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River Palace Chinese Restaurant at Riverview Hotel

Haven’t posted about dining at a Chinese Restaurant in a long time, so I thought this would be a good time to post about River Palace Chinese Restaurant, lest you readers out there think that I only eat potato!

I haven’t dined in a posh looking Chinese restaurant for a while so it was quite nice to be invited by Riverview Hotel to sample their new Chinese menu last month.

River Palace Chinese Restaurant (3)

I like the decor of the place. It looks suitably Chinese, without being too Cheena, if you know what I mean.

River Palace Chinese Restaurant - Pan Fried Pork Chop in Mongolia Style (2)

Pan Fried Pork Chop in Mongolia Style $18

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Sentosa Siloso Beach BBQ

In conjunction with Sentosa’s 40th anniversary celebrations, I was invited to attend Sentosa’s BBQ by the Beach pre-launch party last Thursday. You can attend too but you have to be quick because this special BBQ will only be on until 22 July 2012.

Sentosa BBQ by the Beach

Date : 13 – 22 July

Time : 6pm – 12mn (Last order at 10.30pm)

Venue : Siloso Beach (Between COASTES and Azzura Beach Club) Take the Sentosa Monorail from the 3rd floor of VivoCity and stop at Beach Station, the last stop.

Admission :$29.90++ (includes $30 worth of vouchers redeemable for food and drinks, but excludes entry fee into Sentosa)

Tickets available at:
– Call 6279 1767
– Email exquisite_tastes@sentosa.com.sg
– Sentosa Ticketing Counters 

Apart from my company family day held at Sentosa Wave House and KM8 which has since closed down, I don’t believe I’ve had ever dined on the beach, at least not under the moonlight! In fact, as my guest and I arrived very early, we managed to snag a table on the jetty. So we were actually dining amidst the lapping waves, definitely a first for me. It was a really breezy evening and I was thankful to have brought along a hair clip or I would have been like a mad woman. Scroll down further to see pictures of the Sentosa BBQ by the Beach party, complete with crooning guitarists!

Sentosa BBQ by the Beach (2)Sentosa BBQ by the Beach (4)

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In love with Il Lido – Super Weekend Set Lunch

Il Lido has always been etched in my mind as a really top notch restaurant, not least thanks to my ex-boss, who so favoured dining at Il Lido for business lunches and special occasions, so much so that the staff remember his special requests. In fact, I partook in one of those special occasions, the boss’s birthday(!), and that eventually became my 1st ever food review on 365days2play!  (In case you are wondering, that was way back in 2008, and I subsequently resurrected the blog again in mid 2010.)

Back in those days, Il Lido had these colourful plastic chairs, and my 1st impression upon stepping through the front door was “You must be JOKING. My boss finds this place ATAS?” The food and service quickly changed my mind. I was glad to find that in my recent visit in January 2012 that they’d gotten rid of those unbecoming chairs. They still have those chairs at the al fresco area, which I think is more appropriate given that it is outdoors.

Il Lido Sentosa (3) Looks quite fine, don’t you think?

So in late Jan 2012, thanks to a DBS birthday treat coupon which gave us a 50% discount, we were able to sample the delights at Il Lido again. Actually, it’s not terribly expensive to dine at Il Lido. Mains are about $35 – $60. Appetisers are about $20 and desserts are in excess of $10. Contrary to popular belief, I am not a big eater, so I almost never order an appetiser and dessert all on my own. Set lunches/dinners are different as the restaurants kind of scale down the size of the food anyway. And of course, for buffets, I bring my other stomach, you know the bigger capacity one.

Back in January, they were having this wonderful weekend set lunch menu, which comprised of FIVE appetisers and FIVE mains, FOUR desserts and coffee/tea for $68+++. I mean seriously, is this a good deal or what??? The portions are all smaller than usual, but still, the total amount was sizable. I really love menus like these. I don’t know about you, but I have the perpetual problem of not knowing what to order. Usually it’s because there are so many attractive dishes I want to order, rather than the lack of something interesting.

So….presenting the appetisers! Portions are for 2 pax

Il Lido Sentosa Goose Liver Goose Liver

Il Lido Sentosa - Octopus Terrine Octopus Terrine

Il Lido Sentosa - Parma Ham Parma Ham

Il Lido Sentosa Caprese Caprese

Il Lido Sentosa Calamari Calamari

Phew, 5 appetisers man! All of them were super delicious. My personal favourite was obviously the foie gras. Just can’t go wrong with that. Also loved the texture of the octopus terrine. Don’t believe I’ve ever had an octopus terrine before and I really loved the bouncy feel. The Calamari also had a nice bouncy texture and didn’t taste oily at all. Parma Ham and rock melon was another winning combination. In fact, for a cheese lover like me, the caprese was the least outstanding, which goes to show how good the other appetisers were.

Next up, the Main Courses. Portions are for 2 pax.

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Bergen–Bryggeloftet Restaurant

Just in case you were expecting food reviews on this blog and there seems to be none in the last few posts, I am currently on holiday in Norway. I’ve done Oslo and I returned yesterday from Copenhagen Denmark. I’m moving on to the last leg of my trip, which is the scenic fjords and mountain bit.

Here’s some food pictures to keep us going meanwhile. Food prices in Norway are exorbitant by Singapore’s standards. There’s just no running away from this, believe me I’ve tried. Just to give some perspective, a McDonald’s meal would cost around S$15 if not more. Cafe Latte/Hot Chocolate is at least S$8 for the simplest of cafes. A main course at a restaurant of say chicken would cost S$40 or more. I bought a sandwich from the supermarket the other day and it cost S$20. It’s okay, after a few days, you will become numb to the $$$ and start living it up.

Anyway, when you got to eat, you got to eat. This is what I enjoyed yesterday upon arriving in Bergen, Norway. I’m just thankful that my air ticket cost only S$450, which is why I am holidaying in this cold country at this time of the year!

Bryggeloftet - Reindeer

That’s rudolph’s relative there on the plate (approx S$20)… My 1st time eating reindeer I believe. Deer meat is very common in Europe. Reindeer doesn’t seem to have a very strong taste. The texture is similar to beef, but perhaps a bit tougher. On the whole, pretty enjoyable.

Bryggeloftet - Bacalao

Bacalao (approx S$40) – Dried cod fish stew. Very nice. I love the tomato base and it had a touch of spice to it which was pleasing since I have not had something spicy in a while! This was the lunch portion. The ladies who ordered the dinner portion when we were about to leave had a plate double the size of this, and double the price! I have no idea how they could finish that as we had trouble polishing off everything ourselves!

Bryggeloftet - Norwegian Fish Soup (1)

Bryggeloftet - Norwegian Fish Soup (2)

Norwegian Fish Soup (approx S$40) – I loved this as well. Hearty and hot soup that really helped to chase the cold weather away. Lots of shrimps, a bit of fish and 4 mussels. They eat a lot of shrimps here. Don’t think I’ve seen large prawns yet. I broke pieces of the bread and dunked it into the soup. The soup was thick ÿet not too creamy. Fantastic.

Bryggeloftet - Bread basket

Bryggeloftet (1)

Bryggeloftet (2)

Bryggeloftet (8)

These Scandinavian restaurants and hotels tend to make use of wood a lot as it’s easily available here.

Smiths Fish and Chips

When we first saw Smiths Authentic British Fish and Chips moving into Tanjong Katong, we were quite excited. I know there are loads of places that serve fish and chips, but here was a shop, a standalone fish and chip shop mind you, that was proclaiming its authenticity, obviously we were excited about it. Having been to the World Famous Fish and Chip shop in New Zealand, I had high expectations for Smiths’ Fish and Chips. Did you know that fish and chips are the most popular form of fast food in New Zealand, more popular than McDonalds, KFC etc?

After Smiths opened, I chanced upon a couple of reviews that weren’t very positive. Add the fact that the cheapest fish and chips at Smiths will set you back by at least ten dollars, the need to visit Smiths became less compelling. Alas, find ourselves at Smiths we did 2 weeks ago, when the cafe next door which we wanted to go to was full. Smiths was packed, so we had our hopes up.

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It was quite interesting to find that they have scampi and chip butty, which are things that are probably quite foreign to most Singaporeans. For the record, I love scampi. Scampi looks and tastes like prawns, but when I was in the UK, every single wait staff I asked said it was a fish. Wikipedia says it is a type of lobster. As for chip butty, that is a chip sandwich, ie chips in between slices of bread……..best not to know that these exist.

I ordered the Cod & Chips $17 while the Partner ordered the Dory & Chips $10. The Cod fish was quite terrible. It was tough, dry and totally lacking in flavour. Cod is one of my favourite fish (I am very fussy with fish) but if I hadn’t personally ordered the cod myself, I would not have known that the piece of fish I was eating was cod, the most expensive item on the menu!!! I wonder if the cod had been sitting in the warmer for a long time until it had become dry, if most people order the cheaper options…

On the contrary, the Dory fish tasted much better. It was juicy and flavourful and I wish I’d ordered that instead and saved 7 bucks, and so did the Partner because he had to relinquish half his lunch to me.

Smiths Fish and Chips (4)

Smiths Fish and Chips (3)

I have to say, these fish and chips are darn oily. They don’t come with the mushy peas either, you have to pay $2 to get some. You have to pay $2 to get some gravy too. The batter is pretty thick, so if you’re on a diet, this is really not the place for you. But, if you’re not on a diet, the batter is quite tasty. In fact, you can pay $2 to get more “batter scratchings”…

Smiths Fish and Chips (5)

HP sauce or vinegar to go with your fish? It’s common to have fish and chips with vinegar in the UK and in NZ. Smiths also provides tomato sauce. You won’t find chilli sauce here. I tried.

Smiths Fish and Chips - Soggy Fries

I would possibly give the fish another chance. But Smith’s chips were probably the soggiest chips I have ever eaten. If only I could order the Dory fish on its own without the side of chips.

Smiths Fish and Chips

On the whole, I think the prices are too high for a non-restaurant setting, for the quality of food served and for the portion size.

***Photos all taken using the iPhone 4***

Smiths – Authentic British Fish and Chips

230 Tanjong Katong Road,
Singapore 437018
ECP – Exit 11

Directions to Smiths Fish and Chips

Tel :9639 8348

http://www.smithsfishandchips.com

frenchie@smithsfishandchips.com

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