Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Two days - 30 dishes later

We've hit the ground running - only two days into our foodie tour and we've consumed about 30 dishes over four meals, and that doesn't count the vast amount of food at breakfast.

We're staying at the Grand Hyatt. Huge place, with welcoming staff, amazing restaurants, waterfalls, green humid formal gardens and a spa to die for.

Lunch yesterday was at the Tippling Club. Tucked away in the serene greenery of Dempsey Hill, the Tippling Club is a stunning looking restaurant, with extraordinary, fantastic food. Head chef Ryan Cliff and Executive Bartender Matthew Bax have teamed up to create a menu that is modern, progressive and themed either by the food or the cocktail. It truly is a fantasy land where food is concerned, and the theatre of presentation makes for great fun.

Dinner was at the Hua Ting Restaurant in the Orchard Hotel. Regrettably, it was rather ordinary and we certainly didn't experience the food that should have been coming out of an award winning restaurant. Other diners looked as though they were enjoying a much better deal.

Following dinner the weather had cleared so we headed off for the night's last flight on the Singapore Flyer. This is billed as the world's largest observation wheel. The lights of Singapore were impressive, and even more so was the vast area under 24-hour construction for the new casino.

Tuesday morning started with a quick tour of the Tiong Bahru Market - clean, neat, tidy and new and totally lacking in character that we'd experienced several times over the past 10 years or so. Singapore is cleaning up its markets - and the ambience is the big loser.

Then off to lunch at the St Regis - open for just over a year now, this hotel is billed as Singapore's only luxury hotel.