probably the best buffet I’ve had in singapore – in spread and overall food quality . buffets are a tricky beast to photograph – so many things on offer, and the whole public exposure factor involved in toting a camera to every dish. too daunting – but I tried my best.
this is a photo post – largely because of the sheer volume, but in short: high quality food – not the best in themselves, especially if considered separately – but very good for the fantastically large range on offer. even better than the line at the shangri-la, which has seen standards dwindling in the past years. heavy sticker on this one too, but we walked waddled away overstuffed and happy – so perhaps an occasional treat?
oh, and I haven’t mentioned their fantastic post-dinner sweet section eh? very impressive, this one – more
on that in a later post today here!
oh, and they have a lovely garden outside near the barbecue area – very lovely.
there’s a lovely spread of bread and salads on offer – but I know most of you head straight to the cold seafood section:
which had a variety of four or five types of shellfish. rather fresh, and very good with tabasco. those lobsters were small but sweet enough.
I rather like the barbecued section better though – you see crayfish and prawns up there done to a neat char. seafood tastes so much better hot after a turn on the pit, and while the barbecue section was a little occupied (pitiful singular waiter grilling up everything), everything from the roast pork to the seafood made us happy.
they had a european section full of staub casseroles with stews and roast vegetables, all pretty good. especially that creamy seafood stew that went well with toast.
I did like how there were loads of vegetables though – something very often missing in buffets. these cauliflower florets were done up all tender and garlicky. I think I must have had thirds of these.
some beautifully lighted up go-betweens – a mixture of crackers, yorkshire pudding, crisps and toast.
they had a decent indian section too – the tandoori chicken wasn’t too dry, and went well with the raita and coriander on hand – but I think straits kitchen wins out here.
and a nominal section of east asian offerings – chinese cooked food and a japanese section with udon noodles and sushi. the sushi was rather paltry though – I’d say to keep the space for something else.
like the dessert table – that’s all coming up soon see it here!
we ate from when it was bright out, to when it was dark. the restaurant isn’t super modern, but rather homey old-school, good for large family dinners; it was noisy and vibrant, and everybody was kept happy with the spread of food.
it is probably one of the more expensive buffets, and so wasted on me – but if you have a decent appetite to satisfy, this will do you alright.
Melt – The World Café at Mandarin Oriental
Level 4, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
tel +65 6885 3500
$$$$: (I think) eighty-plus-plus per person
p.s. part two on the dessert tables here.