Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Terrace Conrad Centennial Singapore Special


The Terrace is one of the latest addition to Conrad Centennial’s award winning epicurean food and beverage offerings. Led by the hotel’s outstanding culinary team, The Terrace is a treasure trove that embodies modernity, charm and sophistication. It offers artisan sandwiches, sweet treats, homemade bread and pastries. All these are made from the finest produce, at competitive prices. The Terrace is indeed a perfect place for dating, group gatherings and business meetings in Singapore.

All prices listed here are inclusive of 10% service charge and prevailing 7% GST. These means that the prices you see are NETT prices, that saves a lot of trouble from calculating the actual price!

SIGNATURE PUFFS AND PIES

Braised Beef with Onion Confit - SGD8.00
Don't underestimate this squarish confit with a rounded top, it actually has the power to fill your mouth with delicious goodness! As you can infer from the white cloth that is under it, this Onion Confit is not at all oily.


Grill Vegetables & Goat Cheese Coriander - SGD4.50
I was passing by some bread shop the other day and they sold the croissant, without any fillings, for SGD4.00. The crust may appear flaky at first, but the goat cheese and grill vegetables made the dish come together nicely.

 Parma Ham, Mozzarella & Basil Leaves - SGD4.50 (left)
Soya Beef, Paprika & Greens - SGD4.50 (right)
While the Parma Ham was nothing too special, the soya beef was totally delicious! The meat melted in my mouth and there were no traces of blood, yet it retained its soft chewy texture without having much fats on it. The mozzarella made the croissant extra chewy, I would recommend you to try this!

Tandoori Prawn Salad - SGD4.50
I was caught off-guard by this juicy bright orange tandoori prawn. In my opinion, The Terrace was really generous with the size of the food. The prawns were neither hot nor cold because we were taking pictures of all the dishes and it must have cooled down. 

SAVOURIES AND "WARM-BITES"

Smoked salmon & cucumber Bagel — SGD7.00
The smoked salmon was a little too salty for my liking, but the bagel had an airy, fluffy texture to it. For all my life, I have been eating hard-rock bagels that made my teeth sharper than a sword. The Terrace's bagel was really fresh because they make their bread from scratch everyday. Wow, that sounds a lot of work but the taste is worth it.

LUNCH ON THE GO (MON-FRI: 11.30AM TO 2.30PM)


T-Wrap — SGD7.50
The T-wrap is made up of succulent Chicken shavings wrapped with garlic sauce, vegetables and your choice of wasabi or BBQ sauce. The wrap is only served during weekday lunches, and I thought that the ingredients might be a tad too little. The wrap wasn't juicy and I could hardly hold it well because it was too thin for me to hold. I got the BBQ sauce wrap and somehow wish that there was an added punch to it. 

WARM MEALS ON-THE-GO (MON-FRI)

Calzone with Chicken & Mushrooms - SGD7.50

Macaroons — SGD3.00 (large), $2.50 (medium) and $1.80 (small)
The cappuccino (left) and the lemon (right) macaroons were both good, almost comparable to the taste of Ladurée macaroons but imperfect in its shape. It melted quite quickly though.


Glazed Macadamia Chocolate Fondant — SGD7.00
This is a slice of cake that CANNOT be shared. It is difficult to cut through with a knife because of the layers of glazed macadamia chocolate. It was a cake made in paradise, I think it would make the perfect sweet treat for anyone.

Chocolate Royal Hazelnut Crunch — SGD61.00 (large), $31.00 (small), $11.00 (mini)
Now, this is Conrad Centennial The Terrace prized possession. According to them, this is their famed signature cake. Sure enough, I love the hazelnut that was on the base of the cake, adding a crunchy texture to the moist cake. It was less sweeter than the Coco Exotic, another Hazelnut cake, I usually buy from Four Leaves though.

BREAKFAST AND ALL-DAY-FAVOURITES


This was served at the end of the Nuffnang Lovin' session. It was a really great and refreshing way to end the session with the citrus flavour.

THIRST QUENCHERS


Phoenix Organic Soda — Cola / Cola Light / Ginger Beer —SGD5.50
I would highly recommend everyone to try the organic soda. Try and tell the difference — I did it!

Cappuccino — SGD6.50
The beans are specially sourced IN Singapore. That's right — we have our very own coffee beans, and I was quite surprised to hear that. The froth was really pure and smooth, but the barista could do better with some froth artwork, don't you think?

The Gula Frappe — SGD7.50 (left)
Caramel Macadamia Blast — SGD7.50 (right)
I would SURELY come back for their Terrace Signature Frappes. It was so full of flavour and extremely smooth. There were no signs of shaved, broken ice but a thick, milky texture. It was neither too sweet nor too bland — the perfect drink for all occasions. 


This artisanal café really sets Conrad Centennial apart from any other hotel in the area. Their unique concept offers simple, well-prepared, yet distinctive cuisine, raising the level of service standards.


The Terrace is open from 7am to 8pm on weekdays and 9am to 8pm on the weekends daily and seats up to 40 guests.



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The Terrace
Conrad Centennial Singapore
2 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038982
Phone: +65 6334 8888
Facebook: Conrad Centennial Singapore

Saturday, April 5, 2014

9 Things to do in Snowy Mountains (Switzerland: Mount Titlis, Swiss Alps)

Somewhere deep within our souls lies a longing for an adventure waiting to unfold. If you're making plans to visit a mountain, somewhere in Switzerland or any other mountains with snow, here are 5 things that you can do! Some of the tips here are only for the mountains in Switzerland, specifically Mount Titlis as the attractions and rides listed here are uniquely theirs. If you don't already know, Mount Titlis is 10000 feet above sea level. WOW!

1. Snap a photo of yourself at the foot of the mountain.

Unless you live in the mountains or at the foot of it, how often can you take a shot with something so majestic? It's better than taking a picture with Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. After all, generations will pass and fade out, but your mountain has been around since probably the beginning.


2. Snap a photo when you're on the way up the mountain.


 Even if there were two strangers beside you. Or even if the whole cabin is full of strangers. Strike a conversation with them, it is in this ride that you find very interesting people from very different culture. The ones that I was with were from Russia, and boy, they are... you'll know when you meet them.

 3. Enjoy the ride up the mountain.


DON'T be afraid of the cable car falling. According to Kristoff in the movie 'Frozen', he said that it would feel like falling on soft pillows. Of course it might not be true for your mountain, but you really should enjoy the ride up to the sky. I mean, how close can you be to the galaxy if you are not an astronaut? Truly it's a spectacular journey up the snow-topped mountains!





 3. Don't make a snowman. Lay low, lie on the ground.

 Trying to have a snow fight would make your hands have a frost bite. In fact, if you dig your fingers in really hard, it's actually mud and you can get really dirty! Making a snowman would take a really long time too, unless you're an experienced snow-kid.


4. Take the Ice Flyer Ride on Mt Titlis.


You'll regret if you don't. The Ice Flyer does not have any outer covering or 'seat belt', and you will be able to experience falling snow, blizzard, shivering cold, eating and breathing snow while you 'fly' over the mountain. Hang your feet in mid-air and enjoy the sights. It feels like flying without an aircraft.






5. Go cray cray on the mountain. No one knows you anyway.

 A group of Indian men took off their shirt, pants and shoes, standing naked (with their boxers on, thank God!) so as to snap a picture with the mountain view. It was really hilarious because they were shivering and chattering and everyone was laughing! But I don't remember them anyway, and I bet no one actually would unless such outrageous pictures are uploaded on their social media.



6. Explore the ice caves and leave your handprints on the ice glacier.

 I enjoyed the mysterious adventure inside the ice cave. It didn't felt spooky at all, but deadly romantic. I remember watching how Xiao Long Nu (小龙女: Little Dragon Girl) slept on a bed made of ice... this is where you can try and pretend to be like her. No one will know, haha!


7. Float on a cloud.

 When I was younger, I've always said "How I wish I could touch the cloud". Here on Mt Titlis, you literally stand inside the cloud. The feeling is ELECTRIC. Of course, it's a challenge to take a picture of yourself in the cloud, do bring a waterproof camera because the blizzard can suddenly hit you!




8. Have a meal on the mountain.

 Be very amazed at how there are actually people who live in the mountain. There was a restaurant in Mount Titlis and they sold very good food. Strangely, it was indian cuisine!


9. Get some ice off the mountain.

 
The ice took really long to melt even though we reached the base of the mountain. Anyway, please don't drink from it. The ice may look really pure and clean, but it's actually really dirty!



No amount of money can buy back great adventures and experiences. Visit Mount Titlis from USD$178.39 (prices depend on day and month of visit).
Book your Mount Titlis day tour here now!


Friday, April 4, 2014

No Signboard Seafood: Best Chilli Crab in Singapore

If you're a tourist curious about some of the must-try culinary delights in Singapore, I would proudly declare Chilli Crab as one of our prized possessions. Despite its name, this dish is not spicy at all! One of my favourite chilli crab is No Signboard Seafood's version. If you don't already know, they derived their name from the literal lack of a signboard back in the 80s.



The dining concept remains traditional, with a lazy susan placed at the centre of each table.

 Salad You-tiao - SGD15.00
Whenever I eat Zi Char, salad you-tiao will definitely be a must-have. In my opinion, No Signboard's Salad You-tiao definitely ranks among the best in Singapore. Crispy on the outside and juicy within, the Salad You-tiao provided a burst of flavour in my mouth. I really love how they added fragrant sesame seeds as well.

 Chili Crab — SGD66.00
The price varies according to the weight of your crab. Mine was large enough to be shared between two people. Remember to bring along your wet tissues because it sure gets messy!


Steamed Buns (Man Tou) - SGD0.50 each
These Steamed buns go really well with the savoury, semi-viscous tomato and chilli-based sauce. I certainly regret not getting more!


Look at the vast amount of flesh you can extract from its claws! The meat was tender, juicy, flaky, tantalising. The list of adjectives goes on...

 Ee-fu noodle — SGD20.00
The noodles exude an enticing sheen. The glossiness of the noodles aptly reflects the remarkability of this dish.

The strands of noodle do not clump together, instantly earning the dish mushroom brownie points. While chewing, a strong fragrant flavour emanated from the noodles. If you hear any loud slurping, that's probably because someone in the restaurant ordered these delectable noodles.


As a plus point, the restaurant offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Singapore River. :)

No Signboard Seafood
Address: The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
Phone:+65 6221 9959
Website: http://www.nosignboardseafood.com