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2014-03-18 53 views
After more than a decade, The Westin returns to Singapore on 12 November 2013 as the first-ever integrated upper upscale hotel located within Asia Square Tower 2 on Marina Bay. The hotel is perched on levels 32 to 46 of the Asia Square Tower 2. One of the dining options in the hotel is Seasonal Tastes which offers sumptuous buffet and accompanied by magnificent views of Singapore's city skyline from Level 32 with its floor-to-ceiling windows. The restaurant offers a live interactive kitchen conc
Although I have requested for a by the window table when making the reservation, I am not given one. Reason given is that due the tables are already reserved. Interestingly for the rest of the meal at the restaurant, I have noticed that those few tables are empty. And please note that I have spent about 3 hours from 6pm to 9pm in the restaurant.
The spread of the buffet is not very wide, but more than enough for me to try on. It starts with Ice Lemon Tea and Ice Lychee Tea at the first station, which is quite uncommon in hotel buffets. The lychee tea is not sweet and light in flavour. Next station is filled with salads and assorted sushi such as Tako Sushi, Ebi Sushi, Inari Sushi, Sake Sushi, and other maki. The sushi tastes a bit dry as it is not freshly made on the spot. This is followed by the Indian food station which is a spread of naans and curries. Mustard Marinated Ribeye, Boiled potato, Sauteed vegetables with garlic, Fish Chowder and Prawn Soup with Turmeric and Lemongrass filled the next station. The ribeye is quite tender and juicy. The vegetables are quite soft too. The fish chowder is very flavourful, but there is barely any fish in it. Next station has spread of hot cooked food such as Steam Fish with Assorted Thai Style Sauces, Thai Style Fried Beef, Red Curry Chicken, Sweet and Sour Vegetables, Broccoli with Wolfberry sauce, Stir Fried Prawns with Salted Egg, Braised Pork Belly, Fried Noodles, Fried Pineapple Rice and even plain rice in the bamboo steamer. I would suggest that you skip this section if you have limited stomach space. The prawns look over deep fried with its dark and oily appearance. Most of the dishes looks like some leftover. Next is the Cold Seafood station which has raw oysters, raw mussels, scallops and cooked prawns. The oyster is quite big and juicy. Behind the counter is the spread of Salami, Pepperoni, and Chorizo, housed in a covered display shelf. Next to it is a good selection of bread rolls, with butter. The spread of different cheeses such as the strong flavoured Blue, the 4-colored English, the creamy and sweet Cranberry filled the wooden chopping board, with dried fruits, grapes, crackers and assorted nuts. I would suggest the cranberry which is quite sweet and creamy, a hit for any first timer. Lastly it is the dessert station which is everyone's favourite. Avocado gelato, Chocolate gelato, Tiramisu gelato, Apple sorbet and Raspberry sorbet attract everyone's attention. The not so sweet but very creamy avocado gelato is a must have dessert, and I have seen a number of diners returning for second servings. The staff handling the station has quite a busy time throughout the night. The apple sorbet has a sourish taste, which feels more like a palate cleanser. Matcha chocolate fondue with marshmallows and fruits is available too, but it tastes too sweet to me. There is also assorted cakes, chocolates, cookies and local kuehs available too. Too much? There is fresh cut fruits such as watermelon and honey melon, as well as, cups of plain yogurt, topped with dried plums for those who want something simple.
I end the meal with a hot cup of freshly made latte, which tastes a bit light to me. Overall it is quite a filling meal, with its hits and misses. As I have made the booking through restaurant week, it costs $35++ per person for dinner, instead of the usual $55++ dor the buffet dinner. Quite a great deal. Service is not bad with plates cleared quite quickly and water refilled regularly.