Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Amex 30licious is back for 30 days in Nov! My 3-course dinner at ElMero Mero, CHIJMES

Ensalada El Mero Mero
Remember American Express and the 30licious promos? Yes, S$30 fabulous meals for 30 days. It's back and runs Nov 3 to Dec 2.

Booking started yesterday at http://book.hungrygowhere.com/30licious - yes, that's where you sign up for these scrumptious deals (S$30++ for Amex cardholders).

I tried out the $30 three-course dinner at El Mero Mero (30 Victoria Street, #01-20 CHJIMES, tel: +65 6337 1377) and it is such fabulous value for money.

For starters, you have the El Mero Mero Salad (above, normal a la carte price S$21). A gigantic bowl of fresh butter lettuce, tomatoes (marinated and sundried), Caesar dressing, sunflower seeds, and chunky skewers of braised pork belly (so divine). And folks, this is the full size dinner portion. They are not skimping for the S$30 promo!

Pork Carnitas
After that healthy start, indulge in your main courses. There are two options - this is the Carnitas (a la carte price S$32): slow cooked pork, pico de gallo (fresh tomato salsa) cutely served in an onion cup, a smoky pepper sauce and corn tortillas kept warm in a pouch.

It tastes best when you assemble a little bit of everything on the pork. Let the acidity of the tomato salsa cut through the pulled pork, and the pepper sauce to bind it together. It's incredibly filling though. After two wraps, I started eating just the pork alone minus the tortilla carb. Seriously, it's a lot of food for one person. That meat pot just kept on giving...I wanted to take it home.

Tacos al Pastor with Kurobuta Pork
Or you could go for the other main course - Tacos al Pastor (a la carte price S$26): Kurobuta pork done al pastor ("shepherd" style, but really a shawarma fusion with guajillo rubbed pork), grilled pineapple, chopped onions, coriander and lime, plus a green pepper sauce to spice things up a little (spice level - don't worry, it doesn't bite).

Nitro Sorbet
Dessert, thankfully, is light. Nitro sorbet (a la carte price S$12), freshly made. This tastes like it's been spiked with tequila! Cold and refreshing, served interestingly in a wooden bowl that looks like a coconut shell. Flavour changes weekly.

Daily juice of the day - papaya spiked with key lime
What's interesting is your meals include water and daily juice - today it's papaya with a hint of key lime. Get your vitamins, antioxidants and fibre all in one lovely drink.

I hope those restaurants who charge diners for plain water will sit up and take notice!

El Mero Mero has a nice show kitchen
El Mero Mero is small and cosy, but has a large show kitchen. There's a bar just outside where you can also indulge in smaller bites and drinks. For both restaurant and bar, there's a small Hispanic wine list, beers imported from Mexico (three exclusively - Rosarito Beach, Bufadora, 8 Reales), cocktails, and of course a wide selection of tequila and mezcal.

El Mero Mero at CHIJMES
El Mero Mero means "the go-to guy" in Mexican. It's aiming to be the go-to place for contemporary Mexican cuisine in Singapore. Many of the ingredients are flown in from Mexico. However, they've partnered with ComCrop (Singapore's first rooftop garden) to start growing Mexican ingredients like habanero and Serrano chillies, green tomatillo and epazote. This will help them minimise their carbon footprint while giving us fresher and tastier chillies, herbs and vegetables. Salsas and sauces are made fresh inhouse.

El Mero Mero is just one of the 35 restaurants offering the Amex 30licious deal. Check out http://book.hungrygowhere.com/30licious for more venues and make your booking online.

Mouseover the restaurants to see details of the special S$30 menus. On mobile apps, you can just tap the restaurant description and it will expand to show the menus.

I have already spotted some I want to go for. Bookings are open now, and the 30licious meals begin 3 Nov! Enjoy the treats! #30liciousAmex FTW!

This post is brought to you by HungryGoWhere and American Express 

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