Thursday, July 26, 2018

Brotzeit : Tastes of Summer

This summer, Brotzeit presents a summer menu specially curated for the season. Technically summer all year round here in Singapore but this menu only runs from now till 31 August 2018. With seafood offerings on the menu this time round, you won't be left with just meat choices (like how Brotzeit usually does it).

The Brotzeit Grillplatte is good for sharing, with a choice to order it for 3 pax or 6 pax. Expect to savour an array of meat served on the platter such as grilled pork fillets, snail sausages, chicken fillets, bacon strips and minced beef and pork skewers. While the pork and chicken fillets tasted pretty ordinary, the skewers had a nice fiery kick to it - something i was not expecting but ended up enjoying.

For the fish lovers, the 'not very Instagrammable' Grouper Fish with Almond Butter is good for two to share, or if you think you can handle an entire catch on your own - weighing almost 1kg. The fish was nicely seared without being overcooked and paired nicely with melted almond butter that took the entire dish to a whole new level. We ended up paring the aromatic almond butter with the grilled meats from the Grillplatte even, which surprisingly elevated the flavours.

If you are a fan of cheese cake, you wouldn't want to be missing out on the Gouda Cheese Cake Brûlée that's literally to-die-for. Think cheese cake in a slightly denser version, yet fluffy like cloud at the same time. It is served with nice fresh raspberries and mixed nuts oat cookies crumbled up for that extra crunch, as well as a vanilla sauce for that 'insta-worthy pour shot' that' makes this dessert worth raving about all over social.

Lastly,  remember to down a glass or two of their refreshing summer cocktails - Basil & Gin Cooler and Blushing Summer. I normally fancy my Gin but the Blushing Summer packed a nice punch of fruity taste from the Grapefruit juice and honey, even though mixed with Vodka - making it the perfect summer drink. The summer menu is available at all Brotzeit outlets.

Discovery Walk at 313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road, #01-27
Singapore 238895
+65 6834 4038

This was an invited media tasting.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Masses : Gin & Brunch

A common question you often might get will be "where's a good place for Sunday Brunch?" Everyone knows The Masses for the affordable and quality food that they serve up, but Gin & Brunch is a new addition for their weekends that happens both on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am - 4pm. That means whether you are an early bird or someone like me who snoozes till noon - brunch still applies!

As the name says it, you are not going to be missing out on any Gin at The Masses for brunch. Select from a couple of choices including Hendricks, Geranium, Botanist or even their very own infused House Gin. Prices are extremely wallet friendly, and they even have free flow that happens from 2 - 4pm, offering you all the different types of Gin you can find in a cart parked in the middle of their place for 90 minutes.

To start, the C&C&C Pasta, which basically refers to the pasta tossed with generous and fresh chunks of crabmeat, surrounded by juicy and plump clams and topped off with a load of caviar - making up the 3 C's. The pasta, served cold, comes in 2 different sizes. We recommend the bigger portion if you are going to share, or even if you are not - just because it is good enough and worth every calorie (and cent).

For the mains, The Masses re-invented a traditional classic - Chee Cheong Fan. Their version comes with pulled duck confit stuffed in silky smooth rice sheets, with picked cucumber on the side and an aroma of scallion oil that hits you with your first bite. It also comes with some sambal chilli on the side which was full of umami flavour.

To share, the Wild Mushroom Toasties with Truffle Scramble is a good choice. The humongous portion is served with a creamy goodness of assorted wild mushrooms, perfect fluffy truffle scrambled eggs sandwiched between a danish loaf that resembles croissant but isn't quite shaped like one. The Crab & Avocado Smash is also one not to miss, with different flavours and texture coming together from the sourdough bread, two variations of pear william (roasted and pickled), topped with runny poached egg and slight-citrusy blood orange hollandaise.

Gin & Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday at The Masses, a place that has nice cosy and chill vibes. And while you're at it, don't forget to end your meal off with some freshly made Homemade Ricotta Hotcakes! We hear that tables run full (and yes, we experienced that when we were there), so it's best to make a reservation to avoid disappointment. And yes in case if you need reminder again - the free flow Gin happens between 2 - 4pm. Go ahead, make your reservation, you can thank me later.

The Masses
85 Beach Road
Singapore 189694
+65 6266 0061

This was an invited media tasting.