Thursday, January 23, 2014

Equinox III: High Tea Indulgence

First post with the new Nikon D7100! Plenty more to learn to fiddle with.

Ever since I was fortunate enough to get the Feed at Raffles membership at a promotional price with my DBS credit card, I have been trying to maximize its discounts at the various F&B outlets. Equinox is a clear favourite for its view and the most value-for-money meal is probably the $43.00++ high tea buffet.

Reservations are best to be made weeks in advance especially if you are eyeing the window seats, though once I was really lucky to get a table for two on the same Saturday morning. The downside to the high tea is that each session lasts only 1.5 hours (3:30pm to 5:00pm daily), so you might feel a little rushed to have several rounds of food while enjoying the million-dollar view at the same time.

The high tea buffet also comes with unlimited servings of TWG teabags. While the premium ones commanded extra charges, I was satisfied with the regular Moroccan Mint Tea.

And I must say that the buffet spread is pretty decent. There's a carving station for honey baked ham, small but does-the-job selections of cold cuts and salad bar, as well as sushi and sandwich counters that are refilled regularly.

While the Asian selections seem to rotate the couple of times that I'm there, what always remain are the popular DIY Kueh Pie Tee and Laksa corners. The former has crispy tarts and turnip/carrot fillings that's sweet and moist to my liking, while the latter is rich and creamy with a spicy oomph.

A good variety of desserts too, from Egg Tarts to Nonya Kuehs to bite-sized cakes and a chocolate fondant to play with. I particularly liked the Walnut Maple from the ice cream counter.

More (fatty) ham and Kueh Pie Tee please!

At 50% off for two person, the high tea is definitely a steal and could easily last the stomach for the rest of the day (might as well skip lunch for this too, 3-in-1 meal eh). Another booking on the cards!

Equinox Restaurant
Level 70, Equinox Complex
Swissotel The Stamford
Tel: 6837 3322

Taken with Nikon D7100
Friday, January 17, 2014

New Ubin Seafood: Show me The Meat

While there's no lack of Zi Char places in Singapore (bound to have one in the coffeeshop round the corner), many of them are honestly boring with the same old hotplate tofu, sweet & sour pork ribs, close eye also can order type of dishes. So when I discovered New Ubin Seafood about half a year back, I was instantly hooked and began the many return trips.

Located at the rather hard-to-get-to Sin Ming area among old-school car workshops and wrecked cars (reminding one to drive safe really), the restaurant occupies an entire coffeeshop space that bustles with life during dinner time. Reservations are a must on weekends and think thoroughly of what you want to order in one shot, as getting the staff's repeated attention can be a challenge.

Moscato ($60.00/Bottle)

The place also has a pretty remarkable wine list to pair with your food, and we found our favourite in the sweet dessert wine.

US Ribeye Steak ($12.00/100 Grams)

Without further ado, introducing the one that beef lovers die-die-must-order here. Served with chips, caramelized onions and mustard, the ribeye cut is of excellent marbling with a buttery texture, has a robust, smokey flavour outside and pinkish, juicy tenderness inside at medium done-ness. In short, darn shiok la.

Complimentary Beef Fats Fried Rice

Every serving of ribeye comes with this which tastes very similar to claypot rice, but more well-oiled and fragrant with beef fats. Just think lard but even better than lard.

Crispy Pork Knuckle ($26.00)

My personal favourite at New Ubin, however, is their pork knuckle. With unbelievably crispy skin and sticky lean meat with fats attached, served with thai sweet chilli sauce and a honey-pepper-like sauce (oh awesome one this is), this puts many German restaurants to shame and easily fits among the top few of its kind in Singapore.

Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves ($10.00)

Greens for balancing as usual, sweet potato leaves over kangkong if I have a choice.

Oyster Omelette ($18.00)

Thick and fluffy omelette with fat, creamy oysters, what's not to like?

Salted Egg Yolk Prawns (~$2.00/piece)

Many places failed in this dish because they scrimp on the salted egg, but not here with the generous dose of sandy gold, coating the prawns nicely and giving a burst of savoury flavour.

Ironically, despite being called a seafood place, I was never really interested in the crabs or lobster dishes. Those don't look as exciting as the rest and can easily rack up your bill by several folds. A meal here will cost about 30 odd per head (excluding alcohol) with food quality that's worth your every penny. Oh yes time to make a table booking again!

New Ubin Seafood
Sector A Sin Ming Industrial Estate
#01-174, 27 Sin Ming Road
Tel: 6466 9558

Taken with HTC One
Friday, January 10, 2014

Jamaica Blue: Keep Calm and Eat Brunch

A really short one this week as I'm rather worn out by work.

Star Vista is one of my favourite place to visit on weekends. One I can reach the place directly from my house via Circle Line, two it's out of town thus avoiding the crazy crowd and three there's plenty of eateries to choose from. So it was one of those lazy Sundays which I decided to try out brunch at Jamaica Blue.

Located right at the main entrance of the first floor, the coffee joint has only two outlets in Singapore so far. Order at counter, grab a number and wait for your food to be delivered to your table. The coach seats are pretty nice to chill out, as I spent more than two hours there lazing away with a laptop.

Latte ($5.00)

My preferred choice of caffeine, the coffee art didn't turn out well but I ain't complaining.

Egg Benedict with Smoke Salmon ($15.90)

What first struck me about my order was the enormous portion. Generous amount of smoked salmon slices and wilted baby spinach on a huge slice of sourdough toast, topped with two large poached eggs and drizzled in plenty of warm Hollandaise sauce. Very satisfying if not for the eggs being a little disappointing with its not-so-runny yolk. Deserves second chance me think.

Bill for one was $20.90, much better value-for-money than many brunch places out there. Sure I'll be returning!

Jamaica Blue
1 Vista Exchange Green
#01-32 The Star Vista
Tel: 6694 4592

Taken with HTC One
Friday, January 03, 2014

Hello 2014!

Stanley Market, Hong Kong

Hello there! Disappeared for a good two weeks as I have been back in Hong Kong (with plenty of eating and shopping, I got a new DSLR finally!), coming back just before the eve and here we are, 2014! What a year it had been, personally; pondering through the meaning of life, making milestone decisions and walking down this path alone. Now before I get all philosophical, I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you who have made me who I am today and that I'm genuinely happy with where I stand now. You should be too.

To bigger, better eats in 2014. It will be a tasty journey.

Taken with Nikon D7100