City Hall MRT
Located at the 70th storey of Swissotel, this restaurant definitely gives a very good view. While normal meals are served during weekdays, there’s a semi buffet lunch on Saturdays that costs about $70 after gst and service charge. As my colleague has the far card, we got it at 50% and I think it’s really worth it only if you have a far card. On a side note, Jaan is just located beside it and ranks number 17 in this year’s Asia best 50!
So in this buffet, you get to have unlimited appetisers and desserts and just one main course. While I was browsing the buffet section, only the dessert section caught my eye as they looked vibrant and inviting.
The big dessert section. They looked really good, but actually a lot of cream was used which I am not really a fan of. So I removed all the cream from the cakes and small bites while having them. The only cake that I liked quite a lot was the chocolate orange cake.
This orange chocolate was pretty good actually. Very thick, glitzy chocolate there with some gold leaves, it indeed looks very inviting. In addition, I like the orange in it as it gives it a refreshing taste amongst the thick chocolate. This only dessert that I did not try to remove anything I didn’t like.
And now come the appetisers. There were boats of sushi and it’s pretty good. The mango roll and jellyfish sushi were quite tasty. It’s the normal fare that you get at most buffet really. These are one of my favourite appetisers.
At the ‘middle eastern’ section, I had this slightly spiced chicken. It’s not a warm dish but I like it a lot and I think that it will go well with your greens. Chicken breast was used and was still tender. Healthy and delicious indeed, so don’t fret about the calories when having this.
Oo I like this other middle eastern dish, Cous cous that’s right. I like cous cous as they are small, bitty and nice to chew on. Very fragrant starters too when stir fried with onions and tomatoes. This dish isn’t warm too and I like it.
I saw this and took one jar immediately to try. It’s foie gras terrine. I do not really like foie gras and have been complaining in many blog posts about how iron it tastes but this wasn’t that strong tasting at all. Instead, I quite like it with the red ‘jelly’ on top of it. It’s savoury, smooth and makes a good spread for the biscuits! I finished more than half of the jar actually.
The red snapper as my mains. Red snapper was just slightly dry on one side but still acceptably moist on the whole to me. Skin was crispy but feels slightly bland when eaten alone. But if eaten with the heavy tasting churizo undearneath it, it would taste delicious. There are bits of cuttlefish in the background too.
The colleague had the fatty pork belly. I only tried the mushrooms as I don’t like fatty stuff. According to him, it’s delicious and skin is very crispy. As that is really a calorie bomb, he couldn’t bring himself to finish the whole slab of fats!
So, this is one of the few buffets that I’ve been to. Have been to lime, the rise and Melt the World Cafe previously and I guess this place would be ideal if you want to dine with a view. The rise still manages to outdo this I feel but then again given the price paid over here due to the far card, I find this place really worth it. There’re also seafood like raw salmon, poached prawns, crabs and oysters in this buffet but I didn’t really love them. Crab meat wasn’t succulent while poached prawns was slightly over poached and some lost it’s springiness. But yeah I still did have an enjoyable lunch with the colleague! A great Saturday afternoon!