Hey guys, this is going to be a busy post - three items in one! All related to the Starwood Group.
1) Introducing the new French brasserie dishes at St Regis Singapore, specially added to the menu
2) Sharing the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Triple Benefits at all participating Starwood hotel restaurants; and
3) Giving away a 3D2N weekend stay for two at Plaza Athenee Bangkok (A Royal Méridien Hotel), Thailand, plus dining vouchers! Contest open to anyone around the world, not just Singapore residents.
Let me start with the food - there's now more reason than ever to head to Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis Singapore.
UPDATE 2015: this chef has left, and most of the dishes have changed.
The amuse bouche we had (right, iPhone Instagram shot) is hearty and addictive - potato and soy espuma with grilled wagyu tenderloin on skewer. The light savoury concoction is so tasty when mopped up with the rustic starter bread too. Gosh, I hope they make this a regular amuse bouche, the way L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon keeps its parmesan foam and foie gras starter. Please?
Salade Niçoise (S$36++)
Black-pepper-seared yellow fin tuna, mesclun leaves, quail eggs, marinated anchovies, green beans, and Kalamata olives.
This is a really hearty portion, and truly a meal on its own. Crisp greens paired with what seems to be sashimi grade tuna seared just lightly on the outside.
Bouillabaisse Façon Les Saveurs (S$19++)
Fisherman's seafood stew slow-simmered with fennel and saffron.
If you love seafood, you'll like the rich stock here that's been reduced to a potent broth. Adorned with mussels, squid, clams, fish, shrimp, this classic French soup is satisfyingly comforting here. It's served with a wicked aioli and toast (background).
Le Homard Thermidor (S$75)
Boston lobster flamed with cognac, mushroom béchamel sauce and gratinée gruyere
Decadence on a plate. The lobster' body is buried under a mountain of creamy cheesy goodness with diced mushrooms, and the large claws are battered and fried. We had no room for the few pieces of greens.
But to prime rib...we could not say no.
Here's the chef carving the incredible Côte De Boeuf from the Gueridon Trolley. You can indicate what doneness you prefer, and he will select the portion to match.
Côte De Boeuf (S$48++)
Australian beef prime rib (medium well).
Good golly, this is so good even when you are already full! Yes, once in a while, you have to give yourself a treat.
Le Gâteau À La Banane (S$14)
Banana mousse cake and apricot compote, mango salsa, banana and ginger ice cream
A light and non-fussy dessert - the banana mousse cake is sponge-like and goes perfectly with the ice cream.
Service at the St Regis is also heartwarming. When I joked that I needed both coffee and tea, the staff offered to make me a "yuanyang" (coffee-tea mixed drink popular in Hong Kong cafes). Voila! A French-style iced tea-coffee.
If you're a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program, you can take advantage of the Triple Benefits dining offers, valid until end September. You'll enjoy three exclusive benefits when you dine at any of the 650 participating restaurants and bars in Starwood hotels and resorts worldwide. The benefits vary according to outlets.
For example, at the Brasserie Les Saveurs, St Regis Singapore, you'll get:
1) Discount benefit - 15% off on food for lunch or dinner.
2) Dine with three or more guests and get an additional 100 Starwood points per person
3) Get a free glass of house wine with your meal!
Membership to the award-winning loyalty program is FREE. I'm waiting for my card to arrive!
Participating outlets in Singapore include DOMVS and The Dining Room at Sheraton Towers, Brasserie Les Saveurs and LaBrezza at the St Regis Singapore, and SKIRT and The Kitchen Table at W Sentosa Cove.
And now for the contest give away! The Starwood Hotel Group has kindly given me a 3D2N weekend stay voucher for two at the five-star Plaza Athenee Bangkok, Thailand! The complimentary stay in a Deluxe Room includes breakfast, and the voucher is valid until 30 June 2014. Airfare not included.
I also have dining vouchers at the Plaza Athenee for you (but these expire 30 Sept 2013), so I will give these out quickly on the Facebook fan page later.
HOW TO ENTER:
1) Share this post on your social media platforms, and give me the link(s) in the comments below. Each link counts as one chance.
2) Name your favourite hotel or resort in the Starwood group, in the comment as well.
3) Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (with all the details), so I know how to contact you if chosen.
Closing date for draw is 11:59pm, 15 September 2013. Have fun sharing and good luck!
Results will be announced in a separate post.
Photos taken with the Canon 6D kindly loaned by Canon Singapore, except where indicated.