Thursday, 18 August 2022

Conrad Singapore – Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 [MEDIA DROP]


Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 is fast approaching and it is time to show our appreciation to our loved ones through the gifting of mooncakes.

This year, Royal Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch and Green Tea snowskin mooncakes returned as Conrad Centennial Singapore’s signature snowskin mooncakes. Accompanying them are Ondeh Ondeh and Cranberry Cheesecake snowskin mooncakes.

The Royal Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch is one of my favourites, not only the rich chocolate hazelnut flavour, but the truffle-like crunchiness inside makes it an unique mooncake. The Ondeh Ondeh flavour is something that you should look forward to, especially the burst of flavour from the Gula Melaka.

Conrad Centennial Singapore Snowskin Mooncakes
This year mooncake boxes are fashioned from satin fabric to resemble the reflection of a glimmering full moon. It is also embellished with motifs of fabled birds and flowers to symbolise optimism, serenity, and health.

Conrad Centennial Singapore Mooncake Box 2022

Conrad Centennial Singapore – Mooncake
From: Now – 10 September 2022
Discount Offer: 11 August to 10 September – 20% Discount for Citi, UOB, Maybank, HSBC, DBS/POSB, AMEX, OCBC and Standard Chartered card members

Mooncake Varieties

Quantity Per Box

Selling Price in SGD

(Inclusive of GST)

CLASSIC BAKED FAVOURITES

莲蓉葵花籽月饼
Traditional White Lotus with Melon Seeds

4

88

伍仁月
Traditional Baked with Mixed Nuts

4

94

单黃白莲蓉月饼
Traditional Baked with Single Yolk in White Lotus Paste

4

90

双黃白莲蓉月饼
Traditional Baked Double Yolk in White Lotus Paste

4

92

金牡丹精选四喜月饼
Golden Peony Traditional Baked Treasures
(1 piece per flavour)

4

92

金牡丹精选双宝月饼
Golden Peony Traditional Baked Delights
(2 pieces of Single and Double Yolk each)

4

92

MODERN MINI SNOWSKINS

巧克力榛子冰皮月
Royal Hazelnut Crunch Snowskin

8

92

绿茶冰皮月饼
Green Tea Snowskin

8

92

椰糖椰丝球冰皮月饼
Ondeh Ondeh Snowskin

8

92

蔓越莓奶酪冰皮月
Cranberry Cheese Snowskin

8

92

金牡丹精选八福冰皮月饼
Golden Peony Snowskin Treasures
(2 pieces per flavour)

8

92

GOLDEN PEONY SIGNATURE CRISPY FILO

招牌迷你酥皮金薯月
Sweet Potato in Crispy Filo Pastry

8

90


Conrad Centennial Singapore Traditional Baked Mooncakes
and Golden Peony Signature Crispy Filo
Image Credit: Conrad Centennial Singapore
For more information, kindly visit https://www.connoisseur.sg/mooncake/ or contact our Festive team at +65 6432 7486 / 6432 7489 or email sinci.festive@conradhotels.com

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

The Three Peacocks – Meat & Live Station Buffet [MEDIA INVITE]

The Three Peacocks (‘TTP’) are known to be a place to go for a great outdoor BBQ experience. They offer an extensive range of meat and seafood for BBQ and they are packed every day.

The Three Peacocks
Recently, TTP has launched Meat & Live Station Buffet, priced at $45++ for Monday to Friday. We last visited TTP a few years back, before Covid landed. When we visited them again this time around, we can see that TTP has expanded their offerings to include a few live stations and cooked food as well. They are becoming a full fledge buffet restaurant plus outdoor charcoal BBQ as well.

Meat & Live Stations Buffet


Back to the Meat BBQ, we started with the beef first. We have Bone In Short Rib Korean Cut, Angus Beef Boneless Short Rib, Wagyu Oyster Blade and Angus Beef Shortplate. We find the quality of the meat is good, almost Korean BBQ standard. The bone-in short rib is juicy with a good chewiness in it, but I like the boneless short ribs better as I do not have to get my hands dirty.

Part of The Beef Selections
Part of The Beef Selections
For the pork, we tried the Thick Cut Pork Belly, Black Pork Belly, Black Pork Collar, Pork Jowl and Pork Loin. We like both versions of the pork belly, as we grill them to the point of crispiness. The pork jowl has a nice fat-to-meat ratio; however, we find it too gamy for our liking.

Part of The Pork Selections
Part of The Pork Selections
Since the meat is not marinated, it is best to dip the cooked meat in different sauces provided to create the taste that you like.

Chilli Padi & Garlic, Chinchalok and Peacock Special Sauce
Salt, Korean BBQ and Yuzu & Ponzu
The skewers were highly recommended, so we grilled the Beef Skewers, Chicken Skewers, Marinated Mid Wing, Chicken Gizzard and Mutton Skewers. They are also known as Chuan Chuan in China. The beef, chicken and mutton skewers are good and you can add cumin powder seasoning to the skewers as well. I really like the gizzard as it was crisp and crunchy as well.

The Chuan Chuan
In between the meals I went to check out the live stations. The first live station that you will see when walking into TTP is the deep-fried and teppanyaki station. Here you can get a range of deep-fried food such as chicken karaage, fries, wedges, gyoza, calamari rings, nuggets and a lot more. The items will be rotated regularly.

Live Station Teppanyaki & Deep Fried
On that day, the teppanyaki station is busy with salmon, calamari rings and or-luak. On other occasions, they even do beef cubes, almost like the beef cubes popular in Taiwan street food. I get to try TTD version of or-luak which was very tasty, although it is lacking some crisp.

Or-luak



The next live station served pizza, pasta and burger. You won’t miss it as the big red pizza oven is so eye-catching, it should be a centrepiece. The pizza is baked on the spot, though I won’t say it is fantastic, it is decent. The slider (mini beef burger) is very good actually. Filled with juicy mini patty and pack with delicious sauce as well. On that day, they also serve carbonara, rojak and tacos.

Live Station Pizza, Pasta & Burger
Pizzas
Sliders / Mini Beef Burger
Since TTD is evolving to a full buffet lineup, they have beefed up the cooked ready food section as well. The cold food section includes a salad bar, cold cuts, sushi and soba. You can get the lettuce wrap from the salad bar and if you want something healthy, we find the apple salad is good to help balance the heavy meat BBQ.




The cooked food sections contain Soup, Garlic Bread, Fried Rice, Stir-fry Vegetables, Mac & Cheese, Baked Ratatouille, Potato Wedges, Corn with Cheese and Mala Xiang Guo. The Mala Xiang Guo seems to be popular with the guests, as the queue always peaked at the Mala Xiang Guo.

Fried Rice & Stir-Fry Vegetables
Mac & Cheese and Potato Wedges
Spicy Chicken and Baked Ratatouille
Mala Xiang Guo
To complete the meal, drinks and ice cream are free flow. Drinks provided are more of a healthier choice, such as fruit punch, blackcurrant juice, orange juice and sky juice (water). There is no coke, coke zero or sprite. The chocolate and tropicana (corn and coconut) ice cream are great.

Drinks
Ice Cream
Overall, we find the offering at The Three Peacocks to be extensive. We find it impossible to try all the dishes and even go for a second round. For $45++ you will surely get your fill. If you still like your seafood, you can also continue with your all Seafood and Meat Buffet. Cheers!!

Meat & Live Station Buffet
When: Monday to Friday
Where: The Three Peacocks
Price: $45++

Food & Drink: 6.75/10
Value: 7.25/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 6.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80

The Three Peacocks @Labrador Park
8 Port Road
Labrador Park
Singapore 117540

T: +65 8333 2781
OH:
Mon – Thu: 17.45 – 23.00
Fri – Sun: 17.00 – 23.00

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Tora Hachi – Comforting Donburi and Grill Food [MEDIA INVITE]

Tora Hachi Japanese Grill & Restaurant (“Tora Hachi”) is a Japanese-style grilled food restaurant, that offers a wide choice of skewers and donburi. In short, it is also known as Izakaya. Tora Hachi is the expansion of Kushiya at Westgate, elevating their brand from a shoebox kiosk to a full fledge restaurant in Holland Village and completing their offering with sakes and beers to complement their food.

Tora Hachi
We started our tasting with Gyu Don ($11.90) and Kimchi Slice Pork Don ($10.90). My first impression is that their servings are very generous. Both the beef and pork topping filled the bowl to the brim and can easily fill your stomach. I like the marinate in the gyudon as it gives a nice balance between sweet and savoury complete with umami finishing. For the kimchi don, the pork is tender and juicy, while the kimchi provided the acidity in balancing the meal.

Gyu Don
Both the dons are supposed to be served with Ajitsuke Tamago (ramen eggs). Usually, the Ajitsuke tamago is seasoned with soy sauce, till the egg white turns brown to show the soy sauce has been absorbed into the eggs. The version at Toro Hachi is lighter as the egg white is still bright in colour and the taste of soy sauce is minimum.

Kimchi Slice Pork Don
Hiyashi Udon ($6.80). Sanuki style udon served cold with onsen tamago. The thick, chewy and bouncy udon perfectly complements the housemade sauce, onsen tamago and seaweed. You need to mix all the ingredients before you slurp. It is cold, refreshing and tasted heavenly. Simplicity at its best. Yummy!!

Hiyashi Udon
Hiyashi Udon
Oyago Don ($11.90). Grilled thick juicy and succulent chicken thigh, covered with generous servings of seaweed. I like the texture and flavour of the chicken, but I just feel there is a disconnection between the ingredients. Maybe Tora Hachi can consider adding Oyakodon style of egg or onsen egg style to bind all the ingredients together.

Oyago Don
For the appetizer, we try Chicken Karaage ($9.80), Hane Gyoza ($12.80) and Edamame ($5.60). The fried chicken has a crispy exterior followed by a juicy and succulent interior. It is served with mayonnaise for dipping sauce. The edamame was done just right. Soft, moist and enjoyable.

Chicken Karaage
Edamame
The Hane Gyoza (also known as Gyoza with Wings). Each of the gyoza is interconnected through the thin piece of crispy sheet. The shape of this gyoza is rounder and more plum compared to the traditional gyoza. The skin of the hane gyoza is thicker and the fillings do not have the strong smell of chives, that usually come with regular gyoza.

Hane Gyoza
Hane Gyoza
For the grill section, we started with grilled vegetables. Onion ($3.20), Garlic ($3.20), Pepper ($3.20), Lady Finger ($3.20), Sweet Corn ($3.20), Oyster Mushroom ($3.20) and Shiitake Mushroom ($3.20). I must say, we are very surprised with the quality of the grilled vegetables. They are probably one of the best that we ever tried in izakaya around Singapore.

The Grilled Vegetables, Meat & Hane Gyoza
Sweet Corn - 2nd Round
We peel the onion layer by layer and each one of them is sweet and juicy. The oyster mushroom is tasty and plump. LD and RM enjoy the pepper and lady fingers, the vegetables that I don’t like. Not forgetting, the sweet corn, which has a nice balance of charred and sweetness. We ordered a second round because it was awesome.

Grilled Oysters Mushroom, Lady Finger, Shiitake Mushroom & Beef Ribeye
Grilled Onion
Grilled Paprika
For the grilled appetizer. Grilled Chicken Mid Wings ($8.90) are well marinated, succulent and full of flavours. We would prefer it to be crispier externally, however, the wet marinate does not allowed for super crisp skin.

Grilled Chicken Mid Wings
Grilled Chicken Mid Wing
Grilled Pork Belly ($9.80) is juicy and tender, while Yaki Ika (Squid, $10.90) is soft with a nice chewiness in each bite. While Grilled Shishamo ($6.80) get our seal of approval as well.

Grilled Pork Belly
Yaki Ika
Grilled Shisamo
For the protein on skewers, we tried Beef Ribeye Skewer ($4.20) and Chicken Thigh with Scallion ($4.20). The beef ribeye skewer is a must-order. Small cuts of beef are held together by the skewer, delivering juicy and well-marinated MOO MOO. I suggest you eat this while it is hot, if not the beef will be chewy.

Beef Ribeye Skewer
The chicken thigh with scallion has a crispy exterior with juicy and succulent interior. I did not try the scallion, but I enjoy the chicken very much.

Chicken Thigh with Scallion & Grilled Garlic
To accompany your meal at Tora Hachi, the group ordered Asahi Draft ($7.90, 300ml), Asahi Black ($8.90, 300ml). Since I can’t drink, I stick with Ice Genmai Tea ($2.80) and Coke Zero ($2.80).

Asahi Draft & Asahi Black 300ml
The décor of this place will make you feel like you enter an Izakaya somewhere in Japan. The front of the shop is decorated with big sake barrels, and once you enter the shop you will see the red lantern hanging from the wall all the walls are covered with Japanese illustration with red as the predominant colour. The dining tables and chairs are made from wood, complete with the QR code sticker to see the menu and place your order.

Part of the Dining Area
Part of the Dining Area
Overall, we find the food at Tora Hachi to be very comforting. The Hiyashi Udon, Gyudon, grilled vegetables (especially the grilled sweet corn), beef ribeye skewers and pork belly are a must order here. Tora Hachi delivers comforting and reasonably priced food and drink. However, I think there is room for improvements in the menu at Tora Hachi to cater for the more sophisticated clientele in the Holland Village area and stamp their presence there. Kanpai!! Cheers!!

Thank you very much Tora Hachi Team for the invitation and for hosting us.

Food & Drink: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Tora Hachi Japanese Grill & Restaurant
29 Lor Mambong
Singapore 277687

T: +65 9067 3489
OH:
Sun – Thu: 11.00 – 23.00
Fri & Sat: 11.00 – Midnight
Menu Available Online

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