Posts Tagged ‘Mushroom Soup’

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!

SHATEC RECIPES Bistro (5)

SHATEC RECIPES Bistro (6)

Appetiser – Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Apple Salsa

Created by Chef Randy Chow, Class of 1986

Read more »

Oso Ristorante

Having had a most sumptuous albeit sad lunch to bid my boss adieu 2 years ago at Oso Ristorante, I’ve always had a mind to return. Oso Ristorante is a cozy yet fine dining sort of restaurant housed on the 2nd storey of a row of shophouses along Bukit Pasoh. It has a woody theme, with windows to let in the light. The seating is not as cramped as 2 years ago.

The chance to dine here again presented itself when I snagged a table during Restaurant Week last month. Actually, I wanted to try more restaurants but I had to settle for only 2, given that Restaurant Week is but one week long! You can read about all my Restaurant Week feastings here.

Oso Ristorante was very generous for Restaurant Week. Most restaurants provide just 3 course meal, but Oso Ristorante up the ante with not only a starter, but a soup! That’s why, for Restaurant Week, it’s best you check out the menu to see if it’s to your liking, although some restaurants make the choice of keeping it secret and surprising you only on the day itself. Very tough for fussy eaters, but good if it means that the restaurant can select the freshest produce of the day to serve to customers.

Oso Ristorante -

See, don’t you think it looks nice?

Oso Ristorante - 70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

Decided to talk about the dessert first for a change. The white cubes were the panna cotta, delivered in a cube form as compared to the usual shot glass form or unmoulded onto a plate. It had an even creaminess, and actually not extremely creamy despite the double cream. The chocolate cubes had a half brownie half gelatine texture. True to the description, it was very chocolaty and had a slightly crisp top. Wish it were a little more sweet as it was meant to be a dessert.

Oso Ristorante - Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

Read more »

Rendezvous Hotel Christmas Lunch

Next stop on the Festive Gourmet Food Trail…..Rendezvous Hotel Singapore! This is the Christmas themed part of the food trail, if only they gave us Christmas presents….

Rendezvous Hotel - (6)

Me looking really happy for having a seat at the VIP table heh heh heh… And I didn’t even have to know the bride and groom. Ok just kidding. My blogger buddy  Rachel of PXDKITTY helped me take this photo. Check out her blog at http://pxdkitty.blogspot.com/.

Rendezvous Hotel - Honey baked ham & crabmeat croquette

Honey baked ham & crabmeat croquette (Accompanied with granny apply salad, cinnamon pineapple sauce

The croquettes looked festive, with the cinnamon pineapple sauce. There was a nice crunch due to the water chestnuts, onion and pine nuts used. The taste is a little like Ngoh Hiang. Didn’t quite like the apple salad on the side. It had too much salad dressing/mayonnaise in it and resembled coleslaw. I think coleslaw has a very bad reputation, in Singapore at the very least. I suspect it is due to the cheapo and lousy coleslaw served at KFC and Western food stalls in hawker centres. The Partner tells me that KFC NZ serves really wonderful coleslaw, which is nothing like what we have in Singapore. I wonder why.

Rendezvous Hotel - Cream of wild mushroom soup topped with crispy turkey bacon (2)

Cream of wild mushroom soup topped with crispy turkey bacon – Nice as It had a whole load of little bits of mushroom in it.

Rendezvous Hotel - Stewed turkey breast with chestnut and prune in red wine sauce

Stewed turkey breast with chestnut and prune in red wine sauce

I think where the chefs truly excelled were in the meat dishes. The turkey and duck dishes were done so well that just for these alone was worth the visit to Rendezvous Hotel.

The thing with turkey that is that it’s a tougher type of meat as compared to chicken and duck. Whenever I go for Christmas dinners, I’m always hesitant to order the turkey dish even though I really want to. I mean, what’s Christmas without turkey??? The turkey that we had at Rendezvous Hotel was really tender and flavourful. I was so shocked to discover that it was turkey BREAST that was served! I mean some cooks can’t even do chicken breast correctly and here I was eating these tender morsels of turkey breast. It was GOOD.

Another interesting thing which the chef shared with us. Did you know that turkey for Christmas is only prevalent in the USA? In Europe, it’s duck or goose! In New Zealand it’s duck or lamb. I think the Americans eat turkey for Christmas mainly because turkey is also the traditional dish for Thanksgiving (an American holiday), which is in November and so close to Christmas. It makes economic sense for the farmers to specialize in one type of meat.

Rendezvous Hotel - Baked duck breast topped with goose liver mousee

Baked duck breast topped with goose liver mousse – The chefs outdid themselves again with the sliced duck dish. Once again, the meat was very very tender. I love the sweet accompanying sauce. Didn’t manage to taste the goose liver mousse though. Definitely a dish you should consider ordering for Christmas too. I’m salivating as I’m writing this!! It’s torturous to see but not be able to eat it!

Read more »

Vineyard @ HortPark – Part 2

As I was saying, my friend and I had a lovely time dining at Vineyard. I called a few days earlier to make reservations and was told that the indoor seating was fully taken! We had to sit at the Patio, but I have no regrets about that since that gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sunset as well as be out in the open. There weren’t any fans or anything, but since it was night, it wasn’t hot at all.

Unfortunately, the dumb thing about sitting outside is that while I got some really good fotos of the sunset, it was pitch dark by the time my mains arrived! Pictures tagged with 365days2play are mine, the rest of the photos are courtesy of Vineyard.

Vineyard @ HortPark (8)

Make sure you come before it’s dark so that you can walk around for a bit and take photos!

See pictures of sunset at HortPark

Vineyard @ HortPark (6)Vineyard @ HortPark (6)Vineyard @ HortPark (4)

I love these rocking chairs! Different view, different seating! The tables are a little low for the rocking chairs, but that’s the price to pay if you want to sit outside. The kids at the next table sure loved it. Speaking of kids, Vineyard does have a kids play area behind the restaurant.

Vineyard @ HortPark (5)

Snap snap snap, just can’t resist when you’re in such nice surroundings.

Vineyard @ HortPark - Mushroom Soup

Forest Mushroom Soup $10 – It has a very strong smell, almost pungent even. Luckily taste wise, the soup was pretty good and full of mushroom flavour.

Vineyard @ HortPark - Prawn cakes

Lemongrass Prawncakes with Green Papaya Salad $12 – 4 prawncakes. They looked really delicious when served, and I love the crispy exterior. However, I felt the prawn cakes were kind of lacking in prawn flavour. Felt as if the prawn cakes had more flour filler than prawn.

Vineyard @ HortPark (7)

The interior of Vineyard, a totally different vibe as compared to sitting out at the Patio

~~ Photos below are from Vineyard ~~

Oven Roasted Game Hen, Roasted Potatos, Rosemary Gravy

Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hen, Roasted Potatoes, Rosemary Gravy $26 – You get 2 pieces of meat (1 thigh and one breast meat). Game hen is obviously tougher than the usual type of chicken, but has more flavour. I am very fussy with chicken and I don’t eat breast meat, so I only enjoyed half the meal. The thigh was delicious and bursting with flavour, wish it wasn’t so small! My friend helped me to polish off the breast meat.

From the picture above, you can see 2 bones sticking out, which is why the staff also mistakenly told me that 2 thighs were served, when in fact it is only 1.

Pizza Group Shot

Wild Picked mushrooms with australian aged brie & Smoked Bacon $20 – We ordered this pizza, believe that’s the one right at the back of the photo. Surprisingly, we loved the pizza! Having tried really good Italian pizzas in Singapore, I’ve come to conclude that one can only get good pizza at a good Italian restaurant. I’m glad to report, Vineyard’s pizza is pretty good too! Loved the floppy and moist texture of the pizza. Loved the toppings and the smoked bacon! Definitely a must order!

Chef's Selection of Cheese Board, Crackers, Balsamic Reduction, Dried Fruits-tile Pizza Group Shot-horz New Zealand Fresh Mussels in Bianco Broth, Basil Coulis-horz Oven Roasted Wild Snapper with Seasonal Vegetables, Lemon Caper Noisette-horz Brunch Shot-tile

Those pancakes look decadent!!

Hazelnut Crunch Bar, Kiwi Coulis, Fresh Berries-horz Vineyard_Drinks_football

There’s a little play area for the kids at the back of the restaurant

Vineyard_Exterior(panoramic)

Looks posh, but Vineyard doesn’t impose a dress code.

More information on Vineyard

Vineyard is inspired and has been designed around the location and aims to suit many different customer groups, catering to parkgoers, execs and the more typical diners via a varied menu of Thai, Italian and French specialties.

As a wine bar, Vineyard carries about 100 labels of wine that are priced very affordably (ranging from $40-99) To encourage wine drinking at our venue, especially along the beautiful al fresco patio, they have comfortable low chairs and rocking chairs for lounging and also bar snacks menu for lighter bites.

The restaurant also caters to families and children by demarcating a Children’s Play Corner during the day with Mini Archery, Drawing and Mini Bowling.

On going promotions :-

1) Set Lunch @ $22++

    Valid on Weekdays (Mon – Fri excl. Eve of PH & PH)

2) Family Set Meals @ $40++

    Choice of a 3 course set meal from a special menu

3) One child per paying adult dines free when ordering from the Kid’s Menu

See pictures of sunset at HortPark

Vineyard at HortPark

ADDRESS : 33 Hyderabad Road HortPark Singapore (119578)
TEL : + 65 6479 7977

Hosted on the Patio – Revisited

People Montage

Actually, this is not the 2nd time I’ve been to Hosted, but rather at least around 10 times, thanks to the fact that there are very few restaurants around my office area. The last time I posted, it was for a colleague’s farewell party. This time round, it was to celebrate another colleague’s birthday.

We took up an entire row of tables, amounting to about 15 people. I was amazed to find that the entire Hosted was packed to the gills, with another 2 big groups of people also celebrating and event of some sort. I guess when people start asking what’s good to eat around Mapletree Business City, Hosted’s name starts coming into mind, which is good for them as for the last half of a year, the place has never been more than half full.

They used to have a set lunch menu where you could choose a mains from the main menu and add $5 for a soup, dessert and drink. Not anymore. Now, for $20, you get to have a soup, choice of one of 2 mains and a dessert. If you like the main course offered in the set menu, this is definitely better value for money than ordering from the main menu. Since there are only 2 main courses to choose from, it’s a good idea to call in advance to see what they are serving that day.Hosted - Tomato Soup (3) Hosted - Tomato Soup

Soup of the Day – Tomato soup. Initially, it seems the soup is slightly sour. But it actually grows on you such that in the end, I finished the entire bowl of soup. It tastes so healthy too, with detectable bits of pureed tomato.

Hosted - Dory Fish with Mash

Pan-fried dory fish with potato mash and diced veggies – Absolutely loved the fish. Tasty, tender and cooked just right. Every mouthful bursting with flavour. The potato mash was also very delicious, wish there was more of it! The diced tomatoes on the side added a nice zing to the whole dish. If there’s any grouse, it would be that the fish was too oily. After finishing the whole dish, I noticed a pool of oil at the side of my plate!

Hosted - Aglio Olio

Aglio Olio Pasta with chicken – Didn’t try this but heard that it was pretty good but not as good as the fish.

Hosted -Lemon Curd Dessert Crumble

Lemon Curd Dessert Crumble – Interesting dessert. The crumble is nice. Beneath it was the lemon curd. In general I don’t like custardy textures mixing around with hard textures. Ignoring that, I thought the lemon curd taste was pretty good. Well I finished the whole bowl. I’d prefer a chocolate cake any day though.

Hosted - Bacon Sandwich

Ok this was what someone had some months ago. It looks like all bacon but I believe there was some meat hiding somewhere in there…

Hosted - Capellini Vongole

Capellini Vongole $20 – It was just so so. With Vongole, I am always looking forward to a flavourful tasting broth, but this one was pretty bland. This was also taken some months ago and I don’t know if they have since improved their cooking.

Hosted - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

Hosted - Fries

Yummy Fries that came with the burger! They sure aren’t stingy with the fries. I love fries that look like these. Crispy exterior with a fluffy interior. Never mind if they are not fluffy inside, they must definitely be crispy outside! I just hate soggy fries!

Read about my previous visit to Hosted on the Patio!

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

%d bloggers like this:
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...