Singapore Restaurant Week – October 2015 Edition

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SINGAPORE RESTAURANT WEEK is here again! On its 11th edition, it is running from 24th October to 1st November! Do you know what this means?!


Okay, a quick introduction – What is restaurant week?

Basically it’s the time for you to go on indulgent dates and bring your parents out for meals. Haha! Okay, during this period of time, special 3-course lunch and dinner menu (selected by the establishment) are offered at a really affordable price of $25++ for lunch and $35++ for dinner! Do note that for places which are awarded with the DiningCity Star may charge a fixed supplement of $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner! There are SO MANY OPTIONS over here, ranging from buffets to mains, and a wide spread of cuisines! You will be able to check out their menu before deciding on the place, and the best part? You can already start reserving your seats now (LIMITED SPACE HOR!).

I’ve recently had a sneak peek into 3 of these fine establishments that will be participating in Restaurant Week, and they are:

  1. Shisen Hanten

MOS_ShisenHanten_2013_MainDiningHallLocated on the 35th floor of Mandarin Orchard Singapore, this place is helmed by Chef Chen Kentaro, the son of Iron Chef Japan, Chen Kenichi. Yes, they sound Japanese and are Japanese, but this place serves up AUTHENTIC SZE CHUAN cuisine. Chef Chen Kentaro is not only the grandson of Japan’s Father of Sze Chuan Cuisine (Chen Kenmin), he has also polished is skills in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sze Chuan for 8 years!

This is the first outlet that is outside the 14 successful restaurants in Japan. You should expect NOTHING but amazing, sze chuan dishes. We tried their Stir-fried Prawns with Chili Sauce and Seafood and Bamboo Pith Broth with Chawanmushi. Both of which were a clever twist from the usual dishes that we are used to having!
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This is the fresh succulent stir fried prawn with a chili crab like sauce. You could actually request for a spicier kick if you prefer, and YOU SHOULD, because this was one of the more flavorful sauces I’ve had ever.Photo 27-9-15, 11 04 52 AM
This bowl is just like.. Shark’s fin + Chawanmushi, except that no sharks are involved. So unique, it got me super excited! A pity though, we only tried the starters from here, but this definitely is a very promising start to a meal at Shisen Hanten!

After our starters, we were whisked away in our Audi sedans, courtesy of Audi to our next destination!

2. OPUS Bar and Grill

OPUS Bar is located just a few stone’s throw away, at Hilton Singapore. Known as a Steakhouse, OPUS has attempted to share the spotlight with its other grills and meats, by serving us their Sous Vide Chicken Breast.

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A pretty plate which consisted of Chicken breast and 2 wings, served with sides of corn, slaw and charred onion. While I thought the chicken breast could be more tender, especially since it’s sous vide, the chicken wings were grilled to perfection, and oh so flavorful. If you’re a carnivore, do give OPUS a try this Restaurant Week!

We finished our meal off at The Royal Mail at Ascott!

3. The Royal Mail

Yes, I’ve blogged about them before, and of course I was excited when I was at TRM because I know how good the food and desserts are! Check out my previous review here!Photo 27-9-15, 11 06 33 AM While this did not appeal to everyone, this definitely appealed to ME – Durian Croquembouche. Look at how pretty it is!Photo 27-9-15, 11 07 18 AM

This dish is made up of durian custard and almond crumble, and of course topped up with threads of caramel. Wow so duriany so good! We wish the entire ball of pastry had durian custard though, instead of part durian part cream! Nevertheless, what a unique modern take on the king of fruits! The Royal Mail never fails to please me all the time!

If you’re already salivating at the sight of these, you definitely have to check out the Restaurant Week page here, and make your bookings NOW. Besides, you get to eat for a cause because DiningCity has set a target of raising $100,000 for The Food Bank Singapore! Participating restaurants will donate $2 per check out of their revenue this Restaurant Week, and hey, you not only get to eat some great food, you get to accumulate great karma too eh?

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