XY Hotel Bugis, Jalan Klapa

This year, there’s going to be quite a few long weekends and if you’re not planning on going overseas during then, why not plan a staycation somewhere in Singapore itself? Previously, we’ve written about the XY Hotel’s party package and how they’re the first and only hotel in Singapore (from what I personally know) that allows you to throw a party in their premises. But of course, the parties don’t last all night, so you wouldn’t need to worry about the noise disturbing your sleep. Here’s where the party would happen. Or where you’d have your breakfast in the morning. So whether you’re planning a party here or not, I’d still recommend a relaxing stay here. Another reason why I love XY Hotel

Accento Cafe, Finnieston

Photo by Samad | Facade of Accento Cafe Nestled in a tiny corner of Finnieston in West End Glasgow, lies a nook occupied by a cosy and homely Sardinian cafe known as Accento Cafe. From the Mediterranean island of Sardinia in Italy to the chilly metropolis of Glasgow, Scotland, this comfy space was opened by a family of Sardinians wanting to bring their tradition, food and personalities to the locals of the city. Upon entering the small cafe, you're surrounded by all kinds of authentic Italian goodies and products; from coffee to pasta, from pesto to biscuits, Accento Cafe has more to offer than most cafes around! Photo by Samad | The Accento Cafe counter Francesca, the head baker at Accento

Bisou Bake Shop, Bangsar Village

Photo by Melvin | Varieties of cakes at Bisou Bake Shop You may think the facade of Bisou Bake Shop reminds you a little of a traditional British setting, where you would sit down for a cup of tea. And you're absolutely right. Its old-fashion charm is a juxtaposition against the modernity of Bangsar Village, but it absolutely works. Bisou Bake Shop has actually been around since 2006 and maintains its allure until today. Photo by Melvin | Varieties of cupcakes in Bisou Bake Shop In Bisou they serve many different flavours of cupcakes, if you like cupcakes, you certainly don’t want to miss this place. The variety of cupcakes served range from classic flavours to local fusion inspired pieces.

Tablescape, Grand Park City Hall

Grand Park City Hall is getting a makeover, and part of their first wave of unveiling the new look is Tablescape, a modern european restaurant headed by Executive Chef Robert Chan in the heart of City Hall. From the neoclassical design to modern European dishes served and its table-side trolley service, Tablescape connects tradition and modernity in a unified “landscape”. We start of with a simple starter that people usually take for granted, the bread trolley. All the breads here at Tablescape are made fresh in-house everyday and you can definitely tell by the crunchy exterior and soft centers. The breads do rotate seasonally but some favourites like their onion bread, which was amazing, ar

ABar Rooftop @ Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park

Perched on the 37th & 38th floor of the famed Bangkok Marriot Marquis Queen's Park hotel hides a gem of a bar with an amazing skyline of the beautiful Bangkok city. The ambiance exudes a classy vibe and reminded me of my favourite movie The Great Gatsby (if you haven't watched it, go watch it now!). Dark classic wooden fixtures, wingback chairs and a beautifully decorated cocktail bar, Abar is a place that makes you want to put your three-piece suit on and sip some gin like a don. The bar overlooks the spectacular Bangkok skyline and guests can choose to sit snugly indoors on the 37th floor or enjoy the breeze at the semi-al fresco terrace under the stars on the 38th floor. One of my favouri

Taste of Japan, Kuala Lumpur @ YTL ICHM, Starhill Gallery

We were recently invited to an exclusive experience with master chef of Kyoto cuisine, Mr Takuji Takahashi. He was joined by the students who are studying culinary arts in YTL International College of Hotel Management, tutors and other top chefs from surrounding hotels and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. This was conducted by Mr Takahashi himself, to increase awareness of Japanese Cuisine amongst Malaysians in conjunction with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The session started with an introduction to the formation of Japanese cuisine, culture and agriculture that plays a huge role in understanding the art of Japanese food. In this moment captured, Chef was trying

Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square

If you are an indecisive eater like myself, Emporium Shokuhin is definitely a place to consider when you are stumped, not knowing what to eat. Emporium Shokuhin is probably the only place in Singapore to always offer a series of amazing 1-for-1 deals. I was lucky enough to check out a piece of what some of the restaurants had to offer, and here are some of my thoughts. Senmi Sushi When I first tried this out I figured this would be the same type of sashimi you can find virtually everywhere in Singapore, but I really loved how fresh the fish was, almost like it was fresh from the water. From 20 over varieties to choose from and going at $4.50++ per plate, this 1-for-1 offer at Senmi Sushi is

Dockyard Social, Finnieston

Photo by Samad | Dockyard Social interior Hey ho! The food Gods have finally answered my prayers! Glasgow's food scene is becoming so big and lively, it makes me weep tears of joy! Yay! Coming from Malaysia, the idea that Glasgow is opening up more food street spaces fills me up with so much glee. So, this time, we visited Dockyard Social in Finnieston, one of the newest street food and bar spots in the West End of the city. The Dockyard Social is located right next to the Bike Station / Bike for Good and about 10 minutes walk away from Kelvingrove Museum. Upon arrival, you're introduced to a very hip and cool looking warehouse space! I'm loving the interior, with the painted walls, li

Two Hands Restaurant, Qliq Hotel Empire Damansara

When we heard that Chef Vic had left Manja KL and Vin’s to start his own restaurant, we knew immediately that we would be in for one of the best meals for the year. And we were right. Two Hands Restaurant at Qliq Hotel is Chef Vic’s very own baby. Together with his partner, Melinder, they have set the bar for good dinner meals very high. I hope to see Two Hands thrive as it is well deserved. Chef Vic prepared some of their best dishes for tasting. We sampled 4 starters and 3 mains as well as a dessert and their four signature cocktails. We started off with their calamari (RM26). This gluten free version is surprisingly fluffy and marinated so well that you don’t even need to dip it into the

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Changi Airport

Some might associate airports with goodbyes, but I think that it’s also a place of reunions. It’s more and more common for family members to be overseas these days, whether it’s for school or work, so a reunion dinner at Changi Airport seems really appropriate. The four major Chinese restaurants at Changi Airport has a bountiful spread to make your reunion with those traveling back home for the Lunar New Year a special one. Here are some of my favourites Dian Xiao Er, Paradise Dynasty, Peach Garden and Soup Restaurant Heritage had to offer. Yu Sheng What’s a LNY celebration without the tossing of yu sheng. My favourite out of the four was Dian Xiao Er with their Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu S

Bilbao Brasserie, Bandung Indonesia

We were recently in Bandung for 5 days, making Tim’s wedding suit and doing some shopping. Of course, like any of our trips, we love to hunt for good food and cafes locally to try out. One of the places we stumbled upon when doing our research is Bilbao Brasserie. We fell in love with their Instagram feed and just had to pay a visit to the pretty cafe. You will feel totally transported to a different place upon entering Bilbao. You leave behind the insane traffic and enter an oasis amidst the city. Bilbao Brasserie has a very French-inspired cafe feel. And you just can’t help but to want to spend the whole day lounging here. Since the weather in Bandung is already very cooling and the place

Tabe Tomo, Plaza Batai

For someone who frequents Plaza Batai almost everyday, I missed out Tabe Tomo on many occasions. Its bright red sign is only noticeable if you’re walking around Ekkamai or Shangri-La. Otherwise, it is easy to miss. But I’m glad it caught my eye and my attention long enough to step in for a review one evening. It was a Saturday evening at 6PM and we were the first ones there, being the super early eaters we are. But of course, by the time we left at 9PM the place was bustling with activity and many had just walked in for a late dinner. We were greeted with three small starters which included a shoyu tofu, quail’s eggs and some beautiful cream cheese that we couldn’t get enough of. We were the

MTR 1924, Brickfields

Photo by Samad | The facade Recently, we were invited to MTR 1924 at Brickfields to try authentic South Indian vegetarian food from Bangalore, India. Located in the centre of KL's very own Little India and only 5 minutes walk away from NU Central, MTR 1924 delivers simple and delicious dishes with no fuss nor frills. Here's a little background and history on MTR 1924. In the year 1920, 3 brothers named Parameshwara Maiya, Ganappayya Maiya and Yagnanarayana Maiya left their small town in Karnataka to find employment and found their way to Bangalore. While there, they found work as cooks in homes of the wealthy and prominent people of those time. 4 years later, the brothers (excluding Yagnappa

Sushi Tei, Tropicana City Mall

Photo by Melvin Gan | Sushi Tei facade at Tropicana City Mall Recently, we were invited to a menu-tasting and launch at Sushi Tei in Tropicana City Mall! They let us try their new Healthy Vegetarian menu and Pokebowls! Photo by Samad | The new menu spread! Sushi Tei is an international brand founded in 2009. They're a popular choice for fresh and quality 2-in-1 belt and ala carte dining, and at a competitive price too! They boast about their vision which is "a good deal of sushi", this meaning that you can get the freshest sushi and ingredients for affordable prices but with the highest of quality. They are now introducing an even healthier, fresher and more nutritional option for your fit

Hanare, The Intermark Mall

Photo by Samad | The entrance of Hanare​ Imagine walking along the streets of Osaka, looking for that fancy omakase you've been dying to try after watching the Food Network television series about Japanese traditional cuisines. Don't you wish you can find a place like that in Kuala Lumpur? Well, hello, you're in luck! Hanare at The Intermark Mall will offer you the same experience you've been dying to have! We were invited to try out their set menus for dinner recently at their beautiful and sleek restaurant located in The Intermark Mall in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur (only about 5 minutes drive away from KLCC). Upon arrival, you're greeted by their friendly staff members and seated

La Juiceria Superfoods Signature, Nadi Bangsar

La Juiceria’s new outlet in Nadi Bangsar is seriously on-point! I am in love with their stunning chrome and marble details, neon signs, lush greenery and lots of natural light. It is perfect for a business meeting, lunch with family, or just a casual get-together with friends. It also features an adorable play area for young foodies to entertain themselves. Having opened its doors only on January 1, La Juiceria Superfoods Signature has already garnered quite the crowd. It is probably due to its new dishes that definitely seems to be a hit with us foodies. Our standout dish was the Soft Shell Croissant (RM26). You will fall in love with the crispy soft shell crab that is paired with a delicio

Akira Back, Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park Bangkok

Akira Back at the famed Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is the latest global offering from Akira Back’s award-winning Korean-born, American-raised chef who is currently redefining Asian cuisine here in Bangkok. The restaurant’s exciting and vibrant dishes reflect it’s cultural heritage and brand. The modern style gastronomy is inventive, blending Japanese and Korean elements with international influences; a truly ‘east meets west’ approach. Located on the hotel’s 37th floor, patrons are treated to a breathtaking view of Bangkok’s amazing skyline while enjoying scrumptious food prepared by their chefs. Reminiscent of their famed Michelin-starred restaurant in Seoul, the restaurant boast

Grub by Ahong & Friends, Section 17 Petaling Jaya

I stumbled across Grub by Ahong while I was finding something to eat in Section 17. At that time, it was only two-months-old and you could walk and grab a table for dinner. Now, Grub has clearly grown in popularity judging on how we were told they were fully booked for dinner on a weekday. Thankfully, because we came early (6pm) they managed to squeeze is in before another person's booking. Yay! Grub is very much a no-frills, self-service restaurant. So don't expect any fancy, or to be waited on. After grabbing a table, you have to write down your order on an order sheet then come down to have a staff member key in the order. On the plus side, the food is all very reasonably priced and the f

Marriott Marquis, Queen’s Park Bangkok

Marriott Marquis isn’t my first experience staying at one of the Marriott properties. The first time I experienced the true hospitality of Marriott was at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. Marrying the humble hospitality of Thais and the standard of service at Marriott, any stay at a Marriott in Thailand is promising. Our recent stay at Marriott Marquis at Queen’s Park Bangkok was no different. From start to end, our experience was one steeped in luxury and tranquility. Upon arrival, we were greeted by willing staff who took our bags and checked us in promptly. Then we were showed up to our rooms and our luggages were brought up. We even got welcome baskets from the hotel with local snacks. We

Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial KL

We were recently invited to savour the authentic flavours of Cantonese cuisine leading up to the Chinese New Year celebrations. This restaurant is well known in the heart of Kuala Lumpur for its Dim Sum brunches and a la carte dishes. The contemporary dining of the interior reflects on the elegance and sophistication of Chinese culture. This year, Executive Chinese Chef, Ho Boon, specially crafted a selection of Yee Sang. We were served Prosperity Norwegian Salmon Fish served with Crispy Shredded Treasure, Snow Pear and Plum Dressing. It was certainly refreshing and a good way to start the lunch and there was a generous double portion of the Norwegian Salmon. This is one of the four Yee Sang

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