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Who doesn’t love crabs!

From now till 31 August 2019, head over to Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport for a crustacean buffet spread. This season, let this Crab-ulous Feast takes you through the various oceanic gems on the buffet line-up. A special price of $54 nett (U.P. $78++) will be introduced during the National Day weekend, between 9 to 12 August 2019 where Singapore celebrates her 54th birthday.

At Azur, time seems to have retreated here. The glamorised modern decor shrouds in deep moody light. It felt relaxing and I am more than happy to lounge myself into the sofas filled with fluffy cushions.

Seafood aficionados would be stoked to find a good variety of their favourites here, starting with the Seafood on Ice where Flower Crabs, Stone Crab Claws, Baby Lobsters, Black Mussels and Tiger Prawns laid appetisingly in their spot.

Hop over for more crabs cooked in asian flavours, such as the signature Chilli and Black Pepper alongside Curry, Salted Egg Yolk, Masala and Ginger and Onion Crabs. Don’t miss the Pan-seared Crab Cake and Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs prepared a la minute too.

My favourite two went to the Kam Heong and Masala Crabs. Both were equally flavourful and full of their own spices. There were also the Mushroom Risotto, Whole Seabass with Sambal and Seafood Paella on the buffet too.

The Live Drunken Prawn in Herbal Yellow Wine Stock uses live prawns displayed in the tank. The meats could be easily deshelled, a testament to the freshness of the ingredient used. As for the broth, it totally rocked my boat for its incredibly potent taste.

Another interesting and noteworthy area was the DIY Poke Bowl Station.

Never have I seen a buffet restaurant offering this as an option.

Whether you are looking for a healthier selection or some sashimi to go, I suggest you to give this a go. We had fun replicating the poke bowls with ingredients like shredded carrots, corns, tomatoes, pickles and seaweed on a base of quinoa and brown rice. The highlight is the chopped sashimi studded with sesame seeds and the chance to top it off with one (or two) onsen eggs/soft boiled eggs. Dress it up a little with some light soy sauce and bonito flakes too.

My life is full.

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JÙN by Capri by Fraser is Creative Eateries’ newest Chinese hotel restaurant in CBD. Situated in China Square, the chinoiserie-chic restaurant mixes modern decor with oriental elements familiar to locals. Here, tingkats lined the shelves while an extensive wallpaper filled one side of the restaurant with the sights and sounds of Singapore.

We were told that the idea to name the restaurant JÙN (also 俊 in Mandarin) is due to their handsome-looking Executive Chef, which, a pity, we did not get to see that day. Nonetheless, I thought the name was rather befitting of the restaurant for its well-meaning ambience and exquisite dishes that proudly embrace local ingredients.

A bar stood out at the end, with a well-stock display of spirits and liqueurs.

The cocktails are very fancifully done up with carved strawberry roses and sunflower limes. The baristas probably hold a fruit master title under their belt.

The evening begins with the Homemade Ngoh Hiang Prawn Roll and Chilli Crab Rilette Kueh Pie Tee, where the perennial Peranakan snack kicks in with the all-too-familiar Singapore chilli crab flavours.

Take a sip from the Double Boiled Herbal Chicken Soup that would prime your belly for the next course ahead. Needless to say, this nutritious soup brims with cordyceps flower, radix, red dates and goji berry.

The Steamed Broccoli with Pacific Scallops features the succulent bouncy scallops crowned in a medley of vegetables in egg white sauce. It’s light in taste.

*Image shown is not in full portion.

One of my favourites is the Char-grilled Pork Jowl Char Siew with garlic chilli sauce on the side. The meats had a nice firm chew to it, with strips of fats prominently layered between. The edges were lightly charred. Overall, it’s a sweet and sinful indulgence.

The highlight includes the Crab Bee Hoon Soup in slippery collagen broth. The sprinkles of crispy preserved radish gave the taste more dimension.

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What better way to enjoy your weekends than to feast on a plethora of crustaceans!

Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road is presenting the Ocean’s Treasures weekend buffet for a limited time period. From now till 28 July 2019, feast on an amazing seafood spread that comes with Snow Crab Leg on ice, Grilled River Prawns, the crowd-favourite Singapore Chilli Crab, Salted Egg Yolk Crab, Fish Otah, and new additions such as the Baby Lobster with Petai and Herbal Claypot Crab.

We get to try Executive Chef Vincent Aw’s creation of the Baby Lobster dish, lovingly cooked with homemade chilli paste and petai (bitter beans). It wasn’t as spicy as thought but the meats were chunky in their shells and flavourful with sauce.

Our favourites were the Grilled River Prawns delivered straight from the grills with tempting succulent white meats calling to us.

The Herbal Claypot Crab dish is a must-order, and a half-a-crab-filled claypot is definitely not enough. The crab meats here were extremely satiating as they dripped with the precious broth concocted from locally sourced herbs. The broth could get a little briny but the crabs got me carried away.

Satays are also grilled on the spot.

Hop over to the carving station for the tasty Sharwarma Chicken and catch of the day too. 

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Savour F&N Magnolia’s newest flavour, the Purple Taro Lo-Fat Higher-Cal flavoured Milk that is made with real taro. Taste the smooth blend of milk and taro together that makes it creamy, earthy and slightly aromatic.

The good thing about taro is that it acts as a good source of dietary fibre and antioxidant for your health too!

In conjunction with Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, exclusive merchandises will be given away with the following purchases.

Promotions: 

  • Each purchase of 2x1L Magnolia Pasteurised Milk or 2x800ml Magnolia Yoghurt Smoothie allows you to redeem your choice of the Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 plate out of four designs.
  • Each purchase of a 6x230ml or 6x250ml Magnolia UHT milk multipack (such as the Strawberry Flavoured Milk with Fresh Milk) will entitle you to a free limited edition Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 sticker label set. There are 4 collectable designs, while stocks last.

Products need to come with a promotion sticker for redemption.

F&N

Website: https://www.fnncreameries.com/

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$4.50 durian buffet? We are definitely not bluffing you!

Only on 21 to 23 June 2019, savour a total of eight different types of durian at Level 1 Outdoor Front Plaza of Plaza Singapura. The durian buffet will be limited to 45 minutes per session and features the Musang King, D24, D101 and more for your pleasurable indulgence.

From now till 20 June 2019, tickets can be purchased at $4.50 each with a minimum spend of $45 in a single receipt at Plaza Singapura! Each person can purchase up to two tickets per day.

On top of that, join in the fun at the first-ever water playground pop-up along Orchard Road where you get to slide down the 6-meter tall Slide and Splash, and also be the fastest to overcome the Battle H2O obstacle course to win a two nights stay in Deluxe Room at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort (worth approximately $1645).

Durian buffet tickets can be purchased here at Level 1 Outdoor Front Plaza of Plaza Singapura.

Updated as of 14 June 2019, the slots left are as shown in the photo.

We heard that some more slots might be opened up for the event as it’s selling hot!

During the media preview, we tried all eight durians in the food truck. They are D197 Musang King, D101 Red Prawn, D13 Golden Bun, D1 Gang Hai, D24 Sultan, D165 Green Thorn and D163 Hulu.

My favourites were the Red Prawn and Golden Bun.

On the actual day of the event, the durian buffet would be held in the bigger open space that can accommodate up to 300 durian lovers per session.

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Have the best of both worlds when you enjoy your coffee with a snack in hand.

Look no further for these complimentary snacks when you purchase the following OWL’s coffee packs!

OWL Everyday Favourites Freeze-Dried Range, OWL White Coffee Tarik Freeze-Dried Range and OWL Kopitiam Roast & Ground Range all come with a promotion sticker that allows you to redeem one free Old Chang Kee signature curry puff.

The redemption of the Old Chang Kee signature curry puffs is until 30 August 2019.

From now till July 2019, you can also redeem a limited edition glass bottle with a purchase of any two OWL products. While stocks last.

For the seasonal drinker, the OWL Everyday Favourites is the go-to perk-me-up. Each sachet comes with 100% freeze-dried Robusta and Arabica coffee beans for a robust yet well-balanced cuppa.

OWL Kopitiam Roast resonates with our local coffee shop culture with the sock-like cotton filter bag used that gives the brewed coffee a nostalgic Kopitiam taste.

OWL White Coffee Tarik uses the 100% freeze-dried Mandheling Arabica coffee beans from Sumatra which gives off a creamier texture and smoother mouthfeel than its counterparts.

OWL International

Website: https://www.facebook.com/OWL.INT

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Popular Taiwanese Bubble Tea chain, The Alley, has hit the shores with the first Singapore outlet in Jewel Changi Airport, followed by the opening of the second outlet, The Alley Luxe, branded as a lifestyle concept cafe in Cineleisure. Other countries that you can find The Alley includes Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and Korean. 

There were both long queues at The Alley in Jewel Changi Airport and Cineleisure with the latter being more efficient in serving the drinks. 

Besides the recommended signature Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk $5.30, The Alley Luxe also offers a range of pastries such as the cruffins, croissants, and kouign amann.

The Brown Sugar Series features flavours like Cocoa/Matcha Brown Sugar Deerioca Fresh Milk $6.30. Other options include the Lulu Fresh Fruit Series (e.g. Snow Strawberry Lulu $6.30), Brewed Teas, Milk Teas and the colourful drinks aptly named Northern Lights $8 and Morning Dawn $8.

We tried the Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk $5.30 and the streaks of brown sugar sprawled across the inner side of the cup were more than enough to win hearts for its appearance. It was a smooth tasting drink though the amount of brown sugar appeared to be less than expected. Unlike the one I had in Malaysia, the pearls here were also firmer and chewier.

As for the Matcha Brown Sugar Deerioca Fresh Milk $6.30, it was decent but the matcha taste seemed faint in my opinion.

 

The Alley Luxe

8 Grange Rd, Level 2, Singapore 239695

Website: http://www.the-alley.sg/

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Japan’s iconic wobbly pancakes have officially jiggled their way to Singapore! Hailing from none other than Osaka, Japan’s kitchen, these impossibly fluffy pancakes are set to be the center of many mesmerising boomerangs when the cafe opens at VivoCity on 16 June 2019.

The cosy, minimalist cafe is situated next to Secret Recipe on the second level, with arresting displays of flora that greet you as you enter the dining space. Look out for the cooks cooking up pancakes through the window on your left!

Fans of Japanese style pancakes will no doubt know that these fluffy darlings are slow-cooked on low heat and whipped full of air to attain a density and texture lighter even than cotton candy. Get ready to clamour for the Premium Pancakes ($17.90), which are limited to 30 servings at 11am, 3pm, and 6pm to maintain its high quality.

Considering the limited size of the pancake girdle and the utter care that goes into creating each trio of pancakes, that’s a sure way of showing diners Gram’s dedication to churning out only the best pancakes!

Measuring 4cm in thickness, each disc yields a melt-in-your-mouth texture that can best be described as a light summer cloud gracing your tastebuds. The trio are carefully stacked and crowned with Gram original butter, with home-made whipped cream and sweet maple syrup to complete this indulgence. Oh, and be sure to eat it quickly, as each passing minute causes the stack to grow denser and lose its souffle-like quality.

Not one of the lucky 30? Fret not! You can still savour Gram’s other mouthwatering creations. The Chili Beans Pancakes ($18.90) is one of the few savoury creations on the menu. With a fiery kick from the chili beans sauce layered generously over the pancakes, you’ll be reaching for the side of sausage, potato, and salad greens to neutralise the unforgiving spice.

The pancakes in this and the Rich Tiramisu Pancakes ($15.90)are thinner and take on a consistency closer to traditional Japanese dorayaki.

True to its name, the Rich Tiramisu Pancakes are incredibly flavourful, with each individual disc dipped in coffee just like one would with lady’s fingers for the traditional Italian dessert. Layered with rich mascarpone tiramisu cream and dusted with cocoa powder, every bite is an ode to decadence.

Detractors of pancakes can seek refuge Gram’s selection of French toasts. The French Toast of Chocolate Banana ($15.90)features brioche topped with insanely fresh bananas, creamy vanilla ice cream, and rich chocolate sauce that will give you the ultimate sugar rush. Did we forget to mention it’s probably a good idea to leave your calories counter at the door?

Possibilities are endless at Gram Cafe & Pancakes, where there are also a whopping 16 toppings, including sauces, ice cream, fruits, and sausages for you to create your ideal stack. With so many F&B concepts from the Land of the Rising Sun setting up shop in Singapore, fans of all things Japanese are in for a real treat. Be prepared to face the queues if you decide to head down!

Gram Café & Pancakes

VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-110, Singapore 098585

Tel: +65 8666 6277

Daily: 11am – 10pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/grampancakes/

Words and Images by@chuepachups

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Japanese food aficionados travelling in and out of Changi Airport can now get their fix at not one, but two terminals. Following the success of Japan Gourmet Hall SORA at Changi Airport Terminal 3, a second outlet has opened its doors at Terminal 1.

Helmed by the ANA Group, SORA’s second outlet features mouthwatering dishes by beloved Japanese brands. They are Ikkousha, Yoshimi and Megumi Maru.

Slurp up delicious Yatai-style ramen from Ikkousha, a wildly popular restaurant that first opened in 2004. Each bowl features ramen cooked perfectly al dente, along with chashu, egg, and bamboo shoots.

The classic Special Tonkotsu Ramen ($18.70) is rich and creamy, while stronger flavours abound in the Special Red Chilli Ramen ($20.90) and Special Black Garlic Ramen ($20.90), both of which will certainly tingle your tastebuds.

Megumi Maru is Singapore’s first ever maze don concept created by Misaki Megumi Suisan, a wholesaler of fresh maguro and sashimi from Kagawa Prefecture in Japan. Tuck into healthy and delicious maze cones like Kaisen Maze Don in Uni Sauce ($18.80) and Aburitoro Maze Don ($35.10).

Sushi lovers will also delight in the Maguro Mentai Roll ($15.90).

Katsu curry specialist Yoshimi is another brand that is venturing overseas for the first time at SORA.

Hailing from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Yoshimi serves up comforting curry rice, katsu rice, and katsu curry, among others. The Pork Loin Katsu Rice Set ($23.80) is substantial and boasts aromatic pork katsu that is surprisingly tender.

For something extra indulgent, go for the Mille- feuille Katsu Set ($26.80), which boasts a whopping 16-layer pork cutlet.

The Omurice Curry ($16) is another belly-warming creation consisting of fluffy white rice blanketed in a runny omelette and a sea of Japanese curry. Yoshimi uses a special blend of over 15 herbs and spices to tantalise diners with a mix of flavours!

Dessert cravings are easily fulfilled with the Mixed Berry Pancake ($19.90) and Hokkaido Soft Serve Ice Cream ($6.90). The pancakes embody the ultimate fuwa fuwa fantasy for jiggly food lovers, with the tartness of the berries cutting through the rich cream. The Hokkaido Soft-Serve Ice Cream is delightfully rich, yet light.

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My first encounter with Burger & Lobster was at Resorts World Genting last year April. I arrived late one night and the restaurant was brimming with eager diners for a taste of the huge lobsters. The atmosphere bustled with chatter and I was seated between tables where I could see multiple orders of the Chilli Lobster. It’s that kind of night when you should be clinking wine glasses and slipping lobster meats into their sauces.

When news came that Burger & Lobster is coming to Singapore, I was thrilled. The crustacean lover in me simply can’t give this a miss. After its door had finally opened at the beautiful Jewel Changi Airport, queues formed. Our wait was, fortunately, only 15 minutes on a Saturday afternoon at 3:30PM. The rest of the Singaporeans were probably at Shake Shack or A&W.

It appears more tranquil at this Burger & Lobster outlet where table space allows privacy. The restaurant features a two-storey seating capacity and if you are lucky to snag a seat at the top floor, you might have a spectacular view of the waterfall.

The menu is straightforward as such. We aimed for the signatures, the Original Lobster $65 and Original Roll $40. There is also the Jewel exclusive steamed Sambal Glazed Lobster $65 and the Original Combo $110 fit for two diners.

Three types of burgers are available on the menu, including The Impossible $20 burger too.

Menu

We started with the Original Roll $40 where the toasted buttery brioche was generously stuffed with chilled, shredded lobster meats drenched in Japanese mayonnaise. It was incredibly tasty which made the side of lemon and garlic butter sauce redundant. The fries were nicely fried till golden brown whereas the little pot of house salad had a tad too much balsamic dressing on it. Nonetheless, the highlight on this plate definitely wins us over.

I had the grilled Original Lobster $65 plus fries topped up with truffles at an extra $3 (a good choice made). The lobster meat was quite tender with a chew, and I would prefer it with the signature lemon and garlic butter sauce to up the taste.

Don’t forget the pincers too because you could actually dig out a decent amount of meats.

We also tried The Mayfair $25 burger that comes stacked with the grilled Nebraskan beef patty in between melted cheese, homemade pickles, sliced onions, tomato and lettuce.

The fluffy sesame-studded brioche buns were slathered with the signature burger sauce too.

It was a delight to have. Satisfactory enough.

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