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Kitchen Language Restaurants cook up a storm

Attended Far East’s Media Party held at Oasia Hotel opposite Novena MRT yesterday. It was a blast and I really enjoyed myself!

You may be familiar with Far East Organization as a property and shopping mall developer, but did you know that Far East Organization also has a Food & Beverage arm as well as a Hotel arm?

Far East Hospitality operates the largest hospitality portfolio in Singapore, comprising of 8 hotels and 9 serviced residences. Heard of Orchard Parade Hotel, Village Hotels and Quincy Hotel? Those are all under Far East Hospitality. And of course Oasia Hotel, which I will blog about in the next post.

Yesterday was the launch of the new website. With the launch, the group is offering 40% off its Best Available Rates with a minimum of 2 nights’ stay from 1 September 2012 to 3 March 2013. Bookings must be made between 28 August and 3 September 2012.

Kitchen Language Restaurants

But for me, the highlight of the evening had to be dinner, served up by the various Kitchen Language Restaurants. Did I mention that Kitchen Language is the F&B arm of Far East Organization? Cold Stone Creamery, KUMO, OChre, SALTA, SPRING JuChunYuan, Saltwater Cafe, Zaffron, Quiznos Sub and Tully’s Coffee are all operated by Kitchen Language.

All the food tasted fantastic, so I won’t comment too much but to let the pictures do the talking.

Far East Hospitality Media Party at Oasia Hotel (4)

Far East Hospitality has won awards from Trip Advisor so the Ollie the Owl was here to lend support. I’m not too sure why he seems to perpetually have a shocked look. Maybe he’s shocked at the rock bottom hotel deals out there….

Kitchen Language Zaffron (2)

Kueh Pieti

KUMO Japanese Kaiseki Restaurant
Kitchen Language Kumo (2)

Delicious and succulent sashimi

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Salta Parrilla Christmas Lunch

After having gone to Goodwood Park for Christmas Lunch 2 years in a row, we decided to try something else for a change. I had a really good time at Salta Parrilla the 1st time I went there and I had been finding another opportunity to revisit again. So I was glad to know that they would be open for Christmas, offering up a very good Christmas semi-buffet lunch at only $39.90! Btw they are having the same thing again for New Year’s Day so don’t miss out. This is one of the best places to have good meat.

Salta Parrilla

Discovered that they’ve added wooden panes to give more privacy to the diners. I quite liked being able to look in and out actually. We were the 1st to arrive so we got a really nice seat by the corner opposite the TV.

Salta Slow Cooked Lamb (2)Salta Slow Cooked Lamb

Slow cooked lamb ordered by my mother and the Partner. Juicy, tender and flavourful. The chefs manning the grill/parrilla must be really talented!

Salta Slow Cooked Beef

Slow cooked veal. Was a little tougher than I’d expected. Had to get the Partner to carve it up for me cuz my hands got shaky after a while. I think I’m used to different cuts too, this particular cut didn’t look too appetising either.

Salta Cod Fish (2)Salta Cod Fish

Fish was not supposed to be on the Christmas lunch menu, but we had requested a special order in advance since my father doesn’t eat 2 or 4 legged land dwelling animals. It’s funny to say this, but you know what, I thought the cod fish was the best dish. Yes it was way too oily, but the flavours was intense, and it was so flaky and smooth! Every sliver literally melted in my mouth.

Salta Cheese Board

Cheese platter

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Sides of vegetables. As previously mentioned in my 1st visit, the vegetables are nothing spectacular, since their speciality is in meat. The potatoes were very good though. Just a few sprigs of rosemary and garlic transformed the potatoes into wonderful balls of flavour.

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Empanada – Similar to our curry puffs except this one contained roquefort cheese. We were kinda expecting some kind of meat filling, so that was a little disappointing. Didn’t need more cheese after the huge selection at the cheese station. The empanada was pretty bland too, the skin was nothing like our crispy or flaky curry puffs. This one was pretty tough.

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Brownies with chocolate truffle cream

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Salta Fruit Salad

Fruit salad – pretty tasty and served in a nice glass

Salta Coffee

Complementary coffee – Damn strong. Something like 3 shots of expresso in 1 cup! After putting in nearly 2 packets of sugar and lots of milk, it became quite nice and we finished it up.

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Icon Village (2)Icon Village

Icon Village all decked out for Christmas. I like the look of this little alley way with the reddish brick theme. I believe there is a gourmet olive oil and honey shop here, in addition to some Japanese restaurants, pubs, nail spa and Salta.

Conclusion: Salta’s speciality is in its grilled meats. The appetisers and desserts were just pretty okay. Since the meat dishes on the ala carte menu already costs about $30, we were okay to fork out another $10 to enjoy the semi-buffet. I’m definitely going to come back again to try out that skirt steak and sweetbreads that I’ve been thinking about for the last 2 months!

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street #01-56 Singapore 078877
Phone: 6225 8443
Mon – Thurs: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

Be warned, this post will inundate you with lots of meat photos, so don’t read with a hungry stomach!

After work yesterday, to avoid the noisy F1, we decided to go to the Tanjong Pagar area to see if we could find somewhere interesting to dine. Having previously really enjoyed exploring the nooks and crannies of the Tanjong Pagar area, I had no doubts that we would be able to find some place nice.

Didn’t take long. We veered towards Icon Village and into Salta Argentine Parrilla and Grocer. The restaurant has a contemporary look with understated dark tones, which made it exude a comforting yet upper-end vibe, helped along by the wine glasses on every table. I like dining at nicely decored places. The photos look nicer too.

For some reason (before I saw the name of the restaurant), I had immediately assumed that Salta was Italian. Obviously, it’s not. Salta offers Argentine food, with a huge focus on meats. Apparently, Salta is the only restaurant in Singapore to serve Argentine food. As we had never tried Argentine food before, Brazilian Churrasco I presume being the closest we have tried, we gladly settled for dinner at Salta.

Salta GrillWe took a nice table near the flat screen TV which was perpetually stuck on the same image. Thanks to that image it will now be etched in my brain forever that just like New Zealand, the fertility of the Argentine soil and the temperate climate helps grow lush nutrient rich grass, which allows Argentina to produce some of the best beef in the world. Like New Zealand, the beef used is from free range grass-fed cows. It is more environmentally friendly than grain-fed cows (and tastes better in my opinion). This is as how nature intended it. The Partner will have me add that since we are in Singapore, it is better to choose New Zealand beef as compared to Argentine beef, as the carbon footprint will be smaller. Ok back to the food!

Salta doesn’t have an extensive menu. There are about 10 main courses on offer, mostly meats, with 1 or 2 seafood dishes, and 2 pasta dishes. They have beef skirt, beef rump, sirloin, ribeye and lamb chops etc. We found it hard to decide on which dish to choose so we selected the Parrillada mixed grill for 2 people. All the meats and veges are grilled on a charcoal infused parrila.

Parrillada Mixed GrillThis is the mixed grill for 4 people: – Beef Sirloin, Beef Skirt, Chicken, Kurobuta, Sausage, Sweetbread, Vegetables & Potato

Parrillada Mixed Grill - Meats

This is the size of the mixed grill for 2 people. Same meats, but smaller portion.

 Parrillada Mixed Grill - Vegetables - Copy

This is the grilled veges and potatoes

Most of the meats were quite tasty and juicy. The most outstanding piece of meat to me was the Beef Skirt. Skirt steak is a long, flat cut below the diaphragm of the cow, that is prized for its flavour rather than tenderness. I have to say that without a doubt, this is one of the tastiest, if not the tastiest pieces of beef I have ever eaten. On my next visit, I am definitely going to order the skirt steak as my main dish. I don’t know how Salta did it, but that skirt steak was pretty tender too.

Another highlight was the sweetbread, which is not related to bread at all. It is meat from the neck of the animal. This one was grilled lightly and tasted like extra tender and tasty chicken. I’d thought it was chicken, until the Partner suddenly wondered if sweetbread was brains. It wasn’t brains, which I’d like to try someday. Unfortunately, I think you can’t order sweetbread as a main-course on its own.

The vegetables were pretty ordinary in comparison to the meats. I thought they were a bit too greasy for my liking too.

The Parrillada Mixed Grill costs $70 for 2 people. The portion was just right for the 2 of us, but big eaters may still feel slightly hungry. For such people I would recommend the individual main portions as they range from 200-300gms. Still, the mixed grill is a good choice as it allows you to sample many of the nice meats on offer. The main courses range from about $20 – $35, which I think are very reasonable prices for the quality offered.

Salta does not charge GST or Service charge, so you pay the exact same price you see on the menu. Also, there is an OCBC credit Card promotion going on, which gives a further 20% discount. A really good deal!

We didn’t have time for dessert, maybe next time! Read about my 2nd visit to Salta Parrilla for Christmas Lunch.

Salta - Beef TenderloinSalta - Grilled Pork SausagesSalta - Dulce de Leche - Cream Caramel Salta - “Dulce de Leche” crepe with vanilla ice cream

SALTA Argentine Parrilla + Grocer

< em>Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street #01-56 Singapore 078877 
Phone: 6225 8443
Mon – Thurs: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ; 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Read about my 2nd visit to Salta Parrilla for Christmas Lunch

See these links for more on what to do in Tanjong Pagar.

Craig’s Place

Pink Dining & Bar

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