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Brunch at Ku De Ta, Marina Bay Sands

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Are you looking for a brunch location with a difference? How about having brunch at one of the highest spots possible in Singapore, and having it in style? Ku De Ta’s modern Asian brunch moves away from conventional eggs, sausages and baked beans to feature an assortment of fresh sashimi and Asian breakfast favourites inspired by the Singaporean and Japanese palate.

I had the opportunity to partake in Ku De Ta’s gastronomic brunch a couple of weeks back. I have one word of advice, come HUNGRY. As it’s Asian styled, appetisers will be served sharing style. Portions below are for three pax.

Ku De Ta - Edamame with maldon salt

Edamame with Maldon salt

Healthy start to the brunch. And the Maldon salt, there is salt, and there is Maldon salt. These salt flakes are less bitter than the usual iodized granular types that we are so used to.

Ku De Ta - Oysters on Ice, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Tataki (2)

Oysters on Ice, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Tataki

Sashimi and oysters to further whet the appetite. As you can probably tell from the photos, these were exceedingly fresh tasting and delicious with the condiments. The tuna tataki had onion ponzu and spring onions on top while the salmon sashimi had a shishito, mizuna and uni powder dressing.

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Balzac Brasserie

Balzac Brasserie is a French restaurant that doesn’t require you to rob a bank before you dine here. Balzac Brasserie is helmed by the award winning Chef Jean-Charles Dubois from Angers in Loire Valley, France. What is served here is rustic style, inspired from his own family recipes and his signature dishes include Lobster Bisque, Wagyu beef cheeks and Rice pudding. The French bistro decor is really nice, and makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a street in Paris. Most of the furnishings here were imported from Paris in fact.

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When it comes to birthday celebrations, one birthday meal is not enough for me! I like to celebrate my birthday over SEVERAL meals, kinda like 12 days of Christmas or 15 days of Chinese New Year you know. The previous post on Au Jardin Restaurant was my birthday meal with just the Partner, on the exact birthday. But prior to that, I already had another birthday meal together with the Partner and my parents, and that was at Balzac Brasserie. I’m kinda on a French restaurant / fine dining streak lately (which means $2.50 mixed rice on week days). I’d been here once before back in 2012, for the launch of a French bubbly, Jaillance, which I subsequently used for my wedding! It’s a wonder I took so long to return!

Balzac Brasserie - Complimentary Bread Basket (2)

Inviting bread basket to start the meal. They had raisin bread and multigrain bread. The breads were quite tasty and we even asked for a refill. They were particularly useful in mopping up the escargot juices as you will soon see.

Balzac Brasserie - Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

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Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Regent Singapore

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you managed to have a great celebration together with loved ones and friends! Christmas is undoubtedly my favourite time of the year and I really wish it were 12 days long instead of just one! I love all the Christmassy decorations, the “colder” weather, the festive atmosphere and of course, PRESENTS!

Christmas at The Regent Hotel (28)

Every year as is tradition with The Partner and I, we like to go for a nice Christmas meal outside. The last few years we have always gone to The GoodWood Park Hotel for their Christmas day buffet lunch, but we decided to say enough is enough when prices got way over $100 per pax. Yeah, I mean I can understand that restaurants jack up prices during Christmas, but to pay double what they would normally charge, you gotta wonder whether it would be more worth it to enjoy the buffet on a normal day, then you can have it twice!

Christmas at The Regent Hotel (2)

So I thought I would have to forgo the restaurant festivities this year, when I thought of a good plan. Did you know that apart from Christmas lunch and Christmas-Eve dinner, there is also Christmas afternoon tea buffet? Christmas afternoon tea buffet was exactly what we went for today, at the Regent Hotel. Instead of paying well over $100, we just paid $65++ per pax for an equally enjoyable Christmas lunch! Yes, the afternoon tea was served in 2 seatings, so we took the earlier seating from 12-2.30pm. The afternoon tea buffet is obviously not as lavish as what you would expect for a lunch buffet, but it was still lavish enough that I barely sampled half the items at the buffet! I’m definitely going for the Christmas afternoon tea buffet next year if given the choice. I hope that me letting this secret out won’t cause prices to inflate!

Christmas at The Regent Hotel (20)

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St Regis Afternoon Tea Dance

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If you’ve been looking for a good place to have a spot of afternoon tea, you might just want to consider the Grand Astor Afternoon Tea. Did you know, the afternoon tea ritual is a social institution and a gastronomic affair practiced at all St. Regis addresses worldwide? It’s a cherished ritual I certainly wouldn’t mind partaking in every weekend. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my weekend in fact, with a loved one or good friends of course. Smile

St Regis

At St Regis’s Brasserie Les Saveurs restaurant, you will be served an elegant quintessential three-tiered silver stand with classic finger sandwiches like sliced tomato and cucumber, and smoked salmon and dill cream cheese. Heartier bites like pot pie and quiche of the day will also be available. And this is of course paired with your selection from 24 TWG exclusive tea blends or a St Regis custom blended fragrant coffee.

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But wait, that’s not all, because there is a scone bar featuring both sweet and savoury scones! Last I counted, there were 6 different flavours of scones to choose from such as the St Regis classic scones, pesto parmesan, black current & lemon, pistachio and cranberry and even Perrigord black summer truffle scones! This comes complete with pots of various jams, as well as the mandatory clotted cream!

Brasserie Les Saveurs Afternoon Tea (12)

It doesn’t end there because there is still the dessert counter with exquisite looking cakes and pastries that are just toooooo pretty to eat! I spent a good amount of time just hovering over the dessert counter taking picture after picture because the cakes were so delectable looking.

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Thai Delights Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant

Those of you who love Thai food, you may want to sit up and read more because Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant will be welcoming you to the land of smiles. Only for a short period from 18th October to 3rd November, the restaurant will present Thai cuisine favourites on their buffet line. From well-known must-haves of Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai, to the familiar Spicy Thai Herb Salad and Prawn Spring rolls, you can find it all at Feast @ East.

To end off the buffet with a little something extra, all diners including children will be treated to a can of coconut drink. If it’s dinner, adult diners will have a chocie of a complimentary can of coconut drink, a glass of draught beer or a glass of wine! For the pricing, it’s quite a good deal!

We were kindly invited down for a tasting at Mercure Hotel last week just before the buffet promotion started. What you see here will be available at the buffet line but not in the exact same presentation.

Thai Prawn Cakes

Thai Prawn Cakes

The Thai Prawn cakes were undoubtedly my favourite dish of the evening. They were sizzling hot, crispy and a little bit bouncy. It was fun to eat them. The sweet chilli sauce provided is a must try as well as it really enhances the prawn cakes. I was a little greedy and took 2 pieces!

Red Curry Beef (1)

Red Beef Curry

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