Pixy Tasting Session

October 19, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Pixy Tasting Session
16 Mohamed Sultan Road

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 6pm - 12am,
Closed Sun



https://www.pixycuisine.com/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Jennifer Yeo Lifestyle, Chubby Botak Koala, and MsJaniceEats.



Dragon & Buri

Amò

October 17, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Amò
33 Hongkong Street

http://www.amorestaurant.sg/


Margherita DOP (SGD $25)

On Tap Fresh Brew Craft Beer

October 15, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

On Tap Fresh Brew Craft Beer
31 Bukit Batok Crescent
#02-01 The Splendour

335 Smith Street
#02-75 Chinatown Complex

500 Clemenceau Avenue North
#01-71 Newton Food Centre

49A Serangoon Garden Way
#01-43 Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre


https://www.facebook.com/ontapcraftbeers/


On Tap Facade
On Tap Facade

Bee Cheng Hiang Grillery

October 13, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Bee Cheng Hiang Grillery
1359 Serangoon Road

https://www.beechenghiang.com.sg/grillery.html


Mozzarella Katsu (SGD $10)

Meatworks Co

October 12, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Meatworks Co
28 Ross Street
South Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria 3205
Australia


https://www.meatworksco.com/


Meatworks Co Smoked Meat Platter (AUD $95 / SGD $88.50)

Dead Man Espresso

October 09, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Dead Man Espresso
35 Market Street
South Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria 3205
Australia


https://www.deadmanespresso.com/


The Reuben Sandwich (AUD $19.50 / SGD $18.30)

A Hereford Beefstouw

October 07, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

A Hereford Beefstouw
22 Duckboard Place
City Centre
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia


https://beefstouw.com/restaurants/melbourne-australien


Beef T-Bone Steak, 300 Days Grain-Fed (AUD $62 / SGD $57.80)

Hills BBQ Noodle Shop

October 05, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Hills BBQ Noodle Shop
586 Station Street
Box Hill
Melbourne
Victoria 3182
Australia


https://www.zomato.com/melbourne/hills-bbq-noodle-shop-box-hill


Ginger & Spring Onion Crab Noodles (AUD $104 / SGD $97.20)

Pink Flake

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Pink Flake
92A Acland Street
St Kilda
Melbourne
Victoria 3182
Australia


https://pinkflakefishnchips.com.au/


Meal Flat Lay

Round Bird Can't Fly

October 02, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Round Bird Can't Fly
170 Main Street
Lilydale
Yarra Ranges
Victoria 3140
Australia


https://roundbird.com.au/


Pumpkin Gnocchi, Zucchini, House Smoked Salmon (AUD $26 / SGD $24.30)

Top Paddock

September 27, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Top Paddock
658 Church Street
Richmond
Melbourne
Victoria 3121
Australia


https://toppaddockcafe.com/


Blueberry Ricotta Hotcakes (AUD $23 / SGD $21.80)

Bratwurst Shop & Co

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Bratwurst Shop & Co
Stall 99 - 100, Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth Street
City Centre
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia


https://www.bratwurstshop.com/


Spicy Bratwurst In Bread Roll, Sauerkraut, Dijon Mustard (AUD $7.80 / SGD $7.30)

Pure Pie

September 23, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Pure Pie
383 Bay Street
Port Melbourne
Melbourne
Victoria 3207
Australia

727 Collins Street
Docklands
Melbourne
Victoria 3008
Australia


https://www.purepie.com.au/


Pure Pie Facade
Pure Pie Facade

8bit

September 21, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

8bit
8 Droop Street
Footscray
Melbourne
Victoria 3011
Australia

231 Swanston Street
Central Business District
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia


http://www.eat8bit.com.au/


Burger Meal
Burger Meal

Melbourne Street Food - Part 2

September 18, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Melbourne Street Food - Part 2


More Melbourne Street Food that I've tried during other visits to Melbourne, Australia, continuing from Part 1.

Blueberry Ricotta Hotcakes

Mantra Southbank

September 15, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Mantra Southbank
31 City Road
Southbank
Melbourne
Victoria 3006
Australia


https://www.mantra.com.au/victoria/melbourne-and-surrounds/melbourne/accommodation/hotels/mantra-southbank/


Convenient & Quaint Hotel With Rough Edges

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Visited: Sep-2019
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Budget about AUD $830 / SGD $775 per person.
- $725 Accomodation 4D3N
- $50 Room Service


Nearby Attractions: Flinders Street Railway Station, Federation Square, Melbourne Museum, Shrine Of Remembrance, Eureka Tower, Yarra Bend Park, Docklands, Queen Victoria Market, Immigration Museum, Police Museum, Old Melbourne Gaol, Royal Exhibition Building And Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Zoo, Luna Park, St Kilda Pier, Royal Botanic Gardens, Woodlands Historic Park, Brighton Beach, Koorie Heritage Trust, Hosier Lane


Hotel Facilities: Business Centre, Paid Wi-Fi, 1 Restaurant (Spire Restaurant & Bar), Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, 1 Lounge (Lobby Lounge), Spa, Cable TV, Partial Equipped Kitchenette, Self-Service Laundry Washer & Dryer, Meeting Rooms, Tour Arrangements Service, On-Site Parking, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Work Out, Internet Surfing, Swimming, Tours, Meetings, Spa


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Introduction
Located about 40 minutes drive away from the Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia, the Mantra Southbank is a modern 4-star hotel whose main selling point is its convenient location. Just minutes walk away from the Central Business District (CBD), the Southbank area, and numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment options, the Mantra Southbank is well positioned. As a hotel on its own merits, it's decently comfortable.



Ambience
Ambience at Mantra Southbank has a quiet refinement. The warm lighting and dark panelled walls, along with contrasts of deep coloured cushioned furnishings (yellow, purple, white, black, wood) in the Lobby Lounge, all lend a premium, sophisticated feel. This contrasts starkly with the simple, plain narrow corridors (white, grey) with bright motion-sensor fluorescent lights. The place has a unique triangular architecture, and the sharp edges of the building are cleverly designed as balconies.



Room
Rooms at Mantra Southbank are spacious, and comfortable. I stayed at the one-bedroom spa apartment, which featured a nice size bathroom with a combination shower and jacuzzi spa. The bedroom is comfortable with a large king size bed, but the wardrobe was small, a larger clothing space would be better. The kitchenette is, oddly enough, partially equipped - they provide utensils, cooking wares, an oven, and a stove, but you'll have to purchase all seasonings and condiments. The living room has a nice-sized smart television, small working desk, and comfortable sofa. They provided an in-room washer and dryer for self-service laundry, but my washer was slightly faulty, and couldn't drain all the water - I ended up having to hand rinse my clothes again. Another quibble; the room isn't properly soundproofed, and you can hear conversations along the corridors.



Food
Food at Mantra Southbank is provided by the Spire Restaurant & Bar. As far as restaurants go, the standards are underwhelming, with a limited menu that is executed to a passable, edible standard, but you'll find better almost anywhere else. The complimentary breakfast is small but sufficient, but I find it odd that coffee and tea is separately chargeable, and not included as part of the buffet (juice is included). They seem rather popular as a cocktail bar though, as nearby office workers come over for drinks in the evenings.



Service
Service at Mantra Southbank is friendly, professional, and polite; good but not great. While I appreciate the happy interactions and engagement by staff, they aren't particularly meticulous, and paying more attention to details would help. For example, the entire duration of my stay, the kitchenette only had spoons and knifes, they gave me 0 forks. To be fair, I only noticed this mid-way through my stay, and resorted to eating noodles using a spoon, but housekeeping should have checked earlier. Similarly, the faulty washer should have been maintained / repaired. In the restaurant, staff sometimes clear up at a leisurely place, so new guests have limited clean tables to dine at. On an occasion, they put cups with half-drunk beverages into the dishwasher. I appreciate the helpfulness, but some attention to detail would be good.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Mantra Southbank are basic and functional. The best facility is the well-equipped gymnasium, with a good variety of workout equipment. The indoor swiming pool is functional and nicely heated, and offers some view outside. There aren't many meeting rooms here, and these only hold groups of up to 25 or so. Beyond these, Mantra Southbank is so conveniently located, it's easy to walk or tram or bus around town.



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Mantra Southbank 01 - Exterior Facade

Mantra Southbank 02 - Bedroom

Mantra Southbank 03 - Bathroom

Mantra Southbank 04 - Kitchenette

Mantra Southbank 05 - Living Room

Mantra Southbank 06 - Self-Service Laundry Washer & Dryer

Mantra Southbank 07 - Gymnasium

Mantra Southbank 08 - Swimming Pool

Mantra Southbank 09 - Spire Restaurant & Bar

Mantra Southbank 10 - Lobby Lounge


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The Sampan

September 12, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Sampan
63 Boat Quay

https://www.thesampan.sg/

We visited as regular paying customers, and paid the full standard prices for our meal here. However, they discovered who we were, and rolled out the special treatment, even though we insisted they treat us like any other customer. We still received several complimentary dishes and off-menu dishes.


Beef Cheek Rendang (SGD $26)

Carrot Cubes

September 09, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Carrot Cubes
339 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 #01-1601

https://www.facebook.com/carrotcubes/


Carrot Cake Hottie (SGD $4)

Sumire Yakitori House

September 03, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Sumire Yakitori House
80 Middle Road
#01-89 Bugis Junction


https://www.sumire.com.sg/


Sumire Yakitori Platter 12 Skewers, Salt & Tare Sauce Mix (SGD $29.80)

Karaoke Times

September 02, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Karaoke Times
180 Kitchener Road
#05-06 City Square Mall


Daily: 12pm - 1am


https://www.karaoketimes.sg/


Karaoke Times Signage
Karaoke Times Signage

51 Soho Tasting Session

August 29, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

51 Soho Tasting Session
51 Telok Ayer Street #01-01

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am - 11pm



https://www.facebook.com/51soho/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Purple Taste, msginginly, and Her Pen And Fork.



Beef Bone Marrow, Pickled Shallots, Capers, Herbs, Toast (SGD $12)

The Kins’ Specialty Coffee

August 25, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Kins’ Specialty Coffee
2 Jalan Mat Jambol #01-08

https://www.facebook.com/thekinscafe/


High Tea
High Tea

Tour East Singapore

August 22, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Tour East Singapore
1 Magazine Road
#07-05 Central Mall

392 Havelock Road
Level 3, Grand Copthorne Waterfront


https://www.toureast.net/destinations/tour-east-singapore

This was an invited sponsored media review. I did not pay for anything during the free hosted tour.


Domes Of Light
Domes Of Light

Grissini

August 18, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Grissini
392 Havelock Road
Level 1 Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel


https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/grand-copthorne-waterfront/grissini/


Josper Grilled Octopus (SGD $42)

Grand Copthorne Waterfront

August 17, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Grand Copthorne Waterfront
392 Havelock Road

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/grand-copthorne-waterfront/

This was an invited sponsored media review. I did not pay for anything during the free hosted stay-cation.


Refined Business Hotel For The Discerning Business Traveller

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Visited: Aug-2019
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 7
Value for Money: 7
Budget about SGD $1010 per person.
- $1010 Accomodation 3D2N
- $0 Room Service


Hotel Facilities: Business Centre, Free Wi-Fi, 2 Restaurants (Food Capital, Grissini), Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, 2 Lounges (Self-Serviced Apartment Lounge, Executive Club Lounge), 1 Bar (Tempo), Cable TV, Shuttle Service, Laundry Service, Self-Service Laundromat, Convention Centre, Meeting Rooms, Complimentary Phone During Stay, Tour Arrangements Service, On-Site Parking, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Work Out, Internet Surfing, Swimming, Tours, Tennis, Meetings, Conferences, Organised Activities


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Introduction
Located about 30 minutes drive away from the Changi international airport in Singapore, the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel is a classic, 5-star business hotel. Best described as 'aging gracefully', the dated but classic look of the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel still manages to evoke a sophisticated and elegant air. While primarily catering to business travelers, and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) events, the place is also suitable for families, as they offer a range of activities.



Ambience
Ambience at Grand Copthorne Waterfront is classic but dated, yet still retains an elegant sophistication. Marble surfaces and a high ceiling lend the lobby a premium, luxurious feel. The hotel is clean, without the usual wear-and-tear or odours in other places that are dated, a plus point for them. The whole hotel, along with the accompanying convention centre, is huge. The executive lounge on the 29th floor offers a fantastic view of the Singapore River and surrounding Robertson Quay area, and is decently comfortable.



Room
Rooms at Grand Copthorne Waterfront are clean, spacious, and comfortable. I stayed at the Club Deluxe room, which offered a city view, and was equipped with both a shower and bathtub. There's even a comfortable lounging sofa for relaxing. The in-room wifi connectivity is fast and stable, although I felt the sturdy working desk was a little small. I also wish power points were more accessible. They have decent in-room amenities, which are restocked daily.



Food
Food at Grand Copthorne Waterfront is mostly provided by the all-day buffet dining restaurant, Food Capital. Here, they offer a small range of American, British, Chinese, Indian, and Singaporean cuisine. Dishes are generally well executed and decently tasty, and multiple visits show they can consistently achieve this standard. Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel also boasts one of the best Italian restaurants around; Grissini. Here, you get authentic Italian cuisine which is both delicious and reasonably affordable.



Service
Service at Grand Copthorne Waterfront is good most of the time. Staff accord you personalised attention, but this also means increased waiting times to be served. They're polite and professional, and display generally sound knowledge of the hotel, its facilities, and the surrounding area. There are a couple of hiccups, for example, my card was charged incorrectly by a juinor staff, who insisted that he was correct. I had to track down a senior staff to assist, who promptly and quickly resolved the situation, which I'm thankful for.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Grand Copthorne Waterfront have more variety than elsewhere. As a start, fitness enthusiasts can look forward to a well-equipped gym, which boasts more than the usual range of workout equipment for a hotel. There's even a nice-sized swimming pool, and 2 tennis courts outdoors. They're also known for their large convention centre which offers over 22 rooms that can accomodate groups of 8 - 1000 people. The Tour East (on the 3rd floor) office conducts organised tours around Singapore. Special in-house activities are held the first weekend of each month, such as baking or arts & crafts.



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Grand Copthorne Waterfront 01 - Exterior Facade

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 02 - Bedroom

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 03 - Bathroom

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 04 - Living Room

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 05 - Working Desk

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 06 - Gymnasium

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 07 - Fitness Area

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 08 - Tennis Court

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 09 - Swimming Pool

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 10 - Self-Serviced Apartment Lounge

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 11 - Executive Club Lounge

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 12 - Self-Service Laundromat

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 13 - Meeting Room

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 14 - Food Capital

Grand Copthorne Waterfront 15 - Buffet Area


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