It has been a while since I returned to Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, and realised that the hotel has been newly-refurnished, from the lobby, rooms to the restaurant.
The buffet restaurant used to be known as Melting Pot Café, and has been updated to be known as Atrium Restaurant, an all-day dining venue.
I would be frank to say that the change is much welcomed, and it is about time to shed off that old image (the cab driver who drove me here still thought it was The Glass Hotel.)
While Melting Pot Café had a dated woody outlook, the new Atrium Restaurant appeared contemporary, bright and modern. Liked the use of fresh colours – monochromatic base with green and orange accents on its furniture.
Food presentation looked appetizing, with more live-cooking stations.
The highlights – fresh seafood, international cuisine, specialty dishes created by Culinary Ambassador Thai celebrity chef Ian Kittichai, and local favourites specially prepared by Executive Chef Chua Yew Hock who has more than 30 years of culinary experience.
Here are some of the highlights. (Note: Buffet items may vary depending on time and days.)
The dish that most diners make a dive for. While I thought the meat could be juicer, the rich gravy tilted more towards sweet than spicy, and was appetizing enough to sweep clean with the deep-fried mantou.
One of my favourites. Laska with fresh shrimps, fish cake slices, boiled egg and taupok in milky gravy. I actually liked that it came in a small bowl, so that you can finish it without feeling overly guilty. Maybe you will take two bowls. Or more.
I am a big otah fan, but have never seen it served this style. Chef Chua’s created it such that the spicy smooth fish paste is baked with a mussel. So after eating the otah, there is a layer underneath comprising of succulent mussel. Can take a few.
Local dishes seem to be the strength here. Fresh fish slices that are cooked in a tangy assam gravy, good to pour over rich or noodle dishes.
Marinated Tumeric Chicken
Celebrity Chef Ian Kittichai of Issaya Siamese Club (One of the 50 best restaurants in Asia) fame created a few dishes especially for the Holiday Inn restaurant, but my favourite was this chicken item served with Thai sweet chilli sauce on side.
Meat lovers should also head to the carving station for the whole baked salmon. There was a variety of cooked dishes available, such as Pan Fried Fish Fillet with Capers Cream Sauce, Roasted Lamb Leg with Mint Sauce, Braised Beef Cheeks, Provencal Lamb Rack, Fish Piccata and Champagne Pork Ribs.
Dessert wise, dids can head straight to the Chocolate Fondue on Sundays, or get pancakes and waffles prepared fresh in front of you, personalised with favourite ingredients of your choice.
I picked two scoops of gelato, some macarons and topped with chocolate sauce. What do you think?
Mon-Fri: $45++, Sat: $50 ++, Sun: $55 ++
Mon-Thu: $50++, Fri-Sun: $55 ++
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
317 Outram Road Singapore 169075
Tel: +65 6731 7172
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