Successful buffet restaurants in Singapore are known for certain items. A quick conversation with buffet enthusiasts can reveal where to go for the best seafood, the best durian desserts, the best local items and the best spread.
The Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant, has an excellent location within a renowned 5-star hotel and outside seating area next to the Singapore River overlooking the City Hall area. However, it may suffer from the ‘what is it known for syndrome’.
Stepping in, you would realise there are two mini-floors of food – though they are placed far apart and requires a little walking. If you come on Thursdays to Sundays, there is ocean fresh seafood available ($69 per adult) or with option of barbecued items like grilled lobsters and sausages (at a rather steep price of $89 per adult).
While it is not the kind of buffet restaurant that offers colourful spreads and spreads of food to activate your salivary glands, I am appreciate of getting dishes that are not available elsewhere.
I was here for “A Taste of Eurasian Heritage” prepared by Town Restaurant’s Sous Chef Sunny De Costa who is of Eurasian descent. Many of the dishes prepared are those I have yet to try before, or do not commonly get at restaurants outside.
Eurasian cuisine may not be the most familiar to all, but you would love it if you like foods with spicy blends and an unexpected East-meets-West combination. The dishes offered are recipes handed down from Chef Sunny’s family. So there is this personal touch.
The Debal Galinhia, better known as the Devil’s Curry, is traditionally during the Christmas season where an assortment of ingredients are thrown in.
You get some pork, some chicken, some smoked bacon bone and even sausages thrown within this tangy spicy curry base. The taste is complex, and sharp at points – every bite you would get something different. Best to be eaten with fragrant rice.
Another one of my favourite is Eurasian style Sey Bak – braised pork belly (sio bak!) with tau kwa, cucumber and tomatoes with spices and galangal sauce, all mixed rojak style. Refreshing and addictive!
Some foods are indeed fast disappearing in our modern society and I am so glad I have the opportunity try this at least in my lifetime.
Town Restaurant’s Eurasian Heritage buffet (15-26 October 2013)
Lunch – 11.30am to 2.30pm (Mon – Fri)
Dinner – 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Sun – Tues)
$53* per adult and $26* per child (6 to 11 years old).
Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, email@example.com Tel: +65 6877 8128
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pm