Ambassador Highlights #11 – High Tea, Custom Tendon, DIY Perfume & More!
The month of June is done and dusted!
At DiscoverSG, we love looking back on and celebrating all the exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on in the month.
This month’s highlights include plenty of electrifying events and scrummy eats!
If boutique tea houses are your thing, you’ll love this dainty yet unique one.
Arteastiq is a teahouse/restaurant/art jam studio tucked away in Mandarin Gallery.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVY3yIxDyvO/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
Our ambassadors Cheryl, Diana ,Nicholas, Rachael, Vanessa were treated to a luxurious high tea experience there!
That means a full fancy 3-course meal (normally $48) prepared just for us![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcGV7PFEhU/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
The brunch menu consists of hearty and healthy dishes, while the dinner menu features creative Asian fusion dishes.
For appetisers, the ambassadors had the signature pan seared duck foie gras.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcLYc0gy7z/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
Next up was the Herb-Crusted Codfish served on a bed of mash potatoes, asparagus, scallops and balsamic reduction sauce – a dish that was crunchy on the surface, while tender underneath.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BU3Fa6xBsbi/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Other must tries are the Australian Wagyu ribeye with sweet potato fries, and mango strudel that has actual popping candy in it.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWFExmXhO6d/?taken-by=vaneszs.h[/embed]
To complete our meal was an exclusive range of teas, brewed pot by pot on the spot with the finest tea leaves and herbs. (Psst! They even have alcoholic ones!)
Address: Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6235 8370
Whether or not you got the chance to go to Ultra Singapore, it’s hard to miss the hype that took over all our social media platforms.
We sent a whole bunch of our ambassadors down to join in the fun at the hottest party this year![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVZOTtkAu_o/?taken-by=claregwendolyn[/embed]
Just like last year, the 2-day electronic dance music festival in Singapore was ultra wet, ultra muddy, and ultra amazing![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVWwn1BBPF6/?taken-by=dtynx[/embed]
We partied the day and night away to music by headlining DJs, including Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Dash Berlin, Steve Angello, Tiësto, and Don Diablo.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVSMesTDQka/?taken-by=gracekowie[/embed]
Other famous names include Dubfire, Martin Solveig, Nic Fanciulli, Sasha & John Digweed and Showtek.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVUKSfegYXu/?taken-by=isapiaoz[/embed]
Not to forgot our local acts on the Live stage: homeboy ShiGGa Shay, DJ Duo Rave Republic, and singer-songwriter Jasmine Sokko.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVRo6nFnIgL/?taken-by=siowjiamin[/embed]
With stunning lights, visuals, sound and special effects, it was easy to stay upbeat and pumped even through the rain.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVKW19whTl_/?taken-by=victoinette[/embed]
You know a party is ultra good when it’s hard to go for one set and not have #FOMO from passing up on the others; that’s exactly how we felt about Ultra Singapore’s crazy line-up this year!
3. Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ
Can’t decide between steamboat and BBQ?
You don’t have to at Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ, where they let you cook your food both ways at the same table.[caption id="attachment_28052" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Image Credit: Choose from 5 types of soups: Ma La, Tom Yam, Chicken, Double Boiled Herbal & Tomato, to cook them all in. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVmWW8_ANco/?taken-by=chel.sea.ang[/embed]
We sent our hungry ambassadors Chelsea and Nicholas down for a hearty meal.
They especially loved – and couldn’t stop eating – the prawns that were super fresh and sweet![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV_VUEHArQc/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
They went for the specialty Ma La broth that added a zing to all the ingredients – perfect for lovers of spicy food.
Why not have your next family dinner here? Its unique steamboat in a crystal pot and smokeless BBQ will not disappoint!
Hao Lai Wu Steamboat and BBQ
Address: 8 Sago Street, Singapore 059012
Open: Daily, 11am – 3am
4. Oo La Lab
“Fragrance is a powerful personal ritual… It is the right to see and to be seen in ways that are not made from words.”
If that speaks to you, or if you’re just a sucker for nice-smelling things, you’ll love Oo La Lab’s sensorial workshop session![caption id="attachment_28047" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: This craft fragrance lab lets you select from the finest raw ingredients to build your very own fragrance.
The perfume ingredients you pick are mixed on site and hand-poured to order.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVt4uXqACEX/?taken-by=chel.sea.ang[/embed]
Our ambassadors Chelsea and Cheryl headed down for a whiff, and got the chance to mix their own perfect scent!
They had a lot of fun reliving their days of mixing chemicals in science class, and were extremely satisfied with their final product![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BVt6heyjJoT/?taken-by=cherzinga[/embed]
Whether you like floral, oriental or sporty scents, Oo La’s mixologists will guide you on how to achieve the perfect mix!
Or you could just go ham and create your own crazy scent that’s sure to be a conversation starter!
Oo La Lab Calling all tempura fans! Kogane Yama is the newest Japanese restaurant in town specializing in premium tendon bowls. Here, you get to choose your tendon toppings, base and spiciness level for a fully customisable tendon, just for you. The 4 flavours are Mixed Bowl ($15.80), Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80) and Vegetable Bowl ($11.80). Our ambassador Rachael headed there for a taste. She tried the Mixed Bowl, which had everything she could’ve asked for. She really loved the prawn tempura, chicken tempura and the green pepper, which were all so juicy under the crisp tempura crust!
Address: Commune Home, 02-51/52/53 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, 039596
Contact no.: 6338 3823
Calling all tempura fans!
Kogane Yama is the newest Japanese restaurant in town specializing in premium tendon bowls.[caption id="attachment_28164" align="alignnone" width="1023"] Kogane Yama[/caption]
Here, you get to choose your tendon toppings, base and spiciness level for a fully customisable tendon, just for you.
The 4 flavours are Mixed Bowl ($15.80), Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80) and Vegetable Bowl ($11.80).[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV35F5JhTKd/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Our ambassador Rachael headed there for a taste.
She tried the Mixed Bowl, which had everything she could’ve asked for. She really loved the prawn tempura, chicken tempura and the green pepper, which were all so juicy under the crisp tempura crust![caption id="attachment_28049" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: Fussy about what goes into your tendon? Now, you can have it just the way you like!
Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-50 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Open: Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
6. Ô Batignolles
Ô Batignolles is an open-air concept wine bar that serves up food and wine with authentic French flavours.[caption id="attachment_28051" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: It pays tribute to a stellar range of wines, curated from small batch independent and passionate winemakers throughout France.
The elegant and chic bar also offers a large selection of quality air-flown cheese, and iconic French fare.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWIED1-A53-/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
Our ambassadors Nicholas and Rachael went down for a relaxing afternoon meal.
They discovered that Ô Batignolles had just added a new French Tapas selection to their menu – a new way to enjoy and share their signature French dishes, appetizer-style.[caption id="attachment_28050" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: They’ve also revamped their popular weekend brunch, which now includes free-flow croissants!
That sure sounds like something we’d get out of bed for!
Address: 2 Gemmill Lane 069247 Singapore
Contact no.: 6438 3913
7. The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
Love a relaxing view of the sea while you eat?
The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar is a seafront bistro located at RSYC, Asia’s oldest yacht club.[caption id="attachment_28166" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Image Credit: This seafront bistro offers a selection of modern European cuisine with an Asian touch.
Their Signature bar lets you sip away on cocktails while watching the sun set in the horizon.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BV4YFWtB2nl/?taken-by=piinkmasquerade[/embed]
Our ambassadors Nicholas and Stephanie got to chill out at this lovely little bar and bistro.
They were spoiled for choice – the newly revamped menu included a more comprehensive selection of yummy mains.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BWPqghlgYuQ/?taken-by=nicholaslgl[/embed]
The beautifully plated dishes also made the whole meal experience a feast for the eyes as much as it was for the belly.
The bar will also be updating their drinks menu really soon, in particular to lower prices.
So come and grab a drink with your friends and family! Here, you won’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket!
The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
Address: Level 2, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, 52 W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126887
Contact no.: 6768 9443
If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and want to introduce products or services both old and new to more Singaporeans, drop us an email at [email protected] We would love to work with you!
We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on a mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore. If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, drop us an email at [email protected]
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At This New Tempura Restaurant, Building Your Own Tendon Bowl Is As Easy As Ebi-C
Love tempura bowls but cannot bear the long queues at certain eateries?
Here to feed your love of tempura – minus the crazy waiting time – is Kogane Yama!
Kogana Yama is the brainchild of the folks behind the popular Korean fried chicken chain, Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, as well as Korean meat stew eatery, Masizzim. This 44-seater eatery pays homage to the humble yet satisfying tendon bowl.
Loosely translated to mean “Golden Mountain”, you can expect a lavish mountain of mouth-watering tempura pieces fried to golden-brown perfection.[caption id="attachment_27474" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Tempura pieces that are fried to a crispy golden brown – perfection![/caption]
What sets this new kid on the block apart from others like it is that it gives you the option to customise your very own tendon bowl!
Tendon Bowls The Way You Like Them
Start your journey into tendon heaven by picking your preferred bowl. Although there are only four options available, be warned that you will need to do some serious decision-making![caption id="attachment_27475" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Be spoiled for choice with four different types of tendon bowls[/caption]
Chicken Bowl ($13.80) – Love chicken? If so, this tendon bowl is the one for you! It comes with not one, but TWO tender fillets battered and fried to perfection, paired with vegetable tempura that includes shiitake mushrooms and carrots.
Prawn Bowl ($13.80) – What is tempura without seafood? The generous pieces of juicy prawn tempura accompanied by vegetable tempura will certainly leave you craving for more. That said, the star of this tendon bowl is indisputably the prawn head tempura!
Vegetable Bowl ($11.80) – Loaded with an assortment of perfectly battered veggies, veggie lovers, this is the bowl for you! It includes long beans, carrot, sweet potato, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, and more.
Mixed Bowl ($15.80) – For those who absolutely must have EVERYTHING in their tendon bowl, this is the obvious choice! It features crispy tempura prawns (prawn heads included), chicken fillet, and an assortment of vegetables. In this bowl, the mountain of tempura pieces is topped with a dollop of ebiko (prawn roe).[caption id="attachment_27476" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Try having the unique, thin Udon as your base[/caption]
Thereafter, you can choose to have your tempura with one of three types of bases: Japanese short-grain rice, Soba, or thin Udon. Both the Soba and Udon are steeped in a clear and fragrant dashi broth, and will cost you will cost you $1 more.[caption id="attachment_27477" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Alternatively, opt for the classic Zaru Soba[/caption]
Finally, complete your tendon bowl by choosing one of four levels of spiciness for the tentsuyu sauce – a sweet-savoury homemade blend of garlic, sesame oil, and premium Japanese shoyu.
The non-spicy version is ideal for young kids. However, if you are a true Singaporean who loves all things spicy, choose from the other three levels!
Add The Add-Ons
Indulging in a tendon bowl is simply not enough.
You can complement your delicious tendon bowl with two additional items for just another $2![caption id="attachment_27478" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Complement your meal with additional items![/caption]
Options include Chawanmushi, Miso Soup and Green Tea (free flow).[caption id="attachment_27479" align="aligncenter" width="4032"] Delicious chawanmushi to go with your tendon bowl[/caption]
Cool Off With Matcha[caption id="attachment_27483" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Savour the creamy Matcha Latte with Azuki[/caption]
If the heat from their tentsuyu sauces is too much for you to handle, cool off with their wide selection of ice-cold beverages. These include their signature Matcha Latte concoctions, available in Original ($4.80), Chocolate ($5.80) and Azuki red beans ($6.80).
For something more refreshing to beat the heat in Singapore, go for their Honey Yuja ($5.80) or Honey Ume Soda ($5.80) instead!
Let’s face it – no one can pass up delicious, crispy tempura. If you’re on the hunt for another tendon place to add to your list, Kogane Yama is definitely worth the trip!
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri, Sat: 11am – 11pm
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(Header Image Source: Verine Ling)