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STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar

STREET 50 - Crabmeat Istimewa (Stir-fried sambal rice with crabmeat, onion and green peas accompanied by satay, chicken wings, achar, prawn crackers and fried egg) $16

If you’re ever lost for what to eat when you’re at VivoCity or HarbourFront, you may just want to consider hopping across the road to the 1 year old Bay Hotel. STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar just opened last month, taking over the premises of the former Indonesian restaurant Rumah Rasa. STREET 50 offers diverse flavours ranging from Italian, French and American to Vietnamese, Indonesian and Singaporean with interesting twists.

Now every restaurant likes to say that they’ve added an interesting twist or a something special to their dish, but a lot of the times, the tastes are still pretty predictable. At STREET 50, I’m quite sure you will be in for a surprise when it comes to some of their signature dishes.

STREET 50 - Caprese (Selection of interspersed vineyard tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella with aged balsamico and fried basil) $12

Caprese (Selection of interspersed vineyard tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella wrapped in parma ham with aged balsamico and fried basil) $12

We started off the meal with a delightful Caprese. I love Caprese and I always want to order it when I’m at an Italian restaurant. However, as you can see it is quite substantial for a starter so I end up always having to give it a miss. It was great to be able to indulge in a bit of Caprese at this tasting. Love the sweet tomatoes wrapped in the salty Parma ham! The buffalo mozzarella was a little tough though.

STREET 50 - Hazelnut Escargot (Slow-baked Burgundy snails stuffed with hazelnut butter and flambed with brandy) $14 (3)

Hazelnut Escargot (Slow-baked Burgundy snails stuffed with hazelnut butter and flambed with brandy) $14

Escargots! Another one of my favourite foods! We were in for a special treat because these Escargots were also flambéed in Brandy. I’ve seen flambé of numerous steaks, and even a flambé Pencai, but never before, flambéed Escargots!

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Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel

*Media Invite*

When you think of hotel restaurants, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French cuisine tends to come to mind. So it was quite refreshing to discover that the newly opened Bay Hotel just opposite Vivocity boasts of an Indonesian restaurant! If you ask me, a tourist searching for local Singaporean food would find more similarity in Indonesian cuisine than say Japanese cuisine, so having an Indonesian restaurant in a hotel sounds like the most logical thing to do.

It was a pretty cosy lunch as there were only 3 other bloggers (Yumyumformytumtum, HoChiak and Oyster Diaries) and Dennis She of Publicist PR Communications who hosted the lunch. OH btw, I discovered after lunch that both Yumyum and Oyster Diaries hail from the same JC as I. Is it a small world or what?!

Anyway, back to the food. Rumah Rasah believes on delivering authentic and ibu-esque flavours. Therefore, short cuts go out the window. The rempah paste is made from scratch. Rempah is the building block of any dish and how good the rempah is will dictate how great the dish is. Also, if you order the belado dishes (belado is a chilli-based sauce), you will notice that the belado is laboriously-prepared using a variety of fresh ingredients like chillies, chilli padi, garlic, red shallots, calamansi and toamtoes.

Rumah Rasa - Soto Ayam Madura (A hearty chicken broth with Shredded Chicken, Bean Sprouts and topped with a Potato Croquette) $8 Soto Ayam Madura (A hearty chicken broth with Shredded Chicken, Bean Sprouts and topped with a Potato Croquette) $8

We started the meal with this Soto Ayam Madura. It’s a thin broth that packs a punch. Kind of reminded me of French onion soup, where one doesn’t find many onions in the soup yet you know it’s distinctly onion soup. I find it to be quite different from those you get at the hawker centres, in that this doesn’t taste oily or fattening. The begedil/potato croquette was very tasty as the potato was super fluffy.

Rumah Rasa - Udang Petai Belado (Prawns Stir-Fried in Chilli gravy with Petai Beans) $18 Udang Petai Belado (Prawns Stir-Fried in Chilli gravy with Petai Beans) $18

Here you can see the Belado, which looks very similar to sambal, yet isn’t quite. The prawns were fresh tasting and succulent. I personally don’t like the Petai Beans aka smelly beans, but I found that the bitter flavours infused into the prawns and complemented the sweet prawns.

Rumah Rasa - Ayam Korma (Chicken simmered in Mild Yellow Curry) $14Ayam Korma (Chicken simmered in Mild Yellow Curry) $14

Believe them when they say it’s mild, cuz the curry really was very mild to the extent that it tasted more like spiced up gravy. I did like the chicken however, which I found to be very tender.

Rumah Rasa - Ayam Panggang Berkakak Jakarta (Grilled Chicken served with Rumah Rasa's Spicy Sauce) $14 Ayam Panggang Berkakak Jakarta (Grilled Chicken served with Rumah Rasa’s Spicy Sauce) $14

Love the grilled chicken! The chicken didn’t even need the spicy sauce on the side as it had been marinated in a sticky sweet sauce itself. Very tasty and tender. Finger licking good, if I may borrow the phrase.

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Romantic Boutique Hotels in Singapore

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow so I thought I’d better get this post out ASAP! Have you all made plans to celebrate V Day with a special someone? If you have no idea where to go you could try Pantry at the Stables, although at this late date I am not sure if all the tables are fully booked.

I was thinking how best to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Singapore, or for that matter, a romantic getaway. Staycations are getting popular, but what about romantic staycations? Here are some pictures of lovely boutique hotel rooms to whet your appetite!

Capella Hotel http://www.capellahotels.com/singapore/

Capella Singapore offers guests the “Be my Valentine” package priced from S$950++ a night. Guests will enjoy one night’s accommodation in their choice of a One Bedroom Garden Villa, Constellation Suite or Sentosa Suite, subject to availability. They will also enjoy the following inclusions:

. Daily breakfast for two at The Knolls
. A bottle of wine
. Special Valentine’s set dinner for two at Cassia
. Romantic room turndown setup with flower petals, candles and bubble bath
. Guaranteed late checkout at 4pm

This is a limited offering and only for stays from 11 to 29 February 2012. uests can book online at http://www.capellahotels.com/singapore/specials-en.html or call Reservations at +65 6591 5000 / email reservations.singapore@capellahotels.com.

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Capella Singapore_Constellation Room Mid Res

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Capella Singapore_Cassia Chinese Restaurant Mid Res 

Wangz Hotel http://www.wangzhotel.com/

For diehard romantics, fall in love again and enhance the memorable set dinner with an extra special room package. http://www.wangzhotel.com/promos.aspx?i=12

The ‘When I Fall in Love’ room package includes:

  • One-night accommodation
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  • Complimentary wired and wireless internet access
  • Complimentary selected beverages from the mini-bar
  • 7-course Valentine’s Day dinner at Halo rooftop lounge
  • Special gift for the couple

Canopy Room — S$458++
Soak Room — S$608++ (Inclusive of  a standing tub for a romantic lover’s bath with Molton Brown bath amenities)

For room reservations, please call (65) 6595 1388 or email reservations@wangzhotel.com

SOAK ROOM - BATHROOM

SOAK ROOM

HALO 

Wonderlust Hotel http://wanderlusthotel.com/

SGD 450++ per night

Includes:

Breakfast in Bed

Cocotte Dinner Voucher valued at SGD 200 nett w/ 2 complimentary glasses of sparkling

An exclusive romance kit with every booking

*Only valid for stay from 7 to 14 February 2012. Prior reservations required for dinner.

E: reservations@wanderlusthotel.com

T: +65 6579 2024 for enquiries and bookings

Wonderlust Hotel

New Majestic http://www.newmajestichotel.com/

SGD 488 ++ per night

Includes:

A 1 night stay in one of the Attic Suites

Breakfast for 2 at the Majestic Restaurant

A complimentary spa treatment for two – either the Rejuvenating Body Massage, Detoxifying Body Massage with Steam or Fruit Body Therapy – at the Amrita Ayurvedic Centre

*Only valid for stay from 7 to 14 February 2012. Prior bookings required for spa treatment.

E: reservation@newmajestichotel.com

T: +65 6579 2024 for enquiries and bookings

New Majestic

Bay Hotel http://www.bayhotelsingapore.com/

Okay Bay Hotel is not yet open, but you might be interested in the opening special rates! Bay Hotel is situated across from VivoCity and in proximity of Sentosa and Mount Faber,

Standard Room Rates From S$228++

Guests will also receive:

• Buffet Breakfast
• Two Pieces Of Laundry Daily (Normal Service, Non Accumulative)
• Minibar Refreshments (Replenished Once Daily)
• Unlimited Broadband Access
• Rumah Rasa Sampler Platter
• Local Calls

Bay Hotel Singapore is organizing an online treasure hunt competition, paired with questions about the hotel, exclusively for fans of Bay Hotel Singapore’s Facebook fanpage in Singapore.

The online treasure hunt is inspired by the cupid and love of Valentine’s Day, where participants will have to locate 3 icons amidst images of the hotel. Facebook fans that manage to show evidence of finding these 3 icons, and who correctly answer the given question – “What is the name of the tapas bar and grill at Bay Hotel Singapore?” – will stand a chance to win the prize.

Each lucky winner will win a one night stay in Bay Hotel’s Singapore Deluxe Queen Room for 2 persons, including breakfast. There will be two lucky winners. The Valentine’s Day treasure hunt will end on 19th February 2012 (11pm, GMT +8), with the winners announced in late February 2012.

To participate in the competition or to find out more, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=264763316925825

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