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Dragon Bowl Restaurant–$1 flaming chicken and 30% discount on dim sum during this festive period, Christmas included!

Even though it’s the festive period, there are still cheap deals to be had, if you know where to go. Check out my post on where to have a cheap Christmas dinner. Or if you want to splurge a little but not too much, go for Christmas afternoon tea instead of Christmas dinner buffets!

One lobang that is simply too good not to share is is the Dragon Bowl Restaurant’s promotions that are on-going until 31 December 2017. Yes, the promotions are valid every day, even on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve! Scroll down for more pictures and details on the promotions!

Dragon Bowl Dim Sum

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Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens is now certified Halal!

[Media Invite]

Did you know that the Halia restaurant at the Singapore Botanic Gardens has recently been converted into a Halal restaurant as of June 2017? This beautiful restaurant which has been at the UNESCO World Heritage inscribed Singapore Botanic Gardens since 2001 can now be considered an inclusive dining destination for all. Muslims who visit the Botanic Gardens often now have the option to dine amidst this lush greenery without having to scoot off elsewhere for lunch or dinner.

It certainly makes sense to cater to the Halal market because of its unique location in one of Singapore’s most popular tourist destination.  In order to be certified Halal, a significant change they have had to make is to remove alcohol from the menu. I am told this has not put a dent on profits because now the customer base has widened! Anyway, with a name like “Halia”, which means “ginger” in Malay, the connection is now even stronger.

Btw, when I say “inclusive dining destination”, I do mean it also in terms of pricing. Years ago, if you thought Halia to be an expensive restaurant, you would be right. But the menu has been largely revamped and now there are many main course-sized dishes going for less than $30. Appetisers are in the $15s range while desserts are about $11. Yet when you look at the decor and the ambience at Halia, you feel like you are dining in an upscale restaurant! On the evening of our media tasting, quite a number of tables were occupied by people celebrating birthdays. I would certainly love to celebrate my birthday there, it is so romantic at night!

Anyway, on to the food. In general, I thought the food was very good, given the pricing. Quite a number of the dishes were also innovatively presented so that nothing is predictable or mundane. Also the presentation, and small touches were befitting of an upscale restaurant. It is the attention to detail that takes a dish from good to great.

Halia - Fresh Boston Bay mussel ($22  )

Fresh Boston Bay mussel $22

My favourite dish of the evening was this mussel dish, featuring a slightly spicy coconut and ginger flower broth had such an intense flavour that made me crave for more. A good thing that they provided a substantially sized slice of focaccia bread to mop up the delicious broth. This dish is listed under the “In Between” section of the menu, meaning that this may not be filling enough if you’re a large eater.

Halia -Lightly Smoked Kingfish ($17  ) Chilled cucumber & ginger shooter, almond, chilli & lemongrass oil (2)

Lightly Smoked Kingfish $17 

The fish was pretty delicate in flavour as well as texture, and disappeared all too soon. Oh you’re supposed to pour a chilled cucumber & ginger shooter onto the fish, but I quite liked it on its own.

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Kara Cafe and Dessert Bar – Sogurt has grown into a full-fledged cafe!

[Media Tasting]

Foodies will be familiar with the popular yoghurt brand Sogurt, one of the first few players in the froyo market. After 7 years in the market, Sogurt has decided to rebrand its very first store in Bukit Timah from just a Froyo shop into a full-fledged cafe serving hot food and healthy eats. Owner Lee Li Ping recognises that the F&B scene changes rapidly, and that “it’s important to keep up with the latest trends or be left behind”. Tell me about it, even the social media scene has changed as compared to the days when I first started blogging. Time really waits for no man.

The new menu does indeed comprise of a substantial number of healthy dishes such as hearty soups, grain bowls and salads. But there are also comfort food dishes and sweet treats, because let’s be frank, what’s the point of eating out if you can’t indulge just a little bit? The signature self-served froyo bar is still available, for loyal fans who might miss it if it were gone. It now includes soft ice-cream flavours as well.

Scroll down to see some of the dishes from the newly revamped menu.

Toasties and Snacks

Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar - Classic Grilled Cheese $10 (2)

Classic Grilled Cheese $10 – Cheese lovers will love this sourdough sandwich which is literally oozing with cheese. Good idea to include the sweet pickle relish, to help taper down the cheesiness.

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BMW Women’s International Polo Tournament 2017

The BMW Women’s International Polo finals will be held this coming Sunday 1 October 4pm, and it promises to be an action-packed event even for those who know nothing about the polo sport! I’ll explain why in a minute!

Womens-International---Sales-Flyer

In case you can’t see the flyer above, there will be

  • the Hask/Miss World Singapore Finals
  • Veuve Clicquot VIP champagne and sushi bar with DJ Jazzy
  • Lush pop-up spa
  • Charity auction for the Polo Club Outreach Programme

If you’re just going for the individual tickets that comes inclusive of canapes and free flow champagne, that would be $90 + GST per person for non members.

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The Bird Southern Table & Bar at MBS – Worth crowing about?

Media Invite

I’ve been waiting for over a year for The Bird Southern Table & Bar to open at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and that day has finally arrived. The Bird, also known as Yardbird, is an award winning restaurant featuring US Southern cuisine and hospitality, founded by renowned restaurateur John Kunkel. Yardbird is known as The Bird in Singapore to minimise confusion with the same named Yardbird hailing from HK, which I hear is going to be opening in Singapore too sometime soon.

Why was I so keen for The Bird to open? Fried chicken! As you might guess from its name, it is most famous for its fried chicken and waffles with watermelon. But another reason is because I’m always on the look out for restaurants serving Southern food to see if they match up to what I remember of Southern food when I was studying in Atlanta years ago. Featured in their menu include other Southern favourites such as Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Salad.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar Interior

Even the modern-rustic design of The Bird is inspired by the Southern United States, with its use of reclaimed wood, recycled machinery parts and mason jars.

Here’s what we had the opportunity to try during our media tasting session a few weeks back.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar - Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles  (3)

Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles

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