At the first moment seeing Woody Family Café, a café-style restaurant located in the North outskirts of Singapore, we have seen the difference. Its outside look has the power of sparking people’s curiosity. It makes us want to step in and explore the inside world.
With Woody Family Café, you will go swiftly from one surprise to another. While its outside invites people to embark on a mini adventure, the space inside reminds them of the beautiful memories of the old days.
It is safe to say that Woody Family Café is a kind of gastronomic venue you have never seen in central Singapore. That unique and unusual world is the creation of a husband and wife duo, Jenny and Sam. They have combined their vast experience in F&B and entertainment with their personal interests to bring about a “little escape world” for food lovers.
If you need some reasons to persuade yourself to make a long journey to a café in the far north of the country, here are those inspirations:
1. Restaurant With A Touch of Green
Woody Family Café is surrounded by green plants, stretching from the façade to the side. You can also see trees and pots of plants lining the space in front of the restaurant. No matter where your table is, your eyes still can catch a slide of forest. Now you know why the word “Woody” is there in the name of the café.
2. Decoration That Fills Diners With Nostalgia
This café’s ceiling is decorated with lanterns and strings of sparkling lights, the kind of lights you see in Christmas time or in Asian suburb coffee shops in the old days. Its walls are full of posters and photos of the world’s all-time famous stars like Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, and Charlie Chaplin. When you enjoy food at the table covered by plastic tablecloths and your eyes scan through the dining room, you may feel your soul is taking a dose of nostalgia at the same time. Although the decoration is of no style, which seems an eclectic mix based on personal interests, it helps people take a stroll down memory lane.
3. Open-Air Dining Space With Laid-Back Ambience
When a restaurant is surrounded by plants, it is great to have a seat with a view of the greenery. At Woody Family Café, their many tables placed at a space like a veranda please diners with the views and the breezes. The whole restaurant exudes a relaxing vibe that allows you to dine and chat to your heart’s content.
4. Peranakan-Infused Menu With Vast Options
Woody Family Café features an interesting fusion menu that showcases both authentic nyonya and nyonya-with-a-twist dishes. Fans of Peranakan food can satisfy the craving with nasi ulam, beef rendang, chap chai, buah keluak omelette and many more.
But that is not all the restaurant can do for its customers. Adventurous diners will find it interesting exploring the menu section that celebrates the marriage of Western and Peranakan cuisines.
Have you ever tasted or simply heard about Spicy Peranakan Buffalo Wings, Squid Ink Pasta in Seafood Chilli Crab Sauce, Mama Laksa Burger With Fries, German Pork Knuckles in Garam Assam, or Lamb Shank Rendang in your life? If not yet, you can savour these at Woody Family Café. Their flavor is just as delicious as their names.
5. A Restaurant With Its Own Food Creations
When passion goes hand in hand with creativity, new creations are brought to life. And that is what you will witness at Woody Family Café when dishes like Homemade Onion Rings served on your table. This dish’s name is nothing special, but when your eyes see it and your teeth sink into it you will know the difference.
You can call it Onion Rings Tower if you think that is a more imaginable addressing. Yes, the dish really looks like a tower, with huge rings of onion stacked on top of each other. Its look is good, its taste is even better. You don’t want to pause any second when your taste buds have gotten to know the combined flavor of fried juicy, sweet onion and Woody’s Sambal sauce.
Now you know there is a little escape world in our city with great ambience and mouth-watering food for some getting away time. The restaurant is just the right place for families and groups of friends with a big love for home-style Peranakan viands. Make a trip there to change the backdrop for your late afternoon or dinner meal and, perhaps, to change the “menu” for your eyes when they get bored with the same scenes seen everywhere in the modern Singapore areas. Do this to freshen up your love for the day-to-day life.
You may want to come back after your first visit to the restaurant. Don’t hesitate to do so when your heart desires a little escape at weekend or when you have a special occasion to celebrate. The restaurant is open almost everyday of the year and has facilities to cater for up to 70 pax in a single event. This nostalgic gastronomic venue is especially perfect for holding a birthday or anniversary party for your parents or grandparents. They will like it.
It’s easy to see why buffets are such a huge hit among foodies: it’s the easiest and most practical way to sample a great variety of dishes and cuisines in one sitting. Sometimes, however, no matter how extensive the menu is, it reaches a point where the selection becomes tired, repetitive, and almost too boring even. You won’t have this problem at J65 – until May 25th at least!
J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore has just recently launched 5 new daily themed dinner buffets, each guaranteed to excite every foodie in town. From this point forward, you might as well refer to days of the week as “International Buffet”, “Colours of Asia”, “Lobster Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Live Barbecue”, and “Seafood Mania”.
If that doesn’t sell the idea to you, maybe the words “all-you-can-eat dessert buffet” will. That’s right; a dessert buffet perfectly complements the scrumptious savory dishes. The buffet spread features local and international delights, and you will actually find yourself having a hard time deciding which ones are your favorite. As far as classic favorites go, you should never forego J65’s durian pengat. It’s neither the best-looking nor the best-smelling dessert but one teaspoonful of it and you’ll fall in love with this rich and creamy specialty. Other desserts to save tummy space for are their variety of cheesecakes, eclairs, and homemade ice cream.
Now, on to the weekly calendar of smorgasbord goodness:
SUNDAYS & MONDAY (18:00 – 21:30) – INTERNATIONAL BUFFET (S$55++ Per Pax)
Sundays and Mondays are perfect for foodies who want to sample the best of major international cuisines. The carving station takes center stage on Sundays and Mondays – Virginia ham with honey lemon sauce, slow-baked whole salmon, roast pork knuckle, and the crowd’s favorite, prime rib with roasted potatoes, butter asparagus, and baby carrots.
The Japanese station features a decent sushi, sashimi and maki spread that may not be as extensive as in other buffet restaurants, but the freshness of the produce makes up for it. The Indian station is also a show-stopper, drawing in crowds to classic dishes such as paneer lababdar, hara moong dal tadka, and an assortment of curries.
TUESDAY (18:00 – 21:30) – COLOURS OF ASIA (S$55++ Per Pax)
Tuesdays are all about what makes Asia a culinary mecca for foodies – a colorful exhibition of the vibrant flavors of Asian cuisine. There’s hot and sour seafood tom yum goong from Thailand; pol roti from Sri Lanka; therapeutic bak kut teh – Singapore’s favorite soup; and tandoori dishes from India. What makes Tuesdays even more interesting is the live preparation of some Asian specialties such as teh tarik, roti canai, and tandoori.
WEDNESDAYS (18:00 – 21:30) – LOBSTER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (S$65++ Per Pax)
If lobster is on the menu, you can almost guarantee you’re getting your money’s worth. Not only are there several lobster dishes on the buffet spread, there are different kinds of lobster, too, such as Boston lobsters, mountain lobsters, and slipper lobsters. Drool over lobster paella, Singapore lobster laksa, and lobster bisque. A definite crowd favorite is baked lobster thermidor, which is basically lobster stuffed with mushroom and topped with cheese and then baked until the crustacean is perfectly succulent while the cheese is all oozy and melty.
THURSDAYS (18:00 – 21:30) – LIVE BARBECUE ($65++ Per Pax)
It’s almost impossible to think of the word “barbecue” without images of festive nights with your family and friends flashing in your brain. That is exactly what J65’s “Live Barbecue” night is all about – a feast that features hunks of meat and fresh seafood dancing atop live charcoals.
Satay lovers will be delighted to find out that chicken and mutton satay are refilled even before the last stick gets snatched off the serving platter. Other specialties worth lining up for are crispy pork belly, braised duck, champagne pork ribs, and Korean pork belly strips. A definite must is the heavenly suckling pig – with fatty, crispy skin that is worth every calorie.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS (18:00 – 22:00) – SEAFOOD MANIA (S$65++ Per Pax)
Seafood Mania night is a veritable exposition of the glorious offerings of the vast ocean. Think of all your favorite seafood, and it’s most likely to make an appearance: mud crab, Alaskan crab, prawns, Boston lobster, mussels, and clams. It must also be emphasized that there is a live oyster station where Australian oysters are shucked upon a diner’s request. The oysters are plump, fresh, briny and sweet at the same time; in short, perfect.
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, Level 1
1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
T: (65) 6831 4374
Crab is very much a part of Singapore’s culinary, so much so that the Singapore Chilli Crab was elected one of the country’s national dishes. Plaza Brasserie at ParkRoyal on Beach Road celebrates Singapore’s love affair with the delectable crustacean by bringing back its acclaimed buffet, the Ultimate Crab Feast.
If you’re wondering what makes this year’s Ultimate Crab Feast better than the previous ones, Chef Ken guarantees a spectacular buffet spread that features seven mouthwatering crab recipes that will have you never letting go of the crab cracker.
The Ultimate Crab Feast at Plaza Brasserie, of course, isn’t only about divine crab dishes. The buffet spread includes a grand variety of sushi and sashimi, rotisserie, and other seafood such as prawns and oysters. It is offered during dinner starting on April 9 to June 28 on Sundays through Wednesdays. Buffet rates are at S$41++ for kids and S$68++ for adults.
7 heavenly recipes, 7 delicious reasons to check in at the Plaza Brasserie:
1. BLACK PEPPER CRAB
Black pepper crab is a truly classic crab dish that Plaza Brasserie has perfected over time – never to be missed.
2. SINGAPORE CHILLI CRAB
Not to be missed on the list, of course, is Singapore chilli crab because a crab buffet without Singapore’s national dish is travesty, a betrayal to the culinary heritage of our beautiful nation.
Chef Ken’s rendition of Singapore chili crab features luscious mud crabs gracefully bathing in a thick sauce that is the perfect balance of savory, sweet, and spicy. Pair it with freshly cooked mantou buns because that is the only way to go.
3. SALTED EGG CRAB
Plaza Brasserie’s umami-packed salted egg crab is rich, creamy, and generous – all the qualities that you want in an excellent salted egg crab recipe.
4. SAMBAL PETAI CRAB
Sambal petai crab may be the least popular among crab recipes but that doesn’t mean it ranks the lowest in flavor. Take advantage of the Ultimate Crab Feast to get acquainted with this unique dish.
Chef Ken’s masterpiece is a delightful marriage of the intense flavor of sambal and the bitterness and crunch of petai beans. It would come as no surprise if there’s a clamor for this new dish to be a mainstay at Plaza Brasserie’s annual Ultimate Crab Feast.
5. CEREAL CRAB
Great news to all cereal crab fans! Cereal crab has finally made it to the UCF repertoire! The contrast between the crunchy and sweet oat cereals and the soft and savory crab flesh makes graceful tiny dances on the taste buds. The curry leaves, on the other hand, wraps up the whole dish with a sensational aroma that would get you all giddy with anticipation.
6. GINGER HUA TIOW CRAB
Ginger Hua Tiow crab is the perfect dish for foodies who appreciate a light but sublime flavor. Crab is simmered in a wonderful broth of Hua Tiao wine, ginger, garlic, and parsley. One sip of the broth will give you feels akin to when you were a little kid being doted upon by your sweet grandma – warm, comforting, and homey.
7. CURRY CRAB MEAT KUEH PIE TEE
Chef Ken gives these crispy pastry shells an upgrade by filling them up with spicy curry crab and pillow-soft stewed turnip. These appetizers are sure to whet your appetite for more glorious crab dishes.
PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Level 1
7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591
Tel: (65)6505 5710
Buffet time: Sun to Wed 18:00 – 22:00
Buffet prices: Adult $68 / Child $41
Chez Vous: shā vu\adj Your Place. In French, ‘vis’ akin to Your House.
Chez Vous is a 2,000 sq ft beauty powerhouse located in the heart of Orchard Road, offering a cutting edge range of signature treatments in an unpretentious yet sophisticated designer interior layout. With a one-of-a-kind “OHDA” (or Only Hair Directors Allowed) policy in place, the salon ensures an unparalleled roster of beauty experts so that clients receive only the best service and advice in creating their individual style.
Why Flee Away?
To Flee or Not to Flee?
City dwellers are often caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day to day cycle of life and whatnot that it is often hard to find a moment for yourself.
At times, when you do have a silent moment, you may ponder what will happen if you decide to leave it all behind and move on to another place?
While that all important decision takes a brave heart and soul to tackle, take a moment now at Flee Away Cafe to escape, rest and enjoy a cup of aromatic coffee at Flee Away space.
Saigon Vietnamese Delicacy specializes in authentic Vietnamese cuisine which serves many delicious dishes as well as your favorite Vietnamese food. Their menus offer an array of flavorful dishes that are sure to satisfy any appetite.
Mansion Bay is located in between the iconic building, Esplanade, and the famous Makansutra where delectable food is located. It is divided into 3 concepts – Madison Lounge, M Bar and Mansion. The size of the whole place is of 15,000 square feet, has 2 levels and can hold approximately 1000 people.
Move over Piedra Negra and Señor Taco – Singapore’s Mex’perts are here! MexOut, the new fast-casual eatery at Far East Square, has elbowed its way in to that sweet spot between traditional fast food and waiter service, bringing quality, tasty and affordable Fresh-Mex cuisine to Singapore.