This is one of the times when I didn’t do research before going for a food tasting, and I was totally expecting some other kind of food at a place called “Café 2000”. You know the Western and European dishes. My bad.
So I stepped into this restaurant at M Hotel and saw throngs of customers, spreads of food, and cooks behind live cooking stations. A very busy, lively setting. And oh… buffet.
While Café 2000 is not one of those hotel restaurants that come to mind when you think about “buffet”, a quick browse shows that there is a quite a huge spread even though the restaurant space is not exactly big.
Their strengths: They are huge on seafood, and it happens that they were having a crab buffet promotion when I was there (and it is still on). There were a few live-cooking stations, which I always enjoy and didn’t mind the short wait, where they churn out food from satay, pasta, to grilled meats.
Café 2000 had about 5 to 6 types of crab on rotation, some available include Crab Meat Timbale on Egg & Caviar, Caribbean Crabmeat Pasta Salad & Pomegranate Seeds, Steamed Mud Crabs served with Black Vinegar & Shredded Ginger, Baked Sea Scallop with Crab Sabayon, Salted Egg Crabs and Butter Crabs.
My favourite offering from the crab selection was surprisingly the Rendang Crab. It actually works. The chili crab had quite a dismal sweetish watery sauce. I would have liked more of the Steamed Crabs though (had a tiny one and it was sweet and juicy), but the portion was small, refilling time slow, and some other customer always beat me to taking away almost the entire tray.
Some hits and misses. The food prepared by the live stations generally tasted better. (Satay was the best, grills were good, cakes decent.) But some of the other cooked dishes felt slightly cold and mediocre.
Café 2000 is also popular for its Seafood and Barbeque Buffet Dinner served on Fridays and Saturdays, with a variety of grilled items and seafood, and selections of barbeque items like scallop, tiger prawns, fish, squid, black angus beef, and Italian pork sausage.
International Buffet Dinner (from Sundays to Thursdays)
Seafood & Barbeque Buffet Dinner (Fridays, Saturdays, & Public Holidays)
M Hotel, 81 Anson Road, Singapore 079908 (Tanjong Pagar MRT), Tel: +65 6500 6112
Opening Hours: 6:30am-11:00pm Daily
Other Buffet Entries
Plaza Brasserie (PARKROYAL on Beach Road)
Straits Café (Rendezvous Grand Hotel)
Silver Shell Café (Shangri La Rasa Sentosa)
Aquamarine (Marina Mandarin)
10 at Claymore (Pan Pacific Orchard)