Wild Honey @ Scotts Square

An old schoolmate is in town and we did the tai tai thing and had a luxurious breakfast at Wild Honey while the kids were tucked away in school.

While writing up this post, I showed #1 my photos and she exclaimed with mock indignation, “Wild Honey? And you didn’t take me along?!” My kids are indeed growing up.

Their breakfast menu is rather extensive and as usual, we decided to order a range of dishes and share everything.

For something different, we were recommended the Tunisian, which was a surprisingly interesting savoury dish.

Sizzling pan of spicy shakshouka (onion, tomato, bell pepper & red chilli), Chorizo, baked eggs. Served with signature brioche and Israeli salad.

Tunisian $22

The buttermilk pancakes were nice and fluffy and came with a berry compote and maple syrup.

Canadian $20

We just had to order the classic English fare with the full works. Starving mummies after doing the school run.

Scrambled eggs, Canadian back bacon, Cumberland pork sausage, dad’s baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, breakfast potatoes, grilled vine tomatoes & signature brioche.

English $25

The Spanish was so-so. Diced chorizo, house Corned beef & potato, two perfectly poached eggs & Hollandaise sauce with signature brioche.

Spanish $24

Love the ambience, especially the comfortable sofa seats which my trusty friend called to reserve as they were mostly taken up by 10am.

Lovely ambience

At Wild Honey, they take breakfast seriously and their breakfast dishes are served all day long.

Wild Honey

A pricey breakfast no doubt, but the perfect place to yak the morning away until it was time to pick the kids up from school!

It’s days like these when being a SAHM seems like the best job in the world.

Wild Honey

#03-01 Scotts Square
Scotts Road
Tel: 6636 1816

Opening hours:
Sundays – Thursdays: 9am – 9pm
Friday / Saturday: 9am – 10pm

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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, jalapeños, 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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Afternoon Tea at Anti:dote (Fairmont)

I love hi tea. Who doesn’t, right? All the better that the presentation is as elegant as this, and the sofas are nice and comfy to lounge a Sunday afternoon away with girlfriends.

Pretty in a Box

The 3-tiered exquisite box that the nibbles were served in made everything look extra special. As my kids would say, it’s all in the presentation, mum. Perhaps I should start serving their meals from a drawer.

Portion for 2 pax
Here’s a close up of the savoury bites hidden in the second drawer. Mostly hits such as Boston lobster roll, Confit Duck riled and Smoked salmon with cream cheese.
Dim Sum appetiser

The items in the white box comes as a standard set, and the only variant is the appetiser. The Oriental Tea Set pairs with the dim sum, which was pretty average, although Kate tucked into it with gusto.

Look who joined us

I went with the Anti:dote Tea Set, which featured a very unique black truffle scrambled egg served in it’s shell. Definitely the highlight of the meal.

Kate has been really lucky to be able to tag along with me occasionally. There was a time when I had kids oozing out of my ears and I refused to take any of them out when I had my ‘me time’. Good thing she’s such a dear and rather easy to handle.

When I asked her earlier if she wanted to follow me for tea, she replied, “I can’t drink tea.” After explaining to her that having tea meant eating yummy food during tea time, not drinking tea, she quickly got changed.

Suited strawberry
The petite desserts were so pretty to look at, but after the scones, we were too stuffed to finish the sweets and I doggy-bagged them home for the older kids. Kate couldn’t resist and ate 2 of the Strawberry man. Yes, it’s all about the presentation.

The next day, Kate chirped, “I like to go with you and all the aunties to eat tea. Are we going again tomorrow?”

Sane tip: Such relaxing Sundays keep me zen and ready to tackle the week. Don’t forget to book in advance.

Save tip: $45++ per person. American Express Platinum has an embedded Far Card discount of 20%. They even do children’s tea sets at $15++. Wonder if it comes in a mini treasure box.

Anti:dote
Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
Tel: 6431 5315
From 3-5pm daily
Weekends, extra seating 12-2pm
$45++ per person

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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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SANDBANK @ Parkland Green ECP

We are back at Parkland Green, the new family-friendly arena at East Coast park. I can tell this is going to be one of our favourite haunts. This time, we were invited by SANDBANK for a review of their second outlet with a twist. Their caption reads: EAT. DRINK. PLUNGE. And that’s just what the kids did.
Sandbank at ECP
We told them they could swim in the pool after finishing their meal. That would no doubt get the kids to eat up quickly. One of the kids said, “But we can’t swim after eating.” Well technically, there’s not much real ‘swimming’ to be done as the kid’s pool is not very big. More for the kids to play around in.

Their menu is very comprehensive, with Bar Bites, Appetisers, Soups, Sandwiches & Pies, Pizzas, Pastas, Mains, Sides and even Dishes for Sharing. They also have a wide array of alcoholic beverages.

A typical favourite of my kids’ is pizza and the Meat Lovers pizza didn’t disappoint. It had chucks of stewed beef, bacon, mushroom, and topped with mozzarella cheese.
Meat Lovers $24

#5 automatically went for the fish & chips, and you have a choice of having it charcoal grilled or traditional beer battered. I was busy settling Kate in and didn’t get a chance to try a bite before the whole thing was gone in a jiffy! I asked him if it was nice and he said “Very yummy”.

Fish & Chips $23

Another staple dish when we eat out with the kids is truffle fries and we all agreed that this was one of the best we have ever tried. Two thumbs up!

One of their signature dishes is Beer Infused Roasted Whole Chicken so we had to give it a try. The whole chicken sat on a beer can in the oven in the open kitchen and the kids were tickled at the sight. Served with mixed mesclun salad. This is enough for 3-4 people to share if you are ordering other dishes.

Roasted Beer Chicken $32

If you have a picky child who can’t find anything to eat, which is rather unlikely given their wide variety of offerings, he can design his own pizza. Choice of cheese (blue, feta, gruyere, mozzarella, etc), choice of topping (parma ham / pulled pork / grilled chicken etc), and choice of sauce (tomato / teriyaki / Pesto / even samba sauce!) Our kids designed their own pizza not because there was nothing else to eat but because it was fun! 

Design your own pizza $21

After they were done with their meal, they happily jumped into the pool and had a great time splashing about and playing with their pool toys and a little ball.

Kate having a swell time

And the adults? We had a good time chilling and chatting, with full view of the sea. Doesn’t get much better than this in Singapore.

Lime Margarita $16

After swimming, they were hungry again. We ordered the Fungi Pasta which I didn’t manage to grab a photo of because it was gone in an instant! The kids said it was very yummy. Don’t know if it was because they were hungry after playing in the pool but they polished everything up. Hmm, I should have asked if SANDBANK wanted more partners. What a winning concept. Eat, swim, dry off and repeat. We can easily spend the whole day here with a bunch of friends. There is also a plunge pool adjoining the kids’ pool, but that is for aged 14 and above.

Eating again
If your kids are planning to swim, it would be good to ask for a table near the kid’s pool so that you can keep an eye on them. Do remind them to be careful as the floor could get slippery with many kids swimming and inadvertently splashing water everywhere.

Sane tip: There are toilets and showers located right next to Sandbank.

Save tip: 10% off main courses until 31 December 2014.

SANDBANK
920 East Coast Parkway
#01-28 Parkland Green
Singapore 449875
Tel: 62477988

Disclaimer: We were invited by Sandbank to do a review. All opinions are my own.

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Koji Jap restaurant – I have fallen in love with Omakase

We took the kids out for dinner to celebrate #3’s results and decided to try the new Japanese restaurant Koji Sushi Bar at Pickering street. Besides the usual menu, they have Omakase which literally translates as ‘chef decides’. There is no menu, and the chef is free to whip up a Japanese style 11-course meal with whatever fresh ingredients he has on hand. When you make a booking, they will enquire if there are any foods which you do not eat. This is our first time trying Omakase, which seems to be all the rage now, and we went for the $100 nett dinner. Most times I find it hard to decide what to eat, so I was happy to go with the flow and be surprised by the dishes.

We started off with a cold dish of century egg tofu with tobiko (flying fish eggs). Very yummy.

Century egg cold tofu with tobiko

Next came a simple platter comprising of hamachi with truffle, snow crab and fish cartilage. Fish cartilage!

We all love chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), and this version with truffle oil was delicious.

Chawanmushi with truffle oil
Fresh assorted sashimi

After all those interesting light dishes, they proceeded to serve single portions of sushi one after another. As expected of any respectable Japanese establishment, very fresh Uni (sea urchin) sushi was included in the line-up.

Uni sushi

The kids enjoyed ‘painting’ their sushi with soya sauce. The older ones tried mini bites of the more exotic sashimi like the uni and scallop but didn’t like them, so the hubs and I had extra portions!

Fresh scallop

Just as I felt I couldn’t eat another piece of sushi, along came a nice hotpot with slices of raw wagyu beef. 

Thin wagyu slices

It was truly a lovely dining experience. Great for people like me who can’t decide what to eat, are open to trying new food and love surprises!

Koji Japanese restaurant

Koji is a cosy little establishment, so do make reservations. Prior booking of at least 2 days notice is required for their Omakase menu. Let them know your budget (starts from $80 nett). We were informed that the central air-con switches off at 10pm so don’t expect to hang around till late.

There were some bronze statues of coolies some steps away from Koji and we ended the night having a great time taking funny pictures and laughing about how much (or little) we knew about the history of Singapore.


Koji sushi bar

3 Pickering Street
#01-42 Nankin Row
Singapore 048660

Tel: 62256125

Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 

Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm
Dinner: 5pm – 10pm

Sun & PH closed

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SKIRT – A remarkable dining experience at W Hotel

We love steak, and for special occasions we used to go to Morton’s at Mandarin Oriental for good steak. We haven’t been there in many years as it’s getting quite crowded and noisy. We heard that SKIRT at W hotel is very good, so when a friend invited us for his birthday dinner I was happy to abandon my 8pm bedtime and head out to Sentosa.

We were greeted at the entrance by raw slabs of meat hanging in the display fridge. These people are certainly serious about their beef! The chefs work in an open-concept kitchen and there was an open grill right smack in the middle of it.

Our meal started off on a lovely note with this pretty looking flower shaped bread. Most importantly, it was served warm.

What struck me immediately was that despite being a very high-end restaurant, the waiters do not assume you have deep pockets and instead of recommending the most expensive items, they even suggested we share. We wanted to try everything, but restrained ourselves and ordered 3 starters to share amongst the 4 of us. The oysters were flown in from Coffin Bay, and were fresh, as expected. Visually appealing too, with the dash of colour.

Fresh Oysters from Coffin Bay, Australia

I love tuna tartare and this didn’t disappoint. The sauce tasted Asian though, which was something I didn’t expect. 

Tuna Tartar & Avocado $28

The starter that blew us away was the prawns. They were big, firm, and the colour was a beautiful reddish-orange. And my, they tasted soo good. Nothing too over-powering, just perfectly done. The waiter told us they were flown in from Madagascar!

Carabinero Prawns $25 each

For our mains, I settled on the Full Blood Wagyu Grain Fed Beef (Skirt $68) which was the smallest portion at 200g, as I already had an earlier light dinner with the kids. The way it was presented and the picture taken doesn’t do it justice at all. It was good. Really, really, good. Oh, and you see those two cute little bottles in the background? One is an Apple bourbon palette cleanser and the other is barbecue sauce.

Full Blood Wagyu Grain Fed Beef

The Tenderloin Grain Fed Beef looked absolutely juicy and appetising. Was really good too. The waiter did suggest that the 4 of us share 3 mains, which would have been just nice, but the men were so ravenous that they wanted their own piece of steak. I was completely stuffed by the end of the meal as we tried each other’s cut.

Tenderloin 250g

Along with the mains, we ordered 4 sides. My favourite was the mashed potato (Truffle potato puree $16). Smooth and creamy with a hint of truffle oil. Super duper yummy. The onion rings (Beer battered onion rings $10) were also good.

Portobella Mushroom $16

We were given a complimentary piece of cake for the birthday boy and we added 2 desserts (women always have a spare dessert stomach, isn’t it). We didn’t quite fancy the chocolate chocolate chocolate (the one in the background.) The chocolate mud cake with ice cream was not bad. By that time we were so stuffed that the desserts didn’t quite stand out. 

Dessert

We really loved that the place was cosy and quiet (or maybe because we were there on a weekday). It is also big enough that even if we had brought the older kids along, we could have made reservations for a corner and wouldn’t have disturbed the other diners, although our pockets would have burnt a hole (there is an age restriction for kids). We definitely over ordered, but if you were more conservative, I’d say it would set you back about $150 – $200 per person without wine.

Lovely ambience

After dinner we took a constitutional along the waterfront to digest all that food. With the million dollar boats as eye candy, it was a perfect end to a perfect meal.

A fellow mummy blogger celebrated her 9th wedding anniversary there recently and she ordered the Tasting Plate of 5 Breeds. Check out her post to get a better idea of which cut of beef to order. In fact, I only found out after reading her post that I had chosen the top grade beef. No wonder it was soooo yummy. Happy 9th anniversary, V 🙂

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