Sunday, October 20, 2013

Triple Three Hokkaido Buffet 18-31 Oct 2013

Went for the buffet last night (Saturday 19 Nov) and it wasn't very crowded surprisingly! The buffet focuses quite strongly on Japanese food though I must say whether the source is Hokkaido is questionable. Overall its a rather good spread with quality being average-slightly above average! Here's the spread!

Once you enter, you'll see a wide array of desserts focusing mainly on CHOCOLATE laid out in front of your eyes! The hungry boy and I couldnt resist eating some chocolate truffles, macarons and salted caramel tart :) which were all quite yummy!

Front left: Desire cake (with crunchy praline!) this was really good and I finished it although I was filled to the brim!

Middle: mango passion fruit something!

Right: honey truffle

Salted caramel tart - the boy says its really good!

Jar thing - mousse x choc biscotti

Macaon was not bad, shell was not chewy nor crispy, very in between haha

Tiramisu in the middle, choc choux puffs to the right

Interesting flavour! But the boy says this was okay only

Teppanyaki station! This has always been a feature at Triple Three

Croquettes with hokkaido ingredients 



Ice cream - yuzu sorbet, strawberry sorbet, matcha, chocolate, hokkaido milk. red bean, hokkaido sea salt

Top: choc cream puff
Bottom: vanilla cream puff w red bean inside!

"Japanese desserts"

Yoghurt puddings
Matcha truffles (THESE WERE THE BOMB, bitter though and not sweet, full of matcha flavour which I love so I had like 7 of these haha)
Swiss rolls - the boy liked the plain one w strawberry!
Pumpkin tart
Red bean sponge cake

Dorayakis but that looked really sad

Cold seafood!

Snow crab - SO GOOD
Prawns - v fresh!

Oysters - freshly shucked (okayish only)
Sashimi counter (salmon, tuna, scallop, octopus, swordfish, yellow tail I think)


Mains section

The chef is cutting the wagyu beef which everyone raved about!

Towards the left side - beef stew (jap style), hokkaido creamy chicken stew, jap steamed pork don, miso soup x crab meat

Rotisserie - wagyu, honey baked ham

To the right of the photo - bread counter: very Jap focused! Mentaiko bread with salmon filling, matcha soft roll etc

Some photos of my food:

Robatayaki counter

You can choose what you want and they'll grill it for you!
Choices on top of those above: bacon rolled w something, corn

Scallops were really good I felt, plump and juicy! Quail eggs were a little disappointing

Dont get the gingko please, they were SO bitter! Am a gingko fan but this was really bad

Steamed potato

Assorted croquettes

Mentaiko lobster - was good!!

Tempura - there was a station frying tempura made on the spot! 

Chawanmushi was good and I went back for seconds

Steamed pork don

Lemon tart to the left - tart shell was q good but the lemon curd was so artificla!!
Choc cream puff was not bad but the choux pastry was just a tad hard

Dhal x "hokkaido" onion naan

I really dislike how this was called "hokkaido onion naan" when there were only 2 strips of onion in the naan and there wasnt any onion taste at all and srsly, hokkaido onion???

On another note, there was also mentaiko prata/naan which might have fared better?

Fruits were average, peaches were subpar.
Yuzu sorbet was refreshing!!
Matcha was okay

Not pictured ice creams
Red bean - quite good
Sea salt - not v salty but is salty

Ramen - my mom's bowl wasnt cooked thoroughly and nic says it tastes okay only

Service: quite hard to get the wait staff's attention. The lady serving us was always smiling, v friendly but sometimes didnt understand what we were saying and didnt or forgot to bring us what we wanted. Waited very long for the bill. Celebrated a birthday there and quite a big group of staff sang the birthday song for the bday boy. There was a lucky draw as well for every table! Overall, splotchy but just acceptable

Ambience: okay, nothing spectacular

Spread: for the mains, it was okay, not very big I feel. Desserts had a strong focus on "jap" + chocolate! 
Price: $128++ per adult (I wouldnt pay that amount of money though)
When: 18-31 Oct 2013, Dinners + Sunday brunch

Triple Three
Mandarin Orchard Hotel
333 Orchard Road
Level 5


  1. One of Hokkaido's representative vegetables is the onion. pls do your research properly

    1. Thanks for that information! I'll edit my post now :)

  2. When you say you wouldn't pay that amount of money, does that mean this was a sponsored review? :)

    1. Hi! Nope its not a sponsored review, my aunt had some vouchers for the restaurant and asked us to go, that's why we went!


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