Posts Tagged ‘Clarke Quay’

Swissotel Merchant Court Blue Potato Restaurant–This under the radar poolside restaurant rocks!

When you think of Swissotel Merchant Court, you will think of the famous Ellenborough Market Cafe, and it’s very popular durian pengat. I have been hearing about this durian pengat for more than a decade from people who swear by it. But you won’t be faulted for not knowing that the hotel also boasts another great restaurant known as the Blue Potato. I don’t think many people know about this restaurant, and it doesn’t help that the restaurant is next to the swimming pool, meaning you will only chance upon it if you are going to the pool! And even so, at first glance from the opposite end of the pool where most people are, it looks like just a simple pool bar rather than an al-fresco restaurant serving proper restaurant food.

 

Blue Potato Restaurant at Swissotel Merchant Court

That’s a pity because the food we tried at Blue Potato was fabulous. In particular, I was very impressed with the refreshing and generously portioned salad, as well as both the mains. I’m really very pleasantly surprised to discover this restaurant for the first time despite my having been to Swissotel Merchant Court several times.

Scroll down to read my review and see more pictures!

Blue Potato -Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad (1)

Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad with mixed greens, hazelnuts & raspberry vinaigrette $18

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[Chinese New Year 2015] Quayside Seafood Restaurant

Chinese New Year 2015 reviews

If you’re looking to celebrate Chinese New Year with a bit of a difference in terms of view and cuisine, you might just want to consider Quayside Seafood. Truth be told, I don’t think I’ve ever dined al-fresco style at Clarke Quay by the river before. I’ve wanted to many many times, but the restaurants were either full and I had to sit indoors, or I somehow ended up at a restaurant facing the inner fountain courtyard. So it was really pleasant to finally be able to experience dining al-fresco by the river, with a Chinese menu to boot! It was surprisingly cool and not humid at all.

Quayside Seafood  (2)

Quayside Seafood  (1)

There are tables for 10, and there are also booth seats for smaller parties. This is about as picturesque as it gets in Singapore!

Quayside Seafood Salted Egg Yam

Quayside Seafood Salted Egg Yam

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Eight Korean BBQ at The Central

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E!GHT Korean BBQ, makes its debut at The Central at Clarke Quay and offers an array of tantalising premium BBQ meats in a sleek industrial chic setting. E!GHT is named after its eponymous 8 Colours Set, which features scrumptious slices of Berkshire pork belly in an array of flavours. With a well-trained team at this full-service Korean restaurant, diners simply sit back and enjoy their favourite drink and conversation whilst the food is expertly prepared for them at their table.

Eight - 8 Colours Set

Pork takes centre-stage here and E!GHT has gone the whole hog in bringing in high quality cuts by importing 100% Berkshire pork from the U.S.A.

E!GHT’s signature 8 Colours Set ($98)¸ suitable for three to four diners, is a veritable treatise on the wide-ranging flavours that complement this Berkshire pork. Mouth-watering strips of thick-cut pork belly are flavoured in eight different ways – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and red pepper paste. Each strip, approximately 70 to 80g each, is elegantly rolled up and presented on a custom-made wooden tray before being ceremoniously brought to the table and laid out next to the stove. The tray not only features the name of the restaurant; each flavour is clearly carved into the wood to ensure the customer knows exactly what is being served.

Eight - 8 Colours Set (from top - ginseng, curry, miso, red pepper paste)

Each additional piece costs $12

I don’t know about you, but I find these raw pieces of meat so artistically presented and neatly rolled up too! Makes me feel so carnivorous looking at them. I love looking at raw meat more than cooked meat sometimes, to be frank. Am I weird?

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Fern and Kiwi

I’m always on the look out for New Zealand things in Singapore since the Partner is from New Zealand. I’d heard about the opening of the  Fern and Kiwi restaurant in Clarke Quay some months back but I just didn’t have the opportunity to go there. It used to be relatively easy for me to get to Clarke Quay, but these days, Clarke Quay is so far out of the way that it’s hardly on my radar when it comes to weekday dinner venues.

So I was delighted when the Amazing Zespri dinner was to be held at the Fern & Kiwi. The meal was very kiwifruit inspired so you won’t actually get to order these dishes below. However I would not hesitate to return to Fern and Kiwi again because those dishes we tried that night were great!  In particular, I really liked the chargrilled lamb that was done just right. The kiwi relish that came along with it was superb and I just mopped it all up.

Amazing Zespri Kiwifruit Dinner at Fern & Kiwi

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit (1)

Seafood Salad (Marinated prawn, scallop and snapper tossed with Zespri Kiwifruit

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish (2)

Charred grilled lamb cutlets served with mashed potatoes and kiwi relish

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Real Food Revisited 3

In line with the healthy theme these 2 weeks thanks to Zespri’s Kiwifruit Challenge, I decided to take my parents to the new Real Food outlet that just opened at Killiney Road. The original Real Food cafe is at The Central just above Clarke Quay MRT Station and I’ve been there many times over the last 2 years.

It’s interesting how when you do something unappealing a number of times, it soon becomes more palatable, and may even turn into a habit? After having a Kiwifruit daily, plus the more or less raw dinner at The Living Cafe, my mind is more attuned to the benefits of eating healthily which was why I instantly thought of Real Food for Saturday brunch.

Real Food strives as much as possible to utilise organic ingredients in its food. Also, no meat is used. However, you would be really hard pressed to miss it because all the other flavours in each dish come together so nicely even without the meat! Another reason why I like coming to Real Food is because the prices are very affordable, and comparable to non-organic cafes!

Real Food - Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

Dumpling Soup (Dumplings handmade with 10 ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, french beans and chest nuts) $7

For example, this dumpling soup. There is no meat in the dumplings but because it’s bursting with other ingredients, and chestnuts to give it a bite, you don’t miss the meat at all. In fact, my mother asked me if the dumplings contained minced meat as it was so flavourful. The soup itself is also a delight to drink, and has a peppery base that warms you.

I almost always order this dumpling soup, or the dumpling noodles. I believe most customers who patronise Real Food consider the dumplings to be one of their signature dishes.

Real Food - Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

Organic Fried Quinoa with french beans, mushrooms, carrots and crushed black peppercorn $7.80

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