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It was a pampering weekend for A and I as we prep ourselves for the Chinese New Year weekend.
And I have so much to rave about our luncheon at Song Of India!

Located in the heart of the city at 33 Scotts Road, the fine dining restaurant is housed
in one of the black and white heritage bungalows just a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road.
I have had my fair share of local Indian cuisines but the visit to Song Of India really gave me new insights to
how Indian cuisine can be luxurious, sophisticated and stylish too!

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We were there because of award-winning Chef Manjunath Mural who also heads Song Of India as Director of Cuisine.
Here is his personal Facebook Fan Page and he has (very cutely) put our picture as his cover photo! :p
We had a good chat with him and understand that despite coming from a family of doctors,
he decided to pursue his passion for food instead.
His journey with hospitality and food started in 1993 and since then,
he constantly outdoes himself and have since earned countless awards and recognitions.

I can REALLY feel the passion he has for good food and the whole culinary culture just by speaking to him.

Lunch started out with an entrΓ©e (shown in the opening picture of this post) and I really couldn’t believe
that was all Indian food.
Pardon my superficiality, but to me, Indian food is often about curry, spices, curry, spices and more curry!
But the platters sent to our table often get me pleasantly surprised by how Chef Mural was able to infuse
strong Indian spices and yet still maintaining the delicate taste of the food.

*thumbs up*

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On top of the main dishes painstakingly prepared by Chef Mural, we also enjoyed the “Indian food” we are familiar to!
Naans, paneers, curries and more – all served on the buffet tables.

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For the record, can I just say that the Briyani here is one of the best I’ve ever tasted?
S-U-P-E-R-B!

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I’m sure you have tried Naans, what about Black Truffle or Blue Cheese flavoured ones? :D”

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Oh! And we had some martinis at our luncheon too.

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Chef Mural also introduced us to a bit of Molecular Gastronomy with his desserts!

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This may look like a distant relative of the local ‘potong’ ice cream but the taste is really beyond words can describe.
I’m not trying to exaggerate – but I honestly cannot put my finger to what it tastes like exactly.
Just damn good! Hahaha.

If you’re thinking of bringing your family here but cannot help worrying for your wallet, fret not.
There is quite a wide price range here and you can get your hands on these delectable Indian food at pretty affordable prices.

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They have a Valentine’s Day Set Menu up too!

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Oh! And I really love the “mints” they have. Mints!

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And one more of us with Chef Mural. πŸ™‚

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*A and I went home right after luncheon for a short nap. Food coma! Haha!*

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And because heroes need a break too…

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We had a mini staycation at Park Hotel Clarke Quay!

They were really thoughtful and gave us a nice warm welcome. πŸ˜€

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My very own pillow case!

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The view from our room πŸ˜€

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The peeps at Park Hotel Clarke Quay gave us one of the Crystal Club rooms, giving us access to use the
many amenities Crystal Club members are entitled to.
For instance, we can choose to either have our breakfast at the restaurant at the ground floor or HERE!

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Splendid view!

Almost wanted to make coffee and froth milk for other guests. Occupational habits.
Hahaha! Kidding.

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And the swimming pool!

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Dinner was at Brizo where we had buffet and A also ordered a rack of lamb with just a $20 top-up! Yumyums!

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We were allowed late check-out at 3pm the following day and got our hands on some delicious local fare before leaving!
Chicken Rice for me and Laksa for A. πŸ˜€

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Thank you Park Hotel Clark Quay for the lovely staycation! ❀

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I recently got my hand on the prettiest camera bag I’ve seen so far!
We all know camera bags are always very boyish looking but, lo and behold, THIS is a camera bag!

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Aide De Camp has thoughtfully married handbag and camera bag,
and given us these beautiful and stylish camera bags for us “travelphilics”! πŸ˜€

My Aide De Camp Valencia Camera Bag was REALLY gorgeous and functional.

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Receiving this bag just makes me want to pack my bags and go travelling right away!
It is made of premium light-weight and water-resistant nylon, genuine leather trim and 14k gold-plated hardware,
and I dare say that this is really a dream come true for people like me
who do not like lugging my hideous previous camera bag around.

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See how roomy and spacious it is!

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And there is also something else I really like about this bag – is that it can be separated into two!

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It’s the only camera bag for female photographers that boasts both function, practicality and style.
So glad it’s mine now!
Thank you, Aide De Camp! ❀

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