Sunday, January 21, 2018

Maru SG Dine & Bar at ICON Village (Tanjong Pagar)

This is not the first time I've been to Maru. I was introduced to Maru by Janel previously and we had a great time there. This time, we revisited them and they have a greater menu to share. Here's what we ordered. 

First, we had to get some drinks. Their bartender, Denise makes some really serious cocktails which are really enjoyable and pretty too.

(Left) Purple Royale (HH: $12, Regular: $20) is made up of Coconut Rum, Homemade infused lavender syrup and Lemon juice. It is such a enjoyable drink. You first taste the sweetness of the lavender syrup and then a slight sourness from the lemon juice before the aroma of the coconut rum lingers on your palette.

(Right) Reishi (HH: $12, Regular: $20) is made up of Jasmine Tea infused vodka, Lychee liqueur, lemon juice and egg white. I had this the last time i visited and I personally enjoyed it alot. My first concern was the egg white however the taste wasn't present at all. All that I tasted was the delicious lychee and jasmine flavour.
Purple Royale

Next up, it's time for some snacks to slowly enjoy the night. 1. Sweet potato fries with garlic dip,  2. Mentaiko Cheese Gyoza, 3. Truffle Chawanmushi. They are each going at $8 and my favourite out of the 3 is the Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Dip!! 

I love the sweet potato fries, it remained crispy and they were the thick cut kind which made it so much more enjoyable. You MUST dip it in the garlic dip, we even got seconds for it. The Mentaiko Cheese Gyoza was rather normal, nothing to shout about.

The cutest chawanmushi would be these truffle chawanmushi served in eggshell. The first scoop and you get to savour that shaved truffle and caviar all in one mouthful. SHIOK AH!

If you are looking for something different, something exciting, I would totally recommend the La Paloma (HH: $12, Regular: $20). It is tangy, refreshing with a hint of spice due to the use of Denise's in house Jalapeno infused vodka.

Something for our non-alcoholic friends, Highly recommended to try this Momo cocktail (HH: $12, Regular: $20). It has Peach, Orange and Lemon with a splash of soda. Really enjoyable and pretty!

Maru has different menu for Lunch and Dinner. First let's take a look at two of the items from the lunch menu.
1. Mentaiko Cod Fish ($22) which features a piece of Cod fish covered generously with mentaiko sauce and cheese and then torched to perfection. Resting on top a bed of garlic fried rice.

2. Sashi Hiyashi Somen ($32) is generously topped with fresh Hokkaido Scallops, torched salmon and uni and ikura. The truffle infused sauce and the caviar brought up the whole experience on my palette. 

Dinner Menu:
1. White Tuna Tataki (Small - $22, Large $32). I have not tried white tuna before and I was really impressed with the one I had at Maru. The dish is served with Yuzu jelly bits and Pomegranate and it is recommended for you to eat them all together to get the best experience.

2. Kale Salad ($15) is finely chopped up with hints of mint and tossed together with pine nuts. Served with a wedge of lime to add a little tangy taste. Something for the health conscious friends to try!

3. Spicy Asari Clams (Small - $15, Large - $26) is the BEST dish here and you Must Must MUST order it! The broth is slightly spicy with hints of lemograss and the sweetness from the clams. Each clam is clean thoroughly and it is served with a side of toast which is never enough.

4. Duck Breast ($27)

5. Truffle Beef Cube Don ($25)

6. Bonito Unagi rice ($20) is much like a risotto topped generously with bonito flakes. The ungai flavour explodes in your mouth as you chew on each grain of rice. Amazing.

We got a sneak peek at Maru's Valentine's Menu as well. You may start planning for your Valentine's dinner while planning for CNY as well. Haha.

Maru Valentine's Dinner goes for $68++ per couple.

Appetizers - Camembert Fries with Blueberry Dip, Crispy Avocado Ravioli,
Tuna California Maki, Aburi Salmon Mentai, Tatami Iwashi

Salad - Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Romaine Lettuce Glazed with Honey Vinaigrette

Main - Grilled Sea Bass, Scallop & Carabinero Prawn Glazed in Yuzu Miso
OR Foie Gras & Striploin Steak, Red Wine Butter, Trio Capsicum Marinated in Balsamic & Potato Wedges

Dessert - Chocolate Mousse Cake Topped with Macadamia Ice Cream

This whole session was hosted by Maru's Team and we thank you for the awesome food and company.

12 Gopeng Street #01-05
Icon Village, S078877

ps: You can make your reservations on Quandoo!

With Love, M

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Chatuchak Thai Tea & Coffee @ Icon Village (Tanjong Pagar)

A new thai snack place has landed in Tanjong Pagar Icon Village where you can get your Thai Milk Tea and Egglet craving fix anytime. Introducing Chatuchak Thai Milk Tea & Coffee.

Chatuchak Thai Tea and Coffee's beverages all have reduced sugar level to suit local palate because if we go for the original Thai version, it will be very very sweet. All ingredients they use are from Thailand and the tea leaves they use is from a famous Thai supplier which 80% of Thai food businesses in Thailand use this same brand.

Chatuchak Thai Tea and Coffee's egglets are handmade fresh daily with fresh milk (from Thailand), fresh eggs and ingredients, only uses premium grade flour, no preservatives. They are made fresh on the spot so you are surely getting the freshest egglets which are best eaten warm with those little crispy edges.

As shared earlier, their thai milk tea is really not that sweet at all, suitable for anyone to enjoy. They offer a wide range of flavours and some special ones like Greentea Cocoa, which was a beautiful blend of greentea with dark cocoa. It's almost like a chocolate coated matcha ice cream but melted version.

You can choose to have your egglets on its own or you can opt for the Egglet with Ice Cream for a instagrammable treat! Mix and match your egglet flavour with a choice of ice cream, I would recommend their charcoal cheese waffle with coconut ice cream.
Special Thanks to @Janelkuuu, @kiyokoyasuda, @oyhz and +Mia Foo for posing for this photo. 

Now I have a sweet treat just for you. 
Follow @chatuchaksg and show it to the staff at the counter to enjoy 
$1 OFF any egglet + FREE upsize for Thai Milk Tea/Thai Green Tea/Thai Coffee

12 Gopeng Street #01-84 
Icon Village

Operating hours:
Weekdays: 8am to 8pm
Saturdays: 10am to 8pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: Closed

Thank you for reading, With Love, M

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Elizabeth Arden Gelato Crush Collection

What happens when a make up brand pairs up with a delicious treat? An awesome collaboration of beauty and yummy. Elizabeth Arden has collaborated with Alfero Gelato for their latest Gelato Crush Colour Collection! YES! YES! YES!

There are a total of 10 shades of Lip Liners, 4 shades of Cool Glow Cheek Tint and 22 shades of Plush Up Lip Gelato. Be spoilt for choices thinking which one you want to try first as they all sound so enticing and the colours are gorgeous!

Did you know:
Authentic Italian Gelato Marco Alfero, founder of Alfero Gelato, came from Turin, Italy to Singapore in October 2009 to deliver us “il paradiso” (“heaven” in Italian). Crowned the Best Ice Cream Parlour by RAS Epicurean Star Award Singapore, Alfero Gelato is made using only the finest quality ingredients imported from Italy and other parts of Europe. Also, Alfero is known for making their gelato 96% FAT FREE and with FREE-RANGE MILK, you can definitely indulge GUILT-FREE.

Let's take a look at the colours shall we?
I've got 2 Plush Up Lip Gelato in Flirty Fushia and Pink Lemonade, 1 Plump Up Lip Liner in Vintage Pink and the Cool Glow Cheek Tint in Pink Perfection.

I love the sleek black shiny packaging and there is a special way to open the Lip Gelato. You slide up the branding panel on the tube and pop comes the lippie. And you can just slide it back and lock it with a pop sound.

Here are the swatches with flash. I feel that the colours are so wearable from light pink to flirty pink to nude pinks. 

Here is me buay paiseh selfie for you to see. The lighting was too harsh so the blush could not be seen T__T. But..But.. look at my lips lined with the Vintage Pink Lip Liner, I like the nude colour which is very wearable and it feels like I have nothing on my lips.

Close up of Vintage Pink Plump Up Lip Liner.

Here I have topped it off with the Flirty Fushia Plush Up Lip Gelato. It gives me a rosier complexion which I love. It makes me look more awake and ready to take on the world! Ok, just kidding. But it definitely makes the overall look brighter. What do you think?

Close up of Flirty Fushia Plush Up Lip Gelato.

Remember to follow @elizabethardensg and @alferogelato to see the many different shades available. The Plump Up Lip Liner retails at $28 for 5.4g of product, the Cool Glow Cheek Tint retails at $49 for 6ml of product and the Plush Up Lip Gelato retails at $35 for 3.5g of product. 

Thanks for reading, with love, M