It is the time for festive celebrations and buffet dinners. Ever wondered how it feels to eat till you drop?
Lime Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Pickering is indeed pulling out all the stops to “make this a place to celebrate your best Christmas ever”.
And I don’t think they are kidding about it once you have seen the spread of food.
(Click PLAY for highlights of Lime’s fabulous festive feast.)
Other than the special Sze Chuan style Roasted Turkey, a locally-inspired Hainanese Poached Turkey, Honey & Citrus Glazed Gammon Ham, and Wagyu Beef Sirloin, there are four different types of Yule Log from Durian Gula Melaka, Blackforest, Pandan & Coconut, to Belgium Dark Chocolate with Yuzu (will let you know which is my favourite.)
Not forgetting the famous Matcha Fountain and extensive dessert spread.
For seafood lovers dining on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can also expect the freshest seafood from King Crab, Boston Lobster to freshly shucked Oysters.
Festive Buffet Lunch and Dinner – 17 November to 30 December 2018
Diet. What diet? If you are heading over for the Festive Buffet, leave some room for Lime’s Signature Assam Fish, Coconut Curry Chicken, Lobster Laksa Noodles other than festive signatures.
During dinner buffet time from the 1st of December, diners can expect a wide spread of food from King Crab, Boston Lobster, “Auntie Hakka” Deep Fried Pork, Pickering Carrot Cake, Tempura of Prawn and Vegetables, and Beef Rossini.
Here are 10 Festive Buffet Lunch and Dinner Highlights from Lime Restaurant: (All items are available during lunch and dinner unless stated otherwise.)
1. Whole Baked Turkey
This traditional Yuletide centrepiece is a deliciously roasted whole turkey with a golden-brown skin. Its chestnut stuffing adds a nutty flavour to the subtle smoky notes of the meat.
Served with roasted vegetables, chestnuts, pearl vine tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, roasted potatoes, and specialty sauces.
Available on rotational basis, you get a choice of the traditional roasted or the special creation of Sze Chuan Pepper Barbecue. Do not worry, it is NOT that spicy after all.
2. Hainanese Poached Turkey
To me, this is the REAL highlight. Let’s be real, some of us are not that much of a fan of turkeys due the meat can be quite dry.
However, this Hainanese Poached Turkey – prepared in ways similar to our popular local dish, boosted of juicy, succulent meat. And you can add on other condiments such as the familiar signature chilli sauce with garlic. Worth a try.
3. Honey & Citrus Glazed Ham
A ham that’s made with gammon, a type of cut from the hind leg of a pig ham, and slow roasted in a citrus bath with honey.
The steaming allows the liquid to mingle with the meat, making it flavourful, then reduced to a honey citrus glaze for basting on the ham. Pair with some cranberry sauce to complete the piece.
4. Beef Rossini (dinner only)
For the meat and protein lovers, this dish is inspired from Tournedos Rossini, a classic French steak dish where the fillet steak is served with a crouton and pan seared slice of foie gras, classically served with fresh truffle and a Madeira glaze.
So yes, there are slices of smooth-buttery foie gras on the beef itself. Don’t miss them out!
5. Oven Baked Pork Prime Rib with Spicy Tomato Paste
This roasted bone-in pork dish is seasoned and oven-baked shortly in high temperature to sear and seal the meat and lock in the juices.
The ribs, brushed with spicy tomato paste, were fork-tender and worth a try.
6. Baby Lobster Laksa Noodle
If you love your live stations, this is my recommended to-go-to. I finished an entire bowl (and wanted to go for a second, before I decided to save some room for the rest.)
Choose from rice noodles, noodles or vermicelli, served in a spicy coconut-based soup, and topped with baby lobster.
The baby lobsters add an element of ‘luxe’ and more flavours to the bowl. But what really sealed the deal was still the rich coconut gravy.
7. Pistachio Dusted Lamb Chop with Rosemary and Olive Sauce
This is from the cooked food section, in which there was a selection from Confit in Duck Fat and Herbs in Black Pepper Sauce; Grilled Marinated Chicken Leg with Spicy Barbecue Sauce; and Roasted Pork with Hot Chorizo and Cannellini Bean Ragout when I visited.
Enjoy the unique not-too-gamey taste of Lamb Chops, dusted with finely ground pistachios. The ground nuts serve as a crust to the steak or added texture and flavour.
8. Christmas Pasta with Chilli Crab Sauce
A special al dente pasta dish created just for the holidays, but still capturing that familiar Singaporean flavour.
Served with a chili crab sauce, it is a zesty rich dish that combines the sweet taste of crab meat with the slight-fiery flavours of peppers. Actually quite delicious.
9. Christmas Yule Log In 4 Mouthwatering Flavours
Not just one, but four different logcakes to choose from – Blackforest, Belgium Dark Chocolate with Yuzu, Pandan & Coconut, and Durian Gula Melaka.
Fans of more local flavours would enjoy the soft and fragrant Pandan & Coconut; while it is hard for durian lovers to miss the Durian Gula Melaka.
BUT, my own personal favourite had to be the new additional of Blackforest Yule Log. Oh, that smoothly-soft mousse texture with that bit of lingering alcohol.
10. Christmas Drink – Jiggly Lime
This holiday beverage created for this season. (We were trying to guess the ingredients, and thought Calpis? Try it and let me know.)
The drink adds an element of fun and playfulness, while the green perfectly matches the reds of the season.
Festive Buffet Lunch and Dinner
17 to 30 November 2018 – Lunch from $62, Dinner from $88
1 to 30 December 2018 – Lunch from $68, Dinner from $98
* UOB and DBS cardholders will enjoy 20% savings on Lime’s Festive Buffet, except on 24, 25 and 31 December 2018. Or pay with Mileslife and earn 8 miles per dollar (valid from 1 to 31 December 2018).
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner – 24 & 25 December 2018
Joining the menu on the key dates for the extensive Festive Buffet include Pickering Herbal Dang Gui Roasted Duck, Roasted Beef Cheek with Juniper Berries Red Wine Jus & Red Pepper Corn, Baked Oyster in Chilli Sauce, Laska Pesto Fried Brown Rice with Honey Ham, and even Braised Pork Trotter.
Making a special two-day appearance on the buffet line-up include the desserts of Christmas Pavlova, Yuletide Logs and Pannetone Pudding with Gingerbread Vanilla Sauce.
There are also carollers performing live on both days, for diners to bask in the atmosphere.
Christmas Specialty Highlights (only available on 24 and 25 December)
1. Wagyu Beef Sirloin
This premium steak cut comes from one of the more tender sections of the cow, right below the tenderloin.
Prized for being lean but with fine, creamy marbling throughout, the Wagyu Beef Sirloin has great flavour and extra-tenderness.
2. 12-hour Slow-Roasted Rack Of Lamb
Sink your teeth into the distinct taste of lamb, specially marinated and made tender and moist because of the 12-hour slow roasting.
This cooking process helps break down some of the tougher parts of the meat, until it comes out of the oven fork tender.
3. Roasted Thyme Peppered Duck Breast with Orange Duck Jus
A great main course for celebratory meals, the duck breast is crusted with roughly ground black peppercorns and thyme to impart a spicy herbal flavour to the meat.
It is roasted in the oven until cooked, with its juices combined with orange juice to create the gravy.
4. Italian Bocconcini and Cherry Tomato Salad
Reflecting the colours of the Italian flag, this pretty salad is made with little red tomato halves and little bites (bocconcini) of white fresh mozzarella, and green basil leaves. (Took a photo from the top, and it looked like a Christmas wreath.)
The rind-less, buttery-flavoured cheese, with is refreshingly delicate and creamy aroma, is best savoured as a salad for its springy texture and consistency.
5. Spicy Octopus with Potato and Bean Salad
Octopus is cooked slowly over low heat to make it tender, and cut into small bite-sized pieces.
It is blended with boiled beans and chunks of potato, to add creaminess to the salad. Finished off by tossing all the ingredients in a slight-spicy dressing.
6. Christmas Pavlova Wreath (dessert)
A holiday version of the classic Pavlova, a meringue-based dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light interior, this dessert is often topped with fruits and whipped cream.
Instead of the usual round shape, the Pavlova is formed and baked as a ring to replicate a wreath, topped with fruits in Christmas colours.
7. Stollen (dessert)
Fruit bread baked with dried and candied fruits, spices, and nuts, then coated with powdered or icing sugar for that snowy effect.
8. Chestnut Cream on Sablé Christmas Tree (dessert)
These butter cookies, known as sablé to the French, made with chestnut cream and decorated to match the Christmas mood. Very cute.
Christmas Eve Buffet Brunch and Dinner, 24 December 2018
Brunch: $118 or $168 (unlimited servings of alcoholic beverages)
Dinner (6:00pm to 8:00pm): $108 or $158 (unlimited servings of alcoholic beverages)
Dinner (8:30pm to 10:30pm): $118 or $168 (unlimited servings of alcoholic beverages)
Christmas Day Buffet Brunch and Dinner, 25 December 2018
Brunch: $128 or $178 (unlimited servings of alcoholic beverages)
Dinner: $128 or $178 (unlimited servings of alcoholic beverages)
Festive Roasts and Yuletide Treats – 1 November to 30 December 2018
If you are hosting a celebration party, then the fuss-free Celebration Set will come in very handy.
The Celebration Set ($138+) includes a 2kg Roasted Turkey Breast, 1.5kg Honey Baked Ham and a Trio of mini Log cakes, is ideal for group gatherings or mini-office parties.
Roasted vegetables, chestnuts, pearl vine tomatoes, Brussel sprouts and specialty sauces are all included. Pre-order 3 days in advance.
For more information, head over to: panpacific.com/lime
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with PARKROYAL on Pickering.