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Raffles Hotel Tiffin Room–Delicious Indian Buffet

I have stepped into Raffles Arcade countless times, but not so the actual interiors of the illustrious Raffles Hotel. So it was without hesitation that I accepted an invitation to check out the Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel. The Tiffin Room serves a North Indian buffet, including vegetarian curries for non-meat eaters. Interestingly, Raffles Hotel’s afternoon tea service is also served at the Tiffin Room and not somewhere else.  Did you know that Raffle’s Hotel Tiffin Room was officially named so way back in 1976?

I’d been to Tiffin Room once with my parents, many years ago, could probably have been a decade ago! I remembered it to be a posh place with lots of delicious curries to choose from and I found it difficult to try every single curry because everything was so delicious and there was just no more space in the stomach! Well, nothing much has changed a decade later, it’s like stepping back in time when I revisited the Tiffin Room a few weeks ago.

Tiffin Room

Curries and other Indian dishes are still the stronghold here, and aside from the salad and cheese bar, don’t be expecting other types of cuisine here. That’s not a problem for me because I love Indian food, but if you don’t, I’d say go with an open mind and you might just be delighted.

Tiffin Room -Kalmi Kebab (Tandoor Baked Boneless Chicken Flavored with Cinnamon Stick and Bay Leaf)

Kalmi Kebab (Tandoor Baked Boneless Chicken Flavored with Cinnamon Stick and Bay Leaf)

One of my favourite dishes of the evening as the chicken drumsticks were succulent and really tender with just a bit of charred taste.

Tiffin Room - Murg Makhanwala (Butter Chicken in Smooth Tomato Sauce)

Murg Makhanwala (Butter Chicken in Smooth Tomato Sauce)

I must say all the curries I tasted were fantastic. Even if you just had the curry itself without the ingredients, I could have finished half a plate of rice just with that.

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Fullerton Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea

It’s less than 1 week to Christmas! How’s your preparations for Christmas, are you in a festive mood yet with all the malls and streets decked in Christmas baubles? Last week, the Partner and I went to check out Fullerton Hotel’s Festive Afternoon tea and boy was the hotel ready for Christmas or what.

Christmas at Fullerton

A huge Christmas tree and sleight spilling with presents and teddy bears had been placed right at the entrance. And every conceivable pillar had been plastered with red and green hued plants and Christmas Lights. A bubble machine was blowing bubbles from the second floor so it kinda felt like stepping into a winter wonderland with falling bubbles pretending to be snowflakes.

Fullerton Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea (3)

Anyway we didn’t waste too much time with the Christmas decorations because we wanted to zoom straight for the food! Check out this 3 tier of afternoon delights, it’s a feast for the eyes! And you know what, the best part is that you can have your favourites topped up as many times as you like!

Fullerton Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea (5)

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5 places to help you throw your dream Christmas party

It’s the time of the year again, where we prepare for that one all important day, the 25th of December. I love this period where all the festive decorations are up, and Christmas songs are blasting in every mall and supermarket. Because you know, 1 day to celebrate Christmas is just too short! This year, Christmas falls on a Friday which is great because it means an extended Christmas celebration!

How will you be celebrating Christmas? If you’re planning to throw your own Christmas party, I say go for it! It’s more economical, you get to have more food and you can escape the traffic jams of Orchard Road. Actually it’s not too difficult these days to quickly put together a home party. There are so many places where you can pre-order your Christmas turkeys, Christmas platters and other festive goodies. Some have even come up with new twists to traditional favourites in a bid to help you wow your guests. Here are 5 places you should check out for your Christmas goodies.

Ryan’s Grocery

Specialty grocer and butchery Ryan’s Grocery rings in the festive season with an array of organic, gluten-free Christmas goodies. From Gourmet Christmas Roasts Sets that feature delicious grass fed organic roast beef, gluten-free honey baked ham and free-range Linley Valley pork marinated in red wine and garlic to a range of organic, gluten-free sausage platters, Ryan’s grocery has you covered for a fuss-free day of quality Christmas entertaining.

Looking for the perfect gift for the discerning gourmand? Ryan’s Grocery will also be offering a delightful range of gift sets from small batch specialist producers from Western Australia that are exclusive to the store.

Organic Premium Grassfed Black Angus Beef 2kg $160

Roasted Organic Premium Grassfed Black Angus Beef 2kg $160

Ryan Grocery Homemade Christmas Special Gluten Free Sausage Platter $29

Homemade Christmas Special Gluten Free Sausage Platter $29 – These sausages are hormone free, antibiotic free, sulphites and nitrates free using all natural casings, which is really good to know.

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Four Seasons Wedding Dinner

My cousin recently got married at the Four Seasons Hotel and I was really happy to be able to partake in the happy occasion, not just because well it’s my cousin’s wedding, but because I myself got married at the Four Seasons Hotel 3 years ago and I have been waiting for an opportunity to relive the experience again from a guest’s point of view minus all the hair-pulling stress!

I think I might have mentioned before that I really love the Four Seasons Grand ballroom for the high ceiling, arched windows and decor. It’s great to have a wedding lunch at Four Seasons because the arched windows let in natural daylight, something that few hotel ballrooms can boast of I’m sure. Plus the minimum tables that you have to guarantee is 22 for lunch and 25 for dinner (approx there I think), which is not too difficult to hit (as compared to other hotels) to get the grand ballroom. And have you seen the sitting lounge area, love the decor there, and it’s similar up in the rooms as well! Gosh how I wish I can have another staycation at Four Seasons Hotel again!

Anyway let me leave you to enjoy the pictures of the wedding and wedding dinner. Smile

Four Seasons Hotel Wedding Dinner (1)

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Dim Sum at SzeChuan Court

Checked out Sze Chuan Court 2 weeks ago with my parents after my luxurious massage session at the Fairmont Singapore Willow Stream Spa. I’d forgotten that I have the FAR card (Feed at Raffles Card) privileges tied to my AMEX card so I was pleasantly surprised to be told that I could enjoy a 33% discount since there were 3 people at the table.

You don’t often hear of Sze Chuan Court being mentioned when it comes to dim sum, so I was quite keen to see what they would dish up. They also have a dim sum buffet going on for about $45 but we decided not to stuff ourselves too much this time round. On the whole, Sze Chuan Court serves up pretty good dim sum if you know which are the good items to order. There were some hits and misses when I went with my parents since it was our first time, but when I went back with the Partner again a second time, I knew to order my favourites. Best part is that if only 2 pax are dining, the discount is 50%! Only thing is, we kinda splurged and the bill ended up $20 more than when I had dined with my parents!

Sze Chuan Court (1)

So, the must orders are the Braised Bean Curd Skin Roll with Enoki Mushrooms, the Fried Beancurd Prawn Dumpling with Celery and Water Chestnut and the Young Bamboo Shoot Prawn Dumpling. The char siew bao is not too bad too, but they put some almond essence (or similar) into the fillings and I don’t particularly like anything with almond essence. Pity they don’t have any rice rolls, those being our usual order at Cantonese restaurants. I suppose that’s a HK/Cantonese dish.

Sze Chuan Court - Braised Bean Curd Skin Roll, Enoki Mushrooms, Superior Broth $7.80

Braised Bean Curd Skin Roll, Enoki Mushrooms, Superior Broth $7.80

Sze Chuan Court - Fried Beancurd Prawn Dumpling, Celery, Water Chestnut $8.80

Fried Beancurd Prawn Dumpling, Celery, Water Chestnut $8.80

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