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Goodwood Park Hotel – Who Wins the Showdown of the Durian Puffs?

By Daniel, June 25, 2012

The durian season is here again, as the main fruiting season occurs from June to August – which means the durians you get now are more ‘fragrant’ and yummy. Fragrance for durian is really subjective. As what Anthony Bourdain says, you either love or despite it, and your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.

I hope nobody has ever done that.

Talking about durians, the best place to get your durian puffs and desserts has to be Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel. Apart from the signature Durian Puffs and legendary Durian Mousse Cake, there are also all time favourites such as the Durian Crepe, Durian Strudel and Durian Cappuccino Cake.

I am no durian lover, but for the sake of this review, I ate each dessert twice with a showdown of its 5 popular durian desserts. *burp* (durian breath)

Number 1: “Mao Shan” Power Puff ($16.80+ per piece) comes in a shape of a powerful flying saucer, with creamy pulp in a mega choux pastry. This is crazy rich, and after having a quarter, the other durian puffs pales in intensity. Beware, this is limited stuff only for the month of June sold from noon to 7pm.

Number 2: Durian Puff ($6 for 2 pieces). I am sure this is the number 1 seller, looking like a profiterole with light mousse-y durian flesh. I like it that it is dainty, and fits into one mouthful.

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Coffee Lounge, Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221 (10 min walk from Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 6730 1786
Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm daily (for Deli)

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Baja Fresh – Popular Mexican Chain Opens in Singapore

By Daniel, June 14, 2012

Mexican food is not exactly a big thing in Singapore. But fans of Mexican cuisine can now enjoy bold and fresh flavours from Baja Fresh which has opened its first Singapore branch at Rendezvous Hotel.

Founded in 1990, Baja Fresh has already established its name in the United States and Dubai with more than 250 restaurants in 28 states. It continues to serve Mexican favourites such as tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas and nachos.

Singapore’s outlet has a fast-food restaurant vibe. What we like is that many items are customisable with healthier options, sizes and different fillings. On the flip side, first timers may get confused with its varied combinations.

For examples, it burrito alone can come with different versions of Mexicano, baja, ultimo or bare, with choice of fillings such as fire-grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, vegetables and mahi mahi fish, plus add-ons of guacamole or sour cream. Confused yet?

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Baja Fresh
9 Bras Basah Road, #01-03 Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, Singapore 189559 (Bras Basah MRT) Tel: +65 6337 7300
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun-Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri-Sat)

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Kopi Tiam – Satisfy Your Cantonese Culinary Cravings

By Daniel, March 14, 2012

Kopi Tiam at Swissotel The Stamford is no ordinary coffee shop, but one which is known to gather the best of local dishes with a heavier than usual price tag. Even though most of the hawker food served here easily cost more than $10, locals and tourists come here to savour their signatures such as Fish Head Curry, Laksa, Rojak and Char Kway Tiao.

What many may not know is they actually have some special promotion every month, which all range from Teochew fare, Cambodian dishes, all-things fish, to the most recent authentic Cantonese culinary creations.

The Clay Pot Rice with Chicken, Salted Fish and Pork Sausage ($18) seems to be the must-have, because it is what Chef himself recommended, plus it is one of the few carb dishes on the promotional menu.

I am so used to pouring the dark sauce and oil over my claypot rice, until I saw that the seasoning has already all been added inside. This is so that the rice would not be that dry and can absorb the flavours better. I like the chicken meat pieces inside – well-marinated and tender. Though they could be more generous with the Lak Cheong. Personal preference.

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Kopi Tiam 咖啡店
2 Stamford Road, 2F Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore, Tel: +65 6431 6221
Opening Hours: Mon–Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm; Sat–Sun & PH: 11.30am – 11pm

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Plaza Brasserie – I Sea Food

By Daniel, September 14, 2011

Plaza Brasserie is one of the hotel buffets where you can indulge in a huge variety of food, with lots of space to saunter around. What I really like about this place is many dishes are prepared on the spot right in front of you at the live stations – ranging from a very intriguing durian prata (which is very worth the calories), delicious oyster omelette, signature laksa, chicken rice and sushi.

For fans of seafood, the best news is there is a “Treasures of the Sea” buffet where you can feast on flower crabs, queen scallops, tiger prawns, oysters, mussels, and different kinds of fish. If you are a fish fan, then you will get all your money worth here.

So from Mondays to Fridays, you can pick your favorite fish from their “Catch of the Day” section and the chefs will have it cooked in your preferred sauce and style. My favourite fish goes to the classic basic of Teochew-style steamed snapper with little seasoning, where you can really taste the freshness and goodness of the fish. Chef also shared that this was his personal choice, and he could have two of these fishes per day!

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Plaza Brasserie, 7500A Beach Road, Park Royal on Beach Road (Nearest MRT Bugis), Tel: +65 6505 5710
Opening Hours: 6am – 12am Daily

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Carousel – Buffet for New Year’s Day

By Daniel, December 30, 2008

25 Scotts Road GF Royal Plaza on Scotts Tel: 6589 7799

Think of the word ‘Carousel’, and you would imagine amusement parks and Merry Go Round with little ponies. This unique dining place at Royal Plaza on Scotts may not have the kind of childhood entertainment you are looking for, but the ambience sure is very uplifting.

This buffet meal I had was a Christmas-New Year treat from my ‘students’, and you may just like to consider coming here to welcome 2009. Lunch is priced at a rather affordable rate of $37.00 ($39.00 for weekends) and $47.00 ($56.00 for weekends). Check for the separate credit card promotions as well.

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