Catalunya’s Weekend Brunch (Saturdays and Sundays, 12.30pm to 3.30pm)

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Catalunya in Singapore extends its popular Sunday buffet brunch to take place on Saturdays as well. Partake in a Spanish gastronomic journey from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Unlike other buffets, Catalunya’s brunch experience comes in stages, so you’ll feel obliged to stay through the entire 3-hour sitting.

The high ceiling allows loads of natural sunlight into the dining room, making for the perfect brunch setting, great for instagramming your food too. Natural lighting = great photos!

@melicacy: One of the most exciting weekend brunch experiences you can find in Singapore! Begin the meal with some very well curated salads, anchovies, ceviches and jamon at the buffet station, order the creamy and foamy modern interpretation of Spanish omelette, the comforting Estrellado of scrambled egg on potatoes, and the Bikini sandwich encompassing iberico, cheese and truffle, a skinny sandwich that amazingly packs so much flavour. The party truly begins when mains are being served. The atmosphere turns lively with music and dancing and clapping, and the throwing of plates, true Spanish style. The suckling pig is utterly moist, juicy and tender, one of the best I’ve had. Finish off with dainty desserts that also arrive in jubilant fashion. I thought the view was spectacular, then with all the delicious goodness, the view was just secondary. What a happy place!

Warm crusty breads and croissants served at the table.

The buffet is inclusive of free flow of juices. How about some bubbly-cava to accompany the meal? Simply add $48++ for free flow of cocktails and wines throughout the entire buffet.

Coffees are also included in the $48 top-up. There’s the latte, and there’s the Spanish Latte. Try the latter!

Salads, appetisers, fish (raw, marinated and pickled), Spanish cured meats, cold cuts, cheeses and stews are beautifully presented at the buffet station in a myriad of colours and textures.

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“The Best of Thai” at Escape Restaurant & Lounge, One Farrer Hotel & Spa (2 to 16 April 2015)

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One Farrer Hotel & Spa in Singapore collaborates with Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy to present “The Best of Thai” from 2 to 16 April 2015.

Before I begin with the food, I have to say that I am very impressed (unexpectedly) by the overall feel of his hotel, having stepped foot here for the first time. This relatively new five-star hotel, located away from the bustling city centre, strikes one as being built to anticipate the arrivals of diplomats and VIPS at first glance. As you enter the hotel, you are welcomed by a sense of sophistication. Art pieces grace the spacious lobby, with soothing music playing in the background.

At Escape Restaurant & Lounge, white linen tablecloths give the restaurant a clean and classy look, albeit too formal for buffet pleasures I feel, but nonetheless comfortable. The theatrical open kitchen grants diners unobstructed views of chefs in action. The crowd was a little sparse on last Friday evening, which was good for me because I enjoy the quiet peace and less people swarming around the buffet line, but I don’t think the restaurant will enjoy such peace for a long time, especially when more people start knowing about what a gem this place is.

Plain white plates are glued into sculptures of art and hidden away in display cabinets, replaced by various shapes and sizes of ornate dinnerware that are totally “instagram-worthy”. This is where you can truly show off your incredible food plating creativity. Continue reading

Best-value Korean BBQ Buffet at Hansik Korean Family Restaurant (Queensway)

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Korean BBQ buffet lovers used to gather at the Tanjong Pagar precinct, until more and more similar concepts start sprouting across Singapore in sync with the growing demands. Those that emerge just to earn a quick buck will see a decline in business in due time because diners are unlikely to patronise restaurants that short-change in quality. Hansik Korean Family Restaurant is one of the few Korean restaurants that will last the test of time, not only because it is run by Korean descendants (the Choi family) with lots of passion in food, but also because they strive to keep the prices affordable without compromising on quality. They have an a la carte menu offering a myriad of traditional Korean dishes such as Bulgogi, Ginseng Chicken Soup, Bibimbap, Korean pancake and more, but most enticing is the BBQ buffet that we are all fanatical about, priced at just $16++ for lunch and $22++ (additional $3 for weekends/PH) for dinner. Seniors get to enjoy special rates of $15++ for lunch and $20++ for dinner, while 1 student dines free with every 3 paying students.
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Late Night A la Carte Hotpot Buffet at Street 50 Restaurant & Bar, Bay Hotel Singapore

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I could be very selfish and not share my favourite supper spots, because I don’t want to be fighting for seats with you guys, but at the same time I feel this place deserves due praises and I can’t resist the urge to shout out loud how fond I am of this place.

Hotpot at Street 50 Restaurant & Bar is nothing new; it was launched as a set meal with allocated portions of meat, seafood, vegetables and noodles, infinite refill of your preferred soup base, and a broad array of dipping choices to accompany. What stood out most back then were the individual Chinoiserie hotpots that operate using actual flame rather than gas.

The hotpot buffet concept came into play as soon as the restaurant was geared up for it in terms of kitchen preparation work and service staff –it was more of getting used to the hotpot concept since the restaurant mainly does international buffet spreads and a la carte orders. It became a huge hit. Due to popular demand, they are now extending their Weekend Hot Pot A la Carte Buffet till 2am. Continue reading

(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) Affordable Christmas Feastings at Street 50 Restaurant & Bar

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Christmas feastings need not be exorbitant. Street 50 Restaurant & Bar at Bay Hotel Singapore, located in the Harbourfront-Telok Blangah precinct, is serving up three international buffet menus competitively priced from $38 to $88, with complimentary parking thrown in. Additional perks include: Senior Citizens pricing at $28 nett, activities and crafts corner for the little ones, kids eating for free and a gift in the sure-win lucky dip for each table. Continue reading

(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) MELT~ The World Café, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

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Breaking away from all the log cake features that I’ve been virtually feeding you with, here is a Christmas spread you shouldn’t deprive your rumbling tummies of! Here is a sneak preview of what MELT~ The World Café of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is offering this festive season. Continue reading

50% off buffet for 2 at Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore with American Express Platinum Card

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Ever since I signed up for the American Express Platinum Card, I’ve been taking what seems like a penny-wise step, revolving many meals around the benefits the card offers. Amex has always been known for great dining perks, especially when it combines two popular dining discount programmes –Classic Far Card Membership and PALATE programme.

Read about my previous dining experience with the American Express Platinum Card where I saved over $100 at Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant, under the PALATE programme: http://melicacy.com/?p=7702

The Classic Far Card Dining Membership offers vouchers and unlimited dining benefits at all food and beverage outlets at participating hotels, namely Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, Swissotel Nankai Osaka and Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok. As members, our share of the bill is complimentary when dining with at least one paying adult.

Here’s a breakdown of the discount system: member plus 1 guest (2 adults) will be entitled to 50% off the bill; member plus 2 guests (3 adults) will be entitled to 33% off, member plus 3 guests (4 adults) will be entitled to 25% off, member plus 4-9 guests (5-10 adults) will be entitled to 20% off; member dining alone will be entitled to 10% off.

With such an enticing offer, I dined at Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore on two separate occasions and I literally only paid only for the price of one meal. For two to dine on weekend dinners, the original price was $116 (before GST & service charge). After discount, it was $68.27 ($58 plus service charge and GST). My dining partner and I split the bill and paid only $34 each! And that’s for a sumptuous top-notch buffet dinner.

The buffet is consistently superb; it is pretty obvious the kitchen and service crew take great pride in their job, efficient and organised in their respective scopes. The food, takes one to gastronomic paradise. The theme is decidedly Asian-Peranakan, with perennial favourites like Durian Pengat, Kueh Pie Tee, Steamed Fish, Fried Noodles at the live station, and more. To get your money worth, indulge in fresh crustaceans, sashimi and wok-fried crayfish. Ellenborough Market Café is undeniably one of the best buffets in Singapore.

Sign up for your own American Express Platinum Card here to enjoy great dining discounts: https://www.americanexpress.com/sg/platinum-credit-card

For reservations, call (65) 6239 1848/1847 or email emc.reservations@swissotel.com.

Ellenborough Market Café
Lobby Level, Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road
Singapore 058281
Website: http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-merchant-court/dining/ellenborough-market-cafe/

Momiji Shabu Shabu, Singapore’s top value-for-money Collagon Hotpot Buffet

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Momiji Shabu Shabu (hotpot buffet) by the Suki Group of Restaurants once again tops the ranks for the most value-for-money buffet places in Singapore, right after the success of Momiji Japanese Buffet Restaurant at City Square Mall.

The hotpot concept Momiji Shabu Shabu presents an array of over 100 items in the buffet line, a selection of cooked food, sushi, fruits, soft drinks, teas, hot beverages, desserts, and raw ingredients for the hotpot.

Most unique about this hotpot concept is the collagen soup base, which is derived from the simmering of kampong chicken and fresh vegetables, taking up to 6 long hours to fully dissolve the chicken bones and for every bit of goodness to go into the broth. Continue reading

Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore

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The Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore is back from 5th to 21st September 2014, ready to satisfy the deepest cravings. Occurring twice yearly, this buffet promotion has consistently been pulling off the best of Penang flavours to Singapore since 1986, and has never lost its appeal.

This September, a new stall joins in the kaleidoscope of Penang specialties, without additional cost, still affordably priced at $25.80++ (weekdays) and $28.80++ (weekends) per adult.


Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan

The new Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan wins votes with the intensely flavoured Nonya Chicken Kapitan with a spicy kick, and fragrant Nasi Lemak (coconut rice). Continue reading

English Afternoon Tea at L’Espresso of Goodwood Park Hotel

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Set within the premises of the iconic Goodwood Park Hotela reputable pioneer in Singapore’s tourism industry with history dating back to 1900L’Espresso has earned a reputation as being synonymous with elegant teatime pursuits.

The English Afternoon Tea buffet is a main attraction at L’Espresso. Available daily, a dazzling host of dainty sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, chocolate fountain and traditional English scones will fill tummies between conversations and tea (or coffee).

Nibble on dainty bites such as Slow-cooked Farm Chicken in Crepe, Roast Beef with Cornichons, Smoked Salmon with Beetroot Mousse and Caviar, Poached Prawn with Pineapple and Avocado Salsa, Brie with Grape on Maple Crostini, Nicoise Tartlet with Tuna Tataki, and Foie Gras Terrine with Coated Pistachios and Cranberry Compote (a top pick).
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Adults-only Cocktail Brunch Buffet at Manhattan of Regent Singapore

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Shrimp Cocktail

Kids would need babysitting on Sundays as the sophisticated cliques put on their best and strut their way to ‘Manhattan’ at Regent Singapore for Singapore’s first adults-only cocktail brunch.

(Read my review of Manhattan Bar here: http://melicacy.com/?p=7246)

New York’s venerable tradition of weekend brunches, pervaded with unlimited craft cocktails, beers, wines, and gastronomic pleasures, travels halfway around the world, fitting effortlessly into Singaporeans’ lifestyle.

Diners can indulge from 11.30am all the way till 3.30pm in the elegant and stylish setting of Manhattan, beginning with a breakfast series served shortly after you take your seat. The crisp-edged Silver Dollar Pancakes is exquisitely paired with caramelised apples and drizzled in bourbon maple syrup.

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SeafoodFest and International Buffet at The Square restaurant of Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay (July to September 2014)

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Singapore Chilli Crab

Calling the attention of seafood lovers! Every Friday and Saturday night from July to September 2014, “SeafoodFest” meets International Buffet at The Square restaurant of Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay.

Work your way from the Seafood on Ice section that features white clams, tiger prawns, baby lobsters and plump juicy oysters. Continue reading

Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Knolls of Capella Singapore

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Brunch is one singular meal of the day that makes me radiate enthusiasm. Part of the charm is about waking up late and having breakfast food at lunch. It could be a simple afternoon of café-sitting, or it could be a luxurious affair like having a buffet at The Knolls of Capella Singapore.

The Mediterranean spread at The Knolls reveals praise-worthy virtue –the standard of food speaks for itself. Highlights include fine-cut meats at the live station, foie gras-something-of-the-day presented on wooden boards alongside dainty savouries, freshly shucked oysters in a few varieties, and more.

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The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis Singapore (3pm to 5pm daily)

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Almost nothing beats a relaxing afternoon with a perfect blend of tea paired with the most delectable bites away from the hype and buzz of paper work. The St. Regis Singapore offers a harmonious tea experience and a spread of sweet delights at The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea held by Brasserie Les Saveurs. The Wellness Group (TWG) tea connoisseur has specially arranged an exclusive selection of teas that will pair perfectly with the epicurean spread for our indulgence.

On top of the afternoon tea buffet spread, guests will be served savoury pastries and enticing desserts set on a quintessential three-tiered silver stand, which are changed frequently based on chef’s creations of the day. Continue reading