Monday, September 18, 2017

Window on the Park @ Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre - Southeast Asian Gastronomic Extravaganza With Boston Lobster Weekend


Window on the Park at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre has launched a Boston Lobster Weekend, in addition to its buffet which is themed the Southeast Asian Gastronomic Extravaganza. The spread showcases the warm and robust flavours of dishes from Southeast Asia and our local fare, paying homage to the region’s rich culinary heritage.


Only making an appearance on weekends, the Boston Lobster will be a treat to your precious once-a-week indulgence. Each diner will get a pan-seared Boston Lobster done ala minute, alongside with the buffet spread.


Succulent, firm and sweet, you know that the meat is done right when it can be easily lifted off from its shell. Other lobster dishes are added to the range of delicacies as well, such as Black Pepper Lobster Claws and Baby Lobsters.

Prata with Fish Curry 3.5/5, Sambal Ikan Tenggiri 3/5, Mutton Curry 3.5.5

Indeed, Southeast Asia cuisine is a lot about flavours and spices. If you love curries and spices, you may probably enjoy most of the dishes here, such as the Prata with Fish Curry, Sambal Ikan Tenggiri, Mutton Curry etc.

Laksa 4/5

Despite the aura around the Boston Lobster and seafood, the Local dishes still shine. The Laksa here is still one of the finest, perhaps not the ingredients but the Laksa gravy itself. I have tasted Laksa with really premium ingredients before but the gravy often disappoints.

Kueh Pai Tee 3.5/5, Rojak 3.5/5

The DIY Kueh Pai Tee is finger licking good too. All thanks to the succulent shrimp, creamy mashed egg and crunchy shreds of tapioca which has just the right flavour. The same goes to the DIY Rojak. The prawn paste is the key to making a professional serving of Rojak. I was quite surprised by how moreish my self-made rojak is.

Durian Pengat 4.2/5

For desserts, simply head for the bowl of Durian Pengat sitting in its exclusive fridge. My favourite part is biting into bits of the durian flesh. I still prefer eating durian straight from the seed but this is probably the closest and most satisfying way that you could get to a durian. Of course if durian is not for you, there are other sweet treats around, such as mini cakes, egg tarts and ice cream.


Southeast Asian Gastronomic Extravaganza, 1 FOR 1 
Promotion Period: Now to 30 Nov 2017
Lunch: $65++, Dinner: $80++
Fri-Sun (Boston Lobster weekend)
Lunch: 70++, Dinner: $96++
*Child 6-12 years old: $22++ per child

Written and photography by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Window on the Park
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
Level 2
11 Cavenagh Road
Singapore 229616
Tel: +65 67338333
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to traffic junction of Orchard Road and Koek Road. Cross the road. Walk down Koek Road to Karmat Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Island Penang Kitchen @ Clementi West Street 2 - Good Penang Food In The West


Just like life, you probably have to give a restaurant a second chance. I remembered when I first moved to the West Coast about 3 years ago, I tried Island Penang Kitchen which has moved from Chinatown to Clementi West Street 2. I did not enjoy the food and hence I did not write about it. However, recently I have been hearing good  reviews about the place from my friends, so I made a trip back to find out for myself.

Penang Fried Kway Teow 4/5

Our plate of Penang Fried Kway Teow ($6) comes with Chinese sausage, pork lard, egg, beansprouts, prawn and fishcake. The savoury plate of rice noodle has a hint of smokiness and I like how the egg is still a bit runny coating the noodles. The beansprout provided the extra crunchy texture while the Chinese sausage and pork lard accentuated the flavours.

Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle with Pork Rib 4.2/5


My favourite among the 3 mains we ordered is the Penang Hokkien Prawn Noodle with Pork Rib ($7). The robustness of the prawn broth, with a hint of spiciness was balanced and work harmoniously with the different ingredients and noodles. In the bowl, you will get half an egg, kang kong, prawns, lean pork slices, pork ribs and pig skins. The pork rib was so soft that it literally melted in your mouth. What surprises me is the addition of pig skin in the bowl of noodle, this is a bonus to me.

Penang Assam Laksa 4/5


Island Penang Kitchen serves a decent bowl of Penang Assam Laksa ($5) too. It has a nice balance of sour, sweet and spicy, topped with onions, cucumbers, pineapple and greens I also applauded the effort of using the authentic type of noodle served in Penang and not those thick beehoon. My only disappointment was that I could not find much minced fish in the assam laksa, another characteristic of assam laka.

Chendol 3.8/5

Last but not least, we wrapped up or lunch with a bowl of Chendol ($3). It didn't seen that the restaurant uses fresh coconut milk but I can make do will it. It was still a refreshing bowl of dessert to wash down a satisfying meal.

Island Penang Kitchen
Blk 721 Clementi West Street 2
Singapore 120721
Tel: +65 68730163
Nearest MRT: Clementi (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 230pm, 5pm - 930pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 11am - 930pm
(Closed on alternate Tue)

1) Alight at Clementi MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Clementi MRT station. (Stop ID 17179). Take bus number 201. Alight 2 stops later. Cross the road. Walk towards West Coast Community Centre. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]


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