Sunday, June 29, 2014

Element on Tras

C says:

Element on Tras, at Amara Hotel, is an annexe of sorts to Element, which is the hotel's buffet restaurant. At Element on Tras, you can order a la carte from the Chinese, Thai and Spanish sections of the restaurant.

The Spanish kitchen is helmed by Basque chef Mikel Badiola, who used to cook at Martin Berasategui in San Sebastien. We only tried the tapas rather than the main courses, but those were more than enough to impress.

Definite must-haves are the mushroom brochette, and the bacalao bechemal stuffed in piquillo peppers. The flavours were strong but not overly assertive, and overall just very refined.

The tortilla was quite a substantial portion, and while I appreciate that it was well executed, with a nice still-runny centre, I found it slightly underseasoned, and it needed the sauce from the bacalao. The grilled octopus with potatoes and pimenton was simple but very good.

The Basque fish soup was a winner for me. The flavours were again restrained but still very complex, and there were generous portions of perfectly cooked, moist codfish inside. I would be happen to return just for this dish.

The menu is still quite limited, and we've probably ordered most of the highlights of the tapas/pinxtos section, but there's still the main courses to be explored.

A says:

I went in with very high expectations so perhaps it's not fair when I wasn't impressed. Honestly speaking though, the food is still very good food. And I must mention the amazing service.

Having tried the buffet as well, I would say ala carte is the recommended option here.

Element on Tras
100 Tras Street
Tel: 6879 2607
Sunday – Thursday / Public Holiday: 11am - 1am
Friday, Saturday, Eve of Public Holiday: 11am - 2am

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sweet Spot Deli

C says:

Sweet Spot, Marina Bay Sands' pastry shop, has opened a NY-inspired deli selling bagels and cured meat sandwiches.

Their sandwiches come in a variety of options, with pastrami and/or corned beef, and sauerkraut or coleslaw. You can get a full portion, or a half. We ordered 2 halves, one with sauerkraut and one with coleslaw.

For a non-sandwich eater, I found these very good. The bread was buttery and grilled, the meats were tasty and the combination of ingredients was just right. I preferred the sauerkraut as it added a tart balance to the sweetish Russian dressing.

A also tried the smoked salmon bagel which in comparison wasn't as good. The smoked salmon was good but proportions were a bit off, and the bagel overpowered everything else. Much better deconstructed; the cream cheese here has a nice light texture.

Not sure how long it'll last, since it was pretty deserted on a Friday evening, but I'm sure A will want to come back at least a few more times.

A says:

Best deli-style sandwiches in Singapore. Awesome, awesome, awesome. The staff were super friendly too. Approved.

Sweet Spot Deli
#01-30 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: 6688-8584
Sun - Thurs: 8am to 11pm
Fri, Sat and PH: 8am to 12 mn

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lady M at One Fullerton

C says:

Lady M has opened its second outlet at One Fullerton, offering a wider selection of its signature mille crepes (like matcha) and other dessert creations.

We tried the banana mille feuille, and one of their other signature creations, the Checkers, which has alternating squares of vanilla and chocolate sponge cake bound together with a light pastry cream, and coated with a thick chocolate ganache.

The banana mille feuille was ok - it was more cream/custard than I expected, with only a small square of puff pastry and a thin outer layer acting as the feuille. The Checkers, on the other hand, was superb. Light, airy, with just enough cream and chocolate to not be overpowering. Possibly my new favourite cake.

The ambience at One Fullerton is also much more conducive to chilling than at Marina Square, with its harsh fluorescent lighting and openness to wandering passersby.

A says:

As much as I like mille crepes, I must say the Checkers cake is even better. Win!

Lady M Fullerton
#01-10, One Fullerton
Tel: 6820-0830
Open daily: 10 am - 10 pm