Chiak Ambience

Chiak Ambience

A list for those who cares more about the looks than the taste (u know who u are) though not saying that the food isn't always as good as it looks...
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou

On a roll, the Beef Tenderloin, Burnt Onion and Bone Marrow ($28+/100g) served with a small heap of watercress, was utterly delightful. Impossibly succulent and almost melty, the cuts were pretty in pink. The sapid slab of beef was really enjoyable for me as it was perfectly charred on the outside and kept moist on the inside. Also loving the buttery quality to the onion purée and the sauce from the bone marrow - full-bodied yet not cloying so.

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My favourite form of self-care is chilling with my girlfriends over tea and of course, that is where Alley on 25’s Andaz Afternoon Tea Picnic Set comes in. Available from Monday to Sunday, 3pm to 5pm, the line-up is priced at $38++ per person. And you can give yourself an upgrade by topping up $40++ per pax to enjoy free flow wines, beer and prosecco as there’s always a reason to celebrate!

Displayed in tiffin carriers and delivered to our table in a huge weaved basket, the medley of savoury starters and sweet baked goodies were simply delish. And of the savouries, I was totally diggin’ the Lobster Croissant and Prawn Kueh Pie Tee! Turning up the heat, the buttery, flaky pastry was filled with a good amount of fresh-tasting crustacean and diced vegetables. The Kueh Pie Tee too, with a spicy tinge from the sambal was well-executed. Crisp on the outside with the fried-to-perfection thin tart shell complemented by the tender sweetness of the turnips and a single plump prawn atop.

Furthermore, fancy yourself some dainty treats like their Crab Cake, Impossible Cheese Ball and Smoked Salmon Tartine. Then switch things with the array of sweets such as the Kueh Lapis, Ispahan Shooters, Lemon Chia Seed Tea Cake, Valrhona Chocolate Bon Bon, and fresh strawberries which were incredibly juicy. To conclude, the mini Andaz Chiffon Cake is served with a choice of Chocolate or Vanilla soft serve. Noting that the ice cream melted pretty quickly and that the vibrant green glaze of the locally-inspired cake was a tad thick for my liking. Oh, not forgetting the free-flow beverages; take your pick from their house-made iced tea, lemonade, TWG teas as well as coffee.

Looking to brunch in style by the beach? Trapizza’s breakfast menu available from 9am to 11am only on the weekends and subsequently their all-day selection might be the answer. The perfect place to sit back and pretend you are on a mini vacay, diners can choose to seat indoors or alfresco near the sun, sand and sea.

From classic bites to hearty breakfast delights, eggs were the true heroes of our lazy Saturday meal! With my favourite being their Italian Sausage Breakfast Platter ($26), it comes with savoury home cooked baked beans, fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, leafy greens and oven-roasted potatoes. Good for sharing; the tanginess of the saucy tomato base and the chunks of zucchini found in the beans really helped to cut through the richness of the crispy bacon strips and spiced pork sausages. The house-made bread was light, airy and well-toasted too - great with the creamy eggs.

Though the tai-tai life didn’t choose me, there's nothing quite like taking an afternoon off and living the posh life. And so with InterContinental Singapore’s Executive Pastry Chef Ben Goh’s Classic Afternoon Tea: Origins at The Lobby Lounge, get a treat for two at $78++. Daily 2pm to 5pm, from now till 31st October; sip on tea as you take in the live music, nibble on sumptuous petit-fours and pig out on their small selection of ice cream which you can help yourself to unlimited servings at the counter (yes you heard that right, UNLIMITED ice cream).

And so, the highlight for me included the savoury Bacon Onion Quiche, fancy morsels of Mantou embellished with Crab Meat, Avocado, Prawns, and Caviar as well as soft-buttery scones. The Cranberry Lemon and English Scones went perfectly with the trio of strawberry jam, fig jam and clotted cream. Also, pinkies up for the warm Wild Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Cream and toasted baguette. Wondrously creamy, the flavours were spot on and my favourite of the lot!

For the sweet tooths, the Chocolate Lemongrass Pineapple Cake was a well-balanced take on the usual chocolate mousse cake. The Kueh Lapis were firm, fragrant and not greasy at all. Lastly, you have to save some tummy space as you can’t miss out on their Yoghurt Yuzu ice cream that can serve as a great palate cleanser - tangy, and refreshing with a touch of tartness.

Traversing the land and sea, Sky22’s Surf & Turf Buffet delivers the best of both worlds. From 13 September till 10 November 2019, the spread is one for the protein lovers!

Having tried their previous seasonal line-ups, this was certainly the best one yet. Zooming in on the Meat and Seafood Live Station, I am all for their Roast Australian Grass-fed Beef Sirloin with Natural Jus. Tenderized with our familiar Tiger Beer, the slices were pretty in pink with an awesome hint of charred goodness at the skin. Not too lean, the beef locked in much moisture as well as provided a nice balance of sweetness and savouriness - the taste of the beer did not overpower but instead enhance the distinct flavours of the meat.

*Items are offered on rotation

Lunch: 12noon to 2:30pm (Sat, Sun)
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm (Fri, Sat)
Pricing: $68++ per adult, $34++ per child age 6 to 12
Inclusive of juices, coffee and tea. Child aged 5 and below dines for free.

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A good way to sample a little of everything that Burger & Lobster have to offer (especially their namesake), the Original Combo which features two Burgers, a Lobster, chips, house salad and dessert at $110 can be topped up to have a burger replaced to their signature Lobster Roll for $15. Plump and juicy, the chunks of chilled lobster stuffed within the fluffy toasted brioche was an easy favourite. Tossed in slightly tart Japanese mayonnaise and sprinkled on with tiny bits of chives, the meat was still able to retain its wonderful flavours and the natural sweetness.

Next up, having our lobster done 2 ways, both steamed and grilled, the Original Lobster was one for the fans of the crustacean. To enjoy the fresh tasting goodness, the steamed version is the way to go in my opinion as the firm flesh didn’t require any other condiments. As for the latter, the char from the grilling does add a heady smokiness that may appeal to those who seeks an extra omph. The rich and thick golden butter sauce served alongside can also be used to amp up the dish.

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Loving the classic The Mayfair that we had opted for when we ordered the Original Combo, I was really impressed as I was under the impression that their focus was on lobster dishes. How wrong was I! Succulent and perfectly seasoned, the sturdy stack was able to nail the all-important protein - a beautiful medium rare 170g Nebraskan beef patty with the right balance of moisture and flavour. Sandwiched between soft sesame-topped buns were also crisp bacon, melted cheese, onions, savoury secret sauce, sliced tomatoes and house-made pickles. The pickles were crunchy, sourish, and with a hint of spice which helped cut the heaviness of the hunky burger.

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A great spot for brunch meetings with the girls, 11 Hamilton’s interior features a mix of muted pink, wooden tones and copper accents as you enter from their back door entrance. The foliage-themed walls also adding to the appeal of the modern yet cosy space. As for the menu, they present a contemporary Australian inspired menu with a few twist.

Having their Shakshuka ($14/ a la carte, $15 weekday lunch set), it was hearty and comforting. A dish that spells a bright start to the day, their spiced tomato bell stew had baked beans, feta cheese, dukkah and two perfectly oozy poached eggs. Loving the thick slices of crusty sourdough, they too, came in handy for mopping up every bit of the lovely tangy-sweet sauce.

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Turning up that feeling of nostalgia, The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore celebrates the Nation’s Birthday with not just a spread of local staples but also retro snacks and tropical fruits. Apart from their extensive international live cooking stations, find items such as delectable Oyster Omelette, comforting Bak Kut Teh, the must-have Chilli Crab, and even Yong Tau Fu in the mix. Available from 18th Jul to 10th Aug (Thursdays - Sundays only).

Drawn to the old-school titbit cart, I love picking out my favourite childhood snacks, including Kacang Puteh, Twisties, White Rabbit Sweets, and more. What’s more, save some tummy space for dessert at “The Flavours of Singapore”, or indulge in the king of fruits - Golden Phoenix, Hong Xia (Red Prawn) and D13!

Thank you @gastrology_ for the invitation and hosting us!

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Never one to order carrot cake when alone, I constantly find myself with dinning companions who enjoy the classic spiced cake. Thus, at the recent visit to PS cafe, I was introduced to their home-baked M’s Carrot Cake ($9.90). Surprisingly good with a well-balance hit of cinnamon flavour, the sizable wedge was wonderfully moist and not all that sweet, dense or oily. Maybe the best one yet, my favourite part was the light cream cheese frosting which didn’t seek to overwhelm the other elements. The generous use of walnuts in the cake and embellished on the top also added a nice crunch to the treat.

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Literally spicing up their quality international buffet spread, JW Marriott’s Beach Road Kitchen is currently running an exciting collaboration with Chef Made Karyasa and his team from Ritz Carlton Bali. The 11-day Indonesian feast, available now till 27 July, features authentic Balinese cuisine. Think an extensive array of sambal chillies like Sambal Matah, Sambal Tomat, Sambal Terasi as well as aromatic Indonesian-style curries with options such as pork turmeric and yellow lamb. The saucy Tum Ayam (Balinese banana leaf-wrapped chicken marinated in lemongrass), flavourful Sup Buntut (oxtail soup) and chunky satay being my favourite items from the Indonesian Specialties line-up. And not forgetting the sweets sections, on display was a sumptuous selection of traditional cakes, and my pick being the Dadar Gulung made fresh and packed with a choice of mango or grated coconut and palm sugar. Cooling down with a bowl of Es Teler (offered on selected days), I really enjoyed the intriguing combination of avocado, coconut, and jackfruit served with drizzles of sweetened condensed milk.

But of course, the highlight for me and actually for most at the table was the grilled meats. Piling on the proteins, the Iberico Pork and Kalbi Ribs were to-die-for especially when you get them right off the grill. Slightly charred on the outside, the meats had a good balance of sweet, savoury and just slightly smoky. There at the live grill station, you can also choose to have fish grilled upon order - pomfret or rainbow trout. So good~ Those who love the bold and full-bodied flavours of Indonesian food should definitely go down to Beach Road Kitchen for this limited time only collaboration!

Many thanks to @JWMarriottSG for feeding as well as hosting us and @Burpple for the invite to this fantastic Eatup! #JWMarriottSG #BeachRoadKitchen #Burpple
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▫️Lunch (Mon-Sat, 12-2.30pm): Adults $60++ / Child $30++
▫️Dinner (Mon-Thu, 6-10pm): $80++ / $40++, (Fri-Sat, 6-10pm): $90++ / $45++
▫️Sunday Brunch (12-3pm): $118++ / $59++

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Perhaps the only kind of bikini I care about, Jam At SIRI HOUSE’s rendition of the classic spanish sandwich was an easy favourite at our table. Finished in mere seconds, the elevated grilled cheese arrived in four delicate triangles, all pipping hot accompanied by a gentle whiff of truffle. At $16, it may be a little hard to swallow but each bite into the stack of cured meats loaded with a delightful trio of gouda, mozzarella and scamorza was simply heavenly. The toasted milk bread also proved to be a satisfying vessel, offering a slight crisp and a buttery note.

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