had envisioned myself being the modern mum and being able to bring baby out to enjoy afternoon tea once in a while. Reality struck after the baby arrived and the dream hasn’t happened yet. He has however visited his fair share of Yakuns and ToastBox because 1/2 hr is all he can take before he gets bored and wants a change of scenery.

Couple of months back, I did manage to take some time off on the weekend from motherly duties to have a cuppa with my colleagues at the Axis Lounge Mandarin Oriental. The afternoon tea was average, a little on the pricey side given that the food is non-refillable but the company and being able to take a breather from the confines of the house was priceless.

Here’s what we had. What you see in the pictures are for 3 pax. Axis Lounge combines the food instead of serving 3 tier sets individually to customers.

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (10)

Savouries

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (3)

Sweets

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Hai Tien Lo (Pan Pacific)–MEGA rice dumplings!

There are rice dumplings, and then there are mega rice dumplings. This bak chang season, check out these premium handcrafted rice dumplings from Hai Tian Lo, specially prepared by Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping. They are so huge (almost big enough to cover my face!), they are sure to make a statement to whoever whom you gift these bundles of treats to!

Traditional Cantonese Jumbo Rice Dumpling

Traditional Cantonese Jumbo Rice Dumpling $29.90 – Including premium ingredients such as dried oysters, dried scallops, Japanese mushroom, succulent pork belly and salted egg yolk, this is a perennial must order from Hai Tien Lo. I had an entire one for lunch and was stuffed!

Classic Five-Spice Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Yam

Classic Five-Spice Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Yam $19.90 – Slightly smaller than the jumbo dumpling above, this dumpling holds its own with its sweet and savoury flavours thanks to the five-spice powder.

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Where to find white asparagus? – Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

It’s Spring in Europe, and that means white asparagus season is here! Check out specially curated white asparagus dishes available at the Pool Grill restaurant at Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Hurry, because they are only available until 31 May 2016!

What’s the difference between white asparagus vs the more common green asparagus you may ask? Well apart from the colour, white asparagus has a more delicate flavour, with a nutty hint at times. It also tastes slightly sweeter and juicier to me. And the fascinating thing is that all asparagus start out the same, but those you want white are deprived of sunlight by completely covering them with earth when they are growing. This prevents them from producing chlorophyll, and hence they end up white instead of green. 

There are many ways to eat white asparagus, but the best is to leave them lightly cooked so that you can enjoy their natural taste. I prefer to pair them up with stronger tasting accompaniments such as with steak so that the contrasting flavours are more pronounced. Here are the 6 asparagus dishes you can enjoy at Marriott hotel during white asparagus season. Please note the pictures below are about 1/2 – 2/3 the original portion as this was sampled as part of media tasting session.

Marriott Pool Grill - White asparagus soup, seared scallop, avruga caviar

White asparagus soup, seared scallop, avruga caviar

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