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What to eat at Sentosa – Did you know there are over 120 F&B outlets to choose from?

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When you think of Sentosa, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Beach fun? Island adventure? Resorts World Sentosa? Sentosa may be known as “The State of Fun”, but did you know that Sentosa is also the state of food? There are more than 120 F&B outlets in Sentosa, ranging from cafes to beach bars, and all the way to fine-dining restaurants. The options are so varied – you can dine in an underwater aquarium or as high as up in the sky!

I love dining out, so I’ve been to a fair number of restaurants in Sentosa over the years. Some of my favourite outlets include ilLido at the Cliff for its fine-dining atmosphere, Avenue Joffre for its unique dim sum dishes and fabulous roast meats, The Knolls for a lazy afternoon tea, and Coastes for breezy beachside dining.

However, when I came across the above video on the F&B options available on Sentosa, I was pleasantly surprised to know that I was missing out on a plethora of food gems all around Sentosa. With this number of F&B options, an entire year’s worth of weekend meals would not even be enough for me to completely cover what Sentosa has to offer.

Check out Sentosa’s webpage on dining options and you will be bowled over by the choices available. You can use the filter options (such as beach dining, buffets, vegetarian, halal food etc) to whittle down the available outlets. I find it very useful to sort by zone as well. For example, if you’re going to be in Resorts World Sentosa for a conference and do not want to venture too far, you can check for all the available F&B options in that zone, and you’ll know where exactly to have your morning coffee, business lunch, afternoon snack and business dinner.


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Coastes Singapore – Yes beach bars can serve tasty dishes too!

I’ve always had this long standing impression of beach/sports-themed bars/restaurants and greasy Western fare going hand in hand. It’s hard to change this perception because alcohol is where they make their money, so the focus is often not on the food. And their menus, they look like cookie cutter templates of one another. Once in a while though, a restaurant pops up which bucks the trend.

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A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of checking out Coastes Singapore, which is located along Siloso Beach in Sentosa. Coastes has recently rolled out new dishes from classic beach bites to seafood and pasta dishes. I tried some of their new dishes and I am glad to report that I really enjoyed their seafood dishes! My dining companions and I both agreed that the seafood dishes boasted fresh tasting and succulent seafood.

Coastes - Seafood Platter $52 (Pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, calamari rings) (1)

Seafood Platter $52 (Pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, calamari rings)

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Capella Singapore’s Wellness Initiatives–Starting with creative food festival “Coulicious” from 14-16 April 2017

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To kickstart Capella Singapore’s intention to showcase wellness initiatives for 2017, there will be a creative food festival featuring award-winning French guest chef Olivier Rodriguez from 14 – 16 April 2017. Chef Olivier has a wealth of culinary experience under his belt. He has worked in various Michelin-starred restaurants including Le Chantecler and Les Jardins de Opera in France, as well as the Signature in Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, where he obtained and sustained a one-Michelin star rating for 7 years.

Currently he helms & ecle in Tokyo, and for 3 days only, you will be able to taste his style of cooking and experience the food in a communal dining setting. Coulicious will see Japanese rice dishes undergo French and Italian classical cooking techniques and paired with a unique coulis (aka a thick vegetable or fruit-based sauce).

This communal dining is like no other communal dining I have ever experienced, and I thought I’m Asian! If you and your dining companions order the 5-course Omakase set, each of you will be given different dishes, per course. (There are 3 different dishes per course so it would be ideal if you came in threes so that you can sample all 3 dishes) It’s supposed to be really informal and casual dining, where everyone digs into each other’s plates. To be frank, this sort of communal dining is not for me. I am fine with sharing dishes like you would in most Chinese restaurants, where the dishes are placed in the centre and people can take what they want, when they want it. I draw the line at having to use my used spoon to dig into my dining companion’s plates and vice versa. And besides, these are small dishes we are talking about, 5 mouthfuls per dish I would say? I would be totally stressed out having to make sure I keep enough of my dish for the next person. And what if you received a dish you liked very much and didn’t want to share? Or even more horrifying, what if you are ill and don’t want to spread your germs around? Having said that though, this concept would be great for couples looking for a romantic night out! You one mouth, I one mouth….

Despite what I think is an impractical sharing system, I must admit that Chef Olivier’s food tastes fabulous! The flavours are refreshingly different, no doubt from the extensive experimentation with different types of vegetable and fruit purees to get to the combinations that work. You won’t get bored dining on Chef Olivier’s dishes, that’s for sure. Except for one or two minor issues, the execution was generally spot on too, everything was cooked to the right level of tenderness or doneness.

Scroll down for pictures of the 5-course Omakase meal that we had yesterday (Starter : Coulicious : Ocean : Farm : Sweet). The pricing indicated is for ala-carte orders, but the pricing has been deliberately inflated to encourage you to order the Omakase instead.

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The Knolls - Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42

Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42.

Ima smack any hands that try to take a bit out of my precious foie gras!

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Unique Dim Sum dishes at Avenue Joffre (Sentosa)

Do you get the feeling that if you’ve tried one dim sum restaurant, you’ve tried them all? While the culinary scene in Singapore has been hotting up and throwing out all manner of new and exciting dishes, it has not been the same case when it comes to dim sum. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating har gow, siew mai and cheong fun, and these are must orders whenever I have dim sum, but I also want a few new dishes as well to whet my appetite and make the entire experience memorable.

Well, I’m glad to say I’ve finally found a restaurant that serves dim sum I’ve never tried before, and the dim sum dishes taste good! It might be a bit tiresome to have to go into Sentosa, but at least Avenue Joffre is just a 3 min walk from the monorail station, and it is well worth the effort. And the best part is, the prices are very reasonable for the quality that is served. Most of the dim sum dishes are priced at a standard $6++ per basket.

But before I delve into the dim sum proper, I would like to add that their roast meats are fantabulous too! The meats are marinated for 1/2 a day and roasted over lychee-wood, rendering the meats with a subtle fruity flavour.

Avenue Joffre - Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18 (3)

Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18

Just look at the lusciousness of the bbq pork, so juicy and tender, and enveloped by the sticky sweet honey glaze! Each slice has been cut extra thick for you to get maximum impact.

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Capella Chef’s Table–Festive Afternoon Tea where you can decorate your own Gingerbread Man

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It’s my favourite time of the year again and I’m happy to report that Baby loves Christmas! We’d taken him to Capella Chef’s Table Festive Family Tea last weekend and he absolutely loved it! He was smiling and making excited noises the minute we stepped into Chef’s Table. I wouldn’t be surprised, I too was wowed by the festive Christmas decorations in the homely and cosy Chef’s Table. A pretty Christmas tree by the side, and Christmassy firs to adorn each table. Btw it was Baby’s first official “engagement”, and he behaved well! Smile Smile

Capella Festive Afternoon Tea

Dear Santa, I wish for many toys this Christmas and a real live Christmas tree!

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Here’s a picture of the very festive looking dessert tray, comprising Apricot Cardamom Chocolate Sacher, Lemon Curd Tartlet with Castanea Paste, Almond Marzipan Stollen and Dark Chocolate Cheese Cake with Gingerbread Crust.

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