Crab season, maybe? Crabs are everywhere now, multiple crab buffets and restaurants pushing their crabs promotion. Well, I’m not complaining at all. From 3 July – 31 August 2014, Brizo Restaurant & Bar @ Park Hotel Clarke Quay will be fishing out a ‘crab-ilicious’ adventure with more than 19 types of crab delicacies at the buffet line.
Some of the highlights at this Crazy About Crabs Buffet include my favourite of all, the Steamed Crab – the most unassuming turned out to be the best quality. The meat was firm and juicy, and flavour retained from the steaming. I could have rounds of this.
The Salted Egg Crab is also one of those that is hard to go wrong. Just be sure to scoop up more of the salted egg sauce to accompany the crab meat. Crab meat, however, was noticeably mushy and too soft. These crabs used are largely mud and flower crabs.
Similarly, the crab meat aren’t the best, but flavour-wise, I love the Crab Bouillabaisse with Fennel and Pernod. It is something I haven’t tried before and I thought the bouillabaisse was nicely and richly flavoured.
Other crab dishes include Brizo’s Signature Heavenly Fragrance Crab that is stir-fried with dried shrimps, curry leaves, chillies and curry power, and Baked Crab with Lime Butter & Tarragon for some tangy flavours to the dinner, and Rock Crab Laksa Bee Hoon and XO Fried Rice with Crab Meat, and crabs on ice like Alaskan Crab Leg and Spanner Crab, amongst others.
I wasn’t as impressed with their deep-fried station though. The Soft Shell Crab, Baked Crab in Shells and Breaded Crab Claw were rather dry by itself and lackluster. Flavours were very one-dimensional and they are akin to those that you get in cheap Japanese buffet. I would say skip this station and focus on the rest of the crab items + desserts.
Desserts weren’t all too bad for the price tag. There’s a chocolate fondue that can’t go wrong. And also, mini MAGNUMs, another foolproof item. The shots of desserts, on the other hand, can be left alone. Spend your stomach storage space on the abovementioned and maybe a couple of macarons, which are though inconsistent with its texture, pretty alright and intense with its ganache flavours.
While it is at a rather affordable price of $55++ per person, and $90++ inclusive of wine, beer and soft drinks and $100++ adding champagne to the list before, don’t expect to be shelling the freshest of crabs or the firmest, juiciest sea crustaceans here. With that said, it is still hard not to say that it’s value-for-money with the free-flow of crabs cooked in different styles.
—> Note #1: Buffet dinner comes with complimentary parking
Address: 1 Unity Street, Level 1 Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Telephone: 6593 8855 / firstname.lastname@example.org (takes reservations)
Opening Hours (for the promotion): 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Sun – Thurs)
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