Posts Tagged ‘Bistros’

Breez Bistro Bar (Grand Mercure Roxy) – Cosy neighbourhood restaurant with pool view

You seldom find hotels in neighbourhood locations in Singapore, and naturally so because most tourists would tend to prefer to stay in the city centre where the action is, or in the business districts. Interestingly, there are a number of hotels in the Marine Parade / Katong area, since decades ago. This is probably because prior to the land reclamation done, the Katong area was sea-facing and so it would be quite natural to have seaside hotels facing the waters. The coast has since moved further away but thanks to the resurgence in interest in the Peranakan culture (my guess), hotels deem it fit to still locate themselves in this heritage area. Now Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express Katong also call themselves home a stone’s throw away from Grand Mercure. 

So, if you are in the Marine Parade / Katong area, or after shopping at I12 Katong or Parkway Parade, and thinking of simply eating at the mall again, you just might be interested to know that there’s a cosy restaurant bistro bar tucked inside Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel with relaxing pool views, for your consideration. People tend to be more familiar with Grand Mercure’s bigger restaurants (such as Feast @ East buffet restaurant and Jia Wei Restaurant), so this little bistro is a fantastic hideaway. You’ll have to snag the al-fresco seats or the indoor seats right next to the entrance, if you want the pool views though.

Breez Bistro Bar - Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18 (2)

 Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18

Nothing like a icy cold drink to help you relax.

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Cafe Melba

I’m always on the look out for new restaurants in the East, and thankfully, it seems that more restaurants have been opening up lately. Mind you, there’s still room for more so I’m still waiting! Today I wanted to have lunch at The Big Sheila tucked away in an obscure part of Siglap (Swan Lake Ave, have you heard of it?). It was 2pm already and I couldn’t get a table! That’s how bad the situation is in the East. Too much demand and too little supply.

Anyway, I want to share with you this new find in the Tanjong Rhu/Mountbatten/Katong area. I think people living in the area all know about it as it faces a busy main road. It’s Cafe Melba, located at where the La Salle Arts School once used to be. I’ve only been once so far, on a Saturday night and it was also full house. It’s a nice place, with a huge al-fresco area. The inside seating isn’t huge though. Dog lovers will love Cafe Melba as it is dog friendly. Also, there is a huge lawn in front of Cafe Melba, which would be great for the kids and the dogs.

Cafe Melba (1)

Not too sure if it would be sweltering in the day time because I went at night.

Cafe Melba - Ham and pineapple (Tomatoes, ham, pineapple, mozzarella) 9 inch $18 (2)

Ham and pineapple pizza (Tomatoes, ham, pineapple, mozzarella) 9 inch $18

They have 3 sizes of pizza to choose from but we took the smallest one at 9 inches. Those who like thin crust pizza would certainly like this one. It’s not so thin that it’s crispy like a biscuit, it does go a little floppy towards the middle. Toppings were nice and on the whole the pizza was quite nice.

Cafe Melba - Melba beef rendang in (Beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices, shoe-string fries and pizza breads) $18 (1)

Melba beef rendang in (Beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices, shoe-string fries and pizza breads) $18

Interesting to find Rendang at a Western bistro and it’s always a risk to order Asian dishes as it takes a really versatile chef to be good with both Western and Asian cuisines. The Rendang tasted quite authentic. It was quite heavy and rich and it was a delight to mop up the Rendang gravy with the pizza breads provided. The beef though was forgettable as it was stringy and slightly tough.

Cafe Melba - Shoestring fries

Crispy Shoestring fries

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