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Special 4-Course Dinner at Shatec RECIPES bistro

RECIPES, a full-fledged restaurant managed and operated by SHATEC, will be serving a Four Course Set Dinner Anniversary Menu in celebration of its 30th year. This special menu comprises dishes created by well-known chefs, all of whom are SHATEC alumni. The special menu will be available only on 7th and 14th June (Fridays) for dinner at $42++ per pax. Do show your support for our home grown celebrity chefs as well as encourage the next generation of students from SHATEC to walk towards the route of culinary success!

It’s interesting to note that many of our movers and shakers in the hospitality industry were formerly from SHATEC. Here are some illustrious members:

  • Simon Song – Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Maldives
  • Ignatius Chan – Owner of Iggy’s and a world-renowned restaurateur
  • Justin Quek – Owner of SKy on 57 at Marina Bay Sands
  • Arthur Kiong – CEO of Far East Hospitality
  • Nicholas Lim – Regional Director of Trafalgar Tours

We also got a chance to sample the dinner anniversary menu created by 4 famous SHATEC Alumni but cooked and served by SHATEC students. Of the 4 chefs below, I recognised Chef Pang Kok Keong’s name without any difficulty as he is the owner of Antoinette, the lovely Parisien style patisserie cafe where you can find the best hazelnut nutella crepes in Singapore!

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Appetiser – Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Apple Salsa

Created by Chef Randy Chow, Class of 1986

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1-Caramel Dessert Boutique

*Invited Session*

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The cake says it all. Welcome to 1 Caramel! Don’t you just love all the cutesy little clown faces and the adorable lion? If only someone would buy me this birthday cake instead of a boring old chocolate cake! I feel happy just looking at this.

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With a name like 1 Caramel, it’s not difficult to guess what they specialise in. Sweet treats galore, they have stuff like Baked Alaska, Mille Feuille, Earl Grey creme brulee and even 5 types of soufflé! This picture here is of the Raspberry lychee rose pannacotta with lychee-lemon compote. You have to try this exquisite little thing. Somehow it’s the perfect combination and I really love the rose and fruity taste.

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Baked Alaska – The only other time I’ve seen this in a Singapore menu was at The Ship.  Pretty good. The meringue was sitting on top of a decadent piece of brownie. It was an acquired taste for me, having meringue together with brownie. The macaron on the side was really nice! I wouldn’t mind having seconds!

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Each of the desserts can be ordered individually at $14. Or you could mix and match 3 – 5 desserts for between $16 – $24. Assiette means plate in French. I’d definitely recommend the panna cotta, Earl Grey creme brulee and the Death by Chocolate at the very least. I tell you, you have to believe them when they name their chocolate cake so. It takes a while to even swallow one mouthful because it is so rich.

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More dessert pictures further down in the post. 1 Caramel doesn’t just serve desserts, they also specialise in brunch menu items. Don’t ask me how they got into this combination, but it just seems to work.

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Traditional Eggs Benedict with smoked Salmon $14 – This is really good. This is like the perfect combination. Poached eggs with salty smoked salmon on a toasted English muffin. I don’t think I can ever eat plain eggs Benedict again.You should check out Mr Keropokman’s photo of the ooooozy yolk. Mine glopped all over the place so I shan’t torture you with the photo.

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Level33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre

Everyone’s been raving about Marina Bay Sands and the views from there. Ok I was one of them too and took numerous photos of both Shenton Way as well as the MBS buildings. But did you know, that one really great vantage point to enjoy the splendour of the Marina Bay Sands towers as well as the Singapore city skyline is actually at the new Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)?

I was there with 3 other of my colleagues just the day before at Level33 restaurant and the views were breath-taking! And if was not enough, we got a real treat when fireworks started erupting in the night sky, thanks to the National Day Parade rehearsals! Great stuff for my colleague as it was her birthday.

 

Marina Bay Sands Night Time view from Level33

I really do think that Singapore looks so mesmerising at night. I think it would be so romantic to sit in the al-fresco area, gazing into your partner’s eyes while having this as a backdrop…

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Lucky us got to watch the fireworks from a vantage point!

Level33 touts itself as the World’s Highest Urban Craft-brewery. There are several huge as copper brew house kettles positioned right at the front of the restaurant, so that you know for sure that they mean business. I tried the 33.1 Blond Lager, and it was quite good! Food-wise, I thought it was overpriced but I guess it’s inevitable to have to pay a premium if you want the views. To fully enjoy the views, you must sit outside as the indoor area’s views are blocked by numerous pillars. Another way to enjoy the views without breaking the bank is to just have a drink there instead of having a full scale dinner.

Level33 - 33.1 Blond Lager

33.1 Blond Lager $9.33… Someone’s eyeing MY beer.

Level33 - Bread LoavesLevel33 - Pepper, curry salt and salt

The orangy spice thing is curry salt! Be sure you don’t take a whole heap of it!

Level33 - Prawn Bisque  with Soba

(Gambas) Prawn bisque with soba noodles $39 – 2 really humongous and succulent prawns. Tasted very good and I liked the rich gravy. The amount of soba is enough to make you wonder if it is there as a garnish. If you are a big eater, you may need to order some side dishes as well.

Level33 - Striploin

(Sizzler Beef) Striploin on sizzling hot plate $16 – This was pretty good, but not spectacular

Level33 - Meatballs

Meatballs $9 – First time I’m seeing “dry” meatballs. They were so so.

Level33 - Gnocchi

Gnocchi $26 – An acquired taste for my colleagues I think, but I personally like gnocchi normally. This one was a tad oily.

Level33 - Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast $29 – I don’t know what’s with chicken breast in Singapore. They are so tough! I would never order chicken breast out of my own accord, but since we were sharing all the dishes, I didn’t object. This dish here didn’t change my mind but my colleagues thought it was fine. I did like the ravioli at the bottom though, as well as the asparagus.

Level33 - Molten Chocolate Cake

(Cacao Fondant) Molten Chocolate Cake $16 – Tasted very nice, especially with 4 people sharing this tiny piece of cake. A lot of molten chocolate lava oozed out as we sliced the cake, which is exactly how I like it. The non sweet tooth amongst us liked it although I definitely wouldn’t complain if it were just a little bit sweeter. The white piece of thing at the bottom right was a piece of frozen marscapone, which I felt tasted disgusting in this state and form.

Level33 - Date Pudding

Sticky Date pudding $14 – Also very nice, and not overly sweet either. I’m usually quite fearful of ordering date puddings or sticky toffee puddings because I feel they are just way too heavy and sweet, but this one was just right, and for some reason, had a hint of banana as well.

 

*Click here for more pictures and reviews of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore City Skyline

 

LeVeL33

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 • Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 • Singapore 018981

12pm – 12am Daily • 12pm – 2am on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Tel: +65 6834 3133 • Fax: +65 6834 3073

 

http://www.level33.com.sg/

Double Bay Australian Dining & Bar

I’d been avoiding Double Bay for a long while now after my 1st visit there. Not that the food wasn’t good, it probably was. I have a thing about fish. I only like certain types, and if it isn’t the type I like, no matter how well you dress it up, I will not be able to fully appreciate it 100%. It happens they didn’t have any type of fish I liked, so I never went back again.

Recently, my colleagues chose Double Bay as the venue for a birthday celebration. I didn’t object (anyway I was outnumbered), since I was hoping to find some other dish I would like. Turned out to be a pretty good evening after all.

Double Bay -  Mussels in Tomato Broth

The Mussels in Tomato broth was really good. We ordered this as a starter, but apart from the broth being a little hard to share, I really have nothing but good words for this. The tomato broth was so tasty I wish I could just take the pot away from the rest and slurp up the goodness myself. The mussels were very fresh and had a nice bite to it. Apparently, no salt is added to this dish at all. All the flavours come naturally from the mussels. It can get too salty sometimes so when ordering, get the chef to give a good rinse to the mussels so there are no hidden traces of seawater.

Double Bay -  Barred Cod  Double Bay -  Barred Cod (2)

You know what? It seems one can make the same mistake twice. I ordered the Barred Cod, thinking that it was cod, my favourite fish. Turns out it isn’t cod at all! Man…I was quite disappointed because I felt the fish was tough and cardboardy. The pureed potato was nice to look and tasted good, but it didn’t fill the gap. It felt more like a thick sauce rather than a substantial staple.

Double Bay -  Pasta Aglio Olio with Squid

Double Bay -  Pasta Aglio Olio with Squid (2)

Pasta Aglio Olio with Squid – This looks like a really healthy aglio olio, with all the olives and tomatoes. The squid was pretty bland though. Even the waitress knew this and had warned my colleague in advance not to order this dish. Nevertheless, the next time I’m there, I’m going to order this. Shall treat this as a delicious vegetarian pasta, and if the squid is done well, that’s a bonus.

Double Bay - Crabmeat Linguine

Double Bay - Crabmeat Linguine (2)

Crabmeat linquine – The ultimate star of the main courses we ordered that day. Chock full of crabmeat! Everyone who ordered this loved it!

Double Bay -  Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – Can’t remember what the person said. But I personally would advise against ordering fish and chips so that you can test the true skills of the chef.

Double Bay - Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie – It’s not often you get something like this in Singapore, although it’s common in the UK. According to Wikipedia, Banoffee pie is an English pastry based dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Damn good, made tastier by 7 people having to share this.

Double Bay - Chocolate Cake Molten Chocolate Cake – Doesn’t look like the usual molten chocolate cake, but rest assured this was oozing with chocolatey goodness. I gotta come back again to Double Bay just for their desserts!

Double Bay -  Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Double Bay -  Hot Tea  Hot
Tea to wind down

Double Bay Australian Dining & Bar

Tel : +65 6334 6530

Fax: +65 6334 6107

Raffles City Shopping Centre

252 North Bridge Road, #01-22A

Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday
11.30am to 2.00am

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