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Fullerton Hotel’s revamped Chocolate Buffet at The Courtyard

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Are you a lover of chocolate? Or desserts? If you are, you will want to check out The Courtyard’s new and improved Chocolate Buffet. It’s not just any o spread of chocolate desserts, new elements have been added to up the excitement factor.

The Chocolate Buffet at The Courtyard

First up, the Chocolate Buffet now offers a small selection of savoury food. Hands up those of you who feel intimidated over the idea of having to plough through a ton of decadent chocolate? We all love chocolate of course, but as adults we also know there is a limit to how much of the same thing we can consume before we reach the dreaded “palate fatigue”. Now, you can take a break from the decadent chocolate items with savouries like Cocoa and Spice-rubbed Baby Pork Ribs or Salmon Mini Quiches. You could also treat it like a light dinner too, if you don’t want the inconvenience of having to separately eat dinner prior to the Chocolate Buffet.

For the serious chocolate lover, you won’t want to miss the Valrhona Tasting Table, where 12 varieties of chocolate in bite-sized coins of varying cocoa percentages are available so that you can savour the chocolate unadulterated.

There is even a made to order plated chocolate dessert at the Live Nitro Station. Here, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the ingredients such as chocolate sponge, crumble, espuma and meringue, which will be hidden under a chocolate sphere for you to dramatically break open.

Oh, do not miss out on the Hot Chocolate Trolley because that’s what happened to me as it was hidden behind the Live Nitro Station! This is where you can create your own hot chocolate from 6 types of Valrhona chocolate and spices such as cardamom, chilli and anise.

And of course, the actual Chocolate Buffet spread of various desserts using chocolate in one way or another. Think cakes, macarons, tarts, shooters and the chocolate fountain. Scroll down to see more pictures of the spread and cute photos of the toddler stuffing his face with chocolate éclair.

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – New Food and Drinks!

I have a soft spot for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf because it was there that I tried my maiden ice-blended coffee drink all those years back. When they first opened in Singapore, there were few other places to try such stuff, Starbucks being the main competition. There are multiple options in various permutations available today, however The Coffee Bean’s mocha ice-blended coffee is still one of my firm favourites.

So it was good to know that they have updated their food and drinks menu. From now until 24th May 2017, you can try two new Mexican Chocolate beverages. There’s the Mexican Chocolate Latte if you want a hot drink, and the Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink if you want a cold drink.

The Coffee Bean - Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended $7 and Mexican Chocolate Latte $7

Mexican Chocolate Latte – Small: $7, Regular: $7.70, Large: $8.20

Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink – Small $7, Regular $8, Large $9

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Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant

Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has been open for a couple of years now. I’m sure most buffet fanatics out there would have tried this buffet by now. I’ve dined at Rise Restaurant on a couple of occasions but they were always ala carte orders. So I decided the time was ripe to take my parents for a nice lunch at Rise Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing. $49++ for weekend lunch buffet makes Rise Restaurant a very value-for-money buffet, don’t you think? This is especially when you consider the size of the spread.

Even though I look like I’ve been gorging on buffets quite often these past few months, the truth is that I haven’t actually gone for a lunch or dinner buffet in about a year! All the previous buffets you’ve read about on this blog this year were Afternoon Tea buffets, which ahem, is quite different from a lunch/dinner buffet!

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Dessert Station

I’m a sucker for pretty desserts. The dessert display at Rise Restaurant is definitely worthy of being part of an Afternoon Tea buffet. My idea of a good afternoon tea dessert display is that it has to be whimsical and eye-popping.

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Decadent and regal looking 3 layer chocolate cake

I am not one to eat desserts before mains, but when it comes to posting pictures, who’s to say we can’t post pictures of cakes and sweet treats first?

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The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill One Fullerton

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Singapore’s latest seafood destination, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill is conceptualised by the team behind The Big Idea, which manages a stable of trendy concepts such as Kinki, Fat Cow, Marmalade Pantry and Bedrock Bar & Grill, The Pelican is the group’s latest brainchild that showcases their trademark innovation and expertise in food, design, bar and hospitality.

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The Pelican’s culinary team is led by Dan Segall, a well-known figure in the regional scene who has joined The Big Idea as Group Executive Chef. The American chef has built an illustrious international career since he was 16 and chalked up over 20 years of experience at many respected establishments. The Pelican’s Head Chef, Isaac Tan, who successfully launched Bedrock Bar & Grill, also comes onboard with his rich international working experience and expertise with the wood fire grill and seafood, of which 8 years were spent in Sydney.

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The menu is inspired by classic East Coast American cuisine. Diners will also be presented with a selection dubbed ‘The Daily Catch’ that is inspired by the ever-changing bounty of the sea. The dishes are meant for sharing and show off some lesser-known cooking techniques that are not often used in a kitchen at home.

The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill - The Pelican Platter ($99 serves 2 to 3) (1)

The Pelican Platter ($99 / serves 2 to 3)

Featuring seasonal raw oysters (we had the Fanny Bay oysters from Canada for this tasting session) US clams, US Dungeness crab, US poached prawns, Steamed whole Maine lobster from Boston with a lobster tomalley that is basically the liver and roe mixed with mustard and herbs stuffed into its shell, Marinated conch salad using US conch shell fish, US swordfish ceviche, With accompaniments of lemon, cocktail sauce and mignonette dressing

The Pelican Platter is definitely a must order if you plan to be at The Pelican. Apart from it being a humongous platter of crowd pleasing items, most of the items are prepared minimally such that you get to taste the fresh seafood in almost it’s purest form.

I think I must be pretty deprived, because I don’t think I’ve ever tasted crabs as good as the US Dungeness Crab! The sweet flesh came off so easily from the shell, which is a far cry from the messy affair I have to endure when eating crabs from Chinese restaurants. I wonder if it’s because it’s a different breed of crab? Another item worthy of attention was the US conch salad. It’s something you don’t find often and definitely a must try. It has the texture of a mix of clam and abalone.

Once again, a must order for seafood lovers who like strong in your face seafood flavours and ingredients that have not been masked behind a ton of sauce.

The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill - The Pelican Platter ($99 serves 2 to 3) (5)

Seasonal raw oysters from The Pelican Platter. These here are the Fanny Bay oysters from Canada.

The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill - Cod’s Tongue Casserole ($26) (2)

Cod’s Tongue Casserole ($26)

This is the muscle from the codfish’s throat area and is a delicacy with a bouncy texture like scallops, it is battered and fried then served with roast garlic and pork scratchings

You won’t be the first if you took a double take at the word throat muscle. Never knew that the throat muscle of a fish would be singled out and cooked into a dish, but I would certainly like to single out this dish as yet another must order at The Pelican. The texture is very similar to squid, so it feels like I’m eating calamari and I’m sure everybody loves calamari!

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The Big Sheila

I love it whenever a new restaurant opens near my place! This time round, it’s The Big Sheila. It took over the space that used to be occupied by Big Ben. Big Ben used to specialise in selling pies and we went once before, with the intention of returning again, but alas it is no longer there. The Big Sheila is a gourmet western home-style food store located at 15 Swan Lake Avenue, Siglap, Singapore.

Swan Lake is in the Opera Estate area, which I think holds much promise for becoming a little laid back enclave for cafes and restaurants! I really hope that happens, and if it does, remember that you read it here first! The interesting thing about it is that their food is also available for takeaways if you pre-order via The Big Sheila’s website.

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The Big Sheila is opened by Fleur Glover, an expat from Australia. If you didn’t know, Sheila is a slang for woman. I would think that that would be a nasty nickname for any woman, but yep, The Big Sheila is Fleur Glover’s nickname! Don’t be surprised though when you enter that you see many Ang Mohs dining here with their kids in tow. I was the only Chinese when I had my lunch here. And I thought this only happened in Bukit Timah.

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All their cakes were laid out next to the entrance. I really couldn’t stop myself from taking pictures even before I ordered my food!

The Big Sheila - Creamy baked cheese cake with tim tam base and milk chocolate top $13 per slice (1)

Creamy baked cheese cake with tim tam base and milk chocolate top $13 per slice

Is this not such a luscious looking cheese cake? If not for the fact that it seems a little pricey, I really would have wanted to order one to go with lunch.

The Big Sheila - The Banker Cake (Whisky soaked prounes, turned in a rich dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse top)

The Banker Cake (Whisky soaked prunes, turned in a rich dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse top)

I think Fleur Glover sure got it right when she placed these cakes next to the entrance. Grab your customers attention and after that, it’s too late to step out!

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