Ms Skinnyfat

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Fetish Chocolat. Just the sound of it makes me weak in my knees. No naughty thoughts my dear, I’m referring to the Fetish Chocolat at Antoinette that is happening from 1 September till the end of October. Following the success of Fetish Matcha that ended last month, Antoinette has partnered Valrhona (THE chocolate for any chocolate creation) to bring you Fetish Chocolat that promises more savory indulgence.
Artistically plated, Roasted Carrot with Balsamic and Dark Chocolate Dressing ($18) was a light dish to start with. The dish bursts with distinct flavors of Serrano ham, strawberries and feta, and I would have missed the Equatoriale 55% chocolate in the balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing if I had not read the menu.
Chocolate and pasta do not sound like a match made in heaven but this pairing on Chef Pang’s menu tastes brilliant! In Chocolate Ravioli filled with Wild Mushroom Ragout and cooked in a Light Sausage Cream Sauce ($22), Caraibe 66% chocolate is used as a coloring in the making of the pasta, hence the taste of chocolate is subtle.
In contrast, Braised Wagyu Brisket with Mustard and Dark Chocolate served with Buttered Parpadelle ($30) has strong earthy Guanaja 70% dark chocolate notes in every bite of brisket. Now which will you pick?
Dazzling Cafe's natural association with desserts (think thick towering honey toast) is hard to shake off given the insane dessert queue that formed when they first opened. BUT this Taiwan branded cafe is more than just the sweets now that Chef Cliff Tan has taken over the kitchen at the Capitol Piazza outlet! I discounted Dazzling before, but with their new western fusion menu, you can consider me dazzled. 
The new plates at the flagship store use only quality ingredients (carefully sourced and imported, or made from scratch) but are extremely affordably priced (think regular cafe prices).  
A light start to the meal is the Mozzarella & Cucumber Granita Salad ($10). Cool and crunchy it was, with cucumber swirls, cucumber sorbet, loose leaves, beetroot jelly, olive crumble, and balsamic reduction. We could certainly see Chef's past experience in the fine dining scene coming through in his pretty plates.  
What I'd recommend though is the Shrimp Paste Winglets ($11) which is even better than the Har Cheong Gai sold at many zi char stores! Love that pungent and savory fermented prawn paste in that marinate and the CRUNCHY skin and juicy meat. That lemongrass sweet chili sauce was the icing on the cake. LOVE!

We see strong French and Italian cooking in the mains but with well integrated Asian flavors. While the Scallop risotto in prawn miso broth ($24) may be more than al dente (towards the more mushy end of the spectrum), but that rich crustacean broth and perfectly seared fatty pieces of scallop more than compensated for it. 
If you want a creamy based pasta, the Fregola Sarde Grande Pasta ($25) is yums. This is a seldom seen type of pasta which is imported from Italy (of course) and provided a chewy and interested texture to the dish, plus it' so easy to pick up and send into your watering mouth. Simply scoop up some of that pasta with the garlic white wine cream sauce, Parmesan, and that earthy flavorful mushrooms. It may be a vegetarian dish, but it was certainly not lacking in the flavor department. We did not even miss the meat in this one!
Like spice? Then the Spicy Thai Tom Yum Seafood Rigatoni ($21) is a must. The tubular Rigatoni picks up the fiery sauce so well! The sauce is made from scratch btw and I think Chef can open a Thai restaurant if he wants! Very very addictive I say!
 
Boys, if you're worried that cafe food ain't gonna fill you, well, the portions are quite big imo. Also, you can protein load with the hearty meaty meals. 
Chicken Cordon Bleu ($23) has this tendency to be dry because the traditional recipe calls for breast meat. However, there were no issues with this particular rendition due to the use of the French yellow Poulet chicken, and it certainly helped that the meat wasn't deep fried. Expect the cheesy Gruyere flow when you cut into the Parma ham wrapped meat.
The Dazzling Potato Doughnut with Bratwurst filling ($21) looked better than it tasted. #eggporn BUT the dense and slightly undercooked dough, plus oily taste isn't quite worth the calories. 
The Pork bratwurst was also on the dry side and the sauce was kinda sweet. Meh. 
Another dish that showcased Chef's fine dining background is the Butter Poached Salmon ($23)., in terms of the plating that is. I thought the meat was a tad overcooked and thus more flaky.. The squid ink cous cous is made to look like caviar, and this was accompanied by a naturally sweet carrot purée and mustard Beurre Blanc.
Dazzling Cafe is not a bad spot to chill over drinks and sweets as well. Their Forget Me Not iced tea is a refreshing light floral sakura green tea sweetened with brown sugar. For something sweeter, the Rose latte with baileys and espresso is quite wicked. 
But of course, the famous Honey Toasts, which are priced from $17 onwards. Honestly, toast shouldn't be this expensive even if it's tasty or pretty but yea it's quite enjoyable with the filled chocolate center. 
Regardless, I'm dazzled now. Go check Dazzling Cafe out for yourself! 
Dazzling Cafe Mint Singapore 
15 Stamford Road, #01-85 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 6384 3310
Sun - Thu: 12 - 9.30pm
Fri – Sat: 12 - 10pm

Dazzling Cafe Pink Singapore 
#01-12/13/14 277 Orchard Road Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - 9.30pm
Tel: +65 65 6385 3639
One of my top faves has given birth to something new! Maggie Joan’s is now open for lunch with sumptuous new specials!
Chef Oliver never fails to please with his modern Mediterranean plates and I was super excited to sample their lunch offerings over dinner tasting.
Special mention to the house-baked Sourdough with beef fat butter, complimentary to all diners. Such glorious meaty creamy churned goodness on that crackly porous  slice. I would be happy with that alone (with that delicious Chianti of course)!!! 
I loved the Cheese Arancini ($9) which is a creamy ball of risotto held together by a blend of cheeses (gorgonzola, epoisse, langres, ricotta). The crunchy exterior gave way to a nice sticky and stringy pull. I thought it was great on its own, with a touch of truffle oil. The sweet Roma tomato chutney with sherry vinegar threw the dish off with its sweetness but the golden balls could be easily saved from the gravy so all's not lost.
My recommendation to start? The Cured salmon tartare ($17) with dill, pickled cucumber and yogurt. The rich smoky Norwegian salmon paired perfectly with the cream cheese-like Greek yogurt and then comes the tangy pop of cucumber. There's even an element of crunch from the house made sourdough croutons (can't stop munching on them).
I was looking forward to the Gypsy style baked egg with chickpea stew & chorizo ($16) because well.. Nothing like a decadent brunch dish for lunch right? Sadly, the chickpea mix was prematurely removed from the stove and had yet to absorb the moisture and flavor of the tomatoes. The chorizo were kind of dry  and disappointing as well. Flavor wise, it was a little one dimension with the Mediterranean spice. 
Skip right to the mains if the starters don't work for you. That Fried Chicken Sandwich ($18) may sound blah, but dayum! The juicy poulet jaune fillet is crusted with Japanese panko and deep-fried. Never have I had a fried chicken breast so tender and juicy without any oily taste. Dressed with a punchy green harissa coleslaw and Pecorino cheese, and sandwiched between a light poofy bread grilled in gd INKA oven, the combination was spectacular. To spruce this meal up further, add on the hand-cut chips with rosemary salt, sherry vinegar & ricotta ($9). Such fragrant triple fried hand-cut Sebago potato chips - steamed, blanched in oil at 140 degrees and deep fried at 220 degrees for that extra crunch. My advice- leave no ricotta behind. 
Now if the chicken was great, the Homemade Pappardelle, lamb ragu and Parmigiano Reggiano ($26) is better. This is perfect comfort food will make you forget your work woes for the rest of the day. The New Zealand lamb shoulder is roasted for 12h and then caramelized and tossed with the hearty chili-tomato paste, and sheets of al dente Parpardelle (one of my fav pasta, also made in house). The balance of the sauce, mint, and meat is perfect, plus there's the sourdough croutons to pick up the remaining sauce... Heavenly. 
Those craving for the dinner menu will  find familiar offerings for lunch – think half roasted duck with carrots and feta, or a 250g stockyard ribeye with jerk seasoning. 
Finally desserts. Dessert of the day ($10) was a crumbly sugar dough lemon tart.  This certainly goes on my best tart list! Cheese and wine also makes for a perfect ending to your mid day. ;)
The lunch menu is available 12pm to 2.30pm on weekdays. This is making me wish that I work in the city. Badly. 

110 Amoy Street #01-01 Singapore 068579
(Entrance from Gemmill Lane) 
Weekdays: 12 - 2.30pm, 6 - 11pm
Saturday: 6 - 11pm 
There is a new buffet option for you island-life loving folks! Latest Recipe at the newly refurbished Le Meridien Hotel Sentosa has launched their Taste of Discovery Buffet: Seafood and Singapore Flavours. Available for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, this Singaporean-themed buffet is looking to entice your tastebuds and excite your palate.
I always zoom in on the seafood at buffets- but the selection here is somewhat limited when compared to other buffets in town with sashimi being screamingly absent (no, sushi does not replace sashimi) but they do make up for it with the freshly shucked and tasty oysters and sweet emerald prawns.
There is also a selection of Asian-influenced salads including Thai glass noodles salad, Masala chick pea salad and Vietnamese cabbage salad with beef. But honestly, who comes to a buffet to eat salads? Instead I would focus your attention on the DIY Singapore Rojak station where you can customize and toss your own rojak (yes, you can make an all-youtiao rojak if that is your rojak fantasy!). There is even finely chopped rojak flower, how thoughtful is that! Or perhaps bites of grilled satay, deep fried beancurd rolls, otak neatly presented in bite-sized parcels, and deep fried egg floss with beancurd cubes?
The roast station also caught our attention! Just look at the glistening skins of those meats! The roast duck was our favourite of the lot- the meat was moist and tender while the skin was crispy!
If you love black pepper and also smelling like that, then snag a table near  the Char Kway Teow live station. It tastes like a full on carb version of a black pepper crab dish, sans crab. Well I prefer my Char Kway Teow the usual fashion :P 
As part of the buffet, all adult diners are also entitled to one serving of the restaurant’s specially created dishes. You may choose either the Baked lobster with Hollandaise, Black pepper lobster or the pan fried foie gras with dark cherry compote. The lobster with Hollandaise did taste more like lobster with mayonnaise (and that is always a good idea) but definitely have the punchy black pepper gravy crustacean. Or perhaps a chilli flower crab with mantous if you must have more seafood.
Reflective of the multicultural heritage we are so proud of, other dishes include tandoori chicken, Mattar paneer, Indian lamb curry with spinach and beef rendang.
Remember to save some space for desserts! There was a fairly comprehensive selection of Asian-influenced desserts including Pulut hitam, Nyonya kueh, pandan chiffon cake as well as a Chendol station and a selection of cakes and tropical panna cotta. Chendol tip: ask for less ice and more gula Melaka and coconut milk because that’s the soul of any good chendol!!
We really liked the Pandan Kaya éclairs, as well as the Raspberry coconut ones. These choux pastries were light and a good way to round up the meal! We implore you to make space for some of that American cheesecake (that little mound of a piece of crunchy biscuit) because unlike other hotel cheesecakes, this was surprisingly light yet tasty!

Overall, the Taste of Discovery Buffet: Seafood and Singapore Flavours at Le Meridien Sentosa is definitely an option to consider if you happen to be on Sentosa island, be it for a staycation, showing off your beach bodies or just catching pokemons. Available Fridays and Saturdays for dinner, the buffet is priced at $65 for adults and $29 for children and Starwood members enjoy 25% off.

Latest Recipe
Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa
23 Beach View Singapore 098679


-Truffles
It is no longer news that PUTIEN has now a Michelin Star to its name and expectations of the restaurant might have risen. With its emphasis on simple traditional food, authentic flavours that often leave many in nostalgia, we would expect the mooncakes offered during Mid-Autumn Festival to offer the same profile.
How much more traditional can it be when you have mooncakes that follow the recipe of a home baker who makes it a tradition to bake them every Mid-Autumn Festival? Named after Madam Leng Ah Eng, the longest serving stalwart in PUTIEN who makes mooncakes for her colleagues and regular patrons during Mid-Autumn Festival every year, Madam Leng Handmade Mooncakes (蓮姐酥皮月餅) are now available at PUTIEN. Although it is impossible for her to handmade every mooncake sold at the restaurant, you can be certain she does daily tasting to ensure that the mooncakes are made to her original standards.
There are two flavours for Madam Leng Handmade Mooncakes (蓮姐酥皮月餅)Yam ($48/box of 4; $12/pc) and Purple Sweet Potato ($52/box of 4; $13/pc). Having fewer options is wise when both are delicious. “食材有來頭,一咬就露餡”. Just look at the golden crispy layers and generous serving of yam and purple sweet potato! Every bite is a mouthful of happiness. Made from Thailand’s premium taro and Japan’s first grade purple sweet potato, you can be assured that the flavours of the tubers deliver. No flour is added to the filling to ensure the richness of the flavours. I love the mooncakes as the level of sweetness—just enough to highlight the flavours— is spot on. Give me a pot of tea and I can finish a mooncake.

Also available are Yam with s/ Yolk ($54/box of 4; $13.50/pc) and Purple Sweet Potato with s/ Yolk ($58/box of 4; $14.50/pc) if having salted egg yolk mooncakes is a must. Do note that no additives or preservatives are added, thus, the mooncakes are made daily and sold on the same day. They can be kept for three days to ensure freshness, although you can be sure they will not be sitting on your table for long.

A taste of tradition is indeed gratifying.

PUTIEN Kitchener Road
127 Kitchener Road,
Singapore 208514
Tel: +65 6295 6358
If there's a coffee chain that you have to visit, make it Costa. Yes I've heard how terrible their UK version is but trust me, the Singapore version is 👍🏻 (no they are not paying me to say this). I've always enjoyed their muffins and especially their relatively new Corto Classic (a super strong creamy blend of espressos). With the opening of their newest flagship Costa269 at Holland Village, we now get to enjoy proper cafe food from their hot kitchen. And HELLO all day brunch! 
The menu features a combination of British inspired flavours and classic breakfast favourites. Every order is made fresh-on-demand and designed to complement Costa’s range of handcrafted coffees. Their headliner is the Croffle, which is a crispy, flakey, buttery waffle-pressed croissant and I found it quite the perfect base for desserts even!
First, savory maybe? The Morning Croffle ($14) is served with slices of turkey ham, sautéed button and swiss brown mushrooms and scrambled eggs . The eggs are decent, but could be more moist, less firm. There's also the typically British Fry up version- The Great Croffle Fry-Up ($17) which has the option of a beef sausage made from ground beef, tomatoes and onion (which was a tad too powdery and mushy for me though the flavor is quite decent).
IMO, the croffle worked the best in the sweet version- the Very Berry Croffle ($11)! The croffles are served with a choice of salted caramel, chocolate or vanilla ice cream and topped with sliced strawberries and blueberries dusted with icing sugar. GO WITH SALTED CARAMEL! It's a tad sweet but that saltiness goes so well with that buttery and chewy center of the croissant.
Embarking on an extended trip and foreseeing that you'll miss a proper Chinese meal? Well fret not! Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant has opened at Changi Airport Terminal 2 and you can enjoy a full Chinese meal (or banquet if you must) before your flight. 
The contemporary restaurant seats 180 diners, with three private rooms, perfect for that business lunch or a raucous family gathering. Pick from the a la carte dishes for individuals or communal dining, or go with the easy set lunches/dinners starting from $44/pax. 
Start with the Roasted Pork Cube ($12.80/por) with a crispy TOP and nice firm meat. The char siew ($11.80/por) is the salty bean-ish sort with a balanced sweetness and light sticky char. I enjoyed the solid meat texture but my dining companions thought the meat could be more juicy. Well, our meat craving was certainly satisfied with the Traditional Roasted London Duck ($35.80/$68) which is a must order in our opinion. The succulent meat was well marinated with Chinese spices and that thin crispy skin with a thin layer of rendered fats.. GLORIOUS. I would pay $18.80 for a small portion of this even if I were to dine alone. 
Bonjour La Semaine Franҫaise! So excited that you have finally been conceived! Supported by The French Ministry of Agriculture, Sopexa and DiningCity, La Semaine Franҫaise promises you a week of French classic and fusion gastronomy.
OCF
From 10 -17 September, enjoy specially crafted menus from participating restaurants such as Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt (OCF), Lewin Terrace, Violet Herbs and Restaurant Absinthe. 3-course lunch goes at $40++ while dinner is an easy $58++. Charcuterie and a complimentary glass of French Red or White wine is served with each lunch or dinner set menu ordered.
The Disgruntled Chef
Do you need any more reasons to book a table? I think not.

Hop on to www.thefrenchweek.sg to make a your reservation(s) now. The full list of restaurants and other information is also available at the url.

Bon appetit!


I'm sure we are all familiar with the idea of Japanese Omakase, but how about an European one? Over at Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan on Tras Street, the menu is surprising every night, for every guest. A menu of the freshest, seasonal produce, is provided for you. 
Food Bingo? COUNT ME IN. Guests are provided with a list of ingredients that changes every couple of weeks. Simply cross out the ingredients that you do not like, and Chef Stephan Zoisl and his creative partner, Lorenz Raich, will whip out something based on that. New recipes guaranteed every time you dine here! Not only do you get to explore the option kitchen, the chefs also serve and explain every dish that they create for a truly interactive and intimate dining experience. 

Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan offers three menus, 4, 6, or 8 courses ($98/128/150 per pax). I'd recommend that you go with the 6 course unless you're a big eater. 
Cured Mackerel
A refreshing start to our meal. The dish consists smokey mackerel, balanced with a tangy apple gel, puffed tapioca crisps, bronze fennel, fishy oyster leaves, pickled cucumber and basil oil. Careful of those fishy oyster leaves, they are stronger than the fish itself! 
The party was started proper with the Lobster Bisque. This intense aroma of this smoky umami broth reached us before the dish was presented and by then we were drooling. The smooth cream was paired with shards of crab meat and grilled octopus tentacles, with bursts of sweetness from the peas (shoots and blossoms included too). 
Looking to have a great piece of steak without breaking the bank? Then it has to be SKIRT at W Hotel at Sentosa Cove for you. Every Mon to Thu, enjoy the new Route 88 menu which consists a 3 course signature steak dinner for only $88. 
Well of course there are other options for your mains such as pork, lamb, or fish, and vegetarian as well. But hello.. You did not go to SKIRT for that did you? 
Bread is a highlight here! The finishing charcoal grill yields a crusty blemished exterior which gives way to a fluffy pillowy inside. This loaf came with a creamy artichoke purée and a lightly spiced chorizo oil! Yes.. We asked for butter anyway because BUTTER.