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After Kate Spade Saturday and COS, the next high profile tenant of Ion Orchard is French shoemaker Repetto. Located at Level 3 (beside Penhaligon’s), the Singapore store follows the visual feel and ambiance of its first store at 22 Rue de la Paix in Paris.

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Ballerinas from Chang Ballet were invited to dance for the store opening. After all, Repetto traces its roots from making ballet shoes.

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Two new stores have arrived at sunny shores and both have unanimously chosen ION Orchard as their first stop in Singapore!

The two names I was referring to were of course – Kate Spade Saturday, the sister brand of Kate Spade which I have previously blogged about here and COS, a higher-end sister brand of H&M.

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If you were thinking of getting a watch that had been seen on celebrities all over the world, such as Chang Chen (left) and Rachel Hunter (right), you might be in luck.

First, you can now get these watches in Singapore. Second, they don’t cost an arm or a leg.

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Too tired from shopping at the massive ION Orchard and yearn for a massage or short pampering break?

Maybe you would like to check out the little blue Bliss Spa tucked within the Sephora store. This is the first Bliss Spa service store in Singapore and provides a variety of mini-treatments such as facials, body treatments, waxing and nail care.

I was invited to try out their Tiger Paws Manicure ($28) & Tiger Paws Pedicure ($88), a festive promotion which is available till 28 February. However Bliss Spa had a really packed schedule during the Chinese New Year period and I encountered a few reschedules. Eventually, I was unable to enjoy the above services and I opted for a complimentary polish change service ($15) instead.

Despite the scheduling problems, I was glad that the experience at Bliss was still a good one.

While waiting for my turn, I was offered a cup of cold lemonade and brownies. I was also happy to see that all the equipment and towels used were properly sterilised! My nail technician, Nisa, was very attentive and professional when handling my French manicure. In addition, you would hardly get bored as there are overhead TV sets and headphones available so you could watch a TV programme while having your nails done – it was screening Ugly Betty when I was there.


The end product – I attempted a “Tiger Paw” pose.


Hello, French paws!

Bliss Spa does not provide any nail art services, although they are able to add rhinestones on your manicure at an additional cost. In addition, they use Essie nail polishes, instead of OPI.

The way Miss Glitzy sees it, Bliss Spa is a quick sanctuary for shoppers to relax, for busy executives to relieve work stress and also a quiet and quirky place for girl friends to bond or catch up over manicure or pedicure. Pricing is also relatively reasonable, and brands they use for other services include Mario Bandescu, Kose, Burt’s Bee and of course Bliss, all have garnered good reviews globally.


The Bliss-Me price menu!

To book an appointment at Bliss Spa, you can call 6509 3511 or email blisssingapore@blissmail.com

Bliss Singapore
Sephora – ION
01-05/06 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
(Follow the blue footprints in Sephora store to find your way to the spa!)

[EDITED: Bliss Spa has closed down in Singapore.]

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Miss Glitzy went to Taste Paradise at Ion Orchard for team lunch. I have heard so much about this restaurant, which is the flagship store of Taste Paradise group and is always packed on weekends! Photos were taken with the mobile phone as my colleagues were staring.

The restaurant is huge and its interior is very elegant, totally infused with the Oriental mood and feel. You are the Emperor(ess) here. Portraits of the past Chinese Emperors adorn the walls of Taste Paradise. The embossed table cloth and the table finery helps you to better indulge in your Imperial fantasy.

Beneath the Oriental look and feel, there is an inkling of the Western culture. The tea cup – Chinese tea cups do not have handles!

This fusion of East meet West is also reflected in the food. The Dim Sum Trio that kick-started the lunch was displayed like a dim-sum platter with a shrimp dumpling, Japanese-like fried vegetable fritter and a shiu mai (Chinese pork+shrimp dumpling) with mentaiko.

The Peking Duck was served with prawn crackers. Each flour skin was wrapped with crispy duck skin and some duck meat, so the wrap tasted quite wholesome. However, I must say that I’m still a fan of Minjiang’s Peking Duck!

The Imperial Hot and Sour Seafood soup helped to enhance the appetite for more dishes later. Not exceptional but I like the mix of spicy and sour tastes.

The Sauteed Minced Duck with Lettuce on bed of Potato Chip was another example of East-West fusion. The remaining Peking Duck meat was diced and stir-fried with letters and other condiments. Instead of serving the dish with fresh lettuces, Taste Paradise used the Potato Chips instead. It was innovative, but the potato chip was not very crispy and that kinda spoiled the dish.

The Chilled Mango Puree with Sago and Pomelo Topped with Coconut Ice-cream dessert made a dramatic entrance with loads of dry ice beneath the glass bowl.  Despite occasional shakes from the “vibrating” dry ice, I totally love it! The coconut ice-cream was a good addition to this traditional Mango dessert.

Verdict
Some may find the restaurant’s interior too gaudy but Miss Glitzy personally finds it unique and exquisite. The service is impeccable and this is a good place for formal gatherings – such as business lunches or large family reunions!

Taste Paradise 味之樓
2 Orchard Turn
#04-07
ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 9660

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Canton-i at Ion Orchard is indeed a pretty place. It’s a great place for photo shoots. Miss Glitzy had this burning urge to take an outfit photo there if not for the embarrassed reactions from her reluctant friends.

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Photo credit: SoShiok

It was relatively easy to find a table on a busy Saturday afternoon. Canton-i is founded in Malaysia, and it serves Hong Kong cuisine ranging from porridges, noodles, dim sum and desserts.

Miss Glitzy and friends opted for a dim-sum lunch!

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七仙女 Seven Belle tea (with steamed custard bun on the left) $4.00 - Tea didn’t taste great but you get the cheap thrill of seeing the tea flower blossom right in front of you.

香芋流沙奶皇包 Steamed custard bun $4.80 – Disappointing! The custard was not warm…

芝士炬日本番薯 Baked Hokkaido sweet potato pastry $3.80 – This pastry was like some Chinese New Year pastry- think: pineapple tarts. Best eaten warm and strictly for sweet potato lovers!

Fish dumpling with bean curd skin and fish roe $6.80 – This was pricey and tasted quite mediocre. Not recommended.

Shiu Mai (Prawn dumplings) $4.80 – This was the best of the lot because of the very juicy and succulent prawn fillings. Highly recommended to all!

Overall verdict: The standard of the food did not match up with the price and the snazzy interiors. But Miss Glitzy considered Canton-i as Ion Orchard’s Best Kept Secrets because it is one of the few eateries with no waiting queue in the packed shopping mall.

Canton-i
2 Orchard Turn
#03-14 ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 8368


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New fashion brands, new eateries… all under the roof of the spanking new ION Orchard shopping mall. And at the corner of Basement 2 is a unfamiliar sushi restaurant named Itacho Sushi.

The outlet at ION Orchard marks the Hong Kong restaurant’s first venture into overseas market. Started in 2005 by a guy called Ricky Cheng, Itacho Sushi is a relatively established name in Hong Kong. Apparently, the fish are air-flown from Tsukiji market in Tokyo!

To enjoy the Itacho sushi, you will have to overcome two hurdles – the long queue/wait for a table (which is pretty much the same at every eateries in ION) and the difficulty of placing an order. The order forms came in different colours for different menu items and filling up the forms was like doing homework.

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Top from right: Lobster and Mango Salad Roll, Wagyu beef roll and tuna roll, Roasted Fatty Tuna sushi and Salmon roll

Middle: Scallop with shallots sushi

Bottom from right:  Mini rice (Unagi with Egg, Salmon and Salmon roe), Scallop with cod liver sushi and Roasted scallop sushi, Beancurd skin and tuna sushi (only $0.80)

Order is by per piece and prices vary every piece, ranging from $0.80 to $7.00. It was a curious case of carbohydrates overdose because Miss Glitzy and friends only ordered sushi. The sushi rice was soft and not very tightly kneaded, complementing the ingredients well.

Miss Glitzy’s personal favourite was the Wagyu Beef roll, where the wagyu beef bits was torched, releasing light fragrance and tasted slightly crispy, before melting into the mouth together with the sushi rice. The Mini Rice was a cute item, with a scoop of rice which looked like ice-cream and some ingredients on top. The Lobster and Mango Salad roll, on the other hand, was a bit of the let-down. The mango was sweet and delicious, but Miss Glitzy couldn’t really taste the lobster salad.

Overall, there were a couple of hits and misses. Itacho Sushi is definitely not for the budget-conscious but it will be remembered as the place that serves premium sushi for the masses.

Itacho Sushi
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
#B2-18 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801

Tel: 6509 8911

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