Food

Nara Thai

There are many new delightful dishes gracing Nara Thai’s all new Bangkok Sois’ Hidden Gems Menu. Ranging from soft shell crab, tiger prawns, grilled scallops to larb, fried sea bass, seafood and coconut otah, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Thankfully, the menu is decorated with pictures of each individual dish to make the decision-making process a little easier (and faster) :)

Back in 2013, Nara Thai opened its first outlet at Ion Orchard and it’s been there ever since. Knowing that even the most popular F&B outlets along Orchard Road come and go, the sign that Nara Thai has been around for a while must mean that the food isn’t too bad.

This was my first time visiting Nara Thai at Ion Orchard. Both my parents have been to Nara Thai before me while I was overseas studying, so I’m guessing it must be pretty well known. Ever since it came to Singapore, Nara Thai has expanded to the west of Singapore at Westgate. Nara Thai’s also branched out into the catering industry with its authentic Nara Thai Fine Banquets, so that’s good news if you are planning a Thai-themed event any time soon!

According to Nara Thai, their bestsellers are their Kway Tiew Rua (Boat Noodles) and Phunim Phad Pong Karee (Stir-Fried Soft Shell Crab with Yellow Curry). They also told me that their head chef is Singaporean but trained in Thailand, so you know the food is made with only the best, most authentic Thai recipes. (Not surprisingly, in 2014, Nara Thai was featured on Tatler Singapore’s Best Restaurants List.)

Something else that I learned that evening was that Nara Thai originated in Bangkok back in 2006, bringing Thai street food and air-conditioned dining together.

I got the chance to dine at Nara Thai’s Ion Orchard branch, and the ambiance was casual yet cosy, and you don’t get the feeling of being chased away. The food came quite promptly too, and the waiters always took note of when to refill my water without interfering. So I’ld say that the service at the Ion outlet is quite good.

Nara Thai’s a great restaurant for family dinners or a meal with friends after work. The traditional Asian style of cooking would be especially suitable to bring more conservative eaters like the older pioneer generation, as well as tourists looking to try some delicious Thai street food in Orchard Road while still being able to sit down in a dining atmosphere.

TL;DR you don’t need to book a weekend getaway trip to Bangkok to eat good Thai food.   

So what’s on the new menu? What should I order? What did you eat?

Well, there’s a whole lot of seafood dishes on the menu, and I’ll elaborate more on my favourites at Nara Thai.

 

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Fried Century Egg with Chili & Hot Basil Beef, Pork or Chicken, $16.90/$15.90

This was my favourite dish! It was highly addictive and I kept helping myself to more, it was soo delicious. This is a must-have if you like century egg. It was quite funny, during dinner, the century egg kept getting mistaken for aubergine.

Grilled Scallops with Asparagus, $17.90

I didn’t get the chance to try this one, but this stunning dish is on their new Bangkok Sois menu :)

Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk, $6.90

We didn’t get to taste this beautiful dessert, but I’ll be sure to order this next time I visit Nara Thai with my new Nara Rewards membership! (more later on their brand new loyalty card program!)  

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This drink isn’t part of the new menu, buuuut I ordered this super refreshing young Thai coconut! It was so fragrant, and so sweet, and the coconut flesh was so soft and tender. Yum!

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Mushroom Salad, $14.90

The Yum Hed or Mushroom Salad features oyster mushrooms and brown clamshell mushrooms. While mushrooms are rare in salads and typically found in Thai soups like tom yum, this one works! The salad is tossed with lemongrass, shallots, and mint leaves, all chopped up to give that extra punch.

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Yes, they serve BLUE RICE at Nara Thai. Can you believe it! How cool, right? The colour of the rice comes from blue Butterfly Pea flowers. Here’s a video on how they make the rice at Nara Thai! 

I found the rice a little dry at first since I’m accustomed to eating Japanese rice and not other types of rice. On top of that, based on appearances I was expecting it to be a little sticky – like glutinous rice, since you usually get blue rice in the form of kuehs. Especially my favourite pulut inti (glutinous rice with coconut) which my dad always gets for me. But in retrospect, it was a blessing in disguise that the rice alone was dry as it meant that the rice could really absorb the flavour of all of the other mains and dishes, which all had plenty of sauce!

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Seafood & Coconut Otah, $16.90

I don’t normally rave (or crave) about otah ‘cos I’m not an otah fanatic, BUT THIS WAS AMAZING. The flavour is very subtle but you can be sure to taste the coconut infusion in the Hor Mok Ma Praw On. Also, this is the first time I’ve seen otah presented this way in a coconut. Apparently, it’s how they do it in Thailand (according to hearsay at least!).  There’s also plenty of seafood (prawns, fish, squid) in this dish. The otah was uni-coloured and so so so delicious and tasty without being overwhelming. It’s hard for me to describe the exact flavour. Not fishy, tastes like scrambled eggs, a subtle flavour, and has a hint of coconut. Ok it sounds strange and I’m at a loss for words, but it tastes good, trust me. It tastes like how I think otah should taste like! Not overwhelmingly seafood-like in flavour. To sum up, the otah wasn’t too heavy so you can eat plenty of otah with no regrets!

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Fried Whole Sea Bass with Basil Sauce, $32.90

I had a few mouthfuls of this fresh, yummy sea bass. The fish was well cooked, not too soft and not too hard and not dry at all. They’ve even deep fried the fish skin (for those of you whom can’t get enough of fried fish skin). It was really easy to eat (I didn’t get any bones) and definitely something to order if you have a large table or family gathering at Nara Thai.

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Stir-Fried Soft Shell Crab with Basil Sauce, $17.90

Here’s a close-up of the soft shell crab! As someone who doesn’t eat shellfish, I must say it looks quite tasty! And look at all the fried basil! *heart eyes*

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Stir-Fried Tom Yum Tiger Prawns, $28.90

Again, I didn’t eat this one, but it looks really scrumptious and well-seasoned and tasty! The tiger prawns were hugeeee. The tiger prawns are fried in a huge wok with kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, and finally topped with with tom yum flavouring.

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North-Eastern Spicy Minced Pork, $13.90

Otherwise known as larb, this is another one of my favourites on the Bangkok Sois menu at Nara Thai, and my first time eating larb. Simply fill the boat-shaped butter cabbage leaves with this mildly spicy minced meat and enjoy!

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Yam and Pumpkin in Lychee Coconut Cream, $7.90

This deliciously warm dish was quite the surprise. I was expecting something traditional but there’s an unconventional twist to this new dessert from Nara Thai. Perhaps owing to the variety of ingredients used here. Bite-sized pieces of pumpkin and yam float in this creamy lychee-infused coconut cream dessert, and I really love the lychee flavour and the sweet and tasty pumpkin pieces. I think this one will be a hit with the older folk who might prefer a warm and hearty dessert like this!

For the quality, I think the prices for the new menu are reasonable for a meal with family and friends. Plus, with more people, you have the opportunity to try out a lot more dishes on Nara Thai’s new Bangkok Sois menu!

Oh, and I had the opportunity to become one of Nara Thai’s newest Nara Rewards members, yay!

Their newest membership program, Nara Rewards, comes with so many benefits. When you register for $20, you get $25 worth of credits, one 1-for-1 dining voucher (valid on the lowest priced item), 10% rebate, and a 20% discount during your first visit to Nara Thai during your birthday month. Whoo hoo! Compared to other restaurants, this is a really great deal cos (1) it’s affordable, and (2) there are so many more benefits! Get signing up today and do go out for a meal with the fam at Nara Thai! :)

Nara Thai @ Ion Orchard
Ion Orchard #B3-21,
2 Orchard Turn,
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6634 5787
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.00pm

Nara Thai @ Westgate
Westgate #03-07,
3 Gateway Drive,
Singapore 608532
Tel: 6710 5867
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.00pm
Website: www.narathai.com.sg

[Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Nara Thai, who kindly sponsored this food tasting opportunity.]

I’m no professional food photographer, but I do take photos of food every other day and do get asked quite frequently on how to take nice food photos. You could say it’s my hobby to capture what the people around me, and I eat on a regular basis.

While looking for free exercise classes in Singapore, I came across this local foodie who was charging an exorbitant amount for food photography classes. For that level of amateur food photography, I really wouldn’t recommend paying so much for something that you can learn for free from the Internet.

So an idea popped in my head – why not write a quick article that can benefit ordinary people with a penchant for food photography, for free?

Here are some tips on how you can take nice food photos yourself!

1. First, I’ll recommend… ditching your phone to shoot with. There are plenty of small and lightweight cameras you can invest in to really capture the beauty of food. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, most professional camera out there. Let’s just say, really great food photography online is usually taken with cameras, not phones. Sometimes I like challenging myself. I always think that maybe, just maybe, my phone can give me a better photograph than my camera can. I’ll take photos of my food, one with my camera, and one with my phone. More often than not, the photos shot with my camera will turn out much better than what my phone is capable of.

2. Don’t be afraid to try different angles. Food is 3-dimensional. Which means, there are many ways you can look at food. Bird’s eye view, side view, the list goes on. If you want to show off the number of fluffy pancakes you’ve cooked up, or number of layers in a slice of mille-feuille, the hard work that goes on behind baking and cooking is best captured by snapping a side-view of the food. You want to capture the sheer height of those delicious pancakes, or super-sized cake.

3. Negative space can speak volumes. Like just how massive that pie, quiche, or cake you just baked really is! Sometimes looking at a whole, uneaten cake can be uninspiring because it’s been left untouched. Take a slice out of it, and people will start salivating. We always want what someone else is having. By that logic, cut one clean slice out of a tart and its absence will whet any appetite.

4. Opt for cool toned plates and tables. Food is usually best consumed hot or warm. A blue, turquoise or green plate will make your food look nice and hot! Likewise, when choosing a table to photograph on, a wooden table with more blue-ish hues to it will make your food look warmer in tone.

5. Warm up your photos. People are more drawn and more likely to ‘like’ more saturated, warmer photos. Make sure your food photographs don’t look dull and de-saturated or cool in temperature. Rarely do you see food photographs in black and white, so make sure to amp up the brightness, colours and vibrancy with your food photos! (But of course, don’t exaggerate it to the point it looks totally unreal, over-exposed and unappetising!)

6. Background is so important. What’s going on around the food is equally important to the food in focus. Keep the background simple and tidy. Or keep the background textured yet organised. But make sure it doesn’t overpower or distract from what your food has to offer! Clear up any messy tissues, arrange your forks and knives like you’re attending an etiquette class, and pick up any unsightly crumbs or receipts. Backgrounds can tell a story. Think of a cook book, or a guide on baking. The food photographs there are always so enticing. Show off your culinary masterpiece by decorating your table or setting with the ingredients that go into what you’ve just created. Think textures and think colour.. Sugar, flour, blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate, marble, wood, metal, cloth. All these will create an inviting and beautiful air to your photographs!

7. Cropping can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to crop, or zoom in. When you crop your food photos, the viewer is drawn immediately to what is the subject of the photograph – the food. And with no other distractions around, the main focus is on the food or drink.

8. Don’t be afraid to use a hand model. Make your food look even more enticing and delicious and hunger-inducing by getting a friend or family member to pose! They can be holding a fork or chopsticks and picking up a dumpling, or pouring chocolate sauce over ice cream and a churros waffle!

9. Use filters! Apparently, filtered photographs do better than unfiltered pictures. It offers a special, vintage aspect to the picture, which makes viewers appreciate it even more! Don’t be afraid to use filters, but use them sparingly. Adjust the filter levels to what you think is a balance between making the food look good, while making it look special, or differentiated, because of the filter!

10. Day versus night. Shooting food photos in the daytime is always easier. To make sure your food pictures turn out excellent, make sure that the camera is facing the food in the same direction as the sun is. This will ensure that the food isn’t in the shadows. As for night time, if you aren’t lucky enough to have good lighting, get a few friends to offer the magical ‘iPhone torchlight’ to shed some light on your food! I hope this post has been helpful and informative in teaching you how to take nice food photos.

[Food photographs all taken at Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar who kindly sponsored the food and drinks in this post. Try out their wine pairing and brand new all day brunch menu! I love their matcha latte, signature salted caramel milkshake, potato pancakes with slow braised beef cheek, and churros waffle! They are located at 331 New Bridge Road, right next to Outram MRT Station.]

I’ll admit it, it’s hardly ever a surprise to hear health food skeptics shake their heads and go, “Health food? That doesn’t sound right. That doesn’t sound particularly tasty. Or delicious.” Plenty of people will scoff and avoid health food like the plague. And so, Wild Butter Co. is here to challenge that perception.

Wild Butter Co. was conceived not too long ago, in late April 2016. These nut butters were born out of a need to satisfy these health-food skeptics and convince them, that hey, healthy food can be delicious yet nutritious! Plus, almond butter isn’t something that many people are super aware of, or familiar with. People generally are familiar with peanut butters since they’re widespread and so readily available.

When it comes to snacking, many will resort to unhealthy snacking, like on Oreos and chocolate. But it can’t be good for us to be consuming so much processed snack foods, I’m sure many dieticians can attest to that. Wild Butter Co. decided to solve this snack food crisis by bring together two things – delicious flavours that we’re familiar with, as well as a healthier, alternative spread that people could enjoy, and snack on!

Wild Butter Co. offers gourmet nut butters in six different flavours. All the nut butters are available on their website, www.wildbutterco.com. There are so many flavours to choose from that I decided to review all six of them, to give you an idea of what Wild Butter Co.’s wonderful nut butters tastes like!

Wild Butter Co.’s repertoire of gourmet spreads include: Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter, Matcha Milk Peanut Butter, Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter, Earl Grey Peanut Butter, Crunchy Kokoa Peanut Butter, and Honey Roasted Almond Butter.

Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter, $10.95 (250g) 
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First thing you wanna note about these nut butters (and this applies to all of them) is that they’re not smooth like the regular peanut butters that you see in supermarkets. Being completely natural, these Wild Butter Co. nut butters aren’t of a completely smooth, buttery consistency like the processed peanut butters you get in stores. Wild Butter Co.’s nut butters don’t come with additional filler ingredients, like what you would find in peanut butter spreads, and due to their homemade quality, they will have a little crunch to it. But it’s not anything extreme, and as a smooth peanut butter lover, I can vouch that these spreads are still delicious and smooth with an occasional light crunch.

As for the Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter, it’s vegan-friendly, so everyone can eat it! Flavour-wise, it is mildly sweet, with bits of Oreo swirled inside the crunchy peanut butter. Mmmm! This is the perfect nut butter for Oreo lovers, and for people who like things not too sweet!

Earl Grey Peanut Butter, $14.95 (250g) 

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By far, this one’s my favourite. I definitely could eat this straight out of the jar, it’s just so good. I found this to be milder than the Matcha Milk flavour. Like the Matcha Milk Peanut Spread, the Earl Grey Peanut Butter contains white chocolate. The bergamot, earl grey flavour is very strong, and reminds me of macarons. There are lots of tiny black specks throughout the Earl Grey Peanut Butter spread, and they are actually earl grey tea leaves! While the flavour is mild, it’s really perfect, and you get a nice, soothing aroma of earl grey. This one’s sweeter compared to the other nut butters, but not to the extent that it’s unhealthy.

I think Wild Butter Co. has struck the perfect balance between the peanut butter flavour and the refined earl grey tea flavour. I love the rich aroma of earl grey in this spread, and you don’t see earl grey flavoured spreads very often! Perfect for fans of Earl Grey tea, and people who enjoy high tea or macarons.


Honey Roasted Almond Butter, $15.95 (250g) 

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This is Wild Butter Co.’s most popular flavour, with 100% good reviews! With this nut butter, you have a combination of lovely roasted almonds, and raw honey. Wild Butter Co. explained to me the difference between raw honey, and normal honey. So what’s so great about raw honey? Regular honey is filtered and pasteurised, meaning that benefits like vitamins and antioxidants which are good for your skin and general health is lost. But with raw honey, it’s like the purest form – untreated, unfiltered, and all the goodness is kept in its most natural form. Flavour wise, raw honey has a much more complex flavour to it. You don’t get the sticky, plain sweetness of regular honey. Instead, you have raw honey which is milder in flavour, but so much better for you and your health.

I also had the chance to ask Wild Butter Co. if they were Halal, and they told me that while they aren’t Halal-certified, their nut butters are all plant-derived, or made from dairy products like skimmed milk.

Crunchy Kokoa Peanut Butter, $11.95 (250g) 

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This one is for fans of dark chocolate! The Crunchy Kokoa Peanut Butter has dark chocolate which isn’t too sweet and overpowering. Dark chocolate’s also great for your health, being beneficial for weight loss. And we all know how well digestive biscuits and chocolate go together. Wild Butter Co. wanted to add a little crunch to their spreads, so the biscuits provide that extra crunch to the peanut butter. I would recommend this one for people who are looking to try an alternative to Nutella and chocolate spreads! And especially if you find Nutella a tad bit too sweet. This one’s worth a try, being the best of both worlds, both chocolatey and nutty at the same time.

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter, $15.95 (250g) 

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This one’s another great almond butter. Almonds, compared to peanuts, are packed with way more vitamins! You get this awesome roasted almond flavour with this spread. This one is popular with both the young and old, and some customers purchase this for their mums and dads. The Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter is great for those who like Speculoos, as the taste is quite similar. Wild Butter Co. has made this almond butter with agave nectar (the sap from cactus) as a natural sweetener, and they’ve also put in pure maple syrup, none of that artificial, fake maple syrup. So it’s all natural goodness in a jar, and free from artificial flavours!

Matcha Milk Peanut Spread, $14.95 (250g) 

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Matcha has tonsss of health benefits! And the matcha they use in these Wild Butter Co. matcha spreads come straight from Kyoto, Japan. Unlike the Korean Green Tea Milk Spreads which are very sweet and made with vegetable oil, this Matcha Milk Peanut Butter is less sweet, and it’s still very much a peanut butter, so do expect a tinge of peanut butter. This Wild Butter Co. spread is a healthier alternative to Korean green tea spreads, and is bursting with matcha flavour. The matcha spread contains white chocolate, and it’s great for people who are adventurous with their food and like trying out new food products. The flavour is kind of intense, (in a good way) and this matcha spread is an affordable, healthier alternative to the expensive Korean spreads, while still containing quality ingredients and the benefits of matcha!

There are so many ways to eat these Wild Butter Co. gourmet spreads! You can spread it thickly on toast for breakfast, drizzle it over pancakes or crepes, use them in smoothies, eat them with freshly cut fruit or overnight oats. You can even bake it with macarons, cookies, cakes (matcha peanut butter lava cake, anyone?), croissants. Eat the spread with crackers, or if you’re lazy like me, eat it straight from the jar as a snack. The possibilities are endless!

All these Wild Butter Co. spreads are made in Singapore, and they’re a great way to support locally made products. Most of these flavours don’t exist elsewhere, and it’s actually really convenient to order from Wild Butter Co. These gourmet spreads are a healthy and suitable alternative to your regular peanut butters, hazelnut and chocolate spreads you can get in stores. Also, they’re completely guilt-free, and you can eat them with anything and everything. So it’s definitely something new worth trying! :)

To get your very own jars of Wild Butter Co. gourmet nut butter, click here! I’ld recommend getting two flavours or more to try! Oh yeah, and don’t forget to store your gourmet spreads in a cool, non-refrigerated place. So you can eat it whenever you want! :)

[Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Wild Butter Co.]

Outback Steakhouse Singapore

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to have a sumptuous dinner at Outback Steakhouse at their Millenia Walk restaurant! (Outback Steakhouse Singapore also have another outlet located over at Orchard Gateway)

This was my first time eating at Outback Steakhouse and I couldn’t wait to try the food on their brand new menu!

My first impression was just how huge the steak knives were! And the food portions? Even bigger!

When we sat down, the wait staff brought over a loaf of bread and butter, all made by Outback Steakhouse Singapore themselves! Pretty impressive and cool.

They took our drink orders, and I got the Long Island Iced Tea. My fellow foodie mentioned that they couldn’t taste the alcohol, which I agreed. The beverage tasted more like lemonade than the classic drink, but I ain’t complaining – at least I didn’t have to embarrass myself by turning a shade of lobster red. The drink is nevertheless, quite delicious :)

For starters, we had a big variety of appetisers to choose from Outback Steakhouse Singapore’s new look menu – Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche, Crispy Chicken Bites, Crispy Fried Mushrooms, and BBQ Pulled Pork Fries!

For mains, the new menu offers: The Porterhouse, Steak and Shrimp Skewers, Black Peppercorn Crusted Ribeye, Garlic Glazed Pork Loin, and Steak Pomodoro Pasta!

And for dessert, we shared the Chocolate Thunder From Down Under :) The name is so cute!

BBQ Pulled Pork Fries, $14.90 (Full), $10.90 (Half)

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This is definitely my favourite appetiser on Outback Steakhouse Singapore’s new menu, and it tastes even better than it looks!

The chunky fries paired with melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, smoky BBQ sauce, melted cheesy goodness, pico de gallo (fresh salsa), and ranch dressing is truly heavenly!

*Make sure to order the full portion, you won’t regret it! :)
** You can order the half portion, but only if you’re on a diet

Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche, $14.90

Can’t get enough of avocado? Then you gotta order this side. To translate the fanciful sounding name, this appetiser is essentially shrimp, avocado, onions, tomatoes, cilantro marinated in a lime juice, with a generous helping of jalapeño peppers, corn tortilla chips, and a refreshing lime wedge!

Crispy Chicken Bites, $10.90

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Next, we tried these crispy chicken bites (and couldn’t resist with having someone pose as a hand model with the chicken bites)! These scrumptious chicken morsels are hand-battered and served with a classic New Orleans sauce. The sauce is tangy and spicy, just like the classic.

Crispy Fried Mushrooms, $13.90

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This dish got the seal of approval from the other foodies! They commented that the crispy mushroom appetiser is really good. Mushrooms are very lightly breaded and then fried and dip it with the ranch dressing for a dose of yummy mushroom goodness!

Steak and Shrimp Skewers, $39.90

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Now on to the mains – I really liked this dish, as it has something for everyone! Perfect for picky eaters like me, and for the indecisive foodies. If you can’t decide between land and sea, then you should order this dish at Outback Steakhouse Singapore! It has the best of both worlds! I love the tender, well-cooked USDA steak skewers with the flavourful flame-grilled red onions and bell peppers. So, so, so good. It also comes with Outback’s delicious lemon butter, and a bed of yummy rice pilaf! I like how Outback Steakhouse Singapore included healthy carbs and salad with this creation! :) They really take into consideration the diversity in the diets of their customers!

Garlic Glazed Pork Loin, $25.90

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Doesn’t the pork look so good? This pork loin is well-seasoned and comes with lemon garlic, grilled veggies, and whole grain mustard sauce! The pork comes in a very generous cut, so you can really savour all the juiciness of the meat. It’s also great for families because it has carbs, protein and veggies rolled into one dish!

Steak Pomodoro Pasta, $24.90

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In two words, this pasta entree is homely and perfect. At first blush, the shape looks like nothing out of the ordinary, right? But it’s actually a lot longer than your typical pasta! Called “cavatappi”, the pasta really absorbs the flavour of the yummy slow-cooked pomodoro pasta sauce. The pasta goes beautifully with the tasty steak, and is complemented with fragrant basil and the salty Parmesan. Yum! Order this if you’re a fan of tomato-based pasta and crave something both delicious and comforting to fill your belly with. (Even our host could tell you just how much I loved this pasta dish!)

Black Peppercorn Crusted Ribeye, $37.90

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Steak lovers rejoice! You definitely can’t go wrong with this peppercorn ribeye steak! Everyone agreed this is the best choice of mains on Outback’s new menu. The ribeye steak is encrusted with plenty of peppercorn, and grilled to perfection. Comes with tender asparagus, baked loaded potato, and balsamic sauce. It’s really a steal and worth every penny. So good! Do make sure to order this beefy goodness when you’re at Outback Steakhouse Singapore.

Loyalty Card Promotions

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By now, you may be wondering, are there any promotions?

Well, if you sign up as a loyalty card member, the loyalty card comes at a price of $40, BUT before you recoil in horror, the loyalty card comes with a cash voucher worth $40 to use on your next visit to Outback Steakhouse Singapore.

Plus, you get a 15% discount every time you visit Outback, which I think is a really generous deal – and where can you even get such great discounts nowadays! Totally worth it! And on your birthday month, you can enjoy a free entree, OR 30% off the total bill, exclusive of alcoholic drinks. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me! :)

The Porterhouse, $45.90

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Not gonna lie, I was eyeing the corn the entire time! :) You can choose two freshly prepared sides to go with your USDA strip and filet tenderloin steak. The portions are super generous and huge (American style) which is perfect for sharing with family and friends! Order this if you’re a big meat eater. Or simply wanna give everything on the menu a try. Go for it and share this Porterhouse steak!

Chocolate Thunder From Down Under, $14.90

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Like I said earlier, I love the generous portions here at Outback Steakhouse. This here is the famous Chocolate Thunder From Down Under – a deliciously nutty, warm pecan brownie (!!!) topped with a rich and creamy vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with Outback’s very own original chocolate sauce, a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate ganache! Delicious.

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After having tried practically everything on Outback’s new menu, I can safely say go visit Outback Steakhouse Singapore with your family and loved ones! You won’t be disappointed :) The new menu has something for everyone, and the food is cooked just right! Portions are generous, service is great, ambiance is really homely and welcoming, and the food is superrrr filling!! Plus the prices are reasonable and won’t create a dent in your wallet. So yes, do go for a meal with family and friends at Outback Steakhouse and try out their brand new menu offerings. Happy feasting! :)

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Disclaimer: This food tasting was done in collaboration with Steakhouse Singapore and StarNgage. All personal opinions reflected in this piece are my own. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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Classified Cafe

Not that long ago, someone asked me for a recommendation for brunch places in Singapore.

At that point in time, I couldn’t think of an answer.

After visiting 101 Jalan Sultan, I’ve finally found it – Classified Cafe!

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Located at The Sultan Hotel, Classified Cafe is a great place to have a hearty Sunday brunch with the family.

The Sultan Hotel is a gorgeous, traditional white Singapore townhouse, a globetrotter’s dream stay. The hotel is also notably well preserved from a bygone era.

On the pristine white walls are framed “before and after” renovation photographs capturing the beauty of the timeless building.

The majestic Sultan Hotel is quite unlike any other in Singapore.

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Considering it has 64 guest rooms with no two rooms alike, The Sultan is bigger than it looks!

Great for staycationers and tourists alike, the ambiance and decor of the whole place is impressive and the epitome of class.

I would definitely put it down on my list of staycation-worthy hotels in Singapore. Y’know, for a temporary air ticket-free getaway from reality.

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Classified Cafe kindly invited me down for a food tasting session one weekend, and spoiled me silly with their numerous breakfast options.

I decided to sit in the lobby where there was plenty of sunshine, and really beautiful furniture I wish I could bring home! (The acacia table was my favourite.)

Classified Cafe really ticked all of the boxes with their food, impeccable service, and dining atmosphere.

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Let’s have a peek at their brunch menu! (Honestly, if I could I would order everything…)

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Classified Cafe let me try out their Eggs on Cloud and Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & Avocado.

I also ordered Mac and Cheese and a vanilla milkshake. The staff were happy to customise my milkshake order, which was very nice of them!

Eggs on Cloud [S$14.90] 
Turkey bacon bits, chives, and mozzarella cheese folded into lightly whisked egg whites, served with toasted brioche 

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I really liked the presentation of the Eggs on Cloud. Don’t the eggs look like little clouds? The slate plating was also very cool.

Taste-wise, the eggs on cloud was really fluffy, airy and delicious. Kind of how you would imagine a savoury cloud to taste like.

The slight sweetness of the brioche was a nice, welcome change from the typical plain white toasted bread you get at coffeeshops. As for the bed of rocket salad hidden beneath the eggs on cloud, it was really fresh and full of a mild spicy flavour.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Avocado [S$14.90]
Poached egg, smoked salmon, homemade hashbrown, avocado, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket, hollandaise sauce

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To me, the highlight of this breakfast dish was the HASH BROWNS. I’ve never had hash browns this amazing in my life before. I couldn’t stop eating and the addiction to the hash browns was real. If there was one reason to come back to Classified Cafe, the crispy, flavourful hash browns would be the answer!

The avocado wasn’t soft and ripe and instead quite crunchy. But this happens to the best of us I guess! Like for example, the other day the avocado I prepared at home for guacamole turned out to be unevenly ripe.

The rocket (like before) was very fresh and yummy. The warm smoked salmon and poached egg was perfect. But as I said, the real star here is Classified Cafe’s amazing homemade hash browns.


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Macaroni and cheese [S$10.90]
Macaroni, melted mozzarella and melted cheddar 

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Doesn’t this Mac and Cheese look AMAZING? When it arrived, I was pretty much in awe. The portion was soooo generous. (Trust me, the photos really don’t do justice to the real portions) I don’t think you can find as generous a serving of mac elsewhere in Singapore, and for a really good price!

The Mac and Cheese is great for sharing with family and friends, and the cheese is truly a lot – expect strings and strings of delicious cheesy goodness. You wouldn’t expect it, but this Classified Cafe Mac and Cheese makes for a really yummy breakfast! My favourite part was how the macaroni was evenly coated in mild, crispy cheesy bits. Yum. (I’m definitely drooling and hungry as I type this!)

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On a side note, the Sultan is full of greenery and beautiful, tall bamboo. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Japan. The grounds of the hotel are really lush and perfectly serene.

 

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After a satisfying breakfast or brunch at Classified Cafe, you would probably be wondering to yourself, so what is there to do nearby?

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After all that breakfasting at Classified Cafe, you will want to walk off your meal with a stroll around Kampong Glam to experience the eclectic and vibrant side of Singapore.

Snap a photo of one of Singapore’s most prominent mosques, the Masjid Sultan. Found at Muscat Street, the picturesque mosque is one of Singapore’s oldest. Just take a moment to admire the golden architecture and facade. Fun fact: this place of worship can fit up to 5,000 people!

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For a quick history lesson on Singapore, jog over to the Malay Heritage Centre at Istana Kampong Glam to get a unique perspective of what life was like back in the good old days.

Shop Turkish lamps and beautiful authentic Persian rugs and a wide variety of traditional garments made from the finest silk in the small lanes of Kampong Glam.

For a bit of modernity, I recommend exploring The General Store, located at 38 Arab Street. The General Store is a minimal and independent local store featuring well-designed homegrown brands and much-loved international labels.

Do check out their wide array of watches, phone cases and sunglasses (which I love) from their very own home brand.

For coffee lovers, don’t forget to check out Artistry Cafe, Sexy Coffee and Krave. Besides these few, there are many more things to see and do in the Haji Lane vicinity after a yummy brunch at Classified Cafe.

[Disclaimer: The food tasting was kindly sponsored by Classified Cafe. This food review and guide are my own opinions of Classified Cafe and The Sultan Hotel.]

Classified Cafe
The Sultan
101 Jalan Sultan
Singapore 199002
Tel: +65 6723 7101
Website: thesultan.com.sg/dining

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