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Candlenut, Tanglin, Singapore

Candlenut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Up on Dempsey Hill in Singapore, there’s a nice little hub of restaurants and a gourmet grocery store – it’s a really chilled place to spend an evening.

In amongst them is Candlenut, a one Michelin star establishment specialising in Peranakan cuisine. It’s a place that although sophisticated, feels comfortable – not too stuffy like some of the other cheffy restaurants.

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We were also given some yummy crispy nibbles and dipping sauce:

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It was really hard to choose with lots of tempting options like swimmer crab and chicken balls, crab curry, and beef rib rendang, but we eventually opted for ngoh hiang and pork neck satay to start.

The pork neck satay came first and it was sublime – there was so much flavour in the tender melting pork, and the satay sauce coating was perfect.

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I did wonder how good ngoh hiang could be, but this version was amazingly good. The combination of pork, prawn, shiitake mushroom and water chestnut was just right, and I would have been in heaven with several plates of these and nothing else.

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For mains we chose the chef’s mum’s chicken curry, “four heavenly kings”, and a king prawn gula melaka. Sorry the pictures are not great – the lighting was dim, and I must have been keen to eat!

The curry was lovely, warm, and rich with potato and kaffir lime, very nice with the brown rice that we ordered.

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The four heavenly kings was a combination of eggplant, wing beans, okra and taro, garnished with crispy whitebait. Absolutely wonderful. I could have again eaten several plates of this dish – the perfect vegetable accompaniment.

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The king prawn gula melaka was where curry meets dessert – a sweet coconut based curry with beautiful fresh prawns – again a perfect dish.

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We didn’t have room for dessert, but this meal was every thing we could have wished for. When we are back in Singapore we will definitely return for more goodies in this sophisticated dining room. A great meal, great service and wonderful atmosphere.

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TWG Tea on the Bridge, Singapore

TWG Tea on the Bridge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

TWG certainly know their teas, and this elegant establishment in the heart of the Shoppes Mall adjacent to Marina Bay Sands is a delightful way to while away a few hours sipping tea or having lunch. We have eaten dessert here before, but this time we just needed to rest our weary legs from shopping. As we sat and watched the dishes come out for other diners, every meal looked sublime, especially the crispy skinned fish.

It’s a place to be seen, locals dress up to dine here or have afternoon tea, and the wait staff look immaculate.

We were offered a range of menus – food, specials, and tea, as well as a tea catalogue to describe each tea on perfect detail. There are hundreds of teas on offer, and I chose an iced Apricot tea, where my partner chose a hot Kenilworth orange pekoe.

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We also chose some macarons to nibble on – the dark one was a Napoleon tea and caramel, and the red one was a black tea and blackcurrant.

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As you would expect, everything was perfectly presented and delicious. My apricot iced tea was served with a sugar syrup in a jug so that I could add as much as needed.  The apricot flavour was lovely and made for a really refreshing drink. The Kenilworth was clean and flavoursome. Macarons were made with care and the flavours really shone through.

TWG is synonymous with style and elegance, this is the perfect place for afternoon tea.

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Pacific Marketplace, Pan Pacific, Singapore

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The Pacific Marketplace is an eatery on the ground floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Bay. Hotels are notoriously expensive for dining, but the Pacific Marketplace is a way to dine at a more reasonable price without breaking the bank.

Offering a variety of local and international dishes, the cafe also serves high tea and has a wonderful patisserie. During our stay we tried the patisserie on a few occasions and were very happy with the standard and presentation of cakes.

Chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, banana cheesecake, black forest gateau, key lime tart:

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Salted caramel eclair, manjari cafe(coffee) gateau, matcha lychee gateau, gula melaka:

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Fruit danish:

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Pralines:

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Strawberry cake and blueberry cheesecake:

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Ivory raspberry:

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These are the cakes that we tried:

Salted caramel eclair – wonderfully smooth caramel filling where the salt flavour came through, beautifully tempered chocolate and dreamy ganache. Very very nice.

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Chocolate fudge cake. A really lovely chocolate hit without being too sickly sweet.

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Key lime tart. Beautifully presented and delicate. It could have taken a bit more lime flavour, but was still very good.

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Carrot cake. Pleasant and good carrot flavour, but could have had a better cake to carrot ratio in the mix.

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All in all, this is a beautiful top end patisserie, and I recommend Pacific marketplace for a stunning afternoon tea.

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Sweet Spot, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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If you’re looking for a fine patisserie in Singapore, head for Sweet Spot located in the hotel lobby of tower 3 at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. You can’t miss the hotel – it’s in Marina Bay and dominates the skyline with its three towers and boat like structure at the top. It’s quite a nice idea to walk across the Helix Bridge and then visit the patisserie for some coffee and cake at the end of the walk.

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A vast array of breads, pastries, cakes, macarons and chocolates is on display in the never-ending chilled cabinet and it is really hard to make a choice. The cakes are perfectly presented, and the Danish selection is innovative and tempting.

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The cafe serves coffee and tea, and the charismatic staff take care to ensure that your drink order is executed exactly as requested.

I chose a raspberry danish which was beautifully made, fresh and delicious.

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My partner chose an apple cinnamon bun – again very nicely spiced with great dough/pastry.

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Sweet Spot is well worth a visit, well several visits, because it’s so very difficult to choose just one cake, and the quality of the goods is outstanding.

 

Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Bay, Singapore

This post is not really a recipe or a restaurant recommendation – it’s a suggestion of something brilliant to do.

If like me, you want to do something different for Christmas, or something special for a birthday, go to Singapore – don’t just stay in any hotel, stay in a nice hotel like the Pan Pacific, and then don’t just stay in a regular room, stay in a Pacific Room. Now before you gasp and say ‘too extravagant’, here are some reasons of how it can turn out to be both special and affordable.

1. Book in advance – you get the best flight deals this way, and join the airline loyalty scheme so that you can get some free flights or benefits later (even if you fly only once with a particular airline, you can sometimes reap the benefits – I flew once with Emirates and ended up with a $50 gift voucher). Join every free airline loyalty scheme going.

2. Join the hotel loyalty scheme too – in this case GHA Discovery. I joined the hotel scheme before booking – it was free – and then managed to get a special deal of 4 nights for the price of 3 – an immediate saving of hundreds of dollars.

3. With the money that you save by getting a free night – upgrade to a Pacific room. It’s well worth it. You get champagne breakfast included every day, either in the main restaurant, your room, or on the Pacific Club Floor. The Pacific Club Floor is circular – you get 360 degree views of Singapore, the staff know your name, and they can not do enough to help you. You can choose from the breakfast buffet or order anything you like. The breakfast buffet includes breads, pastries, dumplings, Japanese fish and noodles, hams, cheeses, yoghurts, cereals, freshly squeezed juices, and you can order cooked breakfast to your liking. The club rooms also include afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes between 3pm and 5pm, and canapes and cocktails between 6pm and 8pm. Basically, you can fill up on the 3 complementary Pacific Club sessions, and then you don’t need to spend much on eating out – just some hawker food will usually suffice. The evening canapes are particularly nice and very cheffy, and usually include 4-6 different savouries with another 4 dessert options. The wait staff keep your glass topped up too, and it is quite easy to drink a whole bottle of champagne (Mumm Cordon Rouge) and a few Singapore Slings.

4. In addition to the complementary Pacific Floor dining options, all soft drinks in your room are included, as well as 2 laundry items per day, you get a Nespresso machine in the room, free wi-fi internet access, secretarial services, and a 24 hour butler service. Like me, you may be a little embarrassed to call on the butler, but they are perfectly happy to make restaurant reservations, unpack your case, run you a bath etc. The room will be serviced several times per day – so after your morning shower, you will be given fresh towels for the evening. The bath toiletries are Elemis, and the shower has a ‘side shower’ option as well as the normal ‘shower from above’ version. It really is very luxurious.

5. So by upgrading to a Pacific Room, you save lots of money on food and drinks. Marina Bay is fairly central to a lot of attractions like the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Esplanade, The Flyer, Orchard Road, and is walking distance to an MRT station.

Nespresso machine in pacific room

Nespresso machine in pacific room

View from the Pacific floor

View from the Pacific floor

Orchard Road Christmas lights

Orchard Road Christmas lights

Pan Pacific – Pacific Floor goodies:

Champagne at the Pacific floor

Champagne at the Pacific floor

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

Chicken tikka ball with mint yoghurt sauce

Chicken tikka ball with mint yoghurt sauce

Spring rolls and spicy indian potato patty

Spring rolls and spicy indian potato patty

Oreo cheesecake, raspberry meringue, chocolate orange cake, blueberry tart

Oreo cheesecake, raspberry meringue, chocolate orange cake, blueberry tart

Papaya salad in shooter glass, spring rolls and salmon with caviar

Papaya salad in shooter glass, spring rolls and crispy pork

Panko prawn

Panko prawn

Soft shell crab

Soft shell crab

Pear and caramel tart, strawberry macaron, strawberry cheesecake, apricot tart

Pear and caramel tart, strawberry macaron, strawberry cheesecake, apricot tart

Salmon quiche, prawn with mango salsa, tuna on pumpernickel, scallop

Salmon quiche, prawn with mango salsa, tuna on pumpernickel, scallop

Prawn with mayo

Prawn with mayo, tuna on pumpernickel, fish ball with wasabi

Raspberry danish, chocolate danish, pain au chocolat

Raspberry danish, chocolate danish, pain au chocolat

Trout with wasabi, pork

Trout with wasabi, pork, tuna and sweetcorn tart

Other good food in Singapore:

Chocolate and peanut butter and peanut butter and jelly at Twelve Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter and peanut butter and jelly at Twelve Cupcakes

Satay from Boon Tat Street (Lau Pa Sat) - Best Satay stalls 7 and 8

Satay from Boon Tat Street (Lau Pa Sat) – Best Satay stalls 7 and 8

Satay from Boon Tat Street

Satay from Boon Tat Street

Apple pancake dessert from TWG tea shop

Apple pancake dessert from TWG tea shop

Iced hibiscus tea from TWG tea shop

Iced hibiscus tea from TWG tea shop

Satay from Gluttons bay hawker market

Satay from Gluttons bay hawker market

Gluttons Bay (Esplanade)

Gluttons Bay (Esplanade)

Best fried kway teow from Raffles City food mall (The Food Place)

Best fried kway teow from Raffles City food mall (The Food Place)

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