SAVOUR Wines 2016

The second part of SAVOUR 2016 is back from 9 – 11 Sept 2016 (read about the first part here), and this time, the focus is on wines! There will be a Wine Market which will house over 400 labels of wines from all over the world, such as from south America, California, Australia, Spain and Argentina. Entry to the Wine Market is via pre-purchased Wine Tasting Cards at $15 for 10 wine tastings or $20 for 20 wine tastings.

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Each pre-purchased card comes with a free limited edition SAVOUR Wines wine glass, which can also be bought separately for $10. Wow so that means you’re paying only $5 for 10 wine tastings if you go for the $15 card! That’s like 50 cents per glass! Sounds like a good deal to me. Smile

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Even if you don’t want to pay for the wine tastings, you should still make a visit to SAVOUR Wines because there are also free masterclasses on wine pairings, glassware, tasting notes etc. Each class fits a maximum of 20 people. And the maximum number of people allowed at every session of SAVOUR Wines is 700 peeps.

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2016

It’s the time of the year again to make plans to attend the upcoming Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Started in 2012, the festival this year will welcome over 40 culinary superstars from around the world including Nigella Lawson, Joan Roca, Dany Angove, Rick Stein and Singapore’s very own Janice Wong , who will share their knowledge and passion across an abundance of mesmerising food encounters. 

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

The festival boasts collaborative dinners, educational brunches, masterclasses, interactive question and answer sessions, held in various locations in the picturesque Margaret River. The Feast in the Forest, with meat cooked over an open fire sounds like just the thing I would want to go for if I were in Margaret River during the festival. Or perhaps the gourmet beach BBQ? And of course, not forgetting the Gourmet Village at renowned Leeuwin Estate Winery. Read more about the Margaret River Gourmet Escape here, but hurry, because tickets are running out fast!

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Bridge Restaurant Bar – Fine dining food in a casual setting

If you’ve eschewed fine dining restaurants for fear of awkwardness and the price tag, there is a new restaurant in town that hopes to serve up fine dining dishes in a casual atmosphere. Bridge Restaurant Bar at Seah Street opposite Raffles Hotel has recently undergone a revamp and is now headed by Head Chef Ace Tan who used to work at Pollen. Their motto is “fine dining without the fuss or pinch”.

And Bridge has achieved that to a certain extent. The restaurant is certainly casual, no starched tablecloths or waiters with neckties. We were even comfortable to bring Baby for dinner! The food served would not seem out of place in a fine dining restaurant, some dishes being served with the “theatrics” that are common in such restaurants. The only thing I’m not so sure about is the pricing. You’re looking at $55 / $85 for a 3 / 5 course dinner respectively. It’s certainly not cheap to dine at Bridge, but I suppose it is cheaper than if you would go to places like Corner House and Les Amis. What is certain though is the food tasted great.

Bridge - Complimentary Bread

Complimentary bread. What’s special is the butter which was made using barley.

Bridge - Buckwheat Mini Pancakes

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Janice Wong Restaurant at the National Museum–Exquisite plated desserts!

Attended the Margaret River Gourmet Escape pre-launch event held last week at the newly opened Janice Wong Singapore. Before I delve into the details of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape (happening on 18 – 22 November 2016, tickets available here), here’s a quick sneak peek into the fantastical desserts that Janice Wong has conjured up at her second outlet in Singapore, which she will also feature at the festival. Btw, the restaurant at the National Museum sees Janice Wong expanding her culinary repertoire by introducing mains to the menu. Yes, the menu offers savoury items, although it seems limited to noodles and xiao long baos mainly.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape - Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

This dessert had me nearly scraping a hole into the plate to reach the last tasty drop. The pandan kaya and coconutty flavours were really pronounced, and it was a nice way to enjoy “kaya toast” in an icy cold manner.

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Sun with Moon–Special Kyushu menu for a limited time only!

Fans of Sun with Moon restaurant will be glad to know that they will be having a limited time only special menu focussing on signature dishes from the prefectures within Kyushu. Kyushu is known for its hot springs, natural wonders, warm hospitality, and of course, the amazing food I am told. **Discount code at bottom of post!

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I have not been to anywhere in Kyushu myself, but after tasting the delectable fare from Sun with Moon a couple of days back, I am really itching to book a ticket to Japan immediately! The special menu will only be on from 2 September – 31 October 2016, so don’t miss out! Here’s what we tried from the menu starting with my favourites for the evening.

Sun with Moon - Sun Style Goma Salmon

Sun Style Goma Salmon

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