Monday, March 19, 2018

L'Espresso @ Goodwood Park Hotel - The 'Chocolate Divine' English Afternoon Tea

L'Espresso English Afternoon Tea Buffet Spread
source: Goodwood Park Hotel

Well known for its elegant English Afternoon Tea buffet that has garnered loyal fans, L'Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel presents the 'Chocolate Divine' English Afternoon Tea from 9 March to 8 April 2018, where chocoholic guests can look forward to an enhanced selection of irresistible chocolate highlights with four specially crafted savoury chocolate creations for this occasion, apart from its already dazzling assortment of dainty sandwiches, salads, traditional English scones, savouries and pastries.


The sweets section will be adorned with specially-created pastries that encompass white, milk and dark chocolate varieties, with delectable chocolate pralines and macarons.


The mouthwatering cake selection includes the Ivory Chocolate Brownies; Bitter Chocolate Mousse Delight; Tiramisu with Chocolate Flakes; Chocolate Marble Cheese Cake; Chocolate Hazelnut Crunchy Cake; White Chocolate Green Tea Cake; Jivara Earl Grey Raspberry Cake, and Double Chocolate Mud Cake.


Always up for a fun challenge, the chefs have created two Italian-style breadsticks with the much-loved ingredient – Chocolate and Sea Salt Grissini and Chocolate and Japanese Spicy Shichimi Grissini.


Apart from the sweets selection, there is also a wide variety of savouries such as the cold delicatessen section, soup of the day, as well as hot savouries of the simmering Braised Pork with Chorizo and Lentils in Hot Pot with Brioche, which makes for a comfort dish.


The croissants are freshly made, with 2 flavours to choose from: Spicy Tuna with Cucumber, and Ham and Egg Salad with Peppery Maple Corn.


Guests will be spoilt for choice with L’Espresso’s ever-popular finger sandwiches and tantalising fillings. Flavours include the Breakfast Omelette with Gruyere Cheese Cucumber and Cream Cheese; Egg and Tomato with Smoky Tomato Aioli; Slow Roasted Tomato Confit with Feta Cheese and Spinach; ‘Chicken Kiev’ Lemon Butter and Crispy Garlic; ‘Beef Wellington’ Parma Ham, Beef Pastrami and Portobello Confit.


Their selection of open-faced sandwiches is a must-have with the unique sweet-savoury combination in bite-size portions. Flavours include the Turkey Pinwheel with Cranberry, Candied Orange and Pistachios; Salchichón with Olives and Pommery Mustard; Crabmeat Tartlet with Feta and Watermelon; Shrimp Ceviche with Tomato Basil Cream; Brie Cheese with Cinnamon Apple and Raisin.


L’Espresso’s famous homemade scones are well-loved for their irresistible buttery fragrance as well as perfectly balanced texture. Plain, blueberry and raisin scones are available, along with assorted jams, clotted cream and butter.


Indulge in the roasts available such as the juicy Beer and Honey Roasted Chicken at the Roast section, with the tender succulent meat which is really enjoyable.

L'Espresso Chocolate Fountain
source: Goodwood Park Hotel

There are also fresh fruits to round off the Afternoon Tea, with a chocolate fountain to drench them in as well.


A cosy café by day and chic lounge by night, L’Espresso is the destination of choice for those who love Afternoon Tea or enjoy relaxing with cocktails in the evenings. Note: The 'Chocolate Divine' English Afternoon Tea is available for a limited time only from 9 March to 8 April 2018.

The 'Chocolate Divine' English Afternoon Tea
source: Goodwood Park Hotel

The buffet will be available at $48++ per adult, $24++ per child from Fridays to Sundays , eve of and on public holidays; and $45++ per adult and $22.50++ per child from Mondays to Thursdays. The price includes two servings of coffee and tea from a selection of premium coffee and TWG Tea.

If guests fancy some tipple to perk up their afternoon, they can choose to accompany their afternoon tea with a glass of champagne at S$68++ per adult from Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on public holidays, or S$65++ per adult from Mondays to Thursdays, or a free-flow of bubbly at $118++ per adult from Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on public holidays, and $115++ per adult from Mondays to Thursdays.

Words and photos by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67301743
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

English Afternoon Tea:
Mon-Thu: 2pm - 530pm
Fri-Sun & PH: 12pm - 230pm, 3pm - 530pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Scotts Road to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, March 18, 2018

il Cielo @ Hilton Hotel - Rediscover The Colors Of Spring


il Cielo on the rooftop of Hilton Hotel, on level 24, welcomes Spring with a new menu that features seasonal harvest from the Italy and Japan. Some of the highlights in the spring menu, includes the Hokkaido Asari clams, fresh bamboo shoots and Amadai fish from Japan as well as black truffle, white asparagus and cured Culatello ham from Italy.

Amuse Bouche 4.2/5

Our six course degustation menu started with the Amuse Bouche which consists of Mozzarella with tomato chip and parma ham, and Foie Gras Macaron. I prefer the foie gras macaron for its intensity, and rather unique combination of sweet and savoury.

Marinated Japanese Asari Clam 'Vongole Bianco' 4/5

Our next dish is Marinated Japanese Asari Clam 'Vongole Bianco' ($32) that is paired with Baerii caviar, white wine jelly, aglio olio peperoncino powder. The dish looks very spring with the circle of green parsley sauce. The highlight is actually the Asari Clam, though small in size but is very sweet.

Tortellini in Blodo 4.2/5

The Tortellini in Blodo ($28) clearly showcases Chef Yohhei Sasaki culinary philosophy of incorporating Japanese fair into Italian cuisine. The homemade tortellini stuffed with bamboo shoot ragout and truffle paste comes in a rich Japanese style chicken broth and shaved black truffle. The little tortellini has an enjoyable chewy bite to it while the refreshing clear soup, delivers a gentle smoothing element to the dish.

Homemade Chitarra alla 'Carbonara' 4/5

The Homemade Chitarra alla 'Carbonara' ($38) is a deconstructed cabonara which consists of white asparagus salad, herb poached egg, culatello ham and carbonara espuma. Give it a good toss, mixing everything together to enjoy the texture of the Chitarra pasta, which has a thicker and more doughy.

Maple Duck Variation 3.8/5

For the mains, diner has an option of choosing the Maple Duck Variation ($48) or Pan Fried Amadai Fish ($56). Diner can find several components on the Maple Duck Variation dish such as roasted duck breast, Japanese spring mountain vegetables, duck leg confit salad and pan-fried foie gras. The duck breast itself was cooked beautiful but the skin was somehow rather elastic, which I have difficulty breaking it down.

Pan Fried Amadai Fish 3.5/5

For the Pan Fried Amadai Fish ($56), Chef Chef Yohhei Sasaki  has even used the fish scales to provide the extra crispiness as a crumble. While it is an enjoyable dish, I thought it needs a bit more acidity to heighten the flavours. It is a bit too clean tasting for me.

Zuppa Inglese con Fragola 4.2/5

Last but not least, wrapping up the six course degustation menu for dessert is the Zuppa Inglese con Fragola ($20). The traditional Tuscany dessert is paired with Japanese ichigo (strawberry) and variation of valrhona chocolate. I don't really have a sweet tooth, so I like the fact that the sponge cake layered with custard is light and airy, and more importantly not overly sweet. This is complemented by the fruity sweetness from the Japanese ichigo.

Diners can opt for the six-course degustation menu ($138) or select from the the a la carte menu priced from $28 onwards. The spring menu will be available from 12 March to 30 April 2018.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

il Cielo Restaurant
Hilton Hotel
Level 24
581 Orchard Road
Singapore 23883
Tel: +65 67303395
Nearest MRT:

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 230pm, 7pm - 1030pm
Sat: 7pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Continue walking along Orchard Road. Journey time is about 8 minutes. [Map]


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