The Great Gourmet Trail


Today I am attending the Great Gourmet Trail at Raffles City Shopping Mall, which is organized by 8 DAYS Eat. The trail costs $30 for a pair of tickets, where one would be feasting through the 4 different eateries which will be serving at least 4 dishes each.


With 16 eateries ( Sufood Singapore, Putien, Poulet, Salt Tapas & Bar, Qbab, Simply Wrapps, St Marc Café, Sho Teppan, 8Tarts n Pastries, PODI, The Pizza Place, Soup Spoon Union, Bangkok Jam, Marche, Prego, Kopi Tiam @ Swissotel ) in this event, we are divided into 4 different group : A, B, C, and D. I am in group B.


For the firs pit stop on the trail, we are trying dishes from the kids menu of Salt Tapas & Bar. The restaurant is Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s second culinary venture in Singapore. It offers traditional Spanish tapas with an Australian touch. For a choice of main course, dessert and a soft drink or juice, it costs $18++ for a kid meal.
From the Mains, we have


Spaghetti and tomato sauce
It tastes flavourful, without too sour in taste.


Crispy chicken breast, chips and garden peas
Fillet of fish, chips and garden peas

Crispy prawns taco,mayo and chips
The Crispy chicken breast tastes a bit tough, a sign of use of frozen white meat. The Fillet of fish tastes of beer batter. The Crispy prawns taco fares much better with its tasty salsa stuffing.


Churros with chocolate ($15++)
A dessert which is found in both kids menu and main menu as it is a hot favourite with both old and young. The spanish doughnut is lightly dusted with cinnamon-sugar, tasted mildly crunchy. It goes well with the thick chocolate sauce and the whipped cream that served with it.


Dulce de leche & salted pecan semifreddo strawberries, coconut wafer ($13++)
A dessert which is found in the main menu. For a non strawberry lover like me, the strawberry tastes sweet and juicy, unlike the usual sour tasting ones. Salty, sweet, cold, creamy, this caramel semifreddo hits all the right notes. And it is further enhances by the crispy coconut wafer.

Salt Tapas & Bar
Address : 252 North Bridge Rd, #01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore179103
Tel : 6837 0995
Operating Hours : tapas 11.30 – 22.00, drinks til 23.30 ( Mon – Thu ), tapas 11.30 – 23.00, drinks til 23.30 ( Fri ), tapas 11.30 – 23.30, drinks til 23.30 ( Fri ), tapas 11.30 – 21.30, drinks til 22.0 ( Sun & PH )
Website : http://salttapas.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SaltTapasAndBar

For pit stop 2, we are having it at Putien, a Chinese restaurant chain with outlets in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, which serving dishes from Putian – a beautiful coastal suburb in Fujian.

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Iced Bitter Gourd ($4.90)
Served chilled; the bitter gourd is crunchy and translucent-thin. Every slice is juicy and when dipped with honey, the taste is surprisingly refreshing!
For a person who is afraid of bitter gourd, this is good.

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PUTIEN Sweet & Sour Pork with Lychees ($12.50/ S, $18.50/ M)
Deep fried to light golden brown, the meat is tender and moist on the inside. The lychee is a perfect complement with its added burst of sweetness to the sauce.
Very juicy and flavourful.

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Shredded Meat with Bun ($3.90/ pc)
The tender shredded pork with sweet onions is wrapped with handmade golden sesame bun.
It is so tasty that I would like a second helping.

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Stir-fried Yam ($10.90/ S, 16.90/M)
Yam skillfully carved and stir-fried into cubes of golden crispy goodness. Each piece of yam has a caramelised crunchy exterior over light fluffiness within. A highlight of classic Putian cuisine, it boasts a savoury-sweet taste with a flawless texture.
I have never tasted yam like that.

PUTIEN 莆田
Address : 252 North Bridge Road, #02-18 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel : 6336 2184
Operating Hours : 11.30am-3pm (Last Order: 2.30pm) (Mon – Fri), 11.30am-4.30pm   (Last Order: 4pm) (Sat, Sun & PH), 5.30pm-10pm (Last Order: 9.30pm)
Website : http://www.putien.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PUTIEN.RESTAURANT

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For pit stop 3, we are at Sho Teppan, which is one of the restaurants under the Creative Eateries chain. The casual restaurant offers individual serving of dish where one can enjoy DIY cooking.

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Chicken Yaki Udon ($10.90++)
Everything is served in a metal pot for one to do DIY cooking. I like the chicken which tastes smooth and flavourful down the throat. But the udon which soaks up too much of the sauce is a bit too salty for me.

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Beef Tenderloin Teppanyaki ($17.90++)
Cool the cooked meat by dipping into the raw egg, which adds a smooth texture into the meat.

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Seafood Shabu Shabu ($17.90++)
The seafood tastes fresh, but cannot say the same for the vegetables especially for the cabbage which has a number of black dots on.

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Unagi
The eel is very soft and flavourful.

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We wash down the meal with Homemade Iced Green Tea.
Overall it is quite an interesting meal for all of us and everyone has great fun in cooking the dishes.

Sho Teppan
Address : 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44B Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel : 6336 8268
Operating Hours : 11.30am – 9.30pm
Website : http://www.shoteppan.com.sg/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ShoTeppan.sg

For pit stop 4 and the final stop, we are having pizza and pasta.

Here we get to try some of its Signature Pizzas, which costs $24.80/ Regular 10″, $34.80/ Large 14″, Additional $2 for New York Crust, Additional $1.50 for Calzone (regular).

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Chicken Royale
Creamy Sauce, Rosmary Chicken, Onions, Green Capsicum, Pineapples, Mozzarella, Cheddar
Sounds like a pizza of too much cheese, I am afraid that it will tastes too cheesey. Instead it tastes very creamy with a melt in the mouth taste.

Double Cheeseburger
Tangy Tomato Sauce, Ground Beef, Beef Pastrami, Onions Mozzarella, Cheddar, Honey Mustard
At the bite, the juicy flavour fills my mouth. It is a simply drooling pizza.

Aglio Olio Scampi Linguine ($12.80)
Aglio Olio Linguine pan fried with garlic, prawns and parmesan
With 3 chillies marking on the menu, I am expecting the dish to be very spicy. But it is just a hint spicy. I feel that the pasta tends to clump together.

We wash down the meal with a glass of ice lemon tea ($2.80) each, which is a cold and refreshing end to the tasty meal. Overall the food is delicious. Service is swift in serving and fast in response.

The Pizza Place
Address : 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-16 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel : 6336 1979
Operating Hours : 10am – 10pm
Website : http://www.thepizzaplace.com.sg/

Thank you 8 DAYS Eat for selecting me to attend this event. It is exciting and enjoyable.

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