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Singapore-not a tasting menu dinner

chowchapnation Feb 3, 2014 01:00 PM

Will be in Singapore for 3 days. Have figured out Hawker meals for lunch etc, Candlenut, and Wild Rocket for inexpensive dinners. Checked out all the high end chefs (Andres, Iggy etc) but all they serve are tasting menus. I am petite and cannot eat so many courses for days in a row. I want to make my own selections and am super tired of chefs telling us what we should have at stratospheric prices. Also ...this is Singapore so no Italian, Spanish or Japanese please. Need help for high end food for a elegant fabulous dinner.

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    klyeoh RE: chowchapnation Feb 3, 2014 05:36 PM

    Wild Rocket's closed:

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      chowchapnation RE: klyeoh Feb 13, 2014 01:55 PM

      Do you have any other suggestions for dinner?

    2. M_Gomez RE: chowchapnation Feb 3, 2014 09:30 PM

      I felt that tasting menus is a way for those restaurants to charge you more. I'm the same as you and see no necessity to spend 2 to 3 hours on a 8 course meal when I can make do with a small salad or soup before progressing to the main course.

      Why don't you give Ember at Hotel 1929 in Keong Saik Road a try? The chef is Singaporean although his cooking mixes Italian, French and other Western techniques.

      Another restaurant with a well-known Singaporean chef is Sky on 57, by Justin Quek. It's got really nice views:-

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        feizhu RE: M_Gomez Feb 13, 2014 07:26 AM

        I second Ember as well. They offer a pretty value for money set lunch @ about SGD50/pax.

        Skip Sky on 57 in my humble opinion. Highly pretentious if you ask me.

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          chowchapnation RE: feizhu Feb 13, 2014 01:59 PM

          Thank you all for your recommendation of Ember. The lunch menu looks great but what do you think about dinner? Do you have any other favorites?
          We live near NYC and would like to try places that are different than we can get at home.
          Anything not to miss?

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            feizhu RE: chowchapnation Feb 13, 2014 05:46 PM

            Dinner at Ember has a more extensive menu but it's definitely more expensive. Do try out the Chilean Sea Bass if you settle for Ember.

            Are you open to trying Chinese food or Peranakan (combination of Malay and Chinese) food?

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              chowchapnation RE: feizhu Feb 14, 2014 08:16 AM

              We are open to all types of food and are thinking of going to Candlenut (Nona- Peranaken) for dinner one night. Do you suggest it or is there a another suggestion?
              We can do fancy or not...we are really primarily in the food . We like interesting food but not weird. We do like Asian/European fusion.
              We live near NYC and can get French/Europen, also are on our way to Hong Kong so will have some Chinese there.
              Thanks for your help

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                feizhu RE: chowchapnation Feb 16, 2014 03:37 AM

                I have never tried Candlenut but understand that its more to fine dining. Personally I would go with Dulukala Peranakan Restaurant though. The location isn't exactly accessible but cab rides are relatively inexpensive in Singapore.

                Quite a few of my overseas colleagues insist on trying out chilli crab everytime they are in town. Not too sure if you would be keen?

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                  chowchapnation RE: feizhu Feb 21, 2014 10:37 AM

                  Where would you suggest for seafood? We like crab but do not like spicy hot food.

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                    feizhu RE: chowchapnation Feb 22, 2014 06:08 AM

                    I personally like the butter crabs from Seafood Paradise. There is an outlet at the Singapore Flyer but I usually go to the one at Defu; in the heartlands.

        2. re: M_Gomez
          digga RE: M_Gomez Feb 14, 2014 06:07 PM

          Oh shoot..we stayed at 1929 a couple of years ago and only had breakfast (which were basic but fine and accompanied by good service). There are way too many tempting choices in SNG!

          Hopefully we'll be back soon to try out dinner at Ember.

        3. M_Gomez RE: chowchapnation Feb 13, 2014 11:36 PM

          I would also recommend Taste Paradise at ION Orchard for a good Cantonese dinner.

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            feizhu RE: M_Gomez Feb 14, 2014 12:42 AM

            Taste Paradise used to be good, when it was at Mosque Street. Personally I would go to Imperial Treasure Cantonese @ Crowne Plaza Changi or Imperial Treasure Teochew @ Ngee Ann City or Wan Hao @ Marriott Hotel. But if you don't need the fancy restaurants and would like to experience a slice of the heartland, try dining at places like Chin Lee or Huat Kee.

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