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Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne, Mario Batali’s Mozza, Boon Tong Kee’s Chicken Rice… all part of my dad’s 70th birthday celebration. Our whole family of 8 flew to Singapore in lieu of a big celebration and could be the best decision ever.
Not all with favorable reviews, I’m afraid. The Marina Bay Sands was a let down.
The long lines at the check-in counter had me by surprise, and after that long wait, one of our rooms was not even ready.
We could go up to the famous skypark infinity pool while we wait, they suggested. If the line at the check in counter had not turned off me off yet,
the pool in similar fashion definitely did. It looked like a market place – although it did boast of 12.400 square meter of space that can host about 4,000 people and it probably did that day. We ordered drinks and bar chows while the kids had a swim. Service leaves much to be desired for… Chefs Boulud and Batali were the reasons why we opted to stay at the Marina Bay Sands. Next time, we will take a cab. 😦
Dinner at DB Bistro Moderne was superb, I had the classic Coq Au Vin and a Yuzu flavored ice cream dessert.
To save the best for my dad’s night, we dined with gusto at Osteria Mozza – a great choice to mark his 70th – he loves food more than all of us combined.
Wonderful French and Italian cuisines aside, we also had our share of chicken rice, but of course!
One day for lunch, we headed out to River Valley Road for an authentic Chicken Rice at Boon Tong Kee. The chicken rice here ranks high on the best chart. We ordered the steamed and the roast chicken and were not disappointed, the meat was tender and flavorful, the rice fragrant. Many tend to think though that BTK is over-priced and maybe it is. The chicken, although not disappointing, leaves no lasting impression, sad to say.
To be in Singapore with kids and not go to Sentosa is a crime – at least to my 6-year old nephew. Not too large a place with an array of interesting marine life, Underwater World achieved to fascinate even (a kid at heart like) me.
I sat through the dolphin show with a cup of Cherry Garcia’s at an air-conditioned café overlooking stage/pool. We stumbled on it when we went to get ourselves some Ben & Jerry’s and found out that we could stay and watch the show comfortably for a reasonable consumable fee.
A great deal, if you ask me. My nephews were equally as happy with their own ice cream cups in their little corner with a great vantage point.
The reason I love food so much is because I grew up in a family that enjoys good food. More often than not, trips with my parents always involved food, so I say this weekend Singapore fling was a hit despite some lows.
Overall, we celebrated my dad’s birthday literally with a bang.