The Place Buffets are slowly making a comeback in Singapore and one recent restaurant I checked out recently was the Heritage Dim Sum Brunch at The Clifford Pier in The Fullerton Bay Hotel. The most distinctive part of The Clifford Pier for me is its rich history where it used to be an actual pier for boats back in the old days, and the whole interior arches and natural light in the day just makes stepping into The Fullerton Bay Hotel a pretty grand affair.
The Food With a new menu for the weekend Heritage Dim Sum Brunch (S$58++ per adult) buffet, you simply order through the staff and the food will be prepared at the individual live stations and served to your table. As part of safe distancing, this is the current model of how most hotel buffets are operating at the moment.
The Heritage Dim Sum Brunch buffet selection has two main highlights – Singapore local delights and Dim Sum. Beverages come with separate charges, and the full range of price list is at the end of the article.
For local fares, you can expect familiar dishes such as Rojak, Satay, Nyonya Popiah and Kueh Pie Tee, Tiger Prawn Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wok-Fried Carrot Cake, Indian Roti Prata, and more.
You really can’t go wrong with the crispy prata served with fish curry, or the Hainanese chicken rice served with the traditional condiments like dark soy sauce and chilli.
In terms of Dim Sum, there is a bit of nostalgic factor as the steamed basket dim sum is being served in a push-cart fashion which makes its rounds to every table. There are far and few restaurants which still serve dim sum this way in Singapore.
I like the Steamed Crystal Shrimp Dumplings and Siew Mai with Crab Roe, whereas The Rantee fancies the Braised Chicken Feet in Oyster Sauce. Other dim sum delights on the push-cart include the Steamed ‘Lor Mai Gai’, Steamed Chicken Char Siew Pau and Steamed Lotus Pau, and the Steamed Pork Ribs in Fermented Black Bean Sauce.
The other section of the dim sum menu moves to other dim sum favourites such as Char Siew Soh, Crispy Shrimp Dumplings, Crispy Vegetable Spring Roll, and Crispy Taro Fritter.
For desserts, expect a selection of local kuehs and ice cream.
Rants Prices are relatively steep, though the dining ambience makes up for it.
Will I Return Again? The Clifford Pier is a beautiful space to enjoy local delights and dim sum, and is definitely a cosy spot to catch up with friends or gather with your family. With its central location in the CBD and close to the Merlion Park, it is also an ideal space to host clients or foreigner friends.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay
Tel: +65 6877 8911 / 8912
Heritage Dim Sum Brunch
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 12pm to 3pm
Full Price List
S$58++ per adult, S$27++ per child
Add on S$78++ for free flow of selected prosecco, house rose, white, red and moscato wines for 2 hours
Add on S$18++for a flute of Champagne
Add on S$18++for a glass of selected cocktail
Add on S$16++for a glass of red or white wine
Add on S$18++for free flow of soft drinks, chilled juices coffee and tea
Ranted by The Ranter