Melt Café at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore reminds me of a MELTing pot of food, and it can be considered as one of the best all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants in Singapore.
Some of the factors that make a good buffet restaurant – quality of food, variety, vibes, and value for its money.
[While I am on this, look out for the exclusive not-to-be-missed HSBC card 1-for-1 offer. Details at end of the post.]
Talking about vibes, I liked that Melt Café was spacious, had clearly organised sections for the food.
You would feel the energy of a bustling buffet restaurant, yet it was unhurried (no need to jostle for food) with room to manoeuvre.
Known for its extensive buffet presentations, Melt Café has a variety of sections from the enticing seafood counter – stacked with a variety of shellfish and crustacean; roast and carving corner; live Asian noodle station; cook-to-order pastas; cold station featuring salads and appetisers; sashimi and sushi; charcuterie paired with a selection of homemade breads; and an award-winning pastry theatre for the dessert finale.
Feeling hungry already?
The last time I went, I was most impressed with the much-loved Indian counter, lined with favourites of Chicken Curry, Lamb Rogan Josh, Bhindi Masala and Paneer Makhani which made the meal a lot spicier, and heartier.
Not forgetting the freshly made naans to go with the curries.
This visit, I made a new ‘discovery’ – TRUFFLE Cheese Naan. Probably the first time I have seen this version in Singapore, and the tip for you to ask for it if you do not see them being displayed.
During dinner time on Fridays and Saturdays, there is also a barbecue counter where you can dine alfresco, and enjoy freshly prepared beef steaks, grilled lamb, seafood and roasted vegetables.
In a nutshell, if this is your first time visiting Melt Café, look out for the Seafood on ice, Indian Cuisine, Live gourmet stations (such as Herbal Drunken Prawns, on rotation), and Dessert counter for freshly-made Waffles and topped with Homemade Ice Cream.
Crab Affair Dinner Buffet Highlights (16 June – 2 July 2017)
Crab lovers shouldn’t miss this special. After looking at the proposed menu, I do not think I am exaggerating if I say that Melt Café has one of the largest crab variety and creative offerings in a single place.
The highlights of the “Grab The Crab” live station include Singaporean Style Chili Crab, Crab and Potato Rösti, Japanese Curry with Tasmanian Spanner Crab.
Other “Hot Crab Affair” dishes to look out for consist of the Corn Chowder with Blue Swimmer Crabmeat, Singaporean Style Black Pepper Crab, Kerala Mud Crab Curry, Crispy Salted Egg Yolk Softshell Crab (so going for this), Pounded Chili and Crab Fried Rice, and Pasta Arrabbiata with Crab Ragout.
If I were to recommend, make some room for the tangy-spicy Thai Stir-Fried Tom Yum Flower Crab; and Hainanese Crab Noodles which I finished the soup up to the last drop.
Dinner $75++ (Sun – Thurs)
Inclusive of free flow of juices, additional 20 per person for free flow of house wines, beer and soft drinks
Dinner $85++ (Fri – Sat)
Inclusive of free flow of juices, additional $20 per person for free flow of house wines, beer and soft drinks
HSBC Credit Card Promotions:
Lunch buffet at $55++ for two, Dinner buffet at $75++ for two at Melt Café At Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
– Valid from Sundays to Thursday, till 30 June 2017
– For 1st 300 redemptions.
– Limited to maximum redemptions of 20 persons per day.
– Offers are for dine-in only, unless stated otherwise.
– Limited to maximum table capacity of 8 persons.
– Prior reservation is required and subject to availability.
– Offer valid with payment made by HSBC cards.
– Offer is not valid with other discounts or promotions.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
Tel: +65 6885 3500
Buffet Breakfast 6.30am – 10.30am
Buffet Lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Buffet Dinner 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Sunday Brunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm
All-Day A La Carte Dining 6.30am – 10.30pm
“1-For-1 Dining Deals” With HSBC Cards
Dining deals just get better and better. If you are a fan of international buffet spreads and hotel restaurant meals, great news.
From now till 30 June 2017, HSBC credit card holders can enjoy the 1-For-1 specials from many participating hotels such Mandarin Oriental Singapore, The Westin Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, InterContinental Singapore, and Hotel Fort Canning.
Time for that long-needed friends’ meet-up, or a date with your loved one or BFF.
Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore
HSBC Promotion: 1-for-1 Dinner Buffet
Seasonal Tastes at Level 32 of The Westin Singapore offers a live interactive kitchen concept and a panoramic view of Singapore’s Marina Bay and the South China Sea through its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Its selection includes a luscious spread of the freshest seafood, crustaceans and salmon sashimi; ‘live’ carving station with a hearty selection of roasts and prime cuts; cooked-to-order pasta; and a dessert counter with instagrammable cakes and gelato.
From now till the month of June, there is a “Fresh Spring Flavours” special where you can enjoy the seasonal creations by Executive Chef Aaron Foster.
The head-turner here is definitely the Slow Roasted Marinated Ribeye with Stuffed… Lobster!
Could never quite imagine, as the chef cut the thick juicy roast up, you would find fleshy lobster packed in the middle. A true surf and turf.
Other highlights include the Spring Salad with Snow Crab and Lobster, Baked Whole Salmon, Spring Green Fattoush, and Braised Chicken Roulade. The “Fresh Spring Flavours” dishes are seasonal and on rotational basis, so you can expect some other surprises there.
HSBC 1-For-1 Credit Card Promotions:
– Dinner buffet at $88++ for two (Sun – Thurs), $98++ for two (Fri – Sat)
– 1 Dines Free with every 3 paying adults for Sunday Family Lunch, or 1 child dines free with every 2 adults for Sunday Family Lunch
The Westin Singapore Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 6922 6968
Reservation Link: https://www.eat2eat.com/SWBooking/Pages/Reservation.aspx?relId=MgA3ADEAMwA%3d&lang=0&pro=DINNER
(Click PLAY for video highlights of Seasonal Tastes.)
Other 1-for-1 Dining Deals include:
Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore
1-for-1 on bar snacks (no appetizers and desserts) from Mon-Sat for dinner
The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
1-for-1 on Heritage Signatures
Ash & Elm, InterContinental Singapore
1-for-1 on a la carte mains from Charcoal Grill menu, Sun-Thu for dinner
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore
1-for-1 items on Seafood menu (Live Seafood not included), Sun-Thu for dinner
The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning
1-for-1 pizzas from Mon-Sun
Terms and conditions: The Offers are valid from 1 June to 30 June 2017. The Offers are for dine-in only unless stated otherwise. Prior reservation is required and subject to availability. For more details on the latest HSBC dining promotions, visit www.hsbc.com.sg/dining.
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