Friday, November 27, 2020

Lunch at Central Perk

We had visited Central Perk a few times before, but it was always full. We thought going there for lunch on a weekday would be a good time. To be sure we booked a table via Google Maps which connected to my Chope account.  

The place was empty save for one customer who was finishing his meal. He left by the time we ordered food so we had the place to ourselves for awhile. We accessed the menu through a QR code and ordered via the page we were directed to. There was a lot of selections! Even the cappuccino had several variations. The first thing I got was the Phoebe Buffay cappuccino, Sweetie ordered the Chandler Bing cappuccino. Mine was light roast and had a nutty flavor, I think Sweetie's coffee was medium roast.

For starters we ordered Phoebe's mushrooms and we were surprised that the serving was generous. We both really liked how they sauteed the mushrooms in oil and garlic. It was really flavorful (the same way they make it back home). We also ordered the Alessandro caesar salad which was pretty tasty too (bacon is key!). 

Sweetie got the Ross Geller's Thanksgiving sandwich since we were not able to eat turkey for Thanksgiving. I tried it too and it was tasty and filling. I got Monica's lasagna which I think was a no meat pasta. The serving was huge! I was so full just eating a third of it (we brought the rest home). 

We skipped dessert since we were both so full and we already had fruit juice for our beverage. We had to walk off the gastronomic delight we had and ended up having a light dinner. There's a nook at the entrance to leads to a replica of Monica and Rachel's kitchen and they had a number of memorablia too. If you're a big fan they also have tshirts, postcards and their coffee blend. 

Of course, expect the food to be a bit pricey. It's after all a tourist spot. We'd probably come back for the coffee and more snacks if we're in the area. Nonetheless we enjoyed our visit and we're glad we came at a light hour. The staff were friendly and would gamely take your photos too. 

Central Perk - Singapore

1 Magazine Rd, #01-01 Central Mall, 

Singapore 059567  (map)

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Brunch at Adrift by David Myers

We chose to have brunch at Adrift during our staycation at Marina Bay Sands. We glad we did because it was an amazing experience. We were greeted by friendly staff when we arrived and we were ushered to our seat by the window. We decided to go for the "Chef's Way" to have a new brunch experience. 

Our server explained to us that we'd get two dishes for every set. We'd get the next set when we finish our food. Here's what we got to try -

House made bagel wtih smoked salmon

Pork and potato hash

Sauce vierge eggs

Baked eggs

Broken ricotta pancake

Goats curd waffle

My reaction was, "What sorcery is this?" There were a lot of different unexpected flavors that burst in our mouth. Don't be deceived by the simple names they used for the dishes. It's more than what it seems. The bagel with smoked salmon gave us a surprise. It wasn't your usual salmon with sauce. I'm not sure how best to describe it, but it seemed something like that came from outerspace (haha). The pork and potato hash seems like a boring dish, but the gooey green spinach puree beneath it made it outworldly. 

The eggs were like something else. I thought the brown sauce on the vierge eggs was barbecue sauce. I was completely wrong. Whatever it was it matched the eggs perfectly. I'll never look at brown sauce the same way again. The baked eggs were fabulous too. 

We were so full halfway through the eggs set. We decided to go for the waffles and pancake as our last set. It served as our dessert. Sweetie super loved the pancake. It was great, but a bit too overwhelming for me. The waffles was served with bacon ice cream. BACON ICE CREAM! It never crossed my mind that bacon can be made into ice cream. It was a perfect match for the waffles. 

Ahhh, would definitely come back for another round. What made our experience great was the crew. They patiently answered all our questions and they were very efficient. We had another favorite brunch place, but we were disappointed during our last visit. So Adrift is now our new favorite brunch place. Hmmm, I wonder when we could go back! 

Adrift by David Myers
10 Bayfront Avenue L57,
Sands Sky Park, Hotel Tower 2, 018956

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Spago by Wolfgang Puck at Marina Bay Sands

We started our gastronimic staycation at Marina Bay Sands by dining at Spago for dinner. Spago is a restaurant by multi-awarded chef Wolfgang Puck. I just read that Spago was awarded 2 Michelin stars. 

If you're staying at Marina Bay Sands, it would be useful if you book the restaurants you plan to dine at ahead of time. We didn't, but luckily we managed to get an outdoor seat. We actually preferred to eat outdoors since it's safer. 

We were greeted enthusiastically by the staff and we were ushered to our poolside view seats. It was sunset and there was a nice breeze. We settled in our seats and ordered our food. 

For our starters we shared a plate of burrata with confit kumquats. It wasn't what we expected, but it tasted soooo good. We also super loved the parmesan crisp (? sorry forgot the exact name). It was unexpected. 

We chose one meat and one fish dish for our mains. We just had to try the grilled USDA prime sirloin steak. It's been awhile since we had steak. The steak was perfect. It was juicy, had the perfect amount of fat, and nice lukewarm. My mouth is watering thinking about it again. 

We ordered the honey miso broiled Japanese black cod to try fish. This is the dish I'm definitely going to order again. It's now one of my favorite dishes in the whole wide world. I could have gobbled up the whole plate by myself. There will always be a next time. 

Overall we were super happy with our experience. We've dined at two other Wolfgang Puck restos, one in Tokyo and at Changi Airport. Spago though is the place to visit. I think we'll make it one of our celebration places from now own. 

10 Bayfront Avenue L57,
Sands Sky Park, Hotel Tower 2, 018956