Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Singapore Restaurant Week October 2012

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Singapore Restaurant Week returns in October 2012!!! Singapore Restaurant Week is back from 7 to 14 October 2012 with an extensive list of quality restaurants. Organised by DiningCity.com and presented by American Express, this popular week long gastronomic affair has attracted an impressive list of retaurants in Singapore.

Booking at www.restaurantweek.sg will open to the public on 12 September 2012 when the fastest fingers will secure coveted tables at some of the Lion City's top eateries. Food lovers can also look forward to dining at new exciting establishments.

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How Singapore Restaurant Week works?

During Singapore Restaurant Week, all participating restaurants will offer exclusive three-course menus for lunch and for dinner priced at $25*+++ and $35*+++ respectiviely.

All bookings can be made online from 12 September 2012 at www.restaurantweek.sg, a delicated website for online and real-time reservations.

*Please note that DiningCity Star-Awarded restaurants charge a supplement of $15 for lunch and $20 for dnner.

Amercian Express Priority Booking Privileges

Amercian Express, being the presenting partner for the fifth edition of Singapore Restaurant Week, will offer Amercian Express Cardmembers^ exclusive booking privileges from 5 September 2012 to reserve seats at their selected restaurants before everyone else.

^Applicable to all Amercian Express Cards issued by Amercian Express International, Inc in Singapore (excluding Amercian Express cards issued by DBS and UOB)

Dedicated BMW Day

As a co-sponsor of Singapore Restaurant Week, BMW Asia dedicates 7 October 2012 (Sunday) exclusively to BMW owners. BMW owners can also make bookings for other days of that week but this will be subject to availability.

DiningCity.com Newsletter Subscribers Booking Privileges

Subscribers to DiningCity.com newsletter will also enjoy advance booking from 10 September 2012. To sign up for the newsletter, simply log on to www.diningcity.com/Singapore.


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I was invited to the Media Preview of Singapore Restaurant Week 2012 on 28 August 2012. We embarked on a media tasting trail visiting 3 participating restaurants as we zipped around the city in a fun food trail by BMW cars to taste 3 different courses. Each course was also paired with wine selection from Wine Universe ( www.wine-universe.com.sg )

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Three Tastes of Salmon

Our first stop was at One Rochester at Rochester Park. Chef Sam Neoh has prepared for us a starter that showcased thress tastes of salmon. We have Salmon Tartare, Homemade Cured Salmon and Confit Salmon, petite salad. The trio of salmon was delicate and exquisite.

Chef Sam Neoh helms the culinary teams under the direction of 1-Rochester Group Executive Chef Christopher Millar, providing creative directions for cuisine served at both multi-awarded establishments, One Rochester and 1-TwentySix.

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The hosts were lips tighted not revealing our next location as the guests were zipped in a line of 10 BMW cars to our next location under the city lights. Can you guess where we go? Our entrance is greeted by an art gallery before we took the lift to level 55. Yes, many of you may have guessed it. Our second location was Salt Grill & Sky Bar at ION.

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Red Wine Poached Barramundi

At Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Chef Shannon Binnie has prepared for us the main course, Red Wine Poached Barramundi with cauliflower puree and nashi pear. The beautiful cooked fish was moist and I enjoyed the choice of nashi pear giving the dish a refreshing texture. Worth raving was the cauliflower puree which had an extrememly smooth consistency.

Chef Shannon Binnie has worked with Luke Mangan for over 15 years. At 17, he first joined Bistro CBD, Sydney where Luke was then its Executive Chef. In 2000, Shannon moved into a Chef De Partie position at Luke's own Sydney restaurant, Salt, and in 2006 became the Sous Chef at glass brasserie. He was the Executive Chef of award winning Salt Tokyo for 4 years before his current position as Executive Chef at Salt Grill, Singapore.

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Our third and last stop is at Equinox Restaurant, Swissotel Hotel level 69. I understand we were supposed to dine at the heli pad but due to the weather condition plan B was activated to dine in the private room. Nevertheless, the private room still offers excellent and beautiful view of the skyline of Singapore.

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Trio of Dessert

At Equinox Restaurant, Chef Lee Bennett has prepared a trio of dessert for us. We wrapped up the evening with 3 beautiful desserts, Passionfruit Banana Cremeux with exotic mango sorbet, Grand Cru Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch with madagascan vanilla ice cream and Poire William Caramel Creme Brulee.

Chef Lee Bennett all-time youngest winner of the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs' 'Restaruant Chef  of the Year' award and Chef de Cuisine of the iconic Equinox Restaurant. Chef Lee Bennett presents signature creations from a menu highlighting modern cuisine with European accent that pays homeage to traditional values in relaxed, modern and stylish surroundings.

Restaurant Week EDM 2012

From the previous Singapore Restaurant Week, we understand that seats at these fine dining and middle-market restaurants are greatly sought after. I understand from the organisers that a lot of people made numerous bookings and no show rate is the highest in Singapore. It caused inconvenience to the restaurants and by doing that you may unintentionally took up the seats of your friend.

I think it is the courtesy of us to call up the restaurant if we can't make it. In doing so, the restaurant can free up the seats for others. For the upcoming event, I understand DiningCity.com will implement some new measures to lower the no show rate. On top of that, they will also update on their twitter account ( www.twitter.com/DiningCitySG ) whenever seats are freed up from booking cancellation.

Thanks to DiningCity.com and Sixth Sense Communications & PR Consultancy for the invitation.

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