Sunday, February 17, 2019

Coffee Lounge @ Goodwood Park Hotel - Commemorates Singapore's Bicentennial With Local Hawker Fare Of Yesteryear


To commemorates Singapore's bicentennial, the Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel pays tribute to the city's rich multi-ethnic food culture, with a curated menu of nostalgic local delights from the early days. The 5-Course Singapore Commemoration Local Degustation Menu costs $40++ per person is available from 29 January to 30 April 2019.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce 4.2/5

The 5-Course Singapore Commemoration Local Degustation Menu starts with the Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce served with onions, cucumbers and ketupat. The satay is grilled to a beautiful char on top of its tender meat. My only disappointment is it left out the pineapple sauce in the peanut sauce dip, which they used to serve for the local degustation menu.

Freshly Tossed Singapore Rojak 3.5/5

A dish that beat represent our rich multi-ethnic food culture is the Freshly Tossed Singapore Rojak. Tossed in a tangy and piquant prawn paste, the tropical fruit and vegetable salad is influencd by the Malays, Chinese and Indonesians.

Hainanese Chicken Rice 4.2/5

An iconic Singapore dish is the Hainanese Chicken Rice that is created by the Chinese settlers from Hainan. To my surprise, the Hainanese Chicken Rice here is very well executed. The poached chicken is really tender with fragrant rice, accompanied by an addictive homemade garlic chilli sauce. My slight disappointment is the lack of texture from the short grain rice.

Laksa Singapura 3.8/5

A favourite local dish of mine is the Laksa. The version at the Coffee Lounge is more creamy and coconuty. It also comes brimming with rice noodles, prawns, bean sprouts, tau pok, fish cakes, shredded chicken and egg. I would prefer it to be more spicy though.

Bubur Pulut Hitam 3.5/5

For dessert, I was served the Bubur Pulut Hitam. It is a black glutinous rice porridge enriched with coconut milk.

Besides the 5-Course Singapore Commemoration Local Degustation Menu, Goodwood Park Hotel will launch the D24 Singapore Commemoration Cake ($88 nett) on 15 March 2019 in conjunction with the Hotel’s annual Durian Fiesta, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British in Singapore. Featuring four flavours – gula melaka, coffee, pandan and durian mousse, the 1-kilogram cake is adorned with a mosaic of white chocolate squares imprinted with eight historical scenes of Singapore and Goodwood Park Hotel’s illustrious past. Limited to only 200 cakes, an advance order of five days is required, subject to availability.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Coffee Lounge
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67377411
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Churreria La Lola @ The Central Clarke Quay - Popular Churro Brand In Philippines Opened In Singapore


Popular Spanish cafe from Philippines - Churreria La Lola serving the authentic Spanish churros has opened its first overseas outlet in Singapore at The Central, Clarke Quay. The fried dough pastry is made from scratch in house and freshly fried in 100% olive oil upon order.


The Clasico Churros are crispy and moreish with 5 choices of dip. There 5 different flavours are signature, chocolate, matcha, yam and cream cheese. My favourite is still the chocolate dip which is rich and complement the churro. I also applauded the cone shape packaging which is a brilliant idea to serve the churro and holding the dip.


Besides the original style churro, La Lola also offers churros glazed in Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Matcha and Purple Yam flavours.


Specially created for the local palate is the savoury Pork Floss Xuxo Churro which is filled with garlic aioli and topped with pork floss. It is an interesting creation. However my love goes to the Xuxo Nutella, you just can't get enough of the crispy and soft churro stuffed with rich chocolatey nutella.


Having been to Spain and tasted the best, I would say La Lola's clasico churro with chocolate dip is comparable. The glazed flavoured churros I would probably give it a miss though, I probably the original taste. The Xuxo churros are unique if you are looking for something different from the traditional.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Churreria La Lola
The Central Clarke Quay
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Singapore 059817
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]


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