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Mandarin Gallery Singapore Food Trail–Special dishes from Antoinette, Arteastiq, Lawry’s and The Providore

If you haven’t visited Mandarin Gallery in a while, now’s the time to pay them a visit because from now until Singapore’s 52nd National Day on 9th August 2017, and in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival, you can enjoy special dishes/drinks with a local twist. The participating outlets are Antoinette, Arteastiq, Lawry’s The Prime Rib and The Providore. Scroll down to check out the pictures of the food!

Shoppers can also stand a chance to win dining vouchers worth $100 from each of the above restaurants, simply by following Mandarin Gallery on Instagram (@mandaringallery) and Facebook (facebook.com/mandaringallery), and leaving a comment on their campaign post telling them which dish you would like to try the most and why. Go try your luck!

~~~ Arteastiq ~~~

Arteastiq - Two Way Lobster (Lobster Thermidor and otah stuffed lobster shell, served with barley risotto) $38

 Two Way Lobster (Lobster Thermidor and otah stuffed lobster shell, served with barley risotto) $38 

This pretty as a picture lobster dish was equally tasty. I really liked the lobster thermidor half, but I was thankful to still have the otah half, or else the whole dish might have been too creamy. It’s not common to see barley being used as the starch, but I think it complemented the rich thermidor and otah flavours. I also liked the bouncy firmness, and hey barley has many health benefits which is great!

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib– The Prime (Rib) choice for special occasions

Even though there are many steakhouses and restaurants serving steak in Singapore, we still like to go back to Lawry’s The Prime Rib every so often, for the simple reason that the steak is consistently good, and we like the steak there. Yes, even food bloggers crave consistency once in a while, especially when you have a baby in tow and need to know that the restaurant is spacious.

Specifically, I like the Prime Rib at Lawry’s. The steak is always tender, and it comes with a whole pool of special gravy that I like, and it’s one of the few places that provides creamy mustard as a condiment! I could eat dollops of that creamy mustard, it’s so good! It’s not at all cheap to dine at Lawry’s, but if you have the AMEX or CIMB credit card, you could get 50% discount if it is just 2 pax dining.  Click here to see all their promotions. They are also having a Christmas menu. Scroll down to see the entire menu.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - The Diamond Jim Brady Cut 450gm $158

The Diamond Jim Brady Cut 450gm $158

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib

It was the Partner’s birthday, so it became my turn treat him to a lavish meal. The idea of having good meat for dinner never fails to perk him up so we decided on Lawry’s as the restaurant of choice. I was pretty keen to go back to Lawry’s again since it has now relocated to Mandarin Gallery in Mandarin Orchard Hotel. We got a nice seat by the windows overlooking Orchard Road. Those dining in bigger groups should ask for the pretty booth seats.

Lawry’s is famous for its prime rib roast beef. There are a few other choices of main courses to choose from like Lobsters, Fish and Chicken Cordon Bleu, but since Lawry’s is famous for it’s prime rib, then that’s their speciality and probably the best tasting dish there.

We both chose the Lawry’s Cut which is 280gms of the Prime Rib for about $80+ and comes with a Spinning Salad, Yorkshire Pudding and Mashed Potatoes.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

First, we had a glass of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon to get things started. I love drinking wine when eating steaks and roast meats. The wine tastes nicer and so does the food. And it just feels so much more festive with a glass of wine in hand! It’s too bad that prices of alcohol are so much higher in Singapore than elsewhere. 

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Bread Basket

Bread basket – Normal tasting bread.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (2)Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad

The Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad– The waitress will literally announce aloud to everyone that this is Lawry’s famous original spinning bowl salad. She will then make a performance out of mixing the salad dressing into the salad ingredients. The metal bowl is placed in another bowl of ice so it spins like hell during the demonstration.

I found this quite hilarious the 1st time I saw it several years back. Isn’t this supposed to be some posh restaurant, and not a circus? The staff did not skip a beat when the next table totally ignored her. They must feel totally jaded with this performance if required to repeat this numerous times a day everyday!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (3)

The salad tastes good. The vegetables are fresh and crisp and almost makes you believe you’re neutralising the bad effects of eating so much red meat later on. Though strictly speaking, one should omit the salad dressing to be truly healthy. I finished the whole lot, fried croutons and all. Lawry’s even serves you a chilled fork, which is thoughtful of them. But can someone tell me why this salad is famous because it sure doesn’t look that stunning, appearance wise.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm)

This is the 280 gm cut of delicious roast beef. Before we ordered, we were wondering if we might be able to finish 280 gm. I said, go for it since the 200gm roast beef is only about $10 cheaper. (If necessary, we can dabao!) Turns out I managed to wallop the entire piece of roast beef. It was really a very delicious piece of meat. It was cooked exactly to the doneness that I wanted, it was juicy, and it was tender all round. Really delicious, to the extent that I wish there was more of it!

The gravy looked a little watery at first, but it went really well with the meat as well as the Yorkshire pudding. The staff will offer you refills of gravy too, which I gladly accepted, using the Yorkshire pudding to mop up all it’s flavourful goodness. Btw, I just LOOOVE Yorkshire pudding. It’s supposed to be a damn fattening thing. These days, Yorkshire pudding is cooked by pouring a thin batter made from flour, eggs, and milk into a preheated and oiled baking pan. But in days past, fat drippings from roasting the meat was used. Or perhaps, it’s still done now, depending on the restaurant. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver do it once on TV. The amount of oil used was almost equal to the amount of batter! Still, when having a celebration, let’s go all the way!!!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm) (2)

If you don’t want mashed potato, you can ask for fries too. I recall previously they used to serve baked potato. Wonder if they have that if we ask.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Carving Station

The chef skillfully carving up the meats

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Horse Radish

Whipped cream horse radish to go with the roast beef. Delicious!

Lawry's The Prime Rib

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery,
Mandarin Orchard Singapore 238897
Tel: 6836 3333 Fax: 6235 0300
Reservations:
reservations@lawrys.com.sg

Operating Hours
Sundays – Mondays: 11.30am – 10.00pm
Fridays / Saturdays / Eve & Public Holidays: 11.30am – 11.30pm
(Last Order at 10.30pm)

http://www.lawrys.com.sg/

Lawry’s has a number of on going promotions. Eg DBS and POSB cards get 20% discount. Check it out!

Wild Honey Cafe @ Mandarin Gallery

Wild Honey Brownie

And while we are on the topic of cakes, we had a most delicious piece of brownie the other day at Wild Honey Cafe. Although I said I like the chocolate cake at Shots Cafe very much the last time, this one is EVEN BETTER, because the brownie comes with a little cup of creamy milk.

This is the 1st time that I have ever been served milk to go with the brownie. It’s not cream because it’s not thick enough, yet it’s not plain milk because that would be too thin. Whatever the case, the creamy milk and the brownie was just a match made in heaven. I dunk the ENTIRE jug of milk onto the brownie and shovelled up all the chocolatey goodness. If ever you need some cheering up, this has got to take the cake, pun intended. I liked that the outside of the brownie was a little bit crusty while the inside was still moist and rich.

At $6+, I’m definitely coming back for more brownie. Breakfast wise, I think more value for money options can be found. To be continued….

Wild Honey Cafe

http://www.wildhoney.com.sg

#03-02, Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Road, Singapore

Tel: 6235 3900

Open: 9am – 10.30pm everyday, 8am Saturdays & Sundays

Thai Thai

It seems that most people who go to Mandarin Gallery in Orchard road mainly do so to dine at  these 3 restaurants: Jones the Grocer, Ippudo Ramen and Wild Honey Cafe. I was there on Monday at 2pm and guess what? There was a 45 minute queue at Wild Honey Cafe and a 20 minute queue at Ippudo Ramen. There was no queue at Jones the Grocer but nearly every table was occupied. Don’t people have to work? Yeah I know it’s December and just after Christmas, but stilll!

We were originally going to go to the Wild Honey Cafe but 45 minutes was too ridiculous so we forced ourselves to join the Ippudo queue. But a few paces down was this atas looking restaurant called Thai Thai. The waitress was standing there calling out to everyone who would walk by. There was a set lunch going on for $18 where you can get an appetiser, noodle mains and a drink. We though hey why not since that’s about the price we were going to spend at Ippudo anyway and of course we didn’t have to queue at all.

We jumped out of the Ippudo queue and entered the serenity that was Thai Thai. Instantly, I felt as if I’d just been plucked out of the noise from the unwashed masses to be planted in a peaceful and pretty palace. Okay maybe palace is an exaggeration but it was just great to be able to plop ourselves onto the seats with cushions all around and attentive waitresses at my service.

We both ordered the $18 noodle set. I took the Phad Thai while the Partner opted for the Laksa with green curry. There were also other choices such as beef kuay teow etc.

Thai Thai Prawn WontonsAppetisers of prawn fritters with sweet chilli sauce – The fritters were crispy and tasty, however the chilli sauce seemed diluted and was more sweet than spicy.

Thai Thai - Laksa Noodles with Green CurryThai Thai Green CurryThai Thai - Laksa Noodles with Green Curry (2)

Laksa with Green Curry – As you can see, the presentation was quite unique. The partner said the dish was very tasty. The chicken was tender while the curry was fragrant and had just the right amount of spice. The laksa noodles were springy and paired very well with the curry. Only grouse is that while there were lots of ingredients in the curry, it would have been nice if there had been just a little more curry to slurp at the end.

Thai Thai - Phad ThaiThai Thai - Phad Thai (2)

Phad Thai – If I may say so I think Thai Express’ Phad Thai is better! The noodles seems a tad too soggy, there was not enough egg and whatever egg there was was clumped on the left side of the noodles. The peanuts that came in a tiny glass container looked like there was some peanut rationing going on. It didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t taste good.

Thai Thai (9) Thai Thai

Nice seating area makes us want to return again to give Thai Thai another chance. Ordering via the Ala Carte menu isn’t cheap though. Be prepared to pay about $15 or more per dish ordered.

Thai Thai

Daily noon-10pm

#04-08 Mandarin Gallery 333 Orchard Road

Tel: 6737 9107

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