Posts Tagged ‘Robertson Quay Restaurants’

River Wok at Robertson Quay–Surprisingly good IndoChina food in a predominantly Western food enclave

Who knew that one would be able to find a restaurant focussing on food from Indochina in the heart of Robertson Quay, and a very good one at that? Newly opened River Wok offers flavours from countries like Laos, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The menu is a reflection of Executive Chef Kantha Chookiat’s travels and extensive cooking experience in the region. Chef Chookiat grew up in Chiang Mai, Thailand and has over 30 years of culinary experience.

River Wok - Ayam Buah Keluak and Gaeng Phed Ped Yang

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Unagiya Ichinoji–First unagi speciality restaurant from Japan to open in Singapore!

Yes, Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant and Uya Japanese Unagi Restaurant are both Singapore brands, but Unagiya Ichinoji is the first unagi restaurant hailing from Japan to open in Singapore! If you are a fan of unagi and simply can’t get your fill, you might just want to check out Unagiya Ichinoji.

Unagiya Ichinoji is opened by Miyagawa Honten, which is one of Tokyo’s most well-known unagi restaurants, with a history spanning 125 years. Miyagawa Honten operates 20 outlets in Japan, and its outlet in Meguro-ku Tokyo has recently been awarded Bib Gourmand in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2018. Unagiya Ichinoji is its first foray overseas.

So what’s the difference between the unagis? According to the media release, the unagis aka eels are first steamed then grilled. The sweet basting sauce (tare) is from a recipe that has been passed down for 4 generations.  I personally have not tried Uya, but I have tried Man Man Japanese Unagi. I would say that Man Man’s unagi have a crisper exterior, and a light and flaky interior. Unagiya Ichinoji’s unagi is firmer to the bite and less crispy.

The following are the various preparation methods we tried. You should go for the preparation method which best suits you. Ie, go for the Seiro Mushi if you want something really light, and go for the Mamushi Donburi if you want something with stronger flavours. The Hitsumabushi is kinda like the all-rounder to me.

Unagiya Ichinoji -  Hitsumabushi $19 (2)

Hitsumabushi (L) $32.80

Unagiya Ichinoji -  Hitsumabushi $19 (1)

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Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Staycation

Everyone loves a staycation, but did you know that babies love staycations too? It was our 1st staycation with baby in tow back when he was still less than a year old, and we really had no idea what to expect, which kinda resulted in us bringing 3 suitcases to the hotel for just a night’s stay. I think the most “hilarious” item was the bulky baby float, which the doorman dutifully took in his stride without raising an eyebrow.

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After taking the requisite photos of our hotel room, we placed Baby on the king-sized bed for a wefie. He loved the bed so much, he was zooming all over it, climbing up and down and making all sorts of excited baby noises. It must have been the spaciousness of the bed (ours is cluttered with numerous pillows and bolsters) or just the novelty of it, but it was a joy to see Baby enjoying himself!

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Great view of Roberson Quay, the Singapore River and the CBD in the distance

I really love staying at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. For one, the rooms seem to be bigger, which I suppose is because it’s not located in the CBD/Orchard/Marina Bay area. The views are great, if you are able to snag a river facing room. You can see all the way up to Marina Bay Sands and its iconic SkyPark, which is always a visual treat, just like you would look out for the Eiffel Tower when in Paris? Lastly, the hotel is right smack in the Robertson Quay area, which is full of restaurants and cafes, but minus the crowdedness and hustle that you might find at Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. Robertson Quay is more laid back and less touristy, so its especially suitable for a day of chilling out, which is exactly what you want when you are on a staycation. The downside is there are no shopping centres and no MRT station nearby, but you wouldn’t miss those if you’re just on a short staycation and your main purpose is to relax, which in our case this time round, it was.

Scroll down for more pictures of our family staycation at Grand Copthorne Waterfront, our dinner at Grissini restaurant, the swimming pool and buffet breakfast. Also check out the following reviews: –

Borderless Brunch at Grand Copthorne Waterfront – Free flow wagyu and foie gras!

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Afternoon Tea – One of the most value for money afternoon tea sets in Singapore

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Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu beef at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch Buffet!

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These days with so many F&B restaurants sprouting up just about every other day, it’s not enough to simply serve decent food. Each F&B needs to boast its own unique selling point to entice customers to give it a try, and to keep them coming back. This is probably even more pertinent for buffets, where it costs a pretty penny to enjoy one, so people tend to be even more discerning.

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I think Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch might have just hit on a winning formula via these 4 areas. Btw they call it borderless because you get to experience 3 different F&B outlets in 1 buffet, ie

  • Food Capital buffet restaurant – a buffet only restaurant on other days
  • Grissini Italian Grill Restaurant – specialising in antipasti and hearty Italian favourites, not forgetting the Josper Grill meats
  • Tempo Bar – signature cocktails

1. Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu Beef

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Yes I kid you not. The rest of the buffet offerings is not as extensive as the name suggests, but then again, do you need an extensive buffet spread if you already have foie gras and wagyu beef in unlimited quantities????

2. Grilled meats from Josper Oven

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Speaking of the Josper Oven, that itself is another reason to check out Grand Copthorne’s buffet. The Josper Grill to chefs is like a Ferrari to car lovers. The Josper oven combines an oven and grill in one and is fired by charcoal and flavoured wood to bring out the aroma and texture of the ingredients.

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Brasserie Wolf at Robertson Walk

I had a great time at Robertson Walk today. I love this place because it is so peaceful. Because it is off the main roads, few people come here and the place is not crowded. There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from, most of them are quite unique and cannot be found in the usual shopping malls. Plus there is the lovely walk along the river. It was a great idea to spend a slow Saturday afternoon. And today, the weather was so accommodating. It was one of those lovely blue sky days with a cool breeze minus the humidity.

We had lunch at Brasserie Wolf, a French restaurant by the Esmirada Group. We got a good seat far away from everybody else. They have a special set menu. A 2-course set lunch costs $25 and a 3-course set lunch costs $35. The main courses on offer were Pan-Seared Salmon, Grilled Beef Onglet, Roasted Rump of Lamb, Roasted Chicken Roulade Stuffed, Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Linquini with Asparagus and Black Olives.

I love tagliatelli so I had my eyes set on the Tagliatelle de Confit de Canard (Duck Confit Tagliatelle) from the ala carte menu so I couldn’t order the set lunch even though I thought it was a very good deal. The Partner wanted the 2-course set lunch of the Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Fresh Fruit Salad with Raspberry Sorbet. I got him to get the 3-course set lunch so that I could order the appetiser of Smooth Chicken Liver Pate with Melba Toast.

Brasserie Wolf also has a 1 for 1 house pour promotion from 12pm – 7pm. On Sundays, children eat free per paying adult. Click here for Brasserie Wolf’s website.

Brasserie Wolf facade

The facade of Brasserie Wolf. We sat outside because it was such a beautiful day. Because of the curvature, be careful that you don’t speak too loudly because the sound travels far.

Bread basket with 3 types of bread

Complementary bread basket with 3 types of bread. Just the thing I need for my liver pate.

Smooth Chicken Liver Pate and Melba Toast

The smooth chicken liver pate appetiser. It was so delicious I nearly finished all of it even though it made me fuller than I wanted before having my main course. I only wish there were more slices of toast to go with the generous amount of liver pate. I wonder if liver pate is full of cholesterol and fat???

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

The Roasted Pork Tenderloin was indeed very tender

Duck Confit Tagliatelle

Duck Confit Tagliatelle close up shot

It was nice tagliatelle, but I thought the duck was just a little too dry.

Fresh Fruit Salad with Raspberry Sorbet

When the mixed fruit salad arrived, I was a little taken aback by the not so stylish appearance. I mean who serves apple slices for dessert at a restaurant? Thankfully, it was really refreshing and sweet despite the looks. I think the Partner really enjoyed the Raspberry sorbet, him being a berry person.

View of Singapore River from Brasserie Wolf

Behold the wonderful view of the Singapore River.

80 Mohamed Sultan Road
The Pier at Robertson #01-13
Tel: 6835 7818

brasserie@esmirada.com

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