Beast & Butterflies Tasting Session 2019

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Beast & Butterflies Tasting Session 2019
90 Robertson Quay
#01-00 M Social Singapore Hotel


Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch), 5pm - 10:30pm (Dinner)



https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/m-social-singapore/beast-and-butterflies/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from Geeky Elephant, Purple Taste, Hazel Diary, Darren Bloggie, Where To Eat Singapore, and Ms Hannah Chia.



Fillet Mignon With Foie Gras

Prima Tower

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Prima Tower
201 Keppel Road

http://primatower.com.sg/home/


Dim Sum Flat Lay
Dim Sum Flat Lay

TEN Sushi Tasting Session

December 10, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

TEN Sushi Tasting Session
60 Robertson Quay #01-09

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5pm - 3am



https://www.facebook.com/TENbyMarusaya/

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, Emily.EatingThyme, Darren Bloggie, and Food Gem.



Assorted Sashimi Deluxe (SGD $58)

Zi Char - Gu Ma Jia

December 08, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Zi Char - Gu Ma Jia
45 Tai Thong Crescent

https://gumajia.com.sg/


Butter & Salted Egg Yolk Crab (SGD $7.50 per 100g, $56.25 per 750g)

The Gong By Drinks & Co. Tasting Session

December 03, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Gong By Drinks & Co. Tasting Session
7 Fraser Street
#01-59 Duo Galleria


Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11:59pm



https://www.facebook.com/thegongdnc/

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



Barbecue Smoked Duck Breast (SGD $21 / $24)

Mischief Tasting Session

December 01, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Mischief Tasting Session
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-10 Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay


Opening Hours:
Daily: 5pm - 1am



https://mischief.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Emily.EatingThyme, Yong Kai, Sq Top, Mission SG Cafes, Purple Taste, msginginly, Epicurious Caniggia, With Rachelle, and Her Pen And Fork.



Food Line-Up
Food Line-Up

Tsui Wah

November 28, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Tsui Wah
260 Orchard Road
#02-02 The Heeren

3 River Valley Road
#01-03 Block A, Clarke Quay


https://www.facebook.com/TsuiwahSingapore/


Hong Kong High Tea
Hong Kong High Tea

Grain Catering

November 25, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Grain Catering
Online Website Store

5 Burn Road


https://grain.com.sg/


Mixed Berry Spinach Salad With Roasted Sesame Yuzu Dressing

The Bravery Cafe

November 22, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Bravery Cafe
66 Horne Road

https://www.facebook.com/thebraverycafe/


Bagel Set With Avocado (SGD $17)

Black Fairy Coffee

November 19, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Black Fairy Coffee
131 Tyrwhitt Road

https://www.blackfairycoffee.com/


Meal Brunch
Meal Brunch

Roots Mediterranean Tasting Session

November 17, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Roots Mediterranean Tasting Session
2 Greenwood Avenue

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11pm



https://www.facebook.com/RootsSingapore/

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, Purple Taste, Eat Dream Love, Wish Upon A Tart, and The Arctic Star.



Gratinated Mussels (SGD $18)

Burger & Lobster

November 15, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Burger & Lobster
78 Airport Boulevard
#05-203 Jewel Changi Airport

1 Beach Road
#01-25 Raffles Hotel


https://www.burgerandlobster.com/


Original Lobster Roll (SGD $40)

Kai Duck Tasting Session

November 10, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Kai Duck Tasting Session
391 Orchard Road
#05-10 Ngee Ann City


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 4:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm,
Sat - Sun: 10am - 4:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm



https://www.kaiduck.com.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from Chubby Botak Koala, Purple Taste, msginginly, Epicurious Caniggia, Her Pen And Fork, and Little Tiny Sun.



Poached Patin Fish Soup With Chinese Wine (SGD $38)

Izy Fook / Izy Dining & Bar

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Izy Fook / Izy Dining & Bar
27 Club Street

https://www.facebook.com/IzySingapore/


Izy House Salad (SGD $12)

Shou La Shou / Hand In Hand

November 04, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Shou La Shou / Hand In Hand
141 Jalan Besar

https://handinhandfood.com/


Xiao Long Bao / Shanghai Pork Dumplings (SGD $5.80 / $8)

Akimitsu

November 02, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Akimitsu
68 Orchard Road
#04-65 Plaza Singapura

83 Punggol Central
#01-65 Waterway Point

3 Gateway Drive
#03-09 Westgate

53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
#B1-22 AMK Hub

930 Yishun Avenue 2
#02-28 Northpoint City

1 Harbourfront Walk
#01-54 VivoCity

5 Changi Business Park Central 1
#B1-33 Changi City Point


https://www.facebook.com/akimitsu.sg/


Mega Don With 16-Grain Rice
Mega Don With 16-Grain Rice (SGD $18.90)

Nimble/Knead

October 30, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Nimble/Knead
66 Eng Watt Street

http://www.nimbleknead.com/


Nimble Knead Facade
Nimble Knead Facade

Five Izakaya Bar

October 28, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Five Izakaya Bar
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
#01-67 Changi City Point

16 Collyer Quay #01-05B

25 Cuppage Road

1 Pickering Street
#01-03 Great Eastern Centre


https://www.fivebar.sg/


Kushiyaki Platter (SGD $24)

Deepavali 2019

October 27, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Deepavali 2019

Deepavali 2019

Supply & Demand Tasting Session

October 26, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Supply & Demand Tasting Session
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-13 Esplanade Colours By The Bay

277 Orchard Road
#02-13 Orchard Gateway


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10:30pm,
Sat - Sun: 12pm - 10:30pm



https://www.supplyanddemand.com.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during prior and subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from Chubby Botak Koala, Purple Taste, msginginly, Epicurious Caniggia, and Her Pen And Fork.



Meal Flat Lay
Meal Flat Lay

Famous Treasure Tasting Session

October 22, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Famous Treasure Tasting Session
13 Stamford Road
#02-28 Capitol Piazza


Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30am - 3pm, 6pm - 10:30pm



http://www.thefamoustreasure.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, Eat Dream Love, and MsJaniceEats.



Deep-Fried Pork Belly With Fermented Beancurd (SGD $20 / $30 / $40)

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

October 04, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

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

September 25, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

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)