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[CNY 2019] Many must-try dishes from Marriott’s Wan Hao Restaurant this year

Wan Hao Marriott Chinese New Year Menu - Imperial Pot of Prosperity Pen Cai

It can be hard to decide on the the best hotel venue or restaurant to have your Chinese New Year reunion dinner, especially when all of these F&B establishments are pulling out all the stops to get your attention and they all end up looking very similar. After tasting quite a number of Chinese New Year menus, I am glad to report that Wan Hao Restaurant from Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel at Orchard Road offers up one of the best CNY menus this year. Scroll down to see some of the highlights from the Marriott buffet as well as ala-carte and set menus.

In particular, two dishes incorporating almond had me in awe and finishing up every last drop, when for decades I have avoided any Chinese dishes with almond stock/milk/cream under the assumption that I did not like it. More on that if you scroll down further.

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RIZU– Contemporary new Japanese restaurant opens at Duxton Hill offering Omakase sets worth trying

RIZU is an intimate and contemporary Japanese restaurant that recently opened in the Duxton Hill enclave back in September. The restaurant seats 38 and is well known for its vibrant rolls and sashimi. I’ll be upfront, the prices are not cheap here, but you are offered exemplary service and quality of food that would befit the pricing.

If you are looking for a Japanese restaurant suitable to celebrate a special occasion, RIZU would be a good recommendation. They also have Omakase set menus, which allow you to “leave it to the chef” to curate a meal with the best ingredients of the day. And to really live it up, go for the wine/sake pairing as well. Diners during the month of December will also be able to be gifted a complimentary bottle of Champagne to all groups of four that are partaking in the festive Omakase menu.

Recently, I had the luxury to check out the Omakase set, and I must say almost every single dish was a winner. Each dish had been thoughtfully crafted by Head Chef Noboru Shimohigashi, which is evident in both plating and taste. Chef Nobru has over a decade of experience working in restaurants such as the Michelin-starred Ryuzu in Japan and Beni in Singapore. Scroll down to read my tasting notes for the Omakase set that I tried several weeks ago.

Rizu - Appetiser of Calliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin, Jellyfish

Appetiser of Cauliflower Puree, Caviar, Sea Urchin

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Christmas 2018–Christmas Eve dinner for under $100 at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay - The Square Festive Buffet (1)

If you have yet to make any plans for Christmas, you might want to consider Novotel Clarke Quay The Square Restaurant. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is going at $85++ while the Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is going at $68++. Senior Citizens get a discount. And the Christmas Eve Buffet comes with free flow of martinis, beer, wine and soft drinks, so really it’s not a bad deal!

The festive buffets will feature favourites such as

  • Roast Turkey
  • Baked Gammon Ham
  • Roast Beef,
  • Seafood on Ice
  • Assorted Sushi and Sashimi,
  • Signature dishes like Salted Egg Crayfish, Chilli Crab, Laksa etc
  • Festive desserts such as fruit cake, stollen, log cake, panettone etc

Scroll down for some picture highlights taken from the invited media tasting a couple of weeks ago.

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Christmas 2018–A brilliant Christmas at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Think of where to eat at Marriott Hotel and Marriott Cafe’s popular buffet comes to mind. The offerings are extensive and the food is consistently good. Hence you won’t go wrong with Marriott Cafe’s Festive buffets, should you still be looking for a good place to celebrate Christmas.

Marriott Cafe - Festive Buffets

Christmas Eve (Dinner) and Christmas Day (Lunch & Dinner) crowd pleasers not to be missed include Roast Turkey with Chestnut Bread Stuffing; Slow-roasted Australian Beef Prime Ribs; Maple Gazed Leg Ham; Pan-fried Foie Gras with Chutney, Relish & Brioche; Milanese Style Lamb Chops with Lemon & Herbs; Bacon Wrapped Chicken Ballotine with Creamy Kale, and more. Highly raved seafood favourites include Lobster Thermidor; Oyster Florentine; Crayfish with Chilli Herb Butter; Grilled Scallops with Salsa Verde; Whole Salt Crust Baked Salmon; Fresh Seafood on Ice and more.  Buffet lunches range from $68++ to $78++ and buffet dinners range from $80++ to 108++ depending on the days. Christmas eve and Christmas day dinner is $160++ while Christmas day lunch is $138++.

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PARKROYAL on Pickering–Amazing staycation experience and so many Instagrammable spots!

PARKROYAL on Pickering may strike you as a bit of a business hotel, given that it is in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, but that doesn’t make it any less suitable a location for a staycation. The hotel has been on my radar for several years now, thanks to its really eye-catching and unmistakable facade.

I’ve visited the hotel a couple of times in the past. Once was to enjoy the afternoon tea at Lime Restaurant, and another was to have a dinner buffet at the same restaurant. Recently, I had the opportunity to finally check out the rooms, and my was it a staycation to remember. Thanks to the PARKROYAL on Pickering Suite Little Escape promotion ($668 onwards) available just for December, we got to enjoy the comforts of a Junior Suite (has a living room area and separate bedroom!), a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries, festive buffet dinner and buffet breakfast!

The room is super humongous! So much space to just relax in plus the wider views! There are 2 TV screens so the husband can watch 1 programme while I can watch another. But truth be told, we hardly had time for TV because we were so busy taking photos all over the hotel plus pigging out. Seriously every turn you take is a potential Instagram opportunity.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed via my InstaStories that we got upgraded to have Club Lounge access. Club lounge access means that in addition to the perks from the Suite Little Escape promotion, we would also be entitled to Champagne buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the Orchid Club Lounge. I would highly recommend topping up for it to really pamper yourself, but if you don’t mind a smaller room, you can go for the Orchid Club Room ($440 onwards) and still get Club benefits.

Scroll down further to see what we did during our 1 precious day at PARKROYAL on Pickering where time just seemed to slip away so very much faster than I wanted it to!

Staycation at PARKROYAL on Pickering

Staycation time indeed! Do come in and take some pictures at the hotel lobby too as that already offers up many photo opportunities.

PARKROYAL on Pickering- Orchid Club Junior Suite

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