Category: Buffet

Town Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel – A Taste of Eurasian Heritage Buffet

By , October 23, 2013

I was here for “A Taste of Eurasian Heritage” prepared by Town Restaurant’s Sous Chef Sunny De Costa who is of Eurasian descent. Many of the dishes prepared are those I have yet to try before, or do not commonly get at restaurants outside.

Eurasian cuisine may not be the most familiar to all, but you would love it if you like foods with spicy blends and an unexpected East-meets-West combination. The dishes offered are recipes handed down from Chef Sunny’s family. So there is this personal touch.

The Debal Galinhia, better known as the Devil’s Curry, is traditionally during the Christmas season where an assortment of ingredients are thrown in.

You get some pork, some chicken, some smoked bacon bone and even sausages thrown within this tangy spicy curry base. The taste is complex, and sharp at points – every bite you would get something different. Best to be eaten with fragrant rice.

Another one of my favourite is Eurasian style Sey Bak – braised pork belly (sio bak!) with tau kwa, cucumber and tomatoes with spices and galangal sauce, all mixed rojak style. Refreshing and addictive!

Some foods are indeed fast disappearing in our modern society and I am so glad I have the opportunity try this at least in my lifetime.

Town Restaurant’s Eurasian Heritage buffet (15-26 October 2013)
Lunch – 11.30am to 2.30pm (Mon – Fri)
Dinner – 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Sun – Tues)
$53* per adult and $26* per child (6 to 11 years old).

Town Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel – A Taste of Eurasian Heritage Buffet

Town Restaurant
Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Tel: +65 6877 8128
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pm

Other Buffet Entries
The Kitchen Table (W Hotel)
Lime (PARKROYAL on Pickering)
Aquamarine (Marina Mandarin)
Straits Café (Rendezvous Grand Hotel)
Café 2000 (M Hotel)

Plaza Brasserie PARKROYAL – All You Can Eat Seafood Fiesta Buffet

By , March 26, 2013

Put seafood and buffet together, and I am sure many faces will light up with tummies growling. Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road is having a “Seafood Fiesta” from now till May 31, and this is not just any ordinary seafood buffet.

Other than the usual crowd pleasers such as Oysters, Flower Crabs, Tiger Prawns, Australian Queen Scallops and Black Mussells – all on the ice section – the cooked seafood with an Asian twist appeals to me much more.

The theme is “Best of Asia” with many dishes having flavours of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Think about Hong Kong style Red Garoupa, Thai-style Sea Bass, Sotong with Sambal, Nonya Sauce Steamed Fish, Black Pepper White Clams, Stir-fried Crab with Salted Egg Yolk and Green Curry Crab! (Read about their Crab Buffet, The Seafood Buffet, Dragon Feast and Grandma’s Favourites).

Are you salivating yet?

My favourite part of the buffet is the Teppanyaki live station (only during weekends) where the chef will cook a selection of prawns, stingray, sotong and salmon right in front of you. Grab the fresh oysters and sushi nearby while you are waiting, or better still, have a quick chat with the chef who is shy but friendly.

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Plaza Brasserie
7500A Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Beach Road (Nearest MRT Bugis), Tel: +65 6505 5710
Opening Hours: 6am – 12am Daily

Other Buffet Entries
5 Ways to Avoid Overeating at The Buffet Restaurant
Aquamarine (Marina Mandarin)
Silver Shell Café (Shangri La Rasa Sentosa)
10 at Claymore (Pan Pacific Orchard)
Sakura International Buffet (Admiralty Park)

Ireland’s Potatoes – Popular Fries Chain from Hong Kong & Taiwan Comes To Bugis+

By , December 21, 2012

Wait a minute! You mean the potatoes sold at Ireland’s Potatoes are not from Ireland?

Before you feel cheated, the shop is so named after it was “inspired” by the “Great Potato” famine in Ireland’s during 1845, which made the Irish treasure potatoes a lot more. Therefore it was Irish’s passionate and appreciative attitude toward the potato which inspired this brand. Not sure why the link? Me neither.

On the shop front, there is a line which promotes Ireland’s proverb of “There are two things in the world that can’t be joked: 1. Marriage 2. Potato.” (Huh?)

Other than that, Ireland’s Potatoes has really nothing do with Ireland, but you need to know that it is from Hong Kong, popular in Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. The shop at Bugis+ (right opposite Poulet) is Ireland’s Potato first outlet in Singapore.

One thing’s for sure – Singaporean’s love fries. Other than the usual fast food chains, Best Fries Forever, Everything With Fries, Sofries, Rock & Ash, What The Fries and PoTeaTo all have their own fries’ fans. Which are you a fan of?

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Ireland’s Potato
201 Victoria Street #04-01 Bugis+ Singapore 188067 (Bugis MRT) Tel: +65 9720 0961
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat)

Other Bugis+ Entries
Poulet (Bugis+)
Kungfu Paradise (Bugis+)
Bonchon Chicken (Bugis+)
Yayoiken (Bugis+)

5 Ways to Avoid Overeating at The Buffet Restaurant

By , December 13, 2012

Do you both love and hate buffets – love the variety and choice of food, but hate the feeling of overeating, with a sense of guilty and feeling plumpish at the same time. Not a good feeling to have, right?

How to avoid overeating at the buffet restaurant? The most important rule of thumb – Don’t feel the need to CONQUER every single food at a single seating! Sometimes when I see the amount fellow customers eat, I also get a bit terrified.

So I was invited to a buffet tasting at one of my favourite All-You-Can-Eat restaurant, Plaza Brasserie at Park Royal, as they have a new Thai cuisine promotion. (Read about their Crab Buffet, The Seafood Buffet, Dragon Feast and Grandma’s Favourites).

You may want to consider some of the following tips when you go for your next buffet experience.

Start the Meal with a Salad
Some may be thinking, “Shouldn’t we start the meal with the most expensive items – the crabs, prawns, oysters and meat?!” No, no, no. Preceding the meal with salad or soup can help curb appetite. Plus, filling up on fiber-rich foods first can help reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. Research shows that people who started meals with soup ended up eating less than those who skipped the soup.

Zesty Thai papaya salad to start the meal. Pile up those fiber first.

Order From The Live-Cooking Stations
When eating, your brain needs about 20 minutes to get the “signal” that you are not hungry anymore. I know some people hate queuing at the live-cooking stations, but the waiting gives you time to digest the food you already eaten. Plus, you can tell the chef to do a healthier version of any dish – less oil, less carb, and more vegetables. And I always feel better eating hot and fresher food anyway.

My order, Thai Beef Noodle Soup from live-cooking station – less kway tiao!

Do Your Research Before Going to the Buffet
Most reviews and credible food blogs should recommend the highlights of the buffet. Reading up on the must-eats can help you plan your buffet meat ‘strategically’, start eating with your favourite food types, and not waste calories on the yuckier food.

If you are going for this Thai buffet and need 3 recommendations, it would be Thai Beef Noodle Soup, Thai Fish Maw Soup and Steamed Thai Fish in Lime and Chilli.

Only Eat Food That You Like
I know some people will feel it is very “wasted” if you don’t get to try every food at the table. I think it is a far greater “waste” and injustice to your taste-buds and tummy if we keep stuffing with every single thing – good and bad. We should just enjoy the good food right? I have a friend who keeps eating fresh oysters and crabs at the buffet, despite the fact that he doesn’t really like them. Because he wants to feel his money is well-spent! “If not, very lugi!” How, like that?

May be seen as a ‘cheap’ dish, but this simple Thai style Kai-lan reminds me of this wonderful zhi char stall at Bangkok. Eat food that you really enjoy at the buffet, remember, you are not competing with anyone.

Spend Some Time Plating and Photographing Your Food
Place food on your dinner plate as if you want to photograph it later (or you can really instagram the food). You will find that you will end up taking less, and not pile up like a mountain. The time spent can also help you digest your food slowly. If not, focus on talking to the dining mates, rather than eating off your dining plate. A great conversation is the winning formula at the buffet table.

The smaller the plate, the better. Style your plate, make conversations with your friend, shoot a pic before you enjoy the food.

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Plaza Brasserie
7500A Beach Road, Park Royal on Beach Road (Nearest MRT Bugis), Tel: +65 6505 5710
Opening Hours: 6am – 12am Daily

Other Buffet Entries
Silver Shell Café (Shangri La Rasa Sentosa)
Chiso Zanmai (Clarke Quay Central)
10 at Claymore (Pan Pacific Orchard)
Sakura International Buffet (Admiralty Park)
Carousel (Royal Plaza on Scotts)

Fortune Cuisine 八味坊 – Steamboat + BBQ + Japanese Food

By , February 27, 2009

Blk 106 Clementi St 12 (Sunset Way) #01-38A/B Tel: 6777 8622

The truth is, I haven’t got the chance to foray much to Sunset Way, other when I have ice cream cravings for Daily Scoop. Located at the far side of Clementi, this area does have its rustic charm, bringing a range of eateries from a Japanese restaurant, Thai restaurant, Pizza place, Hong Kong cafe to a seafood restaurant.

This meal at Fortune Cuisine is a birthday treat from my ex-colleagues, and there’s got to be some good reason they brought me here.

The steamboat business in Singapore is definitely booming, with many fighting a piece of the pie at Bugis and Geylang. They all taste similar (or worse), don’t they? Fortune’s just opened for a year plus, and this new kid of the block aims to bring something different to the platter.

The Ambience
There is a choice of an indoor or outdoor seating area. Obviously, the outdoor area is a lot warmer. And the indoor patrons get their food stuff barbequed by the staff. But you may just want to indulge in the atmosphere and grilling your meat outside on charcoal.

Well, even though it’s a self service buffet, it isn’t much the typical I-must-go-grab-that-last-plate-of prawn situation. Civil-mindedness is the way to go.

The Food
Buffet dinner during weekends is priced at $23.80++. You can start off your meal with some light Japanese food the likes of sushi, sashimi and fried tempura. My personal favourite is the shishamo which is always freshly fried at the tempura corner.

You choose two out of the four choices of soup available: chicken, tom yum, seafood and spicy, with tom yum being the most popular choice.

The unique feature is the charcoal pot located at the side of the table instead of the usual Korean-style hotplate. While barbequing the satays and clayfish can be painstakingly slow, the fragrance and flavour is there. Make sure you have self-sacrificing cooking friends like mine.

The Service
Eating here feels like eating at home and this is a major plus point. The auntie who came to fulfill our soup kept the dinner alive with her constant chatting, urging us to try this-and-that. There is another serving staff (whom my friend affectionally call “Xiao Pang”) who entertained us with cold jokes (leng xiao hua) like “Beware of the COLD soup!” (Huh?) But we appreciate his candidness.

The owner Desmond was a shy but friendly person, being very pleased that his restaurant is always fully packed during weekends. “I will make sure my customers get a value meal that they can enjoy.”

The Verdict
Steamboat places are aplenty, but Fortune’s has its charm. 3.5*

Carousel – Buffet for New Year’s Day

By , December 30, 2008

25 Scotts Road GF Royal Plaza on Scotts Tel: 6589 7799

Think of the word ‘Carousel’, and you would imagine amusement parks and Merry Go Round with little ponies. This unique dining place at Royal Plaza on Scotts may not have the kind of childhood entertainment you are looking for, but the ambience sure is very uplifting.

This buffet meal I had was a Christmas-New Year treat from my ‘students’, and you may just like to consider coming here to welcome 2009. Lunch is priced at a rather affordable rate of $37.00 ($39.00 for weekends) and $47.00 ($56.00 for weekends). Check for the separate credit card promotions as well.

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