Talk about Ellenborough Market Café at Swissôtel Merchant Court, and one may go “Peranakan Food” and “Durian Pengat”.

Some friends would just speed to the dessert sections first, and dive for (almost countless) top-ups of the signature Durian Pengat during our weekend makan sessions.

If you have not been to Ellenborough Market Café in a while, you may be surprised at the new look and offerings.

(Quote “DanielFoodDiary” upon reservation and enjoy complimentary Sugarcane Juice.)

(Click PLAY for video highlights of Ellenborough Market Café’s buffet.)

As they say, “The Grand Dame of Peranakan cuisine returns bolder and better.”

Having eaten here with my family a few times before, I recalled the interior to be darker and more ‘traditional’ looking.

Check out the revamped décor – the space was more spacious and contemporary-looking.

Plus, there are seats by the glass walls. That means some natural sunlight (if you come during lunch) and a distant view of Clarke Quay and the Singapore River.

The refreshed halls comprise of three zones – the main dining area in whitish-cream and turquoise accent (my current favourite colour); lofty stained glass mezzanine; and a fresh-looking Hampton-esque dining room with the show kitchen buffet lines taking centre stage.

Compared with the previous incarnation, walking around didn’t feel that cramped, and the food selection was clearly organized. Thumbs up for the face-lift.

Food-wise, Executive Chef Louis Tay has expanded the range of international cuisine, working his ‘magic’ with recent additions of a Carving Station and European style dishes.

Menu highlights include Nyonya Satay Chicken and Braised Pork Belly La Mian, alongside all-time favourites including the signature Ayam Buah Keluak, Nyonya Chap Chye, Itek Sio, Opor Babi (pork cooked in coconut milk) Curry Fish Head and desserts of Pulut Hitam and Nyonya Kueh Kueh.

Here are some of the signature food items at Ellenborough Market Café:

Slipper Lobsters in Black Bean Sauce (available seasonally)
My table’s favourite. Slipper Lobsters with succulent meat, wok-fried and covered with a sweet-savoury sauce with a hint of spiciness.

Chilli Crab with Fried Man Tou (available seasonally)
Their style of Chilli Crab happened to slant to the sweetish-side. I would personally prefer a sauce that was spicier and more egg-y, and the flesh to be chunkier.

Kueh Pie Tee
This is from the DIY Kueh Pie Tee station, where you can choose to add your preferred amount of cooked radish and toppings such as shrimps, hard-boiled eggs and peanut.

Ayam Buah Keluak
A Peranakan mainstay to try is the Ayam Buah Keluak – chicken braised in a thick, spicy tamarind gravy with buah keluak nuts.

Babi Pongteh
If you prefer pork, try Babi Pongteh, a Nonya-style braised pork in fermented soy bean sauce. Don’t skip the veggies and include Nyonya Chap Chye, a mix of braised vegetables.

Durian Pengat
Need I write more about their signature must-have dessert?

Okay, okay. Here’s why I think diners like their Durian Pengat so much. It is smooth, rich, slight-bitter sweet, luscious, yet not pungent in smell.

The yellowish creamy dessert is also now available in these cute-sized bottles.

Good for non-durian eaters like me who want a try, but not too much (Yes, I admit I don’t like durians that much, but actually enjoy their Durian Pengat).

Nyonya Kueh Dadar
Pandan-flavoured rolled crepe, filled with grated coconut steeped in gula melaka.

The Kueh Dadar is made right in front of your eyes at the live station, ONE BY ONE. Soft skin and generous sweet fillings, it’s worth saving some stomach space for these.

Carving Station
Executive Chef Louis Tay explained that his training in European style cooking has inspired him to introduce more international flavours to this buffet.

Therefore, you would see the inclusion of hearty tasty meats such as Roast Beef, Rack of Lamb, Pork Knuckles and German sausages (note: only available during dinner, with items on rotation).

Ellenborough Market Café
Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Tel: +65 6239 1848

Opening Hours and Pricing
Buffet Breakfast 6:30am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
$36++ adult, $18++ child

Buffet Lunch 12:00pm – 2:30pm (Mon – Sun)
$52++ adult, $26++ child

Buffet Dinner 6:30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
$68++ adult, $34++ child

Buffet High Tea 3:30pm – 5:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
$42++ adult, $21++ child

Reservations Email:

HSBC Credit Cards Promotion:
1-for-1 for lunch and dinner buffet (Mon – Fri, excluding PH)
1 Dines Free with 2 Paying Adults (Sat, Sun)

For 1-for-1 for lunch and dinner buffet (Mon – Fri, excluding PH)
– Valid from 1 March 2019 to 30 April 2019, and 1 September 2019 to 30 November 2019.
– Valid for lunch and dinner buffet for up to 8 diners (4 paying, 4 complimentary)
– Offer is for food only (alcohol is excluded)
– Offer is for weekdays (Monday to Friday only)

For 1 Dines Free with 2 Paying Adults (Sat, Sun)
– Valid from 1 March 2019 to 30 April 2019, and 1 September 2019 to 30 November 2019.
– Valid for lunch and dinner buffet for up to 6 diners (4 paying, 2 complimentary)
– Offer is for food only (alcohol is excluded)
– Offer is for weekends (Sat and Sun only)

CRAB-ILICIOUS FEAST + Peranakan Buffet Dinner
$78++ (adult), $39++ (child)

Ellenborough Market Café X Promotion
Quote “DanielFoodDiary” upon reservation and enjoy complimentary Sugarcane Juice.

– Valid for buffet dinners from 4th to 28th of June 2019.
– Quote “DanielFoodDiary” during reservation to enjoy this complimentary drink.

The Crab-ilicious Feast Buffet Dinner is available from 4 to 28 June 2019. Perennial Peranakan, local and international favourites are available all year round from Monday to Sunday.

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