Category Archives: HSBC

Blue Magnolia

Mini Pastries
Blue Magnolia
439 Macpherson Road
Tel: 6284 4227
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm, Tue to Fri; 9am to 5pm, Sat & Sun; Closed on Monday

Blue Magnolia sells gourmet food and beverages including mini savoury pastries and cakes and has a tea and coffee shop.

Mini savoury pastries comes packed in a box of 6 (for S$9.40; you get to choose only 2 flavours) or 9 pcs (for S$14.45; you get to choose 3 flavours). You can choose amongst the 4 Choices:-

  • Appreciation Choose either Azuki Green Tea Cake, Chocolate Almond Cream Puff or Quiche Lorraine

  • BeautifulChoose either Chocolate Fudge Cake, Fruit Tartlet or Cheese Cream Puff

  • CosmopolitianChoose either New York Cheesecake, Molten Chocolate Cake or Chicken Pie

  • Delicious Choose either Opera, Blueberry Cake or Vol-Au-Vent

You can also opt for the 16 pcs (S$25.70) or 20 pcs (S$29.95) of mini savoury pastries.  They also sell whole cakes, cookies, gourmet tea/coffee or lapis.

Delivery service is available at S$12 per trip within Singapore.  Delivery hours are between 11am to 6pm, Tue & Fri and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.  There are no deliveries on Mondays, Sundays & Public Holidays.  Place your order at least 2 days in advance.  A surcharge of S$15 will be imposed for deliveries to Sentosa, Jurong Island and other restricted areas and also for deliveries outside delivery hours.  Click here for the order form.

  • If you pay using your HSBC credit card, you get 15% off ala carte menu This offer is valid until 30 June 2008.

  • If you pay using your OCBC credit card, you get 10% off all pastries and cakes.  OCBC Titanium Exclusive & Platinum cards gets 15% off all pastries and cakes.  This offer is valid until 30 June 2008.

Gorkha Grill

Gorkha Grill Momo Ram Toriya Roganjosh, Naan
Gorkha Grill
21 Smith Street
Tel: 6227 0806
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm (Lunch) & 5.30pm to 11pm (Dinner)

This small gem of a dining room, situated in the busy eating area of Smith Street, is Singapore’s first authentic Nepalese restaurant. Small and friendly, with large murals of mountain scenery, the menu is a superb sample of the spices and flavours of Nepal. Filling without being heavy and greasy, momos (meat or vegetarian steamed or fried dumplings) are an excellent way to start. Recommended dishes include the soup consisting of beans simmered with herbs and green vegetables (also known as dahl); Jheenge papita (prawns marinated with vegetables and herbs) served in a papaya boat, and kukhura so makhani (chicken marinated with butter gravy and herbs). Gorkha Grill is delicious and reasonably priced – made more economical by bringing along your own wine.

To find this place, look out for the row of street hawker centre in Chinatown.  It’s located behind one of the stalls.  What I love about this place is that the service is excellent and the dishes are served in tiny copper plates like the ones shown in the pictures above.

  • If you pay using your HSBC credit card, you get 1-for-1 main course during lunch or 15% off food bill on ala carte menu. Valid until 31 December 2008.
  • If you pay using your OCBC credit card, you get 1-for-1 main course during lunch or 15% off food bill on ala carte menu.  Valid until 31 July 2008.

Note: This review was extracted from TravelPuppy with some of my personal comments added in. 😀

Mooncakes from Sze Chuan Court

Mini Snow Skin Mooncake

Mini Snow Skin Mooncake

Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Roasted Pine Nuts Mooncake

Roasted Pine Nuts Mooncake

Sexy Strawberry Mooncake

Sexy Strawberry Mooncake

Sze Chuan Court 

Level 3, Swissotel the Stamford


2 Stamford Road
Tel: 6338 8785
Fax:  6338 8529

IT’S that time of the year again: August, the month of mooncakes. And Szechuan Court at Fairmont Hotel has come up with a fresh take on these centuries-old Chinese favourite: mooncake laced in liqueur. For that you have to thank Szechuan Court’s very own “Mooncake Empress”, chef Mandy Yeo, who prepares to enchant mooncake lovers anew with a robust selection of unique combinations such as Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache, Baileys Chocolate and Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle, and all-time baked wholesome favourites of Double Yolk in White Lotus Paste and Peach-shaped Single Yolk & Macadamia Nuts in White Lotus Paste.

Sexy Strawberry

Vibrant freshness unfolds with our Mini Snow-Skin Strawberry & Dark Chocolate Mooncake NEW!, which will make its luscious debut this mid-Autumn. Indulge over its sweet, aromatic and juicy lure, enrobed in the richness of silky dark chocolate. Within this gem is pure strawberry heaven swirled in Swiss chocolate and luxuriously sprinkled with fragrant crushed almonds, wrapped within a core of creamy chocolate shell. 

Going Nutty for Nuts

This is also the season where healthy cuisine and traditional influence deliriously intertwine. Mooncake and nut lovers will effortlessly go nuts with our vegetarian Baked Mooncake with Roasted Pine Nuts in White Lotus Paste NEW!. The subtle sweetness and texture of the white lotus paste blends perfectly with the mild, nutty flavour of roasted pine, giving every bite its delicious and healthy punch. In addition, pine nuts are rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins, providing a good source of dietary fibre whilst boosting the immune system.

Fairmont’s commitment to healthy living is best exemplified by our Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts NEW!, blending wholesome offerings with time-honoured tradition. With no added preservatives or artificial flavouring, this mooncake is the crème de la crème choice amongst nut connoisseurs. Its rich consistency and exotic taste add a unique dimension to this morsel filled with tasty macadamia, walnut, almond, melon and sesame seeds. A great source of vitamin E courtesy of the copious amount of nuts, this baked delight boasts powerful antioxidants with cancer fighting qualities, and is high in magnesium and phosphorus, which is excellent for bones and teeth.

This unparalleled ensemble of meticulously handcrafted snow-skin and baked mooncakes will be inspiringly encased within an elegant collector’s edition mooncake box that promises to charm and captivate women and men alike, continuously showcasing the alluring patterns and svelte curves of the goddess-like female form, exuding an aura of femininity and mystique. With a bold move in concept, colour and purpose, these intricate designed boxes will rise like a phoenix, head and shoulder above the rest.

Free delivery to a single location is available for a minimum order of 50 boxes and three days advance order.

  • If you pay using Citibank credit card, you get 15% discount from 18 August to 14 September 2008 for purchases made at Szechuan Court, Raffles City Atrium, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction, Chevron House, Raffles Exchange and Isetan Parkway.
  • If you pay using DBS Credit card, you get 15% discount from 18 August to 14 September 2008 for purchases made at Szechuan Court Mooncake Booth (Level 2) at Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford • Raffles City Atrium • Junction 8 • Tampines Mall Atrium • Bugis Junction • Chevron House • Raffles Exchange • Isetan Parkway.
  • If you pay using HSBC credit card, you get 15% discount from 18 August to 14 September 2008.
  • If you pay using Standard Chartered credit card, you get 15% discount from 1 August to 14 September 2008.
  • If you pay using UOB credit card, you get 15% discount from 15 August to 14 September 2008 at Szechuan Court mooncake booth (Level 2 of Fairmont Singapore) and other booths at Raffles City Shopping Centre, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction, Chevron House, Raffles Exchange and Isetan Parkway (subject to operating hours of respective booths).

Ellenborough Market Cafe

Ellenborough Market Cafe Kueh Pie Tee
Ellenborough Market Cafe
Level 1, Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel
20 Merchant Road
Tel: 6337 2288
Opening Hours: 7am to 10.30am (breakfast), Noon to 2.30pm (lunch) & 6.30pm to 10.30pm (dinner)

Located on level one, this cafe is reminiscent of a traditional eatery in the early days of Singapore. Enjoy a delectable selection of all-time local favourites and international cuisine. The Ellenborough Market Cafe is synonymous with Peranakan cuisine – a cuisine so unique, one can only sample it in this part of the world. Choose to dine indoors, surrounded by old-world charm, or dine al fresco-style by the riverside promenade.

Must try items at this buffet is definitely the durian pengat (a sweet concoction of durian mousse) and their slipper lobster in black bean sauce. Don’t forget to try the kueh pie tee (bite sized “top hats” filled with turnip, egg, and prawn with sweet chili sauce (optional)) which is freshly made on the spot (meaning they put the ingredients into the kueh pie tee on the spot; not cook the ingredients on the spot).  

Price is:-

  • Lunch: $26.90+++(adult) and $17.90(child)
  • Dinner: $32.90+++(adult) and $19.90+++(child) (weekdays)
  • Dinner: $33.90+++(adult) and $20.90+++(child) (weekends)

Please click here to see the cafe’s latest promotion.

  • If you pay using HSBC credit card, you get 15% off food bill.  Valid until 31 December 2008.