Food

Sometimes we just need a little juju. This delightful teal coloured space at the Visitor’s Services Kiosk at Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect pitstop after a long stroll through this 158 year old garden. (Fun fact: Did you know Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of three gardens to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?)

Juju offers up a variety of both healthy and slightly indulgent snacks (think smoothies, acai bowls, croissants, coffee, tea and other tea break kind of food).

For most of the year, Singapore is pretty hot and humid so Juju offers patrons both refreshing thirst quenchers and a respite from the sun’s rays.

Midway through my walk today, I decided to visit Juju, which is conveniently located near the Bukit Timah entrance at the Visitors’ Services Kiosk. If you’re coming from the Bukit Timah entrance, just walk straight and look out for the Visitors’ Services sign. Turn left into the narrow path and walk along the wooden path, and Juju is right behind the Visitors’ Services Kiosk.

Note that Juju is more of a humble kiosk than a spacious cafe. There are benches where you can sit on and enjoy your drink or bowl but it is not a massive space.

I tried the refreshing Juju Acai Bowl in regular size (S$8.50). I believe they are currently using Selva Foods’ acai, which is why I decided to visit them in the first place! 🙂

The Juju Acai Bowl is made with acai, watermelon, other fruits, medjool dates and filtered water.

My bowl was topped with a coconut chia seed pudding-like sauce, blueberries, bananas and generous chunks of granola. There was also some kind of nut butter drizzled over it. Perhaps almond or peanut butter.

The frozen dessert had plenty of subtle watermelon flavour, some slight earthy acai flavour to it and towards the end, I could taste a hint of naturally sweet medjool dates.

The end result of this concoction was a very light, clean, healthy but still filling acai bowl. I felt much more alive after eating it, and it’s definitely pretty healthy and delicious in its own right. There are still many other things on their menu that I don’t mind trying next time. An alternative to the acai bowl is the red dragonfruit bowl which sounds incredibly interesting and looks so pretty! I also want to try out their colourful smoothies next.

Have you tried Juju at Singapore Botanic Gardens or any other restaurant/cafe there? Let me know in the comments whether you have, and what your food recommendations are!

It’s not every day that one goes to Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St. Regis Singapore for high tea 🙂

This afternoon, my parents and I took a trip down to town for our first high tea experience at the 6 star hotel’s contemporary French restaurant.

Perhaps what was most surprising was the price. It is relatively affordable when you compare the pricing of their afternoon tea set to other places in Singapore that offer high tea.

For high tea on a Sunday, it is S$53++ per person. It includes access to the buffet spread (sushi, fruit, patisserie, cheese, crepe, sorbet, etc), a three tier high tea set, and a pot of tea (lots of TWG options/The St. Regis tea blend).

On weekdays, the afternoon tea is slightly cheaper.

For S$36++ per person on a Sunday, you get to enjoy a pot of tea and a three tier high tea set, which is quite filling and delicious on its own. I highly recommend this one, and it’s what the three of us got.

The tier comes with one chocolate financier, one raisin scone, one plain scone, one madeleine, one foie gras sandwich, one smoked salmon blini, one lemon tart and one raspberry tart.

For the high tea at The St Regis Singapore, just note that there aren’t any ongoing card promotions. But you can still enjoy 50% off with Amex if two people dine for lunch or dinner (it excludes Sunday lunch as they do brunch instead). I recommend calling in advance to confirm as well as to make a reservation.

Another great thing is that there is complimentary parking, just remember to ask the host for it before leaving the hotel.

Because of the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and quality, you will definitely get more bang for your buck at The St. Regis.

Just imagine reclining in your chair with a cup of tea in hand, while a pianist nearby serenades you with a rendition of La Vie en Rose and Beauty and the Beast.

And on the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows, like a gentle geyser, a row of fountains steadily toss jets of water into the air. It is all very zen.

I love that the hotel itself is also full of vibrant Asian paintings and sculptures.

The attention to detail is everywhere.

In the women’s restroom was a beautiful and well-worn dark wooden console table.

Carved into its surface was a very picturesque and detailed image that seemed to tell a story. It showed a scenery as if from an elegant Chinese painting from a long ago dynasty.

All in all, the high tea experience at The St. Regis was wonderful. Although the clotted cream wasn’t as amazing as what you can get in the UK, I thoroughly enjoyed their scones! The raspberry and lemon tarts in the high tea were also very delectable and very well done indeed.

The St. Regis Singapore is such a nice hotel, I can’t wait to come back again for their quality high tea, as well as to try their lunch and dinner. And maybe a staycation (one day!)

Been procrastinating on this review of La Taperia by Les Amis mostly because typing out the name of each dish was a little bit tedious, but now that it’s the weekend and I have a bit of time, I have no excuses!

La Taperia is a Spanish tapas restaurant located on the 2nd floor of Shaw Centre (next to Shaw House). Reservations can be made through www.quandoo.com.sg

The restaurant is dimly lit with a cosy, steakhouse kind of vibe. It’s also not too noisy which I appreciate!

On the whole I think our meal averaged to about $85 per person. A tad bit expensive IMHO but probably okay if you have deep pockets or celebrating a special occasion!

Drinks

Sangria Tinto ($15)

What better way to kick off our meal than with a glass of red sangria each!

La Taperia’s sangria is pretty sweet and fruity (yum!) and reminds me of Pimm’s. The sangria itself wasn’t too heavy and sour, it was just nice. I’ld definitely recommend getting a jug ($52) of the sangria for sharing because it is just so good.

Warm Tapas

Croquetas de Jamón ($15)

Croquette of suckling pig bechamel & jamón ibérico

This looked really good online. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, this tapas dish was too pricey and didn’t leave much of a lasting impression on me. I much prefer Japanese croquettes from Muji/Mos Burger.

Gambas Al Ajillo ($20)

Prawns cooked with garlic chilli and extra virgin olive oil

I don’t eat seafood so most of our food was confined to meat.

My friend ordered this prawn tapas though, and the prawns looked pretty juicy. There was plenty of garlic and sizzle when the dish arrived!

Costillitas de Cordero a la Parrilla ($26)

Charcoal grilled lamb rib confit glazed with honey mustard

I love ribs. The meat is nice and tender and the sauce is just right, not too sweet. There’s a slight charcoal burnt flavour too. This was pretty yummy, I would definitely recommend ordering this!

Albóndigas en Salsa Ibérica ($18)

Homemade meatballs (chicken, pork and beef) cooked in chorizo ibérico sauce

Ahh I’ve been craving meatballs after Subway have temporarily banished their Meatball Marinara from their menu. Sadly the La Taperia meatballs were too pink and chicken-y for my liking. I prefer my meatballs to have a little more beef. The sauce was quite tomato-y and a little on the plain side. Perhaps it would be more appealing to people who prefer a much lighter and cleaner flavour?

Correderas de Carne ($16)

Beef cheek sliders, pickled vegetables & aioli sauce

These cute burgers were so tiny and reminded me of Krabby Patties from Spongebob! The beef cheek was definitely very soft and tender and melt in your mouth.

Bread

Grilled Baguette ($4)

Our waitress recommended that we order the grilled baguette to go with the meatballs and the garlic prawns. I had my eyes on the Crystal bread with diced tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil ($6) and probably should have ordered that instead.

The grilled baguette was quite tough and to me tasted a lil stale and it didn’t come at the same time as the meatballs and prawns so we didn’t have anything to eat the baguette with other than butter which was a little strange..

So maybe skip the plain grilled baguette and opt for the Crystal bread instead!

Sides

Coles de Bruselas Con Chorizo ($10)

Brussels sprouts with chorizo

My friend wasn’t a fan of this dish but I quite liked it. Thought it was one of the more affordable and yummy dishes on the menu. It’s very tasty and homely. Even the sauce tasted of Brussels sprouts. A good side dish of veggies to order!

Desserts

Crema Catalana ($12)

Catalan cream enriched with mango bits and à la minute crispy caramelised topping

I quite liked this dessert, the top layer was nice and crispy and the cream underneath was soft, sweet and creamy. Nothing too sickeningly sweet.

If you’re a fan of creme brûlée, try this dessert! Besides this, La Taperia also does churros and many other Spanish desserts! So leave space in your tummy for some delectable sweets.

Have you tried La Taperia? Let me know in the comments what you’ve tried! Or if you haven’t, what your favourite Spanish tapas restaurants are in Singapore so I can check them out! 🙂

This Christmas, I’m gifting jars of scrumptious yet healthy nut butters from none other than Wild Butter Co! With a wide variety of flavours to choose from, you won’t have any problem finding the right gift for the loved ones in your life 🙂

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter
This is definitely one of my new favourites! Taste-wise, it reminds me of lotus biscuits. I also really love the texture of this nut butter. Smooth but with a nice, even crunch. This gourmet spread is made with agave nectar, a delicious and healthy alternative to maple syrup, but still has plenty of maple syrup flavour and addictive sweetness to it. In other words, this is the perfect yummy nut butter to get you in that festive mood!


Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter
Made with Oreo cookies, this vegan nut butter spread is a real delight (and unlike anything else you’ve ever tried!) The combination of oreos, sea salt and peanuts is really interesting. If you’re looking for a little more crunch and something not too sweet, this cookie peanut butter is a must try 🙂


Crunchy Kokoa Peanut Butter

Dark chocolate, digestives and peanut butter is a definite winning combination! If you’re a Nutella fan, you might enjoy this healthier spread alternative. The guilt-free, not-too-sweet, chocolatey flavour is just SO good.

Matcha Milk Peanut Spread
If you love all things matcha and haven’t tried this one yet, trust me you’ll love this Wild Butter Co matcha spread. It isn’t too sweet, but has a nice green tea taste to it. Rafael (founder of Wild Butter Co) says the secret to the amazing quality is in using only premium green tea leaves! I mean, just look at that glorious green colour. YUM.


Honey Roasted Almond Butter

Wild Butter Co’s honey roasted almond butter is made with raw honey, a natural sweetener with lots of antioxidants. It’s really tasty and free of hydrogenated vegetable oils and low in carbohydrates. So you can still #treatyourself while maintaining a healthy diet! The almonds provides a slightly lighter flavour compared to the peanut spreads.


Earl Grey Peanut Butter

This is by far my favourite Wild Butter Co peanut butter. It’s a close tie with the Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter, but this is so decadent (it contains white chocolate) and the bergamot earl grey flavour is really there. Tastes like absolute heaven! A definite must order if you’re an earl grey fan.

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Wild Butter Co now ships to Singapore, Malaysia and other countries. So what are you waiting for? 🙂 Check out www.wildbutterco.com to get your hands on their amazing nut butters! PS. Get free shipping when you purchase 6 or more jars. If you’re located outside of Singapore and Malaysia, email hello@wildbutterco.com for more information on ordering!

If you frequent Orchard Road/Somerset often, or if you are simply looking for a chill place to unwind with friends and family over proper food and drinks, then this post is dedicated to you!

For those unfamiliar, Outback Steakhouse is an Aussie inspired steakhouse that’s been in Singapore for many, many years, and not too long ago they opened a restaurant on the fourth floor of Orchard Gateway. Outback also has a global presence with numerous restaurants around the world.

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What I like about Outback:
(1) It’s air-conditioned.
(2) It’s family-friendly.
(3) It’s away from all the hustle and bustle that is Orchard Road.
(4) It offers a stellar view of the Orchard/Somerset belt.
(5) The food and booze is really decent and reasonably priced.
(6) The bar area looks so fancy and they even have a sports channel dedicated television.

So if you’re looking for a place to have a decent meal with family or a group of friends or even just a plus one, you should check out Outback.

Before I digress any further, let me get into Outback Steakhouse’s awesome new menu!

So what’s new?

(1) Dessert Donuts
Omg I love this. Admittedly it isn’t photogenic, but EVERYONE knows that “ugly” food always tastes so goooood. I had average expectations, but this was quite mind-blowing.

The donuts are FRESH and crisp, and oozing with MASCARPONE. Omg. You can throw your diet out the window with just one bite. The dessert donuts kinda remind me of goreng pisang or a cross between churros and donuts. I’m still dreaming about this fried, decadent goodness, plus it’s served with a thick and heavenly Milo sauce.

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(2) Skillet Cookie
As you can see, this is a yummy warm baked gooey chocolatey cookie served on a skillet with chocolate sauce. Ok at this point I’m just throwing up all the possible adjectives I can think of to describe this cookie. It has a really homemade feel to it as well. It’s really addictive, so please order this at Outback if you are a chocolate lover. On a separate note, this large cookie is suitable for sharing!

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(3) Aussie Chicken Tacos

These were simply fabulous. The grilled chicken was juicy, tender and fresh and so tasty. Loved how they combined it with coleslaw and aioli so it wasn’t at all dry. Although the portions looked normal, it was actually really filling in a good way! I felt like it was the right balance between being healthy but also delicious.

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There were other new offerings on the menu, but since I’m an average human being and can’t eat like 100 spring rolls like people on YouTube, I didn’t get to try all the other new menu items at one go. HOWEVER, I intend to go back and try their other new dishes which I will elaborate more on below.

Besides what I mentioned above, the other new menu offerings are:

1. Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich (chicken breast seasoned in spices, breaded and fried, in a toasted bun with mayo, chili oil and pickles)
2. Shrimp Creole Sandwich (a crispy shrimp sandwich with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, creole sauce)
3. No Rules Grilled Fish (fresh grilled fish with seasonal vegetables and shrimp scampi or Toowoomba sauce)
4. Ranchero Chicken (grilled chicken + mashed potatoes with lemon butter sauce, pico de gallo and ranch dressing and slaw)
5. Filet and Grilled Shrimp (filet with grilled shrimp and two sides of your choice)
6. Chile Marinated Ribeye (juicy ribeye steak chargrilled to perfection with avocado pico de gallo, Mexican corn, crispy tortilla, grilled tomatoes, chile sauce and sour cream)
7. Strip and Fish of the Day (Outback’s signature strip paired with flame-grilled fish and a side)
8. Rainbow Salad (mixed greens, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, grilled chicken, boiled egg, bacon, fresh avocado and spiced orange vinaigrette)
9. Steakhouse Salad (seared sirloin atop mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, pecans, and blue cheese vinaigrette)
10. Asian Spicy Pasta (fettuccine, seared chicken, sautéed veg, cashews and a spicy sauce, sweet chili garlic, herbs and tomatoes).

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This drink I ordered was the Pacific Rim. It was SO GOOD. You can really taste the alcohol, and it also has a very clean taste.

Something else that’s new on the menu is the Chef’s Selections. These brand new, reasonably priced dishes were specially created to cater to our Singaporean taste buds. There’s the Outback Curry Chicken (steamed rice, crispy chicken, bok choy, curry), Tropical Beef and Rice (sautéed beef, seasonal veggies, green onions, teriyaki sauce, steamed rice, spinach, pineapple), Country Fried Steak (a huge steak that’s battered, fried, topped with peppercorn sauce, and mashed potatoes and broccoli), Sirloin Steak with Rice (sliced sirloin steak, seasoned rice, sautéed spinach, black pepper sauce), Spicy Shrimp Bowl (crispy shrimp tossed with spicy sriracha aioli, spinach, steamed rice, sweet chili sauce).

As for the new appetisers, there’s the Bloomin’ Pickle Fries (fried pickles and fries with a sweet chili and creamy ranch dressing), Lemon Butter Calamari (pretty self-explanatory), Crispy Volcano Shrimp (crispy shrimp meets sriracha aioli sauce and green onions), and also the Appetizer Platter (sharing portion of the Kookaburra Wings, Lemon Butter Calamari and Crispy Volcano Shrimp!)

As you can see, they’ve pretty much outdone themselves by coming up with so many new food options to explore, so there’s really something for everyone. Well, I think that’s enough from me about the food, go check out Outback Steakhouse’s latest menu and be the judge yourself!

Outback Steakhouse is located at 277 Orchard Road, #04-01, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858. To make a reservation, call them up at 6702 6842!

[Disclaimer: This food review was sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. All photographs and opinions are my own.]

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