Christmas Buffet Dinner 2014 @ Marriott Café

Category : Buffet, International

It’s yet another rainy Christmas gathering. The good thing is, Marriott Hotel is just a short dash from the bus stop and for folks taking the train, it’s sheltered all the way from Orchard MRT.

This is the 1st time we’re having our annual Christmas dinner at Marriott Hotel and it’s also one of the priciest so far.

We left our usual haunt, Rendezvous Hotel, due to their slipping standard and last year’s venture at ParkRoyal on Beach Road was a disappointment. I still remember commenting that The Square @ Furama RiverFront Singapore was better and cheaper 😛

Luckily there is an ongoing OCBC Credit Card promotion for Marriott Café where 1 adult dines free with 3 paying adults. So our bill ended up to be $66/pax for 10 of us.

Marriott Café offers a wide selection of food. Even though we were there for 3 hours, I couldn’t stomach eating at least 1 of everything. As usual, I skipped the carbo like the pasta & noodles stations and the Braised Ee Foo Noodles.

They also serve the famous Singapore Chilli Crab which is slightly spicy and won praises from the table, with one commenting “it’s nice the dish is not sweet”. In my humble opinion, all that’s missing is deep fried buns (炸馒头) to soak up the Chilli Crab sauce! My neighbour is also very lucky to land a pincer *envious*

Besides the Singapore Chilli Crab, another dish that is absent from Marriott Café’s Buffet Lunch is these long crab legs which are tackled with scissors to reach the flesh within. From the looks of it, my neighbours definitely enjoyed themselves, if not for the hassle of tackling the shell 😉

I could have easily eaten my money worth by attacking these 2 dishes above but I prefer to keep my hands clean so I stuck to the usual food items which are also pretty good by the way.

My favourite dishes are 1) Fish of the Day (Gluten Free), which happens to be salmon, 2) Crispy Pork Saddle & 3) Roasted Duck. Which is why they were on the 2nd plate of food 😀

I had to try the oyster but it kind of gross me out. And a friend timed it “nicely” to pop by to chat when I was struggling to swallow the oyster…it almost flew out instead of going in 😛

Besides the oyster, I didn’t like the Lamb & Veal dishes either. They have a very strong 骚味.

Last but not least, desserts! No space for everything so, out of the dessert items that appealed to me, I took and really like 1) Cheesecake, 2) Chocolate Log Cake, 3) Strawberry Romanoff (contains alcohol) & Chocolate Mint.

Tiramisu is my all-time favourite cake but Marriott Café’s tiramisu tastes & feels more like sponge cake. Disappointed. Strangely their Panna Cotta tastes more like tiramisu which warrants a second serving!

For tea lovers, here’s a tip. I never realized it but a friend discovered that Marriott Café serves TWG sachets! All you have to do is ask for a cup of hot water and head over to their counter to request for the TWG sachets.

I had the Sencha & Earl Grey flavours and prefer the latter. I have to say though, it’s not as nice as the Earl Grey I had at Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes.

All in all, our maiden annual Christmas buffet dinner @ Marriott Café concluded on a high note as we headed over to the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby for more photos 😀

Marriott Café (View in Google Maps)
Marriott Hotel
320 Orchard Rd
Singapore 238865
GPS: 1.30523,103.83251
Tel: +65 6831 4605
http://www.singaporemarriott.com/restaurant/marriott-cafe/

Breakfast: 6am – 11am
Lunch: Noon – 2:30pm
High Tea: 3pm – 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10pm




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