Monday 15 July 2013

[CLOSED] Cafe Brio's – Buffet at the Waterfront

Cafe Brio's is one of the main restaurants for Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Located on the first floor of the hotel, it boasted a range of distinctive cuisine with International and Asian flair.

This is actually the first visit by The Little Devil and Chubby Botak Koala to Cafe Brio's. Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel actually hold a special meaning to us, because this is the hotel where we had our wedding reception. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming activities, alcohol during the reception and entertaining the guests, we did not manage to spend any valuable time here 8 years ago. (Darn, have we been married for so long???)

So enough of my rumblings and fumblings, let's get to the food. The first thing that you notice when you enter into Cafe Brio's is actually the spread of the desserts (international and local), followed by fresh shellfish, then sushi and sashimi.

Part of the Desserts Selection

The Seafood Sections
The Sushi Sections

The shellfish here consist of oyster, prawns and mussels. The size of the shellfish are quite big and fresh. Next come to the sashimi section, with selection of salmon, tuna, yellow tail and cuttlefish. The sashimi are as fresh as they get, with a good portions of the cuts. The minus side are the selections are quite limited.

Oyster, Prawns and Mussels

During the night, the roast station churn out roast beef. It is tender and roasted to medium, where you can still see the pink meat in the centre. It is tender however the gravy is lack of flavour. The Indian food section is something that you can't miss, especially the briyani and beef rendang. The basmanti rice is full of flavour and the rendang is succulent to the point of melting in your mouth. To complete our selections of main dishes, we have finished it with their famous crayfish laksa. We personally find the laksa quite average. The gravy lack of presence and not as robust as it suppose to be. There is nothing pretty special about it, except it is serve with half potion of a crayfish.

Roast Beef
Crayfish Laksa
So finally come to the desserts, where the selection from hot to cold desserts are so extensive, they can actually just do a buffet for their desserts. I like their Pineapple upside down cake, where it is moist and light; Manggo Pudding, Rose Syrup Aloe Vera, Apple Jelly Panna Cotta shots are light and refreshing. For chocolate lovers like me, the Chocolate Pudding with custard sauce or ice cream is just heavenly if you like something heavy, while chocolate fondue with fruits is the alternative for something light. There are also some Peranakan desserts if it is to your liking.

Chocolate Pudding With Custard Sauce

Chocolate Fondue with Condiments

A little peranakan selection
Service here is actually good. The service staff clean the plate regularly and top up your drinks. We actually went using the promotion, so it is actually value for money for us. However, if you are paying a full price, it will be slightly overpriced.

Overall, Cafe Brio's presents good spread of buffet to the patrons. The food quality are of better than average, we do hope they can expand the buffet spread, especially on their sashimi and shellfish to the extend of their desserts range. At this current time, it won't be my first choice for buffet. Cheers!!!

The Bread Selection
(did not try due to limited stomach space :)

The Cheese Selection(did not try due to limited stomach space :)

Food & Drink: 7/10
Value: 6.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Ambiance: 7/10.

Cafe Brio's
392 Havelock Road
Grand Copthorne Waterfront
Singapore 169663

Tel: 6233 1100
Op Hours: Daily 06.30 – 10.30; 12.00 – 23.30
For the pricing of the buffet, see the link above.
Also check out some online deal website.


  1. Tried on 4Oct2014. Some food is not very flesh. Example: Feel mushy on the BBQ prawn, white fish and Dried Oyster on Chinese Brocauli with mushroom, dried Oyster and Sea Cucumber.

    BTW - One of the staff broke a glass during refilling.

    Crab wise is ok...can't compare to Park Royal Crab Buffet and Katong Hotel Gran Mecure.
    Things to improve - Crab Tools is scissor instead common crusher provided by most crab store.

    1. Hi Foodies,

      Thanks for comment and recommendations :)


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