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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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Charly T at 112 Katong

*Media Invite*

The kind people from FoodNews who previously invited me to dinner at Pantry at the Stables and Halia, once again invited me to join them at Charly T at the new 112 Katong Mall. The 1st time, I couldn’t make it as it was my father’s birthday, so I was very glad that they had a subsequent session!

Charly T is a fast-casual chicken based restaurant concept, quite similar to Kenny Rogers. You choose the chicken from 4 different marinades and then you choose the side dishes and special sauces to go along with your main meal.

Chicken Marinades

  • Charly T’s Original Recipe Rotisserie Chicken
  • Kampong Chicken
  • Kansas City BBQ Chicken
  • Black Pepper Chicken

Original Recipe @ $13 (quarter chicken + 2 additions), $24 (half chicken + 3 additions) & $42 (whole chicken + 4 additions)

Kampong Chicken, Black Pepper & Kansas City BBQ @ $15 (quarter chicken + 2 additions), $27 (half chicken + 3 additions) & $46 (whole chicken + 4 additions)

Side Dishes such as:-

  • German Potato Salad
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Butter Garlic Rice
  • Fresh Vegetables

Special Sauces:-

  • Chermoula Sauce (a traditional Moroccan sauce of cilantro, garlic and cayenne pepper sauce)
  • Roasted Sesame Sauce
  • Kansas City BBQ Sauce
  • Charly T’s Original Sauce

You can view the full menu and prices here.

Those who don’t like chicken but still want to have a nice evening with their friends can indulge in other signature dishes such as the Kalua Pork and Chicken Schnitzel.

You may not realise this but Charly T is actually a real life person! He has travelled the world and worked at a number of restaurants. You will notice that the dishes served at Charly T are inspired by his travels around the world. Through the restaurant, Charly T hopes that his customers can experience his travels vicariously.

Charly T -Odyssey Juices Odyssey Juices to kick start our meal. These are freshly squeezed juices!

Charly T - Rotisserie Chicken Charly T - Rotisserie Chicken (2)

Personally, I liked the Kansas City BBQ chicken the most as it had the strongest flavour. The other food bloggers also had their own personal favourites so just order what you think you would like the most.

Charly T - Side Dishes

Of the 4 side dishes, I liked the marcaroni and cheese the most. Tasted simple and comforting. I also found the vegetables to be fresh and still crunchy.

Charly T - Signature Sauces

Everyone agreed that the Chermoula Sauce was the best and most interesting flavoured sauce. It kinda looks like the mint sauce you get at Indian restaurants (which I love too btw), but it doesn’t taste of mint obviously. We all loved it so much we all tar powed the sauce! Anyway you can ask for all the sauces just to try out all the flavours.

Charly T - Kahlua Pork

At first I thought the meal was over after all the chicken dishes were out, but there was more to come….This is the Kahlua Pork $16. I know Charly T specialises in chicken, but really for me this was the best dish of the evening! The pork was so tender and just bursting with flavour. Every morsel was enjoyable. The meat had a smoky flavour and was slow cooked to bring out the best.

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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/

Hosted on the Patio

There aren’t that many restaurants and chill out places in the Pasir Panjang area so we were all quite happy to chance upon the existence of Hosted on the Patio. It’s so tucked away in a former old school now turned office block (I think) that unless you work there, you would not know it existed!

I’ve been to Hosted on the Patio a number of times for lunch. It’s a pretty cool place. Right at the entrance, there is a little swing to greet you. There are some al fresco seats but obviously sane people will not choose to sit outside in the mid day heat, especially when dressed in office clothes.

I will blog about lunch at Hosted another day. Instead, I shall blog about our drinks and nibbles session last week. Last Wednesday was one of my colleague’s last day at work so she hosted us to drinks at Hosted. Here are some of the pictures of the bittersweet event. Happy for her that she is moving to a better place, but sad that I’m losing a close colleague who has been with the company for 13 years!

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In the evening, it becomes lovely to sit outside. The cube tables can be rearranged into any configuration that you like to suit the size of your group. The staff are really patient and will help you to shift stuff around on request.

Hosted on the Patio -  Rambutan Freeze

Rambutan Freeze $9 – Rambutans blended in with the ice. Good for a hot day but just a tad too sweet for my liking. I don’t really know where the red colour comes from either.

Hosted on the Patio -  Lychee Freeze

Lychee Freeze $9

Hosted on the Patio - Angus Tenderloin

Angus Beef Tenderloin $18

Hosted on the Patio - Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly

Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly $14

Hosted on the Patio -  Garlic Prawns with crusty bread

Garlic Prawns $16

Hosted on the Patio -  Pizza Skins

Pizza Skins $8 – Yes you heard right. Fried pizza base. Quite good actually. Tastes like chips, just more substantial. And they come with side dips which are pretty good too.

Hosted on the Patio - House Chicken Wings

Fried Chicken Wings $12 – Fried with prawn paste. Tastes very good. Of all the appetisers, this is the best in my opinion.

Hosted on the Patio - Hoegaarden

One for One beer from 6 – 8pm!

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Quite cool to have an office above a bar. Anytime you feel stressed can come down for a drink and go back upstairs happy. Better still, invite your boss to join you and you don’t have to go back to work.

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

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