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The Mother’s Day Dining Guide


Never a complete Mother’s Day without a hearty meal. Since James and I will be away for the first two weeks of May, we made it a point to celebrate Mother’s Day in advance with the superwomen in our lives. Read on to find out where we went to!

Located in the heart of Tiong Bahru, the multi-concept lifestyle shop charms with its Parisian inspired decor and provides a cosy retail experience. Brunch is served till 5pm while guests get to relish in a social dining concept with the tapas menu for dinner. Talk about the French way of life!

Guests can either sit indoors in the chic cafe, or outdoors at the Garden Patio. We went with the latter to get more natural light but the entire restaurant is truly a dream for photo ops.

We were recommended to start with the rilettes, true French style. For the uninitiated, rilettes are similar to pâté. The delicately melted cheese and marinated pear was a refreshing contrast to the silky salty duck paste. By this point we had really high expectations for the mains.

Tarte flambée
It may be an overstatement to say that the tarte flambée is one of the best pizzas I’ve had lately. Think a nice thin crust, crispy and not overwhelming unlike its normal doughy counterparts, with savoury bits of bacon, slightly sweet apple slices, bitter rocket leaves and blue cheese. Yes blue cheese, which wasn’t overpowering. It was a really great blend of flavours and this was quickly snapped up.

Black pepper tuna
Japanese food fans would love the next dish. Slightly seared on the outside with a raw centre, the black pepper tuna melts in your mouth. For a French restaurant, I must say this dish was a pleasant surprise. We also couldn’t get enough of the yuzu and soy vinaigrette.

Red snapper ceviche
If you need a dish that’s light and refreshing for your meal, this is it. The ceviche is tart yet spicy at the same time, a good switch up from the other dishes. The red snapper was really fresh too!

Australian angus beef
The star of the night was definitely the beef which came with a side of creamy seasonal mushrooms and burnt leek. The mushrooms were as its name suggests, creamy but it wasn’t too jelak. It also comes as a side dish! The beef was medium-well but remained juicy. It was very flavourful as well, a great dish for sharing!

The restaurant also brings in a selection of top-quality artisanal cheeses from Europe weekly and tops them off with Beillevaire butter, homemade chutney and bread. For the carnivores at heart, the Bayonne cured ham well complements the cheeses. We gave the cheese boards a miss this time round but will definitely try it if we head back!

My mom and I were really satisfied at the end of the meal, not to mention, stuffed. A fuss-free meal experience, perfect for Mother’s Day!

How rare is it that my Mom gets an off day and we get to go for high-tea together? The first place that came to my mind was TWG.

TWG’s tea room is well stocked with an extensive variety of teas. It feels almost like stepping into Ollivanders Wand Shop and being spoilt for choice. Except that the teas are unlike wands which chooses its owners. My mom and I are fans of the Genmaicha and Silver Moon tea, so we didn’t have to study the plethora of selection before we made our choice.

We decided to go for the Chic Royal set, which includes smoked salmon with mascarpone and chives, roma tomato and moroccan mint tea infused sauce and prawn with silver moon tea infused cream. But the highlight of the set were the scones and clotted cream that comes with it. I found myself asking for a second serving of the light milky cream before I knew it. Two thumbs up!

What sets TWG apart from other places are also its tea infused macarons. The infusion of tea lessens the sweetness but remain satisfying for the sweet tooth. Some of my favourites are Black Tea & Blackcurrant as well as Bain de Rose Tea — definitely worth the splurge and a little something sweet for Mom this mother’s day.

I have to confess, all of us were so hungry that we almost forgot to take a photo of the food before we dug in! Then again, we often get so caught up in capturing moments that we forget to enjoy that very moment. So for this Mother’s Day celebration dinner at Masizzim, we kept pictures to a minimum and engaged in conversation with our Moms instead.

Masizzim is most well known for their stews (their name literally means delicious stews). You get a choice between beef, pork or chicken, 4 spice levels and whether you’d like udon or glass noodles. If I recall, we picked level 1 which was a nice amount of spice and went well with the other ingredients. We were also told that their secret to the tender and flavourful meats are overnight marination and slow-cooking for over 6 hours. It’s little wonder why their stews are such a hit!

If you prefer a soup base that’s more drinkable, go for the soy version. The broth was rich and comforting minus the kick from the spice. Almost like Mom’s homemade soup.

No one can choose between a fluffy egg roll or a bowl of steamed egg. So we ordered both. As compared to chawanmushis, korean steamed eggs are rather fluffy and more flavourful —Masizzim’s did not disappoint. The egg roll was stellar as well, although we would really love to try the cheesier option next time!

These are my top picks for Mother’s Day, and I hope your Mom will enjoy the food as much as James’ and mine did. Do share with me where else you’re bringing your Mom to on Mother’s Day! To mothers who are reading this, Happy Mother’s Day!

P.s/ If you haven’t picked a gift up yet and need some ideas, check out the gift guide I’ve compiled here.

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