Tangerine at RWS

One of my favourite places for lunch is Tangerine at ESPA over at RWS, Sentosa. I love that the food is healthy and light and presented so interestingly. The peaceful ambience always makes me feel like I’ve stepped away from our crazy life into idyllic bliss, even if for a short 2 hours.

Sous Vide Pork

This is the first time we took the kids there and they enjoyed the lovely afternoon with the adults. They eagerly awaited every dish, as they were so prettily presented. I’ve come back with new inspiration for their school lunches to jazz up our boring meals!

Asian Bouillabaisse

Asian Bouillabbaisse – Hokkaido Scallop, Seabass, baby kailan. 4 course set menu at $62++ per person.

Scottish Salmon Fillet

Melt-in-your-mouth Salmon fillet, so good that Kate asked for more. We were joking that top on our new year’s wish list is to have an in-house gourmet chef so the kids can have healthy meals everyday.

Cod Fish $34
Seared Boneless Beef Short Rib
Chocolate Mousse

Refreshing lemongrass jelly with berries to end the satisfying meal.

Lemongrass Jelly

Their spa cuisine is low on carbohydrates and the growing kids were hungry by teatime! My dear mum enjoyed the place so much she wants to go back for their New Year’s menu.

Tangerine
The little herb garden outside was enough to keep Kate occupied and happy while waiting for the food to be served, and she too asked to be back!

Tangerine
ESPA at Resort World Sentosa
Opposite Equarius Hotel
Level 1

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 11.30am – 10pm
Closed every Monday, except PH
Tel: 6577 6688

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Champagne Brunch – Grand Copthorne Waterfront

This is the best Sunday Brunch we have been to in a long, long, time, and no, I’m not saying it just because we were invited and are not paying for it, but because it is really good.

Even though the kids enjoy the experience of going for buffets, we have stopped having Sunday brunch because we find that generally, the food quality at buffets is lower than when ordering a la carte, and the standard does not justify the price. However, this doesn’t seem to apply to Grand Copthorne Waterfront’s newly launched Borderless Sunday Brunch.

Why Borderless? Starting with Local and International Fare at Food Capital, adjourning to Grissini for Italian favourites and pairing it all with champagne and cocktails from Tempo Bar, this could by far be the finest Sunday brunch around.

Boston Lobster

We started with the cold selection of Boston lobster, freshly shucked Irish and Canadian oysters, snow crab, tiger prawns and scallop with roe. Fresh and succulent.

We moved on to the far end to check out what Grissini had to offer. Brilliant strategy. Not only did we enjoy the antipasti and pasta cooked a la minute, we discovered there was a BBQ section outdoors, with a selection of premium meats and seafood, grilled to perfection in their Josper oven. We tried the wagyu beef ribeye, Australian rack of lamb, baby spring chicken, Mediterranean octopus and king prawns.
Premium meats & seafood
Cold cuts

There were other sections such as Sashimi & Sushi, Tempura, Salad Bar, Curry & Tandoor, Chinese Wok & Dim Sum and Western delights. This was one buffet where I was so stuffed that I only managed to try about half the offerings. The variety was that wide!

We concurred that these were our Top 3 favourites – Pan Fried Foie Gras, Laksa and Lobster Linguine. Initially, we shared the lobster linguine but it was so good that we polished a plate each.

Pan fried foie gras
Laksa
Lobster Linguine

The best part is that not only is there a comfortable children’s play area to keep the kids entertained, it is away from the main dining area so we did not have to worry about the kids disturbing other diners.

Kid’s corner

One little word of advice to fellow mums, if you don’t want your child to be on a sugar high, prep them beforehand that they are only allowed to take x number of sweets at the restaurant.

There was a barrel so huge that Kate could easily fit into that was filled with sweets and gummies. Of course, she came back to the table with 2 handfuls of sweets and a beaming smile. I told her she could only have 1 packet and her face crumpled, and the bargaining began..

Where’s Kate?
When you make reservations, do ask for a table at the children’s section if you want to be able to eat while keeping an eye on your kids.

I found out that Kate loves Bocconcini (baby mozzarella cheese) with cherry tomatoes. I took them for myself (my fave, but they cost too much!) and she finished them up while I went to get drinks.
Nope, that’s not fishball

While the kids were entertaining themselves, the adults merrily continued with dessert. We loved the cheeses and fresh figs! There were also cakes, kuehs, cut fruits and ice cream with a variety of toppings. I only had space left for a bite of apple crumble and my, it was good!

Assorted Cheeses

As I accompanied the kids to get some ice cream and pop corn, I couldn’t resist the brightly coloured bite-sized macarons and popped one, and then another.

Without a doubt, the kids had a terrific time, as did the adults.

Borderless Sunday Brunch: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

$98++ (free flow of juices and soft drinks)

$138++ (free flow of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Strongbow Ciders, cocktails, house pour wines, juices and soft drinks)

$49++ (kids aged 5 – 12, free flow of soft drinks and juices)

For reservations, call 62331100 or email dining.gcw@millenniumhotels.com

Disclaimer: We were invited to experience Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch. All opinions are my own.

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Brand New Grand Copthorne Waterfront – Integrated Dining Destination

We had the privilege of being invited to the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s media event and were the first to get a sneak peek of their fabulous new space.

After a $17 million makeover which started in November 2015, the hotel is set to wow its guest with a spanking new lobby and a brand new integrated dining destination.

The vibrant and eclectic concept which embodies the best of the East and West is a feast for the senses. Oriental and Western elements are reflected through the decor, lighting, furniture and choice art pieces.

Photo credit: Grand Copthorne

The lobby area comprises four new F&B outlets including Food CapitalGrissiniTempo, and Secret Chat.

Food Capital, an all-day dining buffet restaurant is set to open its doors to the public on 2 June 2016. We had a taste of what would be offered from their interactive open kitchens and were impressed.

The kaleidoscope of tastes, wide range of cuisines and exquisite presentations made for a gastronomical dining experience.

Roasted lamb loin
Shrimp with marinated feta
Gorgeous desserts

There was a spectacular International spread of seafood, western, Asian and Indian delights to cater to the different tastebuds of both the adults and children.

The kids were drawn to the live pasta station, sushi counter, cold-cuts corner and freshly fried tempura station, gleefully helping themselves to numerous portions.

When it came to the desserts and sweets, they were over the moon. Every morsel was elaborately crafted and some looked too pretty to be eaten.

Add to that the dazzling ambience and great music spun by the resident deejay, everyone was in a terrific mood to enjoy the rest of the evening.

Not only were the teens delighted at the Instagram-worthy buffet spread, they disappeared for a while taking selfies around the lobby.

Grand Copthorne Integrated Dining
The colourful decor and spaciousness of the restaurant easily makes this a family-friendly dining option. Kate was having such a swell time that she broke into a dance upon hearing a poplar track.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Buffet
Situated in the centre of the spacious lobby is Tempo, a dynamic bar with a mixologist crafting adventurous concoctions such as #LOCOTEMPO 61, deconstructed chendol with pandan infused rum. Tempo will be launched on 2 June, along with Food Capital.

The young ones were not forgotten and had their share of non-alcoholic drinks in cool-looking water bottles to keep them happy.
Photo credit: Grand Copthorne

On the other side of the lobby stands Grissini, a contemporary Southern Italian restaurant focusing on premium meats and seafood along with a twist on classic favourites.

Guests can look forward to their Antipasti Bar, Premium Meats & Seafood, Wood-fired Oven Pizzas and fine wines following their launch on 11 June 2016.

Grissini Bar seating

Secret Chat, a patisserie for special moments, will be unveiled in the third quarter of the year.

We had a truly unforgettable evening and each time I mention that we are going out for dinner, Kate asks ever so hopefully, “Is it to that nice hotel?”

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
392 Havelock Road
Singapore 169663
Tel: 67330880

Disclaimer: We were invited to The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s media event. All opinions are my own.

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Stand-Up Paddling – Fun for the entire family

We had the opportunity to try a new water sport, Stand-Up Paddle (SUP), at Constant Wind Sea Sports Centre which is located off Changi Coast Road.

The kids said it was one of the best family activities we’ve ever tried.

While I was arranging this sponsored session (thank you Constant Wind!) I showed them pictures and the 4 older girls were excited to give it a go.

#5 is fearful of water sports and asked if he could stay at home. I told him he has to come along, but could sit at the side and watch until he felt comfortable enough to join in.

Kate, being the gung ho little kid who wants to do everything the older jie jies do, quickly changed into her swim gear and waited at the door lest we left her behind.

I was a little apprehensive of how it would pan out with 1 reluctant kid and 1 young kid who can’t swim, but was thrilled that it turned out wonderfully.

The good thing about this sport is that you can take it as easy or as competitive as you desire.

Preparing to race

On the long drive there, the deserted road leading to the seasports centre set the mood that we were about to go someplace out of the ordinary. The kids were feeling high anticipation coupled with slight apprehension.

Upon arrival, we headed to the Pro-shop to register and sign the indemnity forms.

Our instructor for the day was a nice young man, Raymond, and he pointed out the changing rooms and got us togged out in life vests.

We slathered on sunblock before making our way to the edge of the facility where Raymond taught us how to paddle, turn, and most importantly how to fall off properly.

We attached the velcro band to our ankle so that our board will not float away if we fall in.

Our instructor held the board for us while we sat down, and we pushed off quite easily.

It is similar to kayaking but instead of a boat, we sit on a flat board.

Setting off

Kate and #5 refused to go on the board and agreed to follow the boatman gor gor.

His job was to ensure the safety of the group as he could speed to anyone who needed assistance. He was also the designated photographer and all these photos were taken by him. Thank you Bryon!

Kate’s first time in a power boat

As Kate watched us drift further and further away, she started to get worried and told the boatman gor gor that she wanted mummy. He sped to me but she started crying because she was afraid of the loud engine sound.

He was so accommodating that he turned off the engine to pacify her and paddled the 2 kids towards me.

When they reached me, Kate said she was afraid that “Mummy will disappear” and was agreeable to come onto my board.

I’m getting the hang of it

As you can see, she was really stiff and apprehensive of the whole deal. Gradually, she warmed up to what was happening as we reassured her that none of us was going to vanish into the distance and she was happy being paddled around by #3.

Acccording to Raymond, Kate is the youngest child they have ever had on SUP (previously they had a 4-year old), and he just had to add that he has never had so many kids in a family too ­čÖé

#5 is by nature very cautious with new experiences, but after watching from the boat for about half an hour, he was ready for some action.

Steadying her little brother

He hopped over from the boat and it was easy for him to stand up as #1 was providing the balance. After he got the hang of it, he progressed to doing it on his own, nicked my board and paddled all the way back!

So proud of him for overcoming his fear.

Once we got the hang of balancing and paddling, all of us managed to do it standing up and none fell into the water!

The older girls even raced each other far out and had a good workout.

What I really like is that with this flat board, we could lie flat and relax. (Yes, we all had different agendas). It feels wonderful to gaze up at the sky in the silence and stillness of the waters.

Before we knew it, the 2 hours was up and we paddled back to shore.
Spaghetti Bolognese $16

We were ravenous after the session and had an early dinner at Stella, which serves western and local cuisine. The charming ambience more than made up for the average food, although we really liked their Fried Chicken Wings ($11.50).

With planes flying overhead, the kids commented that it feels like we were on holiday, and it was such a bummer they had tests the next day and we couldn’t hang around longer.

Kate finished her meal before us and went to play at the little house and made new friends.

Simply idyllic

They are having a promotion from now until March 2016. Call 64455108 or email them at reception@constantwind.com to book your slot.

We loved the whole experience so much that we will definitely be back during the school holidays!

Constant Wind Sea Sports and Sailing School
(National Service Resort & Country Club Seasports Centre)
11 Changi Coast Walk
Singapore 499740
Tel: 64455108

Disclaimer: We were sponsored a session of Stand-Up Paddle. All opinions are my own.

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Brewerkz at Sentosa Boardwalk

We were invited to the newly-opened Brewerkz restaurant at Sentosa Boardwalk for dinner and the kids were all excited. We have always loved their Riverside Point outlet for its laid-back atmosphere, but this location is unparalleled.

Flanked by the picturesque Resorts World on one side and Vivocity on the other, with cable cars overhead, it feels grand yet cosy. We got there before dusk and soaked in the beautiful view surrounding us. Alfresco dining can’t get much better than this!

Brewerkz at Sentosa Boardwalk

We started off with our favourite Nachos appetiser – tortilla chips served warm topped with a hearty mix of tomatoes, olives, jalape├▒os, salsa, and guacamole.

Nachos $22
Calamari $17

The gran must have her salad, and she was keen to try their speciality – Soba Noodle Salad with Salmon. She enjoyed it very much, and shared her grilled salmon with Kate.

Soba salad with Salmon $28

Pizza is standard fare when we dine out, and the girls loved this thin-crusted smoked salmon version.

Smoked Norwegian salmon pizza $24

Their gramps was in the mood for lamb, and we all snuck some from under the leaves. Nice and succulent. Thankfully the portion was quite big. You have a choice of sides with the mains, such as French fries, Beer-battered onion rings, White cheddar mashed potato or side salad. For a $2 upgrade, you can have the Sweet potato fries, Truffle fries or Orange Butter Broccoli.

Rack of Lamb $42
Cowboy burger $24

We ordered a Meat Lovers pizza as well, and the kids polished everything up! We had a slow and relaxed meal as we wanted to catch the light show at 9pm.

Meat Lovers pizza $23

#5 ordered his usual Fish & Chips kid’s meal, which comes with a drink and a scoop of ice-cream. They provide crayons and an activity sheet to keep the little ones occupied.

Fish & Chips $14

While the rest of us sat and chatted, Kate and #5 entertained themselves with the lights embedded in the wooden floorboards. They come on and off intermittently, and that was enough to keep them in stitches as Kate tried to stomp them with her foot.

There is ample space for the kids to run around while the adults enjoy their dessert and hand-crafted beer, which needs no introduction.

Sitting here watching the sky turn dark, time seems to stand still.

Brewerkz Sentosa Boardwalk

At 9pm the Crane Dance show at RWS commenced, and even though we could only see the back view, it was a treat. Kate had never seen it before, and was enthralled by the dazzling light and water display.


The show is on daily, however I did a quick check and discovered it will be closed between 16-26 November 2015. Here is the link to the Crane Dance schedule.

Captivating display

The finale was a burst of fireworks!


It lasted less than 10 minutes, but what a way to end our meal.

Fireworks!

Sane tip: A good meal, entertainment and a chance to relax all rolled into one. Simply lovely.

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Directions: Park or alight at Vivocity. Head towards the Boardwalk which links to Sentosa. Brewerkz is somewhere in the middle, on the lower level. NOTE: If you have strollers or bicycles, you need to go by the left side to avoid having to carry your wheels down the flight of stairs. Let me try and explain as best as I can:

As you start walking on the boardwalk, imagine it being 3 lanes. The left ‘lane’ is by the road, the middle ‘lane’ is the travallator and the right ‘lane’ is by the water. GO by THE LEFT ‘LANE’. Keep walking until you come to an entrance to the right, and enter that. You would have reached the lower level. You will see The Wine Company, followed by Brewerkz.

Brewerkz Sentosa Boardwalk

Sentosa Gateway
#01-05 Sentosa Boardwalk
Singapore 098072
Tel: 62210702

Operating Hours:
Mon – Thur: 5pm – 11pm
Friday: 5pm – 1am
Saturday: 12pm – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm
Eve of Public Holiday: Opens till 1am
Public Holiday: Opens from 12pm

We also love their Riverside point outlet which is near Clarke Quay.

Disclaimer: Our meal and the giveaway are sponsored by Brewerkz. All opinions are my own.

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Steamboat: Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

Friends have been raving about this steamboat chain but somehow we never got round to trying it. Finally I went to the IMM outlet with my ex-neighbours to celebrate their birthdays, and I’ll definitely bring the kids the next round.

I’ve heard how great the service is. They provide waiting customers with manicures, fruits and popcorn.

A manicure? Sounds bizarre. I didn’t fancy having my nails done while fishing out morsels of food from the pot.

Well, the average waiting time during the dinner hour is about 2 to 3 hours. Ah, I get it. Free manicure while waiting for dinner. Sounds like the perfect place for a mummies’ night out. Efficient.

Hai Di Lao Steamboat

We did not get to have a manicure as we arrived at 10pm for supper. I had forgotten about a dinner meeting so since we were all prepped for it, decided to push it back to supper instead.

Soup base

The good service was apparent from the time you are seated as the waiter offers you a ziplock bag for your phone and special wet wipes to clean your spectacle lenses! Feels kind of pampered.

We went for the popular tomato soup base and the chicken soup. Both were not bad.

Beef slices $18

Ordered the usual like beef and pork slices, fish and tofu. Everything was fresh and well presented.

Promfret

What I really enjoyed was the Handmade mashed shrimp ($16) that came wrapped in a plastic bag. We ignorantly attempted to squeeze it into the soup, and it became little stringy worms. We gave up and asked the waiter for assistance, and he deftly sliced them gently into the pot. They cooked perfectly  into little prawn dollops. Definitely my favourite dish here!

The other dish I also enjoyed was the handmade noodles. You only need to cook it for a minute and it comes out nice and chewy.

The kids will most certainly be entertained by the amazing noodle demonstration. He is so skilled that he is able to ‘throw’ the long string of noodles inches from your nose. We joked with him and he entertained us with more of his deft strokes. Our waiter mentioned that he was a former martial arts expert. Not sure if he was pulling our leg, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

Noodles ($4 per portion)
This place is slightly more pricey than other steamboat places, but the service and freshness of the food makes up for it. We had the above dishes with some other side dishes and it set us back $45 each.

Before I got round to posting this review, I was back, with the kids and grandparents for a nice dinner to round off the September holidays. This time, we got to experience their pre-dinner service.

As it was the weekend, I thought we could beat the queue by reaching at 5pm. Guess it wasn’t early enough. They gave us a queue number and would give us a call once our table was ready.

The kids were highly amused that there was FREE food while waiting. Prawn crackers, banana crisps, and fruits. Kate filled herself with it, got up and declared, “Ok, I’m done. Let’s go home.”

Pre-meal waiting area

We didn’t bother queueing for the manicure as we thought it would take too long. On hindsight, we really should have, as we waited 2 hours for our table!

My parents were getting really cranky and wanted to leave. The kids decided to give it 15 more minutes since we have already waited so long.

In the end, my parents were appeased by the good service of the wait staff who served us. She gave us aprons and even helped Kate don hers. She handed out the handphone covers and hair ties for my girls with long hair. Whilst waiting for the soup to boil, she brought over a plate of fruits.

She asked if we wanted the prawns peeled and seafood shelled, and did all of that before cooking it in the hotpot for us. She then proceeded to scoop us each a bowl of soup.

I’m not sure if the remarkable service was standard, or because my folks made a fuss, but the kids had a thoroughly enjoyable meal, and commented, “The lady is so nice. And she doesn’t stop smiling!”

Talk about excellent service.

Mini playroom

After a satisfying meal, my mum said that the only thing lacking was entertainment for kids which would have made the waiting more bearable for Kate.

#2 pointed out, “There was a playroom right next to the manicure booth. Didn’t you guys see it? I thought it was so small that you didn’t bother putting Kate in.”

Ah well. Next time then. The kids are already saying that they want to come back for the noodles and shrimp dumpling.

As we left, the kids spotted a fridge at the entrance with free ice-cream to end the throughly enjoyable meal. And popcorn in sealed cups to take along. Sweet.

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The Udder Pancake – Upper Bukit Timah

Cafes seem to be popping up like popcorn, which is great as there are plenty of options to take the kids to. Is it just me (getting older) or are cafes being opened by younger and younger people these days? You’ve undoubtedly heard of Udders the ice cream parlour. Now they have branched into the increasingly popular pancake market with “The Udder pancake”. These people have a great sense of humour. From the moment we walked through the ‘broken’ glass entrance, the kids and I couldn’t stop chuckling at the ‘do not break’ (or in this case ‘do break’) red boxes adorning the walls.

Before I could get them seated, they had their own mini tour of the cafe, wandering around and calling out to one another, “Look at this one!”

Awww

There was even a thousand dollar bill in one of the boxes. And they kept asking me “Can we break it? Can we? Can we?”

Hilarious

The food is ordered at the counter and served to your table. We were there last weekend and the place was almost packed full mostly with teenagers and young adults.

Sadly, we found the standard of the food to be pretty mediocre. The only thing they polished up were the homemade ‘naked’ pancakes.

The Full Monty $21.90

The good thing was that we have a choice of ordering either a full or half size for the fancy pancakes. We chose the half sizes for more variety and to try out what’s good. The Salmon, Crab & Caviar Egg Benedict pancakes (the dish in the background) was interesting. We didn’t quite like the Pulled Pork Egg Benedict pancakes because the pancakes ended up being rather soggy. You must be wondering what that deep fried bomb-looking thing is. It’s some kind of giant white button mushroom wrapped with bacon. Sounded very yummy on the menu, but was a pity none of the kids liked it.

Pulled Pork Egg Benedict, The Udder Shrooms

Despite the so-so food, the kids enjoyed themselves tremendously at this cool cafe. Do they want to come again? You bet. For the plain pancakes and the truffle fries. Oh, and the ice cream which you can order from the adjoining Udders ice-cream outlet.

This stretch of shophouses on Lorong Kilat is getting very hip with several new cafes, in addition to Nook the DIY pancake place which is popular with families.

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Lady M @ Orchard Central

Just 4 more days before the start of school! We decided to make the most of the post-Christmas sales and spent a lovely afternoon shopping. We needed a cafe for a tea break rest stop and chanced upon this ‘very posh’ cafe, as the girls called it. Found out from the friendly waiter that it is a franchise from New York and this is their 3rd outlet in Singapore. And no, we didn’t know either that Lady M was the pioneer of the Mille Crepe cake. Don’t ask me which rock I’m living under.

Lady M Confections

The selection of cakes was so tantalising that the girls decided to have tea here.

As they were hungry from all that shopping, we ordered some of their savoury dishes. The mushroom soup was good, and the smoked salmon panini was not too bad. The beef pot pie was rather disappointing though.

Sicilian red beef pot pie $18

The cakes definitely made up for the so-so savoury dishes. We had the strawberry shortcake and the chocolate mille crepe.

Strawberry shortcake $9

It’s a great place to chill, with a nice view overlooking Orchard road. Next time, we will try to snag the comfy booth seats!

Lady M
181 Orchard Road
Orchard Central
#01-27
Singapore 238896

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