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[CNY 2017] Chinese New Year buffet with Peranakan flavours at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

For a truly Asian Chinese New Year buffet spread, check out Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe. The restaurant is well known for its Peranakan buffet which offers all-time favourites such as the Ayam Buah Keluak, Kueh Pie Tie and Durian Pengat. Now how about combining that with Chinese New Year must-haves such as Pen Cai, Waxed Duck and Sausage Rice and Teowchew Steamed Cold Crab?

Incidentally, Ellenborough Market Cafe’s Executive Chef Louis Tay was also team manager of the Singapore Culinary Team that clinched double gold at the Culinary Olympics held in Germany in 2016. So you know the food has got to have some standard at Ellenborough Market Cafe.

Here are some pictures of the buffet spread that we sampled 2 weeks back. The dishes will be available buffet style from 16 Jan – 12 Feb 2017.

CNY 2017 at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng in the shape of a rooster to celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster!

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Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion–Fantastic anniversary lunch at this one Michelin-starred restaurant

A very Happy New Year to all readers of 365days2play Lifestyle, Food and Travel blog! Hope your new year has been off to a great start! Here’s wishing you good health, happiness and an even more exciting 2017 to come!

Speaking of exciting, I thought it fitting as my 1st post for 2017 to blog about a really fantastic meal I had in 2016. As the title of this post reveals, its our anniversary which we celebrated at the one Michelin-starred restaurant Summer Pavilion.  It’s the 1st time we formally celebrated it after being married for 4 years! Can you believe that? In some circles, that would be grounds for divorce! But truth be told, Christmas is the occasion that we spend our efforts celebrating (with family and all), that by the time 29th December comes along, it doesn’t feel as if we need yet another celebration.

Nevertheless, I was really happy to be able to have the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary. Even though I have dined at quite a number of posh restaurants,  I hadn’t been to Summer Pavilion before, and it has been more than 2 years since I was last at Ritz Carlton, so the whole experience was very exciting! It did help that the Christmas decorations were still up, and the hotel looked so pretty! The stark black and white tableware set up also exuded refinement and was like a prelude of good things to come.

Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion Soya Sauce

You know you’re in for a treat when even the soya sauce looks like an art work.

We opted for the Lily Dinner Set. Yes, they were able to serve that during lunch (I’d checked when I made reservations). I can certainly see why they managed to obtain the coveted Michelin Star. The 5 main criteria that the Michelin inspectors look out for are as follows:

  1. Quality of the products

  2. Mastery of flavour and cooking techniques

  3. The personality of the chef in his cuisine

  4. Value for money

  5. Consistency between visits

While I can’t comment on point 3 and 5, I can certainly state that with the exception of dessert, all the dishes we were served that day wowed us. Dessert tasted good too, except there wasn’t any wow factor. As for value for money, at $88++ per pax, I think that you could possibly find a handful of Chinese restaurants in Singapore that might be able to match this standard for a lower price tag, if you look hard enough. For hotel restaurants, Yan Ting of St Regis or Wan Hao of Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel come to mind, but they aren’t very much cheaper either. Lei Garden or Crystal Jade Golden Palace may be cheaper too, but guess what, they’re also Michelin Starred restaurants!

One thing that the Michelin inspectors don’t value is ambience and decor. But I do. Ambience, decor, service and how comfortable I feel dining in a restaurant are all important factors to me when it comes to enjoying a meal out. If it were just the quality and taste of food, home cooking would have sufficed!

Anyway… scroll down for the low down on each of the dishes.

Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion - Deep-fried prawn head and tail, salt, pepper chilli prawn, sesame sauce (2)

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Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea

If there’s one thing I love doing during the Christmas season, that’s having afternoon tea. There is an unexplainable pleasure just sitting around sipping cups of tea and savouring dainty morsels amidst Christmassy decor. I’ve been meaning to visit Marriott Hotel for its Afternoon Tea as they have the 1-for-1 promo using the Entertainer App. Good to know that the promo was still applicable during the festive period. Did a spot of shopping at Tangs before and after our afternoon tea. What a really convenient location to rest your feet for a while, say if you’re waiting for a ride home or waiting for a friend.

Baby holding soft toy looking at Christmas decorations

Edward’s 4th afternoon tea outing (previous ones were Goodwood Park Hotel, Grand Copthorne Waterfront and Chef’s Table at Capella Sentosa). He loves going out because of all the attention he gets, and for some reason, he loves people watching too! He especially loves watching people deep in conversation, wonder why? He had an early Christmas gift too, a little Marriott Tang Plaza monkey soft toy, which he promptly decided to lick….

Marriott Festive Afternoon Tea (2)

Ok here are the pictures of the afternoon tea. The teas are refillable and you can also order as many different pots of tea as you wish. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the food items were refillable, as it wasn’t stated on the website!

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[Christmas 2016] Mandarin Orchard Singapore–Festive discounts if you book early!

Did you know it’s less than 2 weeks to Christmas? At the start of the year, it always feels like such a long time to wait till Christmas comes, but before you know it, the Christmas season has descended upon us full blown. How I wish Christmas was a week long so that I may have time to indulge in all the festive treats! Don’t you feel like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is just not enough days to celebrate?

It’s not been my practice to buy log cakes for eating at home because I’ve always been so caught up in making my reservations to dine outside. But this year, just to make the house a little more festive (for Baby you know), I might just purchase a log cake to “adorn” the house. Smile

Mandarin Orchard has FOUR log cakes to choose from, each one sounding more decadent than the previous! The Valhrona Chocolate log definitely has my name on it, me being the chocolate lover…. But really, the hazelnut mango yule log sounds good too. How to decide?

Mandarin Orchard Singapore - Delicious Dulcey Yule Log

Valhrona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log $80

MOS_C&C_Hazelnut Mango Yule Log_2016

Hazelnut Mango Yule Log $80

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[Christmas 2016] Marriott Christmas Party!

It’s not yet Christmas but I’ve already attended a number of Christmas parties. Not that I am complaining of course, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Christmas season and if I could I’d be immersing myself in all things Christmas. Here are some pictures of the festive Christmas goodies we enjoyed at the party hosted by Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel a few weeks back. Nothing like a ballroom full of crazy and fun loving bloggers to keep the festive cheer up!

Marriott Christmas Party (21)

Christmas Gifts of Magic at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Christmas Gifts of Magic at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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