Monday, July 16, 2018

Le Meridien Singapore @ Sentosa - Du-licious Discovery Durian Buffet


It's the season for durian again! For this harvest, why not enjoy these rich and creamy seeds a little offshore? From now till 1 September, Le Méridien Singapore at Sentosa is going to dazzle you with a range of durian-inspired delights and classics on their Du-licious Discovery Durian Buffet.


For the first time, Le Meridien opens up the alfresco patio of Latest Recipe and set up a durian pop-up stall for that one-of-a-kind one and only duo durian buffet experience on Sentosa Island. Against the backdrop of the iconic Sea Merlion, enjoy an unlimited servings of three to four premium and delicious durian varieties like Mao Shan Wang, Red Prawn, D24 and XO for 1.5 hours. Please note that this durian pop-up will only be up until 28 July.

Durian Prata

Durian Doughsticks

Within Latest Recipe, durian-centric dishes await you. Although the concept of durian pastries is not new but there are some rather creative items worth nothing here, such as the Durian Doughsticks, Durian Prata and Durian Pizza. The Durian You Tiao definitely worth the extra calories. Just a suggestion - There is Durian Pengat at the dessert counter, so you might want to use that as a dip perhaps, for the extra oomph?


The dessert counters are filled with chef's inspirations such as Durian Mousse, Durian Choux Puffs, Durian Swiss Roll and Durian Crème Brulee. The Durian Cupcakes tower just makes everyone wants to reach out and grab one!

Durian Green Bean Soup

What took us by surprise is this Durian Green Bean Soup. The durian taste is quite subtle but the durian fragrance somehow blends really well with the green beans and enlivens the taste of this classic dessert.

Indian Delights

Western Barbecue Live Station

The quintessential buffet items include Fresh Seafood on ice, local dishes such as Laksa Live station, Salted Egg Yolk Prawns and Indian delights, in which I find the Fish Curry quite memorable. For meat lovers, there are always the Roasted Meats from the Barbecue Live station to fill your stomach before the durian feast starts.


I really enjoyed savoring the durians in the alfresco area. For a better-value-for-money durian indulgence, it is recommended that you opt for both the buffet which features durian desserts and unlimited servings of fresh durian from the alfresco durian pop-up stall.

Du-licious Discovery Buffet (Fri & Sat Dinner Only)
Buffet Only (06 Jul to 01 Sep 2018 - Fri & Sat Only)
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Price: $80 per adult, $40 per child (07 to 11 years old)

Durian Pop-Up Stall Only (06 to 28 JUL 2018 – Fri & Sat Only)
Time: 6pm – 730pm / 8pm – 930pm (1.5hrs)
Price: $88 per adult, $44 per child (07 to 11 years old)

Both Buffet & Durian Pop-Up Stall Only (06 to 28 JUL 2018 – Fri & Sat Only)
Time: 6pm – 730pm / 8pm – 930pm (1.5hrs)
Price: $128 per adult, $64 per child (07 to 11 years old)

Photos and words 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.

Le Meridien Singapore, Sentosa
Latest Recipe
23 Beach View
Singapore 098679
Tel: +65 68183305
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront (CC Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am - 10pm

1) Alight at Harbourfront MRT station. Take Exit C or E. Go to Sentosa Express Station at Level 3 of Vivocity. Take Sentosa Express Train to Imbiah station. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ginger @ PARKROYAL On Beach Road - The Wonders Of Pincers


From now till 31 October 2018, Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road will be running their The Wonders of Pincers, featuring a spread of crustacean dishes. Alongside their signature Black Pepper, Chilli Crabs and Pumpkin Lobster, you will be delighted to know that our all time favourite Salted Egg Yolk Crab has joined the family too!

Salted Egg Yolk

The Salted Egg Yolk certainly didn't disappoint with its finger-licking good coating, livened with spices and curry leaves. The salted egg yolk forms a layer of thin batter around the crab, hence there is a lot more texture and flavor to it, rather than being just a runny gravy that drips off the meat.

Chilli Crab

Park under the same hot food station is the Chilli Crab. The gravy was quite on point, unlike some buffets which tend to make it sweeter for the international palate. There is even a bowl of crushed peanuts at the side for those who like the nutty fragrance to be in it.

Crab Bee Hoon

But my personal favourite is this Crab Bee Hoon. Somewhat overshadowed by the rest, this Crab Bee Hoon surprised me with its 'cze char' taste. By that I meant the wok hei flavor the bee hoon inhibits, which seemingly comes from the gravy. Like a plate of well done white bee hoon, the gravy carries a myriad of flavours that I believe a part of it comes from the succulent crabs embedded within.

Rock Salt Crab

From the Barbecue Live Station, you will find the newly created Rock Salt Crab. Ideally, get the pincer parts as I find others a tad dry.

Pumpkin Lobster

One advice. Do order this Pumpkin Lobster right as the start if you are here early. Other than the fact that it is lobster, the credit also goes to the beautiful golden pumpkin puree. Infused with locally sourced herbs, the puree first hit my taste buds with sweetness and seconds later the flavors of the herbs spread slowly in my mouth.

Oyster Omelette

Dishes are on rotational basis. That evening, I got to try their Oyster Omelette. Do take it first before it runs out which was what happened to me!

Braised Pork Ribs and Beancurd

Other local dishes include their porridge station and I highly recommend their Braised Pork Ribs and Beancurd. Having just came back from Taipei, the smell coming from the pots and the taste of that tender ribs, beancurb and egg, triggered all the fond memories.

Roasted Meats

Not just seafood, a selection of roasted meats is available as well to complete your feast.


Desserts include pastries and Nonya Kueh. Do try their special coconut cake, which consist of sliced coconut sandwiched in between.


I feel The Wonders of Pincers has done justice to the crabs. Although it is a buffet, the dishes taste freshly out from the woks.

Pricing for The Wonders of Pincers
Mon to Sun: Dinner 6pm to 10pm
SGD68 per adult
SGD34 per child

Sat and Sun: Lunch 12pm to 230pm
SGD68 per adult
SGD34 per child

Photos and words 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.

PARKROYAL on Beach Road
7500 Beach Road
Singapore 199590
Tel: +65 65055710
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am - 12midnight

1) Alight at Nicoll Highway MRT station. Take Exit A. Follow the overhead walkway all the way to The Concourse building. Take the exit down to Nicoll Highway and walk towards Parkroyal Serviced Residences. Cut through towards Parkroyal Hotel. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]


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