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Food Picks: From eclectic menus to local delights

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MORE TO EAT AT MOOSEHEAD

After opening for almost a year, Moosehead recently expanded its lunch menu beyond sandwiches and quick meals. It now incorporates some dishes from its dinner menu, including signature items such as grilled avocado with ajo blanco, quinoa, salmon roe ($16) and grilled octopus with red pepper and lime ($35). There is also the rather exotic crispy spiced pig's ears ($16), which make an excellent snack with a mug of beer.

The tiny eatery in Telok Ayer Street has also been constantly changing its menu and new dishes include a delicious grilled maitake mushroom with potato foam, yuzu and soya sago ($22).

The menu is rather eclectic but one thing the dishes have in common is that the flavours are robust and hit the spot each time.

For dessert, check out the gula melaka frozen foam, chilli pineapple, banana, chocolate ($14).

Where: Moosehead, 110 Telok Ayer Street MRT: Telok Ayer When: Mon - Fri, noon - 2.30pm; Mon - Sat, 6 - 10.30pm Tel: 6636-8055


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HAVE A LONG, LONG LUNCH

If, like me, you enjoy long lunches with friends on weekends, you would appreciate Edge's A Long Long Lunch, which goes on from noon to 4pm. It is available only on Saturday, when the buffet restaurant at The Pan Pacific Singapore turns into a hawker food haven. There are more than 30 items, including laksa and prawn noodle soup, as well as roast meats, satay, bak kut teh, fried carrot cake and oyster omelette. There is also a selection of durian desserts, including pengat and durian puff.

Where: Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Promenade When: Sat, noon - 4pm Price: $50 nett an adult, $25 nett a child Tel: 6826-8240


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SUNDAY BRUNCH FOR LESS

The Sunday brunch at One-Ninety at the Four Seasons Singapore is no longer priced for the stars. While it once charged $292 for its Krug champagne brunch, the price now is $180 but with less expensive Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut N.V. Champagne. Without alcohol, it is $72 a person. The food is also more streamlined. The appetisers and desserts are on the buffet spread, but the main course is ordered from a menu and cooked a la minute.

There is still more than enough to eat. I particularly like the tomato bar, where you find a big selection including the Roina tomato, green tomato and vine-ripened Datterini. And you have to be quick to get the crispy-skinned Cantonese roast pork because it disappears in no time whenever a fresh batch comes out of the kitchen.

Main courses include striped sea bass flavoured with citrus and herb olive oil, and Australian lamb chops grilled in spiced lamb jus. But I would recommend the restaurant's signature wagyu beef burger, which boasts a juicy, tasty patty.

Where: One-Ninety Wood-fired Steaks and Seafood Restaurant, Four Seasons Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard MRT: Orchard When: Sun, 11.45am - 3pm Price: $72 - $180 a person Tel: 6831-7250


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CRUST JUST NICELY THIN

I like my pizza crusts thin but not so thin that they become a cracker. So Extra Virgin Pizza fits the bill quite nicely.

Made with special Caputo flour from Naples, the dough is aged for three days before being stretched into a pizza base. The result is an excellent crust that is crisp outside but slightly chewy inside.

I really like the Pistachio Pesto pizza ($24), with the ground pistachio a nice alternative to the usual pine nut pesto. Baby arugula leaves and a lemon vinaigrette top off the flavours nicely and help to lighten the nut base.

There are other variations such as Spotted Pig ($26), topped with spicy pepperoni, pork sausage and applewood smoked bacon, and Mushroom Bianco ($22), a combination of bechamel, roasted mushrooms and onions, which I will go back to try.

Besides pizza, there are also a few dishes on the menu, all of which are cooked in the oven because the eatery, amazingly, does not have a stove. These include Veal And Ricotta Meatballs ($14), Spicy Prawn Spaghetti ($20) and Oven-fired Clams ($18).

Where: Extra Virgin Pizza, United Square, 101 Thomson Road, 01-14 and Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View 01-04 MRT: Novena/Downtown When: United Square, Sun - Thu, 11am - 10pm, Fri & Sat, 11am - 11pm; Asia Square, Mon - Fri, 10am - 10pm Tel: 6247-5757