Saturday 22 August 2015

The Carvery – Roast Meat Buffet

A restaurant dedicated to roast has open its door in the new Park Hotel Alexandra. Helmed by Executive Chef Robert Chan who specialise in Western Cuisine for more then 20 years. Listed by UOB as Top 20 Chefs in Singapore in 2009 and with a lot more accolades to his name, dining at the Carvery is definitely something to look forward to.

The Roast Table
Photo Credit: QC

When you enter The Carvery ('TC'), the first thing that will catch your eyes is the roasts table. On the night, the premium meat selection from the roast are the chicken, beef and pork. To accompany the roasts, you have selections of infused butters, salts, mustards, gravy and not forgetting the Yorkshire pudding.

Roast Beef for the night

Clockwise from Top Left:  Salts & Peppers selection; Yorkshire Pudding; Mustards selection; Au Jus & Gravies

I like to keep my roast simple, either with gravy or a little sprinkle of salt. The beef were roasted to perfection, crusted brown on the outside and pink in the middle. Although it is not the prime ribs, instead more of topside or rump, the thinly sliced meat basically just melts in your mouth. I filled the Yorkshire pudding with combination of Veal jus and chicken gravy, it just absorb all the robust flavour into it.

Roast Chicken Breast, Roast Beef, Roast Pork
and Yorkshire Pudding filled with gravy

The beef is the star of the roast table, but we ended up highly disappointed with the pork and chicken. I got the breast part for the chicken and it tasted dry instead of succulent. For the pork, the meat was tender, but the cracking was just thick and chewy. Not the cracking that I expected.

Moving on to the cold seafood dish. Although there were only three type of seafood, it is always heart warming to see oyster as part of the seafood selections. Kind of elevated the status a little bit. Oysters, prawns and mussels tasted fresh and provide a good start to the meal.

Cold Seafood Selections: Oysters, Prawns and Mussels

There are two items on the cooked food that were pretty good. The Lamb Stew and Red Mullet with Mustard Cream. The lamb cubes are tender, succulent and melts in your mouth was a result of long period of cooking. The red mullet is nicely done, well seasoned, juicy and flaky.

Lamb Stew

Red Mullet with Mustard Cream

Pasta is served at the ala minute station. Penne with tomato sauce - penne was al dente, with a robust tomato sauce. However, it was just too plain jane on the presentation. It did not offer any fillings such as seafood or mushrooms. The same thing happened to our friend who order the spaghetti with cream sauce, white, plain, no fillings. Hopefully they can look into this.

Penne with Tomato Sauce & Spaghetti with cream sauce

LD tasted the pizza and it was not that appealing as the toppings are average and it actually taste like home-cooked pizza without the wood-fire smokiness.

Pizzas and Bread Station
Photo Credit: QC

After going another 2 more rounds for the beef and Yorkshire pudding, I decided its time for desserts. I sampled 3 items: chocolate shot which smooth with solid chocolate taste; Apple Crumble which was well balanced and such a comfort food for me; and not forgetting Pineapple Jelly infused with Chilli. The last dessert really packs of surprise. It started with the sweetness and gooey texture of the jelly, all of the sudden, the spiciness from the chilli just hits you. WOW, what an awakening.

Desserts Station

Clockwise from Top Let: Apple Crumble, Pineapple Jelly infused with Chilli,
English Trifle & Chocolate Shot

Not reviewed here were the salad bar, soups, cheese selections and other cooked food. The service was friendly and efficient, which I have to applaud for a newly open restaurant. They also help us to provide a mini chocolate cake for our friend who was celebrating his birthday on that day.

Salads Station

Some of the cooked food: Sauteed mushrooms, Black Beans
Bread Dumpling with Pork & Shepherds Pie

Cheese Platter

The Carvery is indeed very spacious. The distance between table are quite good, in maintaining the privacy between tables. The décor is modern, with huge glass window and door connecting to the swimming pool of the hotel. During the day, there will be lots of natural light to brighten up the place.

Part of the Buffet Selections

Overall, I personally enjoy the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding very much. The Carvery is definitely a place to go if you are a carnivore, of looking to get your fix for Sunday Roast. It is definitely worth the price of admission. Check out the Opening Promotion Details below, valid until 30th September 2015. Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50; $51 - $80

The Carvery
323 Alexandra Road
Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra
Singapore 159972

T: +65 6828 8880
IG: @TheCarverySG
For Signature Roast Buffet
Lunch: 12.00 – 15.00 (Daily)
Dinner: 1800 – 22.00 (Daily)

Buffet Price:
Lunch Daily: $38++ (Adult)
Dinner Sun – Thu: $52++ (Adult)
Dinner Fri & Sat: $62++ (Adult)

OPENING OFFER: Second person dines at 50% off
Valid until 30 September 2015, Adult Diners Only.
Reservations required. Maximum of 12 diners in one group.

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