Melt Café at Mandarin Oriental Singapore recently put to sea a luxurious Sunday Brunch Buffet, its sails including a gigantic wooden basin of quality thick Sashimi cuts of salmon, tuna, yellow tail, sweet prawn, and octopus, Slow-Roasted Australian Prime Rib Beef, and bottomless Ruinart “R” de Brut Champagne, or the premium Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne. These highlights also happened to be the items I found myself revisiting throughout the brunch; the sashimi thick yet delicate; the prime rib the most succulent (tip: not many make this as their first stop at the buffet line, but you should, for freshly carved sexy meat).
Extensive selections of cheese, and seafood on ice, make up but a small area of this expansive premises. Oysters are seasonal, and are accompanied by prized crustaceans the likes of Alaskan King Crabs, and Boston Lobsters, the latter naturally sweet, although admittedly not the sweetest I’ve had. While I was not able to examine closer the seafood on ice (regrettable), the variety itself was quite alluring – Spanner Crabs, Peruvian Scallops, Snow Crabs, Tiger Prawns, and Green-Lipped Mussels to name a few. Farmhouse cheeses are aplenty; a small wedge of each would fill your stomach considerably.
Apart from the aforementioned highlights, the Pan-Seared Foie Gras live station was another of my clear favourite. While it might only have been duck (I believe) foie gras, the similarly creamy and silk texture was sufficient to make me forget about cholesterol for the day (okay, possibly the week). I recommend pairing it with whichever chutney they may have on the day for the sweet-savoury winning combination. The outdoor grill that happens at the alfresco terrace was, on the other hand, disappointing; in my opinion largely owing to the fact that the meats, including Fillet Steaks, Chicken Thighs, and Garlic Prawns, were not prepared a-la minute. They were left out and became tough and dry quickly. Not commonly seen in buffet lines is the Suckling Pig (farthest background of the above photograph).
The Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet at Melt Café continues to showcase its talent dessert chefs and uphold its reputation in that regard – picture Baked Mango Kaffir Lime Cheese Cake, Tiramisu in Cup, Cocoa Infused Salted Caramel Praline Mini Tart, and Strawberry Mascarpone Soufflé Roll. If your dessert stomach is shamefully compact and can only accommodate a couple, definitely dig your hands into their signature “The Melt” Chocolate Cake (rich and indulgent with multi-textural components), and the Apple Dill Chantilly Tart. Also available as a live station is the Liquid Nitrogen Freeze Amaretto Sabayon, but I suggest merely admiring the showmanship. The other desserts are simply hard to beat.
It will take much time and space to cover the entire buffet here, but suffice to say, Melt Café also houses, yet amongst others, its well-received “Indian Spice Pot” selections (usually upwards of ten different dishes), European Classics like Gratinated Seafood Pot, Oven-Baked Cod Fillet, and Seared Duck Breast, and of course, the quintessential brunch menu – Live Egg Station (with lobster, smoked ham, cheese mushrooms, tomatoes, onions).
Inclusive of unlimited chilled juices: $118++
Inclusive of unlimited Ruinart “R” de Brut Champagne, white wine, red wine, selected cocktails of the day, beer, soft drinks, chilled juices: $178++
Inclusive of unlimited Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne, white wine, red wine, selected cocktails of the day, beer, soft drinks, chilled juices: $218++
Address: Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Level 4, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Contact: +65 6885 3500 / email@example.com (reservations accepted)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Sunday) (for the Sunday Champagne Brunch)
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