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Introducing the newly launch Straits Cuisine Buffet by Orchard Hotel. Straits Cuisine Buffet consist of Peranakan cuisine, traditional roast and seafood items and other all time local favourites dishes. Complementing the selections above, look forward to their live stations and a la minute highlights.The soul behind the spread is Executive Chef Paul Then, creator of the popular durian pengat in Singapore food scene. With more than 30 years in F&B industry, Chef Then have perfected Peranakan trad
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Introducing the newly launch Straits Cuisine Buffet by Orchard Hotel. Straits Cuisine Buffet consist of Peranakan cuisine, traditional roast and seafood items and other all time local favourites dishes. Complementing the selections above, look forward to their live stations and a la minute highlights.
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The soul behind the spread is Executive Chef Paul Then, creator of the popular durian pengat in Singapore food scene. With more than 30 years in F&B industry, Chef Then have perfected Peranakan traditional recipes and modern use of ingredients to elevate the dishes to the next level, introducing Chef Paul's Baba Theatre Kitchen.
Seafood Selection
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Some of the Straits Cuisine Cooked Dishes - Local Favourite
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Live Stations
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The focus of this tasting are their Straits Cuisine. We tried 3 starters, 10 mains and 6 desserts. As they are too many dishes for me savour, so let Chubby Botak Koala present to you the top 5 dishes that stands out above the rest.
Straits Cuisine Condiments & Appetizer
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Lembu Rendang, slow cooked Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices. As a lover of slow cook food, I really love this dish. At a first sight, it might not look so appetising due to the colour. However, when you put dish dish in your mouth, it just simply melt in your mouth. It is a dish that definitely must complement with a plate of soft steam white rice. If you don't like rendang before due to it toughness, this dish will change your opinion forever. Yum Yum & two thumbs up !! (Rating 9.5/10)
Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices
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Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices - Best with Rice
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Steam Black Cod Otah (fish cake). Unlike the common otah that uses Spanish Mackerel, Black Cod are use here. The result is a super bouncy otah texture, combine with the right balance of spices and coconut milk. I kept going for that delicious dish, until I have to stop myself so I can taste other dishes. (Rating 9/10)
Steam Black Cod Otah (fish cake)
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Crabmeat Kueh Pie Tee with Buah Keluak Caviar. I would say this is a high class Kueh Pie Tee, due to the ingredients use such as crab meat, fish roe and Nyonya Version of Caviar a.k.a Buah Keluak. Although it looks like caviar, I personally find that the Buah Keluak really accentuate this Kueh Pie Tee and provide 'a Truffle' esque aura to this dish. (Rating 8.5/10)
Crabmeat Kueh Pie Tee with Buah Keluak Caviar
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Ayam Buah Keluak, one of the true blue Peranakan dishes, it is a Peranakan's version of chicken stew that is really memorable for its acquired yet robust flavour and taste. Chef Then had perfectly executed dish, with bone-in chicken pieces absorbing the spices well and buah keluak definitely gives the kick . Another dish that need to be accompanied by white rice. (Rating 8/10)
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For desserts, anything with Durian Pengat and Chempedak in it. Durian pengat in pandan jelly, where you can taste the soft and smooth durian pengat with the contrasting texture of pandan jelly. Who would have guess that Chempedak goes well with Crème Brulee. Although Chempedak taste is not as strong as the durian, it truly provide a unique straits fruit flavour to the desserts. Fresh from their live stations, they have the Chempedak pancake and durian pancake. The pancakes are warm and moist, providing another excuse to gobble it down together with the durian pengat and chempedak paste. (Rating 9/10)
Chempedak Crème Brulee, Durian Pengat in Pandan Jelly Peanut Pancakes, Pancakes
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Other Desserts
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Overall, the Straits Cuisine Buffet are definitely a must try. Base on the quality and variety provided it is truly value for money. I personally feel you can't try all the dishes all at one seating, however no matter what you try, the quality in each food are there. For senior citizens, there is Silver Exclusive Promotion to make use of.

Thank you very much to Orchard Hotel F&B team and DSPG for the invitation and your hospitality. Cheers!!!

For the complete photos and Chubby Botak Koala dining experience, click / copy the link below to your browser:
http://www.chubbybotakkoala.com/2014/03/Orchard-Cafe.html

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Beef Cheek Rendang with Nyonya Spices
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Chempedak Crème Brulee, Durian Pengat in Pandan Jelly Peanut Pancakes, Pancakes
  • Chempedak Crème Brulee Durian Pengat in Pandan Jelly Peanut Pancakes Pancakes
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2013-12-29 533 views
Had a coupon for 50% off the buffet so came here for a weekday lunch buffet.The sashimi selection felt limited (only salmon and tuna) and the cuts were rather thin and didn't feel very fresh. There were no oysters available at lunch.The best part of the buffet selection was the crayfish though it ran out quickly. The cuisine is more centered on food that's local cuisine or peranakan. The ice kachang machine was broken too and there wasn't ice cream selections available. As a whole, the buffet fe
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Had a coupon for 50% off the buffet so came here for a weekday lunch buffet.
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The sashimi selection felt limited (only salmon and tuna) and the cuts were rather thin and didn't feel very fresh. There were no oysters available at lunch.

The best part of the buffet selection was the crayfish though it ran out quickly. The cuisine is more centered on food that's local cuisine or peranakan. The ice kachang machine was broken too and there wasn't ice cream selections available. As a whole, the buffet felt mediocre at best.
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2013-10-26 294 views
I got to know of this Apple-Yuzu Cheesecake through an article online. It has helped a team of chefs from Singapore, led by pastry chef Ng Chee Leong from Orchard Hotel, in winning a Gold Medal at WA Oceanafest 2013 organized by the Australian Culinary Federation of Western Australia (ACFWA), one of Australia’s top culinary competitions. With a combination of fruits that i like in my favourite cheesecake, plus an award tagged to it, how can i resist? Thus, i head down to Orchard Hotel one aftern
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I got to know of this Apple-Yuzu Cheesecake through an article online. It has helped a team of chefs from Singapore, led by pastry chef Ng Chee Leong from Orchard Hotel, in winning a Gold Medal at WA Oceanafest 2013 organized by the Australian Culinary Federation of Western Australia (ACFWA), one of Australia’s top culinary competitions.
With a combination of fruits that i like in my favourite cheesecake, plus an award tagged to it, how can i resist?


Thus, i head down to Orchard Hotel one afternoon in search of this 'legendary' cake. The cake definitely won my heart at first glance with it's bright colours and the dainty 'apple' (it looks and tasted like one but i am not sure what it is) on top. Though it is expensive being priced at $9++, i did not hesitate to buy it because i really want to know whether it lived up to its hype.
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This was the description of the cake in the display case: 'Refreshing sour of citrus (yuzu) layered with vanilla cheese mousse, almond meringue, hazelnut sable and green apple jelly'. The cake was really so soft that when i bought it back home, the weight of the small 'apple' on top has cause it to sink into the cheese mousse. A forkful of it reveals the wonderful complexity of the different taste and element, making it a very refreshing treat. I was glad that the almond meringue base remained crispy despite being under the mousse. The vanilla cheese mousse helps to balance the sourness of the yuzu mousse. The apple jelly has a texture close to gelee. Overall, i do recommend this cake even after a heavy meal as i feel that the citrus flavour can even cut out fullness!
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2013-02-26 237 views
Wasn't sure what I wanted to have for lunch and feeling kind of hungry, I headed to Orchard Cafe for their buffet lunch as I've heard about the large spread they offer, ranging from Japanese to Indian to local cuisines. As I went during the CNY period, some of the dishes were replaced with ingredients of the traditional CNY dish, yusheng. I spotted many diners having min lou hei sessions! As a fan of Japanese food, I would say the selection of sushi available though vast in variety, were not gre
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Wasn't sure what I wanted to have for lunch and feeling kind of hungry, I headed to Orchard Cafe for their buffet lunch as I've heard about the large spread they offer, ranging from Japanese to Indian to local cuisines. As I went during the CNY period, some of the dishes were replaced with ingredients of the traditional CNY dish, yusheng. I spotted many diners having min lou hei sessions! As a fan of Japanese food, I would say the selection of sushi available though vast in variety, were not great in taste. Freshly cut sashimi were available at the counter and were fresh and sweet, although I would say their freshly-grounded wasabi was even better. Oyster, prawns, crabs, mussels, smoked salmon and crayfish were also available and these I tasted with delight. Oysters were refilled on a less-than-regular basis and only a few pieces at a time. Five different kinds of cheese are offered, however displayed at a corner which would cause many to miss it. The desserts here looked amazing and their chocolate mousse is to die for. With five different kinds of ice-cream flavours to choose from (Matcha, Black sesame, Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry), you don't have to worry about not liking any of it! Pair the matcha and black sesame ice-creams together and you will feel like you're in heaven. If you're not a fan of cold desserts, they also have a mini chocolate fondue and a variety of fruits, marshmallows or candies for you to choose from. Definitely value for money!
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They had little swordfish sashimis left, and I wiped all up. My friend who did not try this before came late, and I left 1 piece for him to try. This time, instead of eating with soy sauce alone, I tried adding a little wasabi. A minor spicy would do for me as I was still learning to eat it. Overall the food was not too bad and desserts fared quite well to me. The durian mousse is quite popular I supposed as people kept coming back for more. I ended up eating 7 glasses of durians.
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They had little swordfish sashimis left, and I wiped all up. My friend who did not try this before came late, and I left 1 piece for him to try. This time, instead of eating with soy sauce alone, I tried adding a little wasabi. A minor spicy would do for me as I was still learning to eat it. Overall the food was not too bad and desserts fared quite well to me. The durian mousse is quite popular I supposed as people kept coming back for more. I ended up eating 7 glasses of durians.
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2012-05-26 90 views
slow at refilling oysters and seafoodOnly 8pm and the main dishes are emptied out - went for almost 20mins without food as we waited for them to replenish themGood variety of desserts from chocolate cake, kuehs and fondues. My favourite is the durian mousse dessert – fluffy and light texture, durian flavor is good without being too creamy or sweet.Bread pudding is a little dry. can be better.Like the appetizers as well, bacon & thai vermicelli cocktail mixes.My sister ordered a plate of salad f
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slow at refilling oysters and seafood
Only 8pm and the main dishes are emptied out - went for almost 20mins without food as we waited for them to replenish them
Good variety of desserts from chocolate cake, kuehs and fondues. My favourite is the durian mousse dessert – fluffy and light texture, durian flavor is good without being too creamy or sweet.
Bread pudding is a little dry. can be better.
Like the appetizers as well, bacon & thai vermicelli cocktail mixes.
My sister ordered a plate of salad for 13 bucks and some of the veggies were yellow (not fresh) – requested for a change & they forgot about it. Had to ask them again after 40mins.
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2012-02-27 66 views
It was still around CNY period and we decided to have our gals gathering at Orchard Cafe for their lunch buffetUpon arriving, i prepared a special yu sheng for us to lou hei! It was my 1st lou hei of the year!The roasted pork is great, especially when dipped with the sour plum sauce.Love the quiche as well!My 1st coffee of the day! Not too bad, unlike some hotels where their coffee and tea are very diluted!Love the durian puree dessert the most! Will definitely come back for more!
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It was still around CNY period and we decided to have our gals gathering at Orchard Cafe for their lunch buffet
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Upon arriving, i prepared a special yu sheng for us to lou hei! It was my 1st lou hei of the year!
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The roasted pork is great, especially when dipped with the sour plum sauce.

Love the quiche as well!
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My 1st coffee of the day! Not too bad, unlike some hotels where their coffee and tea are very diluted!
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Love the durian puree dessert the most! Will definitely come back for more!
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2012-02-04
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2011-12-09 49 views
After watching Channel 8’s Buffetlicious programme, this was really tempting me. Eventually we found the chance to try it with the long weekend. I called for reservation, coming Saturday and Monday booking were full, sounds really popular. We have no choice to have it on Sunday, anyway, it didn’t really matter to us. During weekend and PH prices are slightly higher with the same food serve.We reached there 5 minutes earlier but they could only open for seating at 3pm sharp. We saw some earl
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After watching Channel 8’s Buffetlicious programme, this was really tempting me. Eventually we found the chance to try it with the long weekend. I called for reservation, coming Saturday and Monday booking were full, sounds really popular. We have no choice to have it on Sunday, anyway, it didn’t really matter to us. During weekend and PH prices are slightly higher with the same food serve.

We reached there 5 minutes earlier but they could only open for seating at 3pm sharp. We saw some early diners were waiting too. It was a busy day as it was almost full house. We were arranged for a table for 2 along the aisle behind the big column. Quickly browse the food, there aren’t many choices though, quite standard high tea type of food, cold and warm dishes, mini sandwiches and desserts. I was looking forward to trying the Philippines Lala(giant clam) and durian penget. They serve the normal clam as well, it has to compare these 2 types of clams than ones would know the winner was Philippines lala, it has the natural sweetness, texture wise it was chewy, not rubbery. Pretty soon lala was empty, we noted that the speed for refill was inefficient, there was a bowl of lala shell without meat, they stayed there for long and not a single service crew noted with replacement! After a substantial time then it has replaced. Salmon open sandwich was popular too, it served two times only. Deep fry chicken wing was featured on TV too, it was a let down to me, it wasn’t crispy at all and I felt that it left there for long time.

I didn't eat the rest of the cooked food as they didn't attract me. I was looking forward to eating durian penget, first taste~not so sweet, second taste~actually it was quite bland!

It was a pricey high tea for my judgement!
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2011-11-06
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2011-03-09 38 views
I attended a year end function in 2010 at Orchard Hotel. The event was held at theBallroom. Usually, no one takes interest in the dessert. However, when it comes to thus last dish, it arouse my curiousity me as it is different in serving. It comes in a small bowl. At first, I will discard this last dish. However, gives this dish a chance. When the dessert spoon touches my tongue. It gives a smoothing sensation. I found it would be egg cluster. However, when I read the name of the dish,
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I attended a year end function in 2010 at Orchard Hotel. The event was held at the
Ballroom. Usually, no one takes interest in the dessert. However, when it comes to thus last dish, it arouse my curiousity me as it is different in serving. It comes in a small bowl. At first, I will discard this last dish. However, gives this dish a chance. When the dessert spoon touches my tongue. It gives a smoothing sensation. I found it would be egg cluster. However, when I read the name of the dish, it is named as Yam Creme Burlee with Pumkin Coulis'. This dish completes the full meal course for the day.
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2010-10-15
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Anniversary