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Long Bar Steakhouse Revisited @ Raffles Hotel

~Invited Session~


Long Bar Steakhouse has a heavyweight no its menus this October, limited quantities and only hardcore carnivores need apply. No stranger to Long Bar Steakhouse, it still very much remains one of Raffles Hotel's best kept secrets, next to the Bar and Billiard Room and Long Bar.



Airflown from Australia, this 1.7 kg on-the-bone rib eye steak is a stunner both in pictures and upclose and personal. That ruby red meat and marbling sent me drooling at the mere thought.


Long Bar Steakhouse Chef de Cuisine Kenny Chung and his prized slab.


Now before this, my steak education has been the usual tenderloins, rib eyes, wagyus and even omis. The Tomahawk Steak is christianed so because of its semblance to a tomahawk, - a single handed axe. The bone has been left to enhance the taste of this most flavorful cut and this makes for a dramatic yet elegant presentation.


Bread selection comprised of a pillowy soft olive bread and crusty foccacia.


Long Bar Steakhouse’s Sampler ($48)
Dungeness crab, seared scallop and scottish smoked salmon

I love samplers because everything is bite sized and I get a taste of other appetizers too. Vote for yummiest goes to the dungeness crab cake, sweet and has the extra crunch.




Australian Augus - Grain Fed The Tomahawk Steak (starts from $265)




Grilled to perfect with varying degrees of doneness throughout the hefty chunk, I was pleased as punch to get hold of my plate of medium rare steak.


 In an almost dramatic fashion, it was a whole party of flavours going on in my mouth - tender and almost melt in my mouth, there was no fancy seasoning just a sprinkle of salt and pepper to enhance the taste.

Oh, the fats are divine, so says the fat-loving bunch who gallantly walloped it all.


Pétalos del Bierzo


Joy to the world I say, when steak is precisely cooked and I have a glass of red in hand. This Spanish Red packed floral and fruity notes.

Playing second fiddle are the three sides served alongside,


Sauteed Broccolini


French Fries in Truffle Salt 


Macaroni "Zita" with Comte Cheese


Mixed Berries, Raspberry Sorbet

Old fashioned cheesecake to wrap things up with a raspberry sorbet to cleanse the palette too.


In the most kiasu way ever, their supply of tomahawk steaks are whilst stocks last and if you would like a taste of it, make haste!

Long Bar Steakhouse
Raffles Hotel

Nespresso pays a tribute to milano and palermo

~Invited Tasting~

Each year Nespresso creates eagerly anticipated limited edition coffees to continually surprise and delight as well as deliver new sensory pleasures to some of the world’s most discerning coffee lovers. Did I already say I love limited editions?

I could be a tad late sharing this news but Nespresso fans do rejoice!


This year Nespresso is launching Tribute to Milano and Tribute to Palermo, two new
Limited Edition ristrettos which are a tribute to the diversity and richness of Italian coffee culture, inspired by the two contrasting cities, Milano and Palermo.

Tribute to Milano is our interpretation of the hustle and bustle of the elegant and vibrant city of Milan, where coffee is enjoyed at a fast pace whilst standing at the bar. In contrast, Tribute to Palermo is a powerful, intense and full bodied ristretto.


These prints are so pretty!


Nespresso is synonymous with quality and the new Limited Edition ristrettos, Tribute to Milano and Tribute to Palermo are made with the finest Arabicas and Robustas to deliver an extraordinary coffee experience.

Tribute to Milano is a highly aromatic ristretto with its fine fruity aromas and sweet cereal notes. On the other hand, Tribute to Palermo is a powerful, intense and full bodied ristretto with a silky texture.

Both Limited Edition ristrettos will appeal to intense coffee fans and can be enjoyed black but also blend perfectly with milk and with a pastry or two. Now, did tea time get more luxurious? 

Tribute to Milano and Tribute to Palermo will be available from Nespresso boutiques (ION Orchard #01-14, or Takashimaya D.S.B1), online at or via the Nespresso Mobile
App from 1st September 2015 for a limited period, priced at SGD 12 for 1 sleeve of 10 capsules.

Fu Yuan Shanghainese Cuisine @ West Coast Recreation Center


The journey to the west brought us to Fu Yuan Shanghai Restaurant which I did not know even existed. Groupon vouchers must have brought plenty of business because they only accepted reservations the week before.


Hot pepper crabs 

These meat crabs were served with a stir fry of bean curd noodles that are not commonly used here in our dishes but this was definitely something different.


Double braised abalone 

Another dish that is not commonly eaten locally, handmade meatballs topped with fish roe and served generously with vegetables and abalone. This tasted like a toned down version of poon choy.


Steamed garoupa fish 

Fresh and portions were more than sufficient for 10 of us, even. 

Marinated jellyfish with lettuce

Unlike most wedding banquets, the jelly fish was in larger pieces and was served in a marinated lettuce. 

Gui Fei chicken

An excellent cold starter, I may very well fall in love with this chilled steamed chicken over hainanese chicken.

Prime eel in secret sauce

These crunchy bites can be passed off as pub grub, and I would not even suspect they are eel. Loved the crunch and savoury sauce.


Shanghai Dong Po Pork

This is one of the first I've eaten that is served with quails eggs, the jellied pork had lovely consistency.


Shanghai fried noodles

Pretty much like our economical noodles for breakfast, these were served at dinner time instead.


Stir-fried Asparagus with Chinese Yam

Chinese yam is a tricky vegetable to cook and they did it with enough wok hei and wonderful pairing with asparagus.


Double-boiled white fungus soup with peach

Simple dessert that brought much comfort this hazy season, I was inspired to cook my own thereafter.

Portions are very generous and quality of dishes were good. It is one of those places that lacks in ambience and even finesse but the food more than makes up for these shortcomings.

Fu Yuan Shanghainese Cuisine
West Coast Recreation Center

Roll Up @ Circular Road

~Invited Session~


Roll Up, an Kebab concept influenced by Indian flavours is the brainchild of two entrepreneurial consultants who have spent a reasonable amount of time traipsing around the world and eating out. Located at Circular Road, it is a hot spot during lunch hours and afterwhich, happy hours just got happier with their bottle deals.




Pistol and Mortar ($11)
Chicken Tikka, Indian Spices


Mughal Mouton ($13)
Mutton Seekh Kebab, Mughlai and In-house Spices


Fish-Ti-Cuffs ($11)
Yogurt based flavours

They take pride in marinating their meats a full day ahead and freshly grill them on the spot. The guys scoff at the traditional kebabs with a wheel of meat and the same slab used for hours till it runs out. The spiciness have been tweaked to suit the tastebuds of the working crowd in Raffles Place and for me, they barely caused a ripple on the tongue. I opted to have my Fish-Ti-Cuffs upped in spice levels and finally, that showed me what spice and fire is. Loved it!


Masala Fries ($3)

Fries with an Indian twist, these are served with an in-house mint sauce.


Top up an additional dollar for takeaway. Promotions that run daily include their lunch specials and a $20 combo of roll and beer. Happy hours last from 2 - 8 pm with prices slashed by $2 - 3 for bottled beers.


Brewood Punk ($15) 


Royal Jamaican ($15)

Essentially a spiked Ginger Beer withont any trace of alcohol until the third bottle if you are lucky.

Icecream sandwiches are available for the sweet tooths, so is there a vegetarian option too.


And on selected saturdays, Roll Up is home to aspiring bands.


Roll Up 
76 Circular Road

New Taste 新嘉飨 @ Macpherson Road

~Invited Session~


New Taste opens up in a neighbourhood studded with old gourmet gems hoping to bring a breath of fresh air with fine modern chinese fare. Drawing on his previous experiences working at renown hotels and chinese restaurants, Chef Cao Yong has been whipping up dishes personally at this spacious restaurant cum hotpot spot.

新嘉飨 represents a new Singapore with new flavours in a foreign land.


Chef Cao Yong previously represented Singapore in China for the Shanghai Team Culinary Competition and emerged tops. Word has it his winning menu will be made available at their restaurant soon!


Freshly squeezed, these juices pack enough antioxidants to take us through this hazy period! I even learnt a tip about spotting fresh and pre-made juices - the foam on top tells a tale or two about its freshness. If it looks coagulated or does not foam on top, chances are the juices are pre-made.


A thing or two about their condiments - these chilli sauces are hand made and so delicious, I wish they sold them by bottle!


Pickled Black Fungus and Green Chilli ($5.90)

An appetizing one with hot and spicy notes, the green chilli is one not to be trifled with. Packs a fiery punch and shivers down one's throat - yet, so satisfying.


Chilled Pork Belly with Garlic Sauce ($6.90)

Love your garlic and love this with a vengeance, this tasty number was an exhilarating one that left a tongue biting sensation and a refreshing crunch. The details paid to this dish was impressive, down to the pea sprouts and goji berries.

If that did not impress, they live by the mantra that every thing plated has to be edible to make sense.


Handmade Crispy Long Cheese Sticks ($12.90)

This is a table favourite with crispy sticks of filo pastry encasing a delectable cream cheese filling. Great as a snack or even an appetizer, word has it that companies have catered this as tea breaks even!

A healthier alternative to oily peanuts and crackers, just go easy on these cheesy delights or face not having stomach space left for the other culinary creations!


Smoked Duck Pickled Ginger ($8.90)

Smoked duck tasting just like ham and only better. I salivate even by looking at it! Just the right amount of salt used in this tender meat dish, their appetizers are so mouthwatering, I would have problems trying to get past ordering appetizers.


Signature Crab Porridge ($39.90, Seasonal Price)

With an opening promotion of just $19.90, this signature dish is a steal and a must order! Bathed in a broth so comforting and rich, the flavours of the meat crab was fully captured in it. Gone are the days of lobster porridge, crab porridge is here to stay.


One is certainly not enough, I spied a table of two having 2 portions of this! The rice grains are cooked till soft and makes a congee so delicious, I would be equally happy drinking up the broth on its own. The crabs were fresh and taste best on its own if not with a dab of their house made chilli. Quantities are limited because crabs are brought in fresh and killed upon demand.


Deep Fried Spinach Beancurd with Fresh Mushroom and Black Truffle ($12.90)

Another dish aimed to impress with fresh truffles stir fried with hand made tofu topped with spinach. That silken tofu put all the machine ones to shame obviously with its smooth as silk texture and crispy exterior. Shaved truffles had to be the cherry on top of the icing, providing much fragrance and sensory delight! At this rate, I could be so pampered and would never want to pay for truffles by the grammage.


Chinese Spinach in Superior Stock ($12.90)

Spinach with three types of eggs, century egg, salted egg and chicken egg all in a single dish. This is a common dish on most Asian menus but it takes more than just the ingredients to get it all right and very often the skill of the chef is in question.

Chef Cao pulled off a droolicious one, we kept slurping up the broth and vegetables heartily. This is one for a simple dinner and exceptional with a bowl of rice.


Lemongrass Jelly ($3.90)

Lemongrass Jelly is a classic asian dessert, one that soothes the throat a fair deal and wobbles with such grace, even the one who shuns dessert had nothing but praises.

The dishes are exceptional in flavour and value and definitely would meet five star hotel quality even. Slowly but surely, this little gem will find its hoards of fans so why not check it out and be acquainted. On top of communal dishes, they also have single portions of rice and noodle dishes too.

The folks behind New Taste have also gotten their thumbs in another pie - hot pot, one that is even more pocket friendly! 



Spot their signature chilli sauce?


Tables complete with electronic heaters.


A well stocked spread and it's eat-all-you-want!


Zooming in on the plates that would make any carnivore wink. All in for all of $25.90!


There, a promotion not to be missed.


To entice the working crowds, lunch sets with incredible value is also up for grabs.

Now, I wish I worked around the corner to enjoy these deals!

New Taste 新嘉飨
476 Macpherson Road