"Gourmandism is an act of judgement, by which we prefer things which have a pleasant taste to those which lack this quality." – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Desserts

Hoshino Coffee 星乃珈琲店

The new extension of Plaza Singapura was opened a while ago. A colleague recommended me to visit this place for their parfait.

The curry rice contained bits of beef, a sausage and an egg. It was quite yummy but got a little gelah after a while. I would have preferred if the beef bits come in bigger slices. Otherwise I felt I was eating rice with the curry gravy every mouthful of it.

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Curry Rice $15

The iced cafe latte was served in a golden colour thermal cup (meant to keep the coffee remain chilled longer) was fragrant.

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Iced Cafe Latte $7.50

The fruits parfait was refreshing. Within the cold ice-cream, there were crunchy cereals, banana, strawberry, peach and a fragrant piece of sesame biscuit.

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Fruits Parfait $12

They do not have much variety in their menu but there was a long queue when I left the restaurant. The prices are a little steep. Nonetheless, it’s worth a try.

7 Jun 2013

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Updated: 2 Dec 2015

Second visit to Hoshino Coffee is more than two years later! I found the variety of food has increased and taste has become better! My orchestra friends and I met up for lunch at the new Suntec outlet and we ordered their lunch sets that comes with a free drink.

Browse through their menu here.

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Iced Coffee

Look at the cute tiny metal cups that contain milk and syrup. I just can’t resist miniatures!

The wasabi was only put on top of the salmon. I thought it was a wasabi infused cream sauce. No, it wasn’t, sadly. I wished there was more salmon.

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Salmon with Wasabi Cream Sauce Spaghetti (Set) $16

Not cheesy. It was just normal spaghetti with tomato cream sauce.

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Shrimp, Avocado, Mozzarella with Tomato Cream Sauce Spaghetti (Set) $15

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Pescatora with Tomato Cream Sauce Spaghetti (Set) $15

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Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice (Set) $15

Curry was slight sweet and thick. The tonkatsu was nice!

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Tonkatsu Curry Rice (Set) $17

Lobster bisque was not bad though it could contain more seafood flavour.

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Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti (Set) $16

The top caramelised layer didn’t have the “cracking” sound. The creme was not bad but it was short of that vanilla kick. The ice cream went well with the creme brulee.

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Creme Brulee with Ice-Cream $9.80

 

This pancake souffle was very soft and I love it! However I would order this for breakfast rather than as a dessert.

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Double Pancake Souffle Style $12

Not bad but it was quite moist inside, wonder if it was caused by the chocolate sauce that we poured over.

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Vanilla Souffle with Chocolate Sauce $10.80

This french toast with maple syrup couldn’t go any wrong. 🙂

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French Toast with Sugar and Cream $9.80

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Restaurant: Hoshino Coffee 星乃珈琲店
Addresses:
68 Orchard Road, #03-84, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-651, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 0800 – 2200; Weekends: 10oo – 2200
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hoshinocoffee/


Curious Palette

This was birthday dinner for Von and CP. I made a reservation and was pleased with the clean and white furnishings. I was given a sofa seat on the second level and it was a real comfortable setting.

Soon the place became packed and I was glad I made a booking. However, it took more than an hour for our food to be served. The servers were apologetic and I must commend them for their patient service to the many hungry diners there.

The huge bowl of truffled sweet potato ($12.90) was something special on the menu. The sweet potato tasted very well but the truffle oil was too insignificant. The mayonnaise had split as shown in the picture.

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Next up is the stuffed boneless wings ($10.90).  Not too oily but could be better seasoned. The dip added much more flavour to the wings.

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The magic mushrooms ($14.90) were gigantic. However it was deep-fried and became too gelah after two pieces.

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Seafood Spaghetti $19.50

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Konbu Spaghetti $18.90

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As for me, I ordered this wagyu burger ($22.50). By the time it arrived on the table, I was already full from the starters. So I only ate the beef patty but still did not manage to finish it. It was quite fatty and under-seasoned.

We were so full, we did not order their beautiful waffles.

In a nutshell, the servings were all huge but food was disappointing.

All prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST. However, due to the slow service today, they gave us a 10% discount.

Restaurant: Curious Palette
Address: 64 Prinsep Street Singapore 188667
Tel: 6238 1068
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curiouspalette
Opening Hours:

Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

PODI

Met up with my orchestra good friend for afternoon tea but the menu and food looked really appetising that we ended up having dinner there.

This place serves all-day brunch. The food we ordered was quite a big portion and we will be back for more!

 

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Eggs Benny $20

 

 

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Basil Pesto Chicken Burger $16

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Mushroom (add-on) $3

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Bratwurst (add-on) $3

Earl Grey Tea (Pot) $6
Lemon Verbena Tea (Pot) $6.50

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: PODI
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-45, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: 63365648
Website: http://www.podifood.com


Saveur

So much hooha about this budget fine dining fusion French restaurant! Finally got a chance to try out at the Far East Plaza branch. Not a big fan of French food but some of the food did leave an impression.

The foie gras with lentils was so good that we did not hesitate to order a second one. It was firm on the outside but soft inside and the taste was not too “liver-y”. The truffle mash was good too but I thought the one I had at Poulet was better. The tenderloin was seasoned very well and cooked to how I liked it. Yummy!

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Mushroom Soup $4.90

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Pasta (main size) $7.90

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Foie gras with lentils $7.90

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Duck confit $13.90

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Seabass $15.90

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Beef Bourguignon $17.90

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Tenderloin $24.90

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Gratin $3

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Mushroom ragout $5

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Truffle mash $4

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Salmon $19.90

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Pork belly

Pierre Jean Merlot Bottle $35

I had another occasion to dine at Concetto (also by Saveur) at The Cathay (2 Handy Road) and ordered the pan-seared wagyu shoulder tender served with roasted portobello mushroom, foie gras and beef jus. I must say the taste still lingers in my mouth.

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It’s deconstructed tiramisu was also worth a try!

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Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Restaurant: Saveur
Address: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #01-07B, Singapore 188584
Tel: 67361121
Website: http://www.saveur.sg/


The Marmalade Pantry

A sweet cafe located in the quiet side of ION Orchard, this place serves a quiet get-together with your close buddies. I like the cafe’s decorations and it’s open concept. If you’re looking for a place to rest your feet while shopping in Orchard or want to get out of the bustling crowd, this is a really good choice.

Marmalade Party

Marmalade Party

Drinks

Seared Scallop Linguini

Seared Scallop Linguini

Steak Sandwich

Steak Sandwich

Seasalt Caramel Cheese Cake

Seasalt Caramel Cheese Cake

Seared Scallop Linguini $24
Steak Sandwich $24
Seasalt Caramel Cheese Cake $8
Berries Smoothies $9
Flat White Coffee $6.50
Peony Jade White Tea $7

Prices exclude 10% service charge and 7% GST.
DBS credit card gets 10% off.

Restaurant: The Marmalade Pantry
Address: ION Orchard, #03-22/28, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tel: 67342700
Website: http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg/


Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel is having a special Mao Shan durian puffs this season till 30 June 2011! Get your butts down to satisfy your durian cravings!

Here’s what CP, JH and I had some time back:

We ordered durian puffs, durian cake and durian ice cream cake. The waitress said the durian strudel had to take 1 hour to thaw before they can serve us. Otherwise, we would have ordered that. That looked really delicious!

The durian puffs were really thick and creamy. The durian custard was not too “squishy” and every bite was generous on the durian custard. I wonder if the three of us will be able to find time off to go back for their Mao Shan durian puffs. 🙂 Shall arrange that!

Durian Cake (1 slice) $9
Durian Puff (6 pieces) $14.80
Durian Ice Cream cake (1 piece) $12.80

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JH and I went again for the Mao Shan Power Puff! It was really powerful! It was BIG and super flavourful! Much much tastier and “durian-y” than the D24 durian puffs. JH was still busy editing the power puff photograph on her iPhone and I was busy eating away. I just couldn’t resist! When she was finally done, she asked why did I eat so fast! But it was really irresistable!

Mao Shan Power Puff

It looked like Hong Kong’s pineapple bun with a crispy sweet crust. But once you cut it open, the aroma of durian diffused out willingly. Hmmm! Crispy crust with soft durian filling, sweet bun with bitter durian… totally took my senses away! I would have preferred if the durian filling was more pulpy.

Durian buffet is now on till 17th July 2011 at $26.80++ per person. However the choices are limited and durian ice-cream is not included.

Mao Shan Power Puff (1 piece) $12.80

Prices exclude 7% GST and 10% service charges.

Hotel: Goodwood Park Hotel (L’espresso Cafe)
Address: 22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221
Website: http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/promotions/durian-fiesta-2011-,diningOffers_viewItem_47-en.html


Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry

Introducing Singapore’s first bean curd tart! Refreshing taste! The crust is hard yet crispy. Try this if you want a change from egg tarts or Portuguese tarts. 🙂

Stall: Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry
Address: 264 Middle Road Singapore 188990
Tel: 6337 2417
Website: http://www.lecafe.com.sg/