Tag: Orchard Road

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 JamĂłn ($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 Ă  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! 🙂

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.]

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