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Sunday, October 14, 2018

[SG] Arbora - New Hilltop Dining @ Mount Faber Park

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12 October 2018 - Perched atop the lush greenery of Mount Faber Park is ARBORA (formally known as Spuds & Apron) - a new unique hilltop garden dining experience sets in the nautral setting of tranquility and photo-perfect skyline backdrop. Behold the majestic views of the rainforest hillside, Harbourfront and Sentosa from its vantage location.



Arbora is inspired by the Latin word 'arbor' which refers to trees or a leafy enclosure formed by shrubs and tree branches. Surrounded by Mount Faber Park which sprawls over 40 hectares of verdant treetops and home to a variety of flora and fauna, the name fits perfectly with its distinguished location

We are delighted to witness the launch of Arbora where guests can look forward to a (re)treat at the new all-day garden dining restaurant.


Wonderful performance by Shili & Adi - the talented duo who have such versatility in different genres of music! They even had a new rendition of Baby Shark!


Our family was particularly excited to be back as everyone has been so tied up with work and studies for the past few months. It is indeed a perfect place to escape from the city to relax and enjoy a breather at the hilltop sanctuary.

New floral garden theme feature wall at the Koi pond. Great place to take pictures with your loved ones. 


Arbora offers a variety of refreshing drinks - fresh-pressed juices, craft beers and botanical-inspired cocktails making in an ideal place to hang out for the health-conscious, as well as craft beer lovers and cocktail connoisseurs.

I find Arbora's Signature Cocktail - Botanic Zest a delight as it is extremely easy, breezy and refreshing.  Featuring juniper berries and fresh young julienned ginger infused with honey mixed in Roku Gin (crafted from 6 unique Japanese botanicals), the cocktail holds all the goodness of a spirits with none of that burn.


Arbora now offers an all-day dining menu with more than 35 selections that includes delectable starters, entrees, and desserts created by Executive Chef Kenny Yeo. Let's check out what are some of the chef's recommendation!

DESSERT

Chempedak Bread & Butter - A sweet dessert that infused local fruit Chempedak into the croissant bread & butter pudding. Even though I do not fancy the scent and taste of Chempedak on its own, I was rather surprised by how the flavour blends in which is not overpowering.


SALADS

Garlic Tiger Prawns - my personal favourite starter! Sauteed sea prawns with salad leaves, olive oil and garlic!


Classic Caesar Salad - an all time favourite filled with delights. Romaine lettuce, bacon steak, quail eggs, croutons top with caesar dressing. An awesome choice to start your meal.


Wild Mushroom - assorted mushrooms with salad leaves


MAINS

Braised Beef Cheek - Tender beef with slow-braised Au Jus, and seasonal vegetables and mashed potato. 

Rack of Lamb - Char-grilled lamb rack top with prune sauce and serve with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes. 


Tomahawk Pork Rib - This is our family's favourite mains! The premium tomahawk meat is so tender-licious, juicy and delectable that we had to go for more servings.



PASTAS

I can safely say if my children were to revisit Arbora, this will definitely be the dish they will order - Smoked Duck Mushroom Ragout! They love it so much that they had a few more plates before they had to put a stop cos of an extremely filled tummy. The aroma from the cream sauce mixed with mushrooms and spinach leaves already enticed our stomachs from afar. Plus topping it with slice of smoke duck and cheese, we could not resist our temptations. Taste of the creamy spaghetti is awesome without a doubt and definitely one of the best pasta we had for a long while.



Dining at Arbora is causal and relaxing, suitable for families and friends to gather and wind down. Arbora's interior decor blends in with the nature allowing the natural surroundings to take centre stage. Whether it is day or night, you get panoramic views of HarbourFront & Sentosa.  It has indoors and alfresco seating and is open for private bookings.


OPENING PROMOTIONS

To celebrate the opening of Arbora, the restaurant is offering a complimentary snack or salad to diners who order any two mains from the menu. On top of that, diners can also take this opportunity to try the signature Arbora craft beers at a promotional price of S$30++ for 3 bottles (U.P. S$36++). Visit www.onefabergroup.com/arbora to find out more details on the promotions.


Getting There
- Hop onto the Singapore Cable Car from HarbourFrong Tower 2 [5-minute walk via HarbourFront MRT Exit B] to Mount Faber Station.
- Drive up Mount Faber Road to Faber Peak Singapore, located just 15-minute from the city.

ARBORA
Address: 109 Mount Faber Road, S099203 (Level 2)
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm (Daily)
Tel: (65) 6377 9688

Sunday, September 23, 2018

[SG] Newly Rebranded Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Unveils

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19 September 2018 - Orchard Rendezvous Hotel (formally known as Orchard Parade Hotel) has recently completed its refurbishment project, giving the rooms a brand new refreshed look and comfort for all travellers.

Strategically located at the start of Orchard Road, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is close proximity to MRT, Orchard shopping district and UNESCO World Heritage Site - Singapore Botanic Gardens. Drawing inspirations from neighbouring Botanical Gardens, the botanical theme hotel offers guests a garden-like retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel will be the second property under the Rendezvous brand in Singapore.


The original hotel building was developed on a plot of old pepper plantation, hence the interiors of the new Orchard Rendezvous Hotel drew inspiration from this historical significance and incorporated elements of the pepper plant within the premises. As you step into the hotel lobby, look up and you will find the pepper leaf chandelier. Not forgetting the pepper plant motif in all the 388 rooms.


To commemorate the rebranding, Far East Hospitality has worked with the Orchid Society of South East Asia (OSSEA) to commission an orchid for Orchard Rendezvouse Hotel - Vanda Orchard Rendezvous. The orchid is a two-toned cross-hybrid of Vanda Pieces of Eight and Vanda Rasri Gold. You can find them on level six - outdoor swimming pool area.


Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is also partnering local art organisation, Sense of Arts, for handmade and personalised pressed orchid products like cards and stationeries which guests can bring home and memorialise their stay.


Enjoy a dip in the newly upgraded outdoor swimming pool which opens from 7am to 11pm




Hubby and I attended the Media Preview and this is the welcome drink for the night - Verbena Bloom - a light mix of verbena flower tea and orange juice.

We went on a room tour to check out what are conceal beneath the orche facade of the hotel. 

I must applaud for the spacious rooms (from 26 sqm to 68 sqm) Orchard Rendezvous Hotel has to offer. It gives travellers (especially family travellers like us) ample walking space and place to hold our luggage. The modern contemporary classic designed rooms are bright, clean and cozy.

Club Room (Level 15 - 17) - 30sqm


Club Suite - 43sqm


Apart from the bigger rooms, even the toilets are spacious! Apart from the walk-in wardrobe, it also felt like a walk-in bathroom!

Guests who stay in Club Room or Club Suite has access to the Club Lounge with daily breakfast and enjoy cocktails at night.


 Superior Room - 26sqm

Family Room is my personal favourite configuration in the hotel. You feel back at home upon entering the spacious interior which also has a separate TV and dining area! Family with younger children can go for the bunk bed or you can choose to have single beds for larger families. Soft toys and black board in the room adds a soft touch to the space and makes it so welcoming for the little ones.

Family Room with Bunk Bed - 50sqm

The bathroom is equally spacious with separate shower and bathing area. Children will enjoy their bubble bath with the little rubber ducky by the tub!

One Bedroom Deluxe Suite - 57sqm

This room is a gem as it is like an apartment which comes with kitchenette, including a full-size fridge, microwave and coffee/tea-making facilities. suitable for travellers on longer extended stay. Bathroom is extremely spacious and it has separated shower and bathroom areas.


Video tour of the newly refurbished rooms in Orchard Rendezvous Hotel


ORCHARD RENDEZVOUS HOTEL
1 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247905
Hotel: +65 6737 1133

Friday, August 24, 2018

[JB] Claypot meals @ Goody Soup Restaurant (好汤头) - Johor Jaya

There are many great eateries around Taman Johor Jaya and Taman Austin Heights. If you like claypot dishes, Goody Soup Restaurant (好汤头) is a good choice that you can consider. We arrived a little late that afternoon, about half an hour before they close for resting. Even so, there are still customers coming in after us and placing their orders.


Goody Soup has a variety of claypot dishes and we ordered a nice hot pot filled with mixed vegetable, mushroom and meat. Taste is pretty good and not overly salty. It is perfect to go with rice.

東坡肉 (Dongpo Meat) is one of our favourite dish and a must order. 

Instead of plain rice, Goody Soup comes with minced meat rice!

A simple and warm home cook meal for all to share and it is reasonably priced. Total Spending - RM42 (~SGD14.50)

Goody Soup Restaurant 
Opening Hours: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Address: 96 Jalan Ros Merah 2/17 Taman Johor Jaya Johor Bahru 81100 Malaysia
GPS: 1.5360091, 103.7927152

Visit Date: Mar 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

[JB] Sweet Delights at The Sunbird Cafe @ Johor Jaya

Crossing the border to Johor Bahru always feel like a staycation for our family. We love to go food hunting and cafe hopping to relax our bodies, minds and tummies. On one of our trips, we found a delightful place where you can enjoy good homemade desserts and light meals.

The Sunbird Cafe is a hidden gem tucked quietly on the 2nd floor along the shophouses at Taman Johor Jaya. Do keep a look out for the signboard in order not to miss it, and it's truly worth climbing that flight of stairs up as surprises begin to unfold.


Stepping into the cafe, I love how the light colours and natural lighting blends in beautifully with the wooden furniture. Its simple decor with personal touches added to every corner and space, gave the cafe a cozy and homely feel.



We arrived early on a Sunday morning for our brunch, and am happy to spend some quiet moments before we drive home. Though the list on the menu is simple, I applaud the owners for the thoughtfulness they have put in to present each dish. 

We had some drinks first before digging into our rice bowls and dessert.

 Earl Grey Milk Tea - RM 9

Korea AppleTea - RM9, Lemon Tea - RM8

Elderflower Lemonade - RM12
My personal favourite drink and it is refreshing and fizzy!

Rice Bowls from The Sunbird Cafe. Pretty filling and all of them are delicious!

"Cat Style" Fish Rice (猫饭) - RM19.90
Fragrant savory rice filled with chopped fish and topped with homemade cucumber pickles.

Chicken & Corn Rice (鸡吃玉米饭) - RM16.90
Nice choice for children who loves corn and chicken!

Spicy Thai Minced Pork Rice (泰式猪肉碎饭) - RM15.90
This reminds me of the spicy version of Taiwanese braised pork rice

Ah Sao's Pork Dumpling (阿嫂猪肉饺子) - RM12.90
Delicious plate of dumplings for all to share.

Apart from the list on the menu, do go forward to the dessert counter and check out the delicious dessert! One of them is Chendol Cheesecake! I like how our favourite local dessert is mixed with cheesecake. Sweetness from the gula melaka with bites of chendol within, combined with the richness of the cheese, give the overall taste, texture and flavour an added boost.


Matcha Cake - Hubby likes this too as it is not overly sweet and the texture is just nice.


I like the ambiance and food at The Sunbird Cafe. Would love to come back again for their cakes and dessert. 

The Sunbird Cafe
Address: 23-01, Jalan Ros Merah 2/8, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.532052, 103.793370

Visit Date: Jun 2018

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