Monday, September 22, 2014

Truffle's at Starhub Green

Ok, it's not exactly a cafe/restaurant/bistro in the building. It's actually a Western food stall inside Jia Wei Foodcourt, at the ground floor of Starhub Green.

Bored with the usual offering, my colleagues and I always while about the lack of food variety in our work area. We wonder if there'll ever be a Halal Western food stall.

Lo and behold, during my maternity leave, my colleague excitedly whatsapp-ed me when she saw a new Western Food stall there. And it has a Halal cert!

Upon my return, I made a visit. It's run by a Malay family in fact. That's how it appear to me, that is. The front is manned by a young girl, presumably the sister, the chef appear to be her brother and the preparation seems to be done by the mum.

…For all I know, they could even be unrelated. Hurhur. 


The stall

The tentalising display pictures really had me drooling.

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The menu stand

On the left is the list of ala carte food items:

Soup - portobello mushroom soup, salad and mains like various pastas, steak & fries, H.S. Wagyu Burger, H.S. Fish & Chips, Chicken Parmigiano etc. They also have truffle fries (whoa!).

On the right is the list of The Daily Specials, the $7 Combo Mix and list of side dishes. Their ice-cream is the New Zealand ice-cream brand.

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Sides - Mushroom soup

The soup has a thick consistency (obviously homemade) and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, prior to serving.

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H.S. Wagyu Burger - $ 8.90

I got really curious about this so I just gotta have it, although the $7 Combo Mix seems like a better option for a first-timer.

Fries aren't freshly fried, presumably because it's the lunch rush hour.

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Inside the burger 01

It looks promising.

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Inside the burger 02

Is that seaweed? Interesting…

I re-read the description:
"Charbroiled chuck & wagyu patty with caramelised grilled onions, avocado, nori & unagi sauce served with aioli & shoestring fries."

Seems like one heck of a combination. Avocado, nori, unagi sauce…? Fusion, eh?

The beef patty looks a tad overdone. And true enough, it does seem a tad dry with the first bite. I love varieties and the description really impress me but the whole experience was a bit underwhelming, somehow. I wonder why.

CHICKEN

Here are some of the chicken mains that we've ordered.

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Chicken chop w/ alio pasta

Ordered something from the $7 combo. I guess Chicken Chop will be a safe option. Seeing I was hungry, I opted for alio pasta as the side.

They sure gave a lot of pasta. I almost seem like it's alio pasta w/ chicken chop, instead of vice versa.

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Chicken cutlet w/ alio pasta

Another item from the $7 combo. It seems that the chicken combo set comes baked beans on the side.

The crispy crumbs of the batter really make the chicken look scrumptious!

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Chicken Parmigiana - $7.90

I was really curious about this grilled chicken breast with chunky tomato sauce, sesame bread crumbs and gratined cheese. Sauce was nice although the chicken tasted a bit gamey.

What I love about this dish was the generous lashings of balsamic vinegar. I LOVE balsamic vinegar!

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H.S. Halibut Fish & Chips - $7.90

Ok, I wonder what that initials, 'H.S.' really means. The halibut fish fillet is battered the 'original' way. Not those breadcrumbs style. This dish comes with sides of fries and garden salad. Love that they used the Mesclun mix as their choice of greens.

The tartar sauce on the side was covered with a bit of vinaigrette from the salad. From far, I thought that they served  a sunny side-up egg with this!

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Grilled Fish

This main dish that comes from the $7 Combo Mix. It seems that the mesclun greens (garden salad)  is a common an accompaniment for fish mains, just like how the baked beans are, for the chicken mains.

The portion for the fish fillet seemed a little puny here, so much so that my hungry colleague felt a little let down. Very dismal, she said.

They also have other specialities like truffle fries, pastas and stuff like steaks and lamb chops; all of which I've yet to try. My colleague have had some of their pastas and she was a tad disappointed, though.

All in all, we're glad to have a little more variety in our lunch menu, food is quite presentable and the pricing here seems quite affordable. Wish that they aren't so lacking in the taste department, though.

Truffles
67 Ubi Ave 1
Starhub Green
Jia Wei Foodhub

Monday, July 21, 2014

Manhattan Fish Market Coupon promo

First and foremost, I feel the need to apologise for the poor quality of photos. My phone got water-logged right on the day when I gave birth and I had to borrow my cousin's iPhone 4.

Another thing; after a couple month of staying home, I've somewhat lost my food photo-taking mojo. Most of the pics below… well, they're taken after someone's already dug into them. Hmpf!

Well, It doesn't help that we were breaking fast during Ramadhan and were naturally hungry. Especially after a queueing for a table.
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Anyway, my brother excitedly told me that he purchased some discount coupons for $10. It's meant for dine-in at certain Manhattan Fish Market branches.


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Discount coupon (click on image for a closer look)

It seemed that many have purchased this coupon too. When we were in the lift with 2 other families, we saw that thay have this set of coupons in ther hands too. No points for guessing where they'll be dining!

We took the 50% off deal for the Fried Giant Platter & Spicy Seafood Olio, $55 off deal for Fish For 4 and a free Chowder of the Day. Yes, a lot. Well, there's actually 9 of us, so pretty worth it. We simply tore off and present to the server, whichever coupons we wanted to use.

Gave the 1-for-1 deal for the Small Grill and another portion of the Chowder of the Day a miss.

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Part of the 'Fish for 4' deal

This set comes with 2 sets of the Manhattan Fish & Chips, 2 sets of the Grilled Dory Fillet, the Quad Delight, 4 bowls of Chowder of the Day and 4 glasses of 'Gummy Bear' drink (Curacao syrup + tropical fruit mix).

There SURE is a lot!

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Manhattan Fish & Chips (at least $9.95)

Their ever-popular item. One of the better Fish & Chips around, I'd say.

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Grilled Dory fillet with Garlic Herb rice and veggies
Lite - $10.95

My relative from Indonesia, who cannot have a meal without rice; totally appreciate this. And that spicy sauce on the side taste like some salsa with a fiery kick. So delightful!

Another person who had this was my dad. This dish was also right up his alley. Especially with the blanched veggies on the side.

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Quad Delight - $13.95

This is also part of the 'Fish for 4' deal. This platter has fried country mushroom, fried calamari,
cranberry coleslaw and chilled seafood mix (baby squid, mussels & imitation crabmeat).

Comes with 2 sauces: salsa & honey mustard.

Ok, fine. Here's how the platter really look like:




















pic courtesy of www.manhattanfishmarket.com

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Fried Giant Platter - $19.95

This platter comes with grilled tiger prawn, calamari and dory fillet with a side of chips, veggies and Garlic Herb rice. Fried food galore!

AND this is how it really look like:




















pic courtesy of www.manhattanfishmarket.com

Didn't manage to snap pics of the Chowder of the day and the Spicy Seafood Olio.
Will input the pic from their online menu instead.




















Free Chowder of the day (that day we got the Clam Chowder) - $4.90




















Spicy Seafood Olio (it's really delish, with generous seafood portions and a nice fiery kick!) - $15.95

All in all,I can say that for $10, he got pretty good deals, actually. The food is nice to share amongst the targeted family crowd. Worth the money- many times over.

(The quality of the photos are just so inferior… Sigh.)

Friday, May 09, 2014

Penang Culture at Century Square

The last hearty meal I had at a restaurant, before I gave birth to my girl. Had a meal with my hubby's extended family, for an early Mother's Day celebration. Good thing also, for I gave birth on Mother's Day itself.

I was excited at the prospect of dining here because I've always been curious about Penang cuisine, aside from the famed Assam Laksa. Another reason was that I sorely missed having the Assam Laksa,

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Menu

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Teh 'O'

My hubby's favourite drink order. Love the 'old skool' style teacups. Even the spoons.

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Hot Yuan Yang

A coffee-tea mix. Typical of me to be unable to decide between the 2. So I chose this.

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Iced Milo Float

Ordered this for Kiddo. Or was it my Hubby? Because I will never order for him a drink as sinful as this (note the ice-cream) as part of his meal.

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Vitagen - part of Kid's set meal

I wasn't aware of the Vitagen being part of the kid's meal and ordered the iced Milo for Kiddo. After the luscious drink, he naturally rejected the Vitagen.

I saw that they also have this drink that's unique to Penang. The Ampla juice (buah long long/kedongdong). Slightly sweet, sour and pretty tart. I think it comes down to personal preference. I don't really fancy it. I don't mind the actual fruit, though.

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Penang Rojak

Mix of fresh fruits and vegetables in spicy prawn-paste sauce with ground peanuts. The sauce wasn't as spicy as I prefer. Also have pieces of cuttlefish.

I much prefer those rojak at hawker centres. More kick.

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Kiddo's meal - 
Sweet & sour fish + nuggets + rice + Vitagen$7.65

Other items on the Kid's menu are:

Kid's Nasi Lemak - Fried belachan wings + rice + broccoli + Vitagen - $7.65

Penang Kway Teow soup + Vitagen - $6.95

From the 'Specialty Rice' menu

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Black Pepper Beef w/ rice - $8.95

My helper's choice. She's the type who wants to eat white rice for dinner so she chose something out of the 'Specialty Rice' menu.

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Penang Thai Apple Chicken w/ rice - $6.95

Very interesting dish. The sauce taste like a milder version of the typical sweet & sour, anyway.  Just that the addition of green apples made it more interesting.

Nasi Lemak is the typical fried chicken-ikan bilis-omelette combo, save that the one here also comes with Nyonya achar.

From the 'Wok-Fried' menu

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Penang Special Fried Rice - $7.65

Hubby's nephew was busy picking out any veggies he saw on that plate. Pretty mild dish. Kids will like it, I guess.

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Fried Glass Noodles - $7.65

This honestly don't look filling to me. I think I will order a side of plain rice to eat with this instead. Like the Korean 'japchae'.

From the 'Noodles' menu

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Penang Assam Laksa - $6.95

Ahh… My long awaited bowl (literally waited long because they almost missed out my order).

I love the rice noodles they use here. Rough, wavy and thicker type, supposedly imported from Penang. Makes this a very filling dish. However, I wished there are more greens; like the one I had back in Banquet Eastpoint.

The gravy is such 'umami' goodness. Spicy, tangy with chunks of mackerel floating around. Love it.

We also Belachan Chicken wings (Har Cheong Kai), Hokkien Prawn Noodles, Premium Crayfish Prawn noodles but they were far away from me that time. I won't be easy for me to waddle there and bend over the table with my heavily pregnant belly (did I mention that I gave birth the next day?).

You can check out their menu HERE 

Penang Culture
2 Tampines Central 5
#04-11/12 Century Square
Singapore 529509.
Tel: 6789 8180.
Operation Hour: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Last order at 9.30 p.m.).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Seoul Garden Hotpot - bringing a curious foodie

My colleague, Sri and I are avid fans of Korean variety shows. Especially when they involve FOOD. And believe it or not, she hadn't tried ACTUAL Korean food, save for the occasional ones I cooked from home.

So when we happen to watch a show that seemed to involve a whole load of Korean food being cooked and eaten, we decide that it's about time that we head over and enjoy some for ourselves.

Seoul Garden HotPot seemed to be the only restaurant selling Halal ala carte Korean food. We head over to my favourite branch at Harbourfront because we deem ourselves 'too old' to head to town (another branch is at Cineleisure). After work, especially.

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Hot cinnamon tea & white fungus sweet soup

My default drink order when I'm here. It's very easy on my stomach and help to digest the food better somehow.

The cold white fungus is a dessert that comes together with the set meal.

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Kimchi of the day (cucumber namul)

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Deep-fried oyster mushrooms (foregd) 
Deep-fried mid-joint wings (backgd)

The mushroom is a must-have order for starters. The fried chicken is chosen as our side in the dinner set meal.

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Japchae (pan-fried seafood glass noodles)

My colleague was ever so curious about this dish. So we ordered it. She loved it.

Those glass noodles/vermicelli, called 'dangmyeon' are unlike the Chinese type we get here. These are made from sweet potato so it's thicker, chewier and darker. And pretty filling.

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Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap

How can we introduce Korean food to someone without having them try the Bibimbap? Opted for the beef 'bulgogi' (sweet & garlicky soy sauce marinade) version. And of course, I opt to top up $1 for my fave 'kimgaru' (seaweed) rice.

I love that they add a generous heap of 'tobikko' (flying fish roe). A good tip is to add more 'gochujang' (spicy bean paste) sauce than what is given in the small platter. Small jars of them are available on the tables.

Totally enjoy digging at the crispy and charred rice bits at the bottom of the iron bowl!

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Mandu (meat dumpling) hotpot

My colleague's definitely trying different things, most of which are reminiscent of what she's seen on the various variety shows.

This savoury and spicy soup was such a refreshing end to that particular weekday. With enoki & shitake mushrooms, cucumbers, kimchi, mung bean sprouts and chicken dumplings inside; it was indeed hearty and satisfying. We can't stop slurping down the soup!

Both of us walked out feeling really full, yet very, very satisfied. She loved the food so much, she came back again with her family!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ayam Penyet Ria - Fried-food galore!

It was a rainy afternoon and we were seeking comfort food. Something familiar, homely yet.. different?

Settled on heading to Bedok Mall. Over there, it's either Ottoman Kebab & Grill or Ayam Penyet Ria. Seeing that a couple of peeps in our group aren't too keen on Mediterranean stuff, we settled on the latter.

Seeing a queue forming, I grabbed the menu and get orders from my family while in the line. Pretty frustrating when one heads to the toilet, one chased after my son and another can't hear me above the din.

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Fried food galore ~ 

(clockwise from top left) Basket of emping melinjo & kerupuk udang mix, Bawal (pomfret) penyet, rice, boneless ayam (chicken) penyet, sup buntut (oxtail soup), oyster sauce kailan & fried enoki mushroom.

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More fried food!

(clockwise from top left) deep-fried chicken skin (how sinful can that be??!), lele (catfish) penyet, Pempek Palembang & Soto ayam

That chicken skin thingy was my brother's choice. He was like, "It's very nice, ok??" At that time, the only fried skin I adore is salmon skin. But, I took a bite and end up sharing that basketful of delightful crisps with him. Nevermind my hubby's glare.

That Pempek Palembang was my order. My 1st experience with 'pempek' was a batch given by my masseuse, who hail from Palembang- a city in Southern Sumatra. It is that region's speciality. It's actually savoury fried fishcakes made with fish and tapioca starch. And eaten with this vinegary, sweet soy sauce.

Later on, I had another go at a cafe in Batam. Another time, hubby's niece brought back a box after a school trip to Palembang. I really should have given her more cash so she can bring back 3 boxes instead.

And now that I know it's served here… well, guess it'll be a permanent order whenever I'm here, then. Even though the portion seems a tad small.

And that hearty bowl of Soto ayam is what I'll order whenever my son is around. Can't go wrong with chicken soup and rice for kids. I like that this have that strong garlicky accent. I wonder if they topped this off with 'koya'. Some savoury powder made from crushed prawn crackers & garlic. It's commonly served with Soto Lamongan back in Jakarta.
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I still can't gripe enough about the slow service, there. Seeing how efficient they were at the former branch in Bedok Point, it irked me to have to bear with at least 1/2hr before the first batch of food made an appearance on our table.

Maybe they have a change of proprietors? Whatever it is, I'm glad that the 'sambal' (chilli paste) here remained the same. And consistently spicy! Shiok!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

21 on Rajah - Weekday Dinner Buffet

Heard so many rave reviews and seen gorgeous food pictures of the buffet offering at the recently-Halal restaurant ~ 21 on Rajah, located within the new Days Hotel. My colleague, Sri and I have had enough and decide to check it out for ourselves.

We've always been 'buffet partners' and it's only right we both go together to explore.

Chose to go on a weekday to avoid unnecessary crowd.

The great service here deserves a mention (and a thumbs up). I did keep a lookout for points that will be noticed by those with initiative and they passed easily.

1- Reservation was made easily over the phone. When asked about different offerings between weekday & weekend dinners, they were upfront about the absence of the 'Rojak' station as well as crayfish in the seafood section.

2- I wonder if they'll make effort to the heavily pregnant me (made no special requests over the phone). As soon as we were shown our table somewhere in the middle of the dining area, the staff looked at me and asked, "Would you like a seat nearer to the front?" Awesome!! Our table was the NEAREST to the food.

3- We don't bother to be prim & proper when peeling the seafood shells. When I got up for a 2nd round of seafood, I came back to see a bowl of water with lemon wedges (for washing hands). My dining partner asked, "Did you request for this?" Nope, I did not. But that's another PLUS for their service!

4- The staff manning the roast station saw me taking pictures and told me hold back on taking a pic of the almost skeletal seabass, right then. He offered to call me when a freshly-grilled/baked seabass comes out.

5- The same staff offered to order a laksa for me from his friend manning the laksa counter. He even asked if I want more prawns. I declined, saying that I've had enough prawns from the seafood station. He replied, "Maybe you don't want. What about your baby?" Aww...

6- Staff offering to help bring a fully-laden plate to my table. I declined. Paiseh. 

Okay… on with the food!

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This sculpture within the restaurant is just sooo cute!

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The dining area 

White and blue contemporary concept. Very Santorini, somehow. Spacious. The hanging bird cages are a nice touch, though.

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Desserts station!

Flanking the left side are the mousses & puddings in shot glasses and mini containers.

In the middle is a platter of local delicacies like Nyonya/Malay kuehs.

Beside it are the cuts of fresh fruits.

The plated tiers on the right are small cuts of cakes and more shot glasses of sweet things (I later learnt that they are Durian Pengat).

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The sushi & seafood station

There weren't many varieties of sushi. Just Inari Sushi, California Maki, Corn Gunkan And Tobikko (flying-fish roe) Gunkan. Accompanying condiments are the slices of pickled ginger, wasabi and 'shoyu' (soy sauce).

As we've already been told that the crayfish won't be available on week nights, we didn't expect much. But there are still ample green-lipped mussels, fresh tiger prawns and snow crabs (claws and legs).

Accompanying condiments for these are the regular lemon wedges, Tobasco sauce, tomato salsa, garlic salsa verde and lemon-wasabi mayo.

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The line of food stations

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Fondue station

Located in a corner, beside the salad bar.

There are jars of marshmallows, biscotti & lady's finger biscuits. Then there are bowls of almond slivers, grapes, dried apricots and raisins, I think?

And of course- the fountain of flowing warm & decadent, dark chocolate sauce.

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Salad & Cold Dishes/Appetisers bar

The appetisers:
(From top-left) Oriental chicken salad, Wild mushroom salad, many many slices of smoked salmon (OMG!) and potato salad.

Nothing drives me crazy like the salad bar.

In the left corner were all the salad condiments like pickled capers, garlic & beetroot. There are slices of fresh zucchini, julienned carrots and wedges of tri-coloured bell peppers.

The salad bar had a big bowl of mixed mesclun greens, large leaves of cos lettuce and another bowl of rocket/arugula. And various salad dressings. Also croutons. There's an empty bowl with salad tongs for people who prefer to mix their own salad.

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Braised Lamb Shank

My favourite! I loooove lamb. Can't wait to try this!

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Steamed Fish Fillet in Superior Soy Ginger sauce

Looks like a simple dish but the sauce does appear tantalising.

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Roasted food station - Freshly-grilled/baked Moroccan Seabass

Apparently, the type of roasted/grilled meat served at this station change daily. I've seen pictures of the rib-eye steak online and since we knew that this station will still be available, I had assumed the steak will be there.

Turns out that day, the grilled item is Moroccan seabass. A huge one, at that.

Look at the hefty fish in all it's glory! All disappointment of not getting any red meat flew out the window at the sight of this beauty.

I so happened to be in the area when I heard the kitchen manager telling his staff to, "Get the fish ready!"

Hearing that, I scrambled to get my phone. The friendly staff who offered to call me when when a new fish is to be brought out; looked around and smiled when he saw me. He called me over. "Ready to take picture?" he asked.

"Of course!" And only then, did he bring out the he-yuge platter out onto the station, with the scent of grilled spices wafting from behind it. He let me take some pics and waited for my 'OK' signal before proceeding to carve the fish and serve the line of people.

Sibeh paiseh (very embarrassing) but he really kept his words!

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Baked/grilled fish being served to individual plates

With every time he serve a slab of fish meat, he will repeat the same warning about small bones within the flesh. And to be careful.

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With my plate of seafood & sushi

I only took 1 item from the Japanese food section - the California maki. Sushi = carbs = filling. Gotta' avoid that when having buffet!

I heaped on the prawns, mussels, snow crab claws and legs. Took dollops of tomato salsa, the delish garlic salsa verde and my favourite lemon-wasabi mayo.

Needless to say, I went for a 2nd round of these awesomeness!

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My plate of salad/cold dish/appetisers

I didn't mix my salad in the bowl as I like to try out the various salad dressings available. So I heaped on the loose leaves of mesclun greens, julienned carrots and croutons with many dollops of the various dressings on the side.

Of course I sampled ALL the appetisers available.

The potato salad looked simple but it's tasty. Tasted almost like an Indian dish because it seemed spiced. The wild mushroom salad was tasty too (as ALL mushroom dishes are!).

The Oriental chicken salad, as expected; did remind me a lot like chicken rice. Really! Refreshing taste, though. Not gamey at all, despite it being a cold chicken dish (I'm skeptical about eating cold chicken meat).

And of course, the slices of smoked salmon. I dipped those in the lemon-wasabi mayo from the seafood station. With added wasabi. And some rocket leaves.

In the background is a bowl of warm pumpkin soup (soup-of-the-day). It's really delish and it's not the kind that's heavy on spice, so its more sweet-ish..

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Hot foods - Western

(From top-left) Ricotta cheese tortellini, braised lamb shank, seafood in spicy tomato sauce, baked potato wedges.

The tortellini was something I've never had before so I was really curious. Too bad it was kinda' soggy after sitting too long in the cream sauce. The skin became too thick as a result and totally overwhelm the cheese filling inside.

The braised lamb shank had really tender meat and the sauce was nice. But the meat appear a lil' dry at parts (maybe due to over-exposure) and tasted a lil' gamey too. I countered that with the help of some garlic salsa verde.

The seafood in spicy tomato sauce was filled with a chock full of seafood varieties like mussels, scallops, calamari rings, prawns and fish fillet. The sauce came off a lot like marinara, albeit a bit more watery. I think it was supposed to be a more Mediterranean flavour?

The baked potato wedges was a simple dish, meant to accompany all the other dishes, perhaps.

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Hot foods - Eastern/Oriental

(From top-left) Sweet & sour chicken, steamed fish fillet, grilled seabass and crabmeat fried rice. The only item from this section that I didn't take was the Chinese greens (Kailan) in oyster sauce.

The sweet & sour chicken and steamed fish fillet were pretty tasty! 

Took dollops of the wasabi-lemon mayo and garlic salsa verde to complement the fleshy grilled seabass meat.

The friendly chap at the roast/grilled meat section gave me a much bigger portion of the fish (as compared to what he gave others) and chose the tasty, crispy and well-seasoned section near the breast/pectoral fins.

The Moroccan spices totally complement the sweet fish meat! Whoa. 

After all that delicious goodness, the fried rice came off as a tad bland, though. Pfft. 

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Laksa

There's someone to prepare the laksa for you. Just make the request and a portion will be prepared on the spot. I think you can ask for more prawns, if you want. No 'see hum' (cockles) though.

We can self-serve the 'sambal' (chilli paste) and laksa leaves (Vietnamese mint) ourselves, after the piping hot bowl of laksa is served to us.

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After this round of hot food, I felt that if I didn't move on to desserts, I might not have room in my belly for those sweet treats.

Especially when we sat sooo near the desserts station and we saw people already flocking to help themselves. I-must-not-miss-out!

The amount of local and western delicacies were more or less equal. Stuff like Nyonya/Malay kueh and puddings/cakes etc. There's even a pot of Bubur Terigu (I think this will change everyday).

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Desserts plate 01

- Choc-dipped fruit & marshmallow skewers, lady's finger biscuit & biscotti -
   from the self-service Fondue station
- Klepon/Onde2/Buah Melaka           } From the dessert station
- Potent Durian Pengat in a shot glass }

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Desserts plate 02

Small slices of Carrot Cake, Mango Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake and Mango Pudding.

The carrot cake was a tad too sweet. The cheesecake flavour was too subtle. The mango pudding was nice to me, though.

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Desserts 03

I love all these desserts in shot-glasses/mini containers thingy. Just so fun to eat, you know. Don't forget to grab a teaspoon, though.

(From front)
- Kaya mousse w/ Gula Melaka & Crumble
- Durian Pengat w/ Gula Melaka
- same as above but taste more… stale (maybe left out a lil' too long)
- Blueberry Panna Cotta?
- Mango Pudding
- Raspberry Panna Cotta?

The Kaya thingamagic was quite decadent. Rich kaya taste but not too cloying like you've eaten out of a jar of those green stuff. The cookie crumble on top complement it rather well.

The Durian Pengat was the bomb! Honestly, I've never tasted this type of Durian Pengat (supposedly 'Nyonya-style'?) before and apparently it's pretty popular at hotel buffets, nowadays.

Liked it so much that I went back to the dessert station and stealthily snuck one away before someone else grabbed it.

The panna cotta tasted a lil' 'meh'? Hence, the question mark. Can't really figure out if it's indeed panna cotta. Did taste a lil' milky, though.

The only station that I did not take a pic of was the drinks station (despite us being seated right behind it). It was a row of 4 drink dispensers; with Calamansi, Bandung, Iced water (w/ lemon) & Pineapple-flavoured drinks. I regularly topped up on the ice-water & calamansi. Nicely refreshing!

The only downer was that you gotta get you own ice-water. No one's gonna refill your glass, if you get what I mean. In fact, they clear the glass away once it's empty.

Those who are used to the much bigger array of food offering/varieties at buffet restaurants like Sakura International buffet might seem disappointed to see that the varieties are much less here. But I dare say that this place is all about Quality over Quantity. It's like having Carousel-esque food but lesser varieties of course. And therefore, much (much!) cheaper.

And we got 15% off because there's some Maybank card promotion going on. So we paid the net price of $32 only, sans the ++.

And honestly, I'm comfortable with the amount of varieties that they have here. Sufficient to satisfy me yet not too overwhelming that it became a burden to try everything out. This way, I can go for another round of my favourite/preferred food items.

21 On Rajah
1 Jalan Rajah

Level 1, Days Hotel (Zhongshan Park)
Singapore 329133

Tel: 6808 6847

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 6:30 am - 11:30 pm