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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy staycation – Giveaway coming up!

*Staycation giveaway on my Facebook!*

As mentioned in my previous Breez Bistro Bar article, most hotels are located in the shopping or business districts of Singapore, but once in a while, you find a hotel located in the “suburbs”. One such hotel is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. The Katong neighbourhood is no ordinary neighbourhood, it boasts a long Peranakan history of which I shall not delve into in this article.

We had the pleasure of staying at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in a Business Suite for one night to check out its facilities as well as food. We also had access to the club lounge, which is always a treat as then there is really no need at all to step out of the hotel! Scroll down to read more about our staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy as well as to see the pictures.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (1)

Doesn’t it look like we’re in the living room of a house?

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Breez Bistro Bar (Grand Mercure Roxy) – Cosy neighbourhood restaurant with pool view

You seldom find hotels in neighbourhood locations in Singapore, and naturally so because most tourists would tend to prefer to stay in the city centre where the action is, or in the business districts. Interestingly, there are a number of hotels in the Marine Parade / Katong area, since decades ago. This is probably because prior to the land reclamation done, the Katong area was sea-facing and so it would be quite natural to have seaside hotels facing the waters. The coast has since moved further away but thanks to the resurgence in interest in the Peranakan culture (my guess), hotels deem it fit to still locate themselves in this heritage area. Now Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express Katong also call themselves home a stone’s throw away from Grand Mercure. 

So, if you are in the Marine Parade / Katong area, or after shopping at I12 Katong or Parkway Parade, and thinking of simply eating at the mall again, you just might be interested to know that there’s a cosy restaurant bistro bar tucked inside Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel with relaxing pool views, for your consideration. People tend to be more familiar with Grand Mercure’s bigger restaurants (such as Feast @ East buffet restaurant and Jia Wei Restaurant), so this little bistro is a fantastic hideaway. You’ll have to snag the al-fresco seats or the indoor seats right next to the entrance, if you want the pool views though.

Breez Bistro Bar - Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18 (2)

 Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18

Nothing like a icy cold drink to help you relax.

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White asparagus season again with Marriott Pool Grill–And the steaks are perennially good!

It’s white asparagus season again, so for those of you who love white asparagus, now’s the time to indulge when these beautiful stems are at their best. And for those of you who have never tried white asparagus, I highly recommend you to, not least because of the nutrients that’s packed in them. They are juicier, more tender and sweeter than the green asparagus variety.

From now until 30 April, you can sample white asparagus at Marriott Pool Grill, specially flown in from the Netherlands. There are 3 ala-carte dishes to choose from.

Marriott Pool Grill - Classic ( Steamed white asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise sauce)  $20

 Classic (Steamed white asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise sauce) $20

This is the most affordable dish if you just mainly want to sample the white asparagus in its full glory. The creamy and buttery poached egg goes really well with the juicy sweetness of the asparagus.

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Capella Singapore’s Wellness Initiatives–Starting with creative food festival “Coulicious” from 14-16 April 2017

Capella Singapore Aerial View

To kickstart Capella Singapore’s intention to showcase wellness initiatives for 2017, there will be a creative food festival featuring award-winning French guest chef Olivier Rodriguez from 14 – 16 April 2017. Chef Olivier has a wealth of culinary experience under his belt. He has worked in various Michelin-starred restaurants including Le Chantecler and Les Jardins de Opera in France, as well as the Signature in Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, where he obtained and sustained a one-Michelin star rating for 7 years.

Currently he helms & ecle in Tokyo, and for 3 days only, you will be able to taste his style of cooking and experience the food in a communal dining setting. Coulicious will see Japanese rice dishes undergo French and Italian classical cooking techniques and paired with a unique coulis (aka a thick vegetable or fruit-based sauce).

This communal dining is like no other communal dining I have ever experienced, and I thought I’m Asian! If you and your dining companions order the 5-course Omakase set, each of you will be given different dishes, per course. (There are 3 different dishes per course so it would be ideal if you came in threes so that you can sample all 3 dishes) It’s supposed to be really informal and casual dining, where everyone digs into each other’s plates. To be frank, this sort of communal dining is not for me. I am fine with sharing dishes like you would in most Chinese restaurants, where the dishes are placed in the centre and people can take what they want, when they want it. I draw the line at having to use my used spoon to dig into my dining companion’s plates and vice versa. And besides, these are small dishes we are talking about, 5 mouthfuls per dish I would say? I would be totally stressed out having to make sure I keep enough of my dish for the next person. And what if you received a dish you liked very much and didn’t want to share? Or even more horrifying, what if you are ill and don’t want to spread your germs around? Having said that though, this concept would be great for couples looking for a romantic night out! You one mouth, I one mouth….

Despite what I think is an impractical sharing system, I must admit that Chef Olivier’s food tastes fabulous! The flavours are refreshingly different, no doubt from the extensive experimentation with different types of vegetable and fruit purees to get to the combinations that work. You won’t get bored dining on Chef Olivier’s dishes, that’s for sure. Except for one or two minor issues, the execution was generally spot on too, everything was cooked to the right level of tenderness or doneness.

Scroll down for pictures of the 5-course Omakase meal that we had yesterday (Starter : Coulicious : Ocean : Farm : Sweet). The pricing indicated is for ala-carte orders, but the pricing has been deliberately inflated to encourage you to order the Omakase instead.

Starter

The Knolls - Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42

Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42.

Ima smack any hands that try to take a bit out of my precious foie gras!

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Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation

Because Baby loves going for staycations, we have been trying to let him experience as many hotels as possible! One of the hotels we checked out was the Swissotel Merchant Court some time back. The hotel has actually undergone a 18 month refurbishment, so it was a good opportunity to check out the new furnishings!

One huge plus point about staying at the Swissotel Merchant Court is that you’re right smack in the heart of Clarke Quay where all the vibrant restaurants are (beware the touts). There’s also a mall next to the hotel called The Central with numerous fashion boutiques and more restaurants and cafes. Very importantly, the Clarke Quay MRT station is next door as well, or you could simply take one of the numerous buses straight to Bugis (just 4 or 5 stops away).

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation (21)

Greetings! Our mandatory wefie on the king size bed!

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation (1)

The Swiss Executive room that we were assigned was spacious and had a lovely balcony, and if there’s one thing that I love, it’s balconies! Even though the balcony may not be large, but just being on it and being “out in the open” makes everything so much more exciting. And of course it makes the room feel so much more spacious.

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