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Yummy Deals at 313@Somerset

*Media Invite*

313 Somerset is having a yummy promotion that you might just want to consider if you plan to shop there this weekend, or if you work in the Orchard area. From now until 31 August 2012, if you purchase the 313 Dining Wallet, you will get $40 worth of dining vouchers for the price of only $19!

313 Dining Wallet

These coupons are colour-coded into different dining options: SNACKS/DESSERTS, DRINKS, LUNCH & DINNER. Each coupon can only be used once. The LUNCH coupon can only be used from 11.30 am – 2.30pm while the DINNER voucher can be used from 6pm until closing time. All other vouchers can be used any time of the day. In addition, there is a $5 Coffee Bean voucher, a $5 Famous voucher and a $10 Flying Bread voucher.

There’s no need to worry about not utilising all the Lunch, Dinner and Snack vouchers cuz if you think about it, the 3 additional vouchers already amount to $20. That means that anything else you eat is FREE! Great huh! Of course, if you want to utilise all the vouchers and you don’t want to have to keep going to 313 Somerset, your best bet would be to utilise them on a weekend. Have a leisurely lunch, shop a little, and then have dinner! Be careful though, the vouchers are not valid for Blue Mountain Cafe and Paradise Inn on Fridays – Sundays.

Here’s the full list of 313 Dining Wallet participating outlets where you can utilise you vouchers.

Reviews of some of the food outlets at 313 Somerset

I had the opportunity to sample some of the delights from the outlets participating in the 313 Dining Wallet promotion. The prices listed are what you would have to pay if you did not have the vouchers.

~~~LUNCH~~~

Malones _Pizza

Malones Irish Restaurant and Bar – 5 inch Margherita pizza with tomatoes and mozzarella $8.90++

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Ginza Bairin–Where to find great Tonkatsu!

Living in the East, I was really in two minds as to whether to accept this invitation to try out a new Tonkatsu restaurant at JCube in Jurong. Mention Jurong to us Easties and it’s akin to telling us to travel to Malaysia! Well almost. So I had really high expectations of Ginza Bairin, and to cut the story short, I have to say Ginza Bairin does a mean Tonkatsu!

Ginza Bairin boasts an illustrious 85 year history. Established in 1927 by Nobukatsu Shibuya, Ginza Bairin was the very 1st Tonkatsu restaurant ever launched in Ginza Japan. And get this, it appears Ginza Bairin “invented” the Katsu Sandwich decades ago, when there was a severe shortage of rice after World War II. Today, it is helmed by Masaya Shibuya, the great grandson and 3rd generation owner of Ginza Bairin.

I didn’t know about all this before I tried the dishes and I was thinking to myself, wow this is pretty good. I mean the place looks pretty casual, maybe slightly better than a fast food outlet, yet the food was vastly different!

***Special promotional teaser right at the bottom of this post. Don’t miss it!***

Ginza Bairin’s Special Katsu Don (Pork Katsu) Awarded No. 1 Donburi in Japan - Copy

Special Katsudon (1958/Apr) – $16.50

The Special Katsudon was one of the dishes we tried. You don’t even need to eat it to tell that it is more unique than the usual Katsudon because instead of just pork and omelette, there is a sunny side up waiting for you too! Why I have not come across any other restaurant doing Katsudon this way baffles me because now I think I’m ruined for all Katsudon without sunny side ups!

Needless to say, the additional egg incorporated more flavour to the already flavourful dish. The pork was very tender and juicy, without tasting oily as Katsu don can sometimes be due the batter. The rice was also piping hot and fluffy. Is it any wonder that this dish was awarded the No1 Donburi in Japan?

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Taste Paradise at ION Orchard

I normally spend about $75 for 4 people when I dine at my favourite dim sum restaurants. It helps that my favourite dim sum restaurants some how seem to have perennial promotions going on. However, the other day when I dined with my good friend YJ, I also spent $75 for 2 people. It’s a wonder how we managed to even finish the food. And tip to self, never let a guy do the ordering or all the items will most likely be fried.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Skin Pork Belly

One of my favourite all time dishes, the crispy skin pork belly. Can’t find anyone out there who dislikes this. I love how the mustard is presented.

Taste Paradise - Crispy Spring Roll with Smoked Duck Meat

Crispy spring roll with smoked duck meat – Smoked duck meat in spring roll is quite a unique dish but it was a little difficult to detect and appreciate the duck since there was very little of it.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn in Beancurd Skin Roll

Deep fried prawn in beancurd skin. Quite nice but too oily. The skin is way to fried. I prefer the types found in Royal China where the skins still remain very thin and flat.

Taste Paradise - Deep Fried Prawn with Mango Roll

Deep fried prawn with mango roll. Also nice but too much cream in the mango roll which made this really way too sinful and hard to appreciate the mango and prawn flavours.

Taste Paradise - Har Gow

Stick to the steamed items. They are much better. The prawn dumplings were succulent, juicy and large!

Taste Paradise - Steamed Rice Roll with Scallop

Prawn rice roll

Taste Paradise - Special Fried Carrot Cake

Carrot cake fried in special sauce. Ok seriously, I didn’t really detect any special sauce and I think my neighbourhood chai tow kuay stall does a better version.

Taste Paradise - Mini Egg Tart Egg tarts

Taste Paradise - Vegetable Water

Vegetable water. Stick to tea.

Taste Paradise (2) Taste ParadiseTaste Paradise - Dim Sum Menu

This visit to Taste Paradise was rather disappointing for me. I blame it on the fact that we didn’t order the right things. My first visit to Taste Paradise was so much better.

 

Taste Paradise

No.2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 9660  
Fax: 6509 9661

http://paradisegroup.com.sg/taste/

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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