After deciding that the service at Brotzeit was in decline I went out of my way to find new places to grab a drink and a feed.
A quick google and TripAdvisor later I stumbled across Alt. Pizza at Suntec City, which is a 15 minute walk from Swissotel Stamford via the extensive underground shopping centres and walkways. A further 10 minute walk to get through Suntec City and I was in my seat at Alt. Pizza.
As the name suggested this is a Pizza shop – yes, I know it’s sacrilege to go to Asia and eat western food – but sometimes you just need a taste of home.
An extensive menu of Signature pizzas or do-it-yourself options presented itself and I decided to try “The Hangover” Signature pizza… if you know me you know why I was drawn to that particular pizza
The hangover is an 11′ pizza consisting of pepperoni, fennel sausage, roasted onions, parmesan and mozzarella cheese over a decent tomato sauce. A decent pizza.
But what really captured my imagination was the beer list of craft beers from US micro breweries. With my pizza I had a tube of the Blazing World which is an American amber ale from Modern Times brewery in San Diego, California, USA. A magnificent beer that BeerAdvocate lists as outstanding.
Only came here once on my trip, but the beer menu will mean I’ll be back.
It was my last day in Singapore, I’d packed my bags and checked out of the Swissotel Stamford but didn’t need to head to the airport for a couple of hours… where to go to kill some time?
In the basement of Raffles City, under the Swissotel Stamford, there is a food court with many different types of food. One restaurant I’d been past many times but never stopped at was Din Tai Fung.
One final feast of Asian food was on the cards.
Din Tai Fung is best classed as a Yum Cha restarturant with a very long history, and high accolades. These days it runs a chain of around 20 restaurant in Singapore with a handful overseas.
Sitting down around 2:30 in the afternoon, I was just looking for a snack to tide me over until my flight. Two appetisers would tide me over.
- Fragrant Pork with Crushed Garlic – a cold dish consisting of thin slivers of poached pork enveloping crunchy cucumbers and topped with garlic sauce, sesame and spring onions
- Sliced Duck in Crispy Spring Onion Pastry – smoked duck and spring onions wrapped in a crispy spring roll skin
- And a Tiger beer for the road
Food was excellent for a chain-type restaurant and looking at the number of kitchen staff I think the dishes are all prepared on site rather than shipped in.
Good, decent food, and very reasonably priced.
After the less than average Nachos at Paprika and Cumin at Chijmes I decided to try Harry’s @ Chijmes which is literally right next door to Paprika and Cumin.
On a late Saturday afternoon I sat down for a couple of beers, Carlsburg pints in this instance, but alas Happy Hour doesn’t work at Harry’s on a Friday or Saturday. Regardless, the prices were reasonable @ $14.50 a pint which wasn’t too far off some of the Happy Hour prices I’ve seen.
While waiting for a colleague to arrive I decided to tempt fate and hope the chef at Harry’s knew how to make a decent Nachos. And I was pleasantly surprised when a pretty decent Nachos came out. 1000% better than the abomination from next door.
It was a nice way to spend a couple of hours with a cool drink, corn chips watching the F1 and soccer.
It was a Friday evening and my sales training event was over – I deserved a beer!
Staying at Swissotel Stamford means you’re just across the road from Chijmes, a restaurant, bar, shopping and entertainment precinct in a converted convent.
Wandering into the complex, I come across a place called Paprika and Cumin that looked ok and there were some spare seats.
Happy Hours were in full swing and the pints of Tiger were $11 which was about par for the course for a pint or half a litre at that time of the day.
So big tick for the beer.
Needed some food and ordered the Beef Nachos – and what came out was very, very disappointing in both look and taste. Very underwhelming.
So big cross for the food.
Made the decision I wouldn’t be going back to Paprika and Cumin as there are far too many other options to have to put up with less than stellar food.
It was a hot and humid Singapore Saturday afternoon (lol, aren’t they always hot and humid in Singapore!) and my thoughts turned towards rehydration so I decided to see what Clarke Quay was like in the afternoon.
There wasn’t much happening at 3pm on a Saturday, but I guess Clarke Quay is more of a night place but I stumbled across a Spanish Tapas bar that was open who have an open air sitting area right on the water of the Singapore “River” which meant you get to view all the water traffic, and get the cool breeze.
As with most places in Singapore there’s a Happy Hour that lasts most of the day, so it was half price pints of Tiger for me.
A late lunch also ensued of Deep Fired Garlicky Chicken with Onions and Pepper, which was certainly garlicy – but since I wasn’t planning on getting lucky that didn’t matter
Not a bad place to while away some time for a drink and a meal in the afternoon. Food and drink quite reasonably priced too.