Just last week, your humble author received a hand delivered “We Love Hawker Food Kit” from inSing.com. The kit consisted of a coffee glass commonly used in Hawker Centres, a “Good Morning” towel and tissue pack which read “Got People Sitting Here!”. Personally, I thought that it was quite a nice combination, as far as marketing collateral are concerned.
Here’s a snippet from the press release:
inSing.com has launched a contest to discover the island’s most passionate foodie, someone who recommends the best hawker stalls in Singapore, who will uncover and feature never been found hawker gems and who will specialise in writing recommendations on the top hawker fare for inSing.com’s Food and Drink section.
The Hawker Lover contest winner will join inSing.com’s Food and Drink’s team of great writers, including prominent food blogger Leslie Tay, and renowned food critics and chefs Violet Oon and Sylvia Tan, in providing our readers with objective, informed and creative reviews of Singapore’s favourite food places and dishes.
As well as a regular column, he or she will also receive $1,000 cash a month for six months as well as a Canon EOS 550D DSLR camera to snap pictures of the delicious dishes they try.
The contest runs for eight weeks. To take part, contestants will simply have to complete a series of questions – to help us size up their passion for hawker food, to flaunt their writing skills and to showcase their reviews to our readers. Entries will be judged by Leslie Tay as well as inSing.com readers via a voting tool.
For more information, please visit http://www.ilovehawkerfood.com.sg/
It seems that Valentino’s is now ubiquitous with Casual Italian Family Dining (“Fine-ish prices though”), and it is not hard to see why. Friendly staff (though, they seem to treat their regulars a lot better) and comfort Momma’s cooking are clearly reasons why people continue to patronize Valentino’s on a regular basis. Personally, the ever changing list of ‘specials’ is THE reason why I return.
My last visit was way back in February and the review can be found here.
The Ship Restaurant at Shaw Centre has been around for the longest time. Just a simple line would better describe its longevity than just a simple numerical figure of years of existence:
It used to be a place where my parents went for dinner dates, back in their courting days.
My prior visit to The Ship was probably 2-3 years ago, back when the shops around the restaurant were open for business (most of them have a ‘For Lease’ sign on the glass doors). I clearly remember there being a Samsonite store directly opposite the restaurant.
So what did I think of this one-time popular Hainanese style western steak house? Does it hold its own against the new entrants to the ever-vibrant Singapore F&B scene?
Many websites, food blogs and even Anthony Bourdain have waxed lyrically (and I mean literally, for most of them used the exact same phrase) about the grand old-dame of noodles, Mak’s Noodles. An institution on its own right, I do have to state the obligatory note that Mak’s Noodles has their own English article on Wikipedia.
Pietrasanta is owned by the Massimini brothers, Giuseppe and Chef Loris. Located in Wessex Estate, Portsdown Road, which has transformed from a laid back, unheard of location, to one that is busking in popularity now – likely due to its close proximity to the one-north biotech development.
Update: The Wessex Estate, is in fact part of the one-north development – managed and run by the same people who run one-north, JTC Corporation.
Pietrasanta used to be my family’s venue of choice for Saturday lunches up until sometime mid last year, when reservations seemed to be perceptually full and had to be placed on the waiting lists. I was lucky enough one Saturday afternoon, to be able to get a table for 2 and so, off to Pietrasanta, my dining partner and I headed.
A recent food trail with 2 colleagues landed us at Canele, Paragon for some sweet after-work desserts. In all, 3 of us ordered 2 slices of cake and 2 sweet crepes (they have savoury ones too). Do the math and you’ll realize that, for someone who does not take too much to his desserts like myself, that’s a lot of desserts!
Before I begin, let it be known that I am not one too keen on his desserts (Read: I’m not someone who needs a dessert to end off every meal). And, for the record, as of this writing, I am unable to distinguish the difference between a génoise sponge and sponge cake. Desserts for all its technicalities, shall be left to the experts, sgdesserts, skinnier than the original and divinejoybites.
Let it be known that, apart from all the French and Italian and Japanese and what-have-you cuisines that I have had the pleasure of blogging before, I am a die-hard fan of local cuisine. But, I am very picky. Therefore, if you have any suggestions of the best local Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee or Roast Duck, please e-mail me!
The first cuisine stop – Malay.
I joined fellow bloggers, Harris and Zaylene in search of a Malay staple, the Nasi Briyani.
Part of the LifeBrandz group, which owns Zirca, Borgata is a semi casual Italian restaurant located in Clarke Quay.
My love affair with Borgata began way back in 2008 when one-half of Borgo, Chef Andre Badiali and Ganesh, the ever affable manager. Borgo (now-defunct) was a restaurant that was situated just before Sixth Avenue, and which now houses L’Ancora.
The other half of Borgo, ala Chef Mimmo, struck out on his own, to open Al Borgo along Bukit Timah Road.
You can read previous review of Al Borgo here. I have, however, heard somewhat negative reviews of the pastas there recently from friends and family. Nonetheless, the grilled meat dishes that Chef Mimmo dishes are still, excellent.