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[CNY 2017] Chinese New Year buffet with Peranakan flavours at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

For a truly Asian Chinese New Year buffet spread, check out Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe. The restaurant is well known for its Peranakan buffet which offers all-time favourites such as the Ayam Buah Keluak, Kueh Pie Tie and Durian Pengat. Now how about combining that with Chinese New Year must-haves such as Pen Cai, Waxed Duck and Sausage Rice and Teowchew Steamed Cold Crab?

Incidentally, Ellenborough Market Cafe’s Executive Chef Louis Tay was also team manager of the Singapore Culinary Team that clinched double gold at the Culinary Olympics held in Germany in 2016. So you know the food has got to have some standard at Ellenborough Market Cafe.

Here are some pictures of the buffet spread that we sampled 2 weeks back. The dishes will be available buffet style from 16 Jan – 12 Feb 2017.

CNY 2017 at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng in the shape of a rooster to celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster!

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JAAN Restaurant at 50% discount!

It’s no secret that I love dining at fine-dining restaurants, I love the effort the chef displays in every dish that is presented, I love the attentive service and ambience, I love how the 3 hour meal feels like a long luxurious session perfect for catching up with the Partner. I what I do hate though, is the bill after the meal! Sometimes it’s expensive enough to shock you into indigestion straight away!

But now, with the Amex Platinum Card, you can enjoy up to 50% discount when you dine at many of Singapore’s illustrious restaurants. Take for example our visit to JAAN at Swissotel, the bill was a whopping $400+, but with the Amex Platinum Card, we only paid half the price. Smile

Jaan - 55' Rosemary smoked organic egg with ratte potato, chorizo iberico, buckwheat (2)



Here’s what the American Express Platinum Card offers you

  • A complimentary Palate membership* worth S$457.96 (incl. GST)
    • Get up to 50% savings on food orders* at some of the best restaurants in Singapore
    • Enjoy 15% savings on drinks* at some of the island’s trendiest bars.
  • A complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership worth S$425 (incl. GST)
    • Enjoy year-round savings of up to 50% on dining for unlimited visits at your choice of 11 restaurants at Fairmont Singapore, Swissôtel the Stamford Singapore, Equinox Complex and Swissôtel Merchant Court.
    • Revel in the accommodation benefits by free room upgrades and special room rates
    • Enjoy 15% off a la carte bookings of spa treatments from Mondays to Fridays at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore and Spa & Sport at Swissôtel Merchant Court
  • American Express Selects® – Enjoy up to 50% savings* with American Express Selects at a wide selection of restaurants in Singapore and around the world.

And that’s just the dining privileges! There are also movie discounts, spa discounts, golfing and shopping privileges!

Lucky Draw Promotion (exclusively for Platinum Card Members): From now till 9 Nov 2014, you can also be one of the 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). Every receipt above S$50 earns you one chance to win.  Enjoy double the chances when you spend S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment.


Anyway, the proof is in the eating so let’s get down to the experience we had at JAAN. JAAN is a lovely restaurant helmed by Chef Julien Royer. Being on the top floor of the Swissotel, it’s a really nice place to have a romantic dinner or an important birthday celebration. Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’, JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in Artisanal French cuisine in Singapore.

Jaan - Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

The Amuse bouche, or several of them to be exact, to kick start the meal. Absolutely loved those cheese crackers and mini macarons.

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Singapore Central Business District Skyline – Night Time

Check out more photos I took of Shenton Way at night. I love taking photos of buildings at night. Firstly, it’s so much more cooling and peaceful. Secondly, I can avoid the mid-day glare of the sun bouncing off any shiny surfaces. And thirdly, the buildings don’t merge together in a a grey haze. They actually look more individual in the picture below, than in the photo I took of Shenton Way during the day.

Shenton Way at Night (2) 

Shenton Way used to be almost exclusively occupied by office buildings. Now, you can find condos and hotels here too. I sure wouldn’t mind stepping out of my house and arriving at my office 5 minutes later. That’s 1 hour of traffic avoided both ways. I think it’s worth the premium paid to live in town, no?

The Sail Condo

Closer look of The Sail. One of the condos situated in the new Marina Bay Financial district area. They used to have clear views of the sea, but now newer buildings block their views.

Fullerton Bay Hotel at Night

The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Waterfront luxury at it’s best! And you can be sure no other building will sprout out of the Singapore river to block the lovely views. I wonder why the lights are on for the building on the left when it isn’t even finished. What a waste of electricity.

Fullerton Hotel at Night (2) Fullerton Hotel at Night

The Fullerton Hotel. And the Merlion in the 2nd photo. With One Fullerton directly in front of the Fullerton Hotel. Does One Fullerton kinda resemble the Sydney Opera House with the wavelike roof?

Esplanade and the Swissotel

The Esplanade. Ok no matter what people say, and no matter what angle, I still don’t find the facade nice looking at all. Once inside the theatre area, it’s posh and grand, but on the outside, I just feel it’s weird. And there’s the Swissotel, the lone tall building in the City Hall area. Sometimes I feel there is no need to take a ride on the Singapore Flyer if views is all that you seek. There are so many tall buildings and hotels to get your fill of the wonderful views of Singapore. Almost every tall building has a restaurant perched on the top floor!

Marina Link Park

The Marina Link Park next to Marina Bay Sands

Check out my post of Shenton Way in the day time.

Check out my post of Marina Bay Sands Singapore, which is where I shot all these photos.

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