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“Flavours of India” has returned to Mandarin Oriental’s Melt Café! Melt’s buffet has always had a great reputation for splendid Indian dishes, and till 31st May 2016, there are more varieties included in the spread. Presented by Indian Specialty Chef Santosh Kumar, the vibrant and tantalizing Indian themed buffet will be available for both lunch and dinner (excluding Sunday brunch).
The massive Mutton Biryani is a feast for the eyes, and the taste buds too. Much effort has been put into this dish-a whole lamb is marinated for 10 hours, then roasted for another 10 hours. It’s meat is fork-tender and lip-smackingly yummy. Each mouthful of the accompanying spiced basmati rice was a blend of flavors and textures, as the dried fruits also added a dimension of chewiness. If this doesn’t interest you, I don’t know what would!
I also adore the Travancore Prawn Curry, where succulent, crunchy prawns are enhanced with spicy and sour notes that tease the palate. Another seafood item that deserves a mention is the Mud Crab Masala, which enthralls the tongue with its medley of spices. Other drool-worthy dishes include Lamb Chop Adreki (lamb with grama masala, yohurt, saffron and mint, as well as Men Vararul (Southern Indian Shallow Fried Fish). Don’t forget to check out the selection of Kebabs, sizzling at barbecue pit situated at the AlfrescoTerrace.
Enjoy the mouth-watering array of curries with attractive Tricoloured Rice and Assorted Naan Breads, which comes in garlic, butter and olive variants.
There’s also an elaborately decorated live station, where the chef prepares Bombay Behl puri, a popular savory snack in India comprising of puffed rice mixed with potatoes, masala, onions and chutney.
Apart from the Indian spread (view menu here) , Melt’s buffet also offer the usual works such as salads, cold cuts, seafood, sashimi, sushi , European cuisine, Asian dishes and more. Melt Cafe’s buffet has always been my family’s top choice, as their ingredient quality and execution are excellent, plus standards are always consistent. Allow me to touch on some of my favourites from the usual buffet offerings.
RAVE ALERT! The Marron Lobster Laksa, from the live station, is hearty indulgence in every mouthful. Another must try is the Drunken Live Prawns.
Wrap up your meal with Melt’s spectacular Cheese Counter and appealing desserts, which includes wonderfully soft crepes prepared a la minute.