Redpan – Marina Square

When food meets design, you get Redpan, a relatively new restaurant which has opened at Marina Square. Located in the new wing of the mall, the decor of the place is like an upmarket bistro. The restaurant is well-lit and the furnishings are designed in a way that they stand out. The menu focuses on giving Western food a Singaporean twist, throwing a spotlight on local ingredients and familiar flavours.

Redpan

Redpan

The Orders
If made well, a soup serves as a great way to begin any meal. Hence, we right away ordered the ‘Smokey Tomato Soup’ which turned out to be a satisfying dish. The tomato soup served with garlic croutons had an additional depth to it due to the chargrilled effect.

smokey tomato soup

Smokey tomato soup at $7


For the mains, we ordered the ‘Vegetable Lasagna’ for a wholesome dish. The dish was a colorful medley of vegetables like baked pumpkin, grilled eggplant and mushrooms along with tomato sauce and curry bechamel. Going meatless does not mean giving up on flavour and this dish proved its point with its great taste. Highly recommended.
Vegetable lasagna

Vegetable lasagna at $14


One of my go-to pasta dishes to order is the ‘Roasted Vegetable Aglio Olio’ because its a toss and serve kind of dish that spells comfort. This pasta at Redpan could have been better, both in terms of taste and seasoning.
Roasted vegetable aglio olio

Roasted vegetable aglio olio at $12


It is never surprising to see a ‘Portobello Mushroom Burger’ being offered as the sole vegetarian burger option in many restaurants across Singapore. I have always maintained that there should be more varieties tried in this segment for sure. Having said that, the size of a grilled portobello perfectly fits the size of a burger bun and is liked by mushroom lovers. Here, it was served with cheddar and lettuce in toasted ciabatta buns and was a solid rendition of the dish. The fries on the side were addictive!
Portobello mushroom burger

Portobello mushroom burger at $12


The desserts at this place really impressed me and the variety is mindboggling – they have the dessert options listed on the menu and the daily specials displayed on their cake counter. To begin, we ordered the most unique ‘Teh Halia Creme Brulee’ which was a classic dessert infused with ginger and tea. As weird as it sounds to imagine tea in a dessert, this offering incorporating the local milk tea is top-notch as the ginger subtly cuts through the dish and keeps the sweetness of the dessert intact. Highly recommended.
Teh Halia creme brulee

Teh Halia creme brulee at $7


The restaurant nailed it again with yet another impressive creation in the form of ‘Red Date Butter Cake’ which was fragrant and rich. A delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream mounted on a butter cake that rested on a bed of sticky local red dates and caramel sauce was a tempting sight. Worth trying for enjoying a different creation using local flavours.
Red date butter cake

Red date butter cake at $8


If you are looking for cake options, then try the Red Velvet Cake and the Dark Chocolate cake which disappeared from the table in no time. But if you are looking for a refreshing concoction then ‘Roselle Sour Plum Soda’ acts as a perfect match to a delicious meal.
Sour plum soda

Sour plum soda at $5


Considering the overall experience of the meal, the prices at Redpan are very reasonable. For its ambiance, for its experimentation in food offerings and for its exquisite desserts, Redpan is definitely worth a visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Western / Modern Singaporean ★★★★
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-03/04, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm
Website: http://redpan.sg/
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Quarter to Three [Permanently Closed]

A good dessert place is a place that makes you smile – no matter how the meal was. Quarter to Three is a small and cozy café situated in Tanjong Pagar. Wooden furniture always catches my attention and I really liked the broad table where we were seated. The display counter was well-lit and adorned with cakes, cookies and desserts in a jar.

Quarter to three menu

Quarter to three menu

The menu was of the size of an examination writing pad and had everything clearly stated. As you can see, some of the names are quite interesting.

The Orders
As chocolate fanatics, we first ordered the cake called ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun’. This cake was soft and we just dug into it immediately. The taste of coffee did not overpower the taste of chocolate and it was a sinful delight to eat.

Happiness is a warm gun

Happiness is a warm gun at $7.20


The desserts displayed in a jar definitely seemed worth trying and so we decided to try ‘Panna Cotta in a Jar’ in both the strawberry and mango flavors. The texture was cream-like, rich and smooth and I could taste the flavors clearly. They gave us a sample cookie with the Panna Cotta. These cookies are available for sale.
Panna cotta in a jar

Panna cotta in a jar at $5.20



The final dessert that we tried was the ‘Crème brûlée with Biscuit ‘ which had a rich custard base. This can easily be shared by two people.

Creme brulee with biscuit

Creme brulee with biscuit at $7.90


The place also has their own Artisan Breads section which serves baguettes, focaccia and ciabatta breads. They also customize cakes for special occasions. For the tasty desserts, for the friendly staff and for the wallet-friendly prices, this place is totally worth a visit. Signing off on a sweet note by wishing all the deelightful readers a very Happy Diwali…

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Bakery, Cafe, Desserts ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Address:88 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088509
Timings: Mon-Sat: 12 pm-10.30 pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/quarterto3