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Sky Dining In Cable Car

Sky Dining
Sky Dining
The Jewel Box
109 Mount Faber Road
Tel: (65) 6377 9688
Website: http://www.mountfaber.com.sg/main-skydining-facts.htm
Opening Hours: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, daily

Bf treated me to a birthday dining experience on the cable car at Mount Faber on 6 Dec 2007.

We first checked in at HarbourFront Cable Car Station and then took the ride from there to The Jewel Box @ Mount Faber.  This ride is complimentary by the way which is great for people who take the NEL.

We then dropped off at The Jewel Box and presented our receipt to the staff there.  There was a little mix-up with our order (we didn’t want beef which was one of the dishes on the menu and had earlier informed them of a change but this was overlooked).  BUT the staff quickly went to the kitchen and got our order right!

The staff then put a table into one of the cable cars and we quickly boarded the car.  A photographer of theirs came along and took our photo just before our car took off.

The cable car would be travelling from the Jewel Box to HarbourFront Station and then to Sentosa Station before returning again to the Jewel Box station.

We were served the Cream of Tomato Soup served with Garlic Crostini and Smoked Salmon Salad With Mascarpone cheese.  The soup was nice and you can hardly taste the garlic in the crostini.  I don’t really like the taste of mascarpone cheese in my smoked salmon but I finished it anyway coz I was hungry. 😛  Even took bf’s share! Hehe!

One round was sufficient for us to finish our soup and salad and the staff at the Jewel Box station quickly cleared our dishes as soon as our car arrived.  Another staff quickly served us our glasses of wine and our Pan-fried fillet of Salmon with Honey Miso served with sauteed garden vegetables and mashed potatoes (for bf) and Pan-fried chicken served with sauteed garden vegetables (for me).

Again, just before take-off, we were given copies of our photos (1 4R, 2 2×2 and another 2×2 in small photo frames).  We were told that prices would be given to us during our last round.

By the time the car reached HarbourFront station, bf and I were already feeling the motion sickness.  We barely touched our main dishes and we quickly decided that we would get off at the Jewel Box station.

We got off and paid S$30 for the whole package of photos.  And then we were shown to the restaurant and given our desserts of chocolate brownie and our tea. 

Both of us thought they would serve us the remains of our main dishes and wine but nope, we were only given our desserts.

Overall, thumbs up for the excellent service! Go for the experience of dining in a cable car. It’s really something.  But our advice would be simply inform the staff that you would be taking only the 1st course in the cable car and the rest of the meal in the restaurant.  That way, you will thoroughly enjoy the dinner.

Note: This review can also be found on The Local King.

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake

Gluten-Free Tiramisu Log Cake
Cedele Depot
Website: http://www.cedeledepot.com/home/xmas07.asp

Great news for those who are intolerant to gluten and have to avoid the delicious log cakes every year! Cedele is proud to introduce the limited edition gluten-free Tiramisu Log Cake this year. Savour the smooth gluten free log cake with satiny mascarpone cheese and pistachios. Made with Belgian couverture chocolate and an indulgent thick layer of chocolate truffle in the middle, anyone can enjoy this log cake, including those who are not gluten intolerant. Always thinking for the customers, Cedele makes this cake with no trans fat and only using organic unrefined sugar so it is not so sweet.

This cake costs S$65 for 1.1kg.

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks

XXL Crispy Chicken Crispy Floss Egg Crepe Handmade Oyster Mee Sua

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Website: http://www.shihlinsnacks.com.tw/sg/index-sg.htm

This popular taiwan street snacks can be found in most major shopping centres in Singapore.

My absolute favourites from here would be their XXL Crispy Chicken (fried and seasoned with salt, chilli powder, pepper and five spice powder. The skin is very crispy and is covered in the seasoning) and the Crispy Floss Egg Crepe.

Another popular item here would be their handmade oyster mee sua (noodle).  I’ve tried numerous times to get a taste of it but was unsuccessful.

Shin Kushiya

Tofu Cheesecake Nabeyaki Udon Hotate Kariage Don 
Shin Kushiya
#02-120 Vivo City
Tel: 6275 8766
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm, Sun to Thu; 11.30am to 11.30pm, Fri & Sat
#01-031 New Suntec Galleria
Tel: 6337 3988
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Fri; 11.30am to 11.30pm, Sat & Sun
33-35 Pekin Street (Far East Square)
Tel: 6438 8991
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm, Mon to Fri; 11.30am to 3pm, 6p to 11pm, Sat & Sun
Website: http://www.shinkushiya.com/

I’ve tried eating at this restaurant twice: the first time was for dinner at their Vivo City outlet and the 2nd time for lunch at their Far East Square outlet.

I didn’t enjoy the dinner as I found their kushiyaki (something like yakitori sticks) were too saltish for my taste.  However, the dinner set was worth the price I paid (about S$35 nett if I can remember correctly) as it came with 5 sticks of kushiyaki, garlic rice, fruits, hot green tea, 1 tiny bowl of salad, miso soup, pickles and 1 tofu cheesecake.  Service at the Vivo City outlet was excellent I must say.

The kushiyaki that I ate during lunch was less saltish and more palatable.  Again, I ordered the mixed kushiyaki set.  This time, it came with 4 sticks of kushiyaki (2 mushrooms, pork with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top, pork with asparagus and 1 prawn), 1 tiny bowl of salad, 1 miso soup, pickles, 1 small bowl of potato mashed with carrots and 1 cold glass of green tea.  For these, I paid S$22.95 nett.  Very good value for money.  My colleagues had their Nabeyaki Gindara Udon set (Japanese claypot noodles with prawn tempura, vegetables, egg and choice of chicken or cod fish; gindara is cod fish) and Hotate Kariage Don set (sea scallops and vegetables lightly battered and fried). 

The Nabeyaki Gindara Udon set costs S$27.40 nett including 1 cold glass of green tea and the Hotate Kariage Don set costs S$23.80 nett including 1 hot glass of green tea.  The green tea costs S$1.77 nett and is an optional item.

Service at the Far East Square is not as good as the Vivo City outlet but given that it was a very busy lunch crowd (the whole restaurant was packed), it was understandable.

From 5 November 2007, Shin Kushiya will deliver to offices in the vicinity of their restuarants at Suntec City, Vivo City and Far East Square.  Please click here (Shin Delivery Menu) for terms and conditions of delivery and menu.  Minimum order is S$100.

Fei Zhai Porridge

Fei Zhai Porridge
Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent (TBC) #01-599
TBC Market and Food Centre

He usually starts business at 6pm and closes at around 11pm or until his food is sold out.  The owner is a Hong Konger and well known for his porridge here.

What he sells are the standard issues like chicken porridge, pork porridge (you can ask for purely lean meat slice or a mix of lean meat, pork balls and liver), century egg porridge, etc.  All porridge will be generously doused with a dash of sesame oil, the fried noodles (white ones which are then deep fried) and spring onions.

You can also ask for a bowl of plain porridge (with none of the condiments listed above) and a plate of chicken meat; cost will depends on the number of people, but it’ll go for a minimum of S$3 per person.

He also sells fried bee hoon (S$1 a plate) which looks rather plain and tastes better than it looks.  Also must-haves are his deep fried batter covered boneless chicken wings; goes for S$1 a piece and a minimum order of 2 pieces.

Do not try his fried fish skin as they are pre-fried and put into a box.  So it doesn’t come out nice at all.

Lam Foong Cooked Food

Lam Foong Cooked Food
Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent (TBC) #01-587
TBC Market and Food Centre

The opening hours of this stall is very erratic, so good luck to you if you want to patronise at this stall.

When it stays open in the day, it sometimes sell yong tau foo or noodles or whatever the owner feels like to sell that day.  If she sells yong tau foo, it is highly recommended that you go for it as the soup of the yong tau foo is tasty and the yong tau foo is handmade with the fish paste that she makes.  If it’s the other stuff, don’t try.

At night, she’ll sell the standard “chap chye” rice.  What makes her stand out from the other stalls is that she cooks medium-sized dishes and you can see her constantly cooking one dish or another, so it’s a good mix of dishes and you can get them hot.  Plus, the prices she charge is quite reasonable.

A must try dish at her stall is the boiled soup.  For only S$1 a bowl, you get a bowl of soup chockful of ingredients.  The soup menu changes every day and it’s really dependent on what she feels like to have.  You can also get a free bowl of soup without any ingredients if you patronise her stall.

Superdog

Superdog
#B2-40/41 Vivo City

The team at Superdog, a new concept fast food restaurant at VivoCity, believes that even if you must have your food fast, you shouldn’t compromise on its quality. So instead of commercialised frozen meats, you get premium quality burgers and hotdogs, made using fresh patties and sausages and hand-grilled upon order.

Said the restaurant’s strategic marketing director, Veron Ng: “Our emphasis is on freshness. All our meat patties and sausages, including our buns and sauces, are made fresh. First-time customers may ask us how different we are from the usual fast food outlets but once they take a bite, they’ll feel the difference.”

Diners get to choose from American or European style hotdogs. From the American range, I’d recommend the bacon chilli cheese dog ($5.80), served with premium beef hotdog and streaky bacon, and topped with onions, cheese and Superdog Chili — a special homemade sauce concocted from 16 types of ingredients.

The European hotdogs — German Bratwurst, Spicy Italian and Polish — are served with baguette.

From the burger menu, I loved Superdog’s fresh chicken burger ($4.20), made using tender and fresh grilled chicken thigh.

Thunder Tea Rice

Thunder Tea Rice Lei Cha Lei Cha Ingredients
Thunder Tea Rice
#01-31 China Square Food Centre
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm
#01-11 Amoy Street Food Centre
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm, closed on Sunday
#03-01 Vivo City Food Republic
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
Website: http://www.sbestfood.com/thundertearice

What is Thunder Tea Rice, you wonder? It is a is a Hakka dish, which is supposed to be a healthy dish coz it’s only vegetables and tea with rice.

The Thunder Tea Rice has the following:-

  • Green Tea: Powerful anti-oxidant, helps to lower cholesterol.

  • Basil & Mint: Anti-stress, for cooling & calming effect, aids relaxation, relieve colds.

  • Fuliksum: Remove body toxins and fluid wastes, strengthen immune system.

  • Chinese Parsley & Coriander: Ease digestion & gastric, combat flu & headache.

  • Ginger & Ngal: Expel body winds & gas.

  • Sesame: Maintain youth & enhance beauty.

  • Groundnuts: High in protein, good for stein.

 

It’s all herbs & veg., high in fibre, rich in vitamins & herbs provide medicinal value. Lei Cha has excellent physical & pharmacological value. Frequent consumption of Lei Cha promotes good health. Physical value: Enhance slimming & body detoxification. Pharmacological value: Fatigue prevention, vitality promotion, physical improvement, improves body functions, ease digestion, ease chronic bronchitis, prevent hypertension & hardening of arteries, effective for chronic rheumatic and arthritic, inhibiting cancer cell growth, helps treat diabetes, enhance relaxation & improves good sleep.

No Signboard Seafood

Chilli Crabs
No Signboard Seafood
414 Geylang Road (off Lorong 24)
Tel: 6842 3415
Opening Hours: 3pm to 2am daily
Website: http://www.nosignboardseafood.com/

Huge crabs arrive smothered by a volcano of orange-coloured gravy. Served with soft white bread, the gravy is spicy, eggy, garlicky and full of crab flavour. It’s unlikely that a drop of it will be left by the time you’re through. Two other pluses: There is valet parking, and the service is efficient and very friendly.

This family-run business started out as a humble hawker stall in Mattar Road close to 30 years ago. The founding hawker was so poor that he couldn’t afford a signboard, which explains the restaurant’s name.

Check their website for more outlets information.

Lotus Thai Viet

Lotus Thai Viet
My Dining Room @ Kopitiam
Level 4, The Central Shopping Centre
Kopitiam 
Basement 1, Vivo City
Kopitiam
Level 3, Tiong Bahru Plaza

They are both outlets at food courts of this restaurant called Lotus Thai Restaurant. What I do recommend here is their good value for money pineapple rice (only S$4 for a portion) & their mango salad (S$3.50). 

You can also opt for their pineapple set (for S$6) which comes with the normal portion of the pineapple fried rice, a small dish of mango salad and a bowl of tom yam soup.  I find the tom yam soup (clear one) not that spicy.  They do place a bowl of their chilli padi, normal cut red chillies and chilli powder outside their stalls so you can help yourself.

I’m disappointed by their olive rice though.  It doesn’t really give a tasty flavor, so I would avoid it if I were you.

If you have the kopitiam card, you get 10% discount.  Add $0.20 for take-aways.