Thursday, May 29, 2014

International Sunday Brunch @ Hilton

Read about their new and improved Sunday Brunch on a few food blogs and well it did entice me! So I suggested their Sunday Brunch for a birthday celebration :)

Here's the review!

Pictures of the spread first!

Dessert area!

Roasted prime ribs

Porchetta of Sucking Pig Roast

Roasted ocean trout | Sakura chicken

Milk fed lamb

This certainly caught 


Salmon, tuna, hokkigai, squid, scallop, octopus

Assorted appetisers/salads

Yellow tail sashimi

Oysters (Fine de Claire | USA | Canada)
Crayfish, prawns, scallops, lobsters, king crab legs, mussels

Indian mains


I was v eager to try their seafood and hoped it was good but sadly, it fell short of expectations. A little too fishy especially the oysters. The large ones are quite plump and a little less fishy vs the rest. Lobsters tasted quite stale, not much taste actually. Crayfish was okay.

The head chef brought this to our table 
Slow cooked eggs with mushroom bolognese
The poached egg was okay, the mushroom bolognese tastes like the bolognese sauce for pasta haha. Mixing them together mmm goes okay-ish well I think! Doesn't really gel very well but neither is it weird.

Pasta w crabmeat and tomatoes

This was quite good. Again delivered by the head chef. 

Sashimi was quite good! Not cold enough though

Mushrooms well weren't nice sadly :/ hard and not fragrant.
The edamame was okay
Lobster x caviar salad (background) was quite good 

This was some mixed juice that was v refreshing! Would drink this again!


Sorry I realise I didn't take photos of my Indian food plate! Basically the butter chicken is good, the dhal was thicker than what I'm used to but still good. 3 types of naans freshly baked on the spot saffron, butter, spinach naan. They were all still crispy and hot when I took them! Not sure if you can taste their flavours cos I ate mine with dhal and it was so good I went for seconds :)

My friends also tried the roasted pork (siobak) and said it was okay. There's also roast duck + charsiew available but we did not try

I tried the seafood stew which was well not much taste but seafood was fresh.


The head chef gave us this squid ink waffle + miso hollandaise + bottarga + iberico ham. Honestly it had a very strong butter taste. Cant taste the squid ink. Waffles was very soft. 

My friend really liked the white chocolate truffle (bottom right photo)

This is my plate and what I tried was:

Dark chocolate mousse with chocolate crumble: the crumble on top idk why, can't really tell that its a crumble when you eat it. There's also another layer below and that one is more crunchy like crumble! Mousse is not bitter enough to be called dark chocolate imo.

Baileys cake: NO TASTE OF BAILEYS. You'll never know you're eating a baileys cake. Cake was a dry as well.

Chocolate raspberry tart: the raspberry seems to be the raspberry on top of the mousse cos the mousse itself didn't have raspberry. The mousse's texture was hard so a bit difficult to eat this tart. The tart shell separated very easily from the mousse as well. Mousse is more towards the bitter side of chocolate.

Chocolate hazelnut praline cake: this was very good. Extremely crispy layer of praline below layers of lusciously yummy chocolate mousse! A mix of milk + dark chocolate I think. We had seconds for this and wanted more :)

Our make shift cake for our friend :) Haha

The macarons pictured here are the same ones as the ones I raved about from Lime (click the word lime for the full review of the macarons + cross section photos) hence these were damn yummy too! My friends J and V both love them too :) 

One thing I must really really applaud is the staff here. SUPER good service! First the head chef walks around to make sure everything's okay and well displayed. Then he goes around talking to people. Randomly cracking jokes with people/helping out. Bringing food to people's table for them to try. (Y) then our server was super super friendly omg. She was very polite, cleared our plates on time, topped up our water. And read this, it was the epitome of good service. 

We were talking about getting more macarons and debating whether to or not, so she heard us while wanting to clear our plates. So she went over to the macarons and wanted to get us 1 macaron of each flavour and bring it to our table!! Luckily we stopped her in time because we were still undecided haha. But we were v touched and v impressed :) 

Ambience: tables well spaced, ok ambience!

Food: seafood was a letdown. Mains: western + indian that was the focus. Barely any chinese/thai/malay etc other kinds of food. Dessert: chocolate and cheesecake. Barely anything else. I find that the dessert spread quite unusual to focus so much on chocolate! Ice cream was chocolate, everything was chocolate. Also from the food blogs, there were so many egg options to choose from and there was an egg ala carte menu thingy + some chinese dishes menu presented to them for them to choose from BUT we weren't given any of the sort. Also from their menu on, it says there's pan roasted foie gras but we didn't see any no chinese specialities, no live station of crepes & waffles, no lemon tarts, no assorted eclairs. I know online menus are just a rough guide and they don't usually follow it but the menu besides what I've pointed out, is otherwise the spread that we had.

Checkers Brasserie Sunday Brunch
Hilton Hotel Lobby
I have NO idea why but our brunch was $80++ with juice, coffee, tea free flow but on the website it says $108++ for what we had! Best to check w the restaurant I feel
Book online at

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rose Veranda Afternoon Tea (Sunday)

Have been wanting to try Rose Veranda for the longest longest time and finally a chance presented itself! Actually it took me so long because I've been wanting to go on a weekday so I can take my time and just laze the entire afternoon away chilling but weekdays like that are hard to find so weekends it was!

The Rose Veranda is situated above the lobby and you have to climb a flight of stairs from the lobby in order to reach it ("good" pre-nomming workout)

The tables/seats are quite okay, a tiny bit low for my liking. I don't like low tables because then you're bending over while you eat so you feel full faster and its quite uncomfortable on the tummy. I don't like sofa seats because there's no proper backing for your back unless there are cushions! (Quite anal I know)

So anyway you're presented with the tea menu consisting of so so SO many (okay 100ish) teas that you go crazy trying to decide what to drink. Don't worry, there's a recommended teas page so you can choose from there! And the teas have descriptions below their names so it'll be good to read those as well! 

After choosing our teas, we were served this tomato soup (chilled) that was not bad!

We were also served ice lemon tea that was just the right amount of sweetness :)

The layout

Desserts on the shelves and the following are photos of the spread:

Ice creams w toppings + kuehs + desserts

Assorted cakes/small desserts

The other shelf of desserts

Chocolate cake w crispy base
The chocolate cake pictured here is REALLY yummy! The best dessert that day. Crispy base (always a love) + dark smooth decadent mousse, YUM :) Note though that its dark chocolate so if you don't like, then you probably won't like this! We all wanted seconds and more!

The chocolate cake here was okay, not as good as the one above cos the crispy layer isn't really that crispy and its quite scattered throughout.

I didn't see anyone touch this station haha

Hot food!

DIY Laksa station



Spring rolls x curry puffs

Sushi x sashimi

Now onto some of what I had! The salmon sashimi was as it should be. Tuna was tasteless

From left (9 o'clock) in clockwise direction (all the following photos will be described in this direction)

Thai Mango salad: not spicy, good level of sour + refreshing
Seafood salad: I really loved this! Took many many servings of this. Refreshing fresh and crunchy
Beans/mushrooms/asparagus: all as it should be
Rosemary ciabatta with greenland shrimp, dill, cucumber and lettuce: think this was okay, bread a bit too hard

Macaron not good, not substantial and too crispy

More of the seafood salad
Braised veggies: normal
Siew mai: too porky for me and a bit sticky
Curry fish: okay

Fruit tart: everything was normal as a tart should be but not something I would eat over and over
Mixed berries shortcake: the cake is not light enough for me, taste was okay
Scone with strawberry jam: was quite a good scone
Chocolate cake: don't be mistaken! Its not a molten lava cake. Its more of brownie. A bit dry for me
I think this is chocolate mouse not sure and I think it had a crispy base but not as nice as the chocolate cake w crispy base I mentioned in the photos of the spread way above!
Green tea puff: not strong green tea taste and puff was not crispy/soft kind

My friend's plate!
She really liked the green tea truffle!

Complimentary birthday cake for me! The wait staff sang a birthday song for me as well :) Crispy base + chocolate mousse! Great combi :)

Service was okay. Splotchy and we had to get them to clear our plates/add water etc. Some were v friendly and smiley, some were quite attitude. Ambience is good with lots of natural light! Spread was okay but desserts which are my love were a total letdown!!! Didn't like it at all except for the choc cake. Really quite disappointed amidst all the good reviews about this place :/

Rose Veranda Afternoon Tea
Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing
Do book online via their website for 15%-20% discounts!
Weekdays: 1130am-6pm (can stay for the entire duration!)
Weekends + PH: 1130am-230pm (First seating) | 3-6pm (Second seating)
$45++ adults, $23++ child usually (check website for prices)

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