Saturday, 24 September 2016

Oso Grillery - Fantastic Grill Restaurant at Bukit Pasoh

Exclusive private section of the restaurant

Oso Grillery is the grill section of Oso Ristorante Restaurant, a renowned Italian restaurant located in a 4-storey 17, 100 square feet conservation heritage mansion. Accommodating up to 80 diners, this grillery specialises in premium and sustainable meats and seafood cooked in an oakwood oven and grill. 

I have dined at Oso Ristorante a few years ago and I was pretty impressed with the food and ambience. What makes the grillery different is that the restaurant’s setting is casual and inviting. The food is flavourful and unpretentious, satiating the appetites of even discerning gourmands.

Sally and me

My friends organised a post birthday gathering for Sally and myself yesterday and we were very pleased with the food and the service quality.

Creamy and delicious ravioli

We commenced our meal with the ravioli ($24) which was generously filled with veal, cheese fondue and drizzled with creamy mushroom sauce. A simple creation which is hearty and satisfying.

Polpo (roasted octopus with cherry tomato, lemon zest and chives)

The polpo (roasted octopus with cherry tomato, lemon zest and chives -$35) was perfectly grilled, with a firm texture. The sweetness of the octopus was coupled with light hints of smokiness.

Beef tomahawk

The main highlight of the meal was the 1.2kg 100 days grain-fed beef tomahawk ($188) which was grilled till it was crisp on the outside with a juicy interior.

The succulent beef tomahawk

The lovely accompaniments - ratte potates and broccoli

It was accompanied with baby ratte potates and broccoli. Every bite was a burst of wondrous flavours.

Panna cotta

Desserts were excellent too, visually arresting and delightful to the taste buds. The panna cotta ($14), a classic dessert from Piedmont region was superbly executed. It had a ‘just set’ consistency, slightly wobbly but still relatively firm in texture.

Tiramisu with Happy Birthday Message in Italian

The tiramisu ($14) is an all-time favourite with a decadent mascarpone cheese texture and lady fingers steeped in espresso and dusted with cocoa powder at the top.

D' Aranchio

What I enjoyed the most was the D’Aranchio ($14), a white chocolate and orange Grand Marnier cake. It was very refreshing with gentle hints of orange zest and small bits of almond.

Yummy tiramisu

Oso Grillery is the grill section of Oso Ristorante which has an elegant yet relaxed setting. The grilled items are the main highlights and are perfect for those who enjoy meats and seafood of premium quality.

The restaurant is open for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm from Mondays to Fridays and 6pm till late on Mondays to Saturdays. 

For reservations, please call 63278378 or visit here.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Open Door Policy Introduces 100% Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu

With my colleagues, Ji Cheng and Raymund

I have always wanted to try the cuisine at Open Door Policy, therefore I was delighted when my colleagues organised an advance birthday lunch for me at this restaurant.

The rustic interior

What attracts me to the restaurant is the rustic look and the wooden furniture, making me feel relaxed instantly. The menu is refreshed recently by Executive Chef Ryan Clift and Founder of Spa Esprit Group, Cynthia Chua. Open Door Policy prides itself on its 100% gluten-free and dairy-free sustainable menu which does not compromise on taste, making it the perfect venue for diners who are health conscious and have gluten or dairy intolerences. The menu draws inspiration from Latin America, Europe and Australia and every dish is crafted with passion and care to appeal to diners who desire tasty and wholesome food.

In line with its emphasis on healthy food, ODP has also introduced a new indoor vertical farming programme where vegetables are grown in-house and incorporated with the restaurants’ dishes.

Rustic Tapioca

A new creation to look out for is the Rustic Tapioca ($18)  a tomato-based sauce served with barlotti beans and accompanied with fresh bread on the side. A simple soup which is soothing to the palate and delightful to the senses.

Vegan maccheroni

Another new item on the menu is the vegan maccheroni pasta topped with portobello Bolognese grain and béchamel ($24). This is the ultimate comfort food which hits the right notes in all aspects. It is flavourful and abounds with fresh, wholesome ingredients. The best part is that it  is completely vegan which makes it much healthier than the usual Bolognese pasta.

Fresh spaghetti

Another dish which deserves a special mention is the fresh spaghetti tossed with artichoke hearts, mountain asparagus and smoked mackerel ($28). It is a hearty combination of savoury, nutty and creamy flavours. The sauce is slightly creamy but not overly rich.

Pistachio and mortadella ham ravioli

For those who prefer lighter flavours, go for the pistachio and mortadella ham ravioli served in a tasty hen’s broth ($26). It is a clear consommé soup which is refreshing and subtle in taste. It is not exactly mind-blowing but it is palatable. The skin of the ravioli can be a little thinner though.

The restaurant also has a daily set lunch priced at $35++ which includes a soup, pasta and mocktail.

Garden lemonade

We tried the garden lemonade ($10++) which was not exactly the most memorable mocktail on the menu. It had a zesty and slightly tart taste which I did not really enjoy.

Overall, I like Open Door Policy for its concept, cuisine and its focus on sustainably sourced ingredients. What I did not really enjoy was the service which in my opinion was not amicable enough.

Open Door Policy is located at 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650. For enquiries and reservations, please call 6221 9307. For more information, please visit here.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Over the Moon with These Divine Mooncakes!

Traditional Baked Millennium Mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is the time for moon gazing and to relish delectable mooncakes. Here’s some of my recommendations if you are planning to get mooncakes to surprise your family, business associates and loved ones.

Traditional Baked Millennium Mooncakes

These timeless classics are delicately handcrafted and baked to glorious golden brown. The White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk and Macadamia nuts is my all-time favourite. I think the combination of the salted egg yolk and macadamia nuts is heavenly, giving it a well-balanced sweetness. The double yolk version is a little too heavy for me. Those who are on a diet can opt for the plain White Lotus Paste which is low in sugar and calories. Another flavour I enjoy is the Red Bean Paste with Melon seeds. Although this is slightly on the sweeter side, it has a refreshing flavour. The Seeds of Harmony is a little too nutty for me. For those who can’t decide, you can go for the Hua Ting's Traditional Treasures Gift Box which has a mix of different flavours. 

From $73 per box of four

For orders, please call 6233 1100 or email

Gu Ma Jia's Traditional Baked Mooncakes

Gu Ma Jia, a Chinese restaurant located at Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate debuts with a series of baked mooncakes namely the White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, White Lotus Paste with Melon Seeds and the Five Nut Mooncakes. What makes Gu Ma Jia’s mooncakes special is that it is made with fresh ingredients and is crafted with passion. Although the packaging is not as striking as other Chinese restaurants, Gu Ma Jia’s winning formula is the wholesome and genuine taste. The White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk and the White Lotus Paste with Melon seeds are the more popular flavours. The Five Nut flavour is a hit with those who are health-conscious and like a crunchy texture. Nuts are generally good for the heart and contain a considerable amount of fibre, unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids.

Gu Ma Jia mooncakes are available in the following packages:

Package 1 at $45
-2 pieces of White Lotus Paste with Melon Seeds
-2 pieces of White Louts Paste with Double Yolk

Package 2 at $45
2 pieces of Wu Ren (Five-Nut)
2 pieces of White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk

Free delivery for orders of 4 boxes and above (except Tuas)
Delivery time: Monday to Thursday, 2pm to 5pm

For orders, please call 6285 2023 or

Prima Deli Snowskin Mooncakes

Prima Deli has introduced a Royal Gift Set consisting of nine different flavours this year. I like the Mini Chocolate Mint which is light and the mint neutralises the sweetness of the chocolate. The Mini Sakura Matcha is also another flavour which deserves a mention. It is sweet but not overpowering therefore you can indulge without worrying. If you like fruity flavours, the Mini Mango Lemongrass and Mini Soursop with Guava are noteworthy metions. Tangy and refreshing, these flavours are perfect for our humid weather, however my taste buds seem to veer towards the Mini Mango Lemongrass which has a very refreshing tropical flavour. Durian aficionados will definitely be delighted with the Mini D24 Durian. Although, I am not really a fan of durians, I must say that the Mini D24 Durian is quite delightful. It tastes really great when it is cold and just out of the refrigerator. Other flavours that won my heart include the Mini Cookies and Cream and Mini Salted Caramel Toffee. The more exotic flavours are the Mini Cranberry Cheese and the Mini Thai Milk Tea with black pearl. Cranberry and cheese is quite an unusual combination, however, it works quite well together as the taste of the cheese is quite light. The colour of the Thai milk tea with black pearl put me off initially due to its charcoal black colour, however, when I sunk my teeth into it, the pleasant aroma and taste of the milk tea makes my taste buds tingle with delight.

$49.80 per box
Enjoy 20% discount when you purchase from now till 15 September. While stocks last.

The Royal Gift Set is available at all Prima Deli outlets.  For more information, please visit here.
Above prices are subject to 7% GST.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Delightful Tapas at My Little Spanish Place

Wine section

My Little Spanish Place at Boat Quay is a quaint restaurant resembling a cosy tapas bar which one would find in the streets of Spain. The owners advocate a ‘meson’ which offers a home restaurant experience. Once you step into the, you will be charmed by the rustic brick walls and soft, subdued lighting.

The open kitchen

There is also an open kitchen where you can see the chefs preparing the food.

Enjoying the tapas

I discovered this restaurant by chance when I was strolling along Boat Quay. As the restaurant was packed on a weeknight, I decided to give it a try. Furthermore, I love tapas and as it is hearty and light and is the soul of Spanish food culture. Although, I have only sampled three items from the tapas section of this restaurant, I must say that they are very well-executed.

Tortilla de patata

Known as the national dish of Spain, the tortilla de patata -traditional Spanish egg omelette with potatoes with onions served with homemade alioli ($10). The main ingredients are olive oil, potatoes, egg and homemade aioli). It is a simple dish which is so comforting and satisfying. The different ingredients go very well together, resulting in a delightful burst of flavours and I can’t help but finish all of it.

Gamas al ajillo

My favourite tapas at this restaurant is the gamas al ajillo ($16) which is also the traditional house favourite. The shrimps are expertly cooked in a dish of boiling olive oil with garlic and chilli pepper. The sweet, succulent shrimps are coupled with the piquant taste of the chilli pepper, resulting in a unique mix of spicy, savoury and sweet flavours. It is absolutely delicious and goes well with the bread on the side although I would have preferred the sauce to be a little less oily.

Albondigas de la casa

I can never get enough of meatballs. The albondigas de la casa ($14) consists of homemade Spanish meatballs in a robust tomato-based sauce. The meatballs are dexterously prepared with minced beef and pork. A refreshing and tantalising summer tapas, perfect for every occasion.

The alfresco area

My Little Spanish Place is located at 54 Boat Quay, Singapore 049843.  It is open from Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2.30pm and 5pm to 12am. On Saturday, it is open from 5pm to 12am. The restaurant is closed on Sunday. For reservations, please call 6532 0665. For more information, please visit here.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Unveils Borderless Sunday Brunch

The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s new Borderless Sunday Brunch is arguably the best brunch in town. This novel concept combines the best of the three new F&B outlets, interactive buffet restaurant, Food Capital, contemporary Italian grill, Grissini and dynamic bar, Tempo. The dining concepts were launched in June this year, replacing the former Café Brio’s, Pontini and The Piano Bar after a $17 million makeover. The brunch is termed ‘borderless’ as all three outlets are part of the hotel’s spanking new dining destination located at the lobby and you can indulge in food offerings from all the outlets, giving you THREE different unique experiences in THREE hours!

The passport cum map 

Diners are presented a passport which gives them access to all three outlets the minute they arrive at the restaurant. The passport includes includes a map of the various food available at the fifteen different stations including the foie gras, dessert, tandoor and curry, Western, Chinese wok delights, seafood, antipasti and Josper stations. At an unbeatable price of $98++, the brunch buffet is definitely a steal! Top up an additional $40++ and you’ll get to enjoy unlimited servings of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, Strongbow Ciders and house pour wines, juices and soft drinks. During the first three weeks of the launch (28 Aug, 4 Sep and 11 Sep), the buffet is priced at only $88++.

Fresh seafood

Starting with Food Capital, my favourites are the fresh seafood, sushi and sashimi.

Pan-seared foie gras

The foie gras which is pan-seared à la minute is irresistible too.

If you like cheese, you must go for the assorted cheeses which include taleggio, mozzarella, parmesan, fruit and herbs and cranberry.

Different varieties of smoked salmon

At the cheese corner, there is also an enticing selection of breads and smoked salmon such as oak smoked, Applewood smoked, Thai cured, salmon pastrami and salmon gravalax.

Delicious tandoori lamb

For those who like lamb, the whole tandoori lamb is a must-try. It is well-marinated and the meat is tender and flavourful. From the Chinese and local station, you must try the signature laksa which is rich, tasty, aromatic and full of body. The chefs are pretty generous with the prawns and cockles too. Another item which deserves a mention is the prawn noodles soup which is simmered with pork rib and prawn heads, giving it a tantalising sweet flavour.

Chinese wok delights

Other popular favourites include the chilli crab with crispy Szechuan mantou and black pepper slipper lobster.

The rotisserie station features a good selection of meats such as the herb marinated prime rib, BBQ veal rib and pork rib. Other western delights to look forward to include the truffle mashed potato, baked scallop thermidor with brandy flavoured butter and pan-seared seabass fillet with pineapple salsa and herb tomato coulis. 

Mixologist, Darren at Tempo bar

Moving on to Tempo, you get to relish cocktails crafted by mixologist Darren, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, Strongbow Ciders and house pour wines if you wish to top up the additional $40++. At Tempo, you can also relax to live music ranging from pop to Top40s to retro.

With bloggers at Tempo Bar

The refreshing slush

 For me, my favourites are the icy cold ribena and mango slush.

Succulent meats grilled to perfection

Moving on to Grissini, the highlights are the premium grilled meats and seafood at the Josper oven station. The Josper oven is fired by charcoal and flavoured wood to bring out the aroma, texture and flavour of the ingredients. What is most amazing is that meats which are grilled in the oven come out crisp on the outside and moist and juicy inside. The must tries are the tiger prawns, wagyu ribeye, rack of lamb, chicken and octopus.

Charcuterie selection

What I really enjoyed from Grissini and the antispati and charcuterie selection and the pastas and pizzas prepared live at the open kitchen.

Grissini Chef, Antonio Cocozza at work

Melon with Parma ham

I love the assorted homemade bruschetta, grilled capsicum, zucchini and artichoke and melon with parma ham.

Chef dishing out delectable pasta

The noteworthy pastas and pizzas include artisanal linguine with fresh boston lobster, tagliatelle Bolognese and penne arrabbiata, Bianca pizza (black truffle paste, mozzarella, aged bacon, cream sauce and fresh basil) and Salsiccia & Broccolini (Italian pork sausage, mozzarella, cream sauce, sautéed garlic, broccolini and shaved parmesan).

Assorted chocolates

The desserts are pretty and exquisitely assembled.

Nyonya kuih

Go for the chocolate peanut brownie with caramel, baked cheese cake, vanilla crème brûlée, assorted chocolates and the Nyoyna kuih.

Chocolate fondue with strawberries and marshmallow

Children's corner

In addition to the food, another highlight of this brunch is that it is child-friendly with a dedicated corner for children and a balloonist and face painter to entertain them.

Happy with my Doraemon painted hand

With GM, Mr Vincent Le Gorrec, Dave, Ah Yoke and Alan

With Lynnette and Desmond

With Wee Teck and bloggers from Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow, The Ranting Pandas, Honey Bee Sweets and Six and Seven

With Jean, Jess and Kerhaw from Gourmet Living

With Alan and bloggers from The Ranting Panda, Hazel Diary, The Food Chapter and Madam Chewy Blog

With blogger, Eileen and hubby from Eat Dream Love Blog

A million thanks to the media and bloggers who supported the soft launch of our Borderless Sunday Brunch. The brunch is available every Sunday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

Executive Chef, David Toh and me

Kudos to Executive Chef, David Toh and the award-winning culinary team for presenting such an amazing Borderless Sunday Brunch!

Introductory Offer on 28 August, 4 and 11 September

$88++ (with flow of juices and soft drinks)

$128++ (with free flow of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, Strongbow Ciders and house pour wines, juices and soft drinks)

From 18 September onwards

$98++ (with free flow of juices and soft drinks)

$138++ (with free flow of Perrier- Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, Strongbow Ciders and house pour wines, juices and soft drinks)

For reservations, please call 6233 1100 or email