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Grand Park Orchard

If you haven’t already booked your Christmas Eve Dinner or Christmas Lunch, you just might want to consider Open House at Grand Park Hotel Orchard. In fact, I would highly recommend Grand Park Orchard’s buffet even if it weren’t the festive period. Open House boasts a buffet that is known more as “All-you-can-eat”. You know how it is with buffets, the chef may be talented, but after a huge vat of food is place out in the open for too long, the quality just isn’t the same as if you had ordered ala-carte. At Grand Park, they have 4 stations where you can enjoy food cooked to order, hence “All you can eat” rather than simply a buffet.

Another amazing fact about this restaurant is that most of the local dishes they serve taste really good! Better than some versions you get in the hawker centres in fact. And the prices are quite palatable too. $33++ for a quality buffet in the heart of Orchard road, does it get anymore value for money?????

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All-You-Can-Eat at Open House

Lunch : 12noon to 2.30pm
(Mondays to Sundays)
$25++ per person

Dinner : 6.30pm to 10.30pm
(Mondays to Sundays)
$33++ per person

Festive All-You-Can-Eat at Open House (10 to 23 December 2012)

Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
$42++ per person

Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
$58++ per person

Christmas Eve All-You-Can-Eat and Scintillating Views

Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
$42++ per person

Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
$98++ per person
(Inclusive of free flow Wines, Chilled Juices & Soft Drinks)

The Joy of Christmas Day All-You-Can-Eat Feasts

Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
$68++ per person*

Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
$68++ per person*

*Add $50++ to enjoy free flow Champagne, Wines & Soft Drinks

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Grand Park Orchard Hotel Open House Restaurant (42)

Roasted Char Siew Turkey with Five Spices

Grand Park Orchard Hotel Open House Restaurant (18)

Grilled Chicken with Rum & Rasin Sauce

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1-Rochester Scandinavian Christmas Dinner

*Pictorial*

A Christmas Dinner with a twist! Instead of the usual English/American inspired Christmas favourites, why not consider a Scandinavian themed Christmas Dinner?

1 Caramel Scandinavian Christmas Dinner (3)

Must have a glass of wine, just ain’t Christmas if there’s no alcohol…

1 Caramel Scandinavian Christmas Dinner (2)

Cheese and ham platter

1 Caramel Scandinavian Christmas Dinner (7)

Boiled quails eggs with prawns

1 Caramel Scandinavian Christmas Dinner Christmas Turkey

Roast Turkey with stuffing!

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Christmas Shopping at Cold Storage!

‘Tis the season to be jolly and December is almost upon us already. Need I even remind all of us that once again, the year has just flown by in the blink of an eye? Make sure you end the year with a festive bang, and for me, that always means having a great Christmas as well as a great New Year.

For those of you who are planning on hosting your very own Christmas party at home, Cold Storage supermarket is a great idea to stock up on your festive produce. With a few simple ideas and some creativity, you too can host a Christmas party for cheap. If you’re a guest attending the Christmas party, you can even consider buying gifts from Cold Storage. Any strategy to avoid the mall crowds is a good strategy. Read on for more ideas on how to host the perfect Christmas party without burning a hole in your pocket!

Cold Storage Supermarket Christmas Preview

Actually, it was with a very heavy heart that I had to miss out this Cold Storage Christmas Preview, but I sent my trusty sidekick to take photos and eat my fair share of the food. Pretty amazing the venue too, it was held at ION Sky! The views are fantastic!

Festive Produce at Cold Storage Supermarket

Let’s start first with all the goodies that were laid out for the media to try.

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce (5)

Starting with desserts as usual, of course you have to have the signature log cakes!

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce (8)

Italian Cold Cut Platter  (Parma Ham, Mortadella, Air-dried beef, Italian Air-dried Salami, Smoked Flat Pancetta) $99.99 for 1.2kg Serves 8 – 10 pax

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce

Sliced terrine meats on crusty baguettes. A cinch to make and yet a crowd pleaser. Smile

Cold Storage Supermarket Festive Produce (3)

Filled croissants

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Indulge at Grand Park Hotel City Hall

No I’m not telling you to indulge at Grand Park Hotel. The name of the Hotel’s restaurant is called Indulge at Park. Indulge at Park was where we chose to have our very last department dinner of the year for 2011. Yours truly, being the non-closet foodie, was arrowed with the task of finding a suitable restaurant to spend our remaining pot of money. May I say it was not an easy task since I had to take into consideration the budget of about $55/pax, reputation of restaurant, quality of food and also the location. Due to the Christmas period, a number of restaurants were also fully booked!

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I was glad I eventually secured a table for 8 at the Grand Park Hotel. The buffet is only $53+++ and with a DBS/POSB credit card, one enjoys a 20% discount! (The company should reward me for saving money!) We once visited Indulge to celebrate a colleague’s promotion a few years ago when our office was just opposite the hotel. It was a pretty enjoyable affair the last time so I thought I was safe. Until a friend decided to google Hungry Go Where to read the reviews on the day that we were to dine there! Turns out that the reviews for Indulge at Park were mixed. Quite a number slammed the restaurant for not topping up their oyster counter and the lack of freshness of the food, although some rated the restaurant quite highly.

Personally, I think the sashimi and oyster bar were well worth the money, while the hot food section was pretty forgettable. I didn’t encounter any stale food thankfully. In the end, the buffet cost only $53, lesser with the seemingly perennial 20% discount.

If you’re expecting the likes of Melt Cafe at Oriental Hotel or The Line at Shangri-La, you would be in for a big shock. But you shouldn’t expect so, because you pay double the price there. You might however be able to get more bang for your buck if you are able to get your hands on the 50% discount at The Bar & Billiard Raffles Hotel or at TripleThree Mandarin Orchard Hotel. Those would be more worth it and they seem to have ongoing promotions.

Grand Park City Hall - Fresh Canadian Oysters, Assorted Clams, Black Mussels, Tiger Prawns, Flower Crabs (2)

Sashimi, oysters and crab station. Have to say that all the sushi I took tasted very fresh. No complaints for me at all. I haven’t been eating oysters for a very long time, but my colleagues were having seconds of those, so I think no complaints either. The food was topped up consistently so there was plenty of food to go around, unlike what some readers complained on Hungry Go Where.

Grand Park City Hall - Baked Whole Salmon with Rock Salt and Herb

This humongous whole salmon greeted us at the door and elicited quite a number of oohs and ahhs from the colleagues. I thought it was a little dry though. I like my salmon to be lightly cooked, with a hint of pink in the middle.

Grand Park City Hall - Tom Turkey & Maple Syrup Glazed Ham & Roasted Beef Striploin

The Christmassy carving station. Unfortunately, most of the stuff here was a tad dry.

Grand Park City Hall - Christmas Turkey and Roasted Beef Striploin (2)

I was lucky and managed to get some turkey thigh upon request. It was dry but still delicious so I polished it all off. The bits at the back were the turkey. The bits at the front were the roasted beef striploin. It too suffered from dryness. The splodge at the front of the plate was me trying to be creative with the gravy, and failing.

Grand Park City Hall - Stir-fried Prawn with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

Stir fried prawns with salted egg yolk and curry leaves. The batter coating the prawns was a bit thick. The salted egg yolk flavour didn’t really come through either. There were numerous other hot dishes, but most of them didn’t really appeal to me, as they had been sitting in their pots stewing away for a while. I mostly focussed my energies on the sashimi counter as well as the dessert counter. To be fair, I tend not to eat that much of the hot food section for most buffets, especially if common Chinese dishes are featured.

Grand Park City Hall - Opera Cake with Blackcurrant

The desserts fared much better at the buffet. Took pictures of all the desserts at the beginning of the buffet before anyone else managed to dismember them. The Opera cake was my favourite dessert of the lot. It was rich and chocolaty, with enough layers of cake such that I didn’t think I was just eating mousse.

Grand Park City Hall - Christmas Yule Log Cake

The log cake looked quite festive but unfortunately I was not able to try it. By the time I was ready for dessert, the log cake was more of wood pulp cake thanks to the diners before me.

Grand Park City Hall - Crunchy Hazelnut Feullitine Gateaux

The Crunchy Hazelnut Feullitine Gateaux was nice, chocolaty and not too overly sweet.

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Swensen’s Christmas Menu 2011

*Media Invite*

Have any of you try out the 12 Sundaes of Christmas at Swensen’s yet? Here’s the second part to our lovely lunch hosted at Swensens’s at ION Orchard. Swensen’s has come up with 6 different Christmas main courses for 2011.  In fact, if you wish to host a Christmas party in your own home, without having the hassle of cooking and cleaning, Swensen’s also has a Christmas catering menu and Christmas Log Cakes! Don’t forget to invite me to your party!

Swensen's 6 Christmas Dishes 2011

Us lucky bloggers had the opportunity to savour all 6 Christmas dishes!

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