Peony Jade Keppel Club Chinese New Year Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet

Category : Buffet, Chinese, Dim Sum, Promotions

恭喜发财!新年快乐!Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!

Are you all prepared for the feastings, gatherings and “interrogations”? 🙂

I definitely enjoy the feastings and gatherings and my 1st Chinese New Year themed event this year is lunch at Peony Jade @ Keppel Club.

Check out this awesome Chinese New Year display at Keppel Club. So festive~

The interior & stage of Peony Jade @ Keppel Club is pretty eye catching as well. I couldn’t resist making my way to the front to take this photo.

Despite having patronized Peony Jade countless times, this is my 1st Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet @ Peony Jade Keppel Club.

I’ve been meaning to try Peony Jade’s Dim Sum for quite some time now so I’m ecstatic! Plus Peony Jade now has an amazing Chinese New Year Promotion where their Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet includes Chinese New Year dishes as well.

1st dish of the meal is of course Peony Jade’s Prosperity Atlantic Salmon Lou Hei (Yusheng) with Caviar (发财三文鱼鱼子捞起). I’m not sure about the Caviar but I’m happy with the thick slices of salmon.

The server prepared the Yusheng for us coupled with auspicious greetings and it’s chopsticks action time! We grabbed our long chopsticks and start tossing the Yusheng while chanting our “wishes”. Though it’s mostly “Huat Ah”! 发啊

The portion of Yusheng is huge and we didn’t stop the server from pouring in the entire bowl of oil and sweet sauce so even though the 1st few mouthfuls are nice & crunchy, I quickly get tired of the sweetness of the dish.

So, word of advice, if you aren’t into sweet yusheng, limit the sweet sauce.

Another Chinese New Year dish is Peony Jade’s Hong Kong Style Deep Fried “Soon Hock” Fish with Light Soy Sauce (港式油浸笋壳). We love this dish. Thumbs up. It’s crispy on the outside and yet the fish meat beneath is still moist. Nice~

Back to the theme of Dim Sum Buffet. Yes, buffet. So, we courageously ordered every item in the Dim Sum section, except for one – Fried Raddish Cake with Beansprouts in XO Sauce.

Personally I love the Pan Fried Carrot Cake with Preserved Meat (腊味煎萝卜糕). It’s soft and moist with a nice flavour from the Preserved Meat. I’ll gladly have another serving if there’s space in my stomach 😛

Peony Jade’s Steamed Black Eye Bean Cake with Ham and Radish (蒸眉豆糕) is a different type of dim sum. Maybe I’ll coin it as creative? It’s lightly flavoured with an interesting texture. Maybe some gelatin was added? It’s nice as well.

Peony Jade’s Steamed Har Kau (水晶鲜虾铰) has a relatively thin & translucent skin with 2 juicy &chewy prawns within. Not bad as well.

What’s Har Kau without Siew Mai. Peony Jade’s Steamed Siew Mai aka Pork & Shrimp Dumpling (烧卖) is pretty decent and it’s good that there’s no fatty meat. At least not in the one I devoured.

Peony Jade’s Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun aka Rice Roll (叉烧肠粉) is quite good as well. The Chee Cheong Fun skin is soft and thin. I just wish there’s more char siew 😉

Another dish not commonly found in the category of Dim Sum is Peony Jade’s Hot & Sour Meat Dumpling (京川铰子). This dish has also gotten thumbs up from the table. It has a stimulating spicy flavour 😀

I quite like Peony Jade’s Steamed Beancurd Roll with Black Bean Sauce (豉汁鲜竹卷) as well.

The above 7 dishes are Dim Sum items I’ll order again.

Amongst the other dishes I’ve tried, I wasn’t wowed by Peony Jade’s Deep-Fried Dim Sum selection. And I dislike Peony Jade’s Baked Flaky ‘Cha Siew So’ topped with Chicken Floss (肉菘叉烧酥).

And out of the dishes I didn’t try, Steamed Custard and Salted Yolk Bao (香软奶皇流沙包) drew mixed reviews with comments that 黑社会’s version is nicer.

While Steamed Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf Parcel (荷香珍珠鸡) got a thumbs down.

All in all, it was still a nice meal with immense value. We definitely walked away with an immensely stuffed stomach.

Oh I almost forgot, skip the desserts 😉

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club (M, Level) (View in Google Maps)
Bukit Chermin Road
Keppel Club
Singapore 109918
+65 6276 9138 or +65 6276 8327
www.peonyjade.com

Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm

Saturday to Sunday
Lunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm – 11:00pm




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Saizeriya – Cheap & Good Italian Food in Singapore

Category : Italian

Saizeriya @ Bukit Timah Plaza serves up the best tiramisu I’ve ever had in Singapore and its price is unbeatable too.

At just S$4.90, you may not think much of Saizeriya’s tiramisu and boy are you in for a pleasant surprise!

Tiramisu is a must have item when we visit Saizeriya @ Bukit Timah Plaza. And oftentimes we’ll also order a couple more for takeaway.

It’s that good. In fact I’ve heard that their tiramisu is comparable to Prego’s tiramisu!

Honestly, it’s hard for Saizeriya to go wrong at their price point. Saizeriya makes Italian food so affordable. So much so that we often see crowds of students hanging out there. Especially after KAP McDonald’s was demolished. Ah…memories~

Just check out Saizeriya’s menu for yourselves. Cheap right? Italian food, a cuisine often associated with double digit meals is mostly single digit here. Yes, less than $10~ Nods

I guess an apt comparison will be Saizeriya to Italian food is like Aston’s to Western food.

Saizeriya’s portion is pretty reasonable too. This is their Mushroom Cream Spaghetti @ S$7.90. The spaghetti is cooked nicely with the right chewiness. And it doesn’t induce “cream-fatigue”.

Oftentimes when we eat cream base spaghetti, the sauce is so thick and rich that we get sick of the dish towards the end. This is pretty okay.

Today we also tried 1 of Saizeriya’s Best Sellers – Oven Grilled Escargots @ S$5.90. They are yummy~ Even though the menu described the dish as Escargot in Garlic Butter, I can’t help tasting 菜圃 instead of garlic…still, nice 🙂

Another thing I like about Saizeriya is that I can order a 5 inch Margherita pizza @ S$4.90 for my personal consumption. And it’s pretty decent. Enhanced with extra cheese and red chilli flakes 😀

For folks who like to sprinkle extra cheese, pepper or tabasco into their dishes, Saizeriya provides these options at their self-serve corner too. Plus, you can top up S$2.80 for free flow drinks with any item you order too.

So what are you waiting for? Good price + good food = Mai Tu Liao (Don’t wait anymore)!

Plus there are so many branches available island wide too.

Hope you enjoy dining at Saizeriya 😉

Saizeriya @ Bukit Timah Plaza (View in Google Maps)
Bukit Timah Plaza
1 Jalan Anak Bukit
#02-24C
Singapore 588996
GPS: 1.339014,103.778786
Tel: +65 6467 5992
http://www.saizeriya.com.sg/

Daily: 11am – 10pm




 

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Christmas Buffet Dinner 2014 @ Marriott Café

Category : Buffet, International

It’s yet another rainy Christmas gathering. The good thing is, Marriott Hotel is just a short dash from the bus stop and for folks taking the train, it’s sheltered all the way from Orchard MRT.

This is the 1st time we’re having our annual Christmas dinner at Marriott Hotel and it’s also one of the priciest so far.

We left our usual haunt, Rendezvous Hotel, due to their slipping standard and last year’s venture at ParkRoyal on Beach Road was a disappointment. I still remember commenting that The Square @ Furama RiverFront Singapore was better and cheaper 😛

Luckily there is an ongoing OCBC Credit Card promotion for Marriott Café where 1 adult dines free with 3 paying adults. So our bill ended up to be $66/pax for 10 of us.

Marriott Café offers a wide selection of food. Even though we were there for 3 hours, I couldn’t stomach eating at least 1 of everything. As usual, I skipped the carbo like the pasta & noodles stations and the Braised Ee Foo Noodles.

They also serve the famous Singapore Chilli Crab which is slightly spicy and won praises from the table, with one commenting “it’s nice the dish is not sweet”. In my humble opinion, all that’s missing is deep fried buns (炸馒头) to soak up the Chilli Crab sauce! My neighbour is also very lucky to land a pincer *envious*

Besides the Singapore Chilli Crab, another dish that is absent from Marriott Café’s Buffet Lunch is these long crab legs which are tackled with scissors to reach the flesh within. From the looks of it, my neighbours definitely enjoyed themselves, if not for the hassle of tackling the shell 😉

I could have easily eaten my money worth by attacking these 2 dishes above but I prefer to keep my hands clean so I stuck to the usual food items which are also pretty good by the way.

My favourite dishes are 1) Fish of the Day (Gluten Free), which happens to be salmon, 2) Crispy Pork Saddle & 3) Roasted Duck. Which is why they were on the 2nd plate of food 😀

I had to try the oyster but it kind of gross me out. And a friend timed it “nicely” to pop by to chat when I was struggling to swallow the oyster…it almost flew out instead of going in 😛

Besides the oyster, I didn’t like the Lamb & Veal dishes either. They have a very strong 骚味.

Last but not least, desserts! No space for everything so, out of the dessert items that appealed to me, I took and really like 1) Cheesecake, 2) Chocolate Log Cake, 3) Strawberry Romanoff (contains alcohol) & Chocolate Mint.

Tiramisu is my all-time favourite cake but Marriott Café’s tiramisu tastes & feels more like sponge cake. Disappointed. Strangely their Panna Cotta tastes more like tiramisu which warrants a second serving!

For tea lovers, here’s a tip. I never realized it but a friend discovered that Marriott Café serves TWG sachets! All you have to do is ask for a cup of hot water and head over to their counter to request for the TWG sachets.

I had the Sencha & Earl Grey flavours and prefer the latter. I have to say though, it’s not as nice as the Earl Grey I had at Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes.

All in all, our maiden annual Christmas buffet dinner @ Marriott Café concluded on a high note as we headed over to the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby for more photos 😀

Marriott Café (View in Google Maps)
Marriott Hotel
320 Orchard Rd
Singapore 238865
GPS: 1.30523,103.83251
Tel: +65 6831 4605
http://www.singaporemarriott.com/restaurant/marriott-cafe/

Breakfast: 6am – 11am
Lunch: Noon – 2:30pm
High Tea: 3pm – 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10pm




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