Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Yi by Jereme Leung (Raffles Hotel)'s Dinner Menu II

👍 Creative Chinese dishes that are mostly very good. Nice ambience, great service.
👎 The signature 100-ring cucumber was surprisingly underwhelming.

With all holidays cancelled for the entire year (and perhaps even into 2021), the darling and I (fortunately) have a little excess disposable income to spare, so we decided to visit a couple of atas restaurants that we wouldn't otherwise visit ... which is how we wound up at Raffles Hotel's Chinese Restaurant: Yi by Jereme Leung!

Unfortunately we forgot to take a photo of the gorgeous entrance (lined floor to ceiling with handcrafted white flower petals), and elegant dining area. The restaurant is a nice place to be in, and sound dampening is above average (for Chinese restaurants) so you don't get too much crowd noise from other diners. Service was great, too!

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The little one was a little hungry so between trying to set him up in a baby chair and getting his feed on we didn't really have much appetite to browse the menu properly. We gave up quite quickly and chose the (Set) Dinner Menu II (s$138/pax), to be washed down with a pitcher of Yi's Herbal Tea (s$18)

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The eight-course Dinner Menu started off with three Appetiser / Cold Dish items: Hundred-ring Cucumber & Poached Sea Whelk with Soy Sauce Vinaigrette, Sichuan Style Chicken with Peanuts & Sesame Chilli Dressing, and Okra, Tiger Prawns & Arctic Shellfish with Soy Sauce Vinaigrette

Surprisingly, despite the Hundred-Ring Cucumber being a signature dish, we found it a little underwhelming (perhaps we're not huge fans of sea whelk). On the flip side, the Sichuan Chicken was terrific: The cold, juicy chicken constrasting perfectly with the tongue-numbing heat from the sichuan peppers. The Okra dish was well balanced, but ultimately neither particularly impressed nor disappointed.

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Moving on: The Fish Cartilage Soup with Abalone & Fish Maw was amazing: Gorgeous, thick, umami-laden broth with tender abalone, fish maw, and hokkaido crab leg. We would come back again just for this soup alone.

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The two Main Dishes were Baked Cod with Wild Honey & Soy Sauce Reduction, and Iberico Pork with Golden Garlic & Savoury sauce.

I really liked the pork, which was tender, fatty, juicy, and crazy good with that gravy. And the fried garlic chips. Everything tastes better garnished with fried garlic chips. The cod (technically 'chinese' cod i.e. 鳕鱼 i.e. Chilean Seabass i.e. Patagonian Toothfish) was also executed really well, with the sweet & salty glaze (from the honey & soy sauce reduction) just strong enough not to overpower the delicate fish flavour.

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Rounding off the savoury dishes: Crispy Egg Noodles with Shrimp, Crab Meat & Scrambled Eggs. This was a decent (if somewhat forgettable) end to the meal, seasoned lightly as to let the ingredients take centre-stage flavour wise.

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Oh and for dessert ... a small platter of pineapple, grape, rockmelon and watermelon. Do let me know in the comments if I'm being picky here, but at over s$160/person after service charge and taxes, surely it's not unreasonable to expect a proper dessert rather than these common fruits?

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Nevertheless, the meal was overall solid, with decent value-for-money. I think the strength of the outstanding dishes (pork, soup, chicken), service standards and ambience have more than earned a return visit - this time to go ala-carte and try the restaurant's other signatures.

Yi by Jereme Leung is located in the Arcade of Raffles Hotel. Reservations recommended, non-halal.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

St. Regis Brunch: Home Edition (Brunch Delivery) Review!

👍 Great variety of delicious food, prompt delivery, portions are huge.
👎 Sushi rolls were a bit crappy.

Even though our Circuit Breaker period will officially end just a little over a week from now, it appears that work from home - and therefore eat at home - arrangements are going to continue at least throughout June. Most of you will probably already have your day-to-day meal routine sorted, but what if you're celebrating a special occasion and/or would just like to splurge a little to reward yourself?

Well, why not try out the St. Regis Brunch: Home Edition: A weekend-only brunch delivered right to your doorstep? The darling and I did exactly that this weekend, ordering their Duo Set for 2 Adults for a long weekend celebration.

St Regis Brunch Home Edition Delivery

Delivery was prompt, and while presentation/plating wasn't quite up to fine dining levels we thought it was really more than good enough for a home celebration. The amount of food included in the St. Regis Brunch is a little ridiculous: We kept almost all of the cold dishes in the fridge and ate them for dinner. You'd need to have two teenagers, athletes, or competitive eaters to finish everything off in one seating.

Most of the dishes were well cooked and delicious, except for the Sushi Rolls which were 'meh' at best. If you've got an oven at home, we found that holding the hot dishes at 55°C allowed us to eat leisurely while still having good temperature food.

COLD ENTRÉES
Crab Meat Salad, Celeriac Remoulade, Baby Radish
Smoked Salmon, Green Asparagus, Yoghurt Cream
Burrata, Tomatoes, Rocket Salad
Pâte en Croute
Assorted Sushi
Selection of Charcuterie
Cheese Platter

HOT ENTRÉES
Pan-seared Lobster, Garlic Parsley Butter

CHOICE OF TWO MAINS
Saumon Rôti, Ratatouille, Olives, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Capers
Beef Sirloin, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots

DESSERTS
Raspberry Pistachio Financier
Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Tartlet
Orange Mascarpone Dôme*
Seasonal Fruit Platter
Chocolate Pralines

* Replaced by what I assume is some sort of peach cake

JUICE
Choice of Alain Milliat Juice: Orange or Strawberry

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You can check out complete details of the St. Regis Brunch and order online on their Oddle website. We paid $156 nett for the set for 2 adults, and thought it was amazing value given that it fed us for literally one entire day.

Hope this express review helps you, and do stay well fed for the rest of these strange covid times!


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Sentosa Staycay: Capella Singapore Constellation Room Review!

👍 Amazing 'away from the city' getaway ambience, luxurious and large rooms, good service.
👎 Location's a bit inconvenient if you don't plan on lazing around all day.

Just before the Singapore government instructed us to all be CB, the darling and I managed to sneak in a Sentosa Staycaytion at Capella Singapore! Capella is one of the highest-profile hotels in Singapore thanks to last year's Trump-Kim summit, one of the most luxurious, and consequently one of the most expensive: Even in these Covid-19 times we still had to pay s$584++/night for their 'Sentosa Staycay' package. Thanks to our Discovery Black membership we do think the money spent was worth it, though!

Capella Singapore Constellation Room Jacuzzi

We arrived at Capella Singapore by taxi at 1pm for our 'early' check-in. The lobby is in a restored colonial-era bungalow, so the lobby has no super high ceilings with huge chandeliers, but has a more intimate décor. Check in was quick and efficient, and we didn't even have enough time to savour the welcome drink and cookie. Thanks to the Discovery Black membership we got upgraded to the Constellation Room, which seems to be the hotel's top-tier non-suite / non-villa room.

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And what a room it is! Spread out over 828 sqft / 77 sqm on the highest floor of the hotel, the Constellation Room is huge, spacious, and has an amazing view over the swimming pool and the Singapore Straits beyond.

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Day and night blinds, curtains, lights and air-conditioning settings are controlled via tablet, which we found extremely simple and straightforward to use.

Capella Singapore Constellation Room

The Constellation Room's pièce de résistance though is its outdoor, heated, private jacuzzi and day bed. This feature turned out being way more useful than we first thought: We ended up relaxing on the balcony a lot during our three day stay. The jacuzzi's location is also really private, tucked away well enough that you could totally skinny dip without any risk of unintended exposure (as to whether we did or didn't skinny dip ... we'll leave that to your imagination).

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Heading back into the room, there's a walk-in wardrobe neatly tucked away sort of in-between the bed and bath rooms. One slight criticism here, perhaps, is that the two bathrobes are of the same, small, size, so my 6'0", 190 lbs body made it look like I was wearing a child size.

Capella Singapore Constellation Room

Speaking of the bathroom: It's a full-featured one with two sinks, bathtub (which we didn't use), separate toilet and shower. The toilet unfortunately has no bidet or hand spray, so it's toilet-paper only for those of us used to more moist ways of cleaning up.

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Amenities are by Aēsop; I can't tell the difference between the effectiveness of the various skin/bodycare brands, but I did really like the scents of these Aēsop shampoo / body wash: Strong notes of Citrus and Lemongrass.

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Afternoon tea is served daily at The Library. There's coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices, and a decent selection of fruits, cakes, and pastry on offer.

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There are three separate swimming pools: A relaxation pool for adults only, a relaxation pool for families (it has an infinity edge, which our baby sadly didn't seem to appreciate), and a small lap pool for serious swimmers.

Capella Singapore Swimming Pool

The gym seems well stocked, and spacious. There's also a spa, which we didn't visit.

Capella Singapore Gymnasium

The vast green areas around the hotel mean that peacocks can roam the grounds quite comfortably.

Capella Singapore Peacock

Our Singapore Staycay rate came with s$100 in dining credits, which we used for a rib-eye steak (decent for room-service standards) and a chicken breast ceaser salad. No drinks, because the water, juices and soft drinks in the minibar are complimentary / included in the room rate.

Capella Singapore Room Service

Capella Singapore's main restaurant is The Knolls, which serves up Mediterranean fare for lunch and dinner, but a less exotic, more standard breakfast. The eggs benedict from the ala-carte breakfast menu was really good; the laksa less so.

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There is also a buffet line for the rest of the breakfast items. Compared to the rest of the hotel, the breakfast spread was perhaps a little ... ordinary? I mean, it was a good breakfast spread, just not as outstanding as I might have expected given the hotel's positioning. Oh, the egg tarts were really good though.

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Overall, the darling (and the kid) and I enjoyed ourselves a lot at Capella Singapore! It's our first Staycay in Sentosa, and it was really really refreshing to be away from the city with that beach/island getaway 'feel.' The flip side of that isolation is, of course, that it's not as convenient as a city-centre hotel when you want to buy something or go shopping - but at least there's a half-hourly shuttle bus to the nearby Vivocity.

We're sincerely hoping that the Covid-19 situation & lockdown ends sooner rather than later so that we can plan our next visit!