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Five Nines Restaurant reopens at Cuppage Plaza – 6 course set menu at $49

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Five Nines (999.99), which used to be at Keong Saik Road, has now reopened on the 4th floor of Cuppage Plaza. Previously focussing on European cuisine, it has now shifted to serving affordable European-Japanese fare prepared with seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan several times a week. Lots of Japanese businessmen frequent Cuppage Plaza for the numerous Japanese restaurants there, so this is probably one of the reasons for the shift into Japanese-inspired food. Five Nines is a sister restaurant to Kappo Shunsui by Chef Tomo Watanabe, who led his restaurant Shunsui in Tokyo to Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand fame from 2015 to 2017. The culinary team at Five Nines is led by 37 year old Head Chef Takashi Ohkawa who has close to 2 decades of experience from restaurants across Italy and Japan.

One of the highlights of Five Nines is its $49++ 6 course set menu. If you want to experience a bit of fine dining (food-wise), $49 is about as affordable as it can go in Singapore. See pictures below for my experience. You will have to make an advanced reservation for the set menu though as ingredients are limited.

Five Nines - Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad

Marinated Botan Shrimp and Couscous Salad

If you’ve never had this, this raw shrimp tastes totally different from any cooked prawn you have ever eaten. When you bite into it, it has a certain firmness yet spring to it. This was prepared such that even the shell could be eaten.

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Seasons Bistro at Triple One Somerset

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Situated at Triple One Somerset, the newly opened Seasons Bistro presents seasonally-changing menus with the Americas as its inspiration for the cuisine. Eating by the season is the keyword here, as the founders believe that seasonal food not only tastes better, it also offers better value for diners.

If you’ve lived in the US for some time, you’ll know that there’s more to America’s cuisine than just pizza and burgers. Seasons Bistro features numerous dishes from seafood specialties of New England, down to Louisiana’s gumbo, to Mexican-spiced dishes of the Southwest, wherever that Executive Chef Benjamin Fong’s travels in America inspire him. Fresh and in-season ingredients, a generous use of citrus and peppers to keep sauces light, as well as interesting twists along the way define the dishes that you will find at Seasons Bistro.

Given the prime location at Orchard Road, it’s wonderful that the prices at Seasons Bistro are so affordable. This is no run of the mill restaurant featuring generic and copy cat dishes. I can really sense the thought and effort that has been put into the menu. Definitely a must try if you’re in the Orchard/Somerset area and looking for affordable food.

Seasons Bistro - Pan Seared Foie Gras ($16  ) -  Pain de mie, chocolate ganache, bacon jam, caramalized bananas and granola crumbs (3)

Pan Seared Foie Gras $16 – Pain de mie, chocolate ganache, bacon jam, caramalized bananas and granola crumbs

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Oriole Cafe & Bar revisited

When it comes to thinking of great places to go for dinner, Orchard Road hardly comes up tops in my mind. Of course there are some good restaurants around this area, (my favourite being Lawrie’s Prime Rib Restaurant) but you have to wade through a sea of generic restaurant chains to get to the gems. I’d rather go to the Club Street area or Robertson Quay for a restaurant with more “character”.

But of course, it’s a totally different story if you’ve just traipsed through the whole of Orchard Road for the last 5 hours. Then the last thing you want is to have to travel somewhere else for dinner! That’s when I go for my fool proof option, Oriole Cafe & Bar. Technically speaking, it’s address is listed as being located at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, but it is right next to 313 Somerset shopping mall, and more importantly, Oriole Cafe & Bar is located a few paces from the Somerset MRT underpass, which will mean less walking and a quicker rendezvous with the bed who misses you.

For a location such as this, the menu is surprisingly affordable, especially if you were to compare this with places like say P.S Cafe or Wild Honey nearby? This is what we had for dinner a couple of Mondays ago.

Oriole Cafe Bar - Fish and Chips (Battered snapper fillets, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce or malt vinegar) $19 (2)

Fish and Chips (Battered snapper fillets, hand-cut chips, tartare sauce or malt vinegar) $19

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Yummy Deals at 313@Somerset

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313 Somerset is having a yummy promotion that you might just want to consider if you plan to shop there this weekend, or if you work in the Orchard area. From now until 31 August 2012, if you purchase the 313 Dining Wallet, you will get $40 worth of dining vouchers for the price of only $19!

313 Dining Wallet

These coupons are colour-coded into different dining options: SNACKS/DESSERTS, DRINKS, LUNCH & DINNER. Each coupon can only be used once. The LUNCH coupon can only be used from 11.30 am – 2.30pm while the DINNER voucher can be used from 6pm until closing time. All other vouchers can be used any time of the day. In addition, there is a $5 Coffee Bean voucher, a $5 Famous voucher and a $10 Flying Bread voucher.

There’s no need to worry about not utilising all the Lunch, Dinner and Snack vouchers cuz if you think about it, the 3 additional vouchers already amount to $20. That means that anything else you eat is FREE! Great huh! Of course, if you want to utilise all the vouchers and you don’t want to have to keep going to 313 Somerset, your best bet would be to utilise them on a weekend. Have a leisurely lunch, shop a little, and then have dinner! Be careful though, the vouchers are not valid for Blue Mountain Cafe and Paradise Inn on Fridays – Sundays.

Here’s the full list of 313 Dining Wallet participating outlets where you can utilise you vouchers.

Reviews of some of the food outlets at 313 Somerset

I had the opportunity to sample some of the delights from the outlets participating in the 313 Dining Wallet promotion. The prices listed are what you would have to pay if you did not have the vouchers.

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Malones _Pizza

Malones Irish Restaurant and Bar – 5 inch Margherita pizza with tomatoes and mozzarella $8.90++

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Oriole Cafe & Bar

Calling out to all scone lovers out there, I’ve found another good place to have scones! And this time it doesn’t involve having to step into a posh hotel nor spend a fortune on it. In fact, these scones can be found right smack in the heart of Orchard Road. There’s no better reason to stop for a cuppa and some scones than a hard day’s worth of shopping, right???

Oriole Cafe - Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream

I present to you, Oriole Cafe’s scones! 3 raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream and raspberry grappa jam for only $6.50, which means just over $2 per scone! This IS undoubtedly the cheapest scone deal I have come across! And for goodness sakes, you get clotted cream with it! It’s not the best clotted cream (it feels lighter than usual) but it’s clotted cream nonetheless! The scones are real tasty too. They’re light and airy and fresh. Paired with that cream and jam, and washed down with some good coffee, it’ll put a zing in your step so that you have enough energy for round 2 of shopping!

I hear Oriole Cafe makes a good cuppa but I have yet to try. In fact, the menu looks pretty interesting too. Too bad I was only there for a quick meeting with someone. Thanks Chek for introducing me to this place! Definitely going come back again soon to sample more of their dishes.

Oriole Cafe - Iced Lemon Tea

$5.50 Iced Lemon Tea – Not sweet enough. Hah, that’s usually the case when it is not pre-sweetened. I can never bring myself to pour in the entire contents of the sugar syrup pot…

Click here to see the best places in Singapore to get scones!

Oriole Coffee

96 Somerset Road #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Map 

(It’s just opposite Brotzeit when you come out of the Somerset MRT station)

Phone: 6238 8348

Operating hours:

Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm ; Fri & Sat  11:00 am – 12:00 am ; Sun 10:30 am – 11:00 pm

9 Raffles Place #01-23/23A Republic Plaza I Map

Phone: 6438 3843

Operating hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

http://www.oriole.com.sg

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