The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens is now halal certified! Now an inclusive dining destination for the masses, the restaurant has also revitalised its all day ala carte menu with spectacular new dishes. Many would think that The Halia’s price point is on the expensive side but it isn’t. The menu has been revamped and featured quite a number of impressive dishes.

I started the meal with a glass of Lychee & Thyme ($8++), a refreshing concoction of healing garden tea, lychee juice, thyme infusion and raspberries.

Lightly Smoked Kingfish ($17++) is served with smoked crushed pea, lemon dressing, almond flakes, salted black beans and lemongrass oil. It also comes with a side of chilled cucumber and ginger shooter mixed with yogurt to give it additional flavours.

I pretty enjoyed the mussels from Fresh Boston Bay Mussel ($22++) which are plump and juicy. The coconut & ginger flower broth added with chilli and lime have such an intense flavour which makes me crave for more. Dipping the grilled focaccia into the sauce makes it even more satisfying as it had soaked up most of the broth.

Pan-fried Barramundi ($28++) topped with green asparagus, cherry tomato and basil oil reminds me of risotto, but the pignolina pasta is much more chewy. It had absorbed most of the thai coconut cream sauce which makes it a delight to chew on. The barramundi was really fresh and nicely charred on the skin.

Yuzu Gateaux ($13++) is made with a yuzu infused cake, intense chocolate yuzu ganache, lait caramel mousse and yuzu foam. If you love something sweet and sour, this is definitely for you.

I had mixed feelings for Fig Tart ($11++) as I am never a fan of figs. Sitting on a bed of chocolate tart base was yogurt mousseline, speculoos, caramelised fig and turmeric foam. Forget about the figs, the rest of the tart was tasty and great on the palate. Also, I was blown away by the pretty presentation of this dessert, never knew tarts could look like this.

Aside from the updated ala carte menu, diners can opt for a communal dining format, where they can feast on selected signature dishes in groups of 4 or 6, for only $180++ and $270++ respectively. Or, you may also visit Halia for a nice romantic dinner with your other half. Sounds like a plan for our wedding anniversary! heart

The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden
(Enter via Tyersall Gate, Tyersall Avenue)
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Note: Prices are subjected to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.

Superior Chia Seeds & Premium Bird’s Nest

I have been incorporating my breakfast with chia seeds and I never knew that there are more 1000+ types of chia seeds in the world! surprised This was made known to me after a chat with Mr. Freddy Yap, the CEO of Superior.

Chia seeds are known to have an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein. They are one of the most nutritious food in the world that helps to aid heart and digestive health, stabilise blood sugar and maintain stronger bones and teeth. High in fibre, gluten-free and transfat free, they are great for cleansing and detoxing and are delicious combined in food and drink recipes for that much needed energy boost, which is why I love having it for breakfast since it is the first meal of the day. smile

Then again, not all chia seeds in the market are good. In order to allow consumers like us to enjoy the best of the best, Superior had incorporated 5 of the best chia seeds amongst the 1000+ types and had micro sliced them at a fairly low temperature in order not to destroy the nutrients in the seeds. With them finely milled, the nutrients are easier to absorb as raw chia seeds with the husk still intact are less likely to be as nutritious as they are digested naturally as a whole by the body. Other than being a meal replacement to aid in weight loss, it also helps to prevent constipation. Here are some dishes specially created by Yàn for Superior’s event.

Chilli Crab Bun, Deep-fried Rice Paper Roll with Shrimps and Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling.

Fragrant Rice Soup with Chia Seeds & Crab Meat

Sauteed Grouper Fillet with Black Garlic and Asparagus

Superior also offers premium bird’s nest which are painstakingly cleaned manually by hand, using only distilled water. The nests are natural, organic and free from any additives, chemicals or cleaning agents. Each nest receives a final quality check, ensuring its optimum colour, size, and shape which contributes to its bite and springy texture after cooking.

Customers may choose to purchase 2 types of products – double boiled bird’s nest (2 bowls for S$158) and dried bird’s nests (S$960 for 200g). For those who wants to enjoy bird’s nest without the hassle of preparing it, do order the double boiled bird’s nest. The dried bird’s nest is first soaked in boiling water for an hour, then gently double boiled for another hour before being naturally sweetened with rock sugar or honeycomb. Customers can also choose their preferred level of sweetness when ordering online. Each order of double boiled bird’s nest is delivered right to your doorstop in a porcelain vacuum flask that helps keep the tonic fresh, air tight and warm.

We were treated to Chilled Double-Boiled Superior Bird’s Nest in Coconut Water served with Vanilla Ice Cream, a lovely combination which I totally enjoy savouring.

To find out more about Superior’s chia seeds and bird’s nest, simply login to to place your order online. Delivery can be made within 48 hours and is free for all orders above S$75.