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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Peach Blossoms @ PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay - Usher in The Majestic Year of The Dragon


Herald the Year of the Dragon with an array of Lunar New Year dine-in menus and takeaways at Peach Blossoms, curated by Executive Chinese Chef Edward Chong and his team. Six luxurious set menus are being presented this year, and we had the pleasure of trying the Year of the Dragon Imperial set at $398 per person.


Peach Blossoms Auspicious Yu Sheng 4/5

Peach Blossoms Auspicious Yu Sheng comprises a vibrant medley of fruits and vegetables, with individual serving of Kanpachi and Hokkaido Uni. The abundant fruits include fresh strawberries, kiwi, jackfruit, nashi pear, rockmelon, honeydew, and jambu.

Double Boiled Geoduck and Chicken Mousse Soup 4/5

Double Boiled Geoduck and Chicken Mousse Soup features a delicate butterfly-shaped chicken mousse and thin slices of geoduck blanched in the soup itself. Boiled over eight hours with free-range chicken, the soup is further sweetened with corn and peas.

Braised Dried Abalone, Fish Maw and Chicken 5/5

The next course is a dish that requires expertise and skills for execution - Braised Dried Abalone, Fish Maw and Chicken. The South Africa dried abalone is laboriously prepared in-house over the course of 2 to weeks. The abalone is complemented with a free-range chicken drumstick, expertly deboned with the meat removed. It is then stuffed with fish maw and sauce before being cooked.

Japanese Sea Cucumber, Sturgeon Fish Tendon Dumpling 4.5/5

The following course is an exquisite dish - Japanese Sea Cucumber, Sturgeon Fish Tendon Dumpling with Superior Sauce. Sturgeon fish is chosen for its head resembling a mythical dragon to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. The fish dumpling filling combines sturgeon meat and its prized tendon. A succulent Japanese sea cucumber in a sweet pumpkin and sturgeon broth is served alongside. The pan-fried Japanese sea cucumber had an enjoyable bouncy texture, further enhanced by its sturgeon meat filling.

Snow Crab and Wild Mushrooms 4/5

Next, we indulged in Snow Crab and Wild Mushrooms, served with Thai Jasmine Rice. The rice was savoury with nuttiness and crunch from toasted pine nuts. The snow crab leg meat was presented in a chawanmushi style, elevating it into a more complete dish.

Desserts 5/5

Desserts were the highlight for me. Aesthetically presented in a Japanese garden-like setting, we had Green Tea Puff with Osmanthus, Pineapple Sorbet and Red Date Cake. The latter was my favourite, reminiscent of a red bean rice cake. The Green Tea Puff was creatively crafted with cucumber slices, imparted a delightful crunch and flavour that perfectly complemented the green tea paste. The Pineapple Sorbet pleases in the form of a majestic stone lion for prosperity this Lunar New Year.

Peanuts and Pine Nuts Soup 5/5

Concluding the meal was a warm and comforting Peanuts and Pine Nuts Soup encased in an eye-catching shell, which can be cracked open with a mini golden mallet to usher in the brand new year.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Peach Blossoms presents six specially curated Lunar New Year set menus, which include the seven-course Blessings set at $2,388 per table of 10. The six-course Year of the Dragon Imperial set is at $398++ per person.

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.

Peach Blossoms
Level 5
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 68451118
Nearest MRT: Esplanade (CC Line), Promenade (CC, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 630pm - 1030pm
Sat-Sun: 11am - 3pm, 630pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn right and walk down Raffles Boulevard. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Raffles Boulevard. Cross the road at Millenia Walk or Marina Square. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Nomads @ Telok Ayer Street - A Re-Imagination Of Central Asian Cuisine


The Nomads is a new contemporary Central Asian dining concept located along Telok Ayer Street. It features a chic dining area complete with a custom-built grill pit, a speakeasy-style private dining room and thoughtfully crafted menus that bring diners to a gastronomic trail along the Silk Road. Besides the a la carte menu, there are 3 tasting menus and an exclusive private dining room communal menu.

Smoked Herring 4.2/5

For my visit, I had The Odyssey of Fire Tasting Menus ($148) which comprises of 17 courses that highlight a wide range of signatures and seasonal items. The gastronomic journey started with the Smoked Herring. The smoked herring sits inside a delicate filo pastry filled with horseradish mash.

Caviar & Kaya 4/5

A playfully take of the kueh pie tee is the Caviar & Kaya. Housed inside the crispy shell is poached Argentinean prawns and housemade kaya, crowned with glistening beads of Kristal caviar. Pop it inside the mouth to get that perfect burst of sweet and salty flavours.

Lamb Samsa Cones 4.2/5

The Lamb Samsa Cones is a modern take of the lamb samsa, traditionally served in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan as a baked pastry filled with meat. The cone coated with coffee sugar is filled with lamb tartare of fresh Mottainai lamb short loin. A thoughtful creation allowing the sweetness of the coffee sugar to complement the light and naturally sweet meat, plus a little playful touch.

Nomads Nan with Hunter-Gatherers Butter 4.5/5

The Nomads Nan is a traditional Kazakhstan-style bread made using a secret family recipe whereby flour is fermented overnight with yoghurt to intensifies the flavour. This is best enjoyed with the seaweed butter and foie gras butter.

Maitake Mushrooms 3.5/5

You can smell the smokiness of the Maitake Mushrooms from a distance, seasoned with earthy Khmeli Suneli spices and grilled with tahini and sesame seeds.

Carrots in Soil 3.5/5

Bite into the different coloured Carrots in Soil that is sweet and crunchy. The charred heirloom carrots are coated with coffee crumble for a bittersweet finishing.

Salat 4.5/5

The Salat is an adaptation of the grilled fruit salad from Kazakhstan. It is light, crispy and fresh that comprises of juicy pears glazed with cherry vinaigrette, seasonal greens and crystallised walnuts, served with anchovy sauce and frozen raspberries.

Scallops 4/5

An interesting combination of koji cured Japanese Scallops, spiced burnt corn and crispy lentil crackers, is the Scallops dish. It is unusual to put the three ingredients together, and they complemented one another excellently.

Squid Laghman 4/5

The Squid Laghman is a native noodle dish from Xinjiang Uyghur. The squid noodles are lightly charcoal kissed to tender. It is paired with capsicum and pine nuts in the hearty bone marrow and Sichuan peppercorn sauce. Hence it is a little bit spicy.

Sturgeon 4/5

The lean and meaty Sturgeon which tasted like chicken breast is grilled with soy butter emulsion and dill oil and served with crunchy grains.

Beshbarmak 4.2/5

The Beshbarmak, a national dish of Kazakhstan, is literally translated to "five fingers" because it typically can be eaten with the hands. The modern version at The Nomads finds pieces of tender wagyu cheek in spiced broth, pickled shallots and garlic. On top of that, it replaces the noodles with dehydrated potato sheets.

Beef Tongue 4/5

The Beef Tongue is braised for 48 hours in a master broth until tender with a slight crunch, served on The Nomads Nan with a decadent burnt whole grain mustard cream, spiced beef jus and shaved almonds.

Pomegranate 4/5

Freshen up your palate in the Pomegranate which serves as a palate cleanser.

Foie in Ash 4.2/5

It is like having foie gras skewer in the Foie in Ash. The chunky foie gras is coated with charred breadcrumbs with a side of cherry gastrique.

Hunter's Plov 4.2/5

A staple along the Silk Road is the plov, a rice dish that is whipped up with whatever ingredients on-hand. The Hunter's Plov at The Nomads is inspired by the Uzbekistan version. It comes in a bowl of A4 wagyu striploin, bone marrow, pickled heirloom carrots, tea quail eggs, brandied raisins and Carnaroli risotto.

Almaty 4.2/5

Moving to the desserts, the Almaty comes in the form of a dainty tart of smoked apple ribbons with dollops of Gorgonzola cheese and cinnamon yoghurt and a scoop of celery sorbet.

Medovik 4/5

Last but not least, there was a second dessert to end the tasting menu on a sweet note. The soft and fluffy Honey Cake is paired with sour cream ganache, blood orange, rose crystals and refreshing yoghurt sorbet.

The 17-course tasting menu may sound a lot, but each serving is rather bit size portion. As for the gastronomic journey, the cuisine along the Silk Road is very foreign to me. While each individual dish is thoughtfully crafted, the diversity of the culinary influences may work either way. To some, it may be confusing without focus, for others, it may be an exploration adventure.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

The Nomads
70 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 048458
Tel: +65 69777057
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 6pm - 930pm

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit B. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]