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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, but having tried the buffet again twice this year (2018), I think I can safely say it’s only worth a try if you are a big eater of oysters.

Even with Chope’s 1 for 1 deal (or selected credit card), the price of $88++ for 2 adults is rather high in my opinion.

*All pictures were from the first visit unless otherwise stated.

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.

(Second visit) Snow Crab Legs.

Heh when I went back to Mosaic again recently (about half a year since my post) they had replaced the mini lobsters look alike to snow crab legs. What an upgrade!

Sashimi and sushi station. The sashimi was limited to salmon and octopus.

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.

(Second visit) Gado-gado station.

On my second visit I was happy to find that they had rotated the DIY station. Unfortunately, the peanut sauce for this gado-gado was not crunchy enough. It was more paste than crunch.

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.

(Second visit) Seafood Hor Fun.

(Second visit) Fried Vegetables.

Do not try this. It was really bland. Plus, it didn’t have a wok hei taste. Super disappointed. To add on, the live station during my second visit featured this and fried vegetables. Urgh I want the carrot cake!

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 — meh. On my second visit, the desserts pretty much were the same few and I skipped it totally.

Cafe Mosaic had an entire area dedicated to fruits. It really gave the whole buffet a cheapened feeling (like you don’t wanna spend more so you conveniently fill the area with large trays of fruits), and I was put off by this sight.

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. Doubt I’ll visit Cafe Mosaic in the near future unless they do a revamp of their menu.

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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Straits Cafe, Hotel Rendezvous

Go!

Straits Cafe at Hotel Rendezvous is no stranger to the fellow Singaporean. It’s buffets are well known for its selection of peranakan food and durian desserts. I visited them a few years back and left with a good impression, so when my friends jio-ed me for a weekday buffet dinner, I immediately agreed.

All stations in Straits Cafe buffet are rather small and limited, but thankfully the quality makes up for it.

Cold station. They’ve got oysters! The crabs were really fresh as well – Whole, large chunks of meat coming off after the shell is cracked. As for sashimi, they didn’t have salmon belly, which was a little disappointing.

Assortment of cooked food which had more hits than misses. The chilli crayfish meat was tough although the sauce was good.

Apparently, they claim their laksa to be award winning. Well award winning or not, the laksa was fantastic. I had two servings of this.

Beef hor fun. The hor fun had the wok hei taste which was pleasantly surprising. However, they precooked everything and only topped the sticky gravy over the hor fun upon order, so the dish wasn’t hot till shiok kind.

Make your own Kueh Pie-Ti. They didn’t have the sweet sauce which I thought was crucial to the dish!

Make your own Rojak. This was pretty good, except that the you tiao was a bit too dry and hard. I personally prefer the moist yet crunchy type.

Dessert station. Durian desserts are definitely the star of the buffet. The rest of the desserts were ordinary.

The ice cream corner was quite good though! Loved the black sesame and coconut ice cream.

My must tries:

  • Laksa
  • Durian pengat
  • Cold crab
  • Kung pao beef
  • Coconut ice cream

One thing I really appreciated was that they refilled their dishes very promptly. You know how there are buffets that take forever to refill their dishes, especially oysters, or limit each serving to a couple of oysters per person? Straits Cafe certainly doesn’t do any of that nonsense.

However, the buffet dinner (Mondays to Thursdays) cost $50 before taxes, which I’m not sure is worth the price given its variety. The buffet focuses on local fare, and unless you’re an oyster, crab and durian person, it’s going to be hard to make your money’s worth.

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Before I end, I would like to state my almost horrible experience with Straits Cafe. The restaurant had initially  arranged for a hard-to-maneuver, hard-to-eat-from corner sofa seat for my party of 4.

Since I was early, and seeing that the whole place was still empty, I requested to be seated at a proper table instead. To my amusement, the staff told me that everyone had also requested for a proper table and therefore they couldn’t move me to a proper table.

My first reaction was like whut is this guy talking about. You mean everyone who made a reservation called in to dictate that they didn’t want a sofa seat? (Or it so happens that everyone was eating with an elderly or toddler and remembered to tell the restaurant so they could make “special arrangements” which is of course is just a normal table seating). By the way there’s only ONE sofa seat in the restaurant so everyone knew to avoid that?

So after a couple of minutes of reasoning with him, he finally gave me a proper table while still insisting that I should have called in to state my demand of not wanting an inconvenienced seat (erm.. do you heard how ridiculous this is?). By the end of my meal which was two hours later, I still noticed empty tables around.

So guys, if you ever dine at Straits Cafe, make sure to tell them that you do not want the sofa seat.

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