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Canopy Garden Dining opens at HortPark – Lush greenery and pet-friendly!

If you love dining in Singapore’s parks and gardens, or love being in lush green spaces, you will love the recently opened Canopy Garden Dining at HortPark. This is Canopy’s 2nd outlet in Singapore, the 1st one being at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

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The restaurant features both an indoor air-conditioned space with greenery draped on the ceilings and pillars. There is also a large, bright and green-themed al-fresco area if you prefer to dine outdoors. Dogs are allowed at the al-fresco area.

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Saturdays at Portico

Last Saturday, instead of my usual binge and binge some more routine, I spent an interesting afternoon at Portico restaurant at Alexandra. Portico is helmed by illustrious 28 year old Head Chef Nixon Low and his culinary team. I’d missed out on a couple of previous tasting sessions held, and heard that the food was exemplary. Didn’t want to miss out again this time round, even though this time round the focus would be on the upcoming events that Portico will host on the weekends.

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Stepping into Portico is like stepping into a relaxing and lush garden. If you peer closely enough, you’ll realise that the plants flanking both sides of the seating area are no normal plants, but edible ones. You’ll be reacquainted with them again when they appear in the dishes that you order. I’ve always been a supporter of the farm to fork concept and the organic movement and it was really nice to be able to witness upfront how the plants outside the restaurant are incorporated into the food.

Portico Truffle Fries

Truffle fries and a ton of cheese to keep the bloggers at bay before the event started proper.

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For Saturdays at Portico, diners who come to Portico for lunch on Saturdays are invited to stay back and join in their activities held at 3pm, known as Saturdays at Portico. I was told, even if you do not dine there, you are also welcome to join in as well for free! The above deconstructed Blackforest cake was my creation during the hands on plating class! Well the one in the round bowl is Chef Nixon’s model answer, but I think mine ain’t too bad either??

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Harry’s Bar at MapleTree Business City

There isn’t all that much to eat at the MapleTree Business City where my office is located. The opening of the Labrador Park Circle Line Station doesn’t really help because it’s at least a 10 minute walk away and if you include the time taken for the return journey plus the train ride itself, you soon realise why venturing out is not for the faint hearted.

We are all quite looking forward to the opening of the Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) next to the PSA building. At least there will be a few more restaurants to choose from, and McDonalds! But I can tell you, no matter how many restaurants sprout up around this area, it’s never going to be enough, because that’s just how the human mind works. You want to know you have choice, even if you don’t ever exercise the choice.

For now, if we don’t want to leave MBC, we have a grand total of 3 restaurants to choose from: Crystal Jade, Astons Specialities and Harry’s Bar. Other non-food court options would be Cedele, FoodBarn, Starbucks, Subway and Killiney. You could make a lot of money if you opened up an eatery here. You would have a captive audience!

Anyway…

When we feel like we need a bit of cheering up, we head to Harry’s Bar. No we don’t go for the drinks, we go there for lunch. I have to say, the food there is surprisingly good. One doesn’t normally associate a bar with good food, but Harry’s strives to be different. It’s not greasy pub grub you get here, although of course you could if you chose the deep fried items.

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Harry's - Daily Breakfast

All of us like the Harry’s All Day Breakfast. It costs only $14 and comes with back bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and egg. The food tastes fresh and isn’t too oily. You can choose to have pork sausage or chicken sausage. The crusty bread goes very well with the breakfast.

Harry's - Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips $16 – Also one of their signature dishes and I’ve tried it twice already. The fish is usually of a substantial size. It moist, flaky and very fresh tasting. The fries are also pretty good too, the crunchy type that I like.

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Harry's - Baked Fish

For a healthier option, you can go for the Atlantic Salmon baked in a packet $16 – Not sure how this tastes but my colleague who tried this had no complaints.

Harry's - Satisfied Customer

A very satisfied customer

I like going to Harry’s at MBC for lunch. Going to Harry’s for dinner however is a totally different thing. It usually means I have to stay back late in the office and that sucks!

Harry’s @ MapleTree Business City

Address:
20 Pasir Panjang Road
#02-14 Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117439
Tel: 6570 5207
Fax: 6659 4511

Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 11:30hrs to 12 midnight
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

http://www.harrys.com.sg/ (you can check out the menu here)

Hosted on the Patio

There aren’t that many restaurants and chill out places in the Pasir Panjang area so we were all quite happy to chance upon the existence of Hosted on the Patio. It’s so tucked away in a former old school now turned office block (I think) that unless you work there, you would not know it existed!

I’ve been to Hosted on the Patio a number of times for lunch. It’s a pretty cool place. Right at the entrance, there is a little swing to greet you. There are some al fresco seats but obviously sane people will not choose to sit outside in the mid day heat, especially when dressed in office clothes.

I will blog about lunch at Hosted another day. Instead, I shall blog about our drinks and nibbles session last week. Last Wednesday was one of my colleague’s last day at work so she hosted us to drinks at Hosted. Here are some of the pictures of the bittersweet event. Happy for her that she is moving to a better place, but sad that I’m losing a close colleague who has been with the company for 13 years!

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In the evening, it becomes lovely to sit outside. The cube tables can be rearranged into any configuration that you like to suit the size of your group. The staff are really patient and will help you to shift stuff around on request.

Hosted on the Patio -  Rambutan Freeze

Rambutan Freeze $9 – Rambutans blended in with the ice. Good for a hot day but just a tad too sweet for my liking. I don’t really know where the red colour comes from either.

Hosted on the Patio -  Lychee Freeze

Lychee Freeze $9

Hosted on the Patio - Angus Tenderloin

Angus Beef Tenderloin $18

Hosted on the Patio - Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly

Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly $14

Hosted on the Patio -  Garlic Prawns with crusty bread

Garlic Prawns $16

Hosted on the Patio -  Pizza Skins

Pizza Skins $8 – Yes you heard right. Fried pizza base. Quite good actually. Tastes like chips, just more substantial. And they come with side dips which are pretty good too.

Hosted on the Patio - House Chicken Wings

Fried Chicken Wings $12 – Fried with prawn paste. Tastes very good. Of all the appetisers, this is the best in my opinion.

Hosted on the Patio - Hoegaarden

One for One beer from 6 – 8pm!

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Quite cool to have an office above a bar. Anytime you feel stressed can come down for a drink and go back upstairs happy. Better still, invite your boss to join you and you don’t have to go back to work.

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

Himawari Japanese Restaurant

Found this restaurant “near” to my office. Well, near enough if 10 minutes walk is considred near, 5 minutes of which were under the hot sun. Seriously, the sun at City Hall isn’t that hot! (okay I know City Hall is shaded)

The place looks pretty authentic. The chef is Japanese and the wasabi here is the real kind, not the pasty kind you get at the cheap chains. During the lunch hour, they offer 3 types of daily set lunches as well as the perennial set lunches.

Himawari - Sashimi Rice box

Sasmhimi rice box with udon $21 – This is only available on Fridays. Love the very generous and huge slices of fish. My favourite is undoubtedly the swordfish, followed by salmon. They are quite obliging in substituting the types you don’t want with the types you want.

Himawari - Sashimi Rice box (2)

Look how fresh and huge they are!

Himawari - Grilled Cod FishCod fish set $18 – $20 (can’t remember!) Available every weekday.

Himawari also offers ala – buffets at about $33/pax for lunch. Dinner is slightly more expensive. With the fish tasting this good, I really want to go for the buffet! My colleague’s husband tried it recently and proclaimed the buffet to be quite good!

Himawari Japanese Restaurant

Tel: 6272 1100      Email: yoichi.nakaoka@himawari.com.sg

Alexandra Road Branch – 991B Alexandra Road, Blk 4, #01-08/09 Singapore 119970

Changi Branch – 1 Changi Business Park Crescent, #02-19 (Plaza 8) Singapore 486025

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