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Chocolate Buffet, Fullerton Hotel

No.

I’ve long heard of the legendary chocolate buffet at Fullerton Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, but only recently did I manage to convince myself that I have to take on the calories just this one time for the experience. My conclusion: not worth the extra pounds at all. 😦

Screenshot from Fullerton Hotel’s website.

There are four savory items on the menu, I strongly recommend eating these first as a base to the sugar overdose later on.

(L) Bittersweet Chocolate Lime Arancinis stuffed with Risotto, (R) Cocoa and Spice-rubbed Baby Pork Ribs.

(L) Baked Ocean Trout Quiche with Ivory White Chocolate, (R) Wagyu Beef and Peruvian Chocolate Poblano Chilli.

The best was the ocean trout quiche, followed by the baby pork ribs and finally the risotto. I strongly suggest skipping the wagyu beef all together. It was terribly dry and not delicious.

Tip: To get juicy ribs, wait till they replenish the dish. The ones available at the start of the buffet have been under the strong heating light for sometime, making it rather dry.

Mango Cake.

Brownie.

Chocolate Praline Crunch.

Raspberry Mousse Cake.

Almond Blanc.

Chocolate fountain with fruits and marshmallows.

Yuzu Mousse. Best dessert of the entire buffet.

White Chocolate Pistachio.

Assorted Pralines.

Tasting table.

Chocolate tart.

Assorted shooters.

Macarons.

Ice cream station.

Live Nitro station.

To be honest I left the place feeling very disappointed with the lack of variety and creativity in their desserts. Pretty much everything you’ve seen above is what you’ll get at the buffet (certainly doesn’t sound as fancy as the PDF menu provided on Fullerton’s website).

Taste wise it is decent, but it doesn’t give you that super wow factor when you cut into the cakes or shooters. Even the pralines were meh! Comparing it to the likes of their weekend highteas (Clifford Pier, Landing Point, Courtyard), the Chocolate Buffet which specialises in pure desserts pales in comparison.

The live nitro station which many other food blogs raved about was so lackluster! By the time I brought it back to my table the effect had already weaned off and the components were so weak that breaking the chocolate dome did not give much surprise. It’s was like eating a room temperature kinder surprise; boring and plain, coupled with the fact that you’ve outgrown the toy inside.

Perhaps my expectations were set too high by the other reviews (which I now realize were all media invites). But honestly at $45 a pax this is not the kind of standard I think Fullerton would be comfortable upholding. Come on guys, you can do better!

1 Fullerton Square, S(049178)

+65 6733 8388

Fridays and Saturdays: 8pm to 11pm

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Guo Fu Steamboat Buffet, China Square Central

Go!!

Did you know that Guo Fu is not only known for their steamboat buffet but also for their free flow Xiao Long Bao? Of course I had to give it a try!

Not sure if its the location, but there were only about 3 other groups having lunch when I visited on a Saturday noon. To be honest, it was slightly hard for me to find the place as well.

The place itself doesn’t scream posh, so I kinda feel like I walked into an upgraded version of those China-run $15 steamboat buffet places.

The sauce counter is included in the buffet. The variety is not as extensive as the more well known hot pot places, but good enough.

Beauty Soup, $7, that has black chicken, cordyceps flower, dates and goji berries as the main ingredients.

In all honesty, the soup had not much taste when it came. It tasted exactly like my partner’s $3 Herbal Soup. It was only after boiling for soup for about half an hour before the strong herbal smells started coming out.

If you’re going as a couple, I suggest getting the individual pots (served using chafing fuel) as it’s more worth it. For 3 or more pax however, consider getting the yuanyang pot (served on a portable gas stove) as it gets cheaper by the pax. (The soup pricing is a complex issue, you’ve got to see their menu to understand it better.)

I didn’t like the individual pot because it took very long to get my soup heated up after the ingredients were added, and it had an unpleasant odour when the fuel was running low.

Sliced Special Beef.

Ah, the legendary fat cow that a lot of sites had raved about. Was it good? Yes! The tip is to wait just a little for the slices to thaw completely before cooking them. Cooking frozen slices straight will result in a very grainy texture.

Got to mention however that the quality is not very consistent. The above was my second order actually; the first didn’t turn out as expected:

Having a higher ratio of red meat to fats meant that the beef was tougher. Thankfully I ordered a second round of beef otherwise I would have left the place with a bad impression.

Sliced Pork Belly.

i liked that Guo Fu’s pork didn’t have that porky taste. The fats to lean meat ratio also met my expectations.

Fresh Prawns.

Sliced Raw Fish.

(L to R) Winter Melon, Corn, Scallops.

Salmon Balls.

Enoki and Oyster Mushrooms.

Guo Fu doesn’t have fancy items like fish paste and whatnots, but their items are fresh and well processed. For example, you can tell the standards of a place by looking at the way they clean their mushrooms. Some places don’t really clean the dirt off the enoki properly. You can see their item list here.

Xiao Long Bao.

The Xiao Long Bao at Guo Fu is extremely tasty. I would say the taste is comparable to the likes of Crystal Jade, except that the skin of the XLB at Guo Fu is rather thick.

For weekend lunch, the bill came up to be $73 inclusive of the soups for 2 pax (Beauty Soup and Herbal Soup. See their price list here). It is cheaper than the big hot pot players considering the quality and free flow XLB. I would definitely return to Guo Fu as there are items that I have yet to try.

20 Cross Street, #01-31 China Square Central, S(048422)

Daily: 1130am to 1030pm

+65 6557 0906

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Four Points Eatery Weekend Lunch Buffet, Four Points by Sheraton

Worth a try.

Thanks to Chope’s 1 for 1 buffet promotion, a weekend lunch buffet at Four Points Eatery costs only $30! It is definitely a budget buffet for sure, but at this price, why not go for the experience? Besides, some of the dishes are really worth the calories. You also get a glass of beer or orange/apple juice.

On a Saturday afternoon this place isn’t packed at all. It’s comfortable, bright and the food is well spaced (lack of variety more accurate?).

The cold dishes were barely sufficient. No oysters (duh!) but I was surprised that there weren’t any sushi or sashimi as well.

Fried Homemade Tofu with Chilli Mei Chye Chicken.

Fried Mussels with Dried Tom Yam.

Assam Curry Crab.

Kueh Pie-Ti station.

Roast Meat station.

Salted Egg Squid.

Fried Chicken.

Rojak station.

I would say that Four Points Eatery does their Chinese dishes well. The salted egg squid especially was super crunchy and on point with the amount of salted egg flavour. The roast chicken was also cooked well, not dry at all.

Of all the Chinese dishes, the only miss was the asam curry crab. It lacked the sour kick I was looking for. The crabs were also quite small, not quite worth the effort cracking and digging.

Baked Salmon, Spinach and Parmesan Crust.

Seafood Quiche.

There were a couple more non-Chinese dishes such as Sambal Udang Bendi, Braised Oxtail, Ayam Panggang and Duck with Orang Sauce. Didn’t think those were exceptionally great.

Assortment of local desserts.

Mango Sticky Rice.

Muah Chee.

Ice Kachang station.

The dessert station was quite surprising actually. Didn’t expect to see muah chee and mango sticky rice. They did try to have some exquisite looking cakes (about 3 varieties by the side, bottom left of the picture above) and frankly they were quite nice! My favourite was the mango sticky rice.

I have pretty much covered the entire buffet above, and you can see that indeed the spread is rather limited. For the price of $30, I think the spread and quality of food is worth the buck.

382 Havelock Road, S(169629)

+65 6349 4872

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Shima Teppanyaki Buffet, Goodwood Park Hotel

Worth a try.

Shima is synonymous to teppanyaki. I myself love a good teppanyaki (some food courts serve really good teppanyaki btw!) and when I heard Shima offers teppanyaki buffet, it was game on.

Went with my family and we got really good seats and a teppanyaki chef all to ourselves.

Although it’s a buffet, they would first serve you one serving of every item on the menu. You can then request for your favourite dishes thereafter.

For starters, they offer sashimi, tempura prawn and shisamo, and gyoza. I would say give these dishes a miss except for the salmon sashimi.

While you’re nibbling on your starters, keep your eyes peeled for the chef as he readies his tools. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the performance. Can’t help but notice the cute pair of goggles worn by the chef when he’s cooking.

All the food was already apportioned for my party of six before we arrived. So the cooking was rather seamless, one dish after another.

Chicken.

The chicken was well marinated in teriyaki sauce. It was juicy and tender, yet at the same time it was a little charred and caramelised.

Prawns and squid.

A quick way to tell how well trained a teppanyaki chef is, is to see how he cooks the prawns and squid. These two items get overcooked really quickly, and you wouldn’t want them to be undercooked. Glad to say the chef at my table was well skilled.

Salmon.

I have to say that my favourite dish at this teppanyaki buffet was the cooked salmon. The chef will first cook the salmon in a self made aluminium foil container laden with teriyaki sauce mix, before placing it into the cute little clam dish you see above. Again, the salmon was cooked perfectly, another testimony to the level of the chef.

Beef steak.

The heaviest item of the buffet is the steak. It also came the last, so if you’re a big fan of steaks, do save some space for them! I requested for mine to be medium rare, and it turned out perfect.

p/s they serve teppanyaki oysters as well but it didn’t look good on picture.

Lemongrass jelly with raisins.

After my meal I was whisked away to an empty table and served a cup of refreshing ice cool jelly. Would say that this ended my meal nicely as it cuts through all the grease of the teppanyaki.

At $59++ for a weekend lunch, I think it might be worth the while if you are a serious huge fan of teppanyaki, and a big eater. If not, you should probably spend your money on a decent international buffet instead. To be honest, I didn’t get any second servings apart from the salmon, just because it was so well cooked. Felt quite bo hua, you know?

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, #01-00, S(228221)

Daily: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 1030pm

+65 6734 6281

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Weekend High Tea Buffet, Ritz-Carlton Millenia

No.

Surprise surprise. I left Ritz-Carlton feeling full, but very unsatisfied and unimpressed. Their Avant-garde high tea buffet just did not hit the correct flavours and balance.

Grand entrance to the place. Just wished they could have made better use of the layout as the tables were all rather close to each other.

Refreshing welcome drink to get your taste buds going.

Varied choice of tea and coffee with some unique flavours like Pai Mu Tan & Melon. Unfortunately, they limit their selection to one flavour per person. Erm, choose wisely?

From top right clockwise: Chicken Mayonnaise with Chestnut in Cranberry Roll, Egg and Cheese Sandwich with Forest Mushroom Mayonnaise and Garden Cress, Smoked Salmon with Sauerkraut in Carrot Bread.

From top, clockwise: Pan-fried Wagyu Beef Patty with Melted Cheese and Tomato Salsa, Pan-fried Vegetarian Gyoza, Filo Prawn Roll with Thai Mayonnaise Chilli Sauce.

Egg Cocotte with Mushroom Ragout in Onion Marmalade.

Hmm I had a bit of the expectation versus reality moment here. Egg cocotte sounds really sophisticated and I was all looking forward to trying this jar, but on first slurp, I wished they had used onsen eggs instead. Just didn’t get that full on creamy texture.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken with Orange Basil Sauce.

This is hands down the best item at the high tea fare. Juicy, flavourful and saporific.

From top, clockwise: Seared Tuna with Cauliflower Mousse, Quail Egg with Cocktail Sauce, Poached Pear with Roquefort Cheese, Goose Liver Parfait with Port Wine Jelly.

There was nothing particularly outstanding in any of the above bites, but the Goose Liver Parfait with Port Wine Jelly was the worst! Here’s a good example of Avant-garde gone wrong. Either that, or my poor man’s taste buds are to blame. Come on, foie gras should remain in its patty form, served warm. Not cold, and certainly not in a super dense mousse form. Urgh.

From top, clockwise: Olive Oil Biscuit with Rhubarb Moouse, Strawberry and White Chocolate Tartlet, Carrot Cake Verrine.

The Carrot Cake Verrine is a must try item here at the high tea. Who can resist something with a pretty little flower on top?

Assorted chocolate truffles.

The truffles were one of the best bites at this high tea I kid you not.

Ice cream and sorbet counter. They have Baked Alaska Flambe too.

I tried the Baked Alaska Flambe which was quite unpleasant tasting. They lighted the baked Alaska right at the counter, meaning you gotta carry the scorching hot plate all the way back to your table. Almost burnt my finger doing so. The sorbet that accompanied the dish had a super bitter taste. We couldn’t figure out what sorbet it was, but it definitely deterred us from taking a second bite.

From top left, clockwise: Dark Chocolate Mousse with White Coffee Chantilly, Pistachio Cream Citrus Tartlet, Mango and Raspberry Clafoutis, Banana Cream Pie with Milk Chocolate Chantilly.

There were also a couple of tarts that I didn’t get to try because I was too full and unmotivated based on track record, but my guests who tried them didn’t rave over them too.

I get that the food at Ritz Carlton’s weekend high tea may not resonate well with me, but when my party of 5 other guests feel the same, something is not quite there, right? The buffet costs $68 after taxes, not worth it in my opinion.

7 Raffles Avenue, S(039799)

Weekend high tea buffet: 230pm to 5pm

+65 6337 8888

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Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel

Worth a try (if you love oysters).

I fondly remember my experience at Cafe Mosaic’s dinner buffet over Christmas a few years ago, so when my husband jioed me to eat this buffet again I was pumped! He used the Chope 1 for 1 deal, equivalent to $88++ for 2 adults.

Was it worth it? Depends on whether you can eat a lot of oysters.

Oyster station.

Pick out your oysters and the chef will shuck them for you on the spot. I liked that the oysters were pretty big and fresh. The blue light from the station was quite blinding though. Probably their way of making you slow down on the oysters.

Crustaceon station.

I can’t help but think that buffets that put out the mini lobsters look alike are in fact just trying to increase the value of the buffet.

Sashimi and sushi station. The normal stuff here.

Rojak station.

I love a good rojak station where I can control the amount of spice and sugar I add into my rojak. This station wasn’t exactly fantastic, but it had the bare essentials.

Noodle station.

Uniquely, they serve Mee Sua which I enjoyed! Remember to add the vinegar.

Fried Carrot Cake.

This is one of the highlights of the buffet. When eaten hot, the carrot cake was super flavourful and satisfying. It certainly deserves seconds but unfortunately when I took my second serving they had already pre-cooked a lot and hence I didn’t get a piping hot one.

Cooked food station.

The cooked food station had the usual fare — sweet and sour pork, seafood in Thai style sauce, but what I liked from here (and was hot in demand throughout the night) was the crayfish!

Most crayfish at buffets tend to be really tough and tasteless, but this dish was really tender and juicy. I’m not sure if it’s because of the chef’s skill, or because they had to churn this dish so quickly that the meat wasn’t overcooked.

Dessert section.

Looking at my pictures now, I think I was so unimpressed with Cafe Mosaic’s desserts that I was uninspired to take good pictures. The desserts tasted as good as they looked, rather meh.

The ice creams were so much better! Apart from the usual strawberry and chocolate, they also serve Thai milk tea flavour. The ice cream counter definitely helped to raise the bar of the dessert space a little higher. My favourite was the lemon ice cream.

Overall, I thought that the buffet spread was too limited for the price I paid. Yes they had oysters and crayfish but that was pretty much it. What really irked me was they had one whole area (the long space equivalent to the cooked food counter pictured above) filled with fruits. It really gave the whole buffet a cheapened feeling, and I was super put off by that sight. This would be my last time at Cafe Mosaic for their buffet dinner.

76 Bras Basah Road, Carlton Hotel Level 1, S(189558)

Daily dinner: 6pm to 10pm

+65 6311 8195

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Beach Road Kitchen, JW Mariott South Beach

Go!!!

We can never have enough of good buffets, right? So when my colleague highly recommended South Beach Kitchen for dinner, I immediately said yes without even asking about the price. (It’s $78++ btw.)

Floor to ceiling glass panels are just a hint of what’s to come.

Introducing the cold room. Literally it’s a room with all your cold appetizers. You now the Heineken advertisement where the guys went crazy after stepping into a room full of beer? I had that same feeling here. Feel free to pick out lobsters, crabs, prawns, oysters (freshly shucked on the spot!!), sashimi, carpaccio and more.

Oysters are freshly shucked on the spot. Really fresh!

Their salad section is grown to impress. On the top shelf, you can use the scissors provided to snip off your favourite veggies for the freshest greens.

Right next to the salad bar is the noodle bar. Pick your noodles yong tau foo style and have it with their Laksa soup.

Roasted beef was good! Most places do not do their roasted beef right but Beach Road Kitchen passed my standards.

They have a pizza oven can you believe it? Sadly though, their famous truffle pizza was a total disappointment. No truffle taste at all.

Grill station! Grill your favourite dishes like seabass or promphet here. It takes about 15 minutes, so do order early.

If you can’t wait for the grilled fishes, go for the grilled meats! They use iberico pork and galbi beef. Very good textures for grilled meat.

Small but sufficient Indian cuisine station. At the very end of the station is the Hainanese Chicken Rice station with roast meat. I think you can give that a miss. The chicken was too dry and the taste was forgettable.

The following pictures are Beach Road Kitchen’s dessert station. It was super impressive.

There are so many variations of ice cream! Soft serve, ice cream in cups, cookie ice cream sandwiches… You will really be spoilt for choice here. If you had to forgo one however, skip the ice cream in cups. The flavours look tantalizing, but it was overly creamy. You’ll be done after the third scoop.

They also have a waffles and pancake station. Feel free to ask for bananas in your pancakes. Top it up with Nutella and you’re in heaven.

End off your buffet with coffee or tea. I liked that they use TWG tea, really fitting for the quality of the buffet.

Overall, I liked the presentation of the food and the layout of the place. The seating capacity is huge, so I would advise you to start your buffet as early as you can to avoid the crowd. There were more hits than misses, and in my opinion, Beach Road Kitchen is worth the money. Definitely within top 5 on my list.

30 Beach Road, S(189763)

Weekdays: 630am to 10am, 12noon to 230pm, 6pm to 10pm

Weekends: 630am to 11am, 12noon to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

+65 6818 1913

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