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Cafe Melba – Alfresco At the Arts

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The Weekly Glutton (03/6 – 09/7)

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cafe melba exterior

alfresco option available at Cafe Melba

The Atmosphere

Comfortably nestled in the Goodman Arts Center, Cafe Melba is surrounded by greenery aplenty. With a beautiful sheltered alfresco area as big as (if not bigger than) the interior, visits are sure meant to feel more like a picnic than anything else, and who doesn’t love picnics!

Even though we were there for dinner, the venue doesn’t lose it’s charm after the sun goes down. As the sun faded and the lights came up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been transported to a resort, far from the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore.

cafe melba in the night

The Food

As the name suggests, Cafe Melba serves a blend of (Melb)ourne and (A)sian cuisine. Although they do offer a takeout menu, we highly recommend that you dine in for full effect.

cafe melba promos

Tuesday promotion for pizza, and daily promotion for drinks

Since it was a Tuesday, we decided to take full advantage of the free pizza that came with a $50 expenditure on drinks.

We ordered three pizzas. Namely, the Parma Ham & Rocket, Three Little Pigs and the Margherita, which came complementary, as part of their Tuesday promo.

Do request that they stagger your orders as the table can become a little cluttered. Assuming that you and your group orders all your pizzas in the biggest portion (16 inches).

cafe melba margherita pizza

the pizza with no frills– Margherita

Margherita Pizza

The Margherita was simple and traditional, sticking to the classic Margherita with Tomato sauce, Basil and Mozzarella, not over-complicating the pizza with unnecessary toppings. With just the right amount of sauce on a thin crust, this pizza is perfect for anyone who likes to keep things simple and the best part? It’s vegetarian!

cafe melba parma ham pizza

a pizza with slightly more complex flavours– Parma Ham and Rocket

Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza

The Parma Ham & Rocket was notable, with the parma ham adding a subtle sweetness to the dish. A little more complex with it’s flavours than the last, the Parma Ham & Rocket pizza has Tomato sauce, Parma Ham, Mozzarella, Rocket salad and a little Parmesan on top.

cafe melba three little pigs

the pizza for meat-lovers– Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs Pizza

Being a carnivore, the Three Little Pigs was definitely my personal favourite. With Tomato sauce, Home-cured Bacon, Honey Ham, Pepperoni and Mozzarella, this pizza tastes just as sinful as it sounds. With every bite, you get an orgasmic mouthful of pork, tomato sauce and cheese. Therefore, calling all fellow meat enthusiasts, this is the pizza for you.

cafe melba drinks

If you’re looking for the perfect Sunday brunch spot, or casual gourmet dining in general, Cafe Melba is for you.

The Service

Our lovely waitress, Vanessa, took great care of our table and ensured our glasses were never empty also going the extra mile to offer to help us pack some of our food to go, seeing as the 5 of us couldn’t finish the pizzas we ordered!

Special Notes

Here, you can look into the kitchen from the dining floor and observe the chefs in action. From the focused look on the chef’s faces and the attention they put into each dish before sending it out, we knew we were in for a good meal.

Getting There

Cafe Melba has two outlets.

For the Easties, visit Cafe Melba at the Goodman Arts Center!

Cafe Melba
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56
Singapore 439053
Reservations

For the Westies, check out Cafe Melba’s Mediapolis outlet!

Cafe Melba
1 Stars Avenue
#03-01 Mediapolis
Reservations

http://www.cafemelba.com.sg

Parking is available at both outlets.

 

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Peony Jade @ Keppel Club

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (27/6 – 02/7)

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The esteemed list of Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017 was released earlier last week. There’s a total of 38 eateries to choose from and guess where we had dinner on Sunday?

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club

First off, if you don’t drive, it’s a bit of a hassle to get to. Bukit Churmin Road is a pretty long stretch but the pot of gold at the end makes up for all that effort.

 

The Food

Think standard Chinese cuisine BUT all your usual dishes that you’re familiar with have a unique twist included in them to give them the edge over other restaurants.

 

peony jade platter

The Perfect Match LobsterSalad and Barbercued Suckling Pig Combination

The name of the dish is definitely a mouthful but true to its name, The Lobster Salad and Suckling Pig are the highlights here.

I’m a sucker for Lobster, especially fresh ones. The Lobster at Peony Jade is no exception. They have certain standards to uphold after winning the Bib Gourmand Award and they’ve not disappointed me in that aspect.

The Suckling Pig was super tender and the crispy skin gave an extremely satisfying crunch and added texture in every bite.

peony jade prawn

Peony Jade’s Signature Sauteed Prawns with Creamy Yolk Sauce

It’s very difficult to pick a favorite dish at Peony Jade. This easily makes it into the top few dishes that I had there though.

The portions are generous and the creamy yolk sauce gives it a nice added sweetness that doesn’t steal the limelight away from the flavors of the prawns itself.

AMAZING

 peony jade sharks fin

Braised Superior Shark’s Fin in Brown Sauce

Frown all you want you conservationists, as cruel as the whole process may be, the chefs at Peony Jade can somehow make you overlook that fact.

They throw in superior stock and a huge chunk of shredded crab meat which results in an end product that somehow made everyone’s eyes at the table widen in surprise.

peony jade steamed fish

Steamed ‘Soon Hock’ Fish ‘Hong Kong’ Style with Japanese Shoyu Broth

The Soon Hock fish or Marble Goby fish, is a premium freshwater fish popular in most Asian countries.

“Just look at the cheeks on this one”

I couldn’t resist and went straight for the cheek. I know I seem to be writing about fish most weeks but they’re so good! It’s not even one of my favorite meats! Super fresh and tender! Even the stock is addictive! I didn’t give two hoots about dining etiquette and slurped the residual sauce from my plate with gutso.

 peony jade roasted duck

Peony Jade’s Signature Crispy Roasted US Duck

Arguably the best dish here, the meat was tender and succulent. The roasted skin literally melted upon contact with the tongue with just the right amount of fat tucked underneath the skin to give make it something you constantly want to be eating the whole night.

The other dishes were definitely good but I’m just highlighting what stood out for the night.

 

I’m pretty fortunate to have made reservations at this restaurant a week ago. We went there just 1 day after the Bib Gourmand 2017 award was announced and boy was it packed with people.

Singaporeans love their food. They will travel anywhere and anyplace within the country to get good food. So make your reservations fast! I’m expecting mad queues all over Singapore once again when they announce the Michelin stars this week.

 

Make your online reservations at Peony Jade @ Keppel Club here!

Peony Jade Website

or
Hungrygowhere

or

Quandoo

Enjoy!

peony jade exterior

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club
Address: 10 Bukit Chermin Rd, 109918
Tel: 6276 9138
Opening Hours: 11AM–2:30PM, 6–10:30PM

 

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The Weekly Glutton (19/6 – 25/6)

James Chan

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Thai Super Bowl

thai super bowl trending eats

instant noodles at a premium price

Posts on Thai Super Bowl have been flooding my socials recently and I decided to jump on the band wagon after noticing pretty good reviews about the place.

Located deep in the heartlands of Hougang. Thai Super Bowl began business in April and have been exponentially gaining popularity ever since.

I admit, there was some level of expectations I had conceived prior to my visit. The images and videos I saw on my socials looked amazing. BUT you know that old saying?

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This is a classic example of just that.

The Food

Armed with hungry stomachs and great expectations, we, a party of three, decided to order the signature Thai Super Bowl, $36.

thai super bowl seafood meal

a meal for three, signature Thai Super Bowl, $36

As you can very well see, it looks great! The colors, positioning of ingredients and composition of the image is of a pretty high standard. The taste, however, I’m afraid doesn’t do the image justice.

TIPS: If you do decided to go after reading this, as soon as they serve you your tray/bowl, take out the prawns, squid and mussels. You don’t want them to be over cooked. Also, try to finish your noodles ASAP, they’re going to turn soggy otherwise.

The Thai Super Bowl comes with Prawns, Squid, Crab Sticks, Meatballs, Chicken Minced, 2 eggs amd Mussels cooked in a spicy Tom Yum Broth . Sounds like a pretty good deal for $36 no? Throw in 6 packs of instant noodles too just for that carbohydrate fix.

BUT

Them Prawns

thai super bowl prawns

frayed flesh on prawns– telltale sign that they are NOT FRESH

The Prawns were NOT FRESH. Take a look at Exhibit A, fresh prawns are supposed to have an easy to peel shell and firm inner flesh. This prawn right here has frayed flesh which speaks volumes of its freshness.

Them Mussels

thai super food mussels

mussels were not fresh too– they were tough and dry

As mentioned above, we took out the prawns, squid and mussels as soon as the tray was served but them Mussels were still tough and extremely dry.

#looksgoodtastesbad

Le Squid

The squid was tethering on the edge of failing but there were still some hints of freshness so I’ll give it to them.

Other than that, everything else was honestly pretty normal. Only the Chicken Minced managed to excite my severely disappointed taste buds, but then again, who could possibly mess up Chicken Mince?

The Untruths of Online Marketing

I honestly don’t understand or can begin to fathom the positive reviews this place has on some content platforms. They are all lies, just heed my advice and don’t bother going.

thai suer food overpriced food

overpriced food

“What they’re serving is essentially a huge pot of instant noodles and charging you a premium for it”

For those additional ingredients, I wouldn’t mind paying that $36. Of course, if they were of a decent quality and standard. But nope, IT FAILED IN ALL ASPECTS.

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This is a joint that will definitely not withstand the test of the time if they don’t buck up. They serve other dishes too but I’m not going to stick around to find out more thank you very much.

Expect to wait for hours if you pop by during dinner time. I tried on Father’s day but Dad got impatient and we went to eat somewhere else. Thank goodness for that, or he would have killed me for bringing him to such a place.

thai super bowl exterior

front layout

Thai Super Bowl

 

thai super food queue

no reservations, walk ins only

Thai Super Bowl
Address: #01-41 Hougang 1, 1 Hougang Street 91
Singapore 538692
Tel: 6385 3195
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30 pm daily

 

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A Very French Affair with Wine

Pei Xia Ang

Bonjour! French Festival launches in Singapore this May and nothing feels more French than indulging in a glass of wine and savouring fromage with a picturesque view of the Eiffel tower. (I know, I’m a huge romantic)

This year, French Festival steps things up by bringing France closer to you.

Treat yourself to authentic cuisine and sip wines from these participating outlets:

French festival fine dining at 13% Gastro Wine

1. 13% Gastro Wine

With over 20 years’ of experience in wine and gastronomy, Bruno Valiant and Geoffrey Weckx’s restaurant caters to people who enjoy the finer things in life. Indulge in premium-quality food from the menu, while savouring wines imported from vineyards across the world.

For a meal, give the grilled wagyu sirloin grade 6 beef a try. Relish the full bodied flavour of the juicy beef while sipping an accompanying glass of robust, exotic wine.

French Festival Promo: for every bottle of wine ordered, get the 4-cheese platter at a discounted price of a 3-cheese platter.

Address:

Aliwal Street #02-01, 2nd Floor, Singapore 199907

6291 6816

117A Killiney Road, 2nd Floor, Singapore 239554

6694 4708

French festival at Ô Batignolles

2. Ô Batignolles

For a laidback French-themed bistro, step through the doors of Ô Batignolles. Most of the wines served here are exclusive and sourced directly from wine producers. Choose from a variety of French food from the classic Croque Monsieur to the more elaborate duck parmentier. Vegetarian dishes available too.

French Festival Promo: 15% off all wines above $80++ from 5pm—9pm.

Address:

2 Gemmill Lane

Singapore 069247

French festival at Ginett

3. Ginett

Set in Singapore’s historic Arts district, this restaurant-cum-bar features high ceilings and an open mezzanine, providing the perfect ambience for guests looking for a relaxed and comfortable dining experience.

Helmed by Executive Chef Sylvain Royer, Ginett offers great wines, hearty European favourites, making it a memorable French experience for all. Choose from bar bites to cooked specialties, to cheese and cold cuts selection.

French Festival Promo: wine tasting sessions available.

Address:

200 Middle Road,

Singapore 188980

6809 7989

French festival at Grignoter

4. Grignoter by Chef Justin Quek

Serving simple, rustic French food, Grignoter reflects its namesake, meaning “to nibble” in French.

This is Southeast Asia’s first Bordeaux wine bar, and being the first has its perks I suppose. In partnership with the Bordeaux Wine Council, Grignoter has direct access to wines not otherwise available in Singapore.

Something else exclusive to Grignoter is Chef Quek’s very own creation, the vintage 1996 Saint Vincent Curvée. It has a complex aroma that is sweet — reminiscent of truffles and brioche. For the best flavour, pair this drink with their selection of fine cheese.

French Festival Promo: enjoy exclusive discount on selected wines.

Address:

2 Teck Lim Road,

Singapore 088380

6438 3802

French festival at Bar- A- Thym for seafood

5. Bar- A- Thym

With a specialty for seafood, this French restaurant is known for their prime ingredients and exquisite flavours. As an added touch, the place is decorated tastefully, even having French music playing from the speakers. Talk about attention to detail!

For fickle-minded customers, they offer a French Omakase Menu, serving the best seasonal produce of the day based on your preferences.

French Festival Promo: Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon Wine event $40++ to $60++.

Address:

18 Gemmil Ln,

Singapore 069255

6557 2224

French festival at Breton Restaurant Bar for lobsters and wine

6. Breton Restaurant Bar

For an indulgent treat of wine and lobsters, Breton knows what’s best. With a daily delivery of fresh lobsters, enjoy them grilled, in galette, or with spaghetti. Choose from a selection of crêpes and pâtsisserie for a sweet finishing touch to your meal. Oh, and the portions are also relatively large, so be prepared for a feast!

French Festival Promo: Get a 10% off every bottle of wine.

Address:

544 Serangoon Road,

Singapore 218166

6299 3544

French festival at Napoleon for wines for all

7. Napoleon

With a selection of over 30 wines to choose from, this is one of the few places in Singapore that caters to amateurs and connoisseurs of wine alike.

Revel in the best wines that France has to offer directly from their Enomatic dispensers. Only quality wine is served, as all wines are meticulously  selected by consultant oenologist and stored in château cellars.

Dishes served are French with Asian infusions, and crafted to enhance the flavour of your wine. Some must trys include: hand-cut Argus beef tarte, shrimp truffle angel hair, seared tuna steak and smoked whole spring chicken.

French Festival Promo: 35% off all wines above $50++ per pax (consumed during dinner only), and 50% off all wines of Peuch & Besse catalogue (takeaway only).

Address:

206 Telok Ayer Sreet

Singapore 068641

6221 9282

With such an array of authentic French wines brought to our shores, dining like a French has never been easier. Cheers, or as they say in France, santé!

French festival singapore

For more details, visit: http://voilah.sg

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