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NOX Dine in the Dark – A mind-blowing experience

This is probably the only post from me that contains no pictures. Yes, I finally experienced NOX Dine in the Dark, and I have to say this stands out as one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had.

Truth be told, when NOX first opened back in 2013, I had briefly heard about it and thought the concept to be gimmicky. When I was contacted for the media tasting, I was surprised to find that they are still around! But after finding out what the concept is all about, and experiencing NOX first hand, I have to say that the experience was nothing short of amazing. If you are looking out for new experiences, or feel like every restaurant is the same these days, you need to go experience NOX.

So what is NOX – Dine in the Dark anyway? As the name suggests, guests dine in a restaurant that is completely pitch black. You have to use your other senses, such as taste, touch, smell and hearing to experience the food. The idea is that without sight, your other senses are heightened for a more exploratory dining journey. The servers are specially trained blind or visually impaired people. The prix fixe three course menu will be served via 12 tasting dishes, ie 4 dishes per course. If you don’t want “spoilers” you should totally go make a reservation right now (Christmas treat maybe?) and not scroll any further.

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Stateland Cafe

After the awesome visit to My Awesome Cafe for lunch, we looked for a second cafe near the Telok Ayer area to hop to for our cafe hopping session. Unfortunately, because it was already close to 3pm, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. Gaest was open but the pork crackling sandwich we had our eye on was totally sold out. The boss told us that that sandwich is the first to run out everyday. (Hey boss, got so much demand, can increase supply or not!?!). We then entered SPRMKT, but it seemed a tad sterile and unwelcoming so we left. Finally, we spotted the elusive Sarnies after trying to locate it for at least 10 minutes. I don’t know how they name the units over there, but 136 Telok Ayer Street is not located next to 137 Telok Ayer Street! Alas, no more cooked food after 3pm!

So we had to give up on Telok Ayer street. Thanks to the new Downtown Line, we decided to take the MRT to Bugis instead and try our luck at one of the cafes at Bali Lane. Been hearing so much about Stateland Cafe from my blogger and Instagram friends that we just had to check it out. Thank goodness Stateland Cafe was open and serving its signature waffles, or else I would probably have called it a day.

Stateland Cafe - The Classic Waffle with Ice Cream $11.90 (3)

The Classic Waffle with Ice Cream $11.90

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Miam Miam

*Media Tasting*

Miam Miam, a French-Japanese fine casual café kitchen, is a labour of love by globetrotting friends with a passion for food. Marrying French techniques with Japanese inspired flavours and ideologies, the team at Miam Miam is engineered to deliver a consistently excellent experience. The kitchen at Miam Miam subscribes to the Japanese ideologies of kaizen and kanban in its food and preparation practices. Kaizen refers to the practice of continuous improvement and kanban of a scheduling system that ensures lean and just-in-time production.

Miam Miam - Perfectly engineered

They’re not lying when they tell you that everything is “engineered to perfection”.  For example, each portion of raw pasta measures exactly 110g. The pasta is cooked for exactly 7.5 minutes to achieve the perfect bite, aka pasta that is al dente. And in order to achieve the freshness that they so desire, everything is made to order. So…. be prepared to wait a little longer than what you would be used to for other restaurants!

Miam Miam - Hot Matcha Latte $6 (2)

 Hot Matcha Latte $6

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Itacho Sushi Restaurant

Had a nice lunch at Itacho Sushi Restaurant a few days ago with an ex-colleague. It was only my second visit to Itacho. I know that a number of people swear by Itacho, but my first visit to Itacho roughly a year ago was nothing memorable. Apart from the quality of the food, one of the reasons why people like going to Itacho is because of the seemingly cheaper price. That’s true, some items really are ridiculously cheap. But you couldn’t make a meal out of those items because the restaurant limits you to like 2 pieces per person. So invariably, one has to order some stuff from the main menu eventually, and the prices add up.

Having said that, eating at Itacho isn’t expensive (even if it is not super cheap), they have a huge range of sushi and quite a number of sushi items in the menu aren’t available in other restaurants like Sushi Tei, so it makes for an interesting experience.

Itacho - Smoked Duck Croquette Ball $3.70 U.P $7 (3)

Smoked Duck Croquette Ball, 2 for $3.70 U.P $7

The croquette ball was extremely delicious. It was piping hot when it arrived, and had such a crisp exterior, while delivering a luxuriously creamy filling when bitten into. On hindsight, I don’t think the smoked duck flavour was very strong, which is a little disappointing considering the price and the size.

Itacho - Box made shrimp with fish roe $2.20 U.P $2.50

Box made shrimp with fish roe, 2 for $2.20 U.P $2.50

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InterContinental Singapore Lobby Bar

I never like to spend my weekend in a harried way if I can help it. One of my favourite activities is to sit down over a drink and watch the world go by (as if you didn’t already know that from reading all my previous blog posts). But the question is, where is the best place to have a relaxing cuppa? A place that has good seats, preferably the sofa type, and a place that isn’t crowded. The 1st thought that comes to mind invariably is some cafe or restaurant, but I think one type of place that has been overlooked is the hotel lobby bar.

Yes I know, hotel lobby bar, sounds expensive. That’s true, but sometimes it pays to pay. Yesterday, after a hard evening’s worth of eating, we were in the Bugis area and we just so happened to need a place to relax some more. We went past Food For Thought on North Bridge Road, but there was some massive frying thing going on which made it almost impossible to breathe, so we had to give it a miss. By the way, Food For Thought is moving to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. 3rd September 2011 is the last day of operations on North Bridge Road.

The InterContinental Hotel in the distance beckoned to us, and we heeded the call. I’ve always loved stashing out at the InterContental Lobby Bar. Their afternoon tea is pretty good too. Have you seen the sofa seats? They are huge! One entire sofa just for the 2 of us, plus 2 more cushy armchairs for our bags. And a generous heap of cushions you could hide a small child behind.

Hotel InterContinental - Iced Chocolate

The drinks were of course expensive, nothing goes for less than $10. Coffees and pots of tea start at about $13. But here’s the trick, try and order the largest drink you can think of, and you pay less per sip 🙂 . Something iced tends to look bigger and we hit pay dirt by ordering the iced-chocolate which costs $13. The iced-chocolate was really delicious too. Thick, chocolatey and sweet enough. We were in chocolate and sofa heaven, with no one else to disturb us since all the tables are spaced far enough.

For $13+++, I would consider it money well spent for great service, a great drink and great comfort, in pretty surrounding too. And if you come at the right time, you get to enjoy melodies from the pianist or harpist. If you are there during their happy hour of 6-8pm daily, you get to enjoy martinis at $10 nett.

Hotel InterContinental (4) Hotel InterContinental Hotel InterContinental (3)

Sorry, all the photos are taken without me having to unmould myself from my seat.

Well now you know the secret to where to find the best place to relax, but please, don’t tell anyone else!

Check out my previous post on Hotel Intercontinental’s weekend high tea

 

InterContinental Singapore

80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6338 7600, Fax: +65 6338 7366
E-mail:
singapore@interconti.com

http://www.singapore.intercontinental.com

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