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With the many eateries scattered around Marina Square, it is not difficult to miss out on Three Bistro as it is not situated within the shopping mall but along its parameter. Remember to do yourself a favor and pop by Three Bistro the next time you head to Marina Square as this restaurant serves a wide range of delectable food such as pizza, pasta and main courses like lamb shank and kurobuta pork belly at reasonable prices.
If you enjoy live music performances, be sure to catch the live band on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Patrons at Three Bistro can even go forward and join in the fun!
Three Bistro is also a place for wine enthusiasts to discover wine that is not readily available elsewhere.
We had the Classic Mushroom Soup ($6) for a start. The freshly blended mix of wild mushroom had a rich, earthy flavor and we enjoyed the clumpy consistency of the soup as we could chew on the bits of mushroom. The icing on the cake was definitely the generous drizzle of truffle oil!
For something just as appetite whetting, the Seafood Soup ($8) is your best bet. A chock full of fish, prawns and squid in tomato soup is simply addictive!
Moving on to the main courses, we first tried the Duck Leg Confit ($25), which made us do a double take when it was being served to our table. The portion was huge and generous! We were told that the duck legs had been braised overnight, which probably contributed to the meat being moist and fall-off-the-bone tender! A large part of our enjoyment was derived from savoring the crispy skin with a layer of fat underneath. Sinful but worth every calorie. It is also interesting to note that honey mustard vinaigrette instead of the more common orange and cranberry sauce had been used.
Oven baked with tomato salsa and served with cream of anchovy, the Black Cod ($27) was silky and delicate in texture, while retaining its moisture within. Its distinctive sweet flavor was further enhanced by the tomato salsa.
The Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream ($6.50) is the kind of dessert that will appeal to people of all ages. Loved that the chocolate brownie was delightfully dense and chewy, while the nuts gave the brownie an extra bite. When the brownie was paired with the vanilla ice cream, the result was beyond delicious!
Lastly, our Panna Cotta ($5.50) had a very nice pudding-like consistency which was gelatinous and not too wobbly. The strawberry sauce gave the panna cotta a refreshing and tangy taste which was truly unforgettable.
Apart from dinner dates and gatherings with friends, Three Bistro is also a perfect place to host events, parties and celebrations. The space is big enough to house around 70 to 80 people for a sit-down lunch or dinner. Also, Three Bistro is blessed with a very versatile kitchen that can cater Chinese food to the older generation if required. Be sure to check out Three Bistro soon!
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 63388644
Mon to Thu
10am – 11pm
Fri & Sat
10am – 12 midnight
12pm – 9.30pm
Our last family staycation for 2014 was spent at the very sophisticated W Singapore! We planned it on one of the weekends in December when my parents and brother flew to Taiwan for a one-week trip. Usually, we will stay over at my parents’ place over the weekend but this time, it was only the three of us! We had the pleasure of test driving the newest Toyota Altis and it really came in handy for the staycation! More on that in a separate post. Anyway, we were in high spirits when we left home but then it started to pour as we drove to Sentosa.
We reached 15 minutes before the check-in time at 3pm. Had to queue for a bit before being told that our room wasn’t ready and we would be contacted once our room was available.
I expected our room to be ready by 3pm sharp so we popped by Woobar for some light bites.
Sashimi with wasabi dip was very interesting!
We were almost done with our food at 3.20pm but nobody contacted us. The hubs joined the queue again, only to learn that our room was actually ready. Why didn’t anybody inform us?! Obviously, I wasn’t too happy about it and we were paying so much for such standards.
We booked the Fabulous room which is about 40 to 42 sqm. It comes with a balcony with pool view. W Singapore’s 240 custom-designed guestrooms are more spacious than city hotels, with more room for vivid interiors, state-of-the-art technology and dreamy amenities.
Bringing a baby along can be rather tiring! Chanelle wouldn’t stop crawling and we had to be on our guard at all times to make sure that she doesn’t fall off the bed.
40 inch LED TV.
The bathroom is gonna appeal to dating couples, but probably not family and friends.
See what I mean?! LOL. But at least it’s a stand alone bathtub.
A separate rain shower facility is available.
I’m also somewhat surprised that W Singapore provides Dasani bottled water. I was half expecting to see Fiji water instead.
You make me happy, when skies are grey :)
The view from our room.
We hardly swim when we go for staycations but since Little misschewy loves being in the water, we packed our swim wear and her float along!
We got out of the pool as soon as Chanelle started to protest. Headed back to our room and she fell asleep even before I could give her a bath!
The husband and I didn’t have any concrete dinner plans so we walked to Quayside Isle before deciding on Oyster Bar & Japanese Cuisine. And guess what? The little bubs fell asleep again! Hahaha.
It didn’t look like we had a lot for dinner but we were actually quite full! Took a leisurely stroll and reminisced about our dating days before Little misschewy came along! The last time we were at Quayside Isle, I wasn’t pregnant yet! Hehe.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Here’s Chanelle eagerly biting into diced watermelon after she had her first taste of lemon. Check out our previous post!
It was a pity we didn’t manage to squeeze in time for another dip in the pool before checking out. By the time you are reading this, we are on our way to catch our flight! Stay connected with us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @misterchewy and @missuschewy :)
When Chanelle was one week shy of turning 9 months old, misterchewy reminded me about our (evil) plan to let Chanelle have her very first taste of lemon! We went to buy some lemons after dinner and kept them in the hotel fridge. Sliced up one of them and brought it along for breakfast! I made sure I captured her priceless expressions by using my mobile phone to video record in one hand and was also busy snapping with my compact camera in the other.
Look at her expression! The lemon must be so damn sour!
Even though Chanelle kept shivering and sticking out her tongue, she didn’t mind trying when we kept offering the slice of lemon to her. Shall try it again next time! :P
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We recently received a few Fisher-Price products and decided to introduce them to Little misschewy one at a time. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy ($69.90) is recommended for kids aged 6 to 36 months. It looks like an ordinary soft toy for children but it’s actually very interactive!
We packed the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy along for our recent staycation and when we placed it on the hotel bed, Chanelle was very quick to crawl towards it!
See how delighted she was when she saw her favorite toy? With the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy, babies learn their A-B-Cs, 1-2-3s, colors, parts of the body and sing-along fun with songs and games. There are different songs like Itsy-Bitsy Spider, Pat-a-Cake, and If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands.
This cuddly pal enhances a baby’s sense of security, inviting baby to hug & express friendship. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy is available at Toys ‘R’ Us,
Kiddy Palace and leading departmental stores.
Ending off with a video on Carrie Lupoli emphasizing the importance of play as part of a child’s development across 3 aspects – physical, cognitive and social & emotional.
Wow! 2014 is finally coming to an end! I shall not attempt to do a recollection of major events that occurred this year due to time constraints. Let’s keep it short and sweet yeah! 2014, without a doubt, is the most exciting and fulfilling year of my life so far! Of course, my giving birth to Little misschewy takes centre stage, and not forgetting the responsibilities that come along with it! Life couldn’t be any better now that we are blessed with such a cheeky and lovely little baby girl. The Chewys will strive to make 2015 an even more fulfilling year! :D
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The recent opening of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore in September 2014 marked the launch of the new Hotel Jen brand by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, which seeks to be fresh, friendly and fuss-free. The Hotel Jen brand is inspired by the virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. Hotel Jen takes care of guests with efficiency and care, while also giving them informed access to the best a particular destination has to offer. The location of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is just perfect, giving direct access to Orchardgateway shopping mall. It is right smack in the middle of Orchard, where all the other vibrant shopping centres are.
There are a total of 502 rooms within Hotel Jen Orchardgateway with a choice of four room types – Superior (27 sqm), Superior Cityview (27 sqm), Deluxe (32 sqm) and lastly, Premier Panorama (41 sqm), which we had the luxury of checking into. When we first stepped into our room on the 17th floor, we were blown away by the floor to ceiling glass window, which is very unique because it leans outwards, thus enabling you a better view of Orchard Road.
The layout of the room is also rather uncommon. The work desk is actually quite hidden from view, unlike in most hotels, the work desk and bed are placed so closely together. I guess in this case, it demarcates the boundaries between work and play (or sleep). Most business travellers should appreciate this!
If you notice, our Premier Panorama room is surrounded by plenty of windows, making the room look really spacious!
This is the super comfortable King-sized bed which gave all of us a great night’s sleep. My only gripe is that the pillows are filled with down feather. As much as I enjoy the cushiony pillows, the smell of the down feathers was a bit too overwhelming for me.
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s 46-inch Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system is something to boast about. And if you are lucky, you might even have one in the bathroom!
Apart from the usual coffee and tea making facilities, the fresh cut fruits and my favorite childhood iced gem biscuits were a pleasant surprise.
There isn’t a separate rain shower in the bathroom, which means that there is no way I can avoid having to climb in and out of the bath tub even when all I wanted was a shower and not a bath. However, I’m glad that there is plenty of space around the tub for me to place my toiletries. This is very important, considering the amount of toiletries I have!
Baby Chanelle enjoys hotel staycations too! Here’s a photo of her testing out the firmness of the bed. See how upright she is sitting up?
Look, Papa and Mummy! I can chill here all day!
A mandatory family photo before we head out! We had been granted access to the Club Lounge but did not manage to make it for cocktails from 5.30pm to 7.30pm because I had an eyebrow embroidery appointment with Browtisan. By the time I was done, it was time for dinner.
Dinner saw us having a feast at Makan@Jen! The variety is really remarkable; they had everything we could think of, and more!
The automated WineStation has got to be the coolest thing around at Makan@Jen!
I love buffets because it’s a good time for me to get my salmon sashimi and oyster fix!
Very yummy curry chicken and pork knuckle.
Yay to having prawn noodles for dinner!
I like the baby chairs provided at Makan@Jen because they come with food trays, which are great if you wanna let your baby self feed.
Gave Chanelle different types of bread to nibble on.
It was our first time having buffet togther as a family! Bread and cucumber buffet for Little misschewy but towards the end of the dinner, she started hurling food everywhere because she got cranky.
After dinner, we took a leisurely stroll along Orchard Road to enjoy the Christmas lights.
Good morning! All of us are well rested and ready for breakfast!
Decided to check out the Club Lounge on the 19th floor and also avoid the morning crowd at Makan@Jen.
I would expect the variety at Makan@Jen to be much more impressive, but this one at the Club Lounge is also adequate. Most importantly, there are waffles and eggs!
Here’s the gymnasium if you desperately want to squeeze time out for some exercise before check-out!
Gotta love Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s very own infinity pool!
Very nice place to lounge around with a good book and a glass of beer.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. Felt very reluctant to check out after such an enjoyable stay at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway! Room prices start from S$215++ per night. There are various promotions that cater to the needs of different travellers, so be sure to check them out here!
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
277 Orchard Road
Tel: 6708 8888