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Singapore: A Foodie's Haven

27th December 2017

 

South East Asia is known for delicious and diverse cuisine that has become popular the world over. For many people, this is reason enough to visit this incredible part of the world, and if this applies to you, it’s likely that you might be struggling to decide just which areas to visit. The answer to this dilemma could well be Singapore. With influences from China, India, Malaysia, and Europe, many argue that food in Singapore offers the best of a number of cultures. Discover incredible places to eat and things to try, on a cruise in Singapore.

Raffles Hotel

Even if you haven't heard of much traditional Singaporean food and drink, we'd be willing to bet that you do know about their signature cocktail: The Singapore Sling. Thought to have been created by a bartender in 1915, in Singapore this drink is synonymous with Raffles Hotel - a stunning colonial hotel which is home to the Long Bar, where said bartender rustled up this delicious concoction. The main ingredients of this refreshing cocktail are gin, pineapple juice, and grenadine.

Laksa

This classic is said to have been brought to Singapore by the Peranakan people – those who immigrated to the Malay region from China, between the 1600s and 1800s. As such it has become well integrated into the cuisine of Singapore, and today remains a firm favourite among both locals and tourists. Essentially laksa is a noodle soup (or broth), made with spices, coconut milk, and usually chicken or fish.

Maxwell Food Centre

Singapore is known among food lovers for its hawker (street food) stalls. These offer affordable and yet delicious meals and great variety. Hawker stalls can be found here, there, and everywhere, but you will also come across centres which are known for this type of cuisine, such as Maxwell Food Centre. Here there are over 100 stalls selling all kinds of Singaporean favourites, and indeed some more modern and even international dishes.

Abacus Seeds

Having originated with the Hakka Han, or Han, people of China, abacus seeds are sometimes referred to as Hakka abacus seeds. They are similar to gnocchi, but instead of potato they are made with yams. They are a tasty and fairly versatile creation that can be found in various dishes with noodles, prawns, chicken, and vegetables. They are said to represent wealth, and so are often found in meals at celebrations such as New Year.

Kueh

Kuehs are traditional, bite-sized snacks that can be sweet or savoury. These too are especially popular among the Peranakan people, and can most commonly be found in supermarkets and coffee shops. They also frequently make an appearance at food festivals. Look out for favourites such as sweet steamed sponge, meat dumplings, and mini crepes made with sugar, coconut, and pandan leaves and juice.

Michelin Star Hawker Stall

Like many of the world’s big cities, Singapore is home to a number of Michelin-star rated restaurants. But what makes this location slightly more unusual, is that it boasts Michelin-star holding street food stalls! Both Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, and Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle have been awarded this prestigious status, making Singapore one of the only places on earth where you can get a Michelin-star meal for about £3.

Pau

Singapore’s pau are known elsewhere in Asia as ‘bau’, ‘baozi’, and ‘mantou’, or to English-speakers, ‘steamed buns’. They are often stuffed with barbecue pork, however in Singapore potato, chicken, or beef curry are also popular fillings. These can be found at stalls or in restaurants, and are a really tasty option for lunch, or a snack to see you through until your evening meal.

Today, food is a highly regarded and significant part of Singaporean culture, and is something that the locals take great pride in – and rightly so. Foodies will not be disappointed with what they find here, and will hugely enjoy the countrywide celebration of cuisine. For an extra-special treat, consider a Singapore cruise in July, and see what’s in store at the annual Singapore Food Festival.

Find out more about things to do in Singapore.


Try before you buy at Taste London with Celebrity Cruises

17th June 2016

Updated June 2017

 

Celebrity Cruises are famed for award winning cuisine and extraordinary dining venues. So we were more than pleased to be invited to Celebrity's grand stand at the Taste of London Food Festival for a tasting menu complete with wine pairings this week.


Bringing modern luxury to London, the Celebrity Cruises stand beckoned us with bright white furnishings and a fresh green picnic lawn. Sitting in the sunshine with a glass of wine, we felt as though we were onboard one of Celebrity Cruises award winning cruise ships at the iconic Lawn Club.

Representing classic dishes from Celebrity Cruises acclaimed restaurants, the menu presented us with a taster of what can be expected onboard.

 

Tuscan Grille

Our delicious two course tasting menu gave us a Taste of Tuscany with sample dishes from Celebrity's specialty Italian restaurant, Tuscan Grille.

  • Creamy Burrata and Marinated Tomato paired with Arneis Blangé, Ceretto Langhe
  • Dry Aged, Grass Fed NY Strip with Pollenta Cube paired with Chianti Classico, Peppoli

Both mouth watering dishes come highly recommended and left us wanting more.

During the event Celebrity Cruises shared the news that Celebrity Eclipse will be heading to Dublin whilst Celebrity Silhouette will be returnig to the UK for sailings out of Southampton from April 2018

Celebrity Cruises offer tasting sessions during the Taste of London festival* for £15pp. We can’t think of a better way to experience a snippet of life onboard a Celebrity Cruises sailing than a gourmet luxury tasting at their stunning pop up lawn club. Catch them this weekend to try before you buy! 

 

Luninae and Blu

See also a few snaps from Celebrity Cruises at Taste of London in 2016, with examples of delicious dishes from Celebrity's suite guest restaurant, Luminae.

The delicious celeriac veloute with black truffle was poured in front of us from a porcelain teapot and complimented with toasted sunflower seeds. This course was perfectly paired with a glass of Viognier, Jean-Luc Colombo, “La Violette”, Languedoc with explanations on the pairing from guest sommelier Kiki Evans.


Second course was representative of the cuisine available onboard Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Cruises 100 guest mega yacht sailing the Galapagos. Corvina sea bass with sage brown butter and cavolo nero with asparagus tantalised taste buds around the table as Chef Garcia recalled real life experiences of the fascinating Galapagos Islands. This dish was perfectly paired with a fruity Sauvignon Blanc, Clifford Bay, Marlborough.


Next came signature pistachio crusted lamb loin with juniper jam from Aqua Class Restaurant – Blu. Aqua Class guests can enjoy serene spa-inspired staterooms and exclusive access to specialty restaurant Blu, serving the finest of clean cuisine. Our lamb loin was complimented by a smooth and velvety Chilean Carmenere.

 

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*Taste of London 2017 is at Regents Park 14th-18th June with tickets from £17pp + transaction fee


5 Best Ships For Foodies

5th September 2014

Is the food your favourite thing about a cruise? I am sure for many the answer is yes and for those who say no, I have a feeling you might change your mind after reading this blog.

Dining has always been a vital element of a cruise, but even more so now than ever. With cruise lines taking a major focus on its cuisine, some of the best food in the world is now said to be found at sea. With Michelin-star chefs, five star restaurants and unique ingredients from around the world, a cruise truly takes you on a culinary journey like no other. It is not about the quantity of food onboard that makes it so appealing, it is the quality.

Whether you are passionate about food or not, there is no getting away from the fact meal times will be the most memorable part of your cruise holiday.

Although every cruise ship has something for everyone, I have narrowed them down to the five ships I think are the ultimate foodies paradise…

Celebrity Eclipse - Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises focus significantly on their own cuisine, even to the point they have exhibited at the prestigious 'Taste' food festivals for the last couple of years. There award-winning restaurants have been recognised not only by industry officials but food experts around the world.

Celebrity Eclipse built in 2010 was the third ship in the Equinox Class. Built with food in mind, there is a wide choice of culinary suprises to choose from from, even for  the most challenging taste buds.

The main dining room showcases modern décor with a unique twist. Spanned over three levels with blue and white coloures it represents the 'modern luxury' style Celebrity are famous for. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner it presents exciting dishes unlike any other cruise dining rooms. With a different menu every night, you can expect to find meals such as lobster, roast chicken and unique soups.

Murano is a specialty restaurant like no other at sea, as timeless as it is modern it takes a different approach to French cuisine. Exploiting the intense French passion for food with a unique twist, this menu captivates you in every way.

Qsine is a restaurant that took the industry by storm with its completely offbeat edge and unordinary meals. This experience is far from normal, even from the moment you order your meal on an iPad. Award winning chefs will then muster up an array of heavenly dishes including sushi lollipops, popcorn fish and lobster escargot.

No dining experience would be complete without a good old steak house and Tuscan Grill is definitely up there with the best steak houses at sea. Although a classical steak house it has an Italian twist that brings out exquisite flavors in every dish.

Other dining options include the Oceanview café, Blu (an exclusive restaurant for suite guests) and room service.

View Celebrity Eclipse Deals

Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International 

With a ship the size of Oasis of the Seas it is no surprise it holds the largest amount of dining options than many other ships. With over 27 different venues to eat, this ship really does take you on a gastronomic journey guaranteed to set all of your senses alight.

The three tiered dining room exposes the traditional fine décor Royal Caribbean are known for, with grand chandeliers, immaculately laid tables and assertive waiters all around. With a different menu presented every night, each meal time betters the last.

Giovanni’s Table is one of the best Italian restaurants I have dinned in, including ones I have experienced in Italy itself. With the option to dine Al Fresco in the serene atmosphere of Central Park, you will experience Italian cuisine at its finest. From tantalizing anti-pasti, fresh pasta and flavor infused breads, this is no place for anyone on a diet.

Chops Grille is Royal Caribbean’s signature steak house that is a meat lover’s dream with succulent steaks, fresh fish and melting lamb.

For an up-scale experience, 150 Central Park is the most premium restaurant onboard that treats guests to a set seven course meal with accompanying wine and condiments. Featuring a celebrity chef who explains every dish, it offers an experience best enjoyed by those who like the finer things in life.

Chefs Table is an exclusive dining experience offering guests the chance to dine intimately with the Chef himself. Set in a private venue, you will not only indulge on the delicious food, but learn about it too.

For those who prefer healthier options, the Solarium Bistro presents an exciting menu with every dish having no more than 500 calories.

For the casual diners there is the Windjammer Buffet, Sorrento’s Pizza and The Seafood Shack and for times when you need a snack there is a Tapas Bar, Café Promenade and Central Park Café (serves the most delicious roast beef rolls!)

View Oasis of the Seas deals or check out Royal Caribbean's newest ship from the Oasis Class, Harmony of the Seas

Oceania Marina - Oceania Cruises

The luxury lines are known for offering the finest cuisine at sea and Oceania are no exception. These small, intimate ships are home to flawless dining venues that gracefully present sumptuous dishes throughout the day.

The Grand Dining Room has been designed with elegance in mind and no details are left out. With neutral décor and striking gold features, the serene atmosphere compliments the menu perfectly. Serving incredible cuisine along with the finest wine, you can expect to try dishes such as steamed Main Lobster, Duck a l’Orange and Fresh Red Snapper.

Renowned Chef Jacques Pepin brought his passion and talent to sea at Jacques where he re-creates impressive dishes and infuses them with crisp flavours.

Red Ginger is an enchanted restaurant with intense red décor and a striking masterpiece that sets the ultimate scene for a meal to remember. With a menu as striking as the décor, you can expect to experience Asian-spiced Lamb, Nutty Braised Beef and Green Tea Banana Cake.

The timeless Polo Grill transforms you into an old fashioned New York Steak House. With signature Ralph Lauren tableware and premium table linen, eating your 28 day dry aged prime beef is a matchless experience.

Step into a classical countryside eatery at Tuscan, as you indulge on authentic Italian favorites and desserts to leave you feeling more than satisfied.

Other dining venues include The Terrace Café, Waves and La Reserve.

View Oceania Marina deals

Seven Seas Voyager - Regent Seven Seas

Regent Seven Seas are known for continuously raising the bar in cruise ship dining and Seven Seas Voyager sets the bar once again.

Although being a smaller ship, there are over six different dining venues to choose from. Using only the finest ingredients and local produce, the cuisine onboard Seven seas Voyager can only truly be described in taste.

Prime 7 is a classic steakhouse with a contemporary atmosphere that redefines that which we typically love about steak. A glamourous evening will be had as you indulge on distinct melt-in-your-mouth steaks.

Signatures showcases everything loved about France, from unusual art décor to delightful cuisine. Feel like you are in central Paris as you spoil yourself with exotic wines and dishes so unique you cannot even read them on the menu!

Compass Rose, the flagship restaurant for Regent Seven Seas serves European-inspired dishes in a romantic setting. From steamed lobster tail to Alaskan Halibut, and Roasted Rack of Lamb to Broiled Cornish Hen, choosing what to eat will be the hardest decision of your cruise.

Being at sea offers the ultimate setting to breathe in the fresh sea air as you dine outside so La Veranda and Pool Grill present the perfect venues to enjoy fresh gourmet ingredients such as Gnocchi, Lasagna, Seafood Platters and Grilled Meat Feast.

View Seven Seas Voyager deals

Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Lines

Famous for their freestyle dining concept, cuisine wasn’t really a key selling point for Norwegian Cruise Line, however Norwegian Epic certainly has an apparent focus on dining choices.

With over twenty different dining options you will have the opportunity to try new tastes, indulge on old favourites and experiment with new ingredients. Whether you want to grab a snack or celebrate a special occasion with a six course feast, Norwegian Epic will take have you making memories every meal time.

La Cucina is a traditional Italian restaurant, Le Bistro reflects all things French and Moderno is an impressive Brazilian steakhouse.

Shanghai’s Chinese Restaurant serves up a cocktail of Asian treats including noodles, wok fried dishes, dim sum and dumplings. All prepared in an open kitchen, the sweet aromas oozing from the open kitchen are only the beginning.

Teppanyaki guarantees to surprise every visitor and offers a dining experience like no other found at sea. Sat around a lively shared table you will watch as a Chef prepares meats, seafood and unique grills in front of your eyes. Tip: Try the Wasabi Cocktail!

Grabbing a sweet treat has never caused such a stir as a visit to Carlo’s Bake Shop. Located in the Atrium and featuring TCL’s Cake Boss, this is where you will find some of the most mouth-quenching treats you have ever laid eyes on.

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