The Place It used to be called Plaza Brasserie. Meet the revamped Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road, a good looking buffet restaurant at the Beach Road hotel which reminds me nothing of its forgettable past. There is a strong focal point in the interior design of Ginger by award winning Singapore-based Australian designer Emma Maxwell, denominated by soothing pastel colours and floral wallpapers in a spacious setting. Every turn of the corner in the all-day dining restaurant is pretty, which makes a good first impression as I stepped in.
The Food The dinner buffet has about 53 dishes on the menu, and the current social distancing situation makes it easy to dining order via the QR code at each table. Dishes will be served to your table, and it also helps that there are visuals for every dish in the menu.
Priced at S$58++ per person for dinner and S$48++ per person for lunch buffet, there is also a re-opening special till 30 November 2020 where one dines free for every three paying adults when paying with a valid UOB or HSBC card.
Carbs are boon and bane for me, but I couldn’t resist having the Dried Shrimp and Garlic Cheese Bun for a start. The other starter served was the addictive Crisps and Crackers with Sambal, which is a very bad strategy to start a buffet but the sambal is irresistible.
Local delights is one of the highlights at Ginger, and you can’t go very wrong with some of the BBQ dishes like the Homemade Otah, BBQ Fish in Banana Leaf, BBQ Chicken Taliwang and Sate Lilit.
There are also some daily specials on rotation, and I had the Kueh Pie Tee and Singapore Rojak during my visit.
The local delights spread extend to other familiar Singaporean dishes, such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Slow-Braised Beef Rendang, Singapore Laksa with River Prawns and Rock Lobster Noodles Soup. Most of the dishes are pretty authentic in flavour, and it is also good for me that they are served in small portions.
In terms of seafood, there is the Assorted Seafood Platter, or go for Ginger’s Signature Crabs – the Singapore Chilli Crab with Mantou and the Kam Heong Crab.
The Singapore Chilli Crab sauce is mildly sweet and not that spicy, while the Kam Heong (literally means ‘dry fragrant’) crab is stir-fried with curry leaves, curry powder, dried shrimp, shallots, garlic and chillies.
In terms of dessert, there are options like Assorted Nyonya Kueh, Durian Pengat, and Chendol Ice Cream.
Rants The highlight for me here at Ginger are the local dishes, which will not appeal to diners if you are looking for a wider variety of cuisines found in buffet restaurants like Colony at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore or Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore.
Will I Return Again? Gorgeous space aside, I do feel that the quality of the dishes have improved from my impression few years back. If you are looking to try a new buffet, this is one worth considering.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
7500 Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Tel: +65 6505 5710
Lunch Buffet – Saturday & Sunday: 12pm to 2:30pm
Dinner Buffet – Wednesday to Sunday: 6pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter