Where To Eat This Week: The Courtyard, Melt Café, Twenty Eight Café, Stellar At 1-Altitude, Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Much to the chocoholics’ delight, this famous chocolate buffet, helmed by executive pastry chef Siddharth Prabhu, is back. Give yourself a deserved break and give in to specials such as the chocolate ball which is frozen using liquid nitrogen; crack it open to reveal a mélange of chocolate sponge, crumble, espuma and meringue.
This is a small part of the spread and perhaps a good place to start. But explore the rest of The Courtyard spread and keep an eye out for the Valrhona tasting table, laden with 12 bite-sized varieties. There is also a savoury selection of wagyu beef and empanada, among others, that have been enhanced with chocolate. What you'd be hard pressed to miss is the chocolate fountain and ice cream station.
And when you worked up a thirst but still craving the dark side, dessert cocktails, such as the Toblerone martini, await.
The Courtyard | 1 Fullerton Square, S(049178) | 6877 8911 / 8912
Specialty chef Santosh Kumar is amping up the Indian spread at this international buffet restaurant from June 8 to 17, which means more food and an interesting mix of dishes that reflect the highlights of India's different regions.
From Mumbai, you have the popular street snack ragda patties, which is made with dried peas and potatoes, and served with a side of mango and mint chutney. Representing its northern pickings is the Zafrani lamb curry that's heavily infused with saffron.
Always a highlight is the tandoor and charcoal grill station, home to the lip-smacking shikampuri kebab (lamb kebab) richly flavoured with cheese and truffle, as well as king prawns marinated in a concoction of garam masala and carom seeds, and cooked in a tandoor oven.
3/5Twenty Eight Café
When the mood for something casual strikes, consider heading over to this newly opened café on Wilkie Road. The interiors are rather inviting—whitewashed walls, high ceiling and huge windows that let the warm sunshine in.
It will make you want to while the afternoon away with a cup of joe, so it’s a good thing the baristas serve specialty brews made with roasted beans imported from Bali. Better yet, make it an all-day brunch, or choose from breakfast specials and pasta dishes.
We like the eggs benedict that's served atop potato slices, which are great with crispy luncheon fries. Or you could keep it light and nourishing with any one of the smoothie bowls. Whatever you fancy, consider saving some space for the "Indian churros", made with twisted roti prata, paired with a cup of coffee.
Twenty Eight Cafe | 01-06, 28 Wilkie Road, S(228051) | 9628 2829
4/5Stellar At 1-Altitude
Executive chef Chris Millar has introduced the two-course weekday set lunch, in addition to the three- and four-course offerings, so there’s no excuse to skip a meal even with a packed day ahead.
Choose one main course, and an appetiser or dessert. It’s a win-win situation as the starter boasts a selection of tantalising salads, while the sweet ending includes beer brownie, malt ice cream, and shiso pannacotta.
The hard part is deciding on your main course; it's a wide selection that includes the grilled ribeye, roasted duck breast, and tagliatelle with tiger prawns. Whatever you choose, your palate will thank you.
Stellar at 1-Altitude | Level 62, One Raffles Place, S(048616) | 6438 0410 | firstname.lastname@example.org
5/5Lawry’s The Prime Rib
The stalwart restaurant, which originally opened in Beverly Hills, California in 1938, is celebrating its 19th anniversary in Singapore with a four-course menu comprising its greatest hits.
Obviously, the original spinning bowl salad—a crunchy mix of lettuce, beets, spinach, croutons, enhanced with a secret, refreshing vintage dressing—is a welcome opener. And then there is the USDA roasted prime rib of beef, The Anniversary Cut, cooked to your desired doneness and served with mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.
There’s a high chance you’ll crave a sweet and refreshing end to the meal, and the lemon meringue cake with yuzu ice cream or the sea salt caramel pecan mousse cake served with of vanilla bean ice cream will satiate.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib | 04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333A Orchard Road, S(238897) | 6836 3333 | email@example.com