nightshades are a staple in your diet and you do not suffer from gastrointestinal bloating, gas, cramps and/or acid reflux?
Indeed, no issues here. I’ve always loved spicy foods. Chiles make me feel happy and alive.
I lived in New Mexico, where a common dish is a ‘bowl of green’, a soup made almost entirely from roasted green chiles. I ate that for lunch every day, and it made lunch my favorite meal of the day.
In Northwest India, where I live now, almost every homecooked dinner has lots of chillies and tomatoes or eggplant. Chillies and tomatoes foods were brought to India in the early 1500s by the Portugese, they have been staples in Indian cuisine ever since.
Between American and European written histories, nightshade consumption should be limited if not curtailed. Maybe they knew more
I doubt it. Europeans just didn’t know all that much about ‘New World’ foods. Eating the wrong parts of the plants or eating the wrong varieties of nightshade. But Native Americans have been eating potatoes, tomatoes, and chillies for ages. Indians have been eating eggplants for at least as long.
you do not suffer from gastrointestinal bloating, gas, cramps and/or acid reflux? These are common issues here in the states. Look at our advertisements.
Well, European Americans and African Americans tend to not have the healthiest of diets. Eating too much and still not getting the necessary nutrients. I think they can learn a lot from Native American and Indian cuisines.
Your also alluding to a diverse diet including unpasteurized water buffalo milk. The naturally occurring enzymes have not been killed off during pasturization. Lucky you.
Yeah, raw water buffalo milk is delicious. 🙂 The best paneer and mozzarella come from fresh water buffalo milk.
1880’s is when the Italians embraced tomatoes. Greeks […] did not consume tomatoes until the 20th century.
I think it was a bit earlier. For instance, the Pizza Margherita (tomatoes, mozzarella, basil) has been around since at least the early 1800s. And of course, the ‘ Mediterranean diet ’ is thought responsible for the longevity of South-Italians, Greeks, and Spanish. That diet includes copious helpings of tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant. Think of moussaka, insalata caprese, pizza, gazpacho, and paella.

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Kashmiri techie creates waves in ‘MasterChef Australia’

Melbourne, June 8
Sandeep Pandit left Kashmir with his family when he was all of 8. Now he is exploring the culinary heritage of his roots as a contestant on ‘MasterChef Australia’, leaving judges of the international reality TV show impressed.
A Kashmiri Pandit, Sandeep has been preparing Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Muji Chetin, Dhungar, Kahwa, Kabargah and Tehr, on the show judged by Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.
According to Sandeep’s contestant profile on the show’s website, he was born in Kashmir in the early 1980s and spent eight years there with his family before militancy forced them south, leaving all their possessions and migrating to Bengaluru in 1990. It was here that Sandeep’s passion for cooking grew. The family didn’t have a fridge, so his mother taught him how to cook ‘dal’ without having it stick to the hotplate, and how to boil food to prevent it spoiling.
It is these learnings that helped Sandeep, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration, develop a taste for cooking. His presence on ‘MasterChef Australia’ had even caught the attention of Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
“We have a Kashmir connection in this season of ‘Masterchef Australia’. Rooting for Sandeep Pandit. Already we’ve seen his Rogan Josh and he wowed the judges with his Kashmiri Yakhni. Can’t wait to see how far he goes,” Abdullah tweeted last month.
Sandeep had thanked him, and said: “I will try my best to make India proud.” In the latest episode, Sandeep even got the perfect score.
His skills have been praised by social media users across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
One social media user tweeted: “Hey Sandeep. I’m from South India. I’m watching ‘MasterChef’ only because of you. You made us proud with that lemon rice and chicken.
“I love the way you are treating food, and I love the way you are working with Indian cuisine. You are doing great. All the best.”
Another person tweeted: “Hey Sandeep! We Indians are so proud to see you on ‘Masterchef’. Your dishes speak to us”, and another commented: “Make India proud”.
It was in 2016 that Sandeep had made the move to Australia for work.
His dream is to open a food stall selling Indian BBQ meat cooked over coals and biryani dishes. And through his blog, he also hopes to preserve the ancient recipes from his Kashmiri culture and showcase other cultures. — IANS

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21 best buffet restaurants in Singapore – there’s one that serves 60 Sichuan dishes!

Home » Recipes & Food » 21 best buffet restaurants in Singapore – there’s one that serves 60 Sichuan dishes! 21 best buffet restaurants in Singapore – there’s one that serves 60 Sichuan dishes! Recipes & Food 20 hours ago
If you’re a foodie, buffets are heaven. You get the freedom to take what you like and pile up food on your plate without anyone judging. How else do you get to eat to your heart’s content, enjoy a huge selection of dishes, while only paying a standard price for it?
We know you’re always on the lookout for the best buffet restaurants in Singapore. We’ve found these 21 buffet restaurants that offer an amazing spread and have received raving reviews for their fare. Apart from the usual international buffet restaurants where you get to taste delicacies from all around the world, we’ve also included options such as a Sichuan buffet with 60 ma la dishes and a Western grill buffet with unlimited portions of meat! Here’s the ultimate list of buffet restaurants to add to your to-try list. Western 1. Triple Three (Mandarin Orchard) Photo: Mandarin Orchard
While the international buffet at Triple Three offers the usual pasta and grilled meat stations, the highlight of this buffet is their Japanese menu. Expect a good variety of sashimi including salmon, swordfish and yellowtail, super crispy tempura and a Teppanyaki live cooking station.
Check out their daily special menu: free flow Asahi draught beer on Mondays, four styles of foie gras Tuesdays, Kumamoto Wagyu Beef on Wednesdays, all kinds of shelled seafood on Thursdays, and freshly imported lobsters on Fridays and Saturdays (psst, look out for their signature Lobster Mentaiyaki!)
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2.30pm from Mon to Sat, 12pm – 3pm on Sun | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 10pm Price: SGD78++ (Mon – Sat, Lunch) | SGD 118++ (Sun, Lunch) | SGD88++ (Sun – Wed, Dinner) | SGD108++ (Thu – Sat, Dinner) Address: 333 Orchard Road, Mandarin Orchard Level 5, Singapore 238867 2. The Line (Shangri-La) Photo: The Line
The Line offers a huge selection for every cuisine you crave – from the mandatory seafood station with oysters, lobsters, mussels and prawns to the Japanese station that serves fresh cuts of sashimi and glazed maki rolls.
Try interesting dishes like the like Tauhu Bakar salad with rojak sauce at the Salad bar or make your own cheese platters from a selection of Camembert, Chevre, Taleggio, Tommes de Savioe and more.
Their dessert bar is an exciting one, featuring ice cream Teppanyaki, crepes, souffles, truffle lollipops, cakes and a one-metre tall chocolate fountain. We’re guessing it’s paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2.30pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 10pm Price: SGD65 (Mon – Fri, Lunch) | from SGD80 (Dinner) Address: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Shangri-La, Lower Lobby, Tower Wing, Singapore 258350 3. The Kitchen Table (W Singapore) Photo: Tripadvisor
It’s quality over quantity here. The Kitchen Table at W Singapore is not that elaborate international buffet with over 10 cooking stations, but has six high quality stations that can definitely satisfy your taste buds.
The Lobster Tail Tandoori is a must-try; the meaty lobster flesh is grilled to a smoky taste where you can top with your favourite Indian spice for a flavourful treat. You’ll be happy that it’s a buffet, because it means you can go for seconds – or thirds – if you can’t get enough of it. The best part about buffets?
You’ve heard of chocolate fondue, what about a chili crab sauce fondue? Snack on the local favourite fried mantou and stick them into the thick and rich chilli crab sauce. We bet you’ll be going back for more.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 3pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 10pm Price: SGD78++ (Mon – Sat, Lunch) | SGD88++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD98++ (Fri and Sat, Dinner) Address: 21 Ocean Way Sentosa, W Singapore, Singapore 098374 4. Carousel (Royal Plaza) Photo: Carousel
If you’re looking for a Halal-friendly buffet restaurant, the Carousel at Royal Plaza is certainly among the most popular ones. Patrons return for their generous seafood station that serves a wide range of fresh seafood ranging from salmon, mussels, white calms, scallops, tiger prawns, lobster and Alaskan king crab legs that are only served on weekends.
At the dessert station, choose from over 10 types of sweet treats, ranging from cakes, tarts, mousse to puddings. Apart from the usual chocolate fondue, try the special rose and matcha fondue along with 12 condiments to pair with.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2pm | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 9.30pm Price: from SGD58++ (Lunch) | from SGD80++ (Dinner) Address: 25 Scotts Road, Royal Plaza, Singapore 228220 5. Lime Restaurant (PARKROYAL on Pickering) Photo: Tripadvisor
After you’ve had your fill of fresh seafood at the buffet spread at Lime, head over to the Peranakan station that serves exquisite Nyonya dishes. This international buffet at Lime Restaurant is best known for its Peranakan kitchen that not only serves the classic local delicacies like laksa and satay but also popular Nyonya dishes that Singaporeans love.
Have fun stacking up your own kueh pie tee with their in-house chili that’s so addictive you’ll be caught refilling your plates with them. Taste the wonderful flavour of the ayam buah keluak and sambal assam fish that goes perfectly with rice.
Spot colourful nonya kueh served on Peranakan plates at the dessert station and try the durian pengat with gula melaka for a sweet local taste. If you want something more Western, there are also delectable cakes and chocolates.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2:30pm | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 10.30pm Price: SGD45++ (Weekday Lunch) | SGD48++ (Weekend Lunch) | SGD58++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD62++ (Fri – Sun, Dinner) Address: 3 Upper Pickering St, PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore 058289 6. Colony (The Ritz-Carlton) Photo: The Ritz-Carlton
The moment you step into The Ritz-Carlton, you’ll surely notice the open space dining place located at the lobby. What’s charming about having a buffet here is enjoying the vintage furnishings and classy ambience. After all, if you’re going to dine for hours, atmosphere and comfort are important!
The usual fresh seafood, sashimi stations and grilled meat aside, remember to grab a few types of cheeses and pair them with your favourite cold cuts.
There is also a juice bar at the buffet where you can choose the fruits you like to concoct your very own drink.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2:30pm | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 10.30pm Price: SGD58 (Mon – Sat, Lunch) | SGD78 (Sun – Thurs, Dinner) | SGD88 (Fri – Sat, Dinner) Address: 7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 7. Vienna International Seafood Photo: Vienna International Seafood
Vienna International Seafood is best known for its family-friendly setting and wide selection of fresh seafood at an affordable price.
The selection of food stations here is pretty standard, with seafood, meat, sushi and dessert stations. While it might get a little too crowded at peak hours, if you’re down for the wide selection of food and cakes, this is where you can settle all your cravings at one go.
Canadian Oysters are what the crowd flock here for, so be prepared to queue for them before and to get them before they run out.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 11.30am – 3pm | (Dinner) 5.30pm – 10pm Price: SGD39.80++ (Mon – Fri, Lunch) | SGD41.80++ (Sat, Sun, Lunch) | SGD49.80++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD51.80++ (Fri – Sun, Dinner) Address: 101 Thomson Rd, # B1-01, United Square, Singapore 307591 8. [email protected] (Hotel Jen) Photo: Hotel Jen
You probably wouldn’t have thought that a hotel restaurant in the heart of Orchard actually offers buffet dining at an affordable price. Dine in a spacious and stylish space located on the 10 th storey of Orchardgateway, with a stunning view of the Somerset area.
Make your own salad at one of the stations, and grab as much fresh seafood as you like. Or if you love Japanese food, there’s an array of sushi and sashimi for you to pick from. On Fridays and Saturdays, indulge in unlimited servings of fresh lobster cooked in different ways.
Though the menu isn’t anything extraordinary, [email protected] is the place to go to eat to your heart’s content without bursting your budget.
Opening Hours: (Dinner) 6:30pm – 10pm Price: SGD48++ (Sun – Thurs) | SGD78++ (Fri – Sat,) Address: 277 Orchard Road, #10-01, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, Singapore 238858 9. Melt Café (Mandarin Oriental) Photo: Mandarin Oriental
Melt Café at Mandarin Oriental offers a posh dining experience with an outdoor dining space, set amidst lush greenery and indoor seating area with stylish and elegant interior décor. The alfresco area comes with an outdoor barbecue grill station that features mouth-watering wagyu cuts that you certainly won’t want to miss.
Enjoy roasted meats cooked in different styles – whole-roasted lamb saddle with spinach and mushroom, slow-roasted herb-crusted beef strip loin, and miso-flavoured kurobuta pork. There are also Chinese-style roasted meats such as roasted crackling five-spiced pork belly and herbal roasted duck.
Opening hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2.30pm | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 9.30pm Price: SGD57++ (Mon – Fri, Lunch)| SGD61++ (Sat, Lunch) | SGD78++ (Sun – Thurs, Dinner) | SGD88++ (Fri, Sat, Dinner) Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 039797 10. Alley On 25 (Andaz Singapore) Photo: Tripadvisor
Seafood-lovers, this one’s for you. The Oysters and Ribs dinner buffet, available on Fridays, is the one that’s worth every penny. The menu includes free flow seafood and an array of grilled meats.
Go as many rounds as you like for oysters, tiger prawns, and smoked salmon. For meats, you’ll get to taste sticky pork ribs, Australian Angus beef short ribs, peri peri chicken, spicy chicken, and veal and pork sausage.
For the perfect TGIF experience, top up SGD40++ for free-flowing wines, draught beer, and prosecco.
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays for the buffet) Price: SGD58++ Address: 5 Fraser Street, Level 25, Andaz Singapore, Singapore 189354 11. The Carvery (Park Hotel Alexandra) Photo: Park Hotel Alexandra
Meat-lovers will be delighted by the buffet at The Carvery. The first thing you’ll notice when you step into the restaurant is the three-metre long meat carving station that has an impressive and comprehensive display of three to four top-quality cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken. Choose your preferred cuts and get them roasted right behind the carving station, all carefully prepared for diners. Pair your meat with a variety of condiments and sauces including a range of speciality fine salts, house-made butters (available during dinner), and a myriad of sauces.
Besides roast meats, seafood, pasta, pizzas, and salads are also available at other stations in the restaurant.
Opening hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 3pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 10pm Price: SGD42++ (Daily, Lunch) | SGD58++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD62++ (Fri – Sun, Dinner) Address: 323 Alexandra Road, Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, Singapore 159972 12. Carnivore (CHIJMES) Photo: Carnivore
You can probably already guess from its name; expect to devour on unlimited portions of meat, carved, grilled and served onto your plate piping hot. Choose how you’d like your meat to be cooked and the seasoning you prefer. Dine al fresco, while you enjoy authentic Brazilian churrasco meats under the stars, in a beautiful outdoor area set with large white canopies.
If you start to feel a little tired from the huge portions of meat, order some grilled caramelised pineapple to cleanse your palate – before going back to indulge in more juicy slices of meat, of course.
Opening hours: (Dinner) 6pm – 11pm, daily Price: SGD52++ Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-30, CHIJMES, Singapore 187996 Asian 13. Si Chuan Dou Hua Photo: Si Chuan Dou Hua
Singaporeans have been crazy over Sichuan flavours ( ma la xiang guo , anyone?), here’s Sichuan buffet that features 60 a la carte dishes that you can eat to your heart’s content.
All diners get to enjoy a double-boiled Fish Maw Soup with Spiky Sea Cucumber or thick soup with shredded abalone that’s limited to one serving per person. Choose from appetisers like sliced pork or beef in Sichuan chilli oil, Sichuan fish dishes with the spicy sauces or prawns with cashew nuts or minced garlic and chilli.
Though it’s a Sichuan restaurant, you’ll also get to savour the classic Beijing dish, Peking duck at the buffet. This is limited to one serving per table only
Cleanse your palate after digging into the flavourful Sichuan dishes with Chinese desserts like double-boiled pear and white fungus with osmanthus or home-made fine beancurd with wolfberries to finish your meal with a light taste.
Minimum of four adults is required to dine here.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm | (Dinner) 6:30pm – 9:30pm Price: SGD58 for the 60-dish buffet Address: Si Chuan Dou Hua operates across four outlets in Singapore. 14. Mitzo Photo: Mitzo
Probably one of the best quality yumcha locations in town, this dim sum buffet restaurant is exclusively available for weekend brunch.
Mitzo offers several items in the buffet spread, but you should certainly try their signature char siew. Everyone also gets to pick one bamboo clam dish, one live lobster dish, and an abalone dish each – these high quality ingredients make it worth the money you’ve spent.
For your lobster, choose from Deep-Fried Lobster coated with Truffle Peanut Sauce, Baked Lobster with Creamy Lemon and Cheese, and Spicy Chilli Lobster Served with Bun. The Spicy Chili option has a sweet and tangy flavour and is said to be popular among patrons who enjoy the chilli crab.
If you’re looking to feed your Instagram too, you’ll be happy to know that their dishes are beautifully presented. Their Har Gow (shrimp dumpling), for instance, is naturally coloured with purple radish to give its translucent skin a touch of colour. You’ll sure want to snap a photo of this one!
Opening Hours : 11.30am – 2.30pm (for weekend brunch buffet) Price: SGD68++ Address: 270 Orchard Rd, Level 4 Grand Park, Singapore 238857 15. Irodori Japanese Restaurant (River View Hotel) Photo: Tripadvisor
Hungry for a scrumptious meal of Japanese food? Check out Irodori Japanese Restaurant, which serves more than 100 items at its buffet, including sashimi, makimono (rolled sushi), yakimono (grilled dishes), nigiri sushi (finger press), temaki (hand roll), ippinmono (appetisers), agemono (deep-fried dishes), and teppanyaki.
We’ve seen mixed reviews (some say their grilled items are too salty) but one thing that’s consistent among reviewers – the sashimi here is so good it’s definitely worth a visit.
Opening Hours : (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 10:30pm Price: SGD36.80++ Address: 382 Havelock Road, #03-01, Riverview Hotel, Singapore 169629 16. Straits Café (Rendezvous Hotel) Photo: Straits Café
If you enjoy Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine, this buffet at Straits Café is going to be an exciting one for you. Indulge in popular items including KL Prawn Noodles, Klang Chic Kut Teh, Ipoh Chicken Rice made using quality ingredients. Don’t miss the Seafood Sambal Live Station, from Fridays to Sundays, where chefs cook up a wide selection of fresh seafood and greens upon order.
Also, have fun making your own popiah and kueh pie tee where you get to be as generous with the stuffing as you like.
Time: (Lunch) 12pm – 2.30pm | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 10pm Price: SGD42++ (Mon – Fri, Lunch) | SGD50++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD48++ (Sat, Sun, Lunch) | SGD58++ (Fri – Sun, Dinner) Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Hotel, Level 1, Singapore 189559 17. Kintamani
Have you ever tried a buffet that highlights Indonesian cuisine? Here’s one that’s bursting with flavours that you should certainly try.
A few of the highlights include Indonesian Fish Crackers and Tapioca Chips served with Belachan as appetisers and satay that you can dip in their in-house peanut sauce that’s very popular with patrons.
Don’t miss the grilled lamb station – you’ll get to choose to savour perfectly cooked lamb with either mushroom sauce and chilli sauce.
For desserts, go for rice pudding with palm sugar, traditional cakes, and of course, lots and lots of kueh.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2:30pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 10:30pm Price: SGD65++ Address: 9405 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront Singapore, Level 3, Singapore 169633 18. Princess Terrace Café (Copthorne King’s Hotel) Photo: Copthorne King’s Hotel
This buffet restaurant has been serving Penang cuisine since the early 1970s, so we’re gonna trust them for the most authentic taste of Straits delicacies.
Make your own Penang-style rojak or popiah with the deliciously seasoned ingredients at the counter and indulge in perennial favourites like Penang Laksa, Prawn Noodle, Popiah, Satay, Curry Chicken, Kueh Pie Tee, Fried Kway Teow and Duck Thigh Mee Sua.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 12pm – 2.30pm | (Dinner) 6.30pm – 10pm Price: SGD51.80++ (Mon – Thur, Lunch) | SGD55.80++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD53.80++ (Fri – Sun, Lunch) | SGD58.80++ (Fri – Sun, Dinner) Address: 403 Havelock Road, Copthorne Kings Hotel, Singapore 169632 19. Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant Photo: Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Another popular buffet restaurant that food aficionados flock to, Kiseki offers a wide selection of Japanese-style fresh seafood: Blue swimmer crab, crayfish, vongole soaked in cold sake, spicy bamboo clam, and more.
Refill your plates with the tasty assorted maki and sushi rolls or grilled skewers dipped in teriyaki sauce.
If you’re visiting for dinner, check out the Western grill station that serves garlic ribeye stick, marinated teriyaki chicken, pork collar, and grilled prawns.
For the price and wide selection of food, we’d say this is a great value-for-money place to feast on seafood.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 11.30am – 3pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 10pm Price: SGD22.80++ (Mon – Fri, Lunch) | SGD29.80++ (Sat, Sun, PH, Lunch) | SGD33.80++ (Mon – Thur, Dinner) | SGD39.80++ (Fri – Sun, Dinner) Address: 181 Orchard Road, 03 Orchard Central, 08-01/02, Singapore 238896 20. Ikoi Japanese Restaurant (Hotel Miramar) Photo: Tripadvisor
If you’re a sashimi lover, here’s the place to be. This buffet restaurant located in Hotel Miramar, serves premium and fresh sashimi like salmon, yellowtail, swordfish, octopus and more, a la carte.
Order grilled dishes like crab sticks, bacon mai and mackerel or choose among the huge selection of deep fried dishes to go along with your beer.
This restaurant can get very crowded at peak hours, so we’d recommend making a reservation in advance if you don’t want to wait.
Opening Hours: (Lunch) 11.30am – 2.30pm | (Dinner) 6pm – 11pm Price: SGD38++ Address: 401 Havelock Road, Hotel Miramar, Singapore 169631 21. Dookki Photo: Dookki
This Korean buffet chain is where you get to make your own Tteokbokki with tteok (rice cake) of all shapes and sizes. Add on sausages, meatballs and ramyun if you’re all down for the calories.
And if you’re craving for those fish cakes served on skewers with hot soup, get free flow of this popular street snack at Dookki – but just a reminder to pace yourself with these delicious snacks, you’ll want to leave some space in your stomach for the fried rice that completes the meal. That’s because after you’re done with your tteokbokki feast, you’ll be given rice that’s fried with the remaining sauce and ingredients.
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Price: SGD18.80++ Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-107 (East Wing), Suntec City, Singapore 038984 | 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #B1-30/31, Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588

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Why Singapore now offers the world’s best dining experience

Why Singapore now offers the world’s best dining experience The Telegraph 1 day ago Mary Lussiana © garden botanic The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony will be held here for the next three years “Things I ate in Singapore,” the orange lettering on the postcard announced. Underneath, dishes had been sketched in blue and orange with their names curled around them in complicated script.
There was durian fruit, famous for its repugnant smell and banned on Singapore ’s public transport – though sufficiently loved to be the nickname given to the Esplanade performing arts centre, a landmark whose silver spiked domes are considered to resemble Singapore’s national fruit.
Then there was satay, a Malay and Indonesian dish – meat skewered in kebab fashion with a little pot of spicy peanut sauce next to it. Another sketch depicted chilli crab, a signature dish of Singapore made from mud crabs stir-fried in a thick tomato and chilli sauce. And there were a further nine dishes, as yet unknown to me, but clearly deemed worth sharing with the world.
© E K YAP/ATLAS BAR The glittering art-deco Atlas bar, with its soaring three-storey gin tower Having just arrived, I had left my suitcase at the recently opened Six Senses Duxton, housed in a beautifully restored line of heritage trading houses with Anouska Hempel interiors in bold pop yellow and glossy black, exuding opium-den opulence.
The postcard was the first thing I saw in the bookshop across the road in Tanjong Pagar, evidence that I had come to the right city – food-obsessed Singapore, where even stalls selling street food were awarded stars in Michelin’s first Singapore guide in 2016.
© Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited The glittering art-deco Atlas bar, with its soaring three-storey gin tower Credit: E K YAP/ATLAS BAR The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony will be held here for the next three years, the first occasion being on June 25 this year. Then, in 2021, Singapore will host the World’s 50 Best Bars awards – the first city outside London to do so.
That choice reflects Singapore’s growing reputation as a premium cocktail destination, with an abundance of exceptional bars. These range from the glittering art-deco Atlas, with its soaring three-storey gin tower (ranked No 8 in last year’s World’s 50 Best Bars listing) to the dimly lit, speakeasy dive Operation Dagger (ranked 23rd) and the softly seductive Manhattan (placed third among the World’s 50 Best, and ranked No 2 in the whole of Asia). Its New York Sours alone are well worth the journey.
© getty Lau Pa Sat food market dates from the 19th century Why all this culinary diversity and cocktail creativity? Positioned at the crossroads of south-east Asia, Singapore has taken all the different ethnic threads that have converged here over the years and woven them into a rich national tapestry.
Street food is a good place to start – and proof that eating well in Singapore can be done cheaply. Stalls that were originally on the streets were moved by the government into air-conditioned “hawker centres” in the Seventies. Michelin-starred stalls sell chicken rice and noodles with pork for the astonishing sum of just two Singapore dollars (£1.30), but I wanted to sample food from the one remaining street market.
© Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited The 19 cities with the most Michelin stars Lau Pa Sat dates from the 19th century and, despite restorations and relocations, has retained its elegant Victorian columns and arches. On my first morning I was pulled in all directions by smells savoury and sweet (especially that of laksa – noodles with prawns in a coconut broth, which I tried later at 328 Katong Laksa.
In the end I was won over by the tempting aroma of fresh roti prata, a traditional breakfast dish of Indian flatbread with curry, typically accompanied by teh tarik – “pulled” tea which is poured from cup to cup and flavoured with ginger and condensed milk.
Also popular for breakfast is kaya, a sweet jam made from eggs, coconut milk and sugar, infused with the fragrant pandan leaf. It is used as a filling in fresh white rolls, often grilled over charcoal.
© getty Odette – an essay in elegant femininity, with dishes that dazzle However, my favourite breakfast dish was chwee kueh, steamed rice flour cakes filled with chives or preserved radish together with pork, garlic and chilli. I tried them at Kim Choo Kueh Chang in the Joo Chiat district. They were melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
© Janice Wong singapore Janice Wong’s fun chocolate crayons You might think that the hawker food markets (open 24 hours a day) and the fine dining scene are two separate worlds, but they interact in a way that is crucial to Singapore’s culinary success.
© Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Lau Pa Sat food market dates from the 19th century Credit: getty “Three or four times a week we go out as a team and chat over supper once the service is finished,” said Steven Mason, general manager at Odette, one of Singapore’s acclaimed restaurants.
“There is nowhere else in the world you can find places still open for a community of chefs once their restaurants have closed. It bonds us together as members of the food industry, which attracts 30 per cent of our tourism.”
Odette – an essay in elegant femininity, with dishes that dazzle and dangling decor that dances on the brisk breeze of the service – is the leader of the 39-strong Michelin pack in Singapore. It is ranked No 1 in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants listing and No 28 in the World’s 50 Best.
Among its specialities are Hokkaido uni – a dish of spot prawn tartare, mussel cloud and Royal Schrenski caviar – and pigeon “beak to tail” served with Jerusalem artichoke, Kampot pepper and black garlic. Both were exquisite representations of classic French cooking with Asian accents, a style perfected by French chef and co-owner Julien Royer, who told me how inspiring it is to work in Singapore right now.
© corner house Jason Tan’s Corner House restaurant offers a “gastro-botanica” menu “The logistics are superb,” he said, “with deliveries every day from Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and four times a week from Europe. Vegetables, on which there is a growing focus, are sourced from around us in south-east Asia. We have the world on our doorstep. That, combined with Singapore’s variety of religions, nationalities and cuisines and an increasingly sophisticated public, produces an inspirational mix.”
© Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Odette – an essay in elegant femininity, with dishes that dazzle Credit: getty Similarly inspirational is Singaporean chef Malcolm Lee at Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. Peranakan is the name given to the early immigrants from the Straits who settled in Singapore, many of whom were Chinese. They had their own clothes, customs and food which Lee remembers from his childhood, having watched his mother and grandmother cook.
“Peranakan cuisine is an amalgamation of the ethnic cultures of the Chinese, the Malays and the Indonesians, for whom communal-style dining is a tradition,” Lee told me over a velvety rich dish of braised chicken with buah keluak (a raw seed, cured, which along with candlenuts is a key ingredient in his kitchen) and black nut sambal.
Intense flavours of tamarind, turmeric, chilli and lime leaf are the props for Lee’s contemporary take on his grandmother’s cooking. His beautifully balanced finale, resembling a panna cotta, was Candlenut’s classic chendol cream, fragrant with pandan jelly and gula melaka, the local palm sugar.
Janice Wong has built her success on desserts and chocolates. Indeed, using this formula (in the form of her fun chocolate crayons), she recently opened a concession at Harrods in London. Her outlets in Singapore include the restaurant at the National Museum, where I had lunch. The dessert menu is divided into classics and contemporary dishes, all with suggested pairings with wine or sparkling sake.
© garden botanic The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony will be held here for the next three years – garden botanic Before I even got to the cassis plum bombe with elderflower yogurt foam and yuzu pearls, I swooned at the taste of the chilli crab radish puff, the chicken chilli oil wonton and the scallop somen with salmon eggs and tiny shrimps.
© Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Janice Wong’s fun chocolate crayons Credit: Janice Wong singapore Wong is clearly a perfectionist but one with a sense of fun. She loves to create edible art installations, and joyful is the word that sums up her vibrantly coloured chocolates, many of which draw on local flavours such as gingerflower, laksa leaf and lemon grass. “Play,” she told me “is an important part of my food.”
Similarly playful is the signature dish of chef Jason Tan at his Corner House restaurant. A late convert to vegetables, he champions them on his “gastro-botanica” menu. In an early 20th-century house set within the Botanical Gardens, Tan rolled out delicacy after delicacy. His signature “interpretation of my favourite vegetable” was a homage to the Cévennes onion, served baked and filled with onion purée and truffle, as a tart, as a crisp and as a tea.
With botanicals on my mind, I finished my gourmet gallop at Native. Founded by Vijay Mudaliar, it was ranked 13th in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2018 listing and is committed to using only locally foraged ingredients in its cocktails. For me, this meant grasshoppers which had been fermented for two weeks, muddled with lemon grass, Thai basil, coconut ice cream and rum.
By the end of my time in Singapore, I hadn’t tried everything on that postcard – but after downing the (surprisingly delicious) Grasshopper, I had total clarity as to why the World’s 50 Best are Singapore-bound.
© Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Jason Tan’s Corner House restaurant offers a “gastro-botanica” menu Credit: corner house Essentials
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The man and his menu: Jiggs Kalra – The Economic Times

The passing of Jaspal Inder Singh ‘Jiggs’ Kalra on Tuesday at the age of 72 is not unlike the end of a lavish, great meal. Kalra was India’s best known and arguably finest ‘tastemaker’, plying his trade of writing about food, curating cuisines and reviving almost vanished palates for more than 40 years, at a time when most people in India still had to look up the meaning of ‘gastronome’.
Food columnist, food consultant and restaurateur are tags we will remember him by. But, fundamentally, Kalra was a lover of food, a true ashiq of khana . His food columns not only provided Indians, especially in the more frugal 1970s-80s knowledge, about their own rich cooking and eating traditions, but made it more than acceptable to dine at restaurants for more than ‘Chinese food’ and ‘continental’ eating-out. Eating, and eating out, desi khana was no longer a silly luxury but something to relish. And, in his writings, Kalra was also instrumental in the making of many an establishment’s and chef ’s reputation.
For a world now saturated with cooking shows, food programmes and tasting events, Kalra was the original tandoori. From ‘reviving’ the grandness of galouti kebabs to bringing food shows on Doordarshan as well as making Indian haute cuisine — and, indeed, basse cuisine — ‘international’ for the first time, a four-course salute to the man and his menu.
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Cobb Health Scores: Rosa’s Pizza, Cazadores, Mint Leaf Indian |

restaurants & bars Shared from East Cobb, GA Cobb Health Scores: Rosa’s Pizza, Cazadores, Mint Leaf Indian Pelicans Snoballs | Coconutz Jamaican | Tilted Kilt | Karina | Wing’s & Burger Haven | Hong Kong Chinese | Panera Bread | On The Border By Tim Darnell, Patch Staff | Jun 5, 2019 9:49 am ET {{ replyButtonLabel }} Reply {{ replyCount }} Here are some recent Cobb County health inspection reports. (Shutterstock) MARIETTA, GA — Here are some restaurant and food service inspections conducted in Cobb County during the past week.
Click on the date or score to see more info. Each item on an inspection form has a point value ranging from 1 to 9 points, with violations deducting points from a best possible score of 100.
Higher points are taken for items with higher risk to cause illness, while repeat violations take even more points.
Letter grades assigned are A for totals of 100 to 90 points, B for 89 to 80, C for 79 to 70, and U for less than 70.
CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT
3165 JOHNSON FERRY RD STE D-2 MARIETTA, GA 30062
June 4, 2019 Score: 87, Grade: B
CHICK-FIL-A
3951 AUSTELL RD AUSTELL, GA 30106
May 31, 2019 Score: 100, Grade: A
CHIPOTLE
1281 JOHNSON FERRY RD STE 104 MARIETTA, GA 30068-2943
June 3, 2019 Score: 99, Grade: A
COCONUTZ JAMAICAN RESTAURANT
3349 CANTON RD STE 201 MARIETTA, GA 30066-7679
May 29, 2019 Score: 98, Grade: A
FIREHOUSE SUBS
2745 SANDY PLAINS RD STE 102 MARIETTA, GA 30066
June 3, 2019 Score: 93, Grade: A
HONG KONG CHINESE RESTAURANT
4290 BELLS FERRY RD NW STE 138 KENNESAW, GA 30144-1768
May 30, 2019 Score: 86, Grade: B
KARINA RESTAURANTE
2561 AUSTELL RD SW STE 290 MARIETTA, GA 30008-4575
May 29, 2019 Score: 88, Grade: B
MINT LEAF INDIAN CUISINE
2350 SPRING RD STE 800 SMYRNA, GA 30080
May 29, 2019 Score: 81, Grade: B
ON THE BORDER MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA
790 COBB PLACE BLVD NW KENNESAW, GA 30144-7501
May 29, 2019 Score: 91, Grade: A
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
4475 ROSWELL RD STE 1530 MARIETTA, GA 30062-8154
June 3, 2019 Score: 90, Grade: A
PELICAN’S SNOBALLS
3600 CANTON RD MARIETTA, GA 30066-2619
June 4, 2019 Score: 97, Grade: A
ROSA’S PIZZA
3605 SANDY PLAINS RD STE 110 MARIETTA, GA 30066-3065
May 28, 2019 Score: 89, Grade: B
Subway
3162 JOHNSON FERRY RD STE I MARIETTA, GA 30062-7604
May 31, 2019 Score: 96, Grade: A
TACO BELL
2943 CANTON RD MARIETTA, GA 30066-3874
June 4, 2019 Score: 97, Grade: A
TILTED KILT
2960 COBB PKWY SE ATLANTA, GA 30339-3118
May 30, 2019 Score: 83, Grade: B
Wing’s & Burger Haven
2745 SANDY PLAINS RD STE 128 MARIETTA, GA 30066-4327
May 30, 2019 Score: 91, Grade: A
ZAXBY’S
2756 SANDY PLAINS RD MARIETTA, GA 30066-4345
May 30, 2019 Score: 91, Grade: A
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Cobb Health Scores: Rosa’s Pizza, Cazadores, Mint Leaf Indian | Patch

restaurants & bars Shared from East Cobb, GA Cobb Health Scores: Rosa’s Pizza, Cazadores, Mint Leaf Indian Pelicans Snoballs | Coconutz Jamaican | Tilted Kilt | Karina | Wing’s & Burger Haven | Hong Kong Chinese | Panera Bread | On The Border By Tim Darnell, Patch Staff | Jun 5, 2019 9:49 am ET {{ replyButtonLabel }} Reply {{ replyCount }} Here are some recent Cobb County health inspection reports. (Shutterstock) MARIETTA, GA — Here are some restaurant and food service inspections conducted in Cobb County during the past week.
Click on the date or score to see more info. Each item on an inspection form has a point value ranging from 1 to 9 points, with violations deducting points from a best possible score of 100.
Higher points are taken for items with higher risk to cause illness, while repeat violations take even more points.
Letter grades assigned are A for totals of 100 to 90 points, B for 89 to 80, C for 79 to 70, and U for less than 70.
CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT
3165 JOHNSON FERRY RD STE D-2 MARIETTA, GA 30062
June 4, 2019 Score: 87, Grade: B
CHICK-FIL-A
3951 AUSTELL RD AUSTELL, GA 30106
May 31, 2019 Score: 100, Grade: A
CHIPOTLE
1281 JOHNSON FERRY RD STE 104 MARIETTA, GA 30068-2943
June 3, 2019 Score: 99, Grade: A
COCONUTZ JAMAICAN RESTAURANT
3349 CANTON RD STE 201 MARIETTA, GA 30066-7679
May 29, 2019 Score: 98, Grade: A
FIREHOUSE SUBS
2745 SANDY PLAINS RD STE 102 MARIETTA, GA 30066
June 3, 2019 Score: 93, Grade: A
HONG KONG CHINESE RESTAURANT
4290 BELLS FERRY RD NW STE 138 KENNESAW, GA 30144-1768
May 30, 2019 Score: 86, Grade: B
KARINA RESTAURANTE
2561 AUSTELL RD SW STE 290 MARIETTA, GA 30008-4575
May 29, 2019 Score: 88, Grade: B
MINT LEAF INDIAN CUISINE
2350 SPRING RD STE 800 SMYRNA, GA 30080
May 29, 2019 Score: 81, Grade: B
ON THE BORDER MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA
790 COBB PLACE BLVD NW KENNESAW, GA 30144-7501
May 29, 2019 Score: 91, Grade: A
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe
4475 ROSWELL RD STE 1530 MARIETTA, GA 30062-8154
June 3, 2019 Score: 90, Grade: A
PELICAN’S SNOBALLS
3600 CANTON RD MARIETTA, GA 30066-2619
June 4, 2019 Score: 97, Grade: A
ROSA’S PIZZA
3605 SANDY PLAINS RD STE 110 MARIETTA, GA 30066-3065
May 28, 2019 Score: 89, Grade: B
Subway
3162 JOHNSON FERRY RD STE I MARIETTA, GA 30062-7604
May 31, 2019 Score: 96, Grade: A
TACO BELL
2943 CANTON RD MARIETTA, GA 30066-3874
June 4, 2019 Score: 97, Grade: A
TILTED KILT
2960 COBB PKWY SE ATLANTA, GA 30339-3118
May 30, 2019 Score: 83, Grade: B
Wing’s & Burger Haven
2745 SANDY PLAINS RD STE 128 MARIETTA, GA 30066-4327
May 30, 2019 Score: 91, Grade: A
ZAXBY’S
2756 SANDY PLAINS RD MARIETTA, GA 30066-4345
May 30, 2019 Score: 91, Grade: A
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Lux Belle Mare, Mauritius review: Glittering Indian Ocean resort is opulent but not too starchy

Aerial view of Lux Belle Mare, Mauritius. THE ROOM
There are seven categories of rooms at Lux Belle Mare, and although they vary in size and layout configurations, all rooms are styled in a contemporary white-and-cream colour palette with pops of bright colours – what is often referred to as “the Kelly Hoppen treatment” after the British-based creative force behind the resort’s interior design. Most rooms come with views of the sea or the well-maintained tropical gardens. THE FOOD
Mixe is your destination for buffet-style food. It’s a quick and easy option with cook-to-order stations and plenty of choices. My favourite restaurant is Amari by Vineet, with modern Indian-style cuisine fashioned by Michelin-star chef Vineet Bhatia’s team. Duck Laundry is another fancy option, with contemporary Chinese food served in Asian-inspired surroundings and, predictably, duck is the dish to order. Other dining areas at the resort include the elegantly cool Beach Rouge that serves modern fare on the beach; the Rolls Royce food truck’s Cuban-inspired takeaway and snack-style food from the poolside menu of K Bar. Lux roasts its own coffee and I’d start each day with a latte from the lobby cafe, then indulge in a few more coffees throughout the day. It also serves its own house-made ice-cream at the poolside retro ICI ice-cream parlour. This, too, became a twice-daily habit. You will now receive updates from Traveller Newsletter Traveller Newsletter
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Although there’s plenty to do at the resort, there are a number of hotel-organised excursions for those who can pull themselves away from the pool. My favourite outing was a bicycle trip to bustling Flacq market. We cycled there with our guides, shopped for an hour, then took the scenic coastal route home. Mauritius is a huge island with plenty to offer and I advocate exploring beyond the resort. The staff at Lux are very forthcoming and knowledgeable, and can help with everything from advice about scenic walks to the organisation of luxury boat cruises. THE VERDICT
If you’re after a relaxed resort stay in opulent surroundings – with less starch than many other luxury offerings – Lux Belle Mare is hard to go past. THE ESSENTIALS
Rooms from $550 a night for two people, including breakfast. See luxresorts.com HIGHLIGHT
Impeccable service by courteous staff. Advertisement LOWLIGHT
I didn’t get through even half the activities I wanted to, but all the more reason to come back.
Tatyana Leonov travelled as a guest of Lux Resorts & Hotels.

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My Konkani Sarawat Thali 128.

“My Konkani Sarawat Thali 128 : Harve Kele Podi (Raw Banana Fries), Alvamande Hinga Randai/ Hummana (Colocasia Roots Curry with Asafoetida), Kabuli Chane Upkari (Chick Peas Bhaji), Ukde SheetHa (Red Boiled Rice)” … my most favorite curry and fries for lunch … Yummilicious ….
** Once again a simple delightful thali with delicious Amchi / Konkani Saraswat Cuisine dishes. I am sure you will love and relish this one well even though it is with simple one masala dish along with a pulse bhaji/upkari and podi/fires as an accompaniment. A very tummy filling lunch with favorite south Indian Red Boiled Rice served with the curry. If you have no liking to this rice or it is not available to you, go ahead and prepare ordinary or any other rice and serve it along with these dishes and they will taste equally good. Alvamande ie colocasia roots/Arvi are available almost all round the year and is a delight to relish in different curries. I have posted quite a few dishes using them and I have many more stored in line to be yet posted. I would really love to add more and more dishes for all of you, but then I can only prepare one or two dishes a day and the list is too long, so friends trust me we have a long culinary journey together with yummy dishes to enjoy.
** Chick Peas upkari/bhaji is usually prepared for breakfast with poha usli another favorite combo of Konkani Saraswats, but at times I do prepare the same for lunch as side dish as we love relishing it with the same. Podi or fries are always a delight to relish during lunch/dinner time and raw banana/harve kele is my hubby’s favorite. Well that’s it, a delicious tummy filling lunch for sure which you can end with a good spiced buttermilk like me, though it is not there in the picture. I have already made individual post of the dishes in the thali and will be sharing the link to each dish below as is my usual pattern with Thali. Do go through the links of the individual dishes for the recipe and if you find any difficulty or are not able to follow something you can always leave a comment or mail me, I will be glad to help. Do try out the dishes and enjoy with your family and friends.
** Given below are the links to the recipes of individual dishes in the Thali above, please go through the link for that particular dish …..
1.. For the “Harve Kele Podi (Raw Banana Fries)” Recipe, Please follow the link given below … https://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.com/2015/12/raw-banana-tawa-fries.html#more
2. For the “Alvamande Hinga Randai/ Hummana (Colocasia Roots Curry with Asafoetida)” Recipe, Please follow the link given below … https://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.in/2015/01/alvamade-hinga-uddaka-ghalnu-randai.html#more
3.. For the “Kabuli Chane Upkari (Chick Peas Bhaji)” Recipe, Please follow the link given below … https://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.in/2015/04/white-chane-upkari.html#more
4. For the “Ukde SheetHa (Red Boiled Rice)” Recipe, Please follow the link given … https://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.in/2016/12/cooking-red-boiled-ukda-rice.html#more
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** I am happy to inform you that I have also started a food group for by the name “KONKANI DELICACIES” which is over and year old, with about 19K strong members. It is a pleasure to inform that you will find in the group many more recipes posted by our expert members and you too can share some of your own. The link to the group is posted on the left side of the blog page. Do join us in our culinary journey. I strongly believe in Sharing and always endorse that “Sharing Is Caring” … Thank You ….

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