Sunday, 30 June 2013

Todai Singapore - International Seafood And Sushi Buffet Restaurant (Marina Bay Sands)

Todai Singapore an international seafood and sushi buffet restaurant opened at Marina Bay Sands in 2011. It  is an international brand with presence in United States, Hong Kong and China South Korea, and has been hailed as 'The Mother of All Seafood Buffet' by a famous food critic. Todai Singapore presence in Singapore has not been exactly smooth sailing. In late 2011, a group of customers had food poisoning after consuming the oysters in Todai. Those who followed the news would have known that the Todai's management responded quickly and compensated the customers. It was heartening to note that they did not reacted negatively or defensively.

I have been wanting to visit Todai Singapore as I am a fan of Seafood. I have to try this 'mother of all seafood buffet'!
Todai Singapore is located at the corner of the basement of Marina Bay Sands (the portion nearer to Bayfront MRT station entrance / Exhibition Center).
Abalone Festival and Alaskan Crab Buffet
Todai's June Premium Abalone Festival
For the month of May and June, Todai held a Premium Abalone Festival along with Alaskan Crab Buffet.
Stepping into the restaurant, I was most impressive with the long line of buffet spread. Todai Singapore had quite an extensive spread of food. The seating capacity was huge! Even on a weekend, they restaurant had just 50%  of the tables occupied.

There were Salads & Cold Cuts, Sushi & Sashimi, Cold Seafood, Italian Pizza & Pasta, Brazilian Churassco, Korean food, Noodles, Western food, Chinese food, Deep Fry and Desserts.
King Crab, Snow Crab and Red Crab

Baby Octopus, Green Mussuel, Scallop
The King Crab, Snow Crab and Red Crab section, and the Baby Octopus, Green Mussuel, Scallop (Cold Seafood) section were the most popular sections.
Desserts and Macaroons
Todai Singapore had a unique way of displaying the Macaroons in the shape of a pyramid. The dessert section was next to it.
Food from the Cold Seafood section; Snow Crab, Abalone, Baby Octopus, Green Mussel and Scallop. The Snow Crab was great! Fresh and sweet! The best item among all the food in the Cold Seafood section. The mussel was average. The first batch of Scallop was very fresh. However, the subsequent batches were not as good.
The highlight for the month was supposed to be the Abalone. It was small in size and taste wise was not impressive. The snow crab stole the limelight.
Abalone Porridge
The Abalone Porridge was tasty, flavourful and not diluted. Although there were only a few pieces of abalone bits in it, it was surprisingly delish.
Sushi and Salmon Sashimi

The Sushi seen in the above photo was just the tip of the ice berg. There were more different varieties of sushi available.
Western food

Deep Fry food
The Grill Lamb Rack and La Galbi (Beef Short Rib) were tough and hard. The other sections in the Deep Fry section was equally disappointing. Especially the Vegetable Tempura which had a thick coat of batter and were oily. The Miso Shisamo with Gratin Sauce had such a fishy smell that I did not finish it.
Salmon Steak with Digon Sauce
The Salmon Steak with Digon Sauce fared better.
Abalone Gratin with Salad

Abalone Gratin
The Abalone Gratin was a hard to get item. I walked past the counter several times to try to land my hands on it. They replaced this item at a very slow rate. Out of all the abalone items (Abalone, Abalone Porridge, Abalone Gratin), the Abalone Gratin was the most disappointing.
Churassco food
 The Churassco section.
Churassco and Italian food
The food at the Churassco section was incredibly oily. Even the mushroom was soak fully of oil. The chicken wings were overcooked and tasteless. The Italian food fared much better compared to the food at the Churassco section.

I went back for more of the abalones and snow crabs. The Snow Crab was the only item which I went back several times for. Look at how big they are.
Desserts and Macarons
 The Macarons were not bad.
Ice Cream
I need to improve in using the ice cream machine. The ice cream was quite delish!

Overall, I only like Todai Singapore for their King Crab, Snow Crab, Red Crab and Ice Cream. Although there was a wide variety of food, I did not fancy most of the food. As we ate during lunch on a weekend, after adding up all the additional charges, the bill came up to $75.33 nett per person. Quite pricey, I would be better off going to Kuishinbo if I was to just spam on the Snow Crab (which was what I did).

Todai Singapore - International Seafood And Sushi Buffet Restaurant (Marina Bay Sands)
Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Ave 
#B2-01 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018972
Tel: 6688 7771
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 1130am -3pm, 530pm - 10pm
                          Sun 1130am - 4pm, 5pm - 10pm

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Manhattan Fish Market: Best Deal in Town Promotion (1 to 5 Jul 2013)

Source: Manhattan Fish Market
Manhattan Fish Market: Best Deal in Town Promotion (1 to 5 Jul 2013)
$3.99 Fish ‘n Chips (Top up SGD$1.96 to enjoy the Fish ‘n Chips with chips drenched in cheese) , $3.99 Grilled Glory Dory
Add $3.90 to make it into a complete meal with one Coke drink and one Soup of the Day
Other promotions: $6.95 Cheesy Nacho Chips, $7.95 Garlic Herb Mussels.

- Valid from 1st to 5th July 2013
- Each guest is entitled to a maximum of two $3.99 Fish 'n Chips
- Fish ' n Chips consists of a 200gm dory and a standard serving of chips
- Valid for dine-in and takeaway
- Not valid with other promotions or discounts
- Prices are subjected to GST and Service Charge
- The management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice
- While stocks last

Friday, 28 June 2013

Milo Singapore: Free Breakfast At Blk 451 Clementi Ave 3 Carpark (30 Jun 2013)

Source: Milo Singapore
Milo Singapore: Free Breakfast At Blk 451 Clementi Ave 3 Carpark (30 Jun 2013)

- Only on 30 June 2013, Sunday from 9am to 11am
- While stocks last

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Paradise Pub Restaurant (Switzerland, Montreux)

We visited Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon) before lunch.
Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)
Chillon Castle 3 km away from Montreux is one of Switzerland's best known castle. The Castle is strategically located at the shore of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Alps. In the past, it played an important role as it controlled the road and lake which was used as a trade and military route.
Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon)
As we were leaving, it started to snow. Chillon Castle is open for tours daily except for the 1st of January and 25th of December.

We had lunch at Paradise Pub Restaurant, an eatery located in Montreux, Switzerland along Grand Rue which is the stretch of road along the picturesque Lake Geneva. This is the same stretch that holds a Christmas Market every year during November to December. As I visited during the month of December, I managed to visit the Christmas Market. There were many stalls that stretch along the road and also the lake side selling food, hot alcoholic drinks, handicrafts, Christmas decorations, candies, souvenirs and hold different activities. It was an interesting experience. We decided to adjourn for lunch after walking half the Christmas Market (It was too big!).
We looked around for a restaurant before finally deciding to settle for Paradise Pub Restaurant. Some of the reasons for eating here include its English menu, more affordable compared to the rest and also there seems to be alot of locals in there.
Paradise Pub Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining. As it was winter, everyone sat indoors to escape from the freezing cold winter.
Paradise Pub Restaurant had a large sitting capacity. The above picture shows just one-third of the restaurant. There were many locals in the restaurant and that was part of the reason why we decided to patronise this restaurant.
Salad Buffet (self-service)
The restaurant offers a wide variety of food; some of which were displayed at the counter while some could be cooked upon order. Customers can help themselves to the Salad Buffet which is self service at a cost of 3.2 CHF (S$4.18) per 100grams.
Left to Right: Salad Buffet , Bulgar Wheat Salad
Bulgar Wheat Salad is a regular feature in Europe in their Salad Bar. (The Bulgar Wheat is a type of cereal food made from different types of wheat with high protein and nutritional values.)

Look at the wide variety of food available! If only it was a fix priced buffet.

Part of the English Menu
Their menu is available in several languages including French, German, Swedish, English and even Norwegian language! It's good to be able to have the full information to make an informed choice on what to order. Did you spot any items unusual in the menu? Something which you can't get in Singapore.

Read on to find out as I ordered it. Anyway, we decided to order their A La Carte dishes. 
Soupe Du Jour 5 CHF (S$6.56)
We ordered a Soupe De Jour ("Soup of the Day") - Tomato Soup to share. It was great, not too sour and not too creamy.  
Cordon-Bleu with French Fries 16.90 CHF (S$22.09)
Cordon-Bleu with French Fries 16.90 CHF (S$22.09)
The partner ordered the Cordon-Bleu which is a breaded cutlet dish with cheese in it which is then fried. The Cordon-Bleu dish originated from the Switerland. 
Cordon-Bleu with French Fries 16.90 CHF (S$22.09)
The Cordon-Bleu was delicious. It arrived warm and the cheese it it was oozing out once it is cut into half. The meat well seasoned, was tasty.  
Horse Steak with French Fries 18.90 CHF (S$24.70)
I ordered the Horse Steak with French Fries which was priced at 18.90 CHF (S$24.70). The main reason why I ordered Horse (meat) Steak was because I had not eaten horse meat before and was curious on how it would taste like. Not too long after this trip, the 2013 horse meat scandal broke out. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland was the first who reported the presence of horse meat in beef. Through the scandal, it reported that horse meat was mixed with beef because horse meat was a lower cost ingredient. Thinking back, it was weird that all the steaks at Paradise Pub Restaurant - Horse, Beef, Chicken and Lamb were all priced at the same price (i.e. 18.90 CHF). Since horse meat was cheaper... it should have been priced cheaper.

Anyway back to the food. Ordering the horse steak is similar to ordering a beef steak. You will be asked if you would like yours - raw, medium or well done. I requested for mine to be served well done as it was my first time eating it.

The Horse Steak with French Fries was served with french fries (of course), a slice of tomato, slices of lettuce and a small piece of horse meat (steak) that was topped with butter. The Horse Steak was dry and very tough. I had a hard time cutting it into bite size. Taste wise, I felt that it had a slight weird after taste upon the first bite. After that, for the subsequent bites, it seemed to be similar to beef, just that it was tougher - much harder to cut and chew.

I guess after this little adventure, I will be sticking to beef.
After lunch, we continued checking out the Christmas Market along Grand Rue and took photos of the stunning view of the Alps. As you may have noticed the Christmas Market consisted wooden chalets which are along the lakeside path.

Paradise Pub Restaurant (Switzerland, Montreux)
Grand Rue 58 
Avenue des Alpes 37
Montreux, Switzerland

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Vanilla Bar & Café: 1 For 1 Honey Lemon Beverage (till 30 Jun 2013)

Source: Vanilla Bar & Café
Vanilla Bar & Café: 1 For 1 Honey Lemon Beverage (till 30 Jun 2013)

- Valid till 30 June 2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bebbis Restaurant (Switzerland, Interlaken)

Interlaken - Switzerland
After our trip to Kleine Scheidegg, we travelled to Interlaken which is located 570 metres above sea level. The name Interlaken came about because of its geographic location flanked by the two lakes (Lake Thun and Lake Brienz) and the Aar river which flows through the town connecting the lakes. Interlaken is one of the most visited destination partly because it offers a great view of the picturesque Jungfrau mountain. 
Bebbis Restaurant Interlaken
For dinner we went to Bebbis Restaurant. Located next to Interlaken West train station, Bebbis Restaurant is a place popular for its traditional Swiss food and offers a wide range of fondues such as cheese, chocolate and even meat fondue. To be frank, this was the first time I heard of meat fondue.
Source: Bebbis Website
The owner of the restaurant, Bebbi Boesch was full of energy, enthusiastic, loud and entertaining. The whole motto of the dining experience was about happiness, fun and food. He would dance, perform, sing and also demonstrated how cheese fondue should be ate - the Swiss way. In addition, he cracked jokes and engaged dinners at every single opportunity it even includes getting diners to blow the Swiss national instrument - alphorn in the restaurant! (I was wondering if the windows will shatter!)
The restaurant was full and the two of us had our own table while the rest of the group were all split up into different tables all next to each other. The table was too small. Look at the above picture. There was already so many things on the table and it excludes the food to be served. Six different types of sauces to choose from. I did not use any as I preferred the original taste.

The essential tool required for our fondues.
The Salad which was average.
The first fondue course was the Cheese Fondue. Bebbi Boesch came over to our table to demonstrate to the group of us how it should be done. Noticed the pants he was wearing? All the crew member in Bebbis Restaurant including the owner himself wore these black and white cow-patterned pants and white t-shirts.
Cheese Fondue
The long-stemmed fork was used to dip the bread cubes into the cheese. The cheese fondue was quite good. It had a wonderful distinct taste and a taste of wine in it. The taste of the wine and cheese was of the right balance and did not overwhelmed one another.

When eating this dish, the key was to control the heat and keep the Cheese Fondue warm so that it remain in a liquid state and not burnt. We polished of this dish and asked for more pieces of bread and cheese fondue.
Meat Fondue Bourguignonne 
The second fondue course was the Meat Fondue Bourguignonne. The pot used for Meat Fondue Bourguignonne at the left was filled with hot oil. Cook the pieces of raw meat (chicken and pork) by dipping the long-stemmed fork with meat (one at a time) into the pot of oil. As you may have guessed, the covered is designed in such a way to prevent the oil from splattering out.

The Meat Fondue Bourguignonne was just average. If you ask me, I would say give it a skip.
French Fries
The French Fries was average. I preferred dipping it into the cheese fondue as it added an extra dimension into the taste.
Spaghetti - pasta with tomato sauce
The Spaghetti - Pasta with tomato sauce was way below par. No need to waste the calories on this.
Chocolate Fondue
The third (last) fondue course was the Chocolate Fondue! Perfect choice to end the meal on a good note.  A platter of marsmallows and mixed fruits (strawberry, apple, orange, banana) was served so that it could be dipped into the Chocolate Fondue. The Chocolate Fondue was thick, not overly sweet and had nuts in it. It so forgiving that we polished this off too.

Kudos to the owner for the atmosphere. It was enjoyable and a great place for big group of friends who want some fun. But do note, not everyone would like this place as some might find it too noisy and loud. If you are looking for a quiet place for a chat, this is the last place you would want to be in.

If you are looking for a place to shop for Swiss chocolates, there are a few alternatives depending on your budget. If you are looking for something cheap, then there are two supermarkets; Coop and Migros (Switzerland largest supermarket operator). Both are within 10 minutes walk from Bebbis. Migros price is slightly cheaper. Great place if you are buying chocolates in bulk.

If you are looking for something unique that can't be found in Singapore and of, Merkur would be an ideal choice. Owned by Confiserie Läderach AG, Merkur is well known for its exquisite chocolate and confectionery specialities which are made by hand. I would recommend their chocolates as it was really great. Even their chocolate wafer biscuits were delish. The locations of Merkur, Coop and Migros are shown in the map below.

We stayed at Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage for the night. It is one of the only two five stars hotel in Interlaken, the other being Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel. Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage was a beautiful hotel with only 6 stories.
Left to right: Swimming pool, Complimentary White Chocolate

It had a indoor swimming pool and gave two complimentary chocolates (1 white, 1 dark chocolate) which we bought back to Singapore to savour. Nice gesture (the little things that counts). One of the better hotels which we stayed in during our trip.
The view of the hotel in the morning.
The view that greeted us when we stepped out of the hotel. Wonderful! The wind was blowing strongly. 

Bebbis Restaurant (Switzerland, Interlaken)
Bahnhofstrasse 16
3800 Interlaken, Switzerland
Tel: +41 33 821 14 44
Opening Hour: Daily (365 days a year) 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

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