Contests

[A Sweet Pair] Indulge Your Senses At 2am:dessertbar

We may be halfway through October but we still have loads of desserts and sweet treats up for grabs! What better way to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month than cheer for one of Singapore’s most outstanding women in the F&B industry?

Whenever the word “desserts” is mentioned, everyone immediately thinks of Janice Wong, chef and owner of 2am:dessertbar. Janice was recently awarded Asia’s Top Pastry Chef at the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia Top 50 2013. Her restaurant, located at 21A Lorong Liput at Holland Village (Tel: 6291 9727), also celebrates its sixth birthday this month.

2am:dessertbar recently celebrates its 6th birthday!

2am:dessertbar recently celebrates its 6th birthday!

Today, we have a pair of desserts from 2am:dessertbar up for grabs. They are Shades of Purple, an edible work of art created from purple potato, cassis and lavender, and Chocolate H20, a divine combination of chocolate soil and salted caramel.

Win this pair of desserts from 2am:dessertbar!

Shades of Purple

Shades of Purple

Chocolate H20

Chocolate H20

To win them, simply follow the steps below:

1. Answer this question in the Comment section below: What month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

2. Click on the Facebook button below and SHARE this post with your friends. Remember to TAG Material World’s Facebook Page on your post, and make sure your post is set to PUBLIC so we may verify that you have completed this step.

3. Private message us your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, mailing address and email address. State the name of the restaurant in your message. Only followers of Material World’s Facebook Page qualify for this contest.

Contest ends October 21, 2013, Monday.

Good luck!

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[A Sweet Pair] Little Indulgences at Java+

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month (click here for some need-to-know breast cancer facts), Material World has teamed up with restaurants across the island to bring you the A Sweet Pair promotion, where you get the chance to win a pair of desserts from a different establishment every couple of days.

Today’s giveaway is from Marriott Singapore’s Java+. True to its moniker, Java+ sells great coffee … and then some. Here, you can take your pick from a premium selection of gourmet cheese and charcuterie, pickles and dips, as well as homemade cakes, breads, salads and quiches. Located in the lobby of the hotel, which boasts an abundance of natural light, Java+ has a casual, laidback atmosphere that makes it an ideal spot for afternoon tea.

Java+

Java+

Little Indulgences, where freshly-crafted dessert are packed into exquisite mini glass jars, is the latest addition to their dessert menu. One of the benefits of having the dessert packed in a jar is so that moisture is prevent from seeping into them, maintaining its texture for longer. A popular option is the Tiramisu, which has a rich cocoa flavour and just the right amount of sponginess. Another crowd favourite is the Strawberry Cheesecake, which is rich and creamy with a hint of sweetness courtesy of the fresh strawberries. The other two flavours in the range include Yoghurt Parfait and Mango Pudding.

We’re giving away two jars of Little Indulgences (worth $10 each) from Java+!

Tiramisu

To win this pair of sweet treats, simply follow the steps below:

1. Click on the Facebook button below and SHARE this post with your friends. Remember to TAG Material World’s Facebook Page on your post, and make sure your post is set to PUBLIC so we may verify that you have completed this step.

3. Click on this link to Like our Facebook Page. Only Material World’s followers qualify for this contest.

4. Private message us your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, mailing address and email address. State the name of the restaurant in your message.

Contest ends October 19, 2013, Saturday.

Good luck!

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[A Sweet Pair] Enjoy Dessert And Artisan Tea From Anthesis

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month (click here for some need-to-know breast cancer facts), Material World has teamed up with restaurants across the island to bring you the A Sweet Pair promotion, where you get the chance to win a pair of desserts from a different establishment every couple of days.

Today’s giveaway is from newly-opened boulangerie-bistro, Anthesis. We were recently there for a media tasting, and was blown away by their wide selection of breads and desserts. Located along the Singapore River, this cosy 70-seater makes for a great brunch hangout. Plus, its alfresco area is pet-friendly as well so feel free to bring your pooches along!

In addition to freshly-baked bread, Anthesis also serves up scrumptious homemade desserts such as orange chocolate cake and sea salt chocolate caramel tart. The latter is an indulgent swirl of flavours lathered atop a crumbly tart base. The orange chocolate cake comes with hints of citrus for a zesty spin on your usual chocolate cake. These desserts are best paired with Anthesis’ well-curated range of artisan teas. Hailing from California, this range of premium organic tea comes in several unique flavours, but a house favourite is the White Acai. It is an uplifting white tea blend with refreshing fruity high notes of apple, blackcurrant and pineapple with acai powder, hibiscus and rosehip.

We’re giving away one slice of Sea Salt Caramel Tart (worth $6.50), one slice of Orange Chocolate Cake (worth $7.20) and a pot of Premium Tea blend (worth $9)!

Orange Chocolate Cake

Orange Chocolate Cake

Art of Tea available at Anthesis

Art of Tea available at Anthesis

To win this pair of sweet treats, simply follow the steps below:

1. Click on the Facebook button below and SHARE this post with your friends. Remember to TAG Material World’s Facebook Page on your post, and make sure your post is set to PUBLIC so we may verify that you have completed this step.

3. Click on this link to Like our Facebook Page. Only Material World’s followers qualify for this contest.

4. Private message us your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, mailing address and email address. State the name of the restaurant in your message.

Contest ends October 15, 2013, Tuesday.

Good luck!

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[A Sweet Pair] Chocolate Lava Cakes From Shin-Sapporo

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month (click here for some need-to-know breast cancer facts), Material World has teamed up with restaurants across the island to bring you the A Sweet Pair promotion, where you get the chance to win a pair of desserts from a different establishment every couple of days.

Today’s giveaway is from – wait for it – a Japanese ramen restaurant! Shin-Sapporo is a ramen chain that prides itself on its fresh handmade noodles and traditional soup broth. What’s so special about their noodles? For one, the Sapporo Miso noodles are thicker and have a firmer bite compared to other ramen. Even the curve of the noodles help prevent broth from sliding down the noodles as you slurp up your food. That alone should tell you the amount of attention the chefs pay to detail, but if you still need convincing, consider this: Shin-Sapporo prepares the Yakibuta (cha-shu) in their own unique style. The pork is marinated, pulled apart and over-grilled, giving the cha-shu a slightly charred finish.

Apart from its wide variety of ramen, Shin-Sapporo also has an exciting selection of both Japanese and Western desserts. Their chocolate lava cake, which is warm and fluffy on the outside and oozing with gooey chocolate goodness from the inside, is every chocoholic’s dream come true. The premium vanilla ice cream and crumbed peanuts that accompany the cake add to the entire mouthwatering experience.

We’re giving away a pair of Chocolate Lava Cakes (worth $8.80 each) from Shin-Sapporo!

Chocolate Lave Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

To win this pair of sweet treats, simply follow the steps below:

1. Click on the Facebook button below and SHARE this post with your friends. Remember to TAG Material World’s Facebook Page on your post, and make sure your post is set to PUBLIC so we may verify that you have completed this step.

3. Click on this link to Like our Facebook Page. Only Material World’s followers qualify for this contest.

4. Private message us your details – name, age, gender, NRIC, mailing address and email address. State the name of the restaurant in your message.

Contest ends October 13, 2013, Sunday.

Good luck!

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Food Review: Shabu Sai – Denise Li

People don’t usually have good things to say about Orchard Central. Admittedly, the mall’s layout is rather confusing, with lots of strange turns, and nooks and crannies. But I’ve actually grown quite fond of it of late. It is, after all, home to homegrown fashion labels such as Sabrinagoh, Reckless Erica and Blackmarket. But the other reason why it’s my go-to mall in town is because of the number of quality food outlets that are housed there.

There’s …

Tanuki Raw, which serves up quality, value-for-money lunch sets (be sure not to miss the steak tartare don!).

Seventh Heaven, which will astonish you with its wide selection of decadent desserts and ice cream (I personally love their waffles with Salty Caramel ice cream, butter and maple syrup).

EWF, for its gorgeous Nutella Tart.

The mall adds yet another eatery to its stable with the opening of Japanese hotpot restaurant Shabu Sai (the restaurant’s second after its outlet at Causeway Point), and Material World was recently invited there for a tasting. Now, let me state that I’m not usually a fan of hotpot – I mean, isn’t the whole point of eating out NOT to have to cook your own food?! But I went with an open mind, and was not disappointed.

SHABU SAI (1)

Offering a selection of seven soup bases, Shabu Sai also boasts of more than 60 items on its buffet. In addition to pork, chicken and beef, you’ll also find sushi and seafood items such as mussels and prawns.

Shabu Shabu & Sushi

You can choose up to two soup bases, and I opted for its most popular choices – Tonkotsu and Sukiyaki. The former is thick and rich, while the latter is lighter and “cleaner”, so they provide a good contrast to each other. The stock was flavourful, but the only gripe I had was that they were both too salty. The restaurant can definitely afford to cut back on its use of salt in its soups After all, when you throw in an assortment of ingredients that includes meat, seafood and vegetables, these will go a long way in sweetening the broth.

I did like that fact that the meats came thinly sliced – the beef remained tender and tasty even though I’d left it boiling in the soup for a little too long at one point.

The affordable prices will definitely be a huge draw as well. Weekday lunch prices are at just $16.99 (and goes up to $29.99 for weekend dinners), and the buffet variety is exactly the same as for dinner. Throw in another $1.99 and you’ll also get to enjoy a free flow of drinks and soft serve ice cream.

Salad Bar

I enjoyed my dinner at Shabu Sai, and I daresay that it’s going to provide neighbouring Japanese buffet restaurant Kiseki a run for its money. But more importantly, I came away with it actually seeing the point of going for hotpot. It’s actually a fantastic option when you’re dining out with friends, because there’s plenty of time to engage in conversation with them as you wait for the food to be cooked. And isn’t the great conversation the whole point of dinner with friends, anyway?

Shabu Sai is at #08-09/10/11 Orchard Central. Call 6884 6760 for reservations.

Material World was invited for a tasting at Shabu Sai. All opinions expressed are the author’s own.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Lastly, she believes that everyone should make it a point to travel solo at least once in their lives. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets

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