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Taste Paradise at ION Orchard

I normally spend about $75 for 4 people when I dine at my favourite dim sum restaurants. It helps that my favourite dim sum restaurants some how seem to have perennial promotions going on. However, the other day when I dined with my good friend YJ, I also spent $75 for 2 people. It’s a wonder how we managed to even finish the food. And tip to self, never let a guy do the ordering or all the items will most likely be fried.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Skin Pork Belly

One of my favourite all time dishes, the crispy skin pork belly. Can’t find anyone out there who dislikes this. I love how the mustard is presented.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Spring Roll with Smoked Duck Meat

Crispy spring roll with smoked duck meat – Smoked duck meat in spring roll is quite a unique dish but it was a little difficult to detect and appreciate the duck since there was very little of it.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn in Beancurd Skin Roll

Deep fried prawn in beancurd skin. Quite nice but too oily. The skin is way to fried. I prefer the types found in Royal China where the skins still remain very thin and flat.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn with Mango Roll

Deep fried prawn with mango roll. Also nice but too much cream in the mango roll which made this really way too sinful and hard to appreciate the mango and prawn flavours.

Taste Paradise - Har Gow

Stick to the steamed items. They are much better. The prawn dumplings were succulent, juicy and large!

Taste Paradise - Steamed Rice Roll with Scallop

Prawn rice roll

Taste Paradise - Special Fried Carrot Cake

Carrot cake fried in special sauce. Ok seriously, I didn’t really detect any special sauce and I think my neighbourhood chai tow kuay stall does a better version.

Taste Paradise - Mini Egg Tart Egg tarts

Taste Paradise - Vegetable Water

Vegetable water. Stick to tea.

Taste Paradise (2) Taste ParadiseTaste Paradise - Dim Sum Menu

This visit to Taste Paradise was rather disappointing for me. I blame it on the fact that we didn’t order the right things. My first visit to Taste Paradise was so much better.

 

Taste Paradise

No.2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 9660  
Fax: 6509 9661

http://paradisegroup.com.sg/taste/

Meatworks

I’ve never seen Meatworks full before in the numerous times that I’ve passed by it. Was a bit skeptical about the food, but when I finally tried it out, I’m pleased to report that they do a pretty good steak! Service was also pretty decent, even though I’ve read several reviews that mention otherwise.

Meatworks  Meatworks - Hanging Tender

The steak that I ordered was the Hanging Tender $26 and it lived up to its name. Every bite was really flavourful yet tender. The only thing I didn’t like was the herb butter which I chose. I think if given the choice again, I would go for the Cabernet Sauvignon Mushroom sauce. Come to think of it, it should have been common sense to order that sauce, but I was kind of hoping that the butter would be special too. But given that the steak is so heavy already, you don’t really want more fats via the butter. On the whole, still one of the best steaks I’ve had for this price range.

Meatworks - Ribeye (2) 

The Partner had the Ribeye. He was looking for grassfed Ribeye, but the only grassfed option was for the Sirloin which he doesn’t like. still, it was a tasty Ribeye and I enjoyed stealing bits of it too. The steak fries were also very good, crispy just the way I like it.

Definitely going to come back again to Meatworks. But a huge grouse is that they don’t serve alcohol! Something along the lines of them wanting to be Halal, so the waitress said. To intensify the pain, they haven’t actually removed the alcohol page from the menu!You have to go to the supermarket on the same floor to get the wine if you need some, and corkage is charged at $20 per bottle. Steak really tastes loads better when you have a glass of wine in hand. And for some reason, I really was hankering for a glass after all that energy spent on shopping earlier. We plodded through without the wine, but certainly for the next round, I will buy a bottle or sneak one in!

Meatworks (2)

MeatWorks ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn #04-12
Singapore 238801
T +65 6634 0026
F +65 6634 8901
E
talktous@meatworks.com.sg

http://www.meatworks.com.sg/

Petit Provence Bakery and Cafe

Petit Provence is known for its fluffy croissant-like wassants. A colleague first introduced the wassants to me when we were at The Central in Clarke Quay. I thought the wassants were tasty, but they were so tiny I didn’t want to have to spend loads on them. It seems now that every tom dick and harry bakery also offers wassants, albeit with different names and variations to the recipe.

The other day, I discovered that Petit Provence has also opened a bakery and cafe at Ion Orchard. In fact, it has been in operation for more than 1 year. I was glad to know they had expanded into doing sandwiches as well. It was great because I was feeling so peckish at 4pm.

I chose the omelette sandwich, which cost only $3. Filled the gap and I was happy again. For a cafe located in the heart of Orchard road, a sandwich with this much fillings is a steal.

Petit Provence Omelette Sandwich

Oozy eggy goodness. Once again, the humble egg satisfies.

Petit Provence

Petit Provence (3)

Click on the picture to see Petit Provence’s menu. Or you can buy the numerous breads and buns on display and have them at the cafe.

Orchard ION Shop
2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard,
#B4-07/08,
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 3926

TWG Tea Salon

I said I would do a post on TWG Teas. Well here it is!

Did you know that TWG Teas was started by 2 businessmen in Singapore only about 2 years ago? They must have a really solid team working behind the scenes because it took them less than 2 years to get themselves branded as a premium tea seller. TWG is available at many upscale places such as SIA, Fullerton Hotel and even Harrods! From the look of their 2 Tea Salons in Singapore, no one would fault you for assuming that TWG has been operating for years!

I’ve been to both the TWG Tea Salons at Republic Plaza and Ion Shopping Mall. The Ion salon seems to be packed all the time. When I was there on a weekend, I had to line up for 10 minutes before I got a table. They do take reservations for weekdays though. The seating area is rather small and very cramped. You can almost touch the person at the next table. Since people are there to relax over a cuppa tea after a hard day’s shopping, no one is in a hurry to vacate their seats. The Republic Plaza salon on the other hand was pretty empty save for a few corporate looking types talking business when we were there, and naturally so since few people purposely venture into the business district for fun.

I will say this upfront, it’s not cheap to dine at TWG. TWG - Whipped cream and tea jellyThe tea-time set comprising a pot of tea and your choice of 2 scones or 2 muffin costs $17. A pot of tea on its own is about $10.50, which means that each scone or muffin costs $3.25. Not cheap considering that the scones are on the small side. The scones were not too bad, but not spectacular enough to warrant the price. The muffin was a let down. The scones do come with whipped cream and their unique TWG tea jelly. The jelly as some TWG tea infused into it, which is an interesting touch. However, the jelly, being jelly, was too wobbly and not sweet enough to go with the scones.

The tea was very nice. They have an extensive tea menu for you to choose from that you almost become dazed at the 3 or 4 pages worth of tea names. Many of them have weird alphabets and numerals behind them, which kinda makes one wonder how it was possible to just survive with Lipton and Boh tea for the last 20 years. In any case, when faced with FTGFOP1, don’t look lost. Just know that it stands for Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1. What that actually means is reserved for discussion another day heh.

TWG - Tea

See the thing with TWG is that that 1 pot of tea costs $10.50. However, if you were to buy 50gms of the same loose leaf tea, it also costs the same $10.50. This 50gm bag of tea allows you to make more than 10 cups of tea. And tea is not difficult to brew at home. I’ve been having their Rwandan Express tea for breakfast and tea-time in the office nearly everyday.

Secondly, if you have money to burn, won’t you rather pay a little bit more and spend your leisurely afternoon in the comfort of a spacious but equally if not more luxurious hotel lobby lounge? It will probably be more value for money. Compare TWG’s $25 set menu where you get the tea, 2 scones/muffins and 3 finger sandwiches, with Shangri-La afternoon tea buffet which offers 101 tea selections and afternoon tea buffet line at about $38. Or if you must have TWG tea, you can try Fullerton Hotel’s afternoon tea buffet at $36. Are you getting the drift here?

TWG - Scones TWG Teas

Check out TWG’s menu for weekday and weekend and see if you fancy playing tai tai for a day.

http://www.twgtea.com

http://www.twgtea.com/Download/Menu-ION-WD180810.pdf

http://www.twgtea.com/Download/Menu-ION-WE180810.pdf

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique (Raffles Place)

9 Raffles Place, #01 – 22
Republic Plaza
Singapore 048619

Tel: +65 6538 1837 Fax: +65 6534 1837

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique (Orchard Road)

ION Shopping Mall
2 Orchard Turn, #02 – 21
Singapore 238801

Tel: +65 6735 1837 Fax: +65 6736 1837

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Table reservations can be made from Mondays to Fridays at these times:

Breakfast 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Lunch 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Dinner  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Jams Cafe at Prologue Bookshop

When doing some hard shopping in Orchard Road, one must know how not to over exert oneself. How so, you may ask. Well, the answer is very simple. Be aware of all the secret resting and refreshment spots around town! One such secret resting spot is a tiny cafe tucked at the end of a bookshop. The bookshop happens to be tucked on the top retail floor of one of Singapore’s most beloved malls.

Okay to cut to the chase, I am talking about Jams. Not the jam in a jam jar jam, but Jams the cafe, situated at the back end of Prologue at Ion Orchard. It is far away from the maddening crowd, and being situated within a bookstore, and book stores are normally not that noisy, it is a very good spot for resting and chilling out (before the next mad dash through the shops again).

Last Saturday, the place was occupied by many students, presumably cramming for their mid-year examinations. Still I managed to find a seat without waiting. I didn’t feel like cake, even though there were a great many to choose from. They even had an apple cake, that looked very much like carrot cake from far, which is something we don’t find that often in Singapore. The apple cake I mean, not the carrot cake.

Ugly Blueberry Scone

In the end, I ordered a blueberry scone to accompany my hot chocolate. It looked really ugly but I ordered it against better judgement because I really wanted a scone. The scone was about $2.50 but I was shocked to discover I had to pay extra for jam. So behold, the naked scone above. I paid $0.30 for the jam in the end and it turned out to be the individually packaged supermarket type. The paltry amount wasn’t even enough to cover half the scone! What a let down! The scone was okay, but it would have been better if there was more blueberry flavour to it.

Btw, I think Dome Cafe makes really good and cheap scones, and they give you jam preserves as well as whipped cream for about $2.50.

Hot Chocolate Couverture - Unstirred

They also had the usual cappucinos and lattes, as well as a selection of teas. I wanted something chocolatey and there happened to be iced chocolate in the menu. I thought I’d ask for it hot. What I did not realise is that they also had hot chocolate, but it wasn’t the “normal” type. It was hot chocolate couverture! See picture above? You will be able to see the chocolate couverture bits, with white milk on top.

Hot Chocolate Couverture - Stirred

Only after you stir it does it blend into a really thick chocolate concoction. Each sip was like drinking pure chocolate liquid. It was SO GOOD I forgot all my troubles for a while. Until I hit the halfway mark and I suddenly felt too full to continue. No regrets even though I’d originally ordered the normal hot chocolate. I would suggest that 2 people share this drink, in order not to get an overload of sin. But hey, they say chocolate is good for the heart, so, indulge!

Damn Thick Mango Smoothie

The partner ordered a mango smoothie out of the numerous fruit smoothies on offer. As you can see, it is thick as can be, which means that a truckload of ice-cream must have gone into it. Definitely something that would delight smoothie lovers. I’m not a smoothie lover myself. I prefer to bite and lick my ice-cream, not drink it. But even I had to agree that it was quite good, the sip that I took.

2 people, 2 unfinished drinks, 2 very satisfied people.

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