Archive for the ‘1.3 Casual Restaurants’ Category

Antoinette’s new menu for 2018 scores again with its savoury dishes.

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Dining at Antoinette is always a very pleasant affair. In this Instagram era where F&B’s pop-up and close down as fast as you can count, Antoinette gives you the feeling that it is here to stay. I’ve personally visited at least 10 or so times over the last few years? What amazes me is that Chef-Owner Pang Kok Keong seems to show no limits when it comes to introducing new dishes to his menu. All restaurants have to do that from time to time, but Chef Pang comes up with numerous dishes that are not only pretty to the eye (or camera), but taste good as well. Simply put, these are dishes I would return again to have.

This time round, I thought the new appetisers and main dishes stood out. My favourites from this lot has got to be the double prawn linguine, the wagyu beef tagliatelle, the baked rigatoni and the black bait. I’m quite sad to see last year’s Hakka inspired dishes go, but at least we have these new ones to look forward to.

Antoinette - Double Prawn Linguine $28 (1)

 Double Prawn Linguine $28

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Dian Xiao Er–Limited edition hassle-free Chilli soft-shell crab with mantou

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Dian Xiao Er - Chilli Soft Shell Crab   Fried Mantou $42.80

Chilli Soft Shell Crab and Fried Mantou $42.80 (M)

Celebrate Singapore’s birthday month at Dian Xiao Er with Chilli crab, one of Singapore’s beloved and iconic dishes. But what’s special about this chilli crab is that soft-shell crab is used, so for once, we can all just dive right in with our mantous in hand, slurping up the luxurious sweet and spicy chilli crab sauce, without having to fiddle with hard shells and cracked nails. It’s a wonder this dish is not more commonly found! And alas, you have only up to 2 September to enjoy this!

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Colonial Club–A new place to have kaya bread and kopi at Changi Airport + favourite dishes from yesteryear

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For Singaporeans who love visiting Changi Airport for food, or tourists to Singapore looking for a quick and relatively affordable local meal in a restaurant setting, do check out the recently opened Colonial Club. As the name suggests, this restaurant boasts dishes from Singapore, Penang and Malacca (Hainanese-style western delights, Nyonya dishes and other local favourites) that were once popular during the colonial era, but with a modern dash of chef’s creativity.

I certainly hadn’t heard of Roti Ayam nor Kapitan Chicken Curry nor Inche Cabin Chicken, but you don’t really need to have heard of them to enjoy the dishes at Colonial Club. Most of the dishes are, give and take a little, quite similar to what we already have in Singapore. In fact, if you’re a purist, you may not actually enjoy the dishes here. For example, yellow noodles are used in the Nyonya Laksa, and it also comes with a soft shell crab. These are items not usually associated with laksa. It would be best to come here with an open mind, or imagine the dishes to have different names (instead of associating them with what you are familiar with), for a more enjoyable time.

Scroll down for pictures of what I tried during the media tasting.

Colonial Club - Signature Colonial Club Nasi Lemak $15.90  (1)

 Signature Colonial Club Nasi Lemak $15.90

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Pizza Hut Buffet is back for a limited time only, showcasing its improved Pan Pizzas. Reservations required online!

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Yes it’s true, the Pizza Hut Pizza buffet is back, from 25 June – 26 August 2018. It’ll be showcasing six new and improved Pan Pizza flavours. What’s this new and improved Pan Pizza? They are familiar favourites tweaked to have a crispier crust, improved signature sauce and toppings closer to the edge of the pizzas, ie more topping to dough ratio.

Pizza Hut - Meat Galore Pizza Cheese Pull

Do you love cheese as much as I do?

These are the six new and improved Pan Pizzas

  • Hawaiian – Chicken ham combined with pineapple chunks (hey my all time favourite!)
  • Chicken Supreme – Savoury chicken ham, spicy chicken chunks, roasted chicken, topped with onions, capsicums and mushrooms
  • Curry Chicken – Spicy chunky chicken, potatoes, onions and diced tomatoes cooked in spices
  • BBQ Chunky Chic – Spicy chicken chunks, onions and pineapple chunks with smoky BBQ sauce
  • Meat Galore – Chicken ham, pepperoni, minced beef and cabanossi sausage, with tomato mozzarella melt
  • Super Supreme – Ground beef, smoky cabanossi sausages, beef pepperoni, chicken ham, capsicums, onions, olives, mushrooms and pineapple chunks

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People watch with Tortilla Wraps at Marriott Hotel’s Crossroads Cafe

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You know they say much has changed in Orchard Road as compared to a decade or two ago. Aside from the fact that so many new malls have sprung up, and the older malls having had a complete facade overhaul, even long standing shops have moved on and been replaced with newer ones.

But one place that has retained its prominent spot along Orchard Road is Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Crossroads Cafe. I can recall walking pass the al-fresco Crossroads Cafe numerous times when going to Far East Plaza was then the in thing. It was always chockfull of people and still is even until today. If you think that the F&B industry is fickle, take a leaf out of Crossroads Cafe’s experience!

However, even though it looked like a great spot to people watch, it never crossed my mind to enter this place. I had this impression that you’d only go there if you wanted an alcoholic drink, given that so many Caucasians frequent Crossroads Cafe, and are often seen holding wine glasses or beer bottles.

But recently, I found out that Crossroads Cafe serves a full-fledge bistro menu. Think dishes like salads, burgers, pasta, steaks, breakfast and even local food such as Hokkien Mee and Char Kuay Teow! The menu is pretty extensive actually, you can purview it on Crossroads Cafe’s website here.

Marriott Crossroads Cafe - $Iberico Pork Secreto $35

If you feel like you might now want to visit Crossroads Cafe, now’s a good time to go because Crossroads Cafe is currently having an Indulgent Tortilla Wraps promotion from now until 30 June 2018. For about $30 – $35 ++, you can select from one of 5 different tortilla wraps. The torilla wraps will be served platter style to facilitate sharing, with the tortilla sheets separate from the ingredients so that you can customise your own tortillas.

The five flavours on offer are

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