I don’t even remember how it started, but a group of me and my husband’s mutual friends are called the “Huatians”, because our group chat is called… “Huat Chat”. I think it was when everyone was still going “Huat ah!” for everything haha.

But anyway, I’ve enjoyed this group’s company even before we got married, and wow, it’s been a good 4-5 years! Christmas gatherings are no exceptions for this group and we crack our heads on where to go because this group is pretty huge. Quite fortunately for us, 49 Seats saved us by offering to host all 12 of us at their newly opened Orchard Central outlet!

(pic by Ron Lee. Thank you!)

(pic by Ron Lee. Thank you!)

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49 Seat’s newest outlet, ironically, is much bigger than their Kreta Ayer one and has a total of 88 seats instead! And with the #08-08 unit number it’s like double the “huat”! But the tables, chairs, and the look from their main outlet has been kept very much the same here!

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49 Seats has been around for some time and I know that the main outlet opens only after 6, but even I was surprised to learn that they open till 430am in the morning on Fri & Sat! That’s like another spot added to the list for people who feel munchy at night or need some place to get nosh post clubbing/pubbing!

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Main Outlet
49 Kreta Ayer Rd
Mon – Thurs 6pm – 1pm
Fri & Sat: 6pm – 4.30am
Tel: 62254332
*closed on sundays*
Orchard Central Outlet
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #08-08
Mon – Fri: Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm | Dinner: 5.30pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 10pm
Tel: 65095895
Started off with their cheesefries! Shoestring-cut fries with yummy cheese drizzled all over. Carbs always welcomed here!

Started off with their cheesefries! Shoestring-cut fries with yummy cheese drizzled all over. Carbs always welcomed in mah belly!

Most of us had either Pumpkin or Mushroom Soup!

Most of us had either Pumpkin or Mushroom Soup! It’s served with toasted bread.

Fish dips with Alscampi sauce

Fish dips, which was served with a bowl of Alscampi sauce on the side!

Prawn fritters, which also comes with Alscampi sauce .

Prawn fritters!

The Alscampi sauce is the star of the day! Actually its why I love 49 Seats - the sauce is so good, it goes with just about EVERYTHING.

The Alscampi sauce is like, the 招牌 sauce of the restaurant! Actually, its why I visit 49 Seats for – the sauce is so good, it goes with just about EVERYTHING.

See this bowl of escargots? Yep it was dipped in too. And the fries as well. And the onion rings.

See this bowl of escargots? Yep it was dipped in and devoured with the alscampi sauce too. And the fries as well. And the onion rings. EVERYTHING.

The Alscampi sauce (which was gone in a FLASH) contains seasfood - two whole shrimps, clams, and a mussel! DA YUM.

The Alscampi sauce (which was gone in a FLASH) contains seasfood – two whole shrimps, clams, and a mussel! DA YUM. It’s served piping hot but it has a nicer and clingier texture after it’s cooled down and tastes much better when it’s much more viscous (cooled down) too!

Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce for the meat lovers

Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce for the meat lovers

Chicken Chop with Mushroom sauce was what I ordered, and I LOVE IT! Super yummy and the pasta went nicely with it too (I need carbs. CARBS)

I don’t usually eat chicken, but some how I felt like I could do with some chicken that day and I got the Chicken Chop with Mushroom sauce – I LOVED IT! Chicken was tender, the sauce was really good, and it was served with a serving of pasta at the side (yes yes me love carbs!).

Fish and chips... with ALSCAMPI SAUCE!!!  One of the most sought after main dishes in here!

Fish and chips… with ALSCAMPI SAUCE!!!
One of the most sought after main dishes in here!

Pan Fried Fish with Alscampi sauce! The healthier alternative to fish and chips. But of course cheat a little with alscampi sauce to complete everything lah ; p

Pan Fried Fish with Alscampi sauce! The healthier alternative to fish and chips. But of course, cheat a little with alscampi sauce to complete everything lah ; p

What would a Huat Gathering be without our very first Huat Baby, Ardan Xu?

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He’s such a sweet tempered baby and allows everyone to carry him…. and he has such a nonchalant look on his face too. I sure hope he stays this way till he’s older XD

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Every year we also do a secret santa gift exchange and it is quite possibly the most fun part of the christmas gathering > : D BECAUSE WE GET TO TROLL ON OTHERS. (Basically, secret santa means that whoever you’re buying for dont know that you’re his santa).

We gathered the gifts with name tags and… threw them into a garbage bag on the floor LOL. Damn winner, I know!

THIS IS ONE FINE TROLL GIFT. hahhahaa! Chat contents too explicit to share but it was really funny (for all of us!)

THIS IS ONE FINE TROLL GIFT. hahhahaa! Chat contents too explicit to share but it was really funny (for all of us!)

I mean, just check out everyone’s expressions while opening their gift, hoping that they wouldn’t get the best gift of the year – Han’s naked photo, all prettily decorated in a frame. D:

*drumrolls*

*drumrolls*

SHE GOT THE NAKED PHOTO!!!!

SHE GOT THE NAKED PHOTO!!!!

The photo was passed around the table and oh god, the looks we got from the entire restaurant... (I later zoomed in on my snaps and checked out people's expressions and eyes on the photo LOL)

The photo was passed around the table for everyone to scrutinize the good PS job (of course it’s not a real naked selfie!) and oh god, the looks we got from the entire restaurant… (I later zoomed in on my snaps and checked out people’s expressions and eyes on the photo LOL)

Tadah - a Heineken beer tree! XD  My gift to everyone was a can of beer! with a personalized tag, LOL. Since we couldn't find a hotel to hold it in time, why not let them enjoy it at the comfort of their own home? Haha. BTW, 49 Seats serves beer, and at really great prices too! You need to head to their FB to check out the promotions!

Tadah – a Heineken beer tree! XD
My gift to everyone was a can of beer! with a personalized tag, LOL. Since we couldn’t find a hotel to hold it in time, why not let them enjoy it at the comfort of their own home? Haha. BTW, 49 Seats serves beer, and at really great prices too! You need to head to their FB to check out the promotions!

And thus concludes the dinner with my favorite company! <3 I love you all and I wouldn't trade the world for a better group chat than you guys. The shit we say... I should compile it into a series of posts or comics, hahahaha!

And thus concludes the dinner with my favorite company!

Disclaimer & Notice:

The dinner was sponsored thanks to the generous folks at 49 Seats (Thank you!), and we definitely could afford to pay for our dinner (it was our intention to, but things just fell into place).

A thought crept into my mind and you know what, it’s Christmas, I think I kena gongtao by the spirit of giving. haha. And that’s how I went around collecting money from everyone, and we decided to donate the lump sum to a beneficiary 49 Seats picks!

We raised a total of $310 SGD. : ) 

I’m super proud of the giving spirit from the Huatians! And 49Seats picked the Make-A-Wish foundation!

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Make-A-Wish is a global foundation with affiliates in many countries, and grants wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions between the age of 3 – 18. For the past 11 years, Make-A-Wish Singapore has granted over 1000 wishes, and they believe that it takes away the family and child’s pain temporarily and helps them to look forward to an exciting venture in their life.

I know 49 Seats could have picked any other charity, but this one struck home, because I’m witnessing the pain my dear friend, Anne, has gone through for the past year after her baby was diagnosed with a heart condition since birth, and not just one that could be fixed by surgery (how we wished it was that simple). Guiltily, I haven’t visited much – I am so sorry, AnneAnne! Noah is now ONE, and I hope one day his wish can be fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish foundation too! GO, NOAH!

Please donate or volunteer your time to the Make-A-Wish Singapore foundation if you’d like to this Christmas, and hopefully together, we can put smiles on more children’s faces!

Thank you, 49 Seats and my dearest Huatians for making this
Christmas a fulfilling one (both tummy and heart).

Please do check out 49 Seats’ facebook page to keep yourself updated with their fabulous promos and deals, especially this one for the 24th and 31st december! I hope everyone will have a Merry Christmas!!! <3

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