It was like a scene out of a post-apocalyptic movie. The underground carpark was deserted, eerily quiet. Not a soul in sight, just a sea of grey concrete. Suddenly, light and colours could be seen on the far side wall. The lift doors had opened and out stepped a smartly attired lady, masked and gloved. In her hands was a brightly coloured paper bag – containing the $13 InterContinental Singapore Takeaway Bento sets we had ordered.
InterContinental Singapore Dining
InterContinental Singapore, the 5 star hotel at Bugis junction, houses the contemporary Cantonese restaurant Man Fu Yuan; European brasserie Ash & Elm; and The Lobby Lounge which offers afternoon tea and cocktails. We can now savour the food from these popular dining establishments at home. Gourmet bundles, set menus and a la carte items can be ordered online – for self pickup or delivery. Self collection is from the InterContinental Singapore Shoppe, on Level 1 of the Hotel or via the Hotel B1 Carpark.
InterContinental Singapore Takeaway Bento
The InterContinental online menu is quite extensive. The competitively priced Bento Delights caught our attention.
There were five bento sets to choose from. We ordered the Oriental Set and Italian Set ($13 each).
The Oriental Set comprised Roasted Pork with Leek & Black Pepper Sauce,
Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet with Lychee, Baby Bok Choy and Rice.
InterContinental Oriental Bento might not look too impressive. However, taste-wise, every item was Chinese fine dining restaurant quality. The sweet sour fish was fresh and well balanced in flavour. Small pieces of pineapples and lychees added to the enjoyment of the fish dish.
Usually, we are not great fan of roasted pork with leek soaked in sauce. The pork with leek in a light pepper sauce turned out to be rather palatable and went very well with plain steamed rice. The baby bak choy was a simple dish that was well done. It was slightly crunchy and had natural sweetness.
The Italian Set was Seafood Aglio Olio Linguine with Beef Meatball Au Gratin and Vegetable Ratatouille.
The classic pasta dish of garlic in olive oil tossed with al dente linguine looked good and tasted good. The prawns, clams and squids were all fresh and had natural sweetness. The meatballs were delicious.
The vegetable ratatouille with tomato sauce was bright and zesty – serving as a counterpoint to the generally subtle flavours of the aglio olio linguine. Overall, the Italian set was a delightful meal.
Hope for the Future
When we went to collect our $13 InterContinental Singapore Takeaway Bentos it was from a deserted carkpark. We had never seen the car park in Bugis Junction so empty. How the coronavirus pandemic has affected mundane realities of our daily lives. We do not know how our post pandemic world will be like. We hope it is one where we can still enjoy good food like the InterContinental Singapore Takeaway Bento at an affordable price of $13.
InterContinental Singapore Shoppe
80 Middle Road, Singapore, 188966
Tel: +65 68251008
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