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Mandarin Orchard, Singapore

Famed for their long heritage of prestige in services and hospitality, Mandarin Orchard Singapore is definitely the preferred hotel for international travellers. Housed in the city’s most prominent shopping district – Orchard Road and a stone’s throw away from the Orchard and Somerset Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations, you are just a few steps away from some of the best shopping experiences in Singapore!

It is also good to know that Mandarin Orchard Singapore is within close walking proximities to some of the country’s top medical facilities including the Paragon Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Looking for easy methods to explore the city? Fret not. Both Orchard and Somerset MRT stations are only two to three stops away from Dhoby Ghaut and City Hall – the main key interchange stations. You can now travel with ease and convenience.

If you are feeling tired and longing for a good rest after a long day out, Mandarin Orchard Singapore certainly won’t disappoint. Each of the 1, 077 guestrooms and suites are perfect blends of comfort and functionality, allowing guests to unwind and relax in a splendid environment. End the night by enjoying the gorgeous panoramic view of the city skyline from the higher floors.

WiFi is complimentary at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Replying to emails and video-calling your loved ones is now easy and convenient. Aside from that, you also get to enjoy a wide array of services. Fuss free check in/out, restaurant reservations, movies-on-demand, real-time flight status and many other services – all at the touch of a button. No more rushing and not having enough time to run your miscellaneous errands. How amazing is that?

Seeking contemporary business amenities for informal business meetings? Check out the executive club lounge facility – the Meritus Club Lounge at Top of the M. Sitting on levels 38 and 39, club guests can explore and discover the posh and pleasurable experiences of business travel.

Also, with over 25, 000 sq ft of versatile meeting and function spaces, holding a meeting in Mandarin Orchard Singapore is never a problem. Allow your guests to enjoy their meeting in the conducive and cosy state-of-the-art meeting facilities within the hotel.

If you are a workout enthusiast, getting a good workout in is easy with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and two tennis courts – all easily accessible as a hotel guest. A business centre and medical clinic is available as well, to meet your business and personal healthcare needs.

Desiring some retail therapy? They’ve got you! A mall is just a few steps away, right in the hotel premises! Experience a luxurious shopping experience in Mandarin Gallery – an intimate shopping mall comprising 4 storeys of high-end international fashion brands including Bimba Y Lola and Paul Smith.

Are you feeling a little peckish after your shopping spree? A line-up of boutique eateries are available with different cuisines from all over the world, waiting to satisfy your cravings!

If that’s still not enough, take a step right outside Mandarin Orchard Singapore and you will be looking at some of the most prestige and iconic shopping malls in the city – Paragon, Takashimaya and ION Orchard, to name a few.

Look no further if you are planning a trip to our sunny island. Mandarin Orchard Singapore is located in an easily accessible prime location with all the facilities and amenities that you need for both personal and business travels. With their excellence in services and hospitality, you are bound to get a world-class travel experience.


Shisen Hanten, Singapore

With the recent focus on Michelin-starred restaurants and eateries in Singapore, you would not want to miss out on Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro in Mandarin Orchard Singapore. This is one Szechwan restaurant that has recently been awarded two stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide Singapore 2016, the greatest indication of serving quality food a notch above the rest. Whipping up delicious Szechwan fare guaranteed to whet your appetite, Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro has quickly made its mark across our island as the highest Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant.

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro has deep-rooted origins in Japan, being the first Szechwan restaurant that Japan had ever seen back in 1958. It was helmed by Chen Kenmin, who later passed on the baton to his eldest son, Chen Kenichi, to succeed his food business venture.  Today, the success that Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro has enjoyed could very well be down to the foresight of the elder Chen, who took the liberty to branch out the outlet across the whole of Japan and inject new ideas to their menu offerings, gaining a faithful following over the years.

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro is currently under the watchful eye of Chen Kentaro as per the name, also the grandson of the founder Chen Kenmin. He advocates for the use of only the freshest ingredients in preparing his Szechwan cuisine and does not settle for anything less. It is no wonder that the dishes they whip up do not compromise on quality, seeking only to enhance the unique tastes of Shisen Hanten.

The restaurant’s bestselling dish is the ever popular Mapo Doufu, a general must-try in typical Szechwan fare. There, the dish is prepared using a special recipe and method which involves the use of doubanjiang (chilli broad bean paste) that has been fermented for over three years. This unique food production technique results in the softening of tofu that just about melts in your mouth when you eat it. The explosion of flavours when eating it also highlights the quality of food produced in Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro. Other popular dishes include Chen’s Original Spicy Noodle Soup ; Stewed Fish Fillet in Super Spicy Szechwan Pepper Sauce ; and Sautéed Szechwan Chilli Pepper and Chicken .

Although the typical style of Szechwan cooking involves a certain level of spiciness in their foods, this can be customised according to preferences. Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro provides a choice of spiciness levels for their customers to suit all taste buds. Other items available on their menu include an array of bona fide Cantonese dishes aimed to delight your palate.





Sofitel So, Singapore Oct 2014


Housed in colonial building, the 134-room Sofitel So Singapore offers French elegance, chic and luxury.

As soon as one walks though the revolving entrance, one is struck by the dazzling glass light installation hanging over pots of intense purple orchids. One is also struck by the amount of natural light flooding the lobby. Modelesque staff walk around the lobby in Karl Lagereld-designed Chanel uniforms.

After you ride up to the upper floors in the elevators with transparent doors and quilted walls, you will find that the hotel itself is divided into two wings. The So-Hip wing consists of the smaller So Urban rooms. The Heritage wing consists of the larger So Heritage rooms. All So Urban rooms have the ‘The Lion’s Seal’ emblem designed by Karl Lagerfeld on the front door.

As one enters a So Urban room, one is welcomed by the elegant French design walls.

A pop art of Napoleon Bonaparte designed by Isabelle Miaja hangs in each room.

Light boxes inspired by French cupolas hang illuminated three meters above each signature Sofitel MyBed.

Separated from the bedroom by a glass wall is a large, marbled bathroom with separate bathtub and shower stall. Instead of hooks, they have funky wall installations on which you can hang your towels and clothes. Sofitel So has its own signature scent, Urban Forest, formulated and available exclusively to this hotel. Formulated in Grasse, France and evoking the scents of spices, local flowers and topical woods, the shampoo, conditioner and shower gel all contain this signature scent. The hotel has also thoughtfully provided a small vial of Urban Forest eau de parfum. I don’t know how but somehow when I got home, I found the eau de parfum in my suitcase.

In each room is a private bar. There is an Illy coffee machine. The vote, has thoughtfully provided three espresso capsules. Their thoughtfulness extends to provide a selection of complimentary snacks and beverages—- there are health bars, M&Ms, salty snacks, spicy snacks, soft drinks and beer. There are also bottles of wine in the bar but these are chargeable.

Sofitel So understands the need to stay connected, so the hotel has generously provided complimentary wifi. On top of that, they have provided unlimited complimentary landline calls (only to landline numbers). You can make your calls through the Apple phone they have provided. To access control of the curtains, alarm clock and lighting moods, you can do so on the iPad provided beside your bed. This is probably the most technologically advanced hotel I have been in.

Other benefits of this luxurious room:

  • Daily international and local newspapers upon request.
  • So stylish in-room magazines
  • So Singapore Wine and Dine welcome amenities
  • Daily breakfast inclusive of French champagne.
  • Daily Wine and Dine S$30 credit valid at Xperience Restaurant and Bar.

  • Complimentary laundry, dry cleaning or pressing service for 2 garments per day.

Should you feel restless, you can try out the rock-climbing wall in the small gym.

Alternatively, you may want to take dip in the gold-tiled rooftop swimming pool and admire the surrounding city skyline.

For epicurean pleasures, you may want to savour excellent fusion cuisine at Xperience, helmed by celebrity chef Mrs. Anne-Cecile Degenne.

Located near Raffles Place, in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, the hotel is minutes away from the city’s landmarks.Embrace the cosmopolitan vibe of the island – taste the culinary wonders of Lau Pa Sat and Chinatown, shop at Orchard Road, be part of the nightlife at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, and enjoy the attractions of Marina Bay.

Whether you are traveling for business, leisure, or family fun, timeless French elegance blended with modern Singapore chic at Singapore’s top luxury boutique hotel is always a good choice.


Ospitato in un edificio dallo stile coloniale, il Sofitel So Singapore, dotato di 134 camere, offre al pubblico un’eleganza, un fascino ed un lusso tipicamente francesi.

Entrando dalle porte girevoli si viene immediatamente colpiti dall’abbagliante installazione luminosa in vetro sospesa su vasi di orchidee di un colore viola intenso, per non parlare della quantità di luce naturale che inonda la hall. Il personale, dall’aria glamour, si aggira nell’atrio vestendo uniformi firmate Chanel, disegnate espressamente da Karl Lagerfeld.

Salendo verso i piani più alti attraverso ascensori con porte trasparenti e pareti trapuntate, si può notare come l’hotel si divida in due ale. L’ala denominata So-Hip è caratterizzata da stanze più piccole denominate So Urban, mentre l’ala Heritage è caratterizzata da stanze più ampie chiamate So Heritage. Tutte le stanze So Urban possiedono sulla porta d’ingresso l’emblema del leone marino disegnato da Karl Lagerfeld.

Entrando in una qualsiasi delle stanze So Urban ci si sente i benvenuti tra le pareti dall’elegante design in stile francese e si può apprezzare un quadro pop art ritraente Napoleone Bonaparte disegnato da Isabelle Miaja.

I cubi di luce ispirati a cupole francesi sono installati a tre metri d’altezza sopra ai letti firmati Sofitel MyBed.

Diviso dalla stanza da letto tramite una spessa parete di vetro si trova il bagno di marmo, con vasca da bagno separata e cabina doccia. Al posto di appendiabiti vi sono eccentriche installazioni da parete su cui appendere i propri asciugamani e vestiti. Il Sofitel So possiede la sua personale fragranza per ambienti “Urban Forest” (Foresta Urbana), formulata e disponibile esclusivamente in questo hotel. Formulata a Grasse, in Francia, e attraverso l’utilizzo di       , anche lo shampoo, il balsamo e il gel doccia contengono questa fragranza unica. L’hotel ha anche previdentemente fornito una piccola fiala contenente il profumo Urban Forest. Non so proprio come sia potuto succedere, ma in qualche modo, al mio arrivo a casa, mi sono ritrovato in valigia una fiala di profumo.

In ogni stanza c’è un bar privato fornito di una macchina per caffè Illy, dotata di tre capsule per l’espresso. La loro lungimiranza si estende anche alla dotazione di snack e bevande in omaggio, tra cui barrette dietetiche, M&Ms, snack salati, snack piccanti, bevande analcoliche e birra. Nel bar vi sono inoltre bottiglie di vino, ma in questo caso a pagamento.

Sofitel So comprende il bisogno di rimanere connessi e per questo motivo l’hotel offre un servizio wifi gratuito. Inoltre, permette di effettuare in modo gratuito chiamate illimitate verso numeri fissi, magari tramite il telefono Apple messo a disposizione in stanza. Per accedere al controllo dell’apertura tende, alla sveglia o al controllo dell’illuminazione si può utilizzare l’iPad posizionato di fianco al letto. Questo è probabilmente l’hotel tecnologicamente più avanzato che io abbia mai visitato.

Ulteriori benefici di questo lussuoso tipo di stanza includono:

Quotidiani internazionali e locali giornalmente disponibili su richiesta.

Riviste di moda in stanza.

Servizi di invito a cena come benvenuto da So Singapore.

Colazione giornaliera con champagne francese incluso.

Credito giornaliero di S$30 per la cena, valido nel ristorante Xperience e al bar.

Servizio gratuito di lavanderia e asciugatura o stiratura per 2 capi al giorno.

Nel caso in cui vi sentiste irrequieti, potete provare a scalare la parete d’arrampicata della piccola palestra. In alternativa, potreste volervi immergere nella piscina con il pavimento in piastrelle d’oro del tetto ed ammirare lo skyline dei dintorni della città. Per piaceri epicurei potreste invece voler assaporare l’eccellente cucina fusion presso l’Xperience, ristorante sotto la guida della celebre chef Anne-Cecile Degenne.

Situato nei pressi di Raffles Place, nel cuore del Distretto Commerciale centrale di Singapore, l’hotel si trova a pochi minuti di distanza dai luoghi storici della città. Abbracciate l’atmosfera cosmopolita dell’isola, assaggiate le meraviglie culinarie di Lau Pa Sat e Chinatown, fate shopping a Orchard Road, siate parte della vita notturna di Clarke Quay e Boat Quay e godetevi le attrazioni di Marina Bay.


Alojado en un edificio colonial, la habitación 134 del Sofitel So Singapore ofrece elegancia francesa, belleza y lujo.

Tan pronto como uno pasa a través de la puerta giratoria, se siente prendado por una deslumbrante instalación luminosa de cristal que flota sobre tiestos de orquídeas de intenso púrpura. También llama la atención la cantidad de luz natural que inunda el vestíbulo. El personal de Modelesque va por el vestíbulo en uniformes de Chanel diseñados por Karl Lagereld.

Después de subir a las plantas superiores en los ascensores de puertas transparentes y paredes acolchadas, descubrirá que el hotel en sí mismo está dividido en dos secciones. El ala So-Hip está compuesta por las habitaciones más pequeñas So Urban. El ala Heritage se compone por las habitaciones de mayor tamaño So Heritage. Todas las habitaciones So Urban tienen en la puerta de entrada el emblema de “The Lion’s Seal” diseñado por Karl Lagerfeld.

Cuando se entra a una habitación So Urban, le acogen unas paredes de elegante diseño francés. En cada habitación cuelga una pintura pop de Napoleon Bonaparte diseñada por Isabelle Miaja.

Cajas de luz inspiradas por cúpulas francesas cuelgan a tres metros sobre cada cama de firma Sofitel MyBed.

Separado del dormitorio por una gran pared de vidrio hay un cuarto de baño de mármol con bañera y ducha. En lugar de ganchos tienen unas instalaciones de moda en la pared donde colgar sus toallas y ropa. Sofitel So tiene su propia esencia registrada, Urban Forest, desarrollada en exclusiva para este hotel. Preparada en Grasse, Francia y usando, el champú, acondicionador y gel de ducha contienen esta esencia registrada. El hotel también proporciona atentamente un pequeño frasco de perfume Urban Forest. No sé cómo pero de alguna manera al llegar casa me encontré con este perfume en mi maleta.

En cada habitación hay un minibar. Hay una cafetera Illy. Proporcionan atentamente tres cápsulas de café expresso. Su consideración se extiende a ofrecer una selección de aperitivos y bebidas de cortesía —- hay barritas nutritivas, M&Ms, aperitivos salados, tentempiés picantes, refrescos y cerveza. Hay también botellas de vino en el bar pero estas son de pago.

Sofitel So comprende la necesidad de mantenerse conectado, por lo que el hotel porporciona generosamente Wifi gratuito. Además de eso, proporcionan llamadas a fijo gratuitas e ilimitadas (sólo números fijos). Puede hacer sus llamadas a través del teléfono de Apple que ellos suministran. Para acceder al control de las cortinas, de la alarma y la iluminación, puede hacerlo mediante el iPad que hay dispuesto al lado de su cama. Probablemente sea el hotel tecnológicamente más avanzado en el que he estado.

Otros beneficios de esta lujosa habitación:

Prensa local e internacional a petición.

Revistas de moda en la habitación.

Servicios de bienvenida de vino y cena.

Desayuno diario con champán francés.

Crédito de 30$ válido para cena y vino en la Xperience del restaurante y bar.

Lavandería de cortesía, limpieza en seco y planchado de 2 prendas al día.

Si se siente nervioso, puede probar la pared de escalada del pequeño gimnasio. Alternativamente es posible que quiera probar a darse un chapuzón en la piscina de baldosas doradas y admirar el horizonte de la ciudad que le rodea. Para placeres epicúreos, puede que quiera probar una excelente cocina de fusión en Xperience, dirigida por la famosa cocinera Mrs. Anne-Cecile Degenne.

Localizado cerca de la plaza Raffles, en el corazón del distrito central de negocios de Singapore, el hotel está a unos minutos de los lugares emblemáticos de la ciudad. Abrace el ambiente cosmopolita de la isla – deguste las maravillas culinarias de Lau Pa Sat y Chinatown, compre en Orchard Road, forme parte de la vida nocturna en Clarke Quay y Boat Quay, y disfrute de las atracciones de Marina Bay.

Si está de viaje por negocios, placer o diversión en familia, la elegancia atemporal francesa combinada con la belleza de la Singapore moderna en el principal hotel boutique de lujo de Singapore es siempre una buena elección.

Morton’s, Singapore 22 Sept 2014

Best Restaurant Service—– Professional, Excellent Product Knowledge

Yes, Morton’s has recently undergone a light refurbishment. The tone of decor is lighter. Think more blue now instead of dark brown wood. The place now looks fresher, but retains a heavy business atmosphere. With its American business-like atmosphere and professional service, this is an excellent place to ink your next deal.


Tuna Tacos

Fresh tuna prepared with sesame oil, white sesame, black sesame, served with avoacdo strips, seaweed, salsa and cucumber strips. This appetiser also comes with a small dip of Thai sauce.

This is one of their new appetisers, and is only around 6 months old. Hmmm… a fusion of Mexican and Asian. Interesting, light and zesty. It goes great with a Sauvignon Blanc.


Baked Five Onion Soup

This has got to be the richest onion soup I have tried. Soup always needs to be served very hot, and they served it piping hot! Hot and rich, together with the cheese, it is great on a rainy night.


6 oz Filet Mignon with Grilled Shrimp and 2 Bacon Wrapped Scallops

The seafood is firm and fresh. This has got to be the most tender filet mignon I have tasted.


Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake

Oh! The legendary hot chocolate lava cake. The warm cake was served alongside Haagen Daaz vanilla ice cream. Oh, the contrast between warm and cold was heavenly! When I broke the soft, moist cake, thick chocolate lava rushed out. Rich and thick, the cake does not immediately crumble upon touching it with a fork. It held up well. While I am not a huge chocolate fan, well-executed as the cake is, it is already a big hit with the diners at Morton’s.

What I like about Morton’s is its reliability—- the food is always excellent and of the highest quality.

What you are paying for, besides the reliability and excellence of cuisine, is the quality of service. The service is what differentiates Morton’s from other restaurants. Here, everyone knows what he or she is doing. It is also great that they really work as a team. If someone accidentally drops a glass (hey, it happens to the best of us), the others help to pick up the glass. Also, they really know their product—–the various cuts of meat, and the various desserts. I really appreciate that the wait staff shows you the various cuts of meat and the various hot desserts. Having them in front of you gives you an idea of the size of the portion and helps in your decision making.

Morton’s, with its reliability, consistent product and its quality service, can be said to be the very best of American capitalism. I have never seen a restaurant with service as good as this.

Indocafe The White House, Singapore 28 Aug 2014

Top Restaurant in Singapore

In a colonial black and white house along Scotts Road, just a stone’s throw away from the busy shopping paradise of Orchard Road, is a true gem of a restaurant. Step through the doors and you are transported back to a time when the wait staff are dressed immaculately in black and white, when elegance still matters.

Within the quietly luxurious confines of this colonial house, pristine white napkins sit beautifully atop ceramic plates. Peranankan art and outfits adorn the walls, adding to the ambience of tasteful elegance.


I first tried 3 starters.


Classic Penang Otah
Steamed Spiced Egg Custard with Fish

Delicately steamed egg custard with fish, generously seasoned with freshly squeezed coconut milk and our special blend of herbs and spices.

Imagine silky smooth egg custard caressing the firm white flesh of Southeast Asian fish, bathed in a mildly spicy gravy. Heaven!


Ngoh Hiang
Five-spice Seasoned Meat Roll
Crispy homemade five-spice meat roll wrapped in soy bean curd and deep fried

As the morsel approaches your mouth, The sweet fragrance of the spiced meat fills your nose, followed by the thin crisp of the fried soy skin. They have marinated the meat well, so that the sweetness of the spices have thoroughly permeated the meat. The soy skin was very crispy without being overly oily. In other words, they applied the right amount of heat when frying.


Kueh Pie Tee
Top Hat Pastry Cups
Crispy ‘Top Hat’ pastry cups filled with shredded sweet turnip served with crab meat and accompanied with homemade chili dip.

The main courses are just as impressive. When you order any main course, they automatically serve you rice.


Ikan Masak Merah
Cod Fillet in Red Chili Sauce
Pan-roasted cod fillet in red chili sauce

The thin crisp of the fish contrasts well with the sticky viscosity of the sweet sauce. The killer move is that they have added raw shallots on the fish. The firmness of the fish and the viscosity of the sauce contrast with the crunchiness of the shallots to give the dish a multi-dimensional texture-scape. The sweetness of the sauce also takes away the heat of the shallots. Once again, the thin crispiness of the skin attests to how well it was fried.


Rendang Sapi
Beef Rendang
Slow cooked Wagyu beef sending in our special blend of spices

Oh so soft and tender! Heavenly! The beef was fantastic. I have tried better, more fragrant rendang in Malacca but the beef used here is definitely better than what I have tasted in Malacca.


Ayam Buah Keluak
Braised Chicken Scented with Black Nut
All-time Peranankan favourite braised chicken with black nut and exotic spices

Don’t be put off by its mud-black appearance; the black nut is an exotic, one-of-a-kind taste. The chicken is very tender.


Babi PongTeh
Old Style Braised Pork in Bean Paste
Pork belly braised in fragrant soya bean paste and aromatic spices

This has quite a bit of fat—— comfort food at its best!


Chap Chye
Stir-fried Mixed Vegetables
Penang-style mixed vegetables with pork skin and shrimps in fermented bean curd sauce


Home Recipe Bubur Cha Cha
Traditional Nyonya dessert soup of yam, sweet potatoes, sago and banana in a mixture of rich coconut milk and palm sugar.

The coconut milk is very thick and they have provided copious chunks of sweet potato and taro.


The prices here are uniformly reasonable. For example, the chicken (Ayam Buah Keluak) costs only $24, the cod fish (Ikan Masak Merah) costs only $33 and the beef rending (Rendang Sapi) is only $32. The Bubur Cha Cha is only $8.

The staff here understands the experience of dining. They tread softly and provide service that works. They know enough to ask if you would like the main courses served. Diners don’t need to be bootlicked nor ass-kissed. They just want a seamless dining experience. The staff here delivers just that. Nothing fancy about the service. No small talk, no fake smiles. It’s just service that works, and that in itself is golden.

This restaurant is just a 5 minute walk from Newton subway station. Also, right outside the restaurant is a bus stop. Bus numbers 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162 serve this bus stop. These buses pass through Clarke Quay, Chinatown and Shenton Way. In other words, it is possible to travel from these places and arrive right on the doorstep of Indocafe The White House.

With its great food, great service, off-the-chart value for money, this is not just the best Peranankan restaurant in Singapore, this is one of the best restaurants in Singapore.