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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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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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Beauty in the Pot, The Centrepoint

Go!

Opened by the brains behind your colourful multi flavoured Xiao Long Bao, Paradise Group has once again expanded its fan base with Beauty in the Pot. To give a quick summary, my friend referred to this as “an alternative to Hai Di Lao” — great food, great service standards. I haven’t tried HDL before because I really don’t fancy the idea of queuing indefinitely but I’ve definitely heard raving reviews about the service and quality of food. So when I heard that this was an alternative, I was hopeful! Best thing about this place is that they have two seatings for the dinner crowd so you can make a reservation for either 530pm or 8pm. 

Look ma, no more tapping toes and waiting endlessly for your turn (I.e., you can go gai gai until 8pm). I got my table at 8pm sharp.

Long table of sauces.

Let’s start with the sauces. You’ll be charged a condiment charge of $3.50 per head so why not make the most out of it right? Before you go on and say “huh so ridiculous to be charging for sauces pfffft”, I want to let you know that Beauty in the Pot takes their sauce business seriously. 

Instructions on the board that will teach you how to make the best combination sauces. I liked their crispy garlic! 

Spoilt for choice? Not confident that you’ll be mixing correctly? Their service staff will volunteer to concoct one for you. 

(Left to right) Spicy pork broth, tomato with sweet corn, cooling coconut, shark’s cartilage (also known as the famous collagen broth).

Beauty in the Pot allows you to choose up to four soup bases. Of course, each soup base is priced differently, and whether you choose 1/4 portion or 1/2 portion, the pricing is proportionate. 

On first sip, the cooling coconut was most mediocre but by the end of the meal, my friends were all going for the cooling coconut. They felt that the rest of the broth were too thick after boiling for so long. I personally preferred the tomato with sweet corn. 

Meat platter. Pork and beef slices with beef cubes.

An assortment of pastes. 

I liked the one with the fish roe one the most. It’s chewy and “Q”. Do ask the service staff for help to scoop these into your soup.

Dumplings, meatball with cheese, Chinese cabbage.

No idea what this is, but it was so good! The trick is to dip this into the pipping hot soup for just three seconds. What you’ll get is a soft yet crunchy texture with a souperlicious mouthful of soup. So awesome we ordered another helping to share.

Mushroom platter.

 Don’t forget to eat your fruits!

Yuzu crushed ice, complement of Beauty in the Pot.

I was told they rotate their desserts. I really like yuzu so I’m going to count myself lucky. Don’t be shy to ask for more than one serving!

My experience at Beauty in the Pot was great. For the amount of food above, we paid in total about $200. Slightly pricey, but for the quality and service, I would say it’s worth it.

Beauty in the Pot is currently running a promotion. You’ll get a 20% discount on all food orders if you order after 1030pm every night. Be sure to make your reservations in advanced though, I called at 9pm on a Saturday night to make reservations but was told that the next available table was only at 1230am. Haha, my friend remarked that I had until 6am to try… (the Centerpoint branch is open until 6am whut.)

176 Orchard Road, #05-16, S(238843)

Daily 1130am to 630am

+65 62353557

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