In addition to the routine buffet line, Melt Café @ Mandarin Oriental Singapore will be offering a myriad of Korean dishes from 21 – 30 September 2018. Before we dive into what the world of kimchi has to offer, some mainstays of the daily buffet line worth mentioning include a selection of Sashimi, fresh seafood like Live Oyster and Boston Lobster, slow-cooked Leg of Lamb, and the mesmerising Melted Valrhona Dark Chocolate Fountain.
Army Stew, a go-to comfort food amongst Singaporeans, is available at the buffet line on Fridays and Saturdays, prepared a la minute. If you are one who requires carbs to go with your meals, dish some Kimchi Fried Rice with Diced Chicken on to your plate before filling it with, dare I suggest, a pile of Korean Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken. I’m no fried chicken expert, but I was quite blown away by the pleasantly balanced sweet and spicy coat that enveloped the fleshy tender meat. Even as one who manages to effortlessly stay away from fried food, it took considerable effort to avoid going back for more. Good luck to you. I digress, but from recent trips to buffet lines, I realise how very much Singaporeans love their fried food – they are always the first to require refill.
Other Korean perennial favourites include Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, Braised Short Ribs with Kimchi, and Korean Seafood Pancake chocked full of lobster, prawn, scallop, and squid.
If you have read my previous article of the Sunday Champagne Brunch @ Melt Café, you may remember that the outdoor grill was largely disappointing. I am glad, however, to report that the converse is true this round with the Korean BBQ (only available on Fridays and Saturdays). The thick-cut Chicken Bulgogi was succulent, Spicy Shrimp flavoursome, and Galbi (BBQ Beef Short Ribs), one of the shining stars of the evening, so well-marinated and tender while retaining a good bite. I went back for seconds, and I strongly recommend you do too; not to mention that it contributes to “eating your worth” at a happy rate.
Desserts were fascinating; as if they aren’t inherently attractive enough, Melt Café has to tempt us further by upping their presentation game: from cute little chewy Tteok Mochi, to raindrop-dessert-esque Korean Fruit Ice Jelly, to CNY-came-early mousse-y and tart Orange Hallabong Gateaux, there is something with differing flavour and texture for all. While you are at it, have a go at their signature, and my favourite, Grand Cru Chocolate “Melt” Cake, you will not regret indulging in this bittersweet chocolate cake with a crunch.
Considering the hefty price tag attached to Korean restaurants in Singapore, if asked whether Melt Café’s Korean buffet is worth it, my answer will be an unreserved yes.
Sun – Thur: $78++ (inclusive of free-flow juices)
Fri – Sat: $88++ (inclusive of free-flow juices)
Address: Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Level 4, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Contact: +65 6885 3500 / firstname.lastname@example.org (accepts reservations)
Opening Hours: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
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