5 Raffles Avenue, Level 4, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore 039797
Tel: 6885 3500
So, *Celine and I were selecting the venue for our Christmas buffet, and we decided to go Melt ~ The World Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental.
The elegant hotel was decked up beautifully for Christmas, and this added a festive touch to the usual sleek, chic settings. The multi-cultural buffet spread was satisfying, and I was happy to see the important things such as turkey, pork knuckles, logcake etc that contributed to the festive meal this season.
So, the exploration began with the station that serves the Turkey and Pork Knuckle - both looked tantalizing. I pegged this as the station I must go to.
Then there were the Asian food sections - with their hearty display of traditional Indian dishes at one counter, Thai food at another counter, and then the Chinese food counter with soups as well.
Everything looked so tempting.
The bread section was so adorable - bread done in all kinds of shapes and Christmas characters.
There were also the Ham and Cheese stations as well.
And the mandatory Seafood counters (did not managed to snap photos because crowded with people) and Japanese counter with sushi, sashimi, soba etc.
Last but not least, my favorite Desserts corner - with a large variety of macaroons, waffles, cakes, tarts, pies, Chinese cakes (kuehs) and fruits etc.
I finally settled down with my first plate - Seafood, comprising of lobster, scallops, oysters and prawns. The seafood was rather fresh.
Then, I attacked the Salad counter for some greens and olives, as well as the Japanese counter for some sashimi and sushi. The sashimi were not as fresh as I had anticipated disappointedly.
Moving on, I helped myself to some cheese and fruits and crackers, a sinful but utter indulgence. This would have been perfect to nibble along with some white wine.
Now, time for turkey and pork knuckle - the latter was crispy. The turkey was very succulent to both our surprise - no joke, none of that rough texture we get usually when chewing on turkey flesh. The cranberry sauce was a fabulous accompaniment.
More seafood - this time with the inclusion of crayfish and clams as well.
Finally, time for desserts. I had the Pistachio macaroon (had thought it was green tea- but turned out alot nicer!), a minced fruit meat pie, chocolates in shape of tree trunk sections, lemon tart, fruit cake etc. Everything was a delicious palate sweetener.
I decided to try out some of the Asian food, so here it is - a piece of Pappadum, some curry and stuff. The Indian food at Melt the World Cafe has been widely raved about.
There was also the irresistable bowl of Black Chicken Herbal soup - lightly infused with herbal taste, but the perfect thing on a cold evening as such.
I had one bite of *Celine's waffles - it was pretty average, even though supposedly "made on the spot". The gelato were lovely though.
After some fruits, it was tea time - digestion and letting the stomach rest after the sumptuous feast.
We spent SGD$96.00 per pax for this scrumptious meal, and enjoyed it tremendously. The serene ambience and colorful variety of food was well worth it. There were also dedicated servers for each section of tables, so we got efficient service. I would definitely recommend this place.