Posts Tagged ‘wine’

Where to get New Zealand products in Singapore

When the Partner heard that I had to produce an article relating to New Zealand food in Singapore, he actually volunteered to pen the post, for the 1st time in the entire life of this blog! Well I don’t see why he shouldn’t, being that he’s a Kiwi himself! Alas, the enthusiasm lasted but 2 and a half paragraphs. Still, it’s a good start nonetheless. I’ll try to rope him in more often in future!!

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New Zealand Fair collage

Want great New Zealand food but can’t afford to fly there? Or perhaps you’ve been there and miss the scrumptious kiwi Potato Chips and thirst quenching refreshing NZ beer? Well the great news is that from now until 12 May 2013, all 47 Cold Storage outlets have stocked over 80 products from Aotearoa, (Maori name for New Zealand and loosely translated as the Land of the Long White Cloud). In fact, we’ve just returned from our honeymoon in Europe and will be rushing down to Cold Storage tomorrow to stock up on NZ goodies which we would otherwise only be able to lay our hands on when we visit New Zealand once a year.

New Zealand is blessed with rich agricultural land and pristine waters, which in turn produces a wide selection of tasty and natural produce. Seasonal fruits are a highlight with the likes of fresh blueberries which are high in antioxidants, and sugar pears that are naturally sweet and often used in baking and desserts. Don’t miss the avocado dips that are made from fresh avocado, and can be spread on toast or serve in salads and wraps.

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Wine lovers should take the opportunity to try the affordable varietals from the Tiki Estate range, Single Vineyard range, and Tiki Koro Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Matson’s beers are 100% natural brewed

Kiwis are  passionate about their food just like Singaporeans and they take pride in producing world class tasty food with a proven reputation for freshness and quality. Some may know that NZ has a well earned reputation for wine but their beers are just as good and new to Singapore is Matson’s beers. Made by natural brewing with all locally sourced raw materials the beers come in 3 varieties: Lager, Pilsner and Classic Draught. Having tried these myself I would say that the beers are crisp and clean but with a refreshing unique taste. So if you’re tired of drinking the same old beers served here in Singapore then head on down and get a “Pick & Mix”, where you can select an assortment of varieties.

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Brasserie Les Saveurs Christmas Dinner

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Chocolate mousse, hazelnut feuilletine, gingerbread sorbet (6)

It’s less than 20 days to Christmas! Have you made plans for Christmas yet? Be it a sit-down home-cooked meal, a party at a friend’s place, or dinner at a fancy restaurant, DO SOMETHING and let your hair down! It’s the festive season and it would be a pity to spend it like any other day. Make the holidays count! It’s no secret that I love Christmas time. I love all the pretty lights and I love the idea of giving and receiving presents. That’s the very reason why I chose to get married in December (although I am beginning to realise that it ain’t that great an idea….no time to enjoy the festivities!)

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If you wanna surprise a special someone, at a really special and romantic restaurant, you may like to consider Brasserie Les Saveurs at the St Regis. It is the most romantic, pretty and posh restaurant I have dined at, really it is the whole package! Of course it doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a once a year thing, I say go for it!

Lucky me, this Christmas tasting is my 2nd visit to Brasserie Les Saveurs! The first time, I enjoyed a lovely 3 course dinner during Restaurant Week with my BFF. It was an amazing experience and I’m glad to report back that the feeling hasn’t changed even after my 2nd visit. This is what is in store for you if you go for the St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs Christmas Eve dinner. SmileSmileSmile

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Christmas Eve 7- course Degustation Dinner, 24th December 2012
7pm to 12midnight (last order 10.30pm),
$208++ with one complimentary glass of champagne or $268++ with wine pairing

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Champagne

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Mini Baguette with French Butter (2)

Beurre D’Isigny

You know you’re in for a treat when the dinner starts with a lovely mini baguette with decadent French butter. Beurre is French for butter and only butter from Isigny can be labelled to be from Isigny, just like Champagne!

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs -Pan Seared Foie gras, butter squash puree, apple and celeriac chutney, duck vinaigrette

Can you guess what this is?

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Hokkaido Scallop tartare, caviar, sea urchin, rouille toast (2)

Hokkaido Scallop tartare, caviar, sea urchin, rouille toast

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Meatworks

I’ve never seen Meatworks full before in the numerous times that I’ve passed by it. Was a bit skeptical about the food, but when I finally tried it out, I’m pleased to report that they do a pretty good steak! Service was also pretty decent, even though I’ve read several reviews that mention otherwise.

Meatworks  Meatworks - Hanging Tender

The steak that I ordered was the Hanging Tender $26 and it lived up to its name. Every bite was really flavourful yet tender. The only thing I didn’t like was the herb butter which I chose. I think if given the choice again, I would go for the Cabernet Sauvignon Mushroom sauce. Come to think of it, it should have been common sense to order that sauce, but I was kind of hoping that the butter would be special too. But given that the steak is so heavy already, you don’t really want more fats via the butter. On the whole, still one of the best steaks I’ve had for this price range.

Meatworks - Ribeye (2) 

The Partner had the Ribeye. He was looking for grassfed Ribeye, but the only grassfed option was for the Sirloin which he doesn’t like. still, it was a tasty Ribeye and I enjoyed stealing bits of it too. The steak fries were also very good, crispy just the way I like it.

Definitely going to come back again to Meatworks. But a huge grouse is that they don’t serve alcohol! Something along the lines of them wanting to be Halal, so the waitress said. To intensify the pain, they haven’t actually removed the alcohol page from the menu!You have to go to the supermarket on the same floor to get the wine if you need some, and corkage is charged at $20 per bottle. Steak really tastes loads better when you have a glass of wine in hand. And for some reason, I really was hankering for a glass after all that energy spent on shopping earlier. We plodded through without the wine, but certainly for the next round, I will buy a bottle or sneak one in!

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MeatWorks ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn #04-12
Singapore 238801
T +65 6634 0026
F +65 6634 8901
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talktous@meatworks.com.sg

http://www.meatworks.com.sg/

Burghound in Asia wine tasting at St Regis

A colleague of mine gave me some tickets to attend the Burghound in Asia wine tasting session last month held at the St Regis Hotel. I was supremely elated at the opportunity because St Regis is a really nice hotel, and also because of the wine of course!

St Regis Hotel - Li Chen's Dragon Riding Bodhisattva

Li Chen’s Dragon Riding Bodhisattva in front of the St Regis Hotel. I don’t think I’ll ever appreciate these black statues. They look like monstrosities if you ask me. However I do know of people who when they see these statues, it’s like love at first sight. My ex-boss being one such person, he has 1 in his house.

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We tried 7 wines in total. To be frank, I can’t really tell the difference between very similarly tasting wines, although I can still differentiate between the very distinct ones. I took only a few sips of each as I have this problem of getting red very easily. Once, during an office party, the boss brought an expensive bottle of wine to share. I took 2 sips and became red soon after and everyone thought I’d chugged down half a bottle!

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My hand model demonstrating how to swirl the wine in the glass.

Burghound in Asia Wine Tasting (2)

The 3 experts dishing out expert comments

Burghound in Asia Wine Tasting

 St Regis Hotel - Tea break area

Tea, coffee and some refreshments were provided

Cup of tea with 2 sugar squares

Had to have a cup of tea to dilute the alcohol in me. Love those square sugars with a hole in the centre, so unique! I placed them nicely in this manner for the photo. The Partner did not realise this and thought they were cookies and ate 1!!!

St Regis Hotel - Lovely centrepiece

Love this centrepiece flower arrangement. Brightens the whole place and it looks so welcoming.

St Regis Hotel - Entrance of Brasserie Les Saveurs

St Regis Hotel - The Drawing Room

When I grow up, I’m going to have a Drawing Room in my house as well.

St Regis Hotel - Rest and Relax area 

St Regis Hotel - The Ladies!

St Regis Hotel - The Drive-In

Naked lady statue staring at you as you wait for your Rolls Royce. Tsk, Jeeves is late again.

St Regis Hotel - Stones in the fountain

Just couldn’t capture a sharper image of this fountain pool with little rocks in them.

Burghound in Asia

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St Regis Singapore

29 Tanglin Road Singapore,  247911

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Phone: (65) 6506 6888

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

It was the Partner’s birthday, so it became my turn treat him to a lavish meal. The idea of having good meat for dinner never fails to perk him up so we decided on Lawry’s as the restaurant of choice. I was pretty keen to go back to Lawry’s again since it has now relocated to Mandarin Gallery in Mandarin Orchard Hotel. We got a nice seat by the windows overlooking Orchard Road. Those dining in bigger groups should ask for the pretty booth seats.

Lawry’s is famous for its prime rib roast beef. There are a few other choices of main courses to choose from like Lobsters, Fish and Chicken Cordon Bleu, but since Lawry’s is famous for it’s prime rib, then that’s their speciality and probably the best tasting dish there.

We both chose the Lawry’s Cut which is 280gms of the Prime Rib for about $80+ and comes with a Spinning Salad, Yorkshire Pudding and Mashed Potatoes.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

First, we had a glass of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon to get things started. I love drinking wine when eating steaks and roast meats. The wine tastes nicer and so does the food. And it just feels so much more festive with a glass of wine in hand! It’s too bad that prices of alcohol are so much higher in Singapore than elsewhere. 

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Bread Basket

Bread basket – Normal tasting bread.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (2)Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad

The Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad– The waitress will literally announce aloud to everyone that this is Lawry’s famous original spinning bowl salad. She will then make a performance out of mixing the salad dressing into the salad ingredients. The metal bowl is placed in another bowl of ice so it spins like hell during the demonstration.

I found this quite hilarious the 1st time I saw it several years back. Isn’t this supposed to be some posh restaurant, and not a circus? The staff did not skip a beat when the next table totally ignored her. They must feel totally jaded with this performance if required to repeat this numerous times a day everyday!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (3)

The salad tastes good. The vegetables are fresh and crisp and almost makes you believe you’re neutralising the bad effects of eating so much red meat later on. Though strictly speaking, one should omit the salad dressing to be truly healthy. I finished the whole lot, fried croutons and all. Lawry’s even serves you a chilled fork, which is thoughtful of them. But can someone tell me why this salad is famous because it sure doesn’t look that stunning, appearance wise.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm)

This is the 280 gm cut of delicious roast beef. Before we ordered, we were wondering if we might be able to finish 280 gm. I said, go for it since the 200gm roast beef is only about $10 cheaper. (If necessary, we can dabao!) Turns out I managed to wallop the entire piece of roast beef. It was really a very delicious piece of meat. It was cooked exactly to the doneness that I wanted, it was juicy, and it was tender all round. Really delicious, to the extent that I wish there was more of it!

The gravy looked a little watery at first, but it went really well with the meat as well as the Yorkshire pudding. The staff will offer you refills of gravy too, which I gladly accepted, using the Yorkshire pudding to mop up all it’s flavourful goodness. Btw, I just LOOOVE Yorkshire pudding. It’s supposed to be a damn fattening thing. These days, Yorkshire pudding is cooked by pouring a thin batter made from flour, eggs, and milk into a preheated and oiled baking pan. But in days past, fat drippings from roasting the meat was used. Or perhaps, it’s still done now, depending on the restaurant. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver do it once on TV. The amount of oil used was almost equal to the amount of batter! Still, when having a celebration, let’s go all the way!!!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm) (2)

If you don’t want mashed potato, you can ask for fries too. I recall previously they used to serve baked potato. Wonder if they have that if we ask.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Carving Station

The chef skillfully carving up the meats

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Horse Radish

Whipped cream horse radish to go with the roast beef. Delicious!

Lawry's The Prime Rib

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery,
Mandarin Orchard Singapore 238897
Tel: 6836 3333 Fax: 6235 0300
Reservations:
reservations@lawrys.com.sg

Operating Hours
Sundays – Mondays: 11.30am – 10.00pm
Fridays / Saturdays / Eve & Public Holidays: 11.30am – 11.30pm
(Last Order at 10.30pm)

http://www.lawrys.com.sg/

Lawry’s has a number of on going promotions. Eg DBS and POSB cards get 20% discount. Check it out!

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