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Heineken event at The Exchange

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Food and drink is something that is dear to our hearts. Aside from the fact that we eat and drink for a very primal purpose, we often partake in the activity without much thought. When we taste something nice, we merely luxuriate in the enjoyment. Hardly do we go “ah well the Chef sautéed this dish for 2 minutes and not 3 minutes and that’s why the meat is still tender”. It’s the same case for drinks.

Recently I was invited by Heineken and Iris Nation to learn about the importance of the foam head that comes with the beer. The event was held at The Exchange in Shenton Way, and no it’s not the Stock Exchange. I’ll be the 1st to admit that prior to this event, I knew nuts about it.

The foam is so important in a beer that Heineken has appointed draught masters who have undergone intensive training sessions all the way in Amsterdam. They will be like “ambassadors” and only 8 were selected from all over the world to participate in the programme. Singapore has one such Draught Master Frank Yu, who kindly taught us how to obtain the perfect pour.

Heineken Beer Event (4)

Frank Yu demonstrating how to obtain the perfect brew

Why is the beer head/foam so important?

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Jewel Coffee at Shenton Way

Awhile back, I decided suss out some of the best cafes/coffee joints in Singapore that I hadn’t tried at that point. I didn’t envisage myself drinking so much coffee all by myself so I pulled along the parents and the cousins so that we could have more variety in terms of food and beverage.

Our 1st stop was to Jewel Coffee at One Shenton Way. I’d practically known of its existence from day one as it’s totally impossible to miss its presence when walking or driving through Shenton Way. The word Jewel is not that large, but there is a humongous red coloured COFFEE on its walls, flashing past like a sparkling jewel. At first I thought it looked gimmicky, but I’ve come to realise they are serious about coffee and do a mean one too.

Jewel Coffee (2)

I can’t claim to know much about the intricacies of all the coffee brewing techniques, but I am told that specialised filter papers that will allow for an exceptionally clean tasting coffee. Also, the papers are not processed with chemicals and therefore do not impart these additives into the brew. Most importantly, using these contraptions means that good quality single-origin beans must be used.

Jewel Coffee - Ribeye Sandwich with cheese, mushroom, butterhead lettuce Ribeye Sandwich with cheese, mushroom, butterhead lettuce $11.90

Before we attacked the coffee, we had to line our stomachs with lunch. Jewel Coffee sells a number of sandwiches in addition to coffee. These sandwiches are substantial and full of ingredients. Don’t you just hate anaemic sandwiches that some cafes serve? I like my sandwiches to be robust and packed with good stuff. If they can flatten it into a Panini all the better cuz I hate smearing the sides of my mouth or nose, but I rather that than anaemic sandwiches.

Jewel Coffee - Hickory BBQ Chicken Sandwich Hickory BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Both the sandwiches were delicious. Tasty bread, enough meat, savoury sauce and well presented. We all agreed that we didn’t mind returning again for the sandwiches.

Jewel Coffee - Sandwiches Turkey Cran $8.90, B.L.T $8.90, Cajun Chicken $9.90 etc

Jewel Coffee - Cafe Latte Cafe Latte $5.30 I think…

One of the best cafe lattes I have ever had in Singapore. Smooth, full-bodied, strong and with a good aroma, it was just plain enjoyable.

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You get to choose which bean you want for your cafe latte, which is very good because each type as subtle differences.

Jewel Coffee - Preparation of V60

The other coffee we tried was the V60. I think we all tried it straight like that without any sugar, just to try and appreciate the pure flavour. I’m afraid my taste bud at that point in time was not sophisticated enough to be able to appreciate unsweetened black coffee so I shall refrain from commenting further.

Jewel Coffee Jewel Coffee (6)

It gets crowded quickly during the weekday lunch hour so avoid those times if you want to have a peaceful cuppa. And it’s mostly al-fresco seating unless you don’t mind the bar seats inside.

Check out other eateries also located at One Shenton.

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JeweL Coffee

1 Shenton Way #01-07 Singapore, Singapore 068803

Mon – Fri:7:00 am-9:00 pm

Sat:8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tel : 6636 9452

http://www.facebook.com/Jewelcoffee

The Royal Mail

When it comes to dining with the Partner, I am usually the one who provides the suggestions. So for once, he surprised me and suggested we might like to try out The Royal Mail, a new restaurant and bar within the Ascott Serviced Apartments. It used to be a Julien Bompard restaurant, but I believe they moved out in 2010.

I know why the Partner might have suggested going to The Royal Mail. It serves British Roasts, one of his favourite things! Actually I love a good roast too, and it’s a treat if it comes with Yorkshire puddings! So I checked out their website last week and discovered that they were going to serve free Martinis from 6.30 – 7.30pm to promote their Martini Thursdays. I’m not really a fan of Martinis, but since there was nothing to lose (aka FREE), I said hey why not. I told a friend about it and he promptly rescheduled his gym session, and even managed to pull his wife and his gym buddy along.

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The bar area is quite small. We were kiasu so we arrived at 6.30pm on the dot. Turns out, we were the main customers. Guess the place is still new. Well if you have me on Facebook, you would have seen me hooting about the event. Better add me if you don’t want to lose out next time. :)

What is a Martini anyway? According to Wikipedia, the classic Martini is supposed to be made with gin and vermouth. However, the 3 Martinis they were offering, Cosmopolitan, Fuzzy Navel and Mojito Martini didn’t contain those elements. Vodka was used instead, which is apparently also acceptable.

The Royal Mail - Cosmopolitan Cosmopolitan

The Royal Mail - Fuzzy Navel (Hairy Navel) Fuzzy Navel

I had this. The Royal Mail Version is made with Peach Schnapps, Vodka and orange juice. But according to Wikipedia, if a Fuzzy Navel has vodka in it, it becomes a Hairy Navel (obscene sounding leh!). I dislike Vodka very much so for my 2nd drink, I asked for a real Fuzzy Navel, ie without the vodka. The little black thing at the bottom of the glass is a shrivelled plum.

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South Coast @ MBS revisited

I had a good brunch with my parents and the Partner at South Coast some months back, and I was looking for a reason to return. The reason came along in the form of Australia Day. What has Australia Day got to do with me? Actually nothing at all. In fact, you should read about New Zealand Day instead. You see, the Partner hails from New Zealand, and if you’re from either New Zealand or Australia, or if you’ve lived there a while, you’d know about the “friendly rivalry” between those 2. Speaking of friendly rivalry, I have to ask South Coast why on earth they have a picture of a surfing kiwi bird on their website?

I happened to find out that South Coast, which is owned by an Aussie, was going to have an Australia Day party. So of course I had to attend, just for the laughs of it. Saw on their Facebook about this thong chucking game they were going to have and I really wanted to see that! My first instinct was of course to think that they were going to have an underwear throwing competition (you know those Aussies can think of anything), but then I realised that thong is Aussie slang for flip-flops! I could not find a video of Thong Chucking, but I did discover about Wellie Wanging

The Partner was not at all keen to partake in an Australia Day meal, especially when he heard that I wanted him to wear his All Blacks T Shirt there! Oh but partake he did, cuz I didn’t offer him a choice. In the end, we had a really good time there!

South Coast - Sugar Cured Angus Beef, Kangaroo and Lamb Pies, Sausage Rolls (2) We had the Australia Day Platter for 2 – Sugar Cured Angus Beef, Kangaroo and Lamb Pies, Sausage Rolls

South Coast - (12) Closer shot of the items

South Coast - (11)Sugar Cured Angus Beef

The sugar cured Angus beef had a really interesting flavour. First of all, I have never heard of sugar cured, let alone taste it. I’m mostly accustomed to the usual smoke/salt cured types. Obviously, the beef had a sweeter taste. Also, the texture seemed rather different, firmer yet squishy. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I enjoyed the sugar cured Angus beef nonetheless. I tried checking their usual menu and it doesn’t seem to be available on normal days.

South Coast - Sausage Rolls Sausage Rolls in the front, kangaroo and lamb pies in the middle

The sausage rolls that you get in Australia and New Zealand are very different from those available in Singapore, in that the filling is of mince meat. In Singapore when one hears sausage roll, one would think of a long sausage in a bun, like so. I like both types, but if you’ve never tried the Aussie/NZ version, you have to do so! Love these sausage rolls at South Coast. The mince was juicy and encased in a lovely pastry that wasn’t reeking of oil. For some reason the platter also came with some sausages. No complaints man, those sausages were TASTY!

South Coast - Kangaroo and Lamb Pie on the right Kangaroo and Lamb Pie on the right

Kangaroo and Lamb Pie was also nice. The pastry used was similar to that of the sausage rolls so it was enjoyable as well. The sausage rolls $14 are available in the normal menu. The kangaroo pies $18 are available too, but with pork instead of lamb.

South Coast - Fries Fries $8

We were still feeling a little peckish after the Platter for 2 so we ordered some fries to share. The fries were delicious and I just couldn’t stop eating them even though I ought to have been full enough. The fries were crispy on the outside and still fluffy on the inside, and they were served piping hot!

South Coast - Red Rock Beer

Red Rock Beer, and cartoon of Steve Irwin in the background

What’s Australia Day with no beer?

Red Rock Beer with Shenton Way in the background Ice cold beer after a hard day at work?

South Coast - (5) Most of the seating at South Coast is actually al fresco. I don’t like sitting inside as it is too dark and the fans are too strong

Shenton Way at twilight View of Singapore’s Central Business District from my vantage point at south Coast.

In the end, we never did stay late enough to see the thong chucking. Argh what a waste. If you’re in the vicinity of Marina Bay Sands, do check out South Coast’s menu. A number of items I would like to try out. Really, bone marrow fritters, that’s definitely what I will order when I go there again.

Read about my previous visit to South Coast for brunch.

 

South Coast (Australian Bar & Bistro)

L1-85 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore City, Singapore 018972

Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8am – midnight Mon – Thurs
8am – midnight Fri – Sun

Email enquiries@southcoast.com.sg

Phone +65 6688 7600

http://www.southcoast.com.sg

http://www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSG

The Exchange – Waitangi Day Celebrations

Waitangi Day Party at The Exchange

Were you at the Waitangi Day Celebrations at The Exchange today like I told you to do? Here’s what you missed out! The turnout was quite huge, beyond my expectations actually. A lot of people were wearing All Black shirts or having shirts with the words New Zealand/NZ on them. So patriotic! Which Singaporean would wear a shirt saying Singapore?

The great thing about holding the event at The Exchange is that there is a huge open space on the ground floor of the Asia Square building (kind of like as big as the open space at the National Library). The kids were running wild there as its Sunday and all the office types are safely at home.

The Exchange - Bouncy Castle

This guy refused to get out of my photo, okay so he shall be in it!

The Exchange - (3) I stayed indoors in the comfort of the air con. The Exchange itself is also very spacious.

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They have a see through kitchen that spans the restaurant seating area. Very good for entertaining yourself if you’re bored with your dining companion.

The Exchange - Speights and Steinlager

The long awaited New Zealand beers! It’s really hard to find NZ beers in the supermarkets this is the 1st time we have 2 different brands of beer on the same table! It’s a miracle! I can’t tell which I prefer more, Steinlager or Speights. Love them both though. I thought I saw several people buying cartons of beer back but I realise that they won them in the lucky draw! LUCKY!!! They’re not cheap if you’re having them at The Exchange, $13 bottle. Ok not cheap compared to how much they’d cost back in New Zealand.

The Exchange - Fish & Chips (2)

The Exchange normally isn’t opened on Sundays, so just for Waitangi Day celebrations, they had a special Waitangi Day menu. I ordered the Fish and Chips. 2 huge pieces for $18. Very nice! The dish was served piping hot, which is exactly how I like it when eating fried food. The fish was ultra flaky, had an almost melt in the mouth texture and was so fresh tasting! The batter coating was also pretty tasty although it was a bit thick. If there was more of the tender fish and less of the batter, it would have been totally perfect. Fries were so so, and a bit short, like left over fries. The Fish and Chips are labelled as Battered Haddock in the normal menu.

Definitely would come back to try this again. We didn’t order anything else as the fish and the beer filled us up for dinner! Group Executive Chef Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts, a kiwi native who previously worked for Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s London and Emmanuel Stoobant’s Saint Pierre group of restaurants, looking forward to sampling more of their stuff. Check out The Exchange’s menu here and bar nibbles here.

The Exchange - (2)

These people know where their priorities lay.

Check out this link for more Kiwi dining places in Singapore

The Exchange

8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1, #01-05, Singapore, Singapore 018960

Tel : 66361200

Breakfast : 8am – 11.30am  Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm   Dinner : 5pm – 1am

The Exchange’s Website or Facebook

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