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Greenwood Fish Market opens at Valley Point

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Greenwood Fish Market is going places! They have just opened a 2,700 sqft outlet in River Valley and this is on the back of a 4,100 sqft outlet at Quayside Isle Sentosa Cove opened in 2016. And guess what, they’re not stopping there either. A whopping 8,500 sqft outlet is set to be opened in Dempsey Hill by the end of this year, and finally one outlet in the East at Jewel Changi Airport come next year.

To think that this little seafood restaurant has stood the test of time, 10 plus years is a very good record for an F&B business in Singapore!  When I first visited back in 2007, it was so small I recall having to squeeze past numerous seafood refrigerators in order to access the main restaurant itself. But my boss at that time waxed lyrical about the place (and its $1 oysters on Tuesday) so we all wanted to go (and also because he was paying the bill).

I haven’t been back in years so it was good to be able to check out their new outlet at Valley Point Shopping Centre. The menu has obviously expanded over time and since I’m not the biggest of fish fans, I liked that is a wide selection of seafood dishes and meat dishes too. Fish lovers will obviously want to select a fish of choice and have it either pan seared, baked, steamed, chargrilled, battered or crumbed, and served together with vegetables and starch. Non-fish fans can go for seafood based pastas, burgers and even steaks.

Greenwood Fish Market - Chargrilled Mediterranean Squid $16 (1)

Chargrilled Mediterranean Squid with soba egg sauce $16.90

The small plates selection is worth looking at too and that’s where I felt like ordering everything. They have things like deep fried calamari, chargrilled Mediterranean squid, tuna poke bowl (why no salmon poke?), cold smoked salmon and swordfish carpaccio. Put 2 or 3 of these together and you have a meal sized dish! In fact, the chargrilled Mediterranean squid was so humongous, it could have been a meal on its own.

Scroll down for pictures of what I tried!

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Pan Pacific Hai Tien Lo’s revamped dim sum buffet

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Pan Pacific Singapore’s renown Cantonese restaurant Hai Tien Lo has recently refreshed its dim sum buffet menu, so if you’re looking to indulge in multiple servings of dim sum, you might just want to check out Hai Tien Lo. The dim sum list isn’t very extensive, however there are also numerous main course type dishes to choose from, as well as special dishes. The special dishes are a must order because they are things like Mini Buddha Jumps over the Wall, and braised abalone. The pricing for the dim sum buffet, especially on the weekends seems relatively more affordable than other dim sum buffets from comparable hotels, based on my recollection.

The dim sum dishes I tried were all very good. I think you won’t go wrong with any dim sum dish that you order because this is certainly one of Hai Tien Lo’s expertise. Although the main dishes we tried were all good too, if I had to pick one, I would definitely recommend the poached sliced pork belly with shredded ginger in fish bone broth. The pork slices were melt in the mouth tender, and the fish bone broth was of the type of broth where you want to just keep drinking it because its richly flavoursome and nourishing.

For the desserts, go for the Chilled homemade bean curd with imperial swiftlet’s nest. The beancurd is not the old school type, if you know what I mean. And it has birds nest, so it’s self explanatory why you have to order this right? Also go for the Chilled osmanthus jelly with quail’s egg and maltose. It’s really light and with a nice fragrance, so it’s a fitting end to a heavy meal, unless of course you still have stomach space for a heavier dessert.

Scroll down to see a sampling of what I tried during the media tasting session.

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Char siew puff

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Pince & Pints opens in the East–The lobsters are really fantastic

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Lobsters have never been cheap in Singapore as it’s a product that has to be obtained from overseas. But when you can get lobster rolls that range from $22 all the way to $68, how do you decide which lobster roll is the best or which lobster roll is worth the money?

Pince & Pints - The Truffle Roll $68 (1)

The Truffle Roll $68

Recently, Pince & Pints, the lobster restaurant that sells lobster rolls for $58 (or $68 if it’s a truffle lobster roll) invited me for a tasting, and if you were me, you’d surely go right?! Let me state upfront that I haven’t tried all that many lobster rolls to be able to tell you the best, but after trying Pince & Pints’ version of the lobster roll, as well as their other lobster dishes, I have to say that they tasted absolutely fantastic. Maybe it’s the freshness and sweetness of the lobster, or the cooking method, or just the ingredient combination, but they sure have their recipe done right. Even the fluffy and buttery bun tasted so good.

Frederick Yap, owner of Pince & Pints shared that they are one of the rare few restaurants that use live (not frozen) lobsters. Wild caught lobsters are air-flown direct weekly from the Atlantic Coast and stored in Pince & Pint’s very own deep sea tanks. Apparently they also supply these live lobsters to some big name restaurants in Singapore. Well, hence the high price.

Pince & Pints - Lobster Mac & Cheese $29

If you’re an average eater, this Mac & Cheese is actually substantial enough to be a meal on its own.

Check out the photos below of all the dishes we had. Be it in lobster roll form, or grilled lobster or lobster in curry, they were all very enjoyable. But here’s a tip if you really want to try Pince & Pints’ lobsters but don’t to pay $58. Try their Lobster Mac & Cheese because it costs only $29. It’s not a whole lobster, but it’s no less enjoyable if you ask me. It’s probably one of the best Mac & Cheese dishes I have tried. Utterly gooey and creamy, with chunks of lobster meat interspersed, it really was memorable.

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Le Binchotan : Bincho-tan smoked food, even desserts!

After reading good reviews about Le Binchotan, I was excited to be able to get the opportunity to check out Le Binchotan a couple of weeks back. Le Binchotan is a French-Japanese tapas bar and restaurant, helmed by Chef Atsuhiko Hagiwara from Ginza Tokyo restaurant en.terrible, together with Singapore Head Chef Jeremmy Chiam. At first glance, the dishes appear to be predominantly French/Western, but you soon realise where the Japanese bit is : Japanese ingredients like uni, daikon and miso being infused into the dishes.

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The selling point about Le Binchotan is that their meats and seafood are smoked over bincho-tan (aka white charcoal made from oak). Done well, this imparts to the food a nice smoky flavour, elevating the food to a different dimension. Bincho-tan is the preferred choice of Japanese chefs as the charcoal burns at a lower temperature for a longer period of time compared to ordinary charcoal.  I read that some people find the smoky flavour at Le Binchotan to be on the heavy side, however I on the other hand thought it was hardly noticeable. What impressed me though were the innovative dishes, surprising us with ingredient parings that you don’t normally see together, or presenting the ingredients in a new way.

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Tulip Mania 2016 with Baby!

The much anticipated Tulip Mania tulip extravaganza is back again at Gardens by the Bay! The blast of cool air upon entering the Flower Dome, the waft of fresh tulips and the kaleidoscope of colours, Tulip Mania is one event at the Gardens that I look forward to attending each year because it just makes me feel like I am on holiday overseas in a temperate climate. 

This year, Tulipmania pays homage to the origins of the tulip by showcasing them in a Turkish theme. Way before the tulip was brought to the Netherlands where it sparked “Tulipomania” during the Dutch Golden Age, the first wild tulips were believed to have grown in the mountainous regions of Central Asia and the ancient Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey). So captivating was it to the Sultan and people of the 16th-century Ottoman Empire that it became the inspiration for many songs, poetry and paintings.

Btw local senior citizens get 50% discount for purchase of tickets onsite!

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This year’s visit to Tulipmania was extra special because we brought a special someone along with us! Although Baby is only 2.5 months old, we think it’s important that Baby gets to experience as much as possible instead of being stuck at home with the 4 white walls. We were hoping that he would enjoy the colours of the various tulips, but he was in a grumpy mood. Oh well, at this age, he is indeed a little too young to appreciate what he is seeing. Still it was great fun for us the parents nonetheless! The pictures of his grumpy face below are priceless!

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