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Azur Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

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It’s going to be Chinese New Year again and apart from Christmas, Chinese New Year is something I really look forward to each year. Unlike many people I know, I actually love visiting relatives, having relatives over to my place, all the CNY goodies and also the Ang Pow! This is possibly my last year to receive Ang Pows for CNY so I must celebrate doubly hard!

Last Tuesday, I was invited to partake in a Chinese New Year feast at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. This Chinese New Year, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s award winning restaurant Azur is presenting special lunch and dinner festive menus from January 22, 2012 to February 6, 2012. Diners can indulge in culinary treasures from the festive menu with an array of gourmet dishes from its international buffet. Along with the festive menu, guests will enjoy complimentary Prosperity “Lo Hei” Yu Sheng prepared fresh at a live station.

So before anyone else has done so, I’ve already done my Lo-Hei. In fact, my first Lo-Hei for 2012 was all the way back in October 2011 at Thai Village (can you beat that!). The dishes we had at the tasting session were a sampling of the best dishes available for the festive buffet.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Yu Sheng 2

Everyone likes to do the Lo-Hei (Yu Sheng) as it’s quite fun to toss the ingredients as high as possible. It can be quite a rowdy affair with accidental splatters. I think I found some shreds of vegetable in my hair one year! Definitely don’t wear your best shirt on that day. But while people like tossing the Yu Sheng, most don’t enjoy eating the dish all that much. I personally take a few mouthfuls worth and then I start fishing for the salmon and the crunchy golden nuggets.

The Crispy Salmon Skin and Abalone Yu Sheng at Azur Restaurant is quite different from the norm. For the 1st time ever, nobody was interested in the golden nuggets. Instead, everyone was fishing for the crispy salmon skin, which I can tell you is really delicious and far more interesting that plain old crackers now.

**For the festive buffet, diners will enjoy complimentary Prosperity “Lo Hei” Yu Sheng prepared fresh at a live station (only Salmon slices and no Abalone or Crispy Salmon Skin). Whether it’s Yu Sheng for 2 people or Yu Sheng for 20 people, the chef will still prepare it for you! So couples, you will still be able to partake in the good fortune! The Yu Sheng with the Abalone and Crispy Salmon Skin is for takeaway only.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Salmon and Abalone Yu Sheng in Chef’s special dressing “Ginger Shoyu” (2) Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Crispy Salmon Skin and Abalone for the Lo Hei

The Salmon and Abalone Yu Sheng in Chef’s special dressing “Ginger Shoyu” was nicely laid out. See the huge bowl of crispy salmon skin? Yummmm. The abalone was nice too but mostly lost in the huge pile of salad. The Ginger Shoyu sauce was very nice as compared to the cheap sweet sauce used in most other places. Scroll to the end to see pictures of the tossing!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Treasures from the sea (Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Crabmeat, Dried Scallop) (2)

Next up was Treasures from the sea (Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Crabmeat, Dried Scallop). This is the type of soup that would be featured in most wedding banquets if the wedding couple chooses not to go for sharks fin. But at Azur, they have jazzed up the soup with lots more ingredients. I found the soup to be flavoured very well with the ingredients used. It was hearty and there was a lot of bite. As you can see from the pictures, it really is chock full of ingredients. The soup was a tad too starchy though and I had to stop at half a bowl in case I couldn’t eat the rest of the lunch.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Treasures from the sea (Fish Maw, Sea Cucumber, Crabmeat, Dried Scallop) Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Steamed Garoupa in Pickle Chilli and Crispy Pork Lard (1)Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Steamed Garoupa in Pickle Chilli and Crispy Pork Lard

Steamed Garoupa in Pickle Chilli and Crispy Pork Lard – Now fans of pork lard, you surely have to try out this fish as it’s practically swimming in it. Those crispy brown things are the pork lard! I had a tiny nibble of it, don’t want to be at odds with my doctor, and it was sooo good. The fish itself was tender and fresh tasting. Surprisingly, the pork lard didn’t make the fish taste oily and for me, there wasn’t a noticeable pork flavour in the fish as well, which is a good thing. Instead, what I detected was a hint of sweetness in the soya sauce due to the pickle chilli. For ease of serving, garoupa fillets will be served at the buffet instead of whole fish.

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The Garden Slug

I found out about The Garden Slug only a few weeks ago and I had this impression that it had opened just a while back. The 2 guys at the next table thought the same thing too because I overheard one guy boasting to the other that he likes to take his GF to new places. Turns out, The Garden Slug has already been around for almost 5 years! Such a pity that I only knew about it recently!

The Garden Slug

I love the Al Fresco seating along the row of shop houses. It’s extremely close to the road, but hardly any cars drive by so it’s totally fine. Love this place and love dining by the road! It kind of gives me the Holland Village / myVillage vibe for some reason, even though this is the only cafe along this stretch, with veterinarian clinics flanking both sides I think. When we were there, it kind of drizzled a bit. Made me feel like I wasn’t in Singapore!

The Garden Slug - Chunky Asian Seafood Broth

Chunky Asian Seafood Broth – This is pretty hearty, thanks to the chock a block ingredients! The Partner opted for just soup, without the pasta, yet he could hardly finish it. I love the taste of the soup. It has an Asian zing to it, and is the type of soup where you keep wanting to have spoonful after spoonful. The ingredients tasted very fresh, and the tomatoes were particularly sweet. Love the burst of sweetness in every bite. Although it is a bit pricey at $17+, I would most definitely order this again. In fact, what I would do the next time would be to order mains and have the soup to share amongst 4 people.

The Garden Slug - Juicy Shrimp and Roast Pumpkin Pasta

Roasted Pumpkin with Prawn Pasta – My pseudo vegetarian mother ordered this. Being tomato based, it’s a damn healthy pasta dish. She liked the tomato sauce and the al dente pasta. The prawns weren’t so fresh though.

The Garden Slug - Ultimate Fish Sandwich

Ultimate Fish Sandwich – For some reason, I have been in a fish and chip mood for the longest time! I didn’t want to have to order fish and chips again, so I thought I’d settle for a fish sandwich. The fish did satisfy the fried fish craving in me, but I did think the fish was over fried. Also, the fish to bread ratio seemed a bit miserable. And lastly, too much mayo. The veggie sticks look pretty dry and unappetising, but I can appreciate their efforts to provide something healthy on the side.

The Garden Slug -Pan seared shrimp zucchini and pesto aioli

Pan-seared shrimp zucchini with pesto aioli – My father ordered this and enjoyed his sandwich. He said the combination of shrimp and zucchini with pesto aioli was delicious and hit the spot.

The Garden Slug - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte – Quite nice, but not quite up there with the big boys. A bit too milky and not strong enough in my opinion.

The Garden Slug - Kitty

One reason why I like the place so much is because there are quite a number of resident kitties roaming around! If you’re not a cat lover, don’t worry lah, the cats don’t stop to chat at all, although I wish they did, but they just totally ignored me. It seems this kitty knows the trick already. Sit there and look pitiful until someone notices. The box on the stool seems to be a “kitty bed”. So cute!

The Garden Slug - Man pats kitty

This is a different cat from the one above. He crossed the road and hit pay dirt with the gentleman who was really very generous with his pats.

The Garden Slug (3)

The Garden Slug, for once, not a pest.

Definitely going to return again for the wonderful seafood soup. The menu is quite extensive too. I spotted a number of items I would like to try out the next time, and it seems their breakfast/brunch dishes are rather popular. There is air-conditioned seating inside but I think it’s more relaxing to sit outside, watching whatever that goes by.

The Garden Slug – Eat Drink Don’t Think!

55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, #01-59/61 Bright Centre, Singapore 425500 [map]

Tel/ Fax: 6346 0504

Open Daily: Mon – Tues 6pm-10pm    Wed – Thur 10am-10pm  

Fri – Sun 9am-10pm   Public Hol 9am-10pm

Go to their website for the full menu with pricing.

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