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15 places to enjoy Festive Afternoon Tea in Singapore

15 Places to have Festive Afternoon Tea

It’s less than a month to Christmas and the Christmas feels are going strong! To fully enjoy the festive season, you have to start celebrating and indulging now, and not just on the 25th of December! Here are 12 places to enjoy a Christmas-themed Afternoon Tea in Singapore, to get you into the festive mood. Here’s a tip, afternoon tea is usually cheaper than going for festive buffet lunches or dinners, so you get to enjoy more for less $$$!! Now that’s a reason to celebrate.

Baby holding soft toy looking at Christmas decorations

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas!

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Afternoon tea at Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge– Sip tea blends customised just for you!

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How do you like to spend your weekends? For me, one of my favourite ways is to enjoy afternoon tea at a posh hotel. There’s nothing quite like sitting back amongst luxurious surroundings while nibbling on dainty food and sipping cup after cup of tea. Conversation is not always necessary, sometimes I like to just stare into space, contemplating life. You know they say creative people need space to just think…

Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge Afternoon Tea (18)

So, when Marina Bay Sands recently opened Renku, I made sure to quickly check it out. The tea takes centre stage at Renku, literally. There are professional Tea Masters who will provide tableside service and recommend tea blends customised to your preference. There will also be a tea pouring performance at some point during the afternoon tea!

Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge Afternoon Tea (5)

 

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Marriott Pool Grill–Dinner with Audra Morrice, Chef and Judge on MasterChef Asia

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Are you a fan of the MasterChef series? Ever wanted to dine with the accomplished chef participants, or even with the judge? Well now you can spend a culinary evening with Audra Morrice. She was a finalist on MasterChef Australia in 2012and is now a resident judge on MasterChef Asia. Since then, she’s gone on to start her own catering business, launched a range of natural, gluten-free jams, and even authored cookbooks.

From 26 October to 29 October 2017 only, you can enjoy a 5-course Wine pairing dinner featuring the best of Australian produce prepared in Audra’s signature eclectic Asian cooking style. The ever friendly and bubbly Audra will be mingling amongst the diners, taking pictures and signing autographs of course. And in case you were wondering why Audra isn’t cooking, well remember that much of the food needs to be prepped even prior to the dinner service.

Audra Morrice

Pool Grill, Level 5
26 to 29 October 2017

5-Course Wine Dinner
6.45pm to 9.30pm $128nett per person (Inclusive of canapés and wines)

$128nett is really not a bad price considering it’s Marriott Hotel, and you get 5 wines. Quite a deal actually! Check out sneak peeks of the food I tried yesterday. Needless to say, the food was really enjoyable, and the star of the show for me has got to be the melt in the mouth beef short ribs. I’ve dined at Pool Grill a number of times, and never have I had a bad meal there. Scroll down for the video for exactly how tender the beef was.

Marriott Hotel Pool Grill - Braised Westholme Australian Beef Short Rib (3)

 Braised Westholme Australian Beef Short Rib with Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime, Chilli, Tamarind, Gula Melaka, Greens and Tomatoes

So tender!!! Marriott Pool Grill really does great steaks without fail.

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The Bird Southern Table & Bar at MBS – Worth crowing about?

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I’ve been waiting for over a year for The Bird Southern Table & Bar to open at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and that day has finally arrived. The Bird, also known as Yardbird, is an award winning restaurant featuring US Southern cuisine and hospitality, founded by renowned restaurateur John Kunkel. Yardbird is known as The Bird in Singapore to minimise confusion with the same named Yardbird hailing from HK, which I hear is going to be opening in Singapore too sometime soon.

Why was I so keen for The Bird to open? Fried chicken! As you might guess from its name, it is most famous for its fried chicken and waffles with watermelon. But another reason is because I’m always on the look out for restaurants serving Southern food to see if they match up to what I remember of Southern food when I was studying in Atlanta years ago. Featured in their menu include other Southern favourites such as Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Salad.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar Interior

Even the modern-rustic design of The Bird is inspired by the Southern United States, with its use of reclaimed wood, recycled machinery parts and mason jars.

Here’s what we had the opportunity to try during our media tasting session a few weeks back.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar - Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles  (3)

Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles

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5 must eats at Marina Bay Sands’ Epicurean Market 2017

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you would have realised that the annual Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands is currently on until 13 August Sunday. This is already the 5th year and the event is bigger than ever before! If you’ve always wanted to check out the Celebrity Restaurants, now’s the time to do so because many of their signature dishes can be sampled for a fraction of the price it would cost at the restaurants.

Epicurean Market 2017 - Opening Ceremony

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This year, aside from Celebrity Restaurants, enjoy the Singapore Street Food experience by trying local dishes/hawker fare presented by the newly refreshed RISE Restaurant. And of course not forgetting over 30 masterclasses, tasting sessions, special appearances, bespoke cocktails. And before you leave, take home some fresh gourmet produce from the Farmer’s Market.

Each $39 per ticket gives you unlimited entry plus a $15 signature dish of your choice. OK with so many celebrity and signature restaurants to choose from, how do you decide where to spend your money? After sampling each of the restaurants during the media preview on Friday, here are my top 5 picks based on taste, value-for-money and uniqueness. Enjoy!

Epicurean Market - Lobster Roll $25 from DB Bistro and Oyster Bar

Lobster Roll $25 from DB Bistro and Oyster Bar

If you love lobster rolls, you will know that they cost a pretty penny in Singapore. I know of some restaurants/cafes to be charging in excess of $40 per roll! So this $25 lobster roll from DB Bistro is great value considering the size of it and considering that it’s from DB Bistro. It’s big enough to actually be sufficient as a meal too, if you are on cost-savings mode.

Epicurean Market - Sweet Corn Agnolotti $20 from Spago

Sweet Corn Agnolotti with truffle shavings $20 from Spago

With practically every restaurant offering dishes boasting premium ingredients like crab, lobster and carviar, it’s hard to choose a favourite because they were all good. This sweet corn agnolotti with truffle shavings might just be my favourite dish from Epicurean Market. It’s so different from the other dishes. I really like the pillowy soft pasta parcels bursting with sweetness, and the earthy contrast of the truffles. I won’t lie about the portion size though, it’s as small as it looks… but tasted so good! I really want to return to Spago again for the full-sized portion!

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