Thursday, 6 September 2018

Conrad Centennial Singapore – Executive King Room [MEDIA INVITE]

Executive King Room - Conrad Centennial Singapore


Conrad Centennial Singapore ***** (5 Stars Hotel)
Two Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038982

T: +65 6334 8888
IG: @ConradSingapore

 
The Day View from our room


Room Type: Executive King Room (with Executive Floor Privileges)
Stayed: August 2018
Booking: Media Invite

Conrad Centennial Singapore is an award-winning luxurious Five Star hotel in Singapore. The hotel just recently undergoes a rejuvenation and Little Devil and I have the privilege to check out their newly furbished Executive King Room.

The Night View from our room

What we saw from our room during NDP Preview 1


Location: (10/10)
Conrad Centennial Singapore is located in Marina Bay next to Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, one of the main exhibitions centre in Singapore. Central Business District and Marina Bay Sands is just five minutes taxi ride away.

Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre - Fountain of Wealth

The hotel is surrounded by three shopping centres: Suntec City, Millenia Walk and Marina Square which boast extensive shops and dining selections. Promenade MRT station is just 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Room: Overall (10/10)
Cleanliness (10/10). Space (10/10). Room Amenities (10/10)

Our Executive King Room is located on the 29th Floor, with the view of the bay. When we first enter the room, we just went WOW. The room is elegant, spacious and bright with the beautiful scenery of the bay. In the evening, we manage to catch some of the fireworks from NDP Preview 1 session.

Super King Size Bed

The Super King size bed was decorated with batik Conrad Bear on it, along with the long sofa by the window to laze around. There are also Welcome snacks (Macarons, Chocolate Pralines, mini chocolates) and fruits. To receive a hand-written welcome note by one Conrad’s staff is just a priceless. 

The Room

Our welcome snacks and fruits

The bed is firm with a touch of soft padding on the top. (Bed firmness rating 8/10) The pillows on the bed are huge and good for hugging and when you lay on it, it just cuddles your head nicely.

Bathroom
The Shower
Bathtub

Bathroom amenities are just fantastic. There are three type of toiletries range to choose from Temple Spa, Refinery and Mandarin Tea. You have a pair of bathroom sink if you and your partner need to use it simultaneously. The bathtub is definitely a plus point for hotels in Singapore and the shower cubicle is just classy with rainfall showerhead and normal wall head.

Amenities Selection

Amenities Selection
Amenities Selection with Conrad Rubber Ducky

The range of drinks and snacks offerings in the room is extensive. There are free Nespresso Coffee, free Rottenfield tea bags, followed by vast selections of alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Nespress, Water Boiler, Ice Bucket and Red Wine

Snacks, Coffee & Tea

In the Fridge

In the evening, there is also a turndown service. We did not take up the offer because we don’t want to miss out on the NDP fireworks.

Room Entertainment & WiFi (9/10)

The flat screen TV in the room is huge, about 50 inches, placed in a strategic position in the room. The WiFi connectivity is seamless, but the strength of the WiFi is only half in the room, instead of full bar. So streaming tv series or movie might be a challenge.


Executive Floor Privilege (8.5/10)

One of the privileges of Executive Floor is the access to Executive Lounge. It opens from 6.30am to 11pm. Since we had our afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge, which you can find the full review here; we had our evening drinks here (available from 5.30pm to 8pm, with hors-d’oeuvres).

Part of the spread

Part of the spread

The Executive Lounge is located on the 31st floor, however, due to the high usage during the weekend, they extend the lounge on the 30th floor. We proceed to the 30th floor for our drinks and snacks as it was full on the 31st floor. The selections of hot food, cold food, alcohols and beverages are quite widespread. Best of all we can get the window seat and enjoy the view from the 30th floor is pretty significant. 

Part of the spread

Part of the spread

The View from the 30th floor Executive Lounge

Breakfast at Oscar’s (9/10)

We decided on breakfast at Oscar’s as it is more spacious. The extensive spread includes egg station, healthy station (salad and homemade muesli), cereals station, bread station, noodle station, cheese and cold cuts station, juice bar, waffle and pancake station, and ice cream station (Yes, Ice Cream for Breakfast).

Part of the breakfast spread

Noodle Station

Part of the breakfast spread

At the egg station, I ordered poached egg that is not on the menu and they served me the full version of egg benedict. The egg is soft, wobbly topped with a rich and creamy hollandaise sauce. Yum Yum. The bacon, sausage and waffle with raspberry ice-cream leave a positive impression for the breakfast.

Egg Benedict - Off Menu

Ice Cream Station

Waffle and Raspberry Ice Cream for Breakfast


Service: (8.5/10)

Overall, the service staff are very friendly and accommodating. If you check-in on the weekend, be prepared to wait. I waited about 1 hour before I got my room. I don’t mind waiting, however, it will be better to inform the guest/s on the estimated waiting time instead of just letting wonder without any confirmation.

The Swimming Pool

Overall: Highly Recommend

Conrad Centennial Singapore definitely comes highly recommended for a luxurious stay or staycation in Singapore. Their Executive room is spacious and the view is amazing plus it is just across Suntec City Exhibition Centre and accessible everywhere. For 5* accommodation in Singapore, Conrad Centennial Singapore is highly recommended.

Thank you very much to Conrad Centennial Singapore for the Staycation Invite.

Chubbybotakkoala.com crew resting


The Executive Floor Privileges include:  
·       Access to the Executive Lounge daily from 6.30am to 11pm
·       Buffet breakfast in the lounge or at Oscar’s
·       Delightful afternoon tea from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
·       Evening drinks with hors d’oeuvres from 5.30pm to 8pm
·       All day tea, coffee and soft drinks till 10pm (Alcoholic drinks available at a charge after 8pm)
·       Complimentary Premium Wi-Fi access and local calls
·       Complimentary pressing for a maximum of 3 items during stay
·       Complimentary use of meeting room for a maximum of 2 hours per day, subject to availability

·       A smart casual dress code is appreciated. Kindly refrain from wearing flip flops, slippers, bathrobes, swim-wear or fitness attire. Covered shoes and sleeved tops are requested for gentlemen. 


Sunday, 26 August 2018

Cook and Brew – Invigorating Dishes for 2018 Menu [MEDIA INVITE]

‘Fancy’ Fish & Chips  at Cook & Brew

Chef Aaron Foster, Executive Chef of The Westin Singapore, refreshes the lunch and dinner menu at Cook & Brew. The updated versions of dishes based on family recipes that have been passed down to him and also through his worldwide exposure.

Whipping up our appetite into shape is Cook & Brew Signature Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta Cheese ($15). The ricotta cheese is creamy and mild. The infusion of truffle honey added sweet and aromatic touch to the cheese. Spread it over the crisp yet chewy grilled bread, making it a good finger food. 

Cook & Brew Signature Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta Cheese 

‘Yukhoe’ Korean-Style Beef Tartar ($19). Creamy and delicious, with a good bite of the chopped USDA beef. In comparison to Korean Beef Tartar, the version here is more subtle, not as bold as the Korean version. The chili cucumbers and daikon help balance any overwhelming flavour from the meat and sauce.

‘Yukhoe’ Korean-Style Beef Tartar

‘Yukhoe’ Korean-Style Beef Tartar

Handmade Ricotta Cavatelli ($27). A new vegetarian dish, this small adorable pasta has a good chewy bite into it. Cooked with Mushrooms, dried chilies, cauliflower, pumpkin seeds and topped with shaved strong bodied Manchego cheese brought up the umami flavour in this dish. If you do a blind test, it will be difficult to tell that it is a vegetarian dish.

Handmade Ricotta Cavatelli

Penne with Sausage and Red Sauce ($28). The non-vegetarian version of pasta at Cook & Brew based on Chef Aaron heirloom recipe. Known for their in-house made sausages, Chef Aaron introduced the house smoked pork sausage into this pasta dish. You will definitely taste the subtle smoky flavour in this dish, combining the al-dente penne, juicy and delicious pork sausages, tomato and parmesan cheese. One of those pasta comfort food that I can relate to.

Penne with Sausage and Red Sauce 

Roasted Arctic Cod ($46). A generous cut of codfish, roasted, combined with sweet chard corn and pepper sauce. The prawns are huge and crunchy and you just can’t stop eating this dish. Yummy, definitely my most favourite dish of the night.  

Roasted Arctic Cod 

‘Fancy’ Fish & Chips ($56). What, No fish? Deep Fried Lobster?? I will not be the first person who is puzzled by this dish and won’t be the last as well. Who would expect a deep-fried beer-battered Nova Scotia lobster? Though the overall dish unique and interesting, just don’t tell this to the folks that supplied Nova Scotia Lobsters. However, I will still stick to the real fish, in my fish and chips. How about Cod Fish instead of Lobster?

‘Fancy’ Fish & Chips

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cake ($15). Nicely presented crunchy multilayer cakes. The combination of dark chocolate and hazelnut cream is just chocolaty and delightful. The whiskey ice cream lacks punch and won’t get the police breathalyser beeping, almost can be mistaken for vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cake

Overall, it is always a pleasure to experience the creation by Chef Aaron Foster and his team at Cook & Brew. Definitely loved the Roasted Arctic Cod and I still cringed when I wrote this review on the ‘Fancy’ Fish & Chips. Please visit Cook & Brew and let me know what you think about their refreshed menu. Cheers!!

Thank you very much Westin Singapore team for the tasting invitation.

Food & Drinks: 8/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Event)
Ambiance: 9/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80

Cook and Brew
12 Marina Views
Asia Square Tower 2
Level 33, Westin Hotels & Resorts
Singapore 018961

T: +65 6922 2948
W: http://www.cookandbrewsingapore.com/
OH:
Mon – Thu: 11.00 – Midnight
Fri: 11.00 – 01.00
Sat: 05.00 – Midnight
Sun: Open for private events
Menu is available online


Friday, 24 August 2018

IndoChili – Taste of Indonesia

Rendang Sapi / Beef Rendang

IndoChili is an Indonesian restaurant in Singapore offering culinary delight found throughout Indonesia. The spread ranges from across the archipelago, showcasing its authentic flavours.

IndoChili

Rendang Sapi ($12.80) a.k.a Beef Rendang. This is LD’s favourite dish and she always order this when feasting on nasi padang. The version here is tasty and tender, absorbs the spices nicely. The gravy is thick and aromatic, definitely a “rice thief” dish. Sometimes, they serve meats that are a bit lean, they will get a perfect score if they uses more marbling cuts.

Rendang Sapi / Beef Rendang

Sop Buntut ($16.80) – Oxtail soup. One of the most popular soup in Indonesia, know for its robust flavour and fall off the bone meat. Definitely, a must order dish here, the soup is robust and the fatty meat just falls off the tailbone. Squish the lime into the soup, for the contrasting twang and best eaten with emping.

Sop Buntut / Oxtail Soup

Lontong Sayur Medan ($6.80) – Rice Cake with Vegetables Soup. It is normally served as a one-dish item, however, we just order this dish because we like the jackfruit in the soup. The rice cake is thick, sticky and bouncy, generously bask in rich vegetable soup.

Lontong Sayur Medan

Kangkung Balado ($9.80). Ok, this dish is definitely not for me. Looking at the amount of chilli they put inside it, I definitely did not touch the dish. However, LD & QC enjoy every bite of this dish.

Kangkung Balado

Ayam Kari Padang ($9.80). Tender and succulent curry chicken, accompanied with a smooth and rich gravy. It is not too spicy and the gravy goes well with rice.

Ayam Kari Padang

Sate Ayam Madura ($10.80). Madura is known as the Sate City in Indonesia. The meat is thick, nicely grilled and coated with kecap manis. I would prefer if they are more generous with the peanut gravy.

Sate Ayam Madura

To go with all the rich dishes above is Achar ($3.80). This homemade pickle vegetables are good to provide the balance to all the dishes above.

Achar

I normally like to have the dishes above with white rice (Nasi Putih $1.50) or you can also try their Yellow Rice (Nasi Kuning $2.50).

Yellow Rice

One of the drinks that I like here is Jus Alpukat ($7.20). This Indonesian version of Avocado Juice has always been my favourite since young. It uses chocolate condensed milk to perk up the drink.

Jus Alpukat / Avocado Juice

Service is friendly and the restaurant is decorated in traditional Javanese house.

Part of the indoor dining area

Outdoor Dining Area

Overall, the dishes in IndoChili seems to hit the right spot for us when we are craving for Indonesian food. The dishes taste and flavour are very close to those you can find in Indonesia. Definitely, a place to visit for Indonesian food. Cheers!!

Food: 7.25/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50

IndoChili
54 Zion Road
Singapore 247779

T: +65 6445 1766
OH:
Mon – Thu: 11.30 – 15.00; 17.30 – 22.00
Fri – Sun: 11.30 – 22.00



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