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Valentines Hack 2018 – Get Your Bang For Your Buck @ Novotel And Mercure Singapore On Stevens

James Chan

Valentines Day 2018

With Chinese New Year falling but 2 days away from Valentine’s Day, the temptation to splurge on fine dining options to impress can be very high (at least for the not married lads). Most content platforms will give you a list of places to choose from. But as for me? I’m listing only the one place that I feel has the best “bang for your buck”.

Novotel & Mercure Singapore @ Stevens

With the excitement of the opening of Novotel Singapore and Mercure Singapore on Stevens Road, you know new restaurants are sure to follow. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, we have Winestone and Foodexchange in our sights!


Winestone is a Mediterranean restaurant & bar that doubles up as a wine retail store. Befittingly named based on their experience and knowledge of their wine ambassadors and of course their signature meals being served on stone boards.


For $148++ (per couple), here’s what you get at Winestone:

A BOTTLE of House Red, House White or Prosecco

1 X Anti Pasti Sharing Platter

1 X Surf & Turf (With Pasta) Sharing Platter

1 X Dessert Sharing Platter

1 X Free Parking Coupon

Gift: 8 pieces of Artisanal Chocolate

Gift: Special Blend of Tea – The Moon Represents My Heart



Gorge yourself silly with a buffet spread of Asian, European and Indian cuisine at FoodExchange. You’ll be able to watch the chefs prep and cook the food as well at the open kitchen stations! Recommended for more matured relationships. If you’re on your first date, a buffet isn’t the wisest choice for a date (true story).


For $148++ (per couple), here’s what you get at FoodExchange:

A BOTTLE of House Red, House White or Prosecco

1 X Free Parking Coupon

Open season to the extensive buffet spread

Gift: 8 pieces of Artisanal Chocolate

Gift: Special Blend of Tea – The Moon Represents My Heart


Make Reservations today!

Book A Table @ Winestone


Book A Table @ FoodExchange


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** All images courtesy of Novotel Singapore

Origin Grill & Bar – When In Doubt, Go With The Chef’s Recommendations

James Chan

Origin Grill & Bar

The hardest part of walking into a new restaurant (they’ve been around for a month) is that you don’t have any reviews online to figure out what to order. Which was exactly my dilemma as I skimmed through the fancy menu. So I did what most people would do, order from the Chef’s Recommendation page!

Before we move on to the food, I should point out that Origin Grill & Bar has exceptional service. The waiters are attentive, polite and know just the right moment to approach a table to enquire whether the diners like their food. But it doesn’t stop at the waiters, the restaurant manager and the sous chef do that too! It might be a tad disconcerting to some but you can tell they genuinely want you to have a good dining experience at Origin Grill.

origin grill pan seared breaded cod cake

The Food

Pan Seared Breaded Cod Cake, $18

There was little to no seafood aftertaste which speaks volumes of its freshness. The cod meat was tender, soft, fluffy and just pure joy to consume. The element of this dish that just stole my heart (or my stomach rather) was that hollandaise sauce (they make it in house). My only gripe with this magnifishcent creation was that they shouldn’t serve it with the slice of lemon. The hollandaise sauce has lemon in it already so when you squeeze the lemon, it becomes a tad too tangy.

origin grill spaghetti with jumbo crab meat

Spaghetti With Jumbo Crab Meat, $28

Al dente, just the way I like it. Firmness and springiness of the pasta aside, the portion of crab meat that they provide is DA BOMB! Every mouthful of pasta definitely had bits of crab meat in it. Crab meat is chocked full of sweet and tasty goodness so imagine that coating almost every stand of pasta. Heaven!

origin grill John Stone Grass-Fed & Dry-Aged 35 Days Striploin On The Bone 400

John Stone Grass-Fed & Dry-Aged 35 Days Striploin On The Bone 400g, $98

The star of the night. A grass-fed AND dry-aged beef! Lots of expectations were placed on this for sure. See, a grass-fed cow has literally fed on grass its whole life. This results in a meat that does not taste so “beefy”. Then, to add on, this beef has been dry-aged for 35 days. Why does dry-aged beef cost so much and taste so great? The longer the beef is aged, the longer time the natural enzymes in the meat has to break down the muscle tissue of the meat. It brings out the flavor and improves the texture of the meat significantly. Couldn’t resist that bit of trivia.

Striploin comes from an area of the cow where the muscles aren’t usually put to work (like my nonexistent abs). It’s one of the most flavorful and tender cuts. At Origin Grill, the fat of the striploin was rendered perfectly and the taste was exquisite. I ordered medium rare and it was perfectly cooked and tender-to-the-bite. Cooking steak is an art and the culinary team at Origin Grill are the Picassos of the culinary world.

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

If it wasn’t apparent throughout my ENTIRE article, then I’ll just say it’s a huge YES from me. I can tell that every dish has been well thought of in terms of nutritional value and taste, the plating is stellar and the service is excellent. Origin Grill is definitely on its way to becoming an icon in Singapore! Well done Origin Grill!

 origin grill crowd

Make Reservations:

(If you make reservations through the link below, you get a 15% off your bill!!!)

Book A Table Today And Get 15% Off Your Total Bill


origin grill and bar

Origin Grill & Bar
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Lobby Level, Tower Wing
22 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258340
Tel: 6213 4595


*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!!!) unless otherwise stated

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