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Dinners at db Bistro have always been very enjoyable. But the one I had a couple of weeks ago was the best because the man himself was in the house! Yup, I’m talking about celebrity chef Daniel Boulud!

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Transforming his French bistro at MBS into db Bistro and Oyster Bar to reflect its ever-expanding culinary repertoire, the affable Chef Boulud has added a brand-new oyster bar in the middle of the restaurant, featuring the freshest seafood from around the world, hand-selected daily by Executive Chef Jonathan Kinsella.

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The new oyster bar offers a wide selection of seafood including freshly shucked oysters from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Boston lobsters and Alaskan king crabs.

tuna tartare, avocado, cucumber

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New menu highlights also include a daily selection of crudo and ceviches, as well as new seasonal seafood dishes such as whole roasted Mediterranean seabass and octopus “a la plancha”. These new selections complement db’s signature dishes including the world-famous original db burger, crispy duck confit and herb roasted organic chicken.

tuna belly, fennel, oscietra caviar

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Our menu that night was a spread of specials for the night as every day, the restaurant offers market specials to highlight the fresh seafood or French inspired classics of the brand.

dover sole, black truffle

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My favourite was the yin-yang-ish dover sole stuffed with black truffle. Chef Boulud made a surprise appearance to shave copious amount of black truffle on our dish individually. Gobsmacked! The delicate fish was the perfect vehicle to bring out the earthy flavour of truffle, so good!

homemade pasta, white truffle

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Executive Pastry Chef Benjamin Siwek sweetens the meal with new desserts such as the chocolate s’mores made with graham crackers, dark chocolate crémeux, chantilly vanilla marshmallows and caramel ice cream. A brand new selection of ice cream sundaes awaits with traditional flavours like banana foster, rocky road and baba rhum.

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But what is Christmas without a festive log cake! db’s wintry version is worth anyone’s precious calories, of course!

chestnut, chocolate, ginger ice cream

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chocolate, blood orange ice cream

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Special thanks to Philicia for hosting dinner!

db Bistro and Oyster Bar
#B1-48, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave
6688 8525

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From now till 31 December, be spoilt for choice at Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove with a host of dining treats which is sure to cater to all preferences!

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Everyone knows Kith Cafe (#01-08) is famous for hearty brunch dishes but how about its special Kithmas menu? There’s honeycomb whisky mocha/chocolate ($7.80++/$9.80++ for iced versions), furikake crab cake and eggs with corn quinoa and crushed avocado ($20++), French black mussels in tomato broth ($18++) and a chestnut tart filled with granola crumble and vanilla cream ($10++)! Is it just me or does everything sound delicious?!

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At Saint Pierre (#01-15), the Christmas Eve Dinner set menu is available on 24 December from 7pm and Christmas Lunch Roast is available on 25 December from 11.30am to 3pm. New Year’s Eve Caviar Dinner is available on 31 December from 7pm.

Prices: Christmas Eve Dinner – $188 per person (Additional $288 per person for 3-hour free flow of selected champagne or $188 per person for wine pairing). Christmas Lunch Roast – $98 per person. New Year’s Eve Caviar Dinner – $228 per person (without wine pairing), $388 per person (with wine pairing), $558 for 2 persons (includes 1 bottle of Duval-Leroy NV), $748 for 2 persons (includes 1 bottle of Dom Perignon 2004).

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From 6pm throughout the month of December, feast through a Festive Christmas Dinner Set ($68++) at Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro (#01-11). Take your pick from two main courses, both meticulously curated by the chef. The first main course option includes a foie gras stuffed turkey breast while the second main course option consists of a pan seared whole rainbow trout in a saffron lychee broth and ratatouille. Both main courses come with butternut pumpkin velouté paired with herb croutons, truffle oil and edible flowers, and a white and dark chocolate mousse log cake adorned with pink vanilla glaze, hazelnuts and raspberry compote.

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Last but not least, enjoy a hearty Christmas Family Brunch with a live oyster station and giant turkey paella at Sabio By The Sea, Tapas Bar and Grill (#01-02). Available only on 25 December from 12pm to 3pm, do not miss the chance to excite your taste buds with the flavours of Spain!

Price: $88 (Adults), $48 (Kids). Kids under the age of six dine for free.

Giveaway:

Want to win a $100 Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove voucher to enjoy the festive season with your loved ones?

Simply leave a comment below telling me which restaurant will you like to dine at! Contest ends on 20 December, good luck!

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Lime House

Lime House was such a perfect place for us to unwind after work on a TGIF night. Inspired by all things Caribbean and as Singapore’s first Caribbean restaurant, it is located in a heritage multi-storey shophouse in (ironically?) the heart of Chinatown. I have never been to the Caribbean but the flavours are exactly as what I imagine – bold and strong yet clean.

New on the menu, the salmon tartare was fresh and so refreshing with the mango pineapple salsa. I could almost hear gentle waves crashing before a beautiful sunset ha. My favourite starter was the giant crab dumplings stuffed with a generous amount of real shredded crabmeat and topped with fragrant toasted coconut flakes! Even the bread baked in-house was something different from other restaurants – the naan-like barra bread came with toppings of spicy curry chickpeas and sweet mango chutney and tamarind, so flavourful! Though enjoyable, our main courses of pan-fried seabass and jerk-rubbed steak ain’t as spectacular as the starters. Desserts were limited to just four choices – chocolate lava cake, deconstructed pina colada, spiced banana cake and coffee creme brulee. Take your pick but we will definitely go for the chocolate cake any time, worthy of our calories!

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Gourmet Doubles ($9++)
barra bread, curry chickpeas, mango chutney, tamarind, lime house pepper sauce

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Salmon Tartare ($15++)
salmon, mango and pineapple salsa, avocado, micro greens

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Crab Dumpling ($15++)
crabmeat-stuffed dumpling, callaloo, coconut flakes

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Pan-Fried Seabass ($30++)
chayote gratin, avocado puree, spiced shrimps, peppers

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Coffee Jerk-Rubbed Steak ($36++)
roasted potatoes, buttered veggies, jerk cream sauce

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Piton Chocolate Cake ($12++)
vanilla ice cream, fruit compote

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Thank you for arranging dinner, Lime House!

Lime House
2 Jiak Chuan Road
6222 3130

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I first knew Chef Nixon back in 2013 when he was the head chef of Petite Menu and have loved what he can whip up in the kitchen since then. He soon became my favourite local chef (and K’s too) and always have a sixth sense of what my palate likes best. Even his CNY fusion menu (which can be tricky and hard to nail) was a delight! When Petite Menu closed the following year, I lamented its loss. Then came along Portico not long after and I had my one of best meals there. I guess it’s telling how much K and I like Portico and the team when we chose to spend Christmas eve there last year (and maybe this year) 🙂

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Fast forward one year, and Portico has a new sister restaurant – Portico Prime. Taking over what used to be Prime Society at Dempsey, Portico Prime is (not surprisingly) upmarket, and the tasteful design, classy ambiance and menu prices reflect that change in status. While I didn’t expect cheap prices, I feel that some of the dishes can be more reasonably priced. Honestly, $22++ for a soup (that was served cold in my case, ouch) or salad can be hard to stomach.

That aside, we were pretty impressed by the quality of most of the other dishes. The seared Hokkaido scallop with sous vide egg, pan-seared barramundi (extremely fresh as Portico works with Tiberias Harvest, which offers fish delivered within hours from its sea farm located off the north-eastern coast of Pulau Ubin) and the signature heirloom tomatoes with frozen honey melon dressing were excellent! K was all raves for his succulent wagyu steak from Tochigi Perfecture, exclusive to Portico Prime and cannot be found anywhere else in Singapore. And of course, desserts by Chef Charlene never fail to satisfy our sweet tooth! Her deconstructed blackforest is our must-order; the creme brulee and refreshing basil parfait are worth a try too!

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Seared Hokkaido Scallop ($28++)
cos lettuce, sous vide 63°C egg, dehydrated bacon, brown anchovy mayo, freshly shaved pecorino cheese

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Collection of Heirloom Tomatoes ($24++)
jamon serrano slices, organic quinoa, marinated hijiki seaweed, frozen honey melon dressing

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Caramelised Leek and Potato Soup ($22++)
lightly charred smoked eel, brown butter toasted brioche

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Pan-Seared Pulau Ubin Barramundi ($38++)
ratte potatoes, carrot ginger puree, trout roe buerre blanc sauce

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Miso Risotto (off the menu)
pan seared hokkaido scallop, mini crispy prawns

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Tochigi Perfecture Wagyu Ribcap A4 ($58++ per 100g, minimum 200g)
roasted ratte potatoes, vine cherry tomatoes, truffle beef jus

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Deconstructed Blackforest ($17++)
70% dark chocolate mousse, edible hazelnut soil, cherry coulis, caramel ice cream

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“Naphung” Honey and Thyme Crème Brulee Coconut Tart ($15++)
grapefruit segments, cranberry biscotti

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Our thanks to Chef Nixon for having us over!

Portico Prime
10 Dempsey Road, #01-20
6474 7427

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