‘Treasures of the Sea‘ is the adopted theme at PARKROYAL on Beach Road until the end of April 2014. During this period, seafood gourmands will be most pleased to learn that there will be new live stations and specialty dishes to go along with the usual. Honestly, this was the first buffet where I was drawn to the hot cooked food segment – I usually abandon them for my seafood and meat. Well, after all, they are renowned for their Asian selections; maybe that is why. The dinner buffet operates from 6pm – 10pm, and is priced at $62++/adult and $37++/child between 4 – 12 year-old.
The Japanese Counter features the usual sushi and sashimi. Its sashimi left a good impression with its generous thick cuts. I especially love its fresh Salmon & Tako (Octopus) Sashimi. As this is not the highlight of the buffet, don’t come here expecting to see ten over different types of sushi.
If you compare this area of Cold Seafood Selection with other International Buffets, I agree, this pale in comparison due to its lack of bigger crustaceans like lobsters, crabs and crayfishes. But hey, in line with the seafood season at the restaurant, of course, you will not be shortchanged.
I am a huge fan of all these cockles, lala (tinkie winkie, dipsy and po) – shellfishes. I was thus thrilled to see a relatively extensive menu of the same. Further, you have the liberty to choose between three style of preparation – Black Bean Sauce, XO Sauce, and Spicy Coriander Sauce.
Pictured are the more popular hot cooked foods in the Asian Counter. Roasted Pork was above average, tender with crisp skin, made better with its chilli sauce. Salted Yolk Soft-Shell Crab wasn’t too shabby either, though I wouldn’t complain if there was more saltiness to it. I like its Sea Cucumber with Broccoli & Roasted Pork. Its accompanying sauce was rich and thick.
Also available, the Singapore signature dish – Chilli Crab.
I thought what also makes the buffet value-for-money is the unlimited servings of Whole Fishes. If you eat at Chinese restaurants, gosh you would know how expensive they are. I usually steer clear of them, being put off by the ‘Market Price’. Those words are synonyms to ‘Expensive’. I can imagine how my parents especially, would be psyched to see Fish Head Curry, and Sea Bass / Red Garoupa Steamed in Hong Kong Style.
One of the highlights of this month’s offer is the Norwegian Salmon Station. Rejoice, salmon fans, as you find yourself spoiled for choices. The salmon is prepared in 4 different manners. My favourite has to be the Sea-Salt Crusted Salmon with Bread Stuffing, for its clean and simple taste. I also like the Grilled Salmon Fillet with Asian Sambal Chilli in Banana Leaves for a heavier flavour and punch. The other two options are Salmon Wellington (with a flaky puff pastry wrapping) and Classic Baked Whole Salmon with Herb Spices.
It is not everywhere you see a Roti Prata Station amidst the buffet line! Yes, it’s whipped and tossed in front of your eyes, and later topped with whatever your cravings call for – banana, chocolate, durian or just plain ones. Be warned though, a portion is quite big – you might want to share it with about 3 others, unless you have a bottomless pit. Weirdly, it was really enjoyable to have this local delight in the midst of the meal – feels much at home.
Like its Japanese counterpart, their Dessert Counter was nothing to rave about with its limited selection. Just a small space is sufficient for their desserts (there is ice cream too though) – I say spam more on their seafood, Asian hot food and fishes!
For lunch on 20 April only, there will be additional items in view of Easter Day, including Oven-Roasted Leg of Lamb, Yorkshire Pudding, Truffle Risotto Balls, and Paella with Prawns in Mint Sauce. As Easter Day is largely a family affair, you can be assured that the children will be well-taken care of too, with activities like Balloon Sculpting and Cartoon Screenings arranged for them. To complete the awesomeness, each child below 12 year-old only needs to pay a dollar for every year of his age! Offer valid for a maximum of 2 children with every 2 paying adults. This Easter Sunday Lunch is at $48++/adult and runs from 12pm – 2.30pm.
For the month of May, the buffet restaurant is coming together to celebrate Mothers’ Day, featuring favourite dishes of mothers. It is a way to let them enjoy without having them to do the cooking on this special day. Dishes include Braised Pork Trotters with Black Vinegar & Blue Ginger (oh, my mother really loves this), Kampong Chicken Curry with Bread Loaf, and one portion of Double-boiled Herbal Black Chicken Soup. During this promotional period, mums and grandmas get to dine for free with every 2 paying adults for lunch (save May 11 lunch, where 3 paying adults applies) and 3 paying adults for dinner. Lunch is from $39++ to $40++ while dinner is from $58++ to $60++.
Photos taken by Kathleen.
Address: 7500 Beach Road, Level 1, PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Telephone: 6505 5710 / email@example.com (takes reservations)
This was a media session. Thank you Siew Leng.