The last restaurant that we visited during Restaurant Week 2014 was Forest by Chef Sam Leong (formerly of Tunglok) at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Singapore. Suffice to say, it was the least enjoyable as compared to the other 2 restaurants that we patronized during Restaurant Week. Click here to read reviews on those 2 restaurants: Review 1 on OSIA and Review 2 on Summer Palace.
Forest was awarded 1 Dining Star by DiningCity, the organizer of Restaurant Week in Singapore; which meant a surcharge of S$20++ for applicable for dinner.
The only restaurant that I visited during Restaurant Week that serves western cuisine was OSIA, A brief introduction, OSIA is located along Festive Walk at Resorts World Sentosa and serves up Australian inspired cuisine. When they first launched back in 2010 or so, the media used to put much emphasis on it being run (or launched) by an Australian celebrity chef, Scott Webster. These days, I believe the restaurant prefers to let its dishes speak for themselves rather than drawing focus on the celebrity chef affiliation. That affiliation, by most accounts, seems to be that of a consultant in any case.
The Restaurant Week menu was one that surprised me – there was no cutting back of dishes from the usual set lunch menu, save for a $5 discount. The RW menu was never uploaded to the RW website so, it was a pleasant surprise. A great deal, I must confess.
Summer Palace has been one of the more memorable, if not the most memorable, meals that I’ve had during recent sessions of Restaurant Week. They have 2 or 3 Restaurant Weeks in a year, no? This of course, is entirely my personal opinion. A quick glance at the Restaurant Week’s reviews page for Summer Palace (see: http://www.diningcity.com/en/singapore/restaurant_summer_palace/reviews) showed that it has garnered relatively mixed reviews.
Nassim Hill Bakery is a cafe that I frequent for three simple reasons, 1. its proximity to home, 2. the ease of finding a car park lot and; 3. the expectation of reliable food that comes out from the kitchen.
Located at the back of the old Tanglin Post Office building, Nassim Hill Bakery bakes their own breads in full view of the diners – absolutely no outsourcing here. That is also probably reason enough for a bread basket to be served the moment one gets a seat the cafe.
Opened by the same guys who run The Bravery and The Plain is a relatively new cafe, RONIN. Similar to those 2 establishments, they utilize the Genovese coffee blend. In my opinion, the Flat White ($4.20) was not too high up on the acidity scale and leaning towards a medium body. In short, a decent cup of coffee.
A ‘new-ish’ chain of coffee cafes (Think, Starbucks) has been expanding quite rapidly in Singapore. And a fan of it, I am.
Costa Coffee serves decent coffee at average prices and the baristas do a decent job at the latte art too. While I was standing at the counter waiting for my coffee to be ready, I noticed that there was an occasion where the barista was not happy with the outcome of his latte art and opted to re-do it instead of serving it to the customer. Now, that’s perfectionism.
Baker & Cook at Martin Road has been my go-to brunch place recently because of its close proximity to home. Its decent breakfast choices coupled with both the availability of seats and car-park space are reasons behind my choice.
The selection for breakfast items is rather limited with not more than 10 items on the menu, but what they do, they do well. If the usual breakfast items (i.e. big breakfast/eggs benedict) aren’t your cup of tea, there’s a selection of breads, salads and a rather wide selection of sweets (i.e. tarts – which are really good by the way, cakes and more)