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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy staycation – Giveaway coming up!

*Staycation giveaway on my Facebook!*

As mentioned in my previous Breez Bistro Bar article, most hotels are located in the shopping or business districts of Singapore, but once in a while, you find a hotel located in the “suburbs”. One such hotel is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. The Katong neighbourhood is no ordinary neighbourhood, it boasts a long Peranakan history of which I shall not delve into in this article.

We had the pleasure of staying at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in a Business Suite for one night to check out its facilities as well as food. We also had access to the club lounge, which is always a treat as then there is really no need at all to step out of the hotel! Scroll down to read more about our staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy as well as to see the pictures.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (1)

Doesn’t it look like we’re in the living room of a house?

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Breez Bistro Bar (Grand Mercure Roxy) – Cosy neighbourhood restaurant with pool view

You seldom find hotels in neighbourhood locations in Singapore, and naturally so because most tourists would tend to prefer to stay in the city centre where the action is, or in the business districts. Interestingly, there are a number of hotels in the Marine Parade / Katong area, since decades ago. This is probably because prior to the land reclamation done, the Katong area was sea-facing and so it would be quite natural to have seaside hotels facing the waters. The coast has since moved further away but thanks to the resurgence in interest in the Peranakan culture (my guess), hotels deem it fit to still locate themselves in this heritage area. Now Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express Katong also call themselves home a stone’s throw away from Grand Mercure. 

So, if you are in the Marine Parade / Katong area, or after shopping at I12 Katong or Parkway Parade, and thinking of simply eating at the mall again, you just might be interested to know that there’s a cosy restaurant bistro bar tucked inside Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel with relaxing pool views, for your consideration. People tend to be more familiar with Grand Mercure’s bigger restaurants (such as Feast @ East buffet restaurant and Jia Wei Restaurant), so this little bistro is a fantastic hideaway. You’ll have to snag the al-fresco seats or the indoor seats right next to the entrance, if you want the pool views though.

Breez Bistro Bar - Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18 (2)

 Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18

Nothing like a icy cold drink to help you relax.

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Oh Deli (Cafe) at East Coast Road

Oh Deli is one of those places I simply have to recommend as it seems to be off the radar of most cafe hoppers, even though the food served is really value for money. The reason it is off the radar is because Oh Deli has been around for years. It’s not one of those new cafes that have popped up in recent times that people keep instagramming about. In fact, the 1st and foremost business, as the name suggests, is the deli business.

As the story goes, a bunch of sisters, having lived in Australia for a number of years, found good meats to be lacking in Singapore, and hence started this business. It was probably in recent times (more than a year back), that Oh Deli ventured into the cafe business. And because they have the adjoining meat business, the cafe boasts a really value for money menu. You will find that the sandwiches and brunch items are very generously laden with ingredients, and reasonably priced, if not cheaper than usual. In fact, I almost hope that this remains a secret, because as it is, they have already increased their pricing slightly this year as compared to last, although the pricing still remains very attractive.

Oh Deli - Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7 (1)

 Chicken Avocado Sandwich $7

Check out this power packed chicken sandwich filled with chicken slices, avocadoes, bacon slices and lettuce on a multi grain bread. Only $7. Where can you beat that? We almost fell off our chairs when this mountainous pile arrived!

Oh Deli - Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

Choice of 2 gourmet sausages $12.90

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The Garden Slug Revisited

The Garden Slug is a laid back cafe in Telok Kurau that has quite a character. I think it’s quite evident right, from the name of the cafe! But most importantly, because it is situated next to the popular Telok Kurau animal clinic, there are quite a number of cats roaming around. They take no notice of you and have no desire to move from their seat even if they are not welcome at the table. When I visited again earlier this year with my parents and the Partner, a kitty had taken up permanent residence on one of the seats, as a result, the Partner had to sit at the side of the table! But we are cat lovers so we felt lucky to be graced by the cat’s presence. I guess you could call this the very 1st cat cafe in Singapore, sort of!

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This was our 2nd visit to The Garden Slug, the 1st visit being back in 2011, so we were familiar with the healthy yet hearty dishes served here. Alas, they didn’t have the lovely seafood broth I so wanted!

The Garden Slug - Ohmelette with bacon, cheese veggies $12 (1)

Ohmelette with bacon, cheese veggies $12

I can’t resist eggs for brunch so I got this omelette dish. It’s really appealing the way they put the ingredients on top of the eggs instead of wrapped up and hidden inside. The Partner was particularly attracted to all the lovely pieces of bacon calling out to him.

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Charly T at 112 Katong

*Media Invite*

The kind people from FoodNews who previously invited me to dinner at Pantry at the Stables and Halia, once again invited me to join them at Charly T at the new 112 Katong Mall. The 1st time, I couldn’t make it as it was my father’s birthday, so I was very glad that they had a subsequent session!

Charly T is a fast-casual chicken based restaurant concept, quite similar to Kenny Rogers. You choose the chicken from 4 different marinades and then you choose the side dishes and special sauces to go along with your main meal.

Chicken Marinades

  • Charly T’s Original Recipe Rotisserie Chicken
  • Kampong Chicken
  • Kansas City BBQ Chicken
  • Black Pepper Chicken

Original Recipe @ $13 (quarter chicken + 2 additions), $24 (half chicken + 3 additions) & $42 (whole chicken + 4 additions)

Kampong Chicken, Black Pepper & Kansas City BBQ @ $15 (quarter chicken + 2 additions), $27 (half chicken + 3 additions) & $46 (whole chicken + 4 additions)

Side Dishes such as:-

  • German Potato Salad
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Butter Garlic Rice
  • Fresh Vegetables

Special Sauces:-

  • Chermoula Sauce (a traditional Moroccan sauce of cilantro, garlic and cayenne pepper sauce)
  • Roasted Sesame Sauce
  • Kansas City BBQ Sauce
  • Charly T’s Original Sauce

You can view the full menu and prices here.

Those who don’t like chicken but still want to have a nice evening with their friends can indulge in other signature dishes such as the Kalua Pork and Chicken Schnitzel.

You may not realise this but Charly T is actually a real life person! He has travelled the world and worked at a number of restaurants. You will notice that the dishes served at Charly T are inspired by his travels around the world. Through the restaurant, Charly T hopes that his customers can experience his travels vicariously.

Charly T -Odyssey Juices Odyssey Juices to kick start our meal. These are freshly squeezed juices!

Charly T - Rotisserie Chicken Charly T - Rotisserie Chicken (2)

Personally, I liked the Kansas City BBQ chicken the most as it had the strongest flavour. The other food bloggers also had their own personal favourites so just order what you think you would like the most.

Charly T - Side Dishes

Of the 4 side dishes, I liked the marcaroni and cheese the most. Tasted simple and comforting. I also found the vegetables to be fresh and still crunchy.

Charly T - Signature Sauces

Everyone agreed that the Chermoula Sauce was the best and most interesting flavoured sauce. It kinda looks like the mint sauce you get at Indian restaurants (which I love too btw), but it doesn’t taste of mint obviously. We all loved it so much we all tar powed the sauce! Anyway you can ask for all the sauces just to try out all the flavours.

Charly T - Kahlua Pork

At first I thought the meal was over after all the chicken dishes were out, but there was more to come….This is the Kahlua Pork $16. I know Charly T specialises in chicken, but really for me this was the best dish of the evening! The pork was so tender and just bursting with flavour. Every morsel was enjoyable. The meat had a smoky flavour and was slow cooked to bring out the best.

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