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Salt Tapas & Bar– Surprisingly affordable brunch menu!

Salt Grill & Sky Bar has always been on my list of restaurants for special occasions thanks to the good food, exquisite presentation and amazing near 360 degree views of Singapore from the 55th floor of ION Orchard. But to dine here costs a pretty penny which is why it is reserved for special occasions. But did you know that Salt Grill & Sky Bar has a “sibling” in the form of Salt Tapas & Bar located at Raffles City shopping centre, which offers dishes at much more wallet friendly prices?

Salt Tapas & Bar is an extension of the existing “Salt” Brand by celebrated Australian Chef Luke Mangan. The menu has recently been revamped and now presents quality modern tapas with an Australian twist, at affordable prices. I am always wary about tapas places as the portions tend to be miniscule while charging full appetiser prices. Not so at Salt Tapas & Bar. Quite a number of the dishes we tried, in particular the brunch menu items, are large enough to be considered as mains. And the amazing thing is that the pricing is comparable to cafes you find in Singapore, and we are talking about food from a celebrated brand name located in the heart of town! This is probably one of the best kept secrets and I wish I’d known about it earlier!

The brunch menu is particularly worthwhile checking out for its affordable prices. For example French toast with clotted cream and Okinawa ice cream at $15, or scrambled eggs with ratatouille on toast at $15 or even the grilled sirloin with mash, salad and poached egg at $18!

Salt Tapas Bar - Egg berentine with bonito flakes - $14

Egg berentine with bonito flakes – $14 

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Dallas Restaurant & Bar– Affordable Atas dining!

Frequent visitors to Suntec City over the last decade or so would probably have remembered its rooftop garden, good for taking a respite after hours of toting heavy shopping bags, and a vantage point for viewing the Fountain of Wealth, but nothing more. Well the rooftop garden has undergone a massive makeover to become the Suntec City Sky Garden, boasting numerous spacious new restaurants featuring roof to floor glass walls. It feels as if you’re dining al-fresco, but in the comfort of air-conditioning.

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I had the opportunity to dine at Dallas Restaurant & Bar a couple of weeks back. The restaurant is housed in an exquisite glass house-style design and is next to an eye-catching shimmering pool feature. An impressive island bar takes centre stage with its gleaming black marble top, ceiling to floor bottle display and slick leather high-chairs.

With a name like Dallas Restaurant, and having already perused the menu prior to arriving, I was expecting a casual, laid-back restaurant and as a result, I walked right past the restaurant! It is the sort of decor you would expect of a restaurant where you would not be ashamed to wine and dine your business clients. Or to have a romantic and quiet time with your other half.

Dallas Restaurant & Bar

And the best part is, the prices are that of a casual restaurant! Burgers and sandwiches cost about $25 while main courses such as the Roasted Crispy Chicken cost $26 and BBQ barramundi cost $30. Guys, if you’re looking for a posh looking but affordable place to impress your girl, Dallas Restaurant & Bar would be a good choice, just don’t show her the menu prices!

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The Chop House (I12 Katong)

Finally blogging about the last tasting session that I went for prior to popping! I’d been to the 1st Chop House at Vivocity and I was looking forward to the same meat fest at the new Katong outlet to load up on my iron levels. The Chop House is renown for its generous meat dishes, which is not surprising since it is owned by the same people who own Wooloomooloo at Raffles City.

However the restaurant was keen to showcase its new or lesser known dishes, which turned out to be a good thing because they have some gems that are really worth highlighting to you guys out there. With a name like The Chop House, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that they specialise in meats, which they do, but they also have numerous “cafe” dishes as well.

The Chop House - Churros $6

For one, if you’ve been trying to find the best churros in Singapore, you might just want to pop by The Chop House. At $6 for 6 pieces of crispy on the outside and slightly under-baked on the inside to give a somewhat creamy texture, this must surely be one of the most value-for-money churros around. Also comes with a generous portion of chocolate or creme anglaise sauce.

The Chop House - Aussie Burger $24

This beautiful well done Aussie Burger $26++ would also be a recommendation of mine. Any burger with a sunny side up is a winner in my opinion! Plus the sweet onion jam and beet root added extra moisture and sweetness to the burger which I liked very much. Just don’t order it well done like I did, which I had to since I was pregnant. Medium-well should suffice for burgers.

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PasarBella Suntec City – What to eat?

Although PasarBella touts itself as a farmer’s market, I don’t really view them as such, as there’s hardly any local produce being sold and it’s mostly eateries instead of a good mix of retail and food. But whatever the name, it’s quite enjoyable going to the PasarBella outlet at The Grand Stand (former Turf City). Guess what, they’ve now opened another outlet at Suntec City so it’s much easier for those without private transportation to get a taste of what PasarBella is like.

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PasarBella is located at the ground floor of Tower 1

If you’re familiar with PasarBella at The Grandstand, PasarBella at Suntec City isn’t exactly the same. The PasarBella at Suntec City is much smaller, think 1/3 the size? Also, out of the 13 stalls there, 12 are eateries. In fact, PasarBella at Suntec City strikes me more as a grungy and urban foodcourt with an overdose of graffiti laden walls and neon coloured lighting. Order from any stall that you please, collect your food and sit where you will. It’s a pricey food court though, let’s be upfront with that, be prepared to spend at least $10 for lunch there. And there’s no ubiquitous drinks stall selling canned drinks or mineral water, so that’s another $4 or so for a cup of coffee or $6 for juice.

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Still, I’m sure it must be packed on weekdays with office workers looking to have something different to eat, minus the fuss of deciding on a specific restaurant to go to. The food that we tried was quite good (not thinking about the price), and I would definitely like to go back again to sample more stalls.

Pasar Bella Wolf Burger

Wolf Burgers – The Wolf

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Affordable lunch sets at The Ship Restaurant

Ever since the reopening of The Ship Restaurant & Bar at Shaw Centre, I have gone back not less than 3 times for lunch there. Years ago, before my blogging days, the Partner and I would frequent The Ship for dinner after work just because we loved the old school atmosphere there, and the food was pretty affordable. We’d be sure to get a nice booth table too as there were plenty to spare. We’d always order steaks.

So I was glad when The Ship finally reopened after Shaw Centre’s renovation. Even though they opened a second outlet at NEX, it didn’t strike me to go there (Serangoon not being too convenient for us either) as there wasn’t the same nostalgic feel to it. The revamped The Ship now looks more modern and spruced up, largely thanks to the glass windows running across the entire length of the restaurant. They don’t have as many booth seats as before I think. It’s hard to snag one now especially during lunch time.

The Ship - Fried Snakehead Fish Fillet

The crispy slices of fried snakehead fish fillets are served on the side so they don’t become soggy in the soup

I had no idea that The Ship was famous for its Fish Soup Noodles. Most of the items on the menu are Western dishes. But guess what, half the people dining at The Ship order the famous fish soup noodles, and so have I for the 3 occasions that I’ve been back.

The Ship - Special Sliced Fish Noodles $12.90  (4)

Thin bee hoon noodles

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