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The Marmalade Pantry–Revamped dishes and revamped cupcakes!

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Here’s another update on another F&B business that has been around for awhile! Did you know the Marmalade Pantry has been around for 18 years? They opened in 1999, and after a few location changes, are now located at ION Orchard, Oasia Hotel Novena and Oasia Hotel Downtown. Thanks to the ION Orchard outlet, I’ve always had the impression that The Marmalade Pantry is the place to see and be seen, and I guess that is still correct because it is almost always full house there! If you want to beat the crowds, you can try the Oasia Hotel Downtown outlet, which is very much more spacious.

Anyway, The Marmalade Pantry has recently done another revamp to its menu, with a focus towards new interpretations to existing favourite dishes. The dishes are meant to be unfussy and to score on taste. Scroll down to see the new dishes, as well as the revamped line-up of cupcakes. Has your favourite cupcake been retained?

Spanish Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata Cheese

This Spanish Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata Cheese is an elevated version of the traditional Caprese Salad, but using burrata and seasonal heirloom tomatoes. Arbequina (olive) oil is used.

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Best Romantic Restaurants in Singapore

Now that Valentine’s day is but a week away, I thought I’d share with you some of the best romantic restaurants in Singapore I have dined at that you may want to consider for impressing your Valentine. Of course, there’s no rule that says that one can only celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14, so if I were you, I’d rather still go to one of these romantic restaurants for an early or belated Valentine’s day for a romantic meal out, than to choose a not so suitable restaurant. Always go for the best, that’s my rule. Smile


1. Au Jardin at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Au Jardin Wedding (9)

Restaurant in the heart of the Botanic Gardens, need I say more? Lovely venue for weddings too. This photo was taken at a friend’s wedding in fact. Most importantly, Au Jardin will be closing down come April, so it’s your last chance to savour this romantic place before it’s too late.

Au Jardin

EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Garden Visitors Centre

Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Tel: 6466-8812

Luncheon: Tuesdays to Fridays only 12pm

Dinner : Tuesdays to Sundays 7pm

Sunday Brunch : Sundays only 11 – 1pm (1st seating) 1 – 3 pm (2nd seating)

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2. Absinthe Restaurant Francais

Absinthe Restaurant Francais (2)

My 2nd pick for a good restaurant for Valentine’s day is Absinthe. It’s also a French restaurant, and what can I say, the French do romantic so well! After a great meal here, you can go for an evening stroll by the Singapore River, hand in hand.

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Marmalade Pantry at the Stables Revisited

After the wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner at Marmalade Pantry at the Stables in Bukit Timah, I was privileged to be invited again to sample Marmalade Pantry’s more popular dishes, as well as the dishes that are only available at this outlet and not at Orchard ION.

If you have the time, do visit Pantry at the Stables during the day as you would be able to better appreciate its unique dining location surrounded lush greenery which surrounds the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Night time is also good if you are looking for a romantic evening. I will warn you in advance that it is really pitch dark beyond the restaurant area, so it is not possible to walk out unless you feel extremely brave. Hmm, the lack of light might actually make this a good place to catch some of Singapore’s night sky.

It was a nice quiet evening for me, Wilson of http://Gurkhason.wordpress.com and Melissa of http://Melicacy.com. We got to sample a great many dishes and it was a wonder how we even managed to stumble out the restaurant.

I always end up posting desserts last if I’m doing the post in chronological order, but I think I’ll give the desserts some airtime today because the cupcakes are just so pretty!

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Pretty Cupcakes! (2)

Don’t you think the cupcakes look so luscious??? My favourite has always been the Hazelnut chocolate cupcake, which is the one on the top right. If you’re a fan of Nutella you would love it! The nice thing about Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes are that the frosting is pretty thick and flat, which makes for easy eating. I don’t really fancy those with sky-high frosting as it just seems a little hard to eat and most times you try to lick the cream off first anyway to avoid having any land on your nose.

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A creamy one which I didn’t try, but it does look so pretty though!

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Pretty Cupcakes!

This is the Elvis Cupcake, which is banana cake with a peanut butter frosting.

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Red Velvet Cupcake ($4.50)

A favourite for many ladies, the Red Velvet cupcake. The redness comes from beetroot juice that is used. Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - (2)

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Pantry at the Stables – Valentine’s Day

My colleague is rushing me to get this article out because he wants to book a table at the Pantry for Valentine’s Day. So sweet that he’s taking his girlfriend of a few months out to celebrate Valentine’s day! I don’t think the Partner and I have any plans as yet (unless he surprises me heh!), such is the situation with couples who have been together for a while!#!%# I’ll probably be slaving it out in the kitchens of my baking school baking loaf after loaf of boring bread.

Anyway, to get back on track, Marmalade Pantry at the Stables is having a lovely Valentine’s Day menu for the occasion. I was privileged to get to sample the set menu last week and I have to say, not only is the food good, the ambience is very romantic too! As with all Valentine’s Day dinners, the prices are hyped up, but I think $128++ per couple is quite okay for the quality of the food served.

Pantry at The Stables Valentine's Day Menu

Soup : Shellfish consomme encroute with tortellini of crab and coriander

Choice of Mains : Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle

or

Pan Roasted Darne of Tasmanian salmon celeriac, fleuron of mushroom and mustard grain sauce

Dessert : Bitter sweet Chocolate flourless cake with dark cherries in kirsch

(Drink not included)

Pantry at The Stables - Shellfish consomme encroute with tortellini of crab and coriander

Soup : Shellfish consomme encroute with tortellini of crab and coriander

First up, soup. The soup is very light as its a consommé. This is no ordinary consommé though. The stock has been boiled for more than 2 hours, and instead of straining the stock through a muslin cloth or similar, the soup is actually “self-filtered”. Okay I invented that word, but it really is true. The stock is frozen, and when thawed, the liquid drips through the gelatinous bits, which act as filter. So what drips through is super clear and flavourful!

And unlike other puff pastry soup types, the puff pastry is baked in an empty bowl. The soup is later delicately poured in through the slit you see in the puff pastry. The reason for doing this is so that steam from the soup doesn’t make the puff pastry soggy. I have to tell you, that was the flakiest, delicate and most delicious soup puff pastry I have ever eaten to date. It totally overshadowed the tortellini such that I hardly even remember eating it, and all I remember about the tortellini is that it’s skin was super soft.

Pantry at The Stables - Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle  (2) Pantry at The Stables - Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle

Mains 1 :  Blanquette of beef brisket with trimmed root vegetables, wild mushrooms and shaved truffle

The occasions where I normally get to eat beef brisket is at Chinese restaurants such as Crystal Jade, where they have the beef brisket noodles. This beef brisket feels totally different, I felt as if I was eating a most tender piece of steak! Most of the beef brisket was actual meat, with very little of the gelatinous tendons you often get with the beef brisket noodles. The texture and flavour of the meat was just superb. Hands down, I would order this again if I had the chance. Love the little heart shape root vegetable that the chef creatively prepared.

*The portion served for Valentine’s Day will be bigger than in the photo as I had 2 main courses to deal with.

If you are in doubt as to which main course you want to have, order the beef brisket. You won’t regret it!

Pantry at The Stables - Pan Roasted Darne of Tasmanian salmon celeriac, fleuron of mushroom and mustard grain sauce

Mains 2 : Pan Roasted Darne of Tasmanian salmon celeriac, fleuron of mushroom and mustard grain sauce

The salmon was just slightly more cooked than I would have liked, cuz I like mine to be ever so slightly seared, with pink still in the middle. Still, it was delicious and paired very well with the mustard grain sauce. Also loved the fleuron of mushroom. A fleuron is a tiny, crescent-shaped piece of puff pastry used as a garnish, usually atop hot food. This fleuron was rich and flaky, and when biting into it, the mushrooms burst out, creating a wonderful mix of flavours.

*The portion served for Valentine’s Day will be bigger than in the photo as I had 2 main courses to deal with.

Pantry at The Stables - Bitter sweet Chocolate flourless cake with dark cherries in kirsch

 Dessert : Bitter sweet Chocolate flourless cake with dark cherries in kirsch

In my opinion, there’s no better way to end off a wonderful meal, especially a Valentine’s Day one, with a rich chocolate dessert. I loved tit that the chocolate cake was so dense. Every mouthful was a substantial bite of chocolate. I don’t think it was bitter at all, but it wasn’t overly sweet. The ice cream was also sensational, super rich and creamy. The vanilla flavour was evident. I later found out that the ice cream was from the Kapiti brand ice cream, and Kapiti is from New Zealand! YAY! I tell you, one mouthful of the cake plus ice cream sends you to high heavens. The little orange glob there was a glob of salty caramel. Not too sure how it fits into the entire dish so I just ate it right at the end.

And that’s that for the Marmalade Pantry at the Stables Valentine’s Day Menu. If you’re wondering where to have the best Valentine’s Day meal, or the most romantic Valentine’s Day, you may like to consider Pantry at the Stables. You can read more about why I think Pantry at the Stables is so romantic as well as see pictures of the restaurant!

Oh btw, if you still have spare dough left, do try out Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes. I tried the Nutella one and it was insane. My father and I fought over the crumbs! The nutella frosting was generous and super chocolate. Satisfied all my chocolate cravings for 1 week!

Pantry at The Stables  - Nutella Cupcake 

See link for pictures of Pantry at the Stables

Pantry at the Stables

55 Fairways Drive Singapore 286846
T: +65 6467 9328
F: +65 6467 1608
Reservations: +65 6467 7748
enquiry.stables@themarmaladepantry.com.sg

http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg

Map of Pantry at the Stables

Tuesdays to Fridays : 3.00pm to 11.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays : 10.00am to 11.00pm
Closed on Mondays

Marmalade Pantry @ Ion

I’ve always liked the idea of going to Marmalade Pantry. Although I feel the menu is somewhat overpriced, and the service can sometimes be horrendous, I still like dining here once in a while. Dining at Marmalade Pantry gives me the “on holiday” feeling and it always feels a treat to come here, even though it’s just a casual restaurant. Maybe it’s the menu (Weekend Brunch Menu, Food Menu, Beverage Menu). They have a lot of all day breakfast/ brunch selections. And they also have a good selection of cakes, tarts and puddings, which they place prominently at the entrance of the cafe! Is it any wonder why you almost always have to line up like 1/2 hour before you get your seat?

Marmalade Pantry Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked beans and toastMarmalade Pantry Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked beans and toast (2)

Eggs any style $18 – I chose scrambled eggs, with grilled English sausage, sauteed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, home made baked beans and whole wheat toast. Can you see the ripples in the scrambled eggs. The texture was just right, firm yet somehow oozing with creamy goodness, although a little bit more salt would not be a sin. The sausages were a little salty on their own, but when eaten together with the scrambled eggs, they were a match made in heaven! The baked beans were also very good and I just love baked beans, even the Heinz ones from a can.

Marmalade Pantry Spice Grilled Lamb Sandwich

Spiced Grilled Lamb Sandwich $21 – With iman biyaldi (don’t ask me what this is), mint and radish on garlic flatbread. The dip was really nice, and the spices in the lamb were flavourful. The meat itself was tough and dry which was a pity. It would just be perfect if not for the dryness of the meat.

Marmalade Pantry Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $7 – Expensive for a latte, but I’ll close an eye given the size of the cup. Pretty good. Smooth and strong but not as good as my favourite coffee places such as 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature Bakery.

 

The Marmalade Pantry – good things to eat
Unit 03-22 Orchard Ion
2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801

bistro & shop operating hours
monday to sunday 10am to 10pm

telephone 6734 2700
facsimile 6734 2279
tmp@marmaladegroup.com

http://www.themarmaladepantry.com

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