Café Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel Singapore

Category : Buffet, International, Promotions

I had my second Christmas buffet gathering at Café Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel Singapore.

This is the first time we’re having our annual Christmas dinner here and the good thing is, Café Mosaic is offering a credit card promotion of 1 dines free with 3 paying diners.

So we only have to pay $51.8 each. Good deal 😀

Café Mosaic’s Christmas offerings weren’t as good as 10@Claymore Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel. I was missing 10 @ Claymore’s Turkey Escalope while digging into Café Mosaic’s Roasted Turkey 😛

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Anyway, one of Carlton Hotel’s buffet highlights is their Baby Lobster and here it is on my plate of seafood.

Armed with my fork and spoon, I started to work on my baby lobster and it was just too much effort for a little piece of meat that’s smaller than my fingernail. Next~

However, I have to say, I really enjoyed Café Mosaic’s Tuna Ceviche. It was all gone when I wanted to go back for more 🙁

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In its place was Tomato with Cheese which was also awesome.

I was excited to see cereal prawn amongst Café Mosaic’s offerings alas it was not crispy. Most probably because it wasn’t kept warm? Its Fish with Soya Sauce was also quite tough too.

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I took a bite out of my friends’ rojak and it was pretty good. Though I would prefer my “you tiao” heated beforehand for that extra crispiness. The option is there but she prefer hers soft so it’s just individual preference.

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And last but not least, desserts 😀

Café Mosaic’s tiramisu was great! I would have taken more if I wasn’t so stuffed by now. I enjoyed their Raspberry Cake & Brownie too. The latter was very rich.

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How can I forget Carlton Hotel’s Durian Pengat which saw my friend going back for more than a few times 😉 It was okay for me and personally, I still prefer Straits Cafe @ Rendezvous Hotel’s.

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We had a great time stuffing ourselves with food while catching up with each other, laughing the evening away. We did notice that Café Mosaic’s surrounding was very loud as we had to raise our voices to make ourselves heard.

But the definitive moment was when my team lead commented that we couldn’t hear my manager’s laughter, which set us all laughing away. Hahaha~

Café Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel Singapore (View in Google Maps)
76 Bras Basah Road
Level 1
Carlton Hotel
Singapore 189558
GPS: 1.2957301,103.8529502
Tel: + 65 6311 8195
cafe.mosaic@carltonhotel.sg

http://www.carltonhotel.sg/dining/cafe-mosaic-singapore

Breakfast: 6am – 10:30am
Lunch (Mon – Fri): 12pm – 2:30pm
Lunch (Sat – Sun): 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm




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10@Claymore Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel

Category : Buffet, International, Promotions

Time for Christmas feasting again! 😀

Considering my age, thankfully there were only 2 hotel buffet feasting sessions during this Christmas season. Especially since I aspire to try everything at the buffet, as much as possible 😛

First stop, 10@Claymore at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel.

Thanks to HSBC Credit Card Promotion, we enjoyed 25% off our total bill. This reduced 10@Claymore hotel buffet from S$42++ to S$31.5++. Sweet~

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And sweet it was. Wow wow wow at 10@Claymore’s desserts, all nicely decorated with Christmas ornaments. All screaming, “Eat me!”

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The shutterbug in me simply couldn’t resist giving each of them a close up shot 😀

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I enjoyed most of Pan Pacific Hotel buffet’s desserts except for their shot glass puddings & their durian cake which reminds me of the long brown durian cake/stick/paste. Artificial.

Of course, I’m more demanding when it comes to durian being an unwavering bitter Mao Shan Wang (Mountain Cat) consumer. So my opinion could be biased, similar to my critique of Concorde Spices Café Peranakan Buffet’s Otah.

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There were also feedbacks that the yellow & brown layered cake was very sour. It is indeed pretty sour and I kind of enjoyed the slightly torturous sourly kick 😛

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Being a tea-lover, Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel really won me over with their Artisan Selection of Gryphon Tea at its buffet. How I wish I could try them all!

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I’m usually underwhelmed by hotel buffets’ Christmas seasonal dishes. Hats off to 10@Claymore for winning me over!

For the 1st time ever, I helped myself to a 2nd serving of Christmas Honey Baked Ham!

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10@Claymore also has a Festive Season Plates of Pleasure Menu for us to order (repeatedly).

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This is the 1st time I enjoyed my Turkey. Their deep fried Turkey Escalope won thumbs up from around the table. Yummy! If only I have space for another serving 🙁

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Other dishes I enjoyed were 10@Claymore’s Baked Beer Drumlet & Seared Salmon with Pesto Cream Sauce. Especially the Salmon.

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Needless to say, all of us enjoyed our team lunch at 10@Claymore. Their service was also impeccable. We were well taken care of with just the right degree/amount of attention. Their chef even posed for me when he spotted me taking photos 😀

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Thanks Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel for the great meal, my teammate for organising and everyone for the great company! 😉

Oh, for sashimi lovers, 10@Claymore has both salmon and salmon tummy sashimi.

10@Claymore Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel (View in Google Maps)
10 Claymore Road
Lobby Level
Pan Pacific Orchard
Singapore 229540
GPS: 1.3073882,103.827732
Tel: +65 6831 6686
dining.ppsgo@panpacific.com

https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore/orchard/stay/dining/10-at-claymore.html

Breakfast: 6am – 10:30am
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Brunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm




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Spices Café Peranakan Buffet @ Concorde Hotel Singapore

Category : Buffet, Local Singapore Food, Promotions

Peranakan food isn’t a cuisine type I’m particularly familiar with, and hence not my 1st choice when it comes to food.

So it was really a rare opportunity, for me personally, when our team decided to lunch at Spices Café @ Concorde Hotel Singapore, to experience Peranakan food, buffet style.

Peranakan Buffet @ Spices Café serves up a very different variety of food, compared to other hotel buffets I’ve tried.

Firstly, the usual cold seafood section is absent. No salad either and in its place is a do-it-yourself fruit rojak section. Very interesting~

And (sadly) no cakes either. In its place are local delights like Bean Curd, Putu Mayam, a wide variety of Nonya Kueh and a do it yourself shaved ice machine, with a variety of toppings to customize your very own Ice Jelly and Ice Chendol.

What really got me excited were these little glasses of durian pengat, which instantly brought me back to Rendezvous Hotel and their yummy durian pengat.

I love and miss Rendezvous Hotel’s durian pengat. Alas the higher the expectations, the harder the fall…luckily I only took 1 durian pengat to start off with.

Moving on to the other sections, I enjoyed Spices Café’s Popiah & Kueh Pie Tee. It’ll be even better if the chef could spread more brown/sweet sauce for the Popiah 🙂

Being a huge fan of satay and otah, I personally have very high standards for these 2 items. So not surprisingly, Spices Café Peranakan Buffet’s version falls short, from my point of view. Especially their otah.

However, their main dishes section won me over with quite a few yummy dishes that made me go back for more!

Spices Café’s Lembu Rendang is especially tender and flavourful without any 羊骚味 (I tried translating this online and I almost laughed my head off because it was translated as Sheep Grievance). My best effort translation will be sheep-y, like fishy…Sorry guys~

Spices Café’s Babi Buah Keluak is also superbly marinated and stewed to perfection, tenderness.

Last but not least, the hugely popular Udang Asam. Thumb Up! The prawns are actually black in colour. And they are absolutely delicious. I would have gotten a 2nd helping if they weren’t flying off the plate so fast 😛

Dining Promotion @ Spices Café
For your information, we were there to enjoy the OCBC Credit Card Promotion where 1 dines free with every 3 paying adults.

We were also informed that there is an ongoing promotion for senior citizens, which explains why the restaurant was filled with seniors. We thought there was an event going on 🙂

Spices Café Peranakan Buffet @ Concorde Hotel Singapore (View in Google Maps)
Concorde Hotel Singapore
100 Orchard Road
Singapore 238840
GPS: 1.300618,103.842224
+65 6739 8370 or +65 6733 8855 Ext 8133
spices.chs@concorde.net
http://singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com/dining_spices_cafe.php

Lunch
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm
Adult: $33++
Child: $16++ (3 – 12 yrs old)
Senior Citizens: $24++ (above 55 yrs old)

Afternoon Tea
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 12pm – 4:30pm
Adult: $35++
Child: $17++

Dinner
Mon – Thu: 6:30pm – 10pm
Adult: $52++
Child: $20++

Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday: 6:30pm – 10pm
Adult: $56++
Child: $20++




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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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International Buffet at The Square @ Furama RiverFront Singapore

Category : Buffet, International, Promotions

I came to know about the International Buffet here at The Square @ Furama RiverFront Singapore from a close friend when we were discussing where to go for Christmas buffet dinner. She said that the food there was quite good with many varieties.

And best of all, there’s currently a 1 for 1 promotion for almost all major credit cards! This brings down the price for a buffet lunch from $53 per pax to only $26.50 per pax. Cheap cheap! Even their most expensive international buffet dinner is only $34 per pax with this 1 for 1 buffet offer.

Good deal! Assuming you are dining in pairs 🙂

By a twist of fate, we were organizing a farewell lunch this month where our female lead prefers buffet and she gave the go ahead for the international buffet @ The Square @ Furama RiverFront. Please note that it’s Furama RiverFront and not Furama City Centre.

As usual, I attempted to try one of everything I think is worth eating at an international buffet spread aka avoiding carbo. I must say that their food is really pretty decent. It may not have as huge a variety as Carousel – Royal Plaza on Scotts but it’s enough for me. Gone were the days when I can go around the buffet spread for at least 3 rounds *shake head*

I absolutely LOVE their crispy fish skin (yes I went for 2nd serving). It was the crunchiest fish skin I’ve ever eaten and it doesn’t have the unpleasant oily aftertaste.

Their prawns and salmon are also pretty fresh. Well, I enjoyed the salmon here more than at Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scotts.

A colleague tried their fishball noodles and commented that the noodles were so-so but the fishball is good. Wonder if they have the option of ordering fishball soup?

As a fan of Gui Lin Gao, I was naturally excited seeing it at the dessert table. However the herbal taste was almost non-existent which left me hugely disappointed. In fact I could eat the Gui Lin Gao without the honey. That’s how light the taste is.

Other than the Gui Lin Gao, I like almost all the desserts except for the pistachio flavoured cake which tasted weird & artificial to me. The coffee flavoured sponge cake (I think) and the berries tart were average as well.

I ended my meal on a high note with a bowl of Wintermelon and Chinese Pear with Pork Ribs, cherry tomatoes & the crispiest fish skin ever. Delicious!

All in all, at a price of only $26.50 nett per pax with the 1 for 1 credit card promotion, I give the international buffet spread at The Square @ Furama RiverFront Singapore a huge thumbs up. I’ll return again if there’s still the 1 for 1 credit card promotion 😉

The Square @ Furama RiverFront Singapore (View in Google Maps)
405 Havelock Road
Singapore 169633
GPS: 1.288939,103.835944

+65 6739 6468
www.furama.com/riverfront/Dining/The-Square-Furama

Lunch
Monday – Friday: 12 noon – 2:30pm
Weekend/Public Holiday: 12 noon – 3pm

Dinner
6pm – 3am

 



 

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Carousel – Royal Plaza on Scotts

Category : Buffet, International

Buffet time is always guilty time. When we go for buffet, we’ll have a tendency to want to consume as much as possible to make the money worth. Or at the very least try a bit of everything. Yet buffet is always a good place to linger around and/or to cater to different audiences with varying dietary preferences & restrictions.

The latter is the reason why we came to Carousel Buffet @ Royal Plaza on Scotts in Orchard. It’s halal and seems to have a pretty good review online. My 1st impression was really good as we were ushered into a grandly decorated room with exquisite table setting, tall chairs & chandelier lightings. I felt very pampered.

Taking a walk around the buffet that’s spread around the restaurant, there’s quite a good variety and no, I can’t eat a little of everything as my stomach will burst.

My favourite section, the desserts & cakes section looks very appealing as well. For this section, I did try a bit of everything. I liked everything except for the desserts in cups.

The other items I liked were the Baby Squids (I went for 2nd helping), Pan Seared Sea Bass & Sauteed Prawns with Chilli Sauce. *slurp* The raw salmon I took in my 1st plate was too raw/fishy for me. I almost couldn’t finish eating it.

In my humble opinion, Carousel Buffet @ Royal Plaza on Scotts in Orchard is a really nice place with a huge spread that will guarantee that there’s something for everyone. The food’s pretty good too, depending on what you choose to put on your plate 😉

Carousel – Royal Plaza on Scotts (View in Google Maps)
25 Scotts Rd
Singapore 228220
+65 6589 7799, +65 6589 7745
carousel@royalplaza.com.sg
www.carouselbuffet.com.sg

Open Daily
Breakfast: 6am – 10am
Lunch: 12pm – 2pm
High Tea: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Seating Capacity – 200 persons