Vouchers bought from Bigdeal got us a buffet meal at The Pavilion. Min 4 to dine and reminders were continuously sent to expense the vouchers before nearing the end date – for fear of overworking the kitchen I suppose. Even at 7pm, the restaurant was a tad quiet though by the end it was brimming with people. The chefs were hard at work in making sure upon placing of orders, dishes were served within 10 minutes. Talk about being hungry and getting my hunger satisfied pronto!
Empty at the start.
Peanuts to kickstart the meal.
Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw in Superior Stock*
Only one portion per diner but this was not great. Somewhat stale and the shark’s fin had a certain taste that I did not fancy. Wish they limited to one portion per table.
Poached Prawns in Chinese Herbs*
Steamed Live Seabass in Hongkong Style*
Did not touch but was polished off down to the bones.
Double Boiled Pumpkin in Chicken Consomme
Too much starch made this like canned soup.
Marinated Counch in Thai Style
Delightful chilled starter!
Pan-Fried Crab Roll
The crabmeat got lost in the blend of meats stuffed in the roll. Tasted quite like thaw and fry ngoh hiangs from supermarts.
Soft Shell Crab in Pepper and Salt
Light and crispy despite being deep fried and not greasy at all.
Sauteed Sliced Beef with Chef’s Spicy Sauce*
Over tenderised beef which came across as artificial in taste and texture. Not a fan.
Chicken in Claypot with Chinese Wine
This would have tasted a whole lot better if cooked in a stone pot. Flavours were pretty spot on.
Champagne Spare Ribs*
Despite being a specialty, this was too sweet for the meaty ribs.
Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet
Tzechar material with dory fillet used.
Crispy Cereal Prawns with Butter*
With prawns deshelled, this disguised the prawns freshness well. Not a fan of cereal deshelled prawns.
Stir Fried Baby Kai Lan
Stir Fried Kang Kong with Sambal
Despite the oil, the spice of this was clearly lacking.
Stewed Eefu Noodles with Abalone Sauce*
Served piping hot and really flavourful. One of the memorable eefu noodles around – noodles retained bounce and bite and most importantly, flavour was just right! Worth seconds!
Wok Fried Hor Fun with Sliced Beef
This came in a pile that is unmistakably suited for the ravenous. Sticky rolls of hor fun with over tenderized beef, not great though.
We all found it strange that these would be on the menu without chilli crab gravy at least. Comfort food at best.
It arrived in two chopped blocks instead of scoops, pretty much like magnolia.
Chilled Herbal Jelly with Cheng Teng*
Cheng Teng oversweetened this dessert.
Another too sweet one with refreshing jelly.
Red Bean Pancake
Crumbly pancake dough with sweet red bean paste. Not the best, neither the worst I’ve eaten.
Sweetened Almond Cream
Clearly from an instant mix but this was closest to how it would have tasted home brewed.
Service is prompt and attentive. Food was average with hits and somehow more misses. I guess that’s how much a buffet can impress, especially an ala carte one.