Carousel – Buffet for New Year’s Day
Think of the word ‘Carousel’, and you would imagine amusement parks and Merry Go Round with little ponies. This unique dining place at Royal Plaza on Scotts may not have the kind of childhood entertainment you are looking for, but the ambience sure is very uplifting.
This buffet meal I had was a Christmas-New Year treat from my ‘students’, and you may just like to consider coming here to welcome 2009. Lunch is priced at a rather affordable rate of $37.00 ($39.00 for weekends) and $47.00 ($56.00 for weekends). Check for the separate credit card promotions as well.
Carousel exudes an aura of excitement and delight, as you walk in to rows of macaroons, tiramisus, fruits tarts and mousey cakes. The dining sections are divided into four areas: and The Living Room, The State Rooms, The Verandah and The Terrace, with the buffet spread right smack in the centre so that you are not too far off from the adventure.
Oh, there’s even a clown jester (who looked kind of bored) taking care of children in a playroom.
Most people would be enticed by the colourful spread of seafood, sushi and sashimi. Other than the Japanese fare, the spread is made up of Mediterranean, Asian, French Rotisserie and a rather impressive dessert station. Plus the food’s Halal too.
So your typical buffet plate can be filled with California Makis, Peruvian Scallops, Snow Crabs, Boiled Slipped Lobster, to Roasted Duck Meat, Beef A La Bourguignon, Baked Wild Rice, to Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls, Thai Red Curry, Dim Sum to Prawn Noodles. Now, that’s really a huge spread.
Though there was not a single dish that left a great impression, most of the food was consistently fresh with above-average quality. Be selective in your food selection, because you are just not going to finish every single thing there.
No buffet is complete without a sweet ending. The desserts are generally light and not too sweet, with many selection coming in delicate cups. My favourites were the Black Forest Gateaux and Jasmine Chocolate Gateaux, with a mixture of tastes that could slowly trickle down your throat.
If it’s your friend’s birthday, the crew would surprise the birthday boy/girl with their Can’t Take My Eyes Off You version of a birthday song. Though it was a little out-of-tune, it’s a packet full of cheers. (Thank you Tim, Wai Leng, Cindy, Elaine, Edwin and Siew Nah for the treat!)
Here’s a candid shot!
Easily one of the better buffets around at Orchard Road. Come on for a merry-good-time.
Carousel, 25 Scotts Road GF Royal Plaza on Scotts Tel:+65 6589 7799
Opening Hours: 6.30am–10.30am, 12pm–2pm, 3.30pm–5.30pm, 6.30pm–10.30pm (Daily)