Thursday, 24 May 2018

AquaMarine – Ramadhan Iftar Dinner [MEDIA INVITE]

Ramadhan Iftar Dinner
(Image Credit: Marina Mandarin Singapore)

It is the time of the year again where our Muslim friends welcome their holy month, known as the Ramadhan.

In collaboration with Garuda Indonesia, AquaMarine will be presenting a special Ramadhan Iftar Dinner Buffet from 16 May to 14 June 2018. Part of the menu is curated by Guest Chef Vindex Tengker, a renowned celebrity chef and also Vice President of in-flight services for Garuda Indonesia.

Guest Chef Vindex Tengker

I was fortunate enough to taste the spread on 17 May 2018 and the following are the dishes that will wowed you.

Middle Eastern Roasted Whole Baby Lamb with Mint Yoghurt, Spicy Tomato Salsa and Chilli Dip. (Available on Friday and Saturday night only). The meat from the lamb is tender and succulent, almost absent of the gamy flavour. With more than 20 ingredients marinated the lamb, the meat is tasty and aromatic as well. I personally think that no dipping sauce is needed for this dish.

Middle Eastern Roasted Whole Baby Lamb with Mint Yoghurt, Spicy Tomato Salsa and Chilli Dip


Roasted Baby Lamb (Left) - Gulai Kakap Medan (Right)

Ayam (Chicken) Bertutu. Originated from Bali, this dish is very popular when it uses Bebek (duck) as the protein. The original recipe takes a long time to cook, so this is their express version. The spices consist of aromatic ginger, turmeric, galangal and lemongrass infused well into the chicken. The flesh of the chicken was so succulent, you will be coming back for second servings. I actually have to come back three times as before I can get my share as this dish was very popular on the night.

Ayam Bertutu

Rendang Padang, the notoriously famous beef curry. The beef is tender, succulent, accompanied with thick curry sauce. Definitely, a “Rice Thief” dish and will make you go Moo Moo.

Rendang Padang

Gulai Kakap Medan. The tangy and spicy flavour of the dish will perk up your appetite. The flesh of the red snapper is thick and the meat is firm and flaky. As this dish uses the whole fish, you can choose which part of the red snapper you like. Hint, fish head curry lovers, this dish is a must try.

Gulai Kakap Medan

Sate Lilit, Balinese style minced Spanish mackerel. The meat of the fish is firm, infused with the paste made from shallots, garlic, ginger, galangal, turmeric and other ingredients. There is a touch of richness in the meat, as coconut milk and grated fresh coconut are added to the mix.

Ayam Bertutu Roulade & Satay Lilit
Plated by Guest Chef Vindex Tengker during the cooking demo

Kolak Pisang, the traditional Indonesian dessert with coconut milk as base and also known to be a favourite Ramadan dessert to break the fast. Main ingredients here include banana, sweet potato, attap seed (palm nut) and coconut milk. Brown sugar and pandan leaves are used as well to create the aromatic version of this dish. I like the version here as they have toned down on the sweetness compare to those we normally find in Indonesia.

Kolak Pisang

Es Campur, Indonesian ice dessert, similar to ice kachang in Singapore. Ingredients include avocado, jelly, palm nut, chopped jackfruit on top of shaved ice bind with red banana syrup and sweet condensed milk. This dessert brings back my childhood memory of es campur in Jakarta. I realised the crunchy jackfruit and the creaminess of avocado are the missing ingredients from the ice kachang here, which is the factor that make Es Campur yummy.

Es Campur Station

Es Campur - Chubby Botak Koala's Creation

Other Indonesian dishes not mentioned above are Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng Kampung, Kampung-style Slow Braised Leg of Lamb, Ayam Penyet, Mie Soto and Sop Buntut. These dishes will be rotated daily and accompany the exquisite spread in AquaMarine.

Nasi Goreng Kampung

Foie Gras, Sous Vide Egg with Mushroom Espuma
Part of Creative Line up at AquaMarine (Must try HINT HINT)

Overall, I was astonished by the quality of the Indonesian dishes here. The Middle Eastern Roasted Whole Baby Lamb and Ayam Bertutu definitely got my pick here. To our Muslim friends, Have a Blessed Ramadhan! To our non-Muslim friends, come and enjoy the authentic Indonesia food here. Cheers!!

Part of Desserts Table
Dates available during Ramadhan Period

Ramadhan Iftar Dinner Buffet
When: 16 May to 14 June 2018.
Where: AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Singapore
Time: Dinner, 18.30 – 22.00
Price:
Sun – Thu Dinner: $72++ per Adult, $36++ per Child
Fri, Sat and Eve of PH Dinner: $82++ per Adult, $41++ per Child
Other:  Diners can also look forward to exquisite cultural performances on selected days

For enquiries and reservations, visit www.meritushotels.com/marina, call (65) 6845 1111 or email: aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com.

RAMADHAN LUCKY DRAW CONTEST
To top it off, every paying adult for this promotion will stand a chance to win:
• First prize: 1 pair of return air tickets to Bali (excluding taxes and surcharges) on Garuda Indonesia + 2-night stay at Alila Seminyak with breakfast
• Second prize: 1 pair of return air tickets to Belitung (excluding taxes and surcharges) on Garuda Indonesia

To qualify for the contest, diners are to complete a lucky draw voucher, as well as like and share the contest post that will be published on the Marina Mandarin Singapore Facebook page.

Food & Drink: 7.75/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 & Above

AquaMarine
6 Raffles Boulevard
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Hotel
Singapore 039594

T: +65 6845 1111
IG: @marinamandarinsg
OH:
Breakfast: Daily 06.30 – 10.30
Lunch: Mon to Fri, 12.00 – 14.30
Lunch: Sat, Sun & PH, 12.00 – 15.00

Dinner: Daily 18.30 – 22.00

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