Indulge in a Healthy Fast Food Fix at Vamp’s Bistro

Indulge in a Healthy Fast Food Fix at Vamp’s Bistro

These days, people seem to be crammed into tight schedules that leave them with very little free time to indulge in preparing food and exploring kitchen skills. More and more people turn to a practice often frowned-down-upon by their doctors or dieticians – ordering high calorie, fast food on the fly. Though realities of our world may tell us that there is no escaping ‘take-away’ food, we, at Vamp’s Bistro, believe that a healthy fast food fix is a real thing.

fast food burger

“The main worry with takeaway food is the serve size and nutritional quality. Serve sizes are usually much larger than what would customarily be eaten at home and the dishes themselves are often more calorie-laden and higher in sodium [content].” says Dr Alan Barclay of the Dietitians Association of Australia. We sent out a small survey to doctors around Singapore and they voiced a similar concern. “Meals should ideally be sized to 500 calories or less” they said. Ok point taken. Others quipped “Fast food meals are mostly loaded with calories, sugar, sodium, and fat.” And we knew what they were talking about. The American Heart Association recommends that people eat no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Suggestions poured in about “the importance of roughage rich salads and protein in the diet.”

Problems of Fast Food in our Menu

So we set ourselves up to tackle two problems: (1) Create a menu that is fresh and appealing; (2) Add elements that make meals whole and healthy. Take our Spicy Lamb Stew for example, with which we serve a side of lightly braised walnuts. That adds to both the texture and nutritional value of the dish. Our Greek Salmon is charcoal grilled and the Tzatziki sauce that goes with it is made using fresh avocadoes, yogurt, garlic and cucumber. We also experimented with making the appetizers more wholesome. Like our Egg Salad is made more substantial with exquisite greens, sensational Stuffed Button Mushrooms are tweaked and Falafels with Authentic Hummus are complemented with an original, outstanding creation – a Beetroot Dip! Desserts too were finely, carefully investigated for their balance. Apple pies spiced with cinnamon and baked to perfection that taste like grandma’s cooking and pastries that are just the right and delightful amount of ‘sweet’ – these are our pried preparations that you can enjoy, guilt free.

Which brings us to the drinks. Yet again, we have a range of healthy stuff. Soft green tea and herbal lemon & honey tea go well with all dishes and are great for your overall wellbeing. Need we even mention our fresh fruit juices (minus sugar) here? Even alcoholic beverages like Vodka – reduces stress, Wine – promotes longevity of life, Beers – enhance immunity; Beer contains flowers called ‘Hops’ for brewing and these flowers are antimicrobial and are used by the body to fight diseases, Whiskey – helps with weight loss as it has no fat, and very little sodium.

The key to a good diet, however, is moderation. Strike the right balance, trust your judgement when it comes to your health. And we’re ready for you with the healthiest menu in town.

Our partnership with Buffet Delivery experts in Singapore

Buffet Delivery Experts Partnership

Why Vamps Bistro is looking for Partnerships

Dear loyal customers, Vamps Bistro is always looking to expand our staff, capabilities as well as our food offerings. We have received lots of notice that the food we prepare is good, however the feedback that we most often get is that whenever we host events back in our own area, the food is often not enough. Perhaps it is because our food is so delicious that everyone wants a seconds or thirds? I sure hope this is the case! Anyway, we have decided to start looking towards more professional catering methods whenever any of you come over to our restaurant for your events. In this case, I managed to source a local contact, my good friend Mike, who I have kept in contact for a very long time. Mike introduced me to Buffet Delivery superstar QQ Catering, that also provides buffet spreads for all occasions. It is with deep hope that this partnership will be able to present us with a better opportunity to better serve you, our loyal customers.

By the way, Vamps Bistro will be renovating early next month – so do not be afraid if you see our beloved restaurant closed during normal working hours – we will be back as soon as possible (possibly in a month’s time)

Foods for the buffet delivery

You can see that usual buffet delivery in Singapore is skewed towards providing cheap, affordable chinese food variants to the public. In this case, since Vamps Bistro is more of an Australian grill, we would pose an edge when we start offering our food wholesale. However, it’s hard to ensure that the food that we produce is good and of high quality when it is mass market and made! This is why I managed to speak with the guys at QQ to learn more about the ways that they provide buffet catering services.

Similar to a restaurant like us, QQ Catering also offers different kinds of food that adapts to the festive seasons and also has different styles of buffets for each of their customers depending on the offers available. It seems that their buffet delivery menu is extremely extensive, and their R&D efforts in creating new menus and new foods very large. This is actually one of their strategies, as they have taught us, in order to attract the crowds in Singapore that would like to have food at their events. Their food tat is being prepared is properly cooked by the same chefs, and overseen by a head chef at their own central kitchens. Their logistics and operations are also smoothly run and they have included different standard operating procedures to ensure that the food is the best.

I’m sure many of you have encountered the horrible operations practices of mass food companies. However, it seems that QQ has gained lots of satisfaction, being always on time and providing the best buffet delivery spreads that their customers have ever tasted. We have to learn from them in order to also allow our customers to feel special and ‘catered’ for at their events with us.

Chicken fried menu

Picture taken from QQ Catering website. You can find it here at www.qqcatering.sg

After all, who can resist a chunk of chicken that looks like this, anyway? I’m already getting hungry. We definitely have to improve ourselves if we want to get to that level of food business.

See you guys when Vamps Bistro re-opens! I look forward to singing Karaoke with you guys on Wednesday nights and having happy hour shots with everyone, once again!

Vamp’s Bistro Reveals How to Pair Mediterranean Cuisine with Wine

Vamp’s Bistro Reveals How to Pair Mediterranean Cuisine with Wine

Our sommelier says, that wine is better than food! Well, he is biased. But it was not difficult to coax him into telling us the tricks that make pairing wine with food relatively easy. Otherwise, you can use some wine apps that teach you how to do so. However, moving on…

It is, indeed, about balance. We want wine that compliments the food and food that compliments the wine. Remarkably, when food and wine do not overpower or mask each other’s unique character and flavour, a balance is achieved, then the wine actually enhances the meal. When you are pairing wine with food, it is a good idea to know the wines from the region. Usually wine is made to match the food from the same region.

Pro tip: Younger wines are more acidic and acidity in the wine softens with age.

Here are five fantastic Mediterranean style dishes that are hot-selling at Vamp’s Bistro, and some wine recommendations that go well with them.

  1. Moroccan Baked Chicken with Goat Cheese

 

A mouth-watering dish of baked chicken fillets stuffed with goat cheese and infused with blended Moroccan spices. Then lightly garnished with Kalamata olives and caramelized mushrooms. This dish is earthy and fragrant. A lively and exciting bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine lovers or an aromatic and vibrant red Pinot Noir, preferably German, will nicely accentuate the taste of this dish.

  1. Milanese Ossobuco with Buttered Peas

Our Ossobuco is something else! Succulent cross-cut veal shanks are braised with vegetables, white wine and broth and served with a side of melt-in-your-mouth buttered peas. A full bodied and dry Chianti aged in oak or an earthy Barolo with aromas of roses and liquorice bound and a firm tannin, will go wonderfully with this exotic dish. Women especially love this dish, as it provides many female-improving properties.

  1. Roasted Butternut Squash with Griddled Chicken

This dish brings memories of fall right to the dinner table. Simply roasted butternut squash which is lightly coated with butter and brown sugar. Accompanied by griddled chicken sprinkled with quinoa. Our sommelier has picked Chardonnay with opulent honeyed peach flavours and a beguiling texture that lingers on the palate, sourced from California or South America and preferably not fermented in oak to go with this dish. A fruity Cabernet will go just as well.

  1. Greek Salmon with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce

    greek salmon

This delightful charcoal grilled salmon dish is bursting with Mediterranean flavours. The cool and tangy avocado tzatziki sauce with cucumber, garlic, avocado and Greek yogurt complements the rich notes. Try a Riesling wine, with its signature pale straw colour, a palate that exhibits lemon and grapefruit, flavours matched by some fresh and racy acidity. It pairs fantastically with this savoury dish. Or try a nice bottle of crisp Chablis. Chablis is lean and beautifully balanced with a steely acidity that cleans the palate and is just so food-friendly.

  1. Spicy Lamb Stew with Walnuts

    spicy lamb stew

Plaited lamb is slow cooked in stock and spices such as cumin, paprika, and cardamom for a delicious and aromatic meal. Sea salt adds another dimension. And the crunchy walnuts complete this winter warming dish. The dusty, dry and earthy notes of the Grenache wine go superbly with the spiciness of the lamb, or try the white Gewürztraminer with an effervescent and floral bouquet. We hope to put this into our buffet catering menus as well!

Seven Cool Reasons Why The Girls Just Love Vamp’s Bistro!

Seven Cool Reasons Why The Girls Just Love Vamp’s Bistro!

Tucked away in a nook close to the suave Elizabeth Quay locale, Vamp’s Bistro spoils the girls with fantastic options to kick up their heels and let their hair down. If you girls just wanna have fun, let us show you how:

  1. Stay Golden with High Tea

High tea at Vamp’s Bistro is exquisite, with Mediterranean flavoured bites and nibbles that tantalize your senses. Relax with a Darjeeling or be bold with a cup of spiced Chai. Take a peek at our bar menu that is full of surprises. And if you are a whiskey girl, we say why not!

high tea

  1. Relax by our Private Poolside

You and your favourite girls will be charmed with our poolside dining experience which offers stunning views of the magical Elizabeth Quay in relative privacy. Our poolside food bar will be sure to cook up a storm for you! And the live band will add to your enjoyment with thrilling Jazz numbers.

  1. Cheese Tasting at our Vintage Bar

Cheese and wine – explore this match made in heaven with our vintage bar that offers a great wine collection from as far back as the last century. And some awesome cheese to go with it. Don’t worry if you are a novice just tell us your palate, and give us a chance to delight.

  1. Wednesdays are Special

Wednesday nights are karaoke night – Come sing along or take the stage! We host some interesting party games and needless to say there are prizes for the lucky winners. Most drinks are on special and the lavish buffet spread is extensive. It’s a loot with all the discounts we offer!

karaoke

  1. Girls’ Afternoon Picnic Style Lunches

Just come along for the afternoon picnic style luncheon by the Quay. As we unload trays bursting with mouth-watering delicacies, keep the conversation going while you snack on some chocolate shortbread, or cute little cupcakes with goat cheese frosting… perhaps some mini pretzels? Or divine English muffins, a plate of fresh egg salad, or falafel with exotic beetroot and hummus dips. Maybe some stuffed mushrooms! Or simply some grilled tomatoes, or a crisp bruschetta… the choices are quite literally endless! If you prefer the usual foods we have during events, you can also request them.

  1. Vamp’s Dumpling Box

We have discovered the world’s greatest fast food that is both nutritious and delectable. Vamp’s dumpling box is a collection of the choicest dumplings from across the globe – Polynesian, Nepalese, Japanese, Chinese and even Russian. And we serve them in a beautiful bamboo box that is easy to take away and that will definitely open up a world of possibilities!

  1. Ooh la la Pâtisserie

Try our fine baker’s confectionaries and be smitten by the wholesome pies, lemony tarts, light and fluffy brioches, croissants, cinnamon flavoured Danish pastries and puff pastries we offer. Indulge your taste buds in the sauces we serve like the compellingly sweet honey sauce or the tangy raspberry sauce. To top it all up, we have some exotically concocted rare chocolate liqueur, ageing to perfection and tucked away in a little mystery chest, just waiting for your special order.

patisserie