Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Women's Only Wednesday (WOW) Buffet at The Dining Room

Hello everyone!!!!

My friends and I were SOOOO excited for WOW hahaha because its a night where women get 50% off the buffet dinner price!! I shall reveal how much it costs per pax so you can tell how WORTH IT this buffet is!!!! 


That is after GST and service charge!!!! Damn worth it considering the spread below and all are of good quality!!!

Assorted breads

Their breads were v gooooood!!! I'm a bread fanatic and try breads at every single buffets and I can safely say that out of all the buffets I've been to, The Dining Room serves the best bread! The crusts were still v crispy even though they've been sitting there throughout dinner! And how do I know? I took a piece when I started dinner and took another after my desserts about 1hr later and it was still crispy!! The stuff on the plate in the foreground are bread too, multigrain and another w walnuts, I liked the one w walnuts! My friend said the rolls in the middle of the foreground plate was good too!

Soup next to this - asparagus soup and Herbal Chicken

Friend said herbal chicken was really good!!!

Salad counter

They had hummus and olive spread to go with the pita bread or just use it to go w the sliced breads which was what I did! The spreads are good btw (: Liked the olive one!

Oysters, Prawns

Oysters - Please open your eyes and choose the fat plump ones!!!! There were quite a lot of them and I LOVED this!! So creamy and slightly sweet and FAT hahahaah. Plump and nice. Slurp-worthy!!!!! One of the better oysters at buffets (:

Prawns - Please choose the big fat ones too!!! The flesh is so fresh and crunchy! YUM (:


Mmmmm these were good too! Undoubtedly fresh though meat could have been a little sweeter but it was firm and satisfying (:

Assorted appetisers

Sesame-crusted tuna on seaweed, some tofu thing, caprese salad

Tried the tuna one and sadly, the tuna wasnt that good? Like didnt really have taste and a tad hard!

Assorted sushi


Sashimi counter

The sashimi chef alr sliced the diff sashimi available and put it on a plate so you can just take them or tell him/her what you want and he/she will slice it for you! There's tuna, shrimp, octopus and salmon!

Now on to desserts!

Tiramisu (top right)

This was not bad, but a stronger liqueur taste is preferred for me. Do make sure you take the ladyfinger inside because the first scoop I took only had the cream!! Haha

Pear and almond crumble

This was so so only, didnt really have pear taste or anything.

Almond Coconut Cake

To me, this was nice! The sponge cake was light and fluffy, frosting tasted like coconut and not too sweet with shreds of desiccated coconut, mmmm~ had 2 slices of this!

Didnt try this!

 Chocolate cone with Berries

There's chocolate mousse in the cone! The friend said this was v chocolatey and good! For a pic of the choc cones, scroll up 2 pics and look at the right side of the pic!

Praline Crunchy Chocolate Slice

MMMMMM this was goood!!!!!! The choc mousse was rich decadent and goooood on top of a crunchy crispy base, yummm! This was super good, we had seconds, thirds and more! (: 

Assorted fruits

They added more fruits after that like peach, pear, strawberries etc. Watermelon was sweeeet! Dragonfruit q nice the rest didnt try. Oh rock melon was ok only.

Chocolate fountain!

The strawberries at this station were good! Sweet and big hehe.

Cherry Clafoutis

Didnt try this!

Ice cream!

There was triple chocolate and lemongrass haha. Same brand as 10@Claymore's!

Froyo machine with assorted toppings!!

Didnt try! But friends said not bad.

Lamb kebab station!

Get them to help you with this cos its quite hard to slice the meat! This was not bad I think!


There was also roast beef next to this and the friends said the roast beef was quite good, soft and nice!

Saffron pilaf rice with minced mutton and rosemary
Couscous with toasted almond and raisin

The couscous was quite nice! Light and fluffy, not bad.

Roasted rosemary marble potato
Vegetable caponata

The vegetable caponata was super good imo! Mix of eggplant, capsicums, onions, tomatoes etc and stewed till they are so soft and fragrant with this light tomato sauce. Took a few servings of this!

Eggplant parmesan
Saffron roasted mushrooms

The friend said the eggplant was yummy cos it was baked with cheese! Mushrooms were ok, didnt really have saffron taste, average dish.

Deviled chicken
Roasted duck with orange sauce

Steamed clam and Mussel with Puttanesca Sauce
Gambas al Pil Pil

The steamed mussels were good! Fresh and juicy, slightly sweet, paired with the fragrant tomato based sauce, yum!

The gamas al Pil Pil is a prawn dish, think its spicy!

Braised beef short ribs with mushroom
Herb baked snapper with beans ragout

The snapper tasted like CHICKEN!! Doesnt have the texture of fish at all. My 2 other friends concurred with me lol. And they cook it with baked beans!! Haha at least looks like baked beans. But dont worry, no baked beans taste or the tomato sauce taste! Just feels like chicken haha

Love the ambience of The Dining Room

Some pics of what I had:

Green tea mousse with red bean

This was gooooood! They put this up after the 1st tier of the praline choc slice was gone and boy was I glad I saw this! Quite strong green tea mousse (Y) and chunky red beans below, yum! Had 2 servings of this!

Waffles a la minute and pear tart

Dont miss this cos we nearly did!! Lucky I saw people ordering from the station else I'd have missed this!!! This is in the "Station" beside the fruits!! Look out for it! The waffles are not too thick, crispy on the outside and quite soft inside! Goes so darn well with the maple syrup. There's also berry compote, banana chunks stewed in some sauce, vanilla sauce etc to go with it!

They also served pear tart at this station but didnt try it!!

I felt the WOW promotion is really extremely value for money! Just the seafood on ice alone is worth the price tag alr! Plus the food served are all generally of good quality. Though on the Sheraton website it says dinner starts at 7pm on Weds but we went at arnd 6.40pm? And we could go in and have our dinner already! 

Service: the staff are v alert and always clear your plates on time, refill your water, good prompt smiley service! Saw them having a pep talk when we came in.

I would say GO FOR WOW all you ladies (: The spread isn't big, but for the price, its worth it!! The normal buffet dinner price is 58++ though, and I dont think its that worth it considering the spread isnt big! But for ladies, haha lucky for us!!! (:

The Dining Room
Sheraton Towers

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tea Lounge - Japanese Afternoon Tea

Last year, there was also this Japanese Afternoon Tea at Tea Lounge, however I could not make it for last year's so when I saw it again this year, I knew I had to go. Sadly, by the time I came to know of this, the weekend afternoon tea buffet was already fully booked with a rather long waiting list! :( So I decided to go on a weekday.

The "journey" for today's afternoon tea wasn't smooth sailing at all, it was as if I was fated not to try this afternoon tea again this year. Luckily, I managed to get there still to try it out (:

This Jap Afternoon Tea is presented by Pastry Chef Yoshihide Hamamoto of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo. I'm not sure if he's the chef who came last year though! His creations showcases traditional English afternoon tea items with a Japanese twist, with some good creations really showcasing the mix of cuisines but some didn't shine as much though the names sound really appealing.

Tea Selection

The different tea blends on offer! Some weren't displayed here but are on the menu. You can open the cover and smell the tea to decide what you want! There's also a full and informative description of each tea, including the leaves, how they're roasted, the flavour, whether its full bodied or not, etc in the menu! 

The setting

Mountain/Mixed Berries

Forgot what its called, anyway its a mix of diff berries and is caffeine free! This tastes like a less sweet version of cranberry juice haha. Doesnt really go well with afternoon tea IMO 'cos its slightly sweet? 

Lemon curd/Devonshire cream/Organic Strawberry Preserve for Scones

Left: Lemon Mango Tea

This was Mom's tea and it was slightly sour! Good refreshing tea to accompany an afternoon tea I feel! This is also caffeine free!

Top tier: Assorted sandwiches

We were served this first and not in the traditional stand 'cos the sandwiches were ready first and not the oth desserts! (: I'll talk about the sandwiches that I didnt take individual pics of!

Smoked Salmon and Ikura on Nori Bread (front left): a few things. 1) There wasn't any ikura, or there was but I didnt see and didnt taste any. 2) The bread didnt taste like nori bread, it was hard and well, tasted like wholemeal bread to me. Nori's seaweed btw. Mm smoked salmon was a tad salty for me? 3/5

Organic Egg and Wasabi-Mayo on white bread (back, right): This one had no wasabi taste at all, the normal egg sandwich. Though I must say that the egg mayo on top was v light! 3.3/5

Japanese Cucumber and Cream Cheese on Sour Dough 

The Jap cucumber was v crunchy, though the cream cheese was barely discernible. Would've thought it was mayo if I didnt look at the menu! More cucumbers would have been an added delight as the current ones are sliced quite thinly and the middle section seems to not have any, though from the pic it looks like there is! 3.6/5

Unagi and Seaweed on Soya Bread

This was the best sandwich of the day! It really feels like something Japanese. The unagi was sliced really thin and you've gotta slowly chew and savour to taste it and with the slow eating, you'd be rewarded with flavours you'll miss if you chewed quickly like you're rushing somewhere. The seaweed atop's v fragrant as well!! 4.5/5 

Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Bonito Flakes on Seven Grain

1) The bread doesnt taste like a seven grain bread haha cos its v light!
2) The chicken has no teriyaki taste at all and we even thought it was ham! V slight meat taste to it
3) This was not bad, bonito flakes just remind me of takopachi (Jap balls haha) 3.6/5

Afternoon Tea Set

Its non-refillable and the top tier is supposed to be the sandwiches!

Middle tier

Bottom tier

Dark Choc and Yuzu Souffle with Vanilla Pod Creme Anglaise

This was served shortly after we were presented the tiered stand and we were advised to eat it while it was hot else it will deflate. A few things about this too:

1) It wasn't hot when it was served, my Mom's was slightly deflated too
2) Didnt taste any vanilla pod creme anglaise. There was a layer of sugar "water" or sth right at the bottom of the souffle, maybe that was it?
3) It didnt taste like dark choc at all, more like milk choc cos it was quite sweet!!! Even with the sour yuzu to balance it out, it was still sweet!

Didnt enjoy this at all, lucky it was a small cup. 2.5/5 

Roasted Tea Chocolate Tart

Didnt taste any roasted tea at all, this was like a regular dark choc tart! Not bad, pastry isn't the usual crumbly type, quite hard and stays in a piece even when bitten! Rich dark chocolate here (: 3.6/5 

White Miso Cream and Dark Cherry Tiramisu

The white miso cream tastes a little like yoghurt? It would've been good if there was a stronger liqueur taste or if the cherries were soaked in liqueur to "lift up" the dessert! Else it was pretty flat. 3.5/5 

Wasabi Apple Eclair with White Chocolate Dipped

This was one of the best desserts I had that day!! Really reminds me of Japan and a good twist to the classic English eclair! The cream has subtle hints of wasabi, savour this slowlyyyy please. No apple taste though! 4.3/5

Yuzu and Grape Fruit Jelly

This is good as a end-of-meal palate cleanser! Its sour and tangy!! 3.6/5

Strawberry Cream Sesami Pie

This tastes like a v thin tart base with cream and strawberries, v normal. 3/5

Peach Tart Tatin

Honestly, you cant tell what fruit's on top haha its just sweet and a little soft/juicy. The crust was a little airy and flakey, not bad. 3.4/5

Honey Ginger Panna Cotta

This panna cotta was hard. Not soft and pudding like, like what I had in most Italian restaurants. This was hard, slightly cake-like texture. Taste it slowly and hints of ginger can be detected which I quite like! (: 3.4/5

Plain Scones

These were undoubtedly fluffy!!!! I've heard some saying that Tea Lounge has the best scones in Singapore, I'd agree if you like those fluffy soft kind of scones! It wasnt crispy on the outside like how I like mine but the fluffiness, oooh, definitely the most fluffy ones I've had to date!! This must definitely be eaten in small bites and over a period of time else you'll get full and tire of it quickly, I feel. 4.3/5

Adzuki Beans and Matcha Green Tea Scone

This tastes like green tea, and there are some adzuki beans scattered but barely discernible. A more cakey texture and less fluffy vs the plain one. Felt the strawberry preserves went best with the plain and less so with the green tea one. 4.2/5

For 38++/pax, I wouldn't say this is value for money, a good experience though. But one that I doubt I'll be returning for. For a little bit more, I'd get a wonderful Sunday brunch buffet at Basilico with foie gras, seafood, and a sizeable size of desserts too! The were some good stuff today but on the whole, quite disappointing. There are magazines to read and papers as well, the ambience is q good with a pianist playing at about 2.30pm I think? Oh yes you can choose 2 teas I think, and I switched to the Jasmine tea which was not bad.

Service is friendly, professional and prompt!!

Tea Lounge
The Regent Hotel
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