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Beer Tavern at Grand Park City Hall

If you’re in the City Hall area and thinking of where to chill out for the evening, you might just want to check out the newly opened Beer Tavern at Grand Park City Hall. You must check out the Crazy Friday deal where you can have free flow of beer and wine for only $25++!!!! Most hotels boast wine bars, and a beer tavern in a hotel seems to be quite a rare find, but nobody ever said it can’t be done! On the contrary, I thought it to be a great way to put some life into a previously disused garden.

Beer Tavern Outlet Shot

Beer Tavern is a hideaway gem that boasts more than 30 varieties of international beers from countries including Holland, Belgium, Mexico, Taiwan and Australia. You can enjoy the refreshing beers at this alfresco bar amongst the whistling trees while perched atop bar stools and old school wooden beer barrels as tables. Overhead speakers will stream a diversity of musical genres to provide an easy going vibe. The colonial architecture and the night sky above will help ease you away from your worries into a holiday mood, even if only for an evening.Beers at Beer Tavern

The 30 varieties of international beers include Little Creatures Bright Ale (Australia), Foster’s (Australia), Leffe Blonde (Belgium), Stella Artois (Belgium), Tsing Tao (China), Kronenbourg 1664 (France), Erdinger (Germany), Asahi (Japan), Dester (South Korea), San Miguel Light (Philippines), Singha (Thailand), Fruit beers from Taiwan and Draft Beers from the tap.

Well one can’t just drink beer and eat nothing, so there is a food menu with interesting snacks such as Salami Pizza with Mozzarella Cheese and Oregano, Salted Grissini Sticks with Parma Ham, Deep Fried Prawn Wonton, Sauteed Australian Black Mussels, Beef Meat Balls, Breaded Champignon Mushrooms and more.

~~~ Promotional rates at the Beer Tavern until the end of November!! ~~~

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Grand Park Cityhall Park Palace Restaurant

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Last week, I was invited to sample Grand Park City Hall’s Chinese Restaurant the Park Palace Restaurant’s Chinese New Year festive menu. I had actually been to Park Palace on two other occasions over the years, for department Chinese New Year lunch as my old office used to be within walking distance. But that was at least 3 years ago so I was quite keen to go back again to sample the new menu.

Park Palace Restaurant is on the 2nd floor and has numerous floor to ceiling windows which makes dining here a cheery affair. You know how some Chinese restaurants can be, they give you the very serious and sombre feeling. Besides, natural lighting always makes for better food photography.

Golden Shunde Yellowtail Yu Sheng (3)

Golden Shunde Yellowtail Yu Sheng

First up, the Yu Sheng dish! If you will look at the picture closely, you will notice that this is no ordinary Yu Sheng! Instead of vegetable bits as the main base ingredient, crispy fried vermicelli is used. Well you know how everyone likes the “golden crispy ingots”, in this case, practically the whole dish was crispy! Instead of the usual sweet and sticky sauce, the Yu Sheng was tossed in a special concoction of fragrant peanut oil and premium soya sauce that imparted a delicate flavour. Even the yellowtail (from the Shunde region) was a refreshing change to salmon.

I have to say, this is easily one of the best Yu Sheng I have ever eaten! This creative breakaway from the traditional Yu Sheng works! Many restaurants throw in lots of frills and fireworks, but basically, you still end up fishing out the expensive ingredients. This was one Yu Sheng where everybody cleaned their plates!

Grand Park Hotel CNY - Imperial Suckling Pig (First Course) (3)

 Imperial Suckling Pig (First Course)

Next up, everyone’s favourite suckling pig. Sorry for showing you the pig’s butt, but I thought the tail looked kinda cute, and how often do you get to see sucking pig pictures from this angle?

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Indulge at Grand Park Hotel City Hall

No I’m not telling you to indulge at Grand Park Hotel. The name of the Hotel’s restaurant is called Indulge at Park. Indulge at Park was where we chose to have our very last department dinner of the year for 2011. Yours truly, being the non-closet foodie, was arrowed with the task of finding a suitable restaurant to spend our remaining pot of money. May I say it was not an easy task since I had to take into consideration the budget of about $55/pax, reputation of restaurant, quality of food and also the location. Due to the Christmas period, a number of restaurants were also fully booked!

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I was glad I eventually secured a table for 8 at the Grand Park Hotel. The buffet is only $53+++ and with a DBS/POSB credit card, one enjoys a 20% discount! (The company should reward me for saving money!) We once visited Indulge to celebrate a colleague’s promotion a few years ago when our office was just opposite the hotel. It was a pretty enjoyable affair the last time so I thought I was safe. Until a friend decided to google Hungry Go Where to read the reviews on the day that we were to dine there! Turns out that the reviews for Indulge at Park were mixed. Quite a number slammed the restaurant for not topping up their oyster counter and the lack of freshness of the food, although some rated the restaurant quite highly.

Personally, I think the sashimi and oyster bar were well worth the money, while the hot food section was pretty forgettable. I didn’t encounter any stale food thankfully. In the end, the buffet cost only $53, lesser with the seemingly perennial 20% discount.

If you’re expecting the likes of Melt Cafe at Oriental Hotel or The Line at Shangri-La, you would be in for a big shock. But you shouldn’t expect so, because you pay double the price there. You might however be able to get more bang for your buck if you are able to get your hands on the 50% discount at The Bar & Billiard Raffles Hotel or at TripleThree Mandarin Orchard Hotel. Those would be more worth it and they seem to have ongoing promotions.

Grand Park City Hall - Fresh Canadian Oysters, Assorted Clams, Black Mussels, Tiger Prawns, Flower Crabs (2)

Sashimi, oysters and crab station. Have to say that all the sushi I took tasted very fresh. No complaints for me at all. I haven’t been eating oysters for a very long time, but my colleagues were having seconds of those, so I think no complaints either. The food was topped up consistently so there was plenty of food to go around, unlike what some readers complained on Hungry Go Where.

Grand Park City Hall - Baked Whole Salmon with Rock Salt and Herb

This humongous whole salmon greeted us at the door and elicited quite a number of oohs and ahhs from the colleagues. I thought it was a little dry though. I like my salmon to be lightly cooked, with a hint of pink in the middle.

Grand Park City Hall - Tom Turkey & Maple Syrup Glazed Ham & Roasted Beef Striploin

The Christmassy carving station. Unfortunately, most of the stuff here was a tad dry.

Grand Park City Hall - Christmas Turkey and Roasted Beef Striploin (2)

I was lucky and managed to get some turkey thigh upon request. It was dry but still delicious so I polished it all off. The bits at the back were the turkey. The bits at the front were the roasted beef striploin. It too suffered from dryness. The splodge at the front of the plate was me trying to be creative with the gravy, and failing.

Grand Park City Hall - Stir-fried Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

Stir fried prawns with salted egg yolk and curry leaves. The batter coating the prawns was a bit thick. The salted egg yolk flavour didn’t really come through either. There were numerous other hot dishes, but most of them didn’t really appeal to me, as they had been sitting in their pots stewing away for a while. I mostly focussed my energies on the sashimi counter as well as the dessert counter. To be fair, I tend not to eat that much of the hot food section for most buffets, especially if common Chinese dishes are featured.

Grand Park City Hall - Opera Cake with Blackcurrant

The desserts fared much better at the buffet. Took pictures of all the desserts at the beginning of the buffet before anyone else managed to dismember them. The Opera cake was my favourite dessert of the lot. It was rich and chocolaty, with enough layers of cake such that I didn’t think I was just eating mousse.

Grand Park City Hall - Christmas Yule Log Cake

The log cake looked quite festive but unfortunately I was not able to try it. By the time I was ready for dessert, the log cake was more of wood pulp cake thanks to the diners before me.

Grand Park City Hall - Crunchy Hazelnut Feullitine Gateaux

The Crunchy Hazelnut Feullitine Gateaux was nice, chocolaty and not too overly sweet.

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