Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant at Dempsey Hill

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There is a possibility that I might go into labour on my birthday, so my in-laws and family celebrated my birthday in advance over the weekend. I had dinner with my family at Raikuichi Japanese Restaurant at Dempsey Hill on Sunday and decided to take some photos to share here because their menu is pretty extensive. I have dined at Rakuichi on a number of occasions, for lunch and dinner but mostly at the Far East Shopping Centre restaurant. I usually order their lunch or dinner sets.

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Tuna salad appetizer.

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We ordered four different dinner sets except for my mum who doesnt take raw food, and the sashimi was placed together and served to us for sharing. There were only two types of raw fish.

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Sumiyaki Moriawase ($32)

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Rainbow Sashimi set ($40.60)

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Rakuichi Bento set ($48.60)

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Gindara Teriyaki set ($40.60)

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Didn’t take any photos of my brother’s mini course as the dishes were not served together and I was too busy eating already. Lol. As usual, I’m pretty satisfied with the Japanese food standard at Rakuichi. Have yet to visit their two other branches at Oasia Hotel and GreenWich V. Rainbow cake from parents while the fruits and ice cream platter was on the house.

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When we were looking for a parking lot, I knew I just had to take an OOTD with this Ben & Jerry’s ice cream van to match my Rainbow Printed Nursing Dress from Jump Eat Cry! I’m starting to foresee that I will be getting the most mileage out of this dress because I’m so in love with its bright colors and bold prints! From now till 30th Sept 2016, quote “MISSUSCHEWY” upon checkout and enjoy $10 off minimum $60 spent! 🙂

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
Dempsey Hill
10 Dempsey Road #01-22
Singapore 247700
Tel: +65 6474 2143

Opening Hours:
Daily
Lunch: 11am – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm

Brasserie Les Saveurs Afternoon Tea at St Regis Singapore

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Ticked another afternoon tea place off my list! We met up with Mag to give her a belated birthday celebration and I suggested Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis Singapore since she chose afternoon tea over lunch. There was a small hiccup before we were whisked off to our table because there was no record of my email reservation but luckily, I didn’t delete the confirmation email so at least got proof la.

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The interior of the restaurant feels a little chichi, but then again, it’s a French restaurant right? Haha. Perfect place for afternoon tea with the girl friends! Afternoon tea is served from 3pm to 5pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and 4pm to 6pm on Sundays.

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While waiting for our afternoon tea tiers to be served to our tables, most of us got up to check out the buffet items near the entrance. This side of the buffet featured items such as scones, smoked salmon, pork terrine, pies, etc.

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Classic scones, chocolate chip scones, orange scones, cranberry scones and pesto scones. So many types!

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From the quintessential three-tiered silver stand, we nibbled on classic finger sandwiches from the bottom tier, savoury treats from the middle tier and a variety of sweet delights from the top tier. It was a little disappointing that we were not allowed to try out different teas and also, our tea was refilled with hot water only. I had the Grand Wedding Tea, which is black tea blended with sunflowers and breathtaking exotic fruits.

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Smoked salmon, egg & mayonnaise and tomato, cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches. Good if you need to load up on carbs, but nothing to shout about really.

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Items from the middle tier were more interesting. The Duck Foie Gras ‘Profiteroles’ tasted pretty subtle, so some people might like it. I also enjoyed the Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Quiche.

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For obvious reasons, the Prawn, Lobster & Tarragon Cup Pie had to be served separately. We thought it might be French onion soup, given this is a French restaurant and all. So Mag asked the server what soup was this and the reply was a curt one, “This is not soup. This is a pie.”

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Ok I know it’s a pie but tell me this isn’t soup as well? The soup was pretty rich tasting and if only we could go for seconds!

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Desserts! My favourite of the lot was the Creme Caramel with Orange Compote. The other sweet delights were Raspberry Tarts, Classic Mocha Eclairs, and Homemade Chocolate Praline.

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The other side of the buffet had a nice spread of desserts consisting mainly of cakes, pastries and a chocolate fondue fountain.

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I feel that the afternoon tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs is quite reasonably priced. SPG members are entitled to 15% off but since we went on a public holiday, there wasn’t any discount. Nice ambience for romantic dates and hen parties.

Brasserie Les Saveurs
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911
Tel: +6565066860
Email: bls@stregis.com

Afternoon Tea:
Mon to Fri
3pm – 5pm
SGD49++ per person

Sat
3pm – 5pm
SGD53++ per person

Sun
4pm – 6pm
SGD53++ per person

*One complimentary parking coupon for every $100 spent*

The Manhattan Fish Market Launches its Weekend Breakfast Menu

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One of the greatest joys in life is to be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast with family members and loved ones over the weekend. The Chewys had the opportunity to try out The Manhattan Fish Market’s newly launched first-ever weekend breakfast menu a couple of weeks ago. Fantastic food at affordable prices! Jump start your day with a cup of Marshmallow Cocoa ($4.50) Think rich, comforting hot chocolate topped with marshmallows lightly flamed before your eyes!

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If you don’t fancy the sweet stuff, I urge you to try the Citrus Mint ($5.50). What could go wrong with a glass of refreshing smoothie made with fresh mint leaves and freshly squeezed lemon juice?

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Little misschewy had the Nutella & Banana French Toast ($4.95) from the kids’ menu. I’m sure most kids have a sweet tooth, and Little misschewy was no exception! Simple, but so good!

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If you like smoked salmon, the Salmon N’ Mushroom Sandwich ($8.95) might just work for you! Smoked salmon with sauteed mushrooms and a slice of cheese between oregano buns, complete with a poached egg in a crunchy tortilla bowl. Yummehhhhh!

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We also had the Eggs Benedict Sharing Platter ($17.95) which consists of poached eggs, crispy turkey bacon with melted cheddar cheese, fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, hashbrown and snail sausage. It is really THE sharing platter for the whole family because there is something for everyone. While the hubs and I thought that the poached eggs and snail sausage were pretty good, Little misschewy kept asking for more hashbrown. A family that eats together stays together, so gather all your family members at The Manhattan Fish Market for breakfast next weekend! 😉

QV Skincare Body, Face & Baby Range Giveaway!

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There are so many skincare products out there in the market and I’m happy to say that after much trial and error, I have finally found one particular brand that works well for me! I vividly remember that many years ago, before our year-end vacation to Harbin in China, my mum packed a tube of QV Cream along and it proved to be a lifesaver for our severely dry and itchy skin due to the cold, harsh weather! I didn’t think much about QV Skincare products until a few months back, when the condition of my skin took a turn for the worse and I believe those pregnancy hormones are responsible for it.

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And there I was, feeling seriously overwhelmed by the various types of skincare products at the drugstore when a familiar looking brand managed to catch my eye. I was amazed by the huge range of products offered by QV, a gentle soap-free cleansing and moisturising range for every part of the body, sealing in moisture to ensure your skin feels its best all day. Isn’t it wonderful that there is a QV product specially formulated to cleanse or moisturise different severities of dry or sensitive skin?

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Starting with QV Gentle Wash, it is a soap-free, non-drying body cleanser that maintains the skin’s hydration during cleansing to ensure the skin is left feeling soft and clean. The unique formulation of QV Gentle Wash is non-comedogenic so it will not block pores. It is pH balanced, and free from colour, lanolin, fragrance and propylene glycol. Not only is QV Gentle Wash suitable for all skin types, it can also be used by those who suffer from conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It is an ideal cleanser for those with dry skin and is also suitable for acne prone skin, infants and the elderly.

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This QV Cream is what I had mentioned earlier, that even in extremely cold and harsh weather conditions, our skins were effectively moisturised. QV Cream is a highly concentrated moisturising cream that helps prevent and relieve dry skin. Besides moisturising the skin, providing much needed re-hydration, QV Cream also helps seal in the skin’s own natural moisture by acting as a protective barrier. QV Cream is excellent for very dry areas of the skin such as the elbows, knees and hands. Rest assured that it will leave your skin feeling nourished and protected!

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Apart from the two QV body products mentioned, there is also a QV Face range! After removing my makeup, I cleanse my face with QV Face Gentle Cleanser. I like that it is fragrance-free and my skin does not feel tight after washing; a good sign that my skin has not been stripped of its natural oils! I follow up with QV Face Moisturising Day Cream in the morning and QV Face Nurturing Night Cream before I go to bed. I feel that both QV Face creams are quite thick, so a little does the trick! It is very important for me to lather on some moisturising cream on my face because of the air-conditioned environment that I’m exposed to on almost a daily basis. On days when my skin feels extra sensitive, I reach out for the QV Face Rescue Gel. I like its light and watery consistency, which refreshes, cools and tones the skin, while maintaining the skin’s hydration.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that QV has also launched a QV Baby range! Children’s skin, especially babies’ and toddlers’, are extra sensitive and are more prone to developing skin problems. QV Baby range is free from soap and fragrance, and is specially formulated for baby’s delicate skin. It has also been dermatologically tested and is recommended by paediatricians. As part of baby’s everyday skincare routine, the QV Baby range works to gently cleanse, moisturise, protect and help restore suppleness and a healthy glow to the skin. While suitable to use as part of baby’s everyday skincare, the QV Baby range is also appropriate to use on babies suffering from eczema, dermatitis and other common baby skin issues.

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Little misschewy’s skin was quite dry and flaky, probably due to the chlorine sensitivity when we take her out for her weekly swim. However, I find that the QV Baby Gentle Wash, QV Baby Bath Oil and QV Baby Moisturising Cream really help to relieve her skin’s dryness by hydrating and restoring its natural moisture. Now, her skin feels soft, smooth and supple again! I’m also quite generous with the QV Baby Barrier Cream as I find that it is highly effective in preventing nappy rash.

QV products are stocked at pharmacies. For more information on QV products, check out www.egopharm.com

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IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Would you like to win an entire QV Skincare Body, Face and Baby range of products? Oh yes you do! Simply head to my Instagram from 14th July onwards and comment on my QV photo! One lucky winner will be picked! Good luck! 🙂

Experience Macao Your Own Style!

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The Chewys love travelling and although I’m currently in my third trimester of pregnancy, we are already in wanderlust mode and dreaming about our next adventure after my confinement ends! I guess this time, we shall not be overly ambitious as we would like to travel with both children, so our ideal travel destination should be not too far from home, and somewhere which we have not visited together before! Many of us have been to Hong Kong, but what about Macao? Just an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong, Macao is a world-class destination that leaves people enchanted and fascinated with iconic cultural sights, thrilling adventures, entertaining performances, a myriad of city festivals and is also a foodie paradise, guaranteeing a wide selection of local snacks and delicacies!

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Here’s sharing my 3D2N itinerary which I have come up with!

DAY ONE MORNING:

Whenever we visit an Asian country, we make it a point to visit at least one of the temples there. A-Ma Temple in Macao is dedicated to A-Ma, also known as Mazu, the Goddess of seafarers and fishermen. According to legend, A-Ma had the ability to prophesize in her mortal life and also protect traders and fishermen from shipwreck with mythic power in her afterlife. Thus, A-Ma Temple was built by the locals to worship her. Homage is paid to this most popular deity of Macao during A-Ma festival, which takes place on the 23rd day of the 3rd month in the lunar calendar each year.

Coloane Pier

Over at Coloane Village, visitors get to enjoy the tranquility of village life and enjoy local delicacies. Make a stop at Coloane Pier which was rebuilt in 1873 and had been a crucial public ferry terminal between Coloane, Taipa and Macao Peninsular ever since. Regular ferry service in the olden days brought passengers from Macao and Taipa to Coloane.

1.Portuguese Egg Tart

At Coloane Village, don’t miss out on tasting the authentic and famous Portuguese Egg Tarts from Lord Stow Bakery! There are also other village cafes nearby which are ideal places for a leisurely afternoon tea while enjoying the tranquility of village life.

11.African Chicken

DAY ONE AFTERNOON:

There are many different kinds of cuisines you can find in Macao but nothing beats Portuguese and Macanese cuisine of course! We urge you to try African chicken, one of Macao’s best loved dish. It is basically chicken covered in peanut, tomato and chilli sauce, served with bread or potatoes. You can either head to Restaurante Litoral or Henri’s Gallery for a mouthwatering serving of African chicken!

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Once in awhile, I think it is a good idea to head indoors in the afternoon to cool off! Pier 16 Macao 3D World is a fun and interesting indoor attraction at Sofitel Macao at Ponte 16, which is the first large scale 3D museum in Macao with over 100 photography points in 7 thematic zones, including MJ in 3D, 3D Jurassic World, 3D Macao Journey, Touch of French, Romantic Story, Chinese culture and 3D Interactive Experience Zone. If you are one who enjoys being in front of the camera, Pier 16 Macao 3D World is a must-visit as it offers visitors a chance to pose for interesting photos with the various exhibits and 3D paintings!

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Children will definitely be captivated by the Performance Lake, where lofty plumes of water and fire shimmer and dance through the air to classical and popular music, as well as Broadway show tunes. Do you know that the Lake houses over 200 water nozzles and shooters and holds 800,000 gallons of water in order to present this delightful illumination of water, light, color and fire? Despite all that, this entertaining show is absolutely free!

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DAY ONE EVENING:

The House of Magic, a one-of-a-kind multi-theatre attraction housing magic acts performed by leading magicians from around the world, – is yet another entertaining show in Macao that will appeal to the masses. Featuring 4 live magicians in a three-theatre magic complex, it amazes visitors with an array of mind-bending shows offering guests an incredible live magical experience showcasing the world’s greatest magicians. What’s more? You will also find The House of Magic Boutique, a Victorian-themed magic shop where visitors can take home a few simple-to-do tricks to delight their families and friends!

Broadway Macau

We love visiting food streets and for dinner, we reckon Broadway Macao is one of the unique dining spots in Macao that is truly worth visiting! Broadway Macao brings visitors back to the hustle and bustle of traditional Macao street markets, featuring authentic local cuisines with a vast array of over 40 local Macao and “first-to-Macao” popular Asian food brands, and even Michelin-star restaurants, festive street performances and unique Macao souvenir shops.

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DAY TWO MORNING:

Begin the day with a leisurely stroll at Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, built by a wealthy 19th century Chinese merchant and subsequently inherited by his son. Enclosed by a high wall, it is a miniaturized landscape with narrow paths winding through groves of bamboo and flowering bushes, under moulded concrete “mountains” to a large pond filled with golden carp and lotus flowers. It is a lovely place for photo opportunities, as well as somewhere for children to roam about freely!

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DAY TWO AFTERNOON:

Stop by Galaxy Macao, where the 3-metre tall Fortune Diamond is located in the lobby of the hotel. Rising from behind a waterfall and slowly sinking into a roulette-design fountain, the Fortune Diamond symbolizes abounding prosperity and good fortune.

Taipa Food Street

In the afternoon, head over to Rua do Cunha (Taipa Food Street) in Taipa Village where plenty of snacking opportunities await! It is the ultimate place if you want to find local snacks and delicacies such as almond cakes, egg rolls, peanut candies, roasted sliced meat and many other specialties.

Parade through Latin City, Macao

If you are planning to visit Macao during the December school holidays, watch out for the cultural event, “Parade through Macao, Latin City”. Created in 2011, the Parade is held to mark the anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China. Highlighting Macao’s unique cultural features and the City’s multicultural atmosphere, the Parade culminates in a grand joint performance in which the artists present dazzlingly colourful performances, bringing the celebration of this joyous occasion to a vivid climax.

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DAY TWO EVENING:

Since we are planning to travel with children, I have also included The House of Dancing Water in our itinerary. Inspired by the Chinese culture, the story takes the audience through 7 emotions – Joy, Anger, Sorrow, Fear, Love, Hate and Desire. At the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show, be enthralled by water diving stunts, motorbikes acrobatic stunts, aerial acrobatics and more! People of all ages will definitely enjoy this!

Macao Tower 360 cafe

Make your last night in Macao a memorable one by having dinner at The Macao Tower 360° café, the highest and only 360° revolving restaurant enables visitors to enjoy feast of international delicacies along with stunning and breath-taking views of Macao cityscape. This restaurant rotates fully every one-and-a-half hour allowing visitors to watch as the lights of Macao come to life and the beautiful sunset scenery, a truly unique and memorable experience.

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As you can see, there is plenty to do in Macao – getting to know more about Macao’s heritage, taking part in events and festivals, indulging in culinary delights, as well as watching entertaining shows!

Now, here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to Macao in the Experience Macao Giveaway, jointly organised by Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) and Nuffnang Pte Ltd!

Simply like “Experience Macao – SG” Facebook page, leave a comment on their top post and tell them which activity appeals to you the most and why you want to head to Macao to experience it yourself with the hashtag #MacaoOnSocialSG! Stay tuned to “Experience Macao – SG” Facebook page for you might be one of the lucky winners!

Sheraton Towers Singapore Staycation 2016

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We booked a two-night stay with Sheraton Towers Singapore on a whim recently because I’m due in about a month! Thought we should enjoy as much as we can now before the new baby arrives! Also, SPG is having a Triple Up promotion till end July for Sheraton properties so it was something we didn’t wanna miss! Our first time staying at Sheraton was last Valentine’s Day, and I had blogged about it briefly here.

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Since I had my camera with me, I took a few photos of our room. I think it’s still the same as last year, but we got a room on a much higher floor this time. Very simple but spacious and comfortable room.

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If I’m not wrong, the Handy smartphone is new. Didn’t see this last year. It is a complimentary smartphone service for guests to enjoy unlimited 3G internet and local calls. How awesome is that, especially for overseas guests!

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I’m not sure who what where when why and how BUT we were so surprised when someone sent up a platter of desserts and a framed photograph taken during our Japan holiday. Coincidentally, it’s the photo that I use for my laptop’s wallpaper!

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I was wearing the Lace Overlay Dress from Jump Eat Cry. The color and design are just so unique!

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We wanted to enjoy one day of peace and quiet, so Little misschewy joined us only on the second day. LOL. After brunch and looking at some rabbits in the East, we basically nua-ed the whole day in our room and ordered food via Deliveroo.

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So engrossed in the cartoon!

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It will be a party of four for our next staycation! 😀

Deliveroo: Get $22 Off Your First Order With Visa!

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With the emergence of food delivery services in Singapore, consumers are now spoilt for choice. Deliveroo is one that stands out from the rest and is becoming increasingly popular due to many reasons. One of which is Deliveroo’s flexibility, offering consumers the option of placing their orders either via its website, or via its mobile app. You can order your meals anywhere, anytime, even on the go! It’s really awesome because you can even place your orders while making your way home from work!

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More importantly, Deliveroo brings meals from a wide selection of independent and high-quality chain restaurants right to customers’ homes or offices, in an average time of 32 minutes. We all know how crucial fast delivery is, especially when we are starving! A delivery time of 32 minutes is pretty impressive, not forgetting tolerable for the stomach! Also, delivery fee is a flat rate of just $3! Did you know? The average delivery time for Singapore is only 29 minutes! Talk about speed!

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When misterchewy and I accompanied Little misschewy in Mount Alvernia during her hospitalisation recently, we badly wanted to order some REAL food for ourselves without having to step out of the ward, and Deliveroo immediately came to mind. I had my laptop with me so we typed in Deliveroo’s website and Mount Alvernia’s postal code. We were impressed that as many as 47 restaurants were able to deliver ASAP and most, if not all, claimed to be able to deliver within 35 minutes!

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The hubs was lamenting that he needed his burgers and fries fix so The Burger Bar by Fat Boys it was! If you don’t need your food to be delivered immediately, you can amend the delivery timing.

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Here’s what we ordered! Our total bill for two burgers, fries and two drinks came to $40.50 inclusive of delivery fees.

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Do you know that Deliveroo ONLY accepts card payments? This is a great move as it does away with the need to “count or touch” cash which saves time, is more hygienic, and more importantly, more secure as there will be fewer discrepancies.

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Remember our total bill came up to $40.50 inclusive of delivery? Guess what? In the end, we paid only $18.50 for this feast! This is a really good deal considering that two burgers already cost $20! We got so much more delivered to us and it’s so convenient too! Cashless payment is the way to go!

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Thanks to an exclusive partnership between Visa and Deliveroo, Visa cardholders receive $22 off their first order on Deliveroo with a minimum spending of $25 in a single order, from now till 31 December 2016!

Some things to take note of:

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• Delivery fee applies.
• Offer cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.
• Specific meals subject to availability.

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Wait no further and start ordering your meals via Deliveroo today! Don’t forget to use your Visa credit or debit card and apply the promo code VISAROO at checkout! Good things must share, so go ahead and tell all your friends about it!