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Monti Sunday Brunch – Unlimited brunch ala-carte style, eat until you drop!

Catalunya at Fullerton Pavilion which opened to much fanfare a couple of years back has closed, and in its place is now Monti by the 1-Group, which also houses other lifestyle brands such as 1-Altitude, 1-Rochester, UNA, 1-University, The Garage, The Summerhouse and 1-Host. Catalunya was sensational, not just because of the amazing food, but also because of the exuberant atmosphere. I was quite sad to hear that it had closed actually! You have to read my review of Catalunya here as well as watch the video where they deliberately smash plates onto the floor! So I was curious to know if Monti would live up to the high standards that Catalunya had set.

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I had the opportunity to check out Monti’s Sunday Brunch which is an Italian-style ala-carte buffet featuring the 1st ever Amp your Mojito and make your own Bloody Mary drinks booth.

Monti Sunday Brunch - Frutti di Mare (1)

When you first arrive, a humongous seafood platter will greet you, comprising all the goodies of the sea, aka Alaskan king crab, tiger prawns, tuna tataki, salmon sashimi, fine de Claire oyster, mussels and clams. The menu says that the seafood platter is limited to 1 per table, however you can still order more oysters, tuna tataki, tiger prawns and salmon, so really the only big ticket item that you can’t have refills is the Alaskan king crab.

Monti Sunday Brunch - Eggs Benedict (2)

Eggs Benedict

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Zafferano–An Italian Brunch affair!

One of my favourite restaurants Zafferano has recently come up with their new Italian Saturday set brunch and it is a brunch to behold. You might just have to hold your stomach too as you leave the restaurant because the set brunch is chock a block full of food!

There are a total of 4 courses, but it’s not one dish per course. Being generous as Italians are, they have have numerous mini dishes within each course. You could almost think of this brunch as being a 10 course brunch (more in fact), with a buffet dessert just in case there is a shred of doubt that you’re not next to bursting. And the interesting thing about this “The Italian Table” brunch it’s that it’s not an egg-based brunch. I was wondering when the eggs would feature, but I realise that egg-based brunches are more an Aussie/UK/US thing. The dishes in this brunch are what the Italians would normally have for brunch.

Check out the pictures below and read about my favourite dishes from the Zafferano brunch.

~~~ Starters ~~~

Zafferano Brunch - Live seasonal oysters (2)

Live seasonal oysters – Self explanatory

Zafferano Brunch - Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

Marinated fjord trout, avruga caviar, orange

While I am not a fan of fish, I do love sashimi, smoked or marinated cuts. Trout was finely sliced and had a delicate flavour. Disappeared in a jiffy.

Zafferano Brunch - Italy burrata

Freshly imported Italian burrata and tomatoes

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ME@OUE SG50 Menu

The Marina Bay area is blessed with many great restaurants with spectacular views and Me@OUE is definitely among the top, literally speaking. I’ve seen the bay from many different angles and thought I had seen everything. But the view from Me@OUE’s rooftop lounge and restaurant is great because it is at a comfortable height (not too high) which makes you feel like you are in the thick of the fireworks.

Marina Bay National Day Fireworks

To celebrate Singapore’s Jubilee Anniversary on August 9th Me@OUE invites diners to tuck into dishes influenced by local favourites with the restaurant’s distinct twist. The menu highlights Celebrity Chef Chen Kentaro’s vast expertise of fusing Japanese, French and Chinese cuisine with a local flair. For $245++ per person, you can tuck into the National Day Menu comprising the following items :

  • Caviar
  • Superior Seafood Soup in Young Coconut
  • Uni Chawanmushi
  • Chilli Lobster
  • Chicken-Rice with Foie Gras & Black truffle
  • Mangosteen Vanilla Sorbet

If you don’t wish to go for the full on 6 course National Day Menu on 9th August Sunday, you can also sample 3 SG50 special main courses on 8th August Saturday :

  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Chilli Lobster
  • Sri Lankan King Crab

The normal menu is available along side the SG50 special main courses. We were lucky to be able to sample this SG50 special dishes as well as a few other signature dishes from ME@OUE! Read on for more details. 

ME@OUE - Tomato Ice Cream, Rigatoni Mascarpone Pepper, Pesto $22

Roma Tomato Salad, with Tomato Ice Cream, Rigatoni Mascarpone Pepper, Pesto $22

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Heineken event at The Exchange

*Media Invite*

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.

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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.

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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

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