Halia’s 4 course set Dinner for Mummy dearest

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Last week, Daddy was invited to a food tasting session at Halia (Botanic Gardens).
Halia is Malay for ginger (teh-Halia got it?), and that could explain why our cuisines and even mocktail always carry a tinge of ginger.

We start with a refreshing Halia Jive. This is Halia’ signature mocktail.
Ice blended fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange, honey ($12)

Halia is surrounded by lush greenery, offering secluded intimacy to it’s diners.
(photo credit to Halia)

In the evening, Halia is lighted by natural lighting and candles, it will be an experience to go alfresco with friends or family. We definitely love Halia’s landscaping setup, very condusive for chit chats, over sumptuous fine dining !

This Mother’s day weekend from 11-13 May, Halia has something in store to pamper our Mummies. A special four course dinner awaits her.

Halia’s 4-course Mother’s Day set dinner is priced at $140++ per person with the beef main course, and $150++ per person with the seabass main course. This menu is also available as ala carte instead of a set.

Home made bread, so appetizing! This humble bread set expectations high among the parents.

#01 – Starter – Capsicum veloute with pan-seared lobster and truffle oil

The Capsicum veloute is actually made from bell peppers, but Daddy thought the lobster broth is mildly sweet but thick with lobster essence. Daddy is tempted to use his bread as dip.

#02 – Entrée – Tian of crab in garlic aioli, egg white, beetroot petal and chive with mille feuille of buttered brioche and passionfruit puree

Crab is filled with different sauces, it oozes different textures in our mouths. Delicious.

Look at Halia’s professional photos. Our dining experience is greatly enhanced by artistic decorations and layout.

(photo credit to Halia)

#03 – Main Course – Char-grilled Rangers Valley beef tenderloin with puree of butternut squash, cranberry beef jus, soft herb salad in green lime vinaigrette and edible flowers (photo credit to Halia)

Or Pan-fried line-caught sea bass fillet with yuzu orange reduction, siphon of truffle mash potato and lait de soja

Daddy chose the sea bass. It was crispy outside, sweet freshness inside ! We finished every morsel, leaving no scraps behind ! When fish is this good, you do not even need condiment to enhance the flavour.

The mash potato was too soft and spongy for Daddy, but if you love mousse, you will love chef’s potato creation.

#4 – Milk chocolate bar, orange caramel ice cream, blood orange gelee

Halia wrap up Mummy’s dinner with cool desserts. We order Milk chocolate bar, and it was heavenly to scoop up every drop of ice cream.

Another dessert would be Strawberry gazpacho, cocoa streusel, basil sorbet, black peppercorn snap.

In between our servings, we catch up on family stories and jokes.
We can watch the chefs at work through Halia’s open kitchen concept.

We got to sample Mother’s Day Weekend Brunch too. Available from 12 & 13 May, from 10am-4pm. Look at what Halia is offering to titillate our taste buds.

For oyster lovers, half dozen seasonal baked oysters for ($30)
They come in different flavourings, spicy, sweet, onion.

Parmesan and basil fregola, tempura of green asparagus and baby nasu, vine-ripened tomato and morel emulsion ($34)

This is actually a sort of pasta made from small beads.

Granny Smith apple salad, grape, yuzu walnut, raisin, parmesan & candied orange twist in honey mustard dressing ($20).

Poached eggs on brioche, dill hollandaise, roasted brown mushroom, spinach & tomato with crisp back bacon ($25).

Daddy can order this for breakfast everyday, love the crispy bacon with molten egg !

The ladies ordered ginger tea to end their evening. The warm beverage helps with digestion and was soothing. Daddy should know better than to order black coffee duh.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks Halia and FoodNews’ Leroy for hosting us. Leroy’s rich food vocabulary and descriptives meant we parent-bloggers only need to concentrate on taking photos and enjoying ourselves. You need to know a bit of French to pronounce all the dishes, Bon appetit !

Do pop by for more foodies photos at our Fanpage.

If you are looking for a venue to make Mummy happy or an intimate corner with your spouse, try Halia at Botanic Gardens.

The Halia is located at 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569. For reservations, please call 8444 1148 or email alicetang@halia.com.sg

Crowne Plaza Easter brunch invitation

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Last week, we were invited to sample Crowne Plaza‘s Easter brunch at Azur restaurant. Everytime we pass by Crowne Plaza, we will mention to the kids that it is the nearest hotel to Changi airport.

Above photo, besides the Easter eggs (both hidden and those in the menu), free flow of balloons 🙂

Besides the impressive see-through facade exterior, Crowne Plaza’s interior has a lot of natural sunlight flowing in through their glass panels. Kids love the see through rooftop !

The award winning Azur restaurant serves both Western and Eastern cuisines. Kids love the open-style concept kitchen.

Daddy suspects they kept returning to the dessert section !

Bird’s egg, this is also consider Easter egg right.. Yummy.

Great variety of Seafood delights !

We lost count of how many Cheese cakes our four little mice consumed …

When kids are happy, parents are happy. The menu at Azur will ensure your kids are well fed.

We hop over the Bar’75 to continue our Easter programme, but alas, we miss it due to our late appointment. The other kids were fabulous hunters !

Our friendly makeup artists dress our kids up as little Bunnies 🙂

Who need Tiger and Heineken to make Merry, when we have eggs, makeups and tattoos ! Someone (hint the-one-who-is-not-tall-enough) attempted billiard too !

Meanwhile, Carrie kept Boon Xin busy, or is it the other way round?

Wei and Yi showing off their tattoos, what will discipline master do when he spot Wei’s forearm ang(1)kong(1) (painted pieces). The kids kept showing off their insect imprints to each other.

For those planning a staycation at Crowne Plaza hotel, Daddy is sure your kids will find the pool refreshing. Kids can swim in the maze like “boxes”, and hey, you might even spot aeroplanes over the horizon !

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks Crowne Plaza Hotel for extending the brunch invite to Sengkang Babies, although we came late, we enjoyed ourselves 🙂

You can pop by Azur website for brunch menu and pricing.
Do pop by our Fanpage album for more photos.
– We apologised for the lack of food photos, as we were busy serving our hungry kids, but do hop over to Klessis and Isaiah‘s epic food portions ( salivate !)

Photo credits – from Crowne Plaza Hotel


Tip Top Curry Puff

Tip Top Curry Puff has been around that corner at Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, like forever.

Even with the price increase over the years, Daddy still patronise the stall. Blame it on Daddy’s grandma, who got us hooked since young. And it is hard to find a replacement for your childhood nourishment.

Now our kids love to tear the crispy crust piece by piece, before consuming the ingredients. You can call Daddy a sucker for curry puff. After all, $1.30 is expensive for floor+curry+egg 🙂

In case you are nearby, do drop by and savour 🙂
–> Blk 722, Ang Mo Kio Ave 8

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