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Supertree Dining – Where to eat at Gardens by the Bay

Finally paid a visit to the much acclaimed Gardens by the Bay. I was there to sample the delights at Supertree Dining so I didn’t have much time to explore the park. The short walk from the bus bay to the Supertree Dining left me quite mesmerised. I will definitely have come back again to explore the park fully, both in the day as well as at night. Have you seen the pictures of the Gardens by the Bay at night? It looks alienish and surreal! The views from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Rooms must be fantastic.

What to eat at Gardens by the Bay

Anyway, those making a trip to the park need not fret about packing their own picnic lunches. The variety of food available here is equally astounding too. Well this after all Singapore, the national pastime being eating, and eating some more. Apart from Supertree Dining, there’s also :-

  • Pollen – A 2-storey restaurant featuring mediterranean-influenced modern European cuisine and helmed by Chef Jason Atherton who owns the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social back in London
  • Cafe Crema – Think coffee, sandwiches and brunch) at the entrance. You can get a picnic basket with sandwiches from them too!
  • Verandah – Asian bistro serving things like XO-sauce Chwee Kuey, Black Pepper Crab Linguine, and Kurobuta ‘Kong Bah’ on Japanese rice
  • Seventh Heaven – Handcrafted ice cream shop near the Cloud Forest and Forest Dome

Check out all the Gardens by the Bay dining options here. Bakerzin, Indochine and Satay by the Bay will open later in the year.

Supertree Dining

And….befitting the grandeur of the Supertrees located in the middle of the park, there is Supertree Dining as well! Supertree Dining is made up of 5 distinctive dining concepts combined into 1 unique dining destination. SuperTree Dining comprises of :-

  • Peach Garden Noodle House
  • Hill Street Coffee Shop
  • Casa Verde
  • Texas Chicken
  • Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie at Supertree Dining

Stepping into Supertree Dining is kind of like stepping into dome number 3. The place is so spacious, with the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing you to maintain eye contact with the Supertrees outside. The most amazing thing is that there are even trees housed within the Supertree Dining itself, with openings in the ceiling for the trees to grow. These openings also let the rain in, and the birds! We dined amongst the light rain coming down on the tree, and at one point, 2 little birds were flying and chirping around the tree, and we enjoyed this without getting wet ourselves!

Here are pictures of all the delicious food we tried at Supertree Dining.

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Texas Chicken at Singapore Expo

Finally managed to make a trip to Texas Chicken at the Singapore Expo today. YJ and I arrived after 8pm so the Expo was almost deserted. The vastness of the place amplified by the emptiness of it, coupled with the cloudless sky and a particularly bright bit of crescent moon, made me feel as if I wasn’t in Singapore. For a split second, it was as if I was back in New Zealand, transfixed by the countless stars in the otherwise pitch black sky. Then I realised there were only 3 stars in the sky, and I remembered where I was.

Well then, back to Texas Chicken. I must say, it was well worth the trip to a rather out of the way place. I ordered Set 1, which comprised of 2 chicken parts, 1 biscuit, 1 fries or mashed potato or coleslaw, and 1 drink for $7.40. For the chicken parts, I chose 1 original thigh and 1 spicy thigh.

The spicy thigh was spicier than the KFC ones, and the flavour wasn’t to my liking. However, I really really loved the original flavour. Both the chicken thighs were extremely juicy and tender, way more than the KFC ones. I preferred the original flavour because it allowed the tenderness of the meat to come through, whereas the spiciness of the spicy one masked the otherwise delicious chicken.

The biscuit was also very tasty and flaky. It also had a weird hint of syrup, which YJ didn’t notice but I did. Too bad there was no gravy to dip the biscuit in, or it would have been perfect. Believe Popeye’s doesn’t have gravy too. You hear us, make some gravy!The fries are thicker than usual and more like Swenson’s fries than McDonalds or KFC.

On the whole, I would say Texas Chicken really delivers a good chicken meal for fast food prices.

Texas Chicken at Singapore Expo

Wowwee!!!!! Look at that! A whole year’s worth of Texas chicken FREE!!!! If only I had see this ad earlier, I might have gone down to the Expo to have a shot at it.

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Last Sunday, the Straits Times had a short article on the opening of Texas Chicken at Singapore Expo. Apparently it used to be in Singapore and was located at Wisma Atria. A friend of mine told me he remembers eating at Texas Chicken in 1984! Why did these chain restaurants choose to pack up and leave so many years ago, and then make the come back again now? First it was Wendy’s, and now Texas Chicken, both of which I was too young to remember what they were like last time (hee hee hee).

IHOP WebsiteMy good blogger friend Tiny Island mentioned that Denny’s should come back to Singapore again. This I fully agree. I do remember Denny’s. There used to be one outlet at Marina Square I believe (near where Carl’s Junior is now). I don’t know if there were more outlets. I never did dine at Denny’s when it was in Singapore, my parents’ don’t believe in giving children junk food.  But I did try Denny’s in the US, and it was pretty good for the prices charged. I really hope to see Waffle HoWaffle House Websiteuse and IHOP International House of Pancakes in Singapore. I’d always go for the steak and eggs even at 2am at night.  Waffle House would always serve 2 pieces of sandwich toast with lot’s of butter. It was enough to chase any blues away.

Waffle House menu

Are we ready for such Americanised restaurants? I suppose we are more than ready when you look at the teens of today. Some young people I know feel shy to admit they like to eat rice!

And while we are on the topic of American food, one thing I would really like to see more often is biscuits and gravy. The American version of biscuits. Looks like a scone but more savoury. The only place I know you can get biscuits in Singapore is Popeyes. I tried the biscuits at Popeye’s once at the airport. Quite good, but the ones in the US were just a tad bit better! Even McDonalds served biscuits. We have McMuffins here, but in the USA, they also have McBiscuits where they replace the bun part with the biscuits! It was crumbly, buttery, savoury and so so delicious for breakfast. Does anyone know where else we can get biscuits in Singapore?

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