This is one super value-for-money Dim Sum Tapas Buffet, at Bao Today Hotel Rendezvous which also offers restaurant style dining.
A weekday all you can eat high tea buffet is priced at a wallet-friendly $16.80++, even the weekend dinner will set you back by just $22.80++. A price hardly seen nowadays. And there are many other perks such as free wifi and complimentary parking.
Bao Today 包今天 at Hotel Rendezvous has been known for offering a casual dim sum dining experience, serving freshly-baked meat buns, tasty dumplings and bean-paste crepes. You may have seen its café and alfresco dining concepts at Marina Square and 313 Somerset respectively.
I like that there are booth seats that offer more privacy while dining.
Good to know: It is also sister restaurant with other well-known Chinese restaurants Fortunate Restaurant 幸福饮茶 (Chinatown), Luk Yu Restaurant and Tea House (Chinatown Point) and Swatow (Toa Payoh).
[Updated] Due to overwhelming response after this blog post, Bao Today has introduced 2 dinner sessions (6-8pm and 8–10pm). Each session is limited to 2 hours. High tea buffet will be 3–5pm.
All food will be served to the tables in batches, and servers will be pushing out the dim sum regularly and place items on tables.
Here are some 20 of their Dim Sum items.
Phoenix Tail Siew Mai
Moist medium-large sized siew mai filled with a prawn sticking out, therefore called the “phoenix tail”.
Crystal Prawn Dumpling
While skin is on the thicker side, at least the fillings were fresh and plump.
Fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp
Crispy food seldom go wrong, yah? Not too bad.
Crispy Supreme Chicken Wings
This is that one item I couldn’t resist, and I must have had 3 of them in that seating (considering I also ate all the other dishes.) Crisp and well marinated such that every part of the meat was juicily tasty. Tempted to just order one big plate and chomp.
Paper Wrapped Chicken Wing
Oh, this is an oilier version of the above. If you like flavours which are more permeated. But I still preferred the former, because there are less distractions without the oily paper.
Custard Salted Egg Yolk Bun aka Liu Sha Bao
The Liu Sha Bao did liu, custard hot and smooth flowing, its skin in a fragrant pandan green.
BBQ Pork Bun
The bao skin was fluffy like a pillow, would have liked this better if there were more moist roasted pork fillings.
Teochew Braised Pork Bun
Somewhat like ‘Kong Bak Bao’, and a mini version so that it does not feel too heavy on consumption.
Fresh Prawns Rice Roll
There are options of prawns and char siew. I liked the texture of the slippery cheong fun though wished there could be more prawns, especially towards the end of the roll.
WAH, wasn’t expecting to see abalone served at this price. Thinly sliced, and easy to consume.
Not my favourite item, maybe because I prefer a sweeter aftertaste.
Fresh Fruit Scallop Salad Tart
Nice touch of savoury-sweet combination.
Steamed Sliced Fish with Home-made Nonya Sauce
Possibly that one dish families will keep re-ordering again and again due to the fresh sliced cod dish cooked in a specially prepared sweet-spicy sauce. Also perceived as one of the most ‘expensive’ dishes in this buffet.
Pan Fried Champagne Sliced Pork
Pork slices were tender, good to have something stir-fried for a change.
Golden Fried Kiwi Shrimps
Somewhat looking like the wasabi-mayo that we may be more familiar with, this deep-fried prawn has a sweetish fruity taste due to the kiwi.
Oven Baked Cheesy Rice
Beneath the melty cheese is actually fried rice, and thus contains flavours of its own.
Found the soup slightly on the saltier side.
Bean Paste Pan-Fried Crepes
Would have liked this a lot more if it was less oily.
Servings of mini cups of Osmanthus Jelly, Honey Herbal Jelly and Mango Pudding.
Assortment of drinks
Including Sour Plum, Homemade Iced Lemon Tea and Chin Chow Jelly drink. I liked that the iced tea wasn’t sweet at all, and worked to ‘wash the food down’ after a heavy meal.
I can imagine many groups of families and friends, officer workers, and students nearby who want to have an affordable celebration come to Bao Today The hotel is also a short distance away from Orchard Road and City Hall which makes it a convenient place for a get-together
Note: Bao Today Tapas Dim Sum Buffet is only available at Hotel Rendezvous.
Bao Today Tapas Dim Sum Buffet Pricing:
High Tea 3 pm – 5.30pm
Children: $12.80++ (7 years and below)
Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Adult: $19.80 ++
Weekends (Fri – Sun)
High Tea 3pm – 5.30pm
Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Children: $19.80 ++
– Complimentary parking at Hotel Rendezvous for Tapas buffet dine in.
– Receive a complimentary 20 mins shoulder massage voucher from Kenko Wellness and Spa with every $50 spent in a single receipt.
– Spayuri Trial Facial vouchers @ only $38 (U.P) $98 for all customers with no minimum expenditure.
Frostie Mini (Mini Custard Buns)
These Frostie Minis are available for takeaway and pre-orders at $3.80 per serving for Christmas events and gifts.
They are not only SO CUTE, they are not bad tasting. Frostie’s body contains smooth sweet custard, and if you rip its head apart *ouch*, you will find it filled with lotus seed paste. Two different fillings in one snowman.
There is also a ‘Snap and Win’ Contest: Upload a instagram picture of Frostie Mini and hashtag #BaoTodaySG. The most number of likes at the end of the contest on 25th December 2015 will walk away with $200 worth of attractive prizes.
Bao Today 包今天
Hotel Rendezvous, 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-02 Singapore 189559 (Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah MRT)
Tel: +65 6336 5258
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
(Tapas Buffet only available at Hotel Rendezvous)
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-234/ 235/ 236, Singapore 039594 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6336 2237
313 Somerset, #01-25B Discovery Walk Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6735 3045
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Bao Today.