The Place While I am not a really big eater these days, an occasional buffet meal still get me excited. Melt Café at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore has recently undergone a revamp, from its interior to its array of buffet spread. I love how the space at the revamped Melt Cafe is clearly segmented into the various food categories by taking advantage of the restaurant space and design, which gave me the urge to walk more, and explore on.
The Food It was not hard to notice the key highlights at Melt Cafe. The Indian cuisine selection is clearly one of the forte as evident by the array of spread and the resounding affirmation on its quality from our dining table throughout the night. We particularly enjoyed the tender Tandorri Chicken and the fragrant Cheese Naan, which was prepared a la minute.
One of our favourite corners of the buffet line is the live food stations, which dishes out Japanese Wagyu Beef Shabu Shabu with rice and Boston Lobster Laksa, all prepared a la minute by the chef for a hot piping bowl of delight.
The seafood spread takes centrestage literally in the restaurant, with glorious display of freshly shucked oysters, crabs, prawns and lobsters. I can testify that the oysters are fresh to be taken on its own without any sauces. Yes, I am oyster sensitive.
There is also a cold station featuring salads, appetisers, sashimi, sushi and charcuterie.
You have to save some space for desserts, especially if you are a cheese lover. The assortment of cheeses at the dessert corner is amazing,
Another highlight of the dessert station is the crepe live station, prepared a la minute. The freshly made crepe went well with the rich chocolate and vanilla ice-cream flavours, a quality combination which is hard to come by in most buffet lines in Singapore. We always believe in quality over quantity, especially a beautiful mess.
Of course, what’s a dessert line without some awesome pastries and cakes?
The lunch buffet at Melt Café is priced at SGD 62 per person (Monday to Saturday), whereas dinner buffet is priced at SGD 78 per person (Sunday to Wednesday) or SGD 88 per person, inclusive of barbecue selections (Thursday to Saturday). Sunday brunch is priced at SGD 98 per person inclusive of free flow of juices and soft drinks and SGD 158 per person inclusive of free flow of Veuve Cliquot champagnes, wines, cocktails, beers, juices and soft drinks.
Rants It can get really packed at the buffet lines, and that means some patience getting around to pick your choices from the spread.
Will I Return Again? We were happy to see that the revamped Melt Café is very focused in its offerings, which does not try to offer a limitless international spread at the risk of compromising quality. The dining ambience is very pleasant as well, and what’s not to love when you can to eat well in a comforting environment. This is one buffet line I am sure I will be back for.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square
Tel: +65 6885 3500
Breakfast: 6.30 am to 10.30am
Lunch: 12 pm to 2.30 pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
Brunch: 12 pm to 3 pm (Sundays)
Dinner: 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
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