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Communal Feasting at Halia (Raffles Hotel)

Contrary to popular belief that dining at Raffles Hotel is only limited to the rich or for special occasions, The Halia at Raffles Hotel bucks this trend by offering value for money dishes which you can enjoy any day of the week.

In fact, Halia has always prided itself on a dining concept that encourages flexibility and communal dining, coming up with dishes classified as “big plates” or “small “"plates” instead of the usual “appetizers” and “mains”. And they are priced accordingly too, unlike many tapas restaurants I know of that sneak in main course pricing into their miniscule appetiser sized dishes. Yes, ever since I was served 3 chicken mid-wings (not the whole wing mind you!) for $20, I’ve almost all but sworn off tapas restaurants.

Halia at Raffles Comunal Feasting

One of the latest promotions to be dished up at Halia is their $260++ Communal Feasting set, which is essentially a set meal for 4 people. This is no ordinary set meal though, it has TWELVE dishes! Now is that value for money or what? 5 or 6 small eaters may even share this meal! Check out the photos of what we sampled for the Communal Feasting set.

Halia at Raffles - Chilli crab dip, toasted baguette (4)

Chilli crab dip, toasted baguette

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Hard Rock Cafe

When I told my friends that I was invited to a food tasting session at Hard Rock Cafe, many of them told me that they had either been there once eons ago, or never at all. This caught me by surprise, as I was under the impression that people liked going to Hard Rock Cafes all over the world to buy their memorabilia as evidence of having been to the respective countries. Perhaps that’s just it, they go only for the souvenirs but not the food.

Personally, the first and only time I was at Hard Rock Cafe was way back in 2007. It was the birthday of our American intern, and he specifically requested for a celebration at Hard Rock Cafe to remind him of home. The birthday meal was fun, and I believe he even received a small birthday cake compliments of the house! It’s interesting to know that Hard Rock Cafe actually started as an American diner in London, and not in USA! I’ve been to London’s Hard Rock Cafe, and I have a Tshirt to prove it too, heh.

Fast forward to last week, and I was there once again to sample Hard Rock Cafe’s new Seafood Menu with the URBAN TEAM bloggers I made friends with during our Greenwich V Amazing Race. I even had a special guest with me, the winner of my Hard Rock Cafe contest!

Hard Rock Cafe is a very lively place. A stage and a huge ceiling to floor projection screen take centre stage. Loud music is played and MTVs are shown on the projection screen. Needless to say, music memorabilia such as guitars and photos of singers decorate every wall available. When you’re in it, you know you’re in Hard Rock Cafe alright. By the way, did you know that there are more than 70,000 guitars, drums pianos etc on the walls of over 163 Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos in 52 countries around the world? And the 1st guitar ever donated, which started the collection going came from Eric Clapton!

Hard Rock Cafe - (2)

I ordered this Mocktail for $10 to get things started. If you don’t know what to order, I would highly recommend this drink. It’s pretty humongous and lasted me the whole evening!

Hard Rock Cafe - Seafood Platter with an assortment of grilled prawns, calamari rings, battered sea bass fillet, soft shell crab served on a bed of french fries with tartar sauce $28   (2)

Seafood Platter with an assortment of grilled prawns, calamari rings, battered sea bass fillet, soft shell crab served on a bed of french fries with tartar sauce $28

I love it when someone at the table orders a seafood platter. It’s always such a feast for the eyes. However, the downside is that with nearly everything being covered in batter, it can be very unhealthy. I only tried the calamari rings and soft shell crab. The soft shell crab was very nice but the squid was a little on the soft and mushy side.

Hard Rock Cafe - Crab Fried Rice, wok fried with succulent crab meat, prawns and diced portobello mushrooms, wrapped in an egg omelette $20   (2)

Crab Fried Rice, wok fried with succulent crab meat, prawns and diced portobello mushrooms, wrapped in an egg omelette $20

Out of the entire seafood menu, this was my favourite dish. First of all there is a generous amount of crab on top of the rice. That’s good because when the crab meat is hidden within the rice, if not done properly, the flavours can be lost. At least with the crab outside, you can savour it separately. The olive rice was also pretty fragrant, and was kept piping hot by the enveloping thin egg omelette. A lime was provided which added an extra tanginess to the rice.

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Pantry at the Stables – Valentine’s Day

My colleague is rushing me to get this article out because he wants to book a table at the Pantry for Valentine’s Day. So sweet that he’s taking his girlfriend of a few months out to celebrate Valentine’s day! I don’t think the Partner and I have any plans as yet (unless he surprises me heh!), such is the situation with couples who have been together for a while!#!%# I’ll probably be slaving it out in the kitchens of my baking school baking loaf after loaf of boring bread.

Anyway, to get back on track, Marmalade Pantry at the Stables is having a lovely Valentine’s Day menu for the occasion. I was privileged to get to sample the set menu last week and I have to say, not only is the food good, the ambience is very romantic too! As with all Valentine’s Day dinners, the prices are hyped up, but I think $128++ per couple is quite okay for the quality of the food served.

Pantry at The Stables Valentine's Day Menu

Soup : Shellfish consomme encroute with tortellini of crab and coriander

Choice of Mains : Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle

or

Pan Roasted Darne of Tasmanian salmon celeriac, fleuron of mushroom and mustard grain sauce

Dessert : Bitter sweet Chocolate flourless cake with dark cherries in kirsch

(Drink not included)

Pantry at The Stables - Shellfish consomme encroute with tortellini of crab and coriander

Soup : Shellfish consomme encroute with tortellini of crab and coriander

First up, soup. The soup is very light as its a consommé. This is no ordinary consommé though. The stock has been boiled for more than 2 hours, and instead of straining the stock through a muslin cloth or similar, the soup is actually “self-filtered”. Okay I invented that word, but it really is true. The stock is frozen, and when thawed, the liquid drips through the gelatinous bits, which act as filter. So what drips through is super clear and flavourful!

And unlike other puff pastry soup types, the puff pastry is baked in an empty bowl. The soup is later delicately poured in through the slit you see in the puff pastry. The reason for doing this is so that steam from the soup doesn’t make the puff pastry soggy. I have to tell you, that was the flakiest, delicate and most delicious soup puff pastry I have ever eaten to date. It totally overshadowed the tortellini such that I hardly even remember eating it, and all I remember about the tortellini is that it’s skin was super soft.

Pantry at The Stables - Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle  (2) Pantry at The Stables - Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle

Mains 1 :  Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle

The occasions where I normally get to eat beef brisket is at Chinese restaurants such as Crystal Jade, where they have the beef brisket noodles. This beef brisket feels totally different, I felt as if I was eating a most tender piece of steak! Most of the beef brisket was actual meat, with very little of the gelatinous tendons you often get with the beef brisket noodles. The texture and flavour of the meat was just superb. Hands down, I would order this again if I had the chance. Love the little heart shape root vegetable that the chef creatively prepared.

*The portion served for Valentine’s Day will be bigger than in the photo as I had 2 main courses to deal with.

If you are in doubt as to which main course you want to have, order the beef brisket. You won’t regret it!

Pantry at The Stables - Pan Roasted Darne of Tasmanian salmon celeriac, fleuron of mushroom and mustard grain sauce

Mains 2 : Pan Roasted Darne of Tasmanian salmon celeriac, fleuron of mushroom and mustard grain sauce

The salmon was just slightly more cooked than I would have liked, cuz I like mine to be ever so slightly seared, with pink still in the middle. Still, it was delicious and paired very well with the mustard grain sauce. Also loved the fleuron of mushroom. A fleuron is a tiny, crescent-shaped piece of puff pastry used as a garnish, usually atop hot food. This fleuron was rich and flaky, and when biting into it, the mushrooms burst out, creating a wonderful mix of flavours.

*The portion served for Valentine’s Day will be bigger than in the photo as I had 2 main courses to deal with.

Pantry at The Stables - Bitter sweet Chocolate flourless cake with dark cherries in kirsch

 Dessert : Bitter sweet Chocolate flourless cake with dark cherries in kirsch

In my opinion, there’s no better way to end off a wonderful meal, especially a Valentine’s Day one, with a rich chocolate dessert. I loved tit that the chocolate cake was so dense. Every mouthful was a substantial bite of chocolate. I don’t think it was bitter at all, but it wasn’t overly sweet. The ice cream was also sensational, super rich and creamy. The vanilla flavour was evident. I later found out that the ice cream was from the Kapiti brand ice cream, and Kapiti is from New Zealand! YAY! I tell you, one mouthful of the cake plus ice cream sends you to high heavens. The little orange glob there was a glob of salty caramel. Not too sure how it fits into the entire dish so I just ate it right at the end.

And that’s that for the Marmalade Pantry at the Stables Valentine’s Day Menu. If you’re wondering where to have the best Valentine’s Day meal, or the most romantic Valentine’s Day, you may like to consider Pantry at the Stables. You can read more about why I think Pantry at the Stables is so romantic as well as see pictures of the restaurant!

Oh btw, if you still have spare dough left, do try out Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes. I tried the Nutella one and it was insane. My father and I fought over the crumbs! The nutella frosting was generous and super chocolate. Satisfied all my chocolate cravings for 1 week!

Pantry at The Stables  - Nutella Cupcake 

See link for pictures of Pantry at the Stables

Pantry at the Stables

55 Fairways Drive Singapore 286846
T: +65 6467 9328
F: +65 6467 1608
Reservations: +65 6467 7748
enquiry.stables@themarmaladepantry.com.sg

http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg

Map of Pantry at the Stables

Tuesdays to Fridays : 3.00pm to 11.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays : 10.00am to 11.00pm
Closed on Mondays

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