Friday 28 March 2014

Orchard Cafe – Straits Cuisine Buffet

Introducing the newly launch Straits Cuisine Buffet by Orchard Hotel. Straits Cuisine Buffet consist of Peranakan cuisine, traditional roast and seafood items and other all time local favourites dishes. Complementing the selections above, look forward to their live stations and a la minute highlights.

The soul behind the spread is Executive Chef Paul Then, creator of the popular durian pengat in Singapore food scene. With more than 30 years in F&B industry, Chef Then have perfected Peranakan traditional recipes and modern use of ingredients to elevate the dishes to the next level, introducing Chef Paul's Baba Theatre Kitchen.

Seafood Selection

Some of the Straits Cuisine Cooked Dishes - Local Favourite

Live Stations

The focus of this tasting are their Straits Cuisine. We tried 3 starters, 10 mains and 6 desserts. As they are too many dishes for me savour, so let Chubby Botak Koala present to you the top 5 dishes that stands out above the rest.

Straits Cuisine Condiments & Appetizer

Lembu Rendang, slow cooked Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices. As a lover of slow cook food, I really love this dish. At a first sight, it might not look so appetising due to the colour. However, when you put dish dish in your mouth, it just simply melt in your mouth. It is a dish that definitely must complement with a plate of soft steam white rice. If you don't like rendang before due to it toughness, this dish will change your opinion forever. Yum Yum & two thumbs up !! (Rating 9.5/10)

 Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices

 Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices - Best with Rice

Steam Black Cod Otah (fish cake). Unlike the common otah that uses Spanish Mackerel, Black Cod are use here. The result is a super bouncy otah texture, combine with the right balance of spices and coconut milk. I kept going for that delicious dish, until I have to stop myself so I can taste other dishes. (Rating 9/10)

Steam Black Cod Otah (fish cake)

Crabmeat Kueh Pie Tee with Buah Keluak Caviar. I would say this is a high class Kueh Pie Tee, due to the ingredients use such as crab meat, fish roe and Nyonya Version of Caviar a.k.a Buah Keluak. Although it looks like caviar, I personally find that the Buah Keluak really accentuate this Kueh Pie Tee and provide 'a Truffle' esque aura to this dish. (Rating 8.5/10)

Crabmeat Kueh Pie Tee with Buah Keluak Caviar

Ayam Buah Keluak, one of the true blue Peranakan dishes, it is a Peranakan's version of chicken stew that is really memorable for its acquired yet robust flavour and taste. Chef Then had perfectly executed dish, with bone-in chicken pieces absorbing the spices well and buah keluak definitely gives the kick . Another dish that need to be accompanied by white rice. (Rating 8/10)

Ayam Buah Keluak

For desserts, anything with Durian Pengat and Chempedak in it. Durian pengat in pandan jelly, where you can taste the soft and smooth durian pengat with the contrasting texture of pandan jelly. Who would have guess that Chempedak goes well with Crème Brulee. Although Chempedak taste is not as strong as the durian, it truly provide a unique straits fruit flavour to the desserts. Fresh from their live stations, they have the Chempedak pancake and durian pancake. The pancakes are warm and moist, providing another excuse to gobble it down together with the durian pengat and chempedak paste. (Rating 9/10)

Clockwise from Top Left: Chempedak Crème Brulee, Durian Pengat in Pandan Jelly
Peanut Pancakes, Durian Pengat and Chempedak Pancakes
Other Desserts

The rest of the dishes are good, but it is not possible to show all. If you are keen, see below after the details for avid reader to drool over.

Overall, the Straits Cuisine Buffet are definitely a must try. Base on the quality and variety provided it is truly value for money. I personally feel you can't try all the dishes all at one seating, however no matter what you try, the quality in each food are there. For senior citizens, there is Silver Exclusive Promotion to make use of.

Thank you very much to Orchard Hotel F&B team and DSPG for the invitation and your hospitality. Cheers!!!

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Service: n/a
Budget per Person: $51 - $80

Orchard Cafe
442 Orchard Road
Orchard Hotel, Lobby
Singapore 238879

T: 6739 6565

Straits Cuisine Buffet
Lunch: 12.00 – 14.30 Daily
Adult: $48.00, Child: $24.00
Dinner: 18.00 – 22.00 Daily
Adult: $68.00, Child: $34.00
Promotion: Silver Exclusive, 50% off for senior citizens for buffet lunch from Mon – Thu.

Other Dishes:

DIY Rojak Station

Prawn & Mango Salad, Nyonya Fish Salad with Achar,
& Soya Duck with Chili Vinegar Dip (7.5/10)

Sambal Sting Ray in Banana Leaf (7/10)

Popiah (7.5 / 10)

Laksa (7/10)

Nyonya Hokkien Noodles

Assam Fish

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