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Antoinette Restaurant – Not just for desserts

Inspired by the famous last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, and exuding the style and private ambience of Marie’s favorite hideaway chateau, the Petit Trianon in the gardens of Versailles, a visit to Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtissierie & Salon de Thé lets diners embrace the same French elegance. Antoinette Restaurant was conceived by Chef Pang Kok Keong, with the 1st outlet at 30 Penhas Road opened in June 2011,  a second at Mandarin Gallery opened 2 months later; and the third and largest at 3100 square feet, opened in 2012 at Palais Renaissance.

Many people think that Antoinette is just a place for desserts, cakes and sweet treats, and indeed, they do serve these (my favourite being the Nougatine crepe!), however, there’s a whole repertoire of French inspired main courses waiting to be sampled as well in their recently revamped menu. Now, you needn’t just come during tea time, or after dinner. Anytime of the day would be just as good! The following are some of the dishes I tried at Antoinette Restaurant a while back. Can’t wait to return again!

Antoinette Montage

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Parkland Green at East Coast Park (Now Open!)

With 8 F&B establishments, 2 sports retail stores and a laser tag arena, Parkland Green has finally opened at East Coast Park. If you find the location or name familiar, this is because this place used to be occupied by the former Parkland Golf Driving Range / Singa Inn.

As an Eastie, I have been watching the development grow with great interest, and now that it’s finally open, I couldn’t be more overjoyed. I have to say, Parkland Green is probably one of the few places in Singapore, where you can dine al-fresco (under cool shade) while enjoying the sea views and sea breeze, while your children play in front of you in the open lawns. I was there just last weekend, and it was heart-warming to see little kids running around blowing bubbles on the lawn.

Parkland Green

Here are some pictures of the development and the outlets. Will progressively update this page with more photos and information so do stay tuned! 11 outlets in total, pictures start from the outlet nearest the sea, to the last outlet next to the underpass leading to near Marine Parade NTUC.

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SandBank (1)

See the stairs on the right of the photo, that’s leading into the huge plunge pool they have right in their restaurant! The pool is not ready just yet (as of 25 Nov 2014), but I can’t wait to see it when it is filled with water and people!

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Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe

What a mouthful! Chanced upon this restaurant about half a year back and was quite surprised to see a restaurant all decked out in the German/Black Forest theme that I hadn’t heard of prior to seeing it! Finally managed to check it out only yesterday.

I love German food, not just the sausages and the pork knuckles, but also other things like sauerkraut and spätzle. I could eat bowls and bowls of sauerkraut, if only it were more commonly found in Singapore!

Stuttgart Blackforest Cafe (4)

The place is decked out with lots of wood, and they even have a number of evergreen pine trees to make you feel as if you really are in some part of the Black Forest. Actually I think this Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe is more gimmick than good food although I must admit I too was attracted to enter by this interesting looking place.

Granted, the beers are quite reasonably priced, at $15 for half litre, and $18 for 1 litre, but the food menu is painfully limited. If you’ve been to Werner’s Oven in the East or Brotzeit, the menu at Stuttgart is like 1/10th of what would normally be available.

Stuttgart Blackforest Cafe - Single Portion Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut and Potato Salad $18 (1)

Single Portion Pork Knuckle (schweinshaxe) with Sauerkraut and Potato Salad $18

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Unique Mooncakes

This year, I am making it a point to only talk about interesting and unique moon cakes. As you can well imagine, we have so many moon cake brands out there. This used to be the bastion of hotels, but now, everyone, like EVERYONE, including SIA is jumping on the bandwagon.

Well, to each his own, but if you’re looking for something a bit different this year, maybe you can consider these moon cakes.

Häagen-Dazs Ice-cream Mooncakes

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Featuring 4 of Häagen-Dazs’s most favoured flavours – Macadamia Nut, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, and Chocolate, each ice-cream mooncake comes with a unique layer of chocolate printed with designs that represent the blossoms under the full moon, wishing for a blissful and tranquil life. For the “yolk”, a bright amber ball of mango sorbet is nestled within the ice cream centre, symbolising the wholeness of the full moon. To add crunch and texture, a peanut-butter chocolate malt ball base or sweet meal base greets you.

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D’Bell – Stylish Indian restaurant in the CBD

D’Bell, a contemporary Indian-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Singapore’s trendy North Canal Road has opened its doors. Diners can look forward to a chic and modern dining experience of light Indian-influenced offerings and classic cocktails amidst D’Bell’s stylish and luxe interiors.

I must say, my 1st impression of D’Bell was that it struck me more as an upmarket Western restaurant as most Indian restaurants that I am used to are rather traditional looking or casual looking. Prices seem quite reasonable in comparison to the other Indian restaurants.

D'Bell

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