Singapore’s 47th birthday calls for a huge celebration of feasting, and more feasting, at Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant. In the entire month of August, the limelight is on Hawker Galore.
Standing proud at the entrance of the restaurant is a Merlion statue, Singapore’s iconic emblem.
The patriotic spirit is not only apparent in the buffet theme but also in the restaurant’s décor –the buffet station is festooned with mini-sized flags that will invoke fond memories of past National Day Parades.
The ‘live’ cooking station is where you will find your favourite hawker delights –food that defines our culture and what makes us uniquely Singaporean.
A selection of hot varieties such as Chilli Crab, Sambal Stingray and Ikan Pangang (Grilled Fish in Banana Leaves) are available during dinner.
Check out what I had during lunch!
I love the ever-so-comforting minced-meat congee. The consistency of the porridge is nicely thick and ‘creamy’. There is no lack of flavours.
The highlight of the Hawker Galore for me is the Fried Hokkien Mee.
The noodles are moist and well infused with flavours from the rich stock. It is less oily than most hawkers, yet the taste is not compromised. The prawns are fresh, plump and succulent! Feel free to top it off with extra deep-fried pork lard.
The laksa is a permanent resident at Feast@East, and should remain that way –to prevent ardent fans from getting disappointed. The laksa broth isn’t cloyingly rich, but still packs a punch.
I heard they have Chicken Rice for dinner. For lunch, there are two kinds of chicken and a fried fish –they are popular favourites for Nasi Padang.
I love the chicken, both the fried chicken and the ‘Ayam Masak Merah’ –but especially the latter.
The fish had too many bones so I gave up eating after a few bites.
The buffet station is adorned with vintage objects – that are common sights to those born in the 1980s and earlier – that have been nursed back from ‘extinction’.
Many Singaporeans will be able to relate to the feeling of nostalgia and the sense of familiarity with these elements.
Clockwise from 12 o’clock: Stir fried Beef in XO sauce, Stir Fried Vegetable, Ayam Panggang, Tiger Prawn with Garlic & Ginger, Steamed Pork, Braised Beancurd with Mushroom.
Middle: Steamed Fish (Teo Chew Style)
Tiger Prawn with Garlic & Ginger
Love the presentation of the buffet spread!
What you can find in the claypots:
Clockwise from 12 o’clock: Curry Beef, Braised Pork Intestines, Braised Beancurd, Mixed Seafood
The curry beef looks tough and stiff but it is surprisingly moist and tender!
A variety of salads are available as well.
Again, their presentation scores high points. The pans are actually sitting on old-fashioned stools!
The Tuna Salad is my top pick among the salads. It comes with cubes of cheese and juicy cherry tomatoes.
Soups of that day were Seafood Chowder and Herbal Black Chicken Soup.
The Seafood Chowder is a little watered down rather than richly creamy; the amount of ingredients swimming in the pot of soup is rather generous.
The Chinese option, though a clear soup, is rich in flavour and very nourishing.
They do not have oysters during lunch but there is still a range of fresh seafood.
Do not leave without having dessert.
I urge you to get a slice of the Durian Cake no matter how tight your pants are –even if the buttons are at the verge of snapping.
It is one of the best, if not the best, durian cake I’ve had. It is very light, like a mousse cake, and the best part is that it doesn’t smell bad –great for those with an aversion to the smell of durian but are extremely fond of its taste.
White chocolate shavings cling on the sides of the cake –the combination is a perfect marriage.
Even if you’re really full, the Fruit Tarts are so light you can afford to eat a couple more.
Sago, Bingkah Ubi and Tapioca Cake are some of the Asian desserts available at lunch.
For something cooling to beat the heat, head over to the DIY station for your very own personalised Ice-Kacang.
The Ice Durian Pengat is a MUST-HAVE whenever you visit Feast @ East. But non-durian lovers, please excuse yourself from the table because the intensity of the durian purée is full-on.
Hawker Galore at Feast@East Buffet Restaurant
Promotional period: 3 to 31 August 2012
Mondays to Sundays (12pm to 2.30pm)
Adult: S$42.00 ++
Child: S$21.00 ++ (5 to 12 Years)
Senior Citizen: S$33.00 Nett
*Special Promotion for a Glass of Tiger Draft at S$4.70 Nett
Dinner (Inclusive of a glass of Soft Drink, a glass of Red/White Wine or a glass of Draught Beer)
Mondays to Thursdays (6pm to 9.30pm)
Adult: S$45.00 ++
Child: S$23.00 ++ (5 to 12 Years)
Senior Citizen: S$35.00 Nett
Fridays to Sundays (6pm to 9.30pm)
Adult: S$47.00 ++
Child: S$24.00 ++
Senior Citizen: S$37.00 Nett
4 – 5th, 11 – 12th, 18 – 20th and 25 – 26th August 2012 (3pm to 5pm)
Adult: S$22.00 ++
Child: S$14.00 ++
Feast@East Buffet Restaurant
Level 3, Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore
, Roxy Square
(Opposite Parkway parade Shopping Centre)