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Audace at Wanderlust Hotel– Fine dining in a fun dining way!

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Did you know you can get Michelin star quality food in the heart of Little India? Opened since May 2017, Audace, short for “Audacity” is helmed by Chef Jeremy Gillon, who led L’Epicurien in the French Alps to receive its first ever Michelin star in 2015. He has also worked for numerous famed restaurants in France, including 2 Michelin Star restaurants Alexandre in Garons and Le Chabichou in Courchevel. But it’s not a prim and proper restaurant that you will find in Audace, instead, the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The food however is what you would associate with fine-dining restaurants.

One thing you should look out for when you dine at Audace is Chef Jeremy’s use of alpine herbs in his cooking. The wild herbs are collected and dried before being brought into Singapore where the nuances of each herb is brought out by turning them into syrups, vinegars, candying, frying or simply being used as garnish.

Audace Sunday Brunch

Pictured above is food portioned out for 2 pax per dish

I was at Audace recently to check out their Sunday Brunch set menu. For $68++ you are served 6 appetisers, 5 main courses & sides and 5 desserts (single person portion)! That’s a lot of variety of food! If you want some “fine-dining” food in a “fun dining” setting, you might just want to check out Audace. Depending on the number of diners you have at the table, the food will be portioned out accordingly. Scroll down to read more about my favourite dishes! The menu changes frequently so you may not get the same dishes I did, but the style and substance would probably be similar.

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Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion–Fantastic anniversary lunch at this one Michelin-starred restaurant

A very Happy New Year to all readers of 365days2play Lifestyle, Food and Travel blog! Hope your new year has been off to a great start! Here’s wishing you good health, happiness and an even more exciting 2017 to come!

Speaking of exciting, I thought it fitting as my 1st post for 2017 to blog about a really fantastic meal I had in 2016. As the title of this post reveals, its our anniversary which we celebrated at the one Michelin-starred restaurant Summer Pavilion.  It’s the 1st time we formally celebrated it after being married for 4 years! Can you believe that? In some circles, that would be grounds for divorce! But truth be told, Christmas is the occasion that we spend our efforts celebrating (with family and all), that by the time 29th December comes along, it doesn’t feel as if we need yet another celebration.

Nevertheless, I was really happy to be able to have the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary. Even though I have dined at quite a number of posh restaurants,  I hadn’t been to Summer Pavilion before, and it has been more than 2 years since I was last at Ritz Carlton, so the whole experience was very exciting! It did help that the Christmas decorations were still up, and the hotel looked so pretty! The stark black and white tableware set up also exuded refinement and was like a prelude of good things to come.

Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion Soya Sauce

You know you’re in for a treat when even the soya sauce looks like an art work.

We opted for the Lily Dinner Set. Yes, they were able to serve that during lunch (I’d checked when I made reservations). I can certainly see why they managed to obtain the coveted Michelin Star. The 5 main criteria that the Michelin inspectors look out for are as follows:

  1. Quality of the products

  2. Mastery of flavour and cooking techniques

  3. The personality of the chef in his cuisine

  4. Value for money

  5. Consistency between visits

While I can’t comment on point 3 and 5, I can certainly state that with the exception of dessert, all the dishes we were served that day wowed us. Dessert tasted good too, except there wasn’t any wow factor. As for value for money, at $88++ per pax, I think that you could possibly find a handful of Chinese restaurants in Singapore that might be able to match this standard for a lower price tag, if you look hard enough. For hotel restaurants, Yan Ting of St Regis or Wan Hao of Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel come to mind, but they aren’t very much cheaper either. Lei Garden or Crystal Jade Golden Palace may be cheaper too, but guess what, they’re also Michelin Starred restaurants!

One thing that the Michelin inspectors don’t value is ambience and decor. But I do. Ambience, decor, service and how comfortable I feel dining in a restaurant are all important factors to me when it comes to enjoying a meal out. If it were just the quality and taste of food, home cooking would have sufficed!

Anyway… scroll down for the low down on each of the dishes.

Ritz Carlton Summer Pavilion - Deep-fried prawn head and tail, salt, pepper chilli prawn, sesame sauce (2)

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JAAN Restaurant at 50% discount!

It’s no secret that I love dining at fine-dining restaurants, I love the effort the chef displays in every dish that is presented, I love the attentive service and ambience, I love how the 3 hour meal feels like a long luxurious session perfect for catching up with the Partner. I what I do hate though, is the bill after the meal! Sometimes it’s expensive enough to shock you into indigestion straight away!

But now, with the Amex Platinum Card, you can enjoy up to 50% discount when you dine at many of Singapore’s illustrious restaurants. Take for example our visit to JAAN at Swissotel, the bill was a whopping $400+, but with the Amex Platinum Card, we only paid half the price. Smile

Jaan - 55' Rosemary smoked organic egg with ratte potato, chorizo iberico, buckwheat (2)



Here’s what the American Express Platinum Card offers you

  • A complimentary Palate membership* worth S$457.96 (incl. GST)
    • Get up to 50% savings on food orders* at some of the best restaurants in Singapore
    • Enjoy 15% savings on drinks* at some of the island’s trendiest bars.
  • A complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership worth S$425 (incl. GST)
    • Enjoy year-round savings of up to 50% on dining for unlimited visits at your choice of 11 restaurants at Fairmont Singapore, Swissôtel the Stamford Singapore, Equinox Complex and Swissôtel Merchant Court.
    • Revel in the accommodation benefits by free room upgrades and special room rates
    • Enjoy 15% off a la carte bookings of spa treatments from Mondays to Fridays at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore and Spa & Sport at Swissôtel Merchant Court
  • American Express Selects® – Enjoy up to 50% savings* with American Express Selects at a wide selection of restaurants in Singapore and around the world.

And that’s just the dining privileges! There are also movie discounts, spa discounts, golfing and shopping privileges!

Lucky Draw Promotion (exclusively for Platinum Card Members): From now till 9 Nov 2014, you can also be one of the 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). Every receipt above S$50 earns you one chance to win.  Enjoy double the chances when you spend S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment.


Anyway, the proof is in the eating so let’s get down to the experience we had at JAAN. JAAN is a lovely restaurant helmed by Chef Julien Royer. Being on the top floor of the Swissotel, it’s a really nice place to have a romantic dinner or an important birthday celebration. Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’, JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in Artisanal French cuisine in Singapore.

Jaan - Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

The Amuse bouche, or several of them to be exact, to kick start the meal. Absolutely loved those cheese crackers and mini macarons.

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Corner House at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Corner House, the restaurant that has taken over the previous Au Jardin’s location, is finally open! As much as I was sad to see Les Amis’ Au Jardin go, I am happy to report that the colonial building that sites Corner House will once again be bustling with diners.

I was fortunate to be able to partake in Corner House’s grand opening due to a last minute turn of events. Hadn’t even brought my bag along with me actually! Nor my usual trusty DSLR. These pictures are all taken with my iPhone 4!!

Corner House at Singapore Botanic Gardens

This conservation building, the residence of the former assistant director E.J.H. Corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens now houses the Corner House restaurant. While we won’t have the luxury of living in this building like E.J.H Corner, wouldn’t you agree that dining in this history steeped building amidst lush greenery might be the next best thing? You will be able to see some black and white photos of this former residence hung around the restaurant.

Corner House serves fine-dining French cuisine with strong elements of gastro-botanica. You will see that the the herbs and vegetables that make up your meal are given equal emphasis as with the meats and seafood.

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Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace, located on Fort Canning Hill, is one of those fine-dining restaurants that boasts a very historic location but yet is a mere stone’s throw away from the city centre. Surprise surprise, it is but a 10 minute walk from City Hall MRT station!

Admittedly, finding it may be a bit of a problem, but if you know to stop your taxi just before the Philatelic museum, the stairs leading to the black and white conservation building which houses Lewin Terrace is just behind the museum and the fire station! Thankfully, I am familiar with this area, having worked in the vicinity for several years. I’ve never found it a problem to get here, even on my 1st day of work, because I know my museums well! Smile

Lewin Terrace

This is the beautiful Lewin Terrace bungalow that greets you after you have ascended the stairs. This was the former residence of the Chief who headed the Central Fire Station on Hill Street. You might vaguely recall that the restaurant Flutes used to occupy this building previously. Here’s a good spot to take all those selfies, if you manage to arrive before nightfall. But be careful because you might find a friendly face popping out of the veranda to welcome you warmly with a “HELLO!” just as you are admiring yourself in your iPhone, as was what happened to me.

Daisuke Kawai

The friendly face and voice belongs to none other than Mr Daisuke Kawai himself, the general manager and chief sommelier of Lewin Terrace. You can tell he’s a friendly person right? Smile The Japanese are ever so polite and eager to ensure you have a good time, you know you are in good hands when it comes to service standards. Beneath his unassuming exterior, Daisuke boasts an arsenal of sommelier awards, including Top Wines Best Sommelier of the Year in the Singapore World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence 2013.

Lewin Terrace - (2)

We had a sampling of the tasting menu available at Lewin Terrace, prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ryoichi Kano and team. Chef Ryoichi loves experimenting with different foods, spices and tastes, which is evident in the French Japanese inspired cuisine that you will find at Lewin Terrace.

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