Singapore's Odette Dethrones Bangkok's Gaggan as Asia's Best Restaurant

Singapore’s Odette Dethrones Bangkok’s Gaggan as Asia’s Best Restaurant

By Kristine Servando, Bloomberg March 26, 2019
After four consecutive years as Asia’s best restaurant, Bangkok’s Gaggan has finally been dethroned.
Odette in Singapore managed to wrestle the title from the iconic Indian-fusion restaurant, famed for its emoji-filled menu. Chef Julien Royer, who named the place after his maternal grandmother, steered Odette to first place from from ninth in 2017 with multiple-course French fare that has included “seared foie gras, miso caramel, lemon quinoa and Japanese strawberries.”
Gaggan landed in second place, still retaining the title of Thailand’s best — a bittersweet run for a restaurant that is due to close in 2020 as chef-owner Gaggan Anand plans new ventures in Japan.
Tokyo kaiseki eatery Den ; German restaurant Sühring , run by twin brothers in Bangkok; and French-inspired Florilège in Tokyo rounded out the top five of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Den Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, who also won the chef’s choice award, said he introduced Japanese truffles to his dishes over the past year, paired with soup and fish.
Surprise additions included the first-ever Malaysian winner, Dewakan Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, and Manila’s Toyo Eatery , helmed by chef Jordy Navarra. “In the past year we just changed the menu,” said Navarra. “One of the fun things that we’ve been playing around with is making our own banana ketchup—it’s super Filipino. I think it’s one part of what we are.” The last time a Philippine restaurant made the list was in 2017.
French haute-cuisine restaurant Amber at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental — Hong Kong’s top-placed restaurant for the past five years—fell 14 places to No. 21. Amber, at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, has been closed for renovations since December 2018 and is due to reopen this spring with a revamped menu.
Chef and Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus has spent the downtime traversing the world with his team, finding new ingredients and learning new cooking techniques. “We’re still testing new ingredients and dishes so details of the new menu will be revealed closer to the opening. What guests can expect though, is the same purity of flavors and classic techniques,” he said.
For the handful of restaurants that have consistently ranked among the top 50, their chefs say innovation is key.
Tetsuya Wakuda, chef of Waku Ghin at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore which now ranks No. 40, said he experimented last year with a new ingredient—the muscle of a fresh pearl oyster. “It is meaty, boasts sweet and delicious flavors and has a unique texture, unlike abalone or scallops,” he said. It’s the star in the dish “poached pearl’s meat with confit of chicken and mushroom,” which has taken a place on the menu alongside house signatures such as “marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar.”
In Hong Kong, chef Hideaki Sato of Ta Vie, which came in at No. 50, said he liked to tweak the flavor of his dishes at the last minute to suit what diners are drinking. He’s been exploring ingredients such as Chinese yellow wine, roselle (a species of hibiscus), dried persimmon and lotus. In New Delhi, chef Manish Mehrotra said he experimented with sorrel leaves, amaranth seeds and fresh mangoes at Indian Accent, which at No. 17 is India’s best restaurant.
Since taking over gourmet Thai restaurant Nahm (No. 22) in Bangkok last year, Chef Pim Techamuanvivit—one of the handful of female chefs who featured in this year’s list—said she made a completely new menu, “refocusing on amazing ingredients produced in Thailand,” such as variants of fish sauce.
And Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak at Hong Kong’s Lung King Heen, ranked No. 38, found unlikely inspiration for one of his latest creations: airplane food. On a flight to Singapore he peeled back the foil cover of his meal and found “long grains that are quite chewy.” He said: “I later learned that it is an Italian pasta called puntalette, so I tried to cook it in the Chinese way and this new twist to fried rice has become very popular at Lung King Heen.”
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is selected and voted on by a panel of 318 food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and foodies across Asia. The awards are held and published each year by William Reed Business Media, a U.K.-based media company. Here’s the full list for 2019:
1 Odette – Singapore

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Form Meets Function In The Hudson River Valley

Form Meets Function In The Hudson River Valley By 5 A weekend trip in the new Chevy Blazer The shapely and sporty 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS handles like a dream on the winding mountain roads of the Hudson River Valley. (Talisman Photo)
Only a short drive away, the Hudson River Valley boasts beauty and fun all year long. On a recent sisters weekend away, I had the opportunity to spend time in Hyde Park, Stone Ridge, Rhinebeck and other towns in the area and can’t think of a better location for a leisurely getaway. I also had the opportunity to drive Chevy’s new Blazer and can’t think of a better car to explore the artsy, mountainous villages of the Hudson River Valley in.
Our trip began as most road trips do—by loading luggage into the car, or in this case, the stylish crossover SUV. The cargo area of the Blazer is equipped with a rail that slides forward and backward and locks in place. This ingenious feature is great for keeping a suitcase or two in place during a long drive and perfect for keeping grocery bags or sports equipment from rolling around during day-to-day activities. The Culinary Institute of America’s American Bounty Restaurant serves up charred citrus salad with arugula and endive, turmeric Greek yogurt and an Aperol vinaigrette. Welcome to the CIA
Hyde Park is known as the hometown of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Springwood Estate, the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, as well as the Vanderbilt Mansion, are preserved as National Historic Sites just two hours away in Dutchess County. You know what else is just two hours away? The Culinary Institute of America.
The CIA, as it is affectionately known as, is a four-year college and culinary school where the top restaurateurs of the country graduate from. The Hyde Park campus operates four public restaurants, including American Bounty , a contemporary farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on regional ingredients.
The lunch menu features dishes Roasted Sage Kobocha Gnocchi, Charred Citrus Salad and Grilled American Beef Wagyu Culotte, which are as beautiful to the eyes as they are delicious to the taste buds. The desserts—Warm Caramelized Apple, Chocolate Mousse Cake and Tres Leches Panna Cotta—are miniature works of art on a plate. This slideshow requires JavaScript.
Students at the CIA get hands-on experience at the restaurants and are constantly making connections between different areas of study. A student with a background in engineering named Joe sagely related the MAYA principle—Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable—to food design and car design. The father of industrial design Raymond Loewy developed this blueprint for delivering the future gradually and palatably to the masses.
“It’s this idea that the newest best thing that’s going to appeal to the most people is a balance between the furthest you can go without scaring people away,” Joe said. “I’m sure it’s a lot with car design too, the balance between aesthetics and use.”
The Chevy Blazer fits this principle perfectly. Designer Steve McCabe and his team endeavored to edge Chevy design into the future with sporty styling choices not typically seen on SUVs. The design turns heads—in a good way.
Chef Bruce Mattel, senior associate dean of culinary arts at the CIA, also added to the concept of how far one can go with food design.
“If you’re too avant garde with food, some people are going to be intimidated,” he said, and this principle is reflected in the dishes he serves with innovative flavor combinations, a focus on texture interplay and artful plating that enhances the dining experience.
American Bounty changes its menu seasonally. There’s no excuse not to journey there quarterly to check out what new flavors they have in store. Chill out with a good book or play board games with the other guests at Hasbrouck House in the warm and inviting Club Room. (Photo by Emma Tuccillo/ Hasbrouck House ) Home Away From Home
Hasbrouck House has everything you could want in a weekend getaway. Established in 1757, the Dutch Colonial stone mansion is hidden among the trees of Stone Ridge, NY, and offers modern, luxury accommodations in a historic setting.
Guest rooms, lofts and suites are dispersed between the main building, the Stable House and the Carriage House, in addition to a private house called The Cottage. Though featuring the same soothing color palette, rich furnishings, large windows, Frette linens and goose down pillows, no two rooms are alike.
My favorite touches are the in-room Nespresso machines, Aesop toiletries and heated marble floors in the bathroom.
During your stay, I recommend booking an appointment with one of Hasbrouck House’s massage therapists or yoga instructors in the Wellness Room. A yoga session with Pepper will give you the opportunity to check in with yourself and feel more relaxed and renewed than you may have thought possible. This slideshow requires JavaScript.
The 50-acre property contains walking trails down to a private lake. It’s a lovely walk even with snow on the ground to get some fresh air and quietude.
For dining, you need look no further than Butterfield , the in-house restaurant and bar. Ingredients are locally sourced and the dishes epitomize farm-to-table cuisine. Simplicity is key and no more evident than in the shishito peppers appetizer. The tender peppers when blistered and sprinkled with coarse mustard salt are perfection.
After dinner, you can spend some time with a drink by the fireplace in the Club Room, or play a round of pool or darts in the Game Room downstairs. The arcade game machine, loaded with classics like Pac-Man and Asteroids, is a fun bonus. These are the best spaces to interact with other guests of the house.
Every guest is treated like a VIP at Hasbrouck House, a true gem of the Hudson River Valley. McCabe relates pottery design to car design. (Talisman Photo) Make your mark
Nearby Rhinebeck has a flourishing arts and culture scene. Dive right in at Hudson Valley Pottery and Ceramics School .
Most of us have worked with clay in elementary school, whether it was making pinch pots or small sculptures. It’s easy to forget how much fun it is unless you’ve gone back to it as an adult and realize that ceramics is as much an art as a craft.
At a class at the pottery studio, we were given a tutorial on hand-building a mug, then unleashed on the clay and tools to bring our individual visions to life. Hand-building is good for beginners, while using the wheel requires more practice and skill. Everyone in the class enjoyed the time spent the studio and look forward to seeing our finished projects post-firing and glazing. This slideshow requires JavaScript.
Though it may seem unexpected, clay is an integral part of the car-design process. Following the initial sketches, clay sculptors make small models of the car. Changes in the surfacing are made and rendered back into a digital form. Later, a scale model is made with clay where designers can see if those lines and curves that looked great on the small model still look great life-sized.
McCabe credits the clay sculptors he works with with making him look good. Curves that read to the consumer’s eye as simple and sleek are actually the result of a complex collaborative process between artists.
McCabe also notes that clay is easy to work with, relatively inexpensive and recyclable, which makes it the perfect material for auto design as well as good choice for a hobby.
Make an appointment at Hudson Valley Pottery for a private lesson, or open studio time if you’ve got some experience under your belt. Judi Esmond and her wonderful staff will help you tap into your creative side. Lead Creative Designer Steve McCabe highlights unique design features of the Blazer. (Talisman Photo) Form and Function
‘Form follows function,’ the foundational principle associated with architecture and industrial design that states the shape of a building should primarily related to its intended purpose, can also be applied beyond those fields. In food, the form is the visual and the function is the taste. No chef wants to sacrifice good flavor solely to improve the look of the meal. In pottery, a beautiful-looking mug with an uncomfortable-to-hold handle is not functional for its intended purpose. Examples can be found all around.
The Chevy Blazer sports this principle perfectly in its interior with round vents. According to McCabe, there was a big debate during the design process whether to do a rectangular or a trapezoidal shape, or a round shape reminiscent of the Camaro, which the Blazer was modeled after.
In order to justify using an older vent style, the design team decided to make it functional. The round rim acts as the temperature control, making for an intuitive and slightly futuristic design feature. It was the first thing I noticed when I sat in the driver’s seat—my hand went straight for the vent instinctively. This slideshow requires JavaScript.
“From a styling standpoint, we’ve reached ahead a little,” McCabe said.
The Blazer is offered in the signature model, the sporty RS and, for the more formal buyer, the Premiere.
“The RS captures that sports car personality. We injected that Camaro DNA into it,” McCabe said.
As a young father, he feels he’s created an exciting loophole in the market—a bold, dynamic, responsive sports car with the spaciousness and features of a family-oriented SUV that he’s not ashamed to put a car seat and stroller in.
“I can get the best of both worlds with this vehicle,” he said, another place where form meets function. Drive around and take in the scenery of the Hudson River Valley. (Talisman Photo) Exploring The Hudson River Valley
Each hamlet of the Hudson River Valley has a personality all its own. Woodstock’s bohemian spirit is fun to explore. The friendly staff at Hasbrouck House can show you the route that takes you over the Ashokan Reservoir, where you can park the car and take pictures of the scenery.
Fruition Chocolate , which is available at Hasbrouck House, has its storefront on Tinker Street in Woodstock, where you can sample the small batch, handcrafted, bean-to-bar chocolates and bring a few bars home as souvenirs.
Also stop into the Garden Café , a vegan restaurant and juice bar on Old Forge Road, and try the Indian chickpea blinis with cashew date chutney—little savory pancakes packed with flavor that redefine what a pancake can be. This slideshow requires JavaScript.
To get away from it all or get some of that adventure you’ve been craving, spend a day hiking, biking or climbing at Mohonk Preserve . The mission of the sprawling nature preserve is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, explore and enjoy their natural world.
The Chevy Blazer handles amazingly well on windy, snowy mountain roads and has a tighter than expected turning radius, which stands up to the test on New Paltz’s angular, often one-way, streets.
New Paltz is another fun destination while you’re in the area. Lagusta’s Luscious offers artisanal chocolates in flavors like tahini cream and thyme preserved lemon sea salt caramel, while its sister cafe, Commissary, makes a mean cheese plate.
To cap off the weekend, visit the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY New Paltz campus. In addition to its permanent collection, works by Angela Dufresne and an exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mohonk Mountain House are on display through mid-July.

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Best Places to Eat in Delhi – Delhi Famous Food, Restaurants

/ Best Places to Eat in Delhi – Delhi Famous Food, Restaurants Best Places to Eat in Delhi – Delhi Famous Food, Restaurants Tripoto https://www.tripoto.com/ By Sandy N Vyjay As we all know, India is known as a country of diversity, and so there is also a huge variety of diversity in eating. And if it is a matter of multi cuisines and recipes, then Delhi is one of the best cities in India. Delhi is not only a city with a treasure of historical monuments and other attractions for travelers but it is also a foodie’s paradise. There is no dearth of places to eat in Delhi. While Delhi is proud of the best-handwritten recipes, there are also a lot of proud innovators who have transformed traditional recipes to something new and innovative. This vibrant city has always attracted food lovers from all lands. Here you can also enjoy a wide variety of exotic cuisine along with the local food. High-quality food is available in this city for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. So what are you waiting for? Relish the divine food! We will today take you to the top 20 places in Delhi that are famous for food! Are you ready to step into the best places to eat in Delhi? Kaake Di Hatti Old Delhi has always been famous for food because of the delicious dishes it offers! From the traditional Punjabi cuisine to Kulfi’s and Faaluda’s, from many varieties of parathas to Bhels and Chhole bhature, Old Delhi is the best center for food lovers. Kake Di Hatti is an authentic Punjabi restaurant that offers a feast that will make you feel like you are in paradise. Located in Gali Battan near Fatepuri Chowk, Kaake Di Hatti presents traditional North Indian dishes in favorable prices that are light on the pocket. The price value for 2 people is approximately ₹ 400. Kake Di Hatti is indeed one of the best places to eat in Delhi. Veg Gulati When in Delhi, you need not be plagued by the question, Where to eat in Delhi if you are a vegetarian? Gulati Restaurant is famous for its fine vegetarian dishes! It is one of the oldest restaurants in the city and is also one of the best places to eat in Delhi. Veg Gulati is mainly famous for the North Indian cuisine it offers. Located in Pandara Road Market, their ambiance and services are top- notch. There are a few must-try recipes on their menu that includes the very famous Dal Makhni and Amritsari Churchur Paranthas. It is one of the best places for dinner in the city and it costs approximately ₹ 1300 for two. Saravana Bhawan Saravana Bhawan is Situated in Janpath and is famous for its authentic South Indian dishes. Their delicious Appam is mainly popular as this dish has made a special place for itself in Delhi. Apart from this, the demand for their Rava idli and masala dosa is also overwhelming. Price for two people is approximately ₹ 500. If you are looking for South Indian food, then this is one of the best places to eat in Delhi. Rajdhani This restaurant is located in DLF Place Mall, Saket. It is very popular for its Gujarati-Rajasthani dishes. Rajdhani is another distinguished dining restaurant, which is always known for its different efforts and its Rajasthani plate. The cost for two people is approximately ₹ 900. Rajdhani has its restaurants across the cities of India and if you are looking for authentic Gujarati or Rajasthani cuisine, then this is one of the best places to eat in Delhi. Rajdhani definitely serves some of the best veg food in Delhi. Naivedyam If you are a lover of South Indian dishes, you must visit this restaurant located in Hauz Khas village. This restaurant is a vegetarian paradise for all the veg lovers and is very famous for its striking atmosphere and delicious South Indian dishes. Among the popular dishes are the Rasam Wadai and South Indian meals plate. Price for two is approximate Rs.500/-. Bittoo Tikki Wala This joint was started in the city as a random cart vendor and has now flourished and expanded into a number of franchisees, that’s enough proof of the finger licking food it offers. Bittu Tikkiwala is loved by everyone in the town. Crispy tikki’s from this joint are the perfect solution to beat Delhi’s cold! Located in Pitampura, a plate will only cost you Rs.60. Bittoo Tikki Wala is one of the most delicious street food places in Delhi. Al-Bake The list of great street food of Delhi is incomplete without mentioning al-Bake, which is basically a shawarma joint, located in the new Friends Colony Market. It is a small joint with only a few tables prepared for customers, the cost of each shawarma roll is not more than Rs.60. That is more than satisfying for the customers! Prince’s Paan & Chaat Corner This place located in the main streets of Chandni Chowk, that is famous for delicious food joints. People who are hygiene conscious and would not like to delve deep into the streets of Chandni Chowk would love this place as its location is upmarket. A suitable place for those who love delicious Paans of different flavors and varieties. It is located in the posh Greater Kailash and costs about Rs.250 for two people but there is so much taste! The nimbu paan being the most famous among other choices like strawberry paan, butterscotch paan, and even paan chat. The Paan of Prince is definitely one of the things to eat in Delhi. Nourish Organics This place is the only vegan food place in Delhi. It is very famous and always crowded since it is a vegetarian hotspot and heaven for all the vegans. It is located in Lodi Colony in Meherchand Market. Nourish Organics is famous for its raw organic food. The price for two people is approximately Rs.600. K3 Restaurant JW Marriott If you want to eat the most stunning and exotic food in India, then come to Delhi’s K3 Restaurant JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity, at 4 Lobby Level Asset Area. You will find a lot of options from a variety of cuisines like Italian, Chinese, Indian, Asian, vegetarian, halal, gluten and much more. The food served is simply delicious and an indulgence for the senses. K3 is one of the top restaurants in Delhi. Dilli Haat Dilli Haat will give you a culinary ride with its variety of multi-cuisine menu. It is more like a cultural capital of food in Delhi. Dilli Haat is one of the top places for eating. From seafood to spicy Rajasthani dishes or from Hyderabad Biryani to Lakshadweep, just name it and you will get it from this North-Indian place. A variety of dishes from Hyderabad, Kashmir, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bengal, Dali is also on the list! The range of food here is mind-boggling and makes it one of the best places to eat in Delhi. This is the place to head to if you are looking for all the Delhi famous food items. Saleem’s Kebabs Started as a small food joint at the Khan market, Khan Kebab’s have now moved to the Defense Colony Market. The Kakori kebabs are at this place is delicious! Mutton Sheekh Kabab, Afghani Chicken, and Chicken Tikka are among other favorites. The Kebabs at this place simply melt in the mouth. The Kebab rolls will only cost a mere Rs. 100! The Kebab rolls are one of the dishes you must try when in Delhi. Head over to this place for some of the best non-veg food in Delhi. Dolma Aunty ke momos This place is always overcrowded and packed with all the Momo Lovers around the city. It is located in the famous Lajpat Nagar market and serves the most delicious, soft and tasty momos. The prices are extremely affordable starting from Rs. 20 to Rs.50. Head over to this Momo paradise which is one of the best places to eat in Delhi. The place also offers some of the best of Delhi street food for foodies. Khandani Pakode wala There is nothing better than crunchy hot pakoras and a hot cup of tea during winters. Pakoras rank high on the list of things to eat in Delhi.e of the must eat Located at Sarojini Nagar ring road market, Khandani Pakode wala is for those people who love to have hot and crispy pakoras in the evenings. They prepare about 10 types of pakoras at any time of the day. The most selling ones are the roti pakora and paneer pakora and the chutneys that come with them are so yummy. The price for these wonderful pakoras is in the range of only about 10 to 12 rupees! Imagine there is a nip in the air and there is a hint of rain, then head over to one of the best places to eat in Delhi to gorge on hot snacks. Khan Chacha It is one of the most sought after and demanded a place for relishing on non-vegetarian food. Khan Chacha is located in Khan’s market and one the best rolls, kebabs, rotis and much more! Along with non-vegetarian food, this place also serves delicious vegetarian food. The food at Khan Chacha is a little expensive, but with the kind of taste it offers, it is worth every penny! Definitely one of the best places to eat in Delhi for Non-Vegetarians. Bishan Swaroop Only a few people know about the Bishan Swaroop restaurant of Chandni Chowk since this place is on the interior streets and one of the silent roads of Chandni Chowk. But the food served here is absolutely worth appreciating. For those who know about this gem, it is considered as the best place for chat and other food. Prices starting from as low as Rs.50 for two people! The fruit chaat & Aloo kulla are the most selling and famous dishes among others. If Delhi’s famous chaat is what sets you salivating, then definitely this is one of the best places to eat in Delhi. Govinda’s Restaurant This restaurant is located in the heart of Delhi’s Iskcon temple and ranks as one of the best restaurants in Delhi. This is a haven for all the people who love vegetarian food. They have a unique buffet system that includes traditional north Indian food to Chinese cuisine. They also serve the best Chhappan Bhog thali. Govinda’s is famous for its simple yet divine food. Price for two people is approximately Rs.1100. Surely Govinda is indeed one of the best places to eat in Delhi. Govinda serves the best food for foodies in Delhi. Al Jawahar This place is another heaven for all the mutton and chicken lovers. Dishes like Kaleji Gurda, Chicken Changezi, Chicken biryani, Shami Kebab and Khamiri roti are among the most favorites and hot selling. Rates are also competitively priced. Sitaram Diwan Chand You can’t stop gulping down the amazing Chhole Bhature served with shreds of fresh Paneer at Sitaram Diwan Chand. This place is a healthier option for all the health conscious people out there as the oil is drained out from the bhature’s after they are fried. But this does not alter the taste of the bhature one bit. It is a very budget friendly restaurant. Chhole Bhature must indeed be one of best things to eat in Delhi and one should not leave the city without indulging in it. Moolchand Parathewala If you are craving for some filling and butter loaded parathas, then this is the place for you. Moolchand parathewala serves one of the best, yummy and finger licking parathas in town. All the delhites love the parathas that are served here at late hours. This place serves the best, hot and fresh parathas at all times. These Parathas are surely one of the best things to eat in Delhi. Definitely one of the cheap and best places to eat in Delhi. Explore the tasty food of Delhi. Discover the best of local streets foods with optional hotel transfers by going on an Old Delhi Food Trail. Hope you enjoyed the tour of the best places to eat in Delhi? If this has not set your palate tingling then nothing will, Delhi a haven for food lovers with its wide range of cuisines is waiting to pamper and indulge your gastronomic senses. Would you like to take a bite of the fabulous Delhi food? Have you visited Delhi? Have you experienced the taste of Delhi? This blog was originally published on ‘ Voyager ‘

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London Restaurant Reviews : Spice Deli

London Restaurant Reviews : Spice Deli Posted by yellowshoesorangeumbrella on March 26, 2019
Disclaimer: I was invited to review the below venue and our meal was complimentary but all opinions and photos are mine. I was recently invited to review a small independent café/deli in NW6 called Spice Deli . Run by the husband/wife duo of Tarun Chandani and Kim Wilshaw , this place specialises in food inspired from their heritage in India, as well as various travels over the years. Both Kim and Tarun swapped their respective careers in psychotherapy and accountancy to retrain and run this place full time. After dipping their toes into the world of hospitality via various supper clubs and private catering gigs in Belsize Park, Spice Deli got its first permanent bricks and mortar place. Kim and her small team runs the operations in the kitchen, whilst Tarun handles front-of-house. The place itself is bright and lovely, designed in a minimalist style with potted plants, blackboard menus and jar-filled open shelves. Tucked away on a quiet side street, away from the hustle and bustle of Finchley Road, it is surrounded by other boutique cafes and small, independent businesses. Set upon two compact floors, this former Italian restaurant has been given a complete makeover by interior designers Trend and Fayre. Currently, the upstairs level is a more informal café with a few seats by the window and some lining the wall but largely has a grab-and-go vibe. Downstairs is a spacious restaurant with some communal tables seating about 30, which are reserved for more formal sit-down meals and catering for private events. Currently, they are open during the day every day of the week except Tuesdays. However, on Fridays and Saturdays they also operate an evening dinner menu alongside beer, wine and cocktails. The food is predominantly Indian-inspired, with some Middle-Eastern inflections. They work with fresh and seasonal produce and collaborate with other local businesses for certain items like coffee, bread and spices. Alongside their hot food menu, they have numerous freshly prepared salads, cakes and savoury baked goodies available to eat in or take-away. Everything is freshly prepared daily on site by Kim and her team. We kicked off with the Spice Deli Masala Chai; it was subtly flavoured with a hint of spice and not cloyingly sweet. Purists may prefer more sugar in their Masala Chai, but I was pretty happy with it. The inclusion of the Parle-G Biscuit stirred up memories of growing up in India for me (if you know, you know). Kris ordered what turned out to be an excellent example of a Flat White. The coffee (sourced from Vagabond Coffee Roasters ) was of top quality; the Flat White itself had the classic hint of bitterness and the steamed milk didn’t overshadow the flavour. Many cafes succumb to the tendency to focus all their energy on the quality of food but here the coffee matched up as well. The brunch menu was compact but confident, with a focus on eggs and hearty vegetarian dishes. Kris’s eye went straight to Shakshuka (Baked eggs on a harissa spiced roasted pepper sauce) whilst I ordered the Cilbir (Poached eggs on garlic yoghurt and chilli butter).
The Shakshuka had a nice bit of zing to it, perfect to wake up your senses on a lazy morning. The eggs were nicely cooked with some pleasant flavours coming from the herbs. My Cilbir also had an excellent blend of spices too. The yoghurt tasted silky and cooling to offset the warmth from the spices. The level of spice was medium but high on flavour.
Both dishes were served with fresh sourdough, sourced from a local bakery in East Finchley who have been collaborating with Spice Deli for quite some time now. The bread was thick, crusty and fresh; perfect for dunking and mopping up the spicy, eggy liquid.
Alongside our brunch dishes, we ordered some Pomegranate Cured Salmon and Fennel Bacon , both cured in house. I loved my bacon which was gorgeous, salty and sweet at the same time with a bit of punch coming from the fennel. The salmon was quite interesting – thick home-cured slices without that ‘fishy’ smell. I could easily eat salmon like this every day. We couldn’t have left Spice Deli without sampling their signature dish: Anda Bhurjee (Spiced scrambled eggs with tomato and onion). This Indian-inspired brunch dish had a nice bit of kick coming from the green chillies and tiny textures from finely chopped red onion and tomato. The eggs were softly folded and gooey which I quite liked. It was also heartening to know that they didn’t pander to Western audiences by dumbing down the chilli. Overall, this dish received a big thumbs up from both of us. To finish, we had an outrageously good Chai Spiced Brownie and a Chai Biskoot Ice Cream Sandwich . The latter was a dinky little thing of deliciousness with light and creamy, mildly spiced ice cream sandwiched between two biscuits (Parle-G again) and slathered with caramel sauce. The only issue was that the biscuit had gone a bit soggy. Whilst the brunch dishes at Spice Deli are remarkable and expertly made, it slightly leans to the classic and conventional side. To me, it is the daily baked goodies where the menu really shines in terms of novelty, creativity and skills. The selection of fusiony items like Turmeric Spiced Frittata , Turmeric Brioche Buns , sticky and mouth watering Cardamom and Cinnamon Buns and lush and colourful cakes is where the confluence of various cuisines really manifests. Indeed, that counter is a real treat for the eyes and taste buds. The food in Spice Deli is comforting, homespun food that not only ticks the box, but ticks the soul. We quite liked the Indian and Middle-Eastern mash up in terms of the food. The place has a real community vibe and you can clearly see this passion project being lapped up by the locals. Ever since opening nine months ago, the neighbours have been hugely supportive of Kim and Tarun’s venture and, judging by the number of locals who dropped by whilst on our visit, it seems a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. As a destination, Spice Deli is a amiable spot to meet and greet for delicious coffee, healthy and homely food and friendly conversations.
Location : 11 Goldhurst Terrace, London NW6 3HY
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Guide to 13 of the UAE’s hottest new restaurants

The first quarter of 2019 has seen some beloved venues shut their doors even as a record number of restaurants launch. Gulf News tabloid! hand-picks names out of these new kids on the block for a must-try dining experience.
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Masala Library By Jiggs Kalra at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai If you grew up in an Asian household at the turn of the millennium, chances are, you had a parent at home who would fight you for the remote every time ‘Zaike Ka Safar’ aired on Zee TV. Headlined by the ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’ Jiggs Kalra, the show made the food connoisseur a household name for bringing traditional cooking back to the table.
Kalra’s food legacy continues with the newly opened Masala Library, a restaurant that focuses on reviving traditional recipes from across ancient India and repackaging it for a contemporary clientele — think molecular gastronomy and deconstructed dishes.
Details: Open daily from 6pm until 1am.
Average price for two: Dh400, without beverages.
miX Dubai by Alain Ducasse at Emerald Palace Kempinski With unparalleled views of the Arabian Sea, miX by Alain Ducasse brings contemporary and classical French cuisine to the UAE food scene. Spread over three floors, you can dine al fresco on its rooftop or tuck into an exclusive meal at the private chef’s table in the central dome of the hotel.
The restaurant has also launched its Aristokrasi Brunch, offering a buffet and some plated dishes — think m’rouza-style lamb shoulder and roasted corn-fed chicken confit lemon. Although, if you ask us, we are quite intrigued by the chocolate pizza.
Details: From 5pm onwards daily.
Average price for two: Dh500. Brunch runs on Fridays from 1pm to 5pm and is priced from Dh450.
Retro Feasts at The Beach Relaunched with a new look and menu, Retro Feasts brings a taste of nostalgia to the table while paying homage to British pop culture of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The beachfront restaurant, which is the brainchild of Chef Luke Thomas, who became the head chef at 18, features food that will evoke childhood memories.
In addition to the signature dish — coronation chicken in a bun — highlights will include the classic fish’n’chips, the fish finger sandwich, the original New York hot dog and more.
Details: The JBR restaurant will be open from 10am to 11pm on weekdays and from 10am to 11pm on weekends.
Average price for two: Dh150.
Cheeky Chan at Four Points by Sheraton Sharjah This hot new Asian fusion restaurant serves up an assortment of flavour-packed curries, classic wok dishes and dim sums under the guidance of Chef Darren Andow.
Must-haves on the menu include the salmon salad, the beef rendang and the curry laksa. For dim sum lovers, Cheeky Chan is offering unlimited goblets with free-flowing soft drinks for Dh59 per person every Tuesday. Vegetarian options also available.
Details: From 6.30pm until 11pm.
Average price for two: Dh150.
ONI Lounge & Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel Serving authentic Japanese cuisine, ONI brings street flavours and dishes served in traditional ‘Izakaya’ sharing style plates. Using fresh ingredients sourced from Japan’s north island of Hokkaido, the restaurant’s menu features much-loved favourites such as robata, sushi, gyoza and ramen cooked at live stations. Menu highlights include wagyu beef tataki, avocado on crispy rice, tuna pizza, seafood okonomiyaki and semi-dried Japanese rockfish kichiji shioyaki, to name few.
Details: Open daily from 6pm to 3am
Average price for two: Dh350.
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Opa, The Fairmont Hotel, Shaikh Zayed Road Everyone we know has been to this charming Greek restaurant, jumped up to dance the Zorba and had a smashing time, both figuratively and literally.
Opa’s expansive menu includes an assortment of grilled meats, salads, fresh fish preparations and desserts inspired by the Grecian islands. We recommend the tzatziki yoghurt dip and the grilled Cypriot halloumi to start with, while opting for the Kleftiko, or the lobster orzo as main.
End the evening on a high note by indulging in the ‘Opa’, a wedding tradition that often involves the playful custom of smashing plates to celebrate success or a special occasion. If you want to be transported right into the world of Toula Portokalos from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, complete with dancing around tables, this is it.
Details: From 7pm to 1am.
Average price for two: Dh350.
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Mama Zonia, Pier 7 Amazonian cuisine is gaining international recognition for its vibrant flavours and novel ingredients — so naturally, it would find a place in Dubai’s ever evolving eclectic food scene.
Recently opened at the ever popular Pier 7, the restaurant brings the taste of the rainforest region, with traditional preparations of authentic dishes — some you’ve probably never even heard of. Steering away from creepy crawly delicacies (in case you were wondering), there’s a dedicated raw bar with a selection of freshly caught fish such as the red snapper ceviche, marinated in coconut, habanero and pineapple, with a topping of truffle pearls.
Dishes we recommend are the Yuzu Ponzu watermelon creation, which comes in an avocado sauce topped with puffed quinoa. In true South American style, meat lovers need to opt for the prime beef short bibs, cooked in the log fire for 14 hours.
Details: Mama Zonia is open daily with a Friday ‘Don’t Feed the Animals Brunch’ and a Tuesday Glamazon Ladies Night and daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm with 50 per cent off selected house beverages.
Average price for two: Dh460.
Punjabi Dhaba, Oud Metha Serving the best kadi pakoda we’ve tasted in Dubai, Punjabi Dhaba is far removed from the juggernauts found in five-star hotels in the city. This tiny little gem tucked away in the bylanes of Oud Metha serves up home-cooked fare that often results in lines forming outside its doors on Friday evenings.
If kadi pakoda isn’t your thing, opt for the rajma or chole rice combos for Dh18 and pack it with its enormous Peda Wali Lassi, which is a meal in itself.
Details: From 9am to midnight.
Average price for two: Dh100.
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Mantis, DIFC Get those posh frocks out as this DIFC hotspot finally opens its doors after a scheduled launch last November was postponed.
Fast becoming a go-to for the late-night food and party scene, Mantis is spread across a sprawling 789 square metre space located on the podium level in Emirates Financial Towers. The venue is pegging itself as a new addition to “Dubai’s VIP entertainment culture”, with a menu that includes Asian and South American-inspired dishes, along with classic European favourites — think hand-crafted sushi rolls and sashimi, fresh oysters, and ceviche. The venue later transforms into a club.
Details: From 9pm from Wednesday to Friday.
Average price for two: Dh400.
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Tasca at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Chef Jose Avillez sets the table for traditional Portuguese cuisine, served with a contemporary twist. With a menu based on a sharing concept, Tasca introduces patrons to a range of Portuguese classics, from the sea and the land, such as giant red shrimp, piri piri chicken with smoked avocado cream and a surf and turf platter with blue Portuguese lobster. The restaurant offers both indoor seating and outdoor terrace dining.
Tasca is Chef Avillez’s first international opening. His other restaurants include the Michelin-starred Belcanto in Portugal.
Details: Open daily from noon to midnight.
Average price for two: Dh450.
Taverna Greek Kitchen, Souk Madinat Jumeirah The homegrown concept brings the much-loved flavours and dishes of the Mediterranean with an open-style kitchen and cosy surroundings, allowing guests to be transported to a local Greek family-run restaurant.
The concept is based on a sharing style with a wide variety of mezze including cold plates, salads and appetisers. Highlights include Ksidato or slow braised octopus, classic Greek dishes such as tzatziki, taramosalata and athinaiki. The menu offers a variety of fresh seafood, which is cooked to order.
Details: From noon until midnight.
Average price for two: Dh350.
Mama Pho at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah If you’ve been to the newly opened hotspot on The Palm Jumeirah, you would know The Pointe is where the influencers in Dubai congregate over the weekend for their trigger happy Instagram captures. While it was a tough choice to pick just one to make the list, our passion for Vietnamese and Thai food, straight from Mama’s kitchen won out.
Mama Pho, with its rustic wooden furnishings, relaxed vibe and waterfront location, is ideal for a laid-back midweek or weekend bite. Mama Pho’s menu includes good, honest pho — with two options available – Vietnamese Noodle Soup and Tom Yum Goong. Other must-try dishes include lobster wonton, Thai green papaya salad, aromatic lychee duck and delicate lotus seabass.
Details: From noon to midnight.
Average price for two: Dh300.
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Hitchki, Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights The modern Indian resto-bar franchise from Mumbai finally heads to Dubai, offering up a new spin on many childhood favourites. Think Charlie chapli kebab, crispy chicken Khurana, spinach risotto with cottage cheese and crispy okra, among others.
Those with a sweet tooth must try the signature Baratiyon Ka Swagat (welcome the wedding guests), a chocolate filled fondant with paan pasand jelly and pink candy floss. Also, fans of singer Fahmil Khan can catch him with his band performing on March 27.
Details: From noon until 1am on weekdays and 3am on weekends.
Average price for two: Dh280.
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If you are looking for a decent family room stay for reasonable price, then you can stay at parakkat nature resorts. The food needs to be specially mentioned as it includes all the north Indian and south indian cuisines.

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Lauki Paratha Recipe | Bottle Gourd Paratha

Lauki Paratha Recipe | Bottle gourd Paratha with step by step pictures. Bottle gourd is a healthy cooling vegetable. It has a high-water content and hence its perfect for summer so why not include in our regular food. I served this Lauki Paratha with Tomato Paneer Curry will post the recipe tomorrow. Now lets see how to prepare Bottle gourd Paratha. Lauki Paratha Recipe Recipe Cuisine: Indian| Recipe Category: Breakfast Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 2 mins | Serves: 4 | Author: Sharmila Kingsly Ingredients:
Atta / Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup Grated Lauki – ¼ cup Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp Garam Masala – ½ tsp Chilli powder – ½ tsp Salt as needed Water as needed to knead the dough Oil/Ghee to cook the paratha Method : 1. In a mixing bowl add in the Wheat flour ,to this add in the grated lauki ,finely chopped coriander leaves. 2. Next add in the Garam Masala, Turmeric powder, Chilli powder and Salt. Mix well and the sprinkle in water little by little and knead everything together to form a soft dough. After kneading close the dough with a kitchen towel and allow it to sit for 30 mins. 3. Pinch a small portion of the dough, and using a rolling pin flatten it to a small paratha. Heat a tawa, Once it hot, place in the paratha. 4. Drizzle oil and cook on both the side until its cooked perfectly. Serve hot Notes: Serve hot with a dollop of butter. Using ghee while coking make the paratha delicious.
Step by step Method with pictures: 1. In a mixing bowl add in the Wheat flour ,to this add in the grated lauki ,finely chopped coriander leaves. 2. Next add in the Garam Masala, Turmeric powder, Chilli powder and Salt. Mix well and the sprinkle in water little by little and knead everything together to form a soft dough. After kneading close the dough with a kitchen towel and allow it to sit for 30 mins
3. Pinch a small portion of the dough, and using a rolling pin flatten it to a small paratha. Heat a tawa, Once it hot, place in the paratha.
4. Drizzle oil and cook on both the side until its cooked perfectly. Serve hot
Serve with any Kurma or Raita.

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Honest? None.
Each cuisine delivers something that nobody else can.
My favourites are Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, in no particular order.
Some cuisines are superior in some foods than others, like Japanese cuisine excels in fish courses, Indian has probably the best vegetarian dishes, European cuisines are IMHO the best in the world when it comes to desserts (French and Italian, but also Austrian, German, Swiss). I have eaten a lot of Chinese food, as in made by and for Chinese people, as well as Thai, for example, and I find their sweets disappointing.
There is also an imprinting bias. When you are weaned and fed from childhood with certain foods, your palate will respond better to those. Mexicans are able to cope with massive amounts of chili, which few in Europe could cope with and they would not taste the foods properly because the pepsine would cover the other flavours. A French from Normandy will have a penchant for greasy, buttery foods which I wouldn’t necessarily find good (my experience with quiche lorraine, for example, is that after two or three bites I often find it too much, but I was raised with a Mediterranean cuisine where butter was almost unheard of).
Let’s say that there is a food that trumps all others and makes up for any existing deficiency: pasta. So whoever does pasta better is the winner wink wink

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10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Singapore, Where Kids Can Dine FREE

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Make family time even sweeter with these 10 family-friendly restaurants in Singapore.
Whether it’s a café, bistro, or a full-scale buffet restaurant, these dining establishments will give you a good reason to take your family out for a good meal.
Kids can be fussy and choosy, so it is best to pick a place where you can truly relax and everybody in the family gets their own happiness points.
With the variety of cuisines available, both in local and international flavour, travel the world through your plate.
Plus, kids enjoy a FREE meal as you bond over your choice of hearty dishes and value-for-money brunch, lunch and dinner (Some of these offers are limited till end of April, so act fast!). Here are 10 family-friendly restaurants where kids can dine FREE:
Swensen’s Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm ((Mon – Fri) 8am – 11am [breakfast menu] 11am -10:30pm [a la carte menu] (Sat, Sun & PH) Breakfast menu valid at all Swensen’s outlets excl. Bukit Panjang Plaza, City Square Mall & Plaza Singapura
Though synonymous with ice cream and sweet memories, Swensen’s has grown through the years to become a casual-dining restaurant chain and a household name in Singapore.
It offers a wide selection of hearty food, desserts, beverages, ice cream cakes and takeaway novelties.
Try Battered Fish & Chips, a new dish and an ode to Swensen’s signature Fish & Chips. This slightly different version features a lightly seasoned battered fish fillets, fried to a crisp golden brown and served with creamy green pea puree.
If you prefer the original, the signature Fish & Chips (Swensen’s most popular main apparently) comes with their signature tartar sauce, Idaho potato fries and tangy coleslaw.
Other new pasta dishes to try out are Crayfish Pasta, included with fresh crayfish, tender crabsticks, succulent fish fillet with al dente spaghetti tossed in a tangy tomato sauce; and Thai Curry Pasta, a mix of spaghetti, Thai curry sauce, and plump fried king prawns.
If you fancy a rice dish, go for Fisherman’s Catch Baked Rice, a medley of plump fish fillets, blue mussels and shrimps baked with lemongrass-infused wild rice, spicy tomato sauce and gooey melted cheese.
Remember the Crispy Cornflake Chicken? It’s back by popular demand.
For the young ones, treat them to Pas-Ta Sausage and Cheese Omelette.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free (Kid’s meal) with minimum order of 2 mains
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Kid refers to child aged 4 to 12 years old– Offer is valid from 1 November 2018 to 31 December 2019, or when 5,000 Kid’s meals are redeemed, whichever earlier– Valid for one redemption per bill/table. No splitting of bill/table allowed.– Not valid in conjunction with HSBC 10% year-long offer, other discounts, promotions and vouchers in the same bill– Not valid on eve of/on public holidays and on special occasions including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Youth Day, Teacher’s Day and Children’s Day– Cardholder must quote the offer and pay with an HSBC Visa Platinum Card only– Only valid at Swensen’s outlets, excluding Earle Swensen’s– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Greenwood Fish Market (Bukit Timah) 34/38 Greenwood Avenue Singapore 289236 Tel: +65 6467 4950 Opening Hours: 12pm –10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Greenwood Fish Market (Quayside Isle) 31 Ocean Way, 01-04/05, 098375 Tel: +65 6262 0450 Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon), 12pm –10pm (Tues – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Established in 2003, Greenwood Fish Market has become the go-to neighbourhood destination for a seafood fix.
Expect a wide selection of the freshest catch of the day – up to 30 varieties to choose from.
Both a retailer and family-run restaurant, it also serves Western-style seafood-based starters, pastas & risotto, soups & salads, burger & rolls, pizzas, and mains.
Want to have a taste of everything?
Recommended are their signature platters like the Cold Seafood Platter ($99, serves 2 as a main course, 3-4 as an appetiser), a combination of steamed ½ Boston Lobster, swordfish belly sashimi, freshly-shucked oysters, New Zealand green-lipped mussels and littleneck clams, cooked live Tiger prawns, and in-house Applewood cold-smoked salmon with Spanish onions.
Kids Menu includes Fish and Chips ($11.95), Burger ($11.95), Pasta ($11.95), Crumbed Fish Burger ($11.95) and Grilled Fish of Snapper or Barramundi ($12.95).
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free from kids menu with every paying adult main course
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Valid only from 1 November 2018 to 30 April 2019– Valid only at Bukit Timah and Quayside Isle outlets– Where kids menu is not available, 1 kid dines free for every two main courses ordered (lower priced item will be complimentary)– Promotion is valid from Mondays to Sundays– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Valid for dine-in only– Not valid with other discounts, promotions, privileges and/or offers– To utilize the offer, please present an HSBC Visa Platinum credit card upon payment and full payment must be made with an HSBC Visa Platinum credit card only– Offer is not valid on eve and day of public holidays as well as festive occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Easter Day– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Lawry’s The Prime Rib 333A Orchard Rd, #04-01 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897 Tel: +65 6836 3333 Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 5:00pm Last order 4pm (Mon – Sun) Dinner 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Sun – Thurs), 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
Located in the heart of Orchard Road, the 170-seater Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore is a multi-awarded restaurant with a luxurious ambiance.
Its 4-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows affords its guests an overlooking view of the vibrant city scene.
Recognised for its exceptional American cuisine, Lawry’s The Prime Rib offers its signature dish, which the restaurant is named after.
The signature Prime Rib of Beef is aged for up to 28 days to fully tenderise its meat fibre, then slow-roasted on beds of rock salt. This method forces the meat juices inward, not oozing out, to ensure a uniformly juicy and flavourful meat.
Children 12 and below can avail of Lawry’s Kids Meal, which comes with a special gift.
It includes a starter, main, and dessert. Even kids are offered the house special Signature Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, with a side choice of creamed corn, creamed spinach or buttered peas, as one of the mains.
Other mains include King Salmon with US Idaho Mashed Potatoes, Seafood Pasta in Tomato Sauce, and Fish and Chips.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free from kids menu with every paying adult main course
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Valid only from 1 November 2018 to 30 April 2019– Promotion is valid from Mondays to Sundays– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Complimentary meal offered is limited to Lawry’s kid set menu (priced at $38++)– Valid for dine-in only– Not valid with other discounts, promotions, privileges and/or offers– To utilize the offer, please present an HSBC Visa Platinum credit card upon payment and full payment must be made with an HSBC Visa Platinum credit card only– Kid dines free from kids menu with every paying adult main course. Where kids menu is not available, kid dines free for every two main courses ordered (lower priced item will be complimentary)– Up to maximum of 2 free kid meals per table/per bill– Offer is not valid on eve and day of public holidays as well as festive occasions such as Easter Day (20-21 April 2019)– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
AquaMarine, Marina Mandarin Singapore Level 4, 6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Tel: +65 6845 1111 Opening Hours: Breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am (Mon – Sun) Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 3pm (Sat, Sun, PH) Dinner 6.30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
AquaMarine is a celebration of diverse cuisines from around the world, featuring a Halal-certified buffet spread of Asian and international favourites.
With a capacity of 320, this restaurant is a spacious venue for gatherings of large families and clans.
Showcasing a glass-enclosed kitchen, it allows guests to watch the culinary team show off their skills.
Seafood lovers, this one is for you! AquaMarine’s extensive seafood-on-ice offers endless servings of steamed live prawns, juicy black mussels, succulent crabs and fresh clams.
And if that’s not enough, there’s a Japanese counter filled with sushi and fine cuts of salmon, tuna and swordfish sashimi. THIS is seafood paradise.
Other signature local dishes, still in line with its aquatic theme, include Chilli Crab and Lobster Laksa.
The dessert station is not to be missed, with its wide selections of Nonya kueh, ice cream, mousses, cakes and pastries. AquaMarine’s signature Durian Pengat is a must-try.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 Kid dines free with 1 paying adult (valid for buffet lunch only)
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Valid only from 1 November 2018 to 30 April 2019– Promotion for buffet lunch only– Promotion is valid from Sundays to Wednesdays– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Valid for dine-in only– Not valid with other discounts, promotions, privileges and/or offers– To utilize the offer, please present an HSBC Visa Platinum credit card upon payment and full payment must be made with an HSBC Visa Platinum credit card only– Offer is not valid on eve and day of public holidays as well as festive occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Easter Day– Up to maximum of 2 free kid meals per table/per bill– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Asian Market Café, Fairmont Singapore Level 2, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 186590 Tel: +65 6431 6156 Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00pm – 2:30pm (Mon – Fri), Weekend Lunch 12.00pm – 4.00pm (Sat – Sun) Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Sun – Thurs); 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat)
Asian Market Café is located at the 2nd level of Fairmont Singapore, a Halal-friendly hotel awarded the 5-Star Crescent Rating.
Similarly, this casual restaurant is one of the few Halal-certified hotel restaurants in Singapore offering buffet service of authentic pan-Asian cuisine.
From now till 1st of May 2019, there will be a “Hawkers’ Delights” special.
It features local favourites and contemporary regional delicacies at the Traditional Hawker Asian Corner, including Traditional Seafood Fried Rice and Singapore Chili Crab.
Head off to the live stations and enjoy their version of Honey Glaze Chicken Wings, served with Garlic Dip, at the Live Grill Station, or the Marinated Sotong (squid) served with Sambal. There’s also a Live Station for Asam Fish Head, serving you Red Snapper with Eggplant and Ladyfingers in Assam Sauce.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 2 kids dine free with 2 paying adults for daily lunch/ dinner buffet
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Call +65 6431 6156 to make a reservation– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Valid from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2019– Offer is not valid on eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays, blackout dates and special occasions determined by the hotel– The Offers are not valid in conjunction with other promotions, privileges and vouchers– Reservation is mandatory– Cardholder must quote “HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card” prior to ordering– Cardholder must pay with HSBC Visa Platinum credit card only– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Prego Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560 Tel: +65 6431 6156 Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm, Dinner 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Talk about the classic favourite Italian restaurant, and Prego at Fairmont Singapore would come to the minds of many.
It is one of the recommended Italian restaurants in Singapore that offers an authentic Italian family style dining experience, known for its decadent variety of offerings, especially the pastas and pizzas.
Conceptualised by Chef de Cuisine Antonio Facchinetti and team, it showcases a live pasta crafting and risotto bar; meat and seafood grill selection; loads of fresh seafood; various seasonal stations; Italian farm cheeses; and some of the most amazing Italian desserts.
Get the Prego’s Signature authentic wood fried pizza with that light, crispy pizza base, available in toppings from Margherita, Parma, Hawaiian, Funghi Misti, to Marinara Delux.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 2 kids dine free with 2 paying adults for Sunday Set Lunch
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Call +65 6431 6156 to make a reservation– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Valid till 31 October 2019– Offer is not valid on eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays, blackout dates and special occasions determined by the hotel– The Offers are not valid in conjunction with other promotions, privileges and vouchers– Reservation is mandatory– Cardholder must quote “HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card” prior to ordering– Cardholder must pay with HSBC Visa Platinum credit card only– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Pool Grill, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 320 Orchard Road, Level 5, Singapore 238865 Tel: +65 6831 4605 Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
The Pool Grill is an all-day dining restaurant offering guests al fresco dining setting right next to a pool.
Experience a serene resort-style ambiance with your family amidst the lush greenery while you delight in their signature salad, perfectly grilled meals, Western mains, and many more.
Prepared and served tableside, the Pool Grill Caesar Salad ($19) is a signature dish, a mix of Romaine lettuce, Parmesan, white anchovies, and garlic-herb croutons.
Don’t be surprised if the dressing is made from scratch right in front of you. Price varies depending on the protein added: bacon ($24), grilled chicken breast ($25), smoked salmon ($27), and grilled prawns ($31).
The Seared Lamb Loin ($48) is another signature main, inspired by a traditional steak Wellington.
From the grill, taste the Westholme 400-day grain-fed Wagyu Beef, specially sourced from Queensland, Australia and served with roast bone marrow. Available in different cuts, the beef is served with a selection of homemade sauces and butter, and sides.
End the meal with a sweet dessert Bombe Alaska ($17), a meringue topped with fruits and ice cream and flambéed with rum.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free and gets free pool access with minimum order of 2 mains
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Kids have to select from the kids menu– Valid for dine-in only from Mon to Sun– Not valid on eve of and on Public Holidays including special occasions determined by the hotel– Not valid with any other on-going promotions, privileges and vouchers– Payment must be made with an HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card only– Reservations must be made via 6831 4605– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Melt Café, Mandarin Oriental Singapore 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Tel: +65 6885 3500 Opening Hours: Breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am (Mon – Sun) Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat), Brunch 12pm – 3pm (Sun) Dinner 6.30pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Melt Café is Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s stylish all-day-dining restaurant, exuding modern sophistication in both its interior and menu.
Taking centre stage is an award-winning patisserie and extensive dessert counter that will make any sweet tooth smile.
Known for its extensive international buffet, Melt Café tempts its guests with ultimate indulgence, offering a spread of Japanese, Indian and European cuisines.
The gourmet lunch and dinner buffets highlight specials like oysters and premium seafood, a Royal Tandoori selection and Herbal Drunken Prawns. Buffets during Friday and Saturday offer Japanese sushi & sashimi, and outdoor barbecue grill station, and the Melt Signature Cake.
You may opt to dine al fresco during dinner amidst lush greenery, while enjoying a delicious barbecue and traditional roasts from the rotisserie.
Kids will love the chocolate fountain at the dessert counter, flowing with melted Valrhona chocolate to playfully dunk your sliced fruits, berries, marshmallows, waffles and cookies into.
Come Sunday, enjoy family time over Melt Café’s Brunch also featuring oysters and premium seafood, plus roasted Wagyu cuts and sabayon in liquid nitrogen.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free with every 2 paying adults
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Valid till 31 May 2019– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Offer is not valid on eve of and Public Holidays in Singapore, blackout dates and special occasions as determined by the Merchant such as 20 and 21 April 2019– Not valid with other discounts, privileges, promotions, set menus, special menus, vouchers, membership privileges, VIP cards– Discount is not valid on service charge and taxes– Payment must be made with an HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card only– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
21 on Rajah, Days Hotel Singapore 1 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329133 Tel: +65 6808 6847 Opening Hours: 6am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Treat your family to something different this week and visit 21 on Rajah at Days Hotel Singapore. Go Mediterranean in this all-day dining Halal-certified restaurant overlooking the verdant Zhongshan Park.
If you’re celebrating a private event, they offer a private dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can dine with a view.
Head off to the buffet carving station and partake of the Roasted Beef Rib-Eye, served with 21 of Rajah homemade, beef bone-infused sauces. The prime NZ-sourced boneless steak is cooked tender and juicy, and has a rich flavour.
If you prefer something light, the Whole Baked Sea Salt Marinade Salmon should satisfy you. Served alongside lemon wedges, tomatoes and herbs, this Norwegian salmon is baked to perfection to create a beautifully moist flesh that’s full of flavour.
Rajah’s Paella, a house special, is made from Arborio rice originating from Valencia, Spain. Its main protein are chicken and fresh seafood. Another signature dish, the 21 Basmati is a refreshing twist to the homemade rice dish. Cooked with 21 different spice and herbs (hence the name 21 Basmati), these rice grains are simply bursting with flavours.
For the little ones, give them the Ocean’s Catch (battered fish, fries and coleslaw) or Chicken Nuggets, also served with fries and coleslaw.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free with every paying adult for buffet
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Valid from 1 February 2019 to 30 April 2019– Valid for dine-in and buffet only– Promotion is valid from Mondays to Sundays, except on eve and day of public holidays as well as special occasions– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Up to maximum of 2 free child meals per table/per bill– Not valid with other discounts, promotions, privileges and/or offers.– The management reserves the right to alter any terms & conditions without prior notice.– To utilize the offer, payment must be made with an HSBC Platinum credit card only– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
Botanico at The Garage 50 Cluny Park Road, Level 2, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488 Tel: +65 9831 1106 Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm Last Order 9:30pm (Wed – Fri) 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm Last Order 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Known as a garden restaurant and bar set within the lush surrounds of the botanic gardens, Botanico offers Asian-inspired modern European cuisine.
Spend a hearty weekend brunch with your family in a secret garden within a garden.
If you’re scouting for a venue for garden-themed weddings or events, check them out as they’re equipped with an indoor dining hall, a verdant outdoor terrace, and a bar.
Highly recommended is the “Assam Laksa” Ceviche ($17), a Chef’s interpretation of Assam laksa. This appetiser is a ceviche of seabass with green chilli, pomegranate and shaved ginger flower, presented with tamarind-dressed glass noodles and shrimp paste ice cream.
Botanico signature items include Asparagus Tempura ($14), a deep-fried appetiser served on miso hollandaise and topped with scallions and sesame powder; and Red Bass ($30), a nori-crusted Mauritius-sourced farmed red bass main dish served with couscous and grilled savoy cabbage. Available only during dinner is Iberico Char Siew ($34), smoked and chargrilled top loin (pluma) with carrot noodles, carrot puree and honey pork jus.
Cool down with Jalapeno Ice Cream ($11), a sweet and savoury dessert of Jalapeño cream cheese ice cream, charred Sarawak pineapple, dehydrated bacon financier, and micro coriander.
HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card Promotion: 1 kid dines free from kids menu with every paying adult main course
T&C:– Exclusively for HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Cards– Valid till 30 April 2019– Not valid with other discounts, promotions, privileges and/or offers– Management reserves the right to alter any terms & conditions without prior notice– To utilize the offer, please present a HSBC Platinum credit card upon payment and full payment must be made with an HSBC Platinum credit card only– Valid for dine-in customers only– Offer is not valid on eve and day of public holidays as well as festive occasions such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Easter Day– Promotion is valid from Wednesday to Sundays– Kid refers to child aged 12 and below– Child free meal from kids menu– Up to maximum of 2 free child meals per table/per bill– Where kids menu is not available, 1 kid dines free for every two main courses ordered (lower priced item will be complimentary)– The Merchant and HSBC reserve the right to vary any of these terms and conditions, or to withdraw this Promotion, at any time in their discretion without prior notice– HSBC is not the supplier of and accepts no liability for the goods and services provided by the Merchant involved in this Promotion
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