Also on board the patriotic bandwagon is Flavours At Zhongshan Park @ Ramada Singapore, who is no stranger to incorporating local flavours in their buffet line. Following the successful stint of local-meet-modern-Western twist of line-up a while back, they are back since May 2016, just as strong, with the current Hawkerlicious Buffet Series. Favourites on the buffet’s daily cycles include the photographed Fried Seafood Hokkien Mee, Dry Mee Siam, Wok-fried Oyster Omelette, and Salted Egg Yolk Squid Rings, while examples of staple stations are the Fresh Sashimi and Sushi station and BBQ charsiew and roast pork.
I don’t know about you, but I usually start off my buffet meal with the seafood segment. Here at the Hawkerlicious Buffet, the seafood section comes in the form of a ‘wet market’ concept, cooked to order, where you essentially pick your desired raw seafood (prawns, clams, mud crabs, and snapper fish) and your favourite sauce to go with (black pepper, salted egg yolk, assam curry sauce, and ginger and onion sauce). Put them in a basket and pass it to the friendly staff manning the booth. Best of all, if you are unable to make up your mind (like we were), they will be able to recommend the complementary sauces to go with the respective seafood.
Regardless, I insist that you try the snapper fish with ginger and onion sauce. It tastes so good, so familiar, and very much like your zichar style 姜葱鱼片 – so impressive we went for a second round. Thick, rich and unmistakable taste of onion and a hint of ginger, with fleshy and substantial yet delicate fish slices.
Hands down, my favourite part of the buffet. I could go back for rounds.
My second favourite part of the buffet is the fact that it is a much more interactive one than many others. I get that some diners may not like it, so you ought to be warned that half of the buffet makes up of DIY stations. I like to try my hands at concocting customised dishes, especially when done with fellow foodies and friends, it can be a really fun (read: mocking) session at the end of it all. Kueh Pie Tee, Laksa (Assam Laksa, Nonya Laksa, and Prawn Noodles on rotation) and Rojak are some of the DIY stations available for your fooling around.
If you cannot get enough of DIY, you can continue the same through to your dessert courses. Ice kacang or ice cream, it is bound to be a messy affair (look at the ugly but fun-filled photo above).
As a whole, while the buffet is nowhere near being extensive and ‘spoiled-for-choices’, if you are able to deal with that, it is a value-for-money affair here at Ramada Singapore. Weekday lunches are cheap for a reason – they do not come with the fresh seafood station above. So go for the weekday dinner buffets instead; and on weekends, there is an extended table of seafood comprising choices of freshly-shucked oysters, poached tiger prawns and mussels. For an additional $4 (refer below for the prices), it is well worth it; go on a weekend if you can!
Weekday Lunch Buffet (Mon – Fri, 12pm – 2pm)
$28++ for adults, $14++ for children
Weekend Lunch Buffet (Sat – Sun & PHs, 12pm – 3pm)
$45++ for adults, $22.50++ for children
Weekday Dinner Buffet (Mon – Thur, 6pm – 10.30pm)
$45++ for adults, $22.50++ for children
Weekend Dinner Buffet (Fri – Sun & PHs, 6pm – 10.30pm)
$49++ for adults, $24.50++ for children
If you can get past the limited selection, I recommend Flavours At Zhongshan Park for a cheaper buffet alternative that still comes with some quality seafood. The only downside for me is its location. It’s not located most conveniently. However, this is mitigated by the complimentary shuttle service to Novena MRT / Orchard Road. The schedule of the shuttle service is here.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 16 Ah Hood Road, Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park, Ground Level, Singapore 329982
Contact: 6808 6888 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.flavoursatzhongshanpark.com (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri); 12 – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm (Sat – Sun; PHs)
This was a media session.