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The SQUARE at Novotel Clarke Quay

Recently, I was invited to the newly revamped The SQUARE at Novotel Clarke Quay. As a gluttonous person, my heart did a leap of joy. I always love looking at the wide array of food, so nicely displayed, and in such great variety. These days, restaurants are starting to become more creative. The SQUARE is one such restaurant, and it features a “live cooking station” where you are able to get your pastas customised and cooked to your desire.

Novotel Clarke Quay The SQUARE (3)

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Regent Hotel Weekend High Tea Buffet

I’ve always loved the 3 tiered service afternoon tea at the Regent Hotel Singapore on weekdays. Been there a number of times. It’s always nice to sit back and relax over a cuppa and have some nibbles. The reason why I liked Regent’s afternoon tea in particular is because of its delicious scones and clotted cream. Those of you following my blog will know that I go weak when I hear clotted cream being mentioned. Another reason why the Regent’s weekday afternoon tea is so good is because 1 tier is actually enough for 2 people, if you’re not too ravenous. Plus I always order the free flow of iced chocolate on the side.

Lately, I was reminded that Regent Hotel also serves afternoon tea during the weekends, buffet style, with a strong focus on British afternoon tea items like the various pies and sausage rolls. I immediately made reservations, only to be told that the next available spot would be 2 weeks later. Well, the 2 weeks later was last week. After having sampled what was on offer, I have to say that the experience is quite different from having the 3-tier afternoon tea on weekdays.

The buffet obviously has more food items to choose from. However, there were quite a number of misses, and a few hits. Most of the pies I felt were too dry. There was no visual appeal either as the yellow display lighting cast a horrible overcooked glow on the pies. The bread used in the sandwiches was hard, with the exception of the egg sandwiches. The dessert station featured no luscious looking chocolate cake. In my opinion, that’s a prerequisite for any self-respecting buffet! And horror of horrors, the scone was only so so. Even though I could have had as much clotted cream as I wanted, I didn’t do so because the scone wasn’t that great!

Interestingly, the best dish was the baked salmon. The salmon was so so so good. It was flaky, moist and full of flavour. The doneness was just right. Any less time in the oven and it would probably have been raw. And any longer in the oven and it would have been less flaky and moist. Delicious. I went back for 3 helpings!

Given a choice, I would prefer to go for the weekday 3-tiered afternoon tea. At least, every item on the 3-tiered stand tasted good.

Anyway….less talk and more pictures. Enjoy!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - British Pies station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Satay and Crab Curry Mantou station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Dessert station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Ice cream and waffles station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam (2)

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Lots and lots of clotted cream!!

Lemon curd, very traditional to the British. Probably what Kaya is to Singaporeans.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Egg sandwich with caviar on top

The egg sandwich didn’t come with the caviar, but there is a huge bottle of it nearby so just help yourselves!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Nibbles Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Roast Lamb and Baked Salmon

Roast lamb on the left and baked salmon on the right. Of all the things at the buffet, you MUST try the baked salmon! It’s DAMN GOOD!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Crab Curry with Mantou

Crab curry with mantou. I just love fried mantous! Dip it in the curry and it’s so heavenly! Fried carbs, they appeal to me way too much!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Mini Pavlovas

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Macarons

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Iced Chocolate

Don’t take the iced chocolate if you don’t want to fill yourself up too fast

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cup of tea for you Madam Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cuppa tea for you sir

As part of the high tea, you get a choice of 2 drinks, be it iced chocolate, teas and coffees.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Homemade Gelato

Ice cream is “homemade”. This is nice, but nothing beats the free flow of haagen dazs ice cream at the Goodwood Park afternoon tea buffet!

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Tanjong Pagar Railway Station 2011

We have been visiting the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (KTM Station) pretty frequently these past few weeks. As everyone knows, the rail services are expected to be moved to the Woodlands area come July 2011.

At this point in time, on the surface at least, it seems like nothing has changed. All the usual food stalls are still there and the place is no more crowded or no less crowded. My favourite Nasi Beriyani Stall and Ayam Penyet Stall  are still there, thankfully. The stall owners don’t really know what will become of the place and if they have to leave. It seems there is a possibility that their leases may be extended for 1 or 2 years. I really do hope they will keep the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station exactly as it is. There are only so few places that haven’t been modernised and we really do need places where we can just go back to enjoy the good old days. It’s just not the same even if they keep the facade but change the interior. If we don’t have ties to link us to our past, why will we need to stay?

Anyway….as is customary for my family during Chinese New Year, having Satay is a must for us. Unfortunately, I don’t really know the best places for satay. Once upon a time, the satay at the railway station was worth the drive here, but not anymore based on our visit 2 days ago. It was just slightly better than average.

Mutton Satay with peanut sauce dip and cucumber salad (2)

Mutton Satay with peanut sauce dip and cucumber salad

Mutton Satay – Quite a number of the satay had lots of gristle in them. Those that didn’t were pretty good though. They were only slightly charred (I abhor char because it’s so carcinogenic!) and had a sweet mutton flavour. The peanut sauce was also nice, with distinct peanut bits still in tact.

Satay Shop SataysSatay Prices

Satay Prices

Ayam Penyet with Beancurd and TempehAyam Penyet with Beancurd and Tempeh (2)

The Ayam Penyet from Island Power Food is quite nice too. I love the special crumbs and the dish also comes with tempeh and a piece of fried beancurd. The chilli is super spicy and a must if you are having this dish. Have to highlight that the little bowl of soup they give is delicious! I almost always have to ask for seconds!

Mutton Nasi Beriyani (3)

The nasi beriyani here is my father’s favourite. If you often find nasi beriyani to be heavy and sinful, try the one here. The rice is super fluffy and does not taste oily at all. If you finish all your rice, you can ask for seconds without any additional cost. The mutton is tender and flavourful and goes really well with the rice. What I also like is the portion of yogurt salad they give. Gives a refreshing zing to the rice. I suppose a lot of Chinese aren’t accustomed to eating yogurt salad, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be asking for a bigger portion. I often finish the entire salad before I even start on the meat!

Curry Ikan

On Fridays, the Nasi beriyani stall offers fish beriyani. However, if you’re there on any other day, you can always order a fish curry from the 1st stall on the right, and then order the fragrant nasi from the 1st stall on the left.

Coffeeshop at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (3)Coffeeshop at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

The teh tarik here is very good. The teh tarik at the stall nearer the railway tracks used to be better, but not so anymore. Just last monday, they served up some milky concoction that had no hint of tea at all!

Coffeeshop at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (2)

Fares on the KTM Trains (2)Fares on the KTM Trains

If you interested in taking a train to Malaysia, click on the pictures to get ticket prices and timetables to the various stations in Malaysia. There is a very special method to calculate fares. When purchasing in Singapore, you pay in Singapore dollars, and when purchasing in Malaysia, you pay in ringgit. So buy your return tickets only when you are in Malaysia or you’ll be paying the exact same number but in Singapore dollars.

SGD$34 for a 1 way ticket from Singapore to KL and if I purchase the KL to Singapore ticket in Malaysia, it’s RM$34. RM$34 is still okay, but SGD$34 seems pretty expensive, no? I was under the impression that the train services were cheap. I recall paying similar prices to go from London to Cambridge return, and that’s on a modern fast speed train, not to mention that things in the UK are more expensive to begin with!

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Front EntranceKTM Railway Arch

Read more about my previous visits to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Do a poll on what should be done with the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station once the trains are gone.

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