Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Caffeine Daily Cafe
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Free Coffee at Nanyang Cafe
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Ala Carte Dinner Buffet at Peony Jade Restaurant (3A River Valley Road - Clarke Quay, #02-02, Singapore 179020) Reservation: 6338 0305

It's such a hassle to make reservation through phone - Book now through Chope for Instant Reservations!

Visited on 30 Sep 2016 (Fri). Peony Jade restaurant has opened its doors at Clarke Quay since 2004, serving quality traditional Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines. It was great to know that Peony Jade do not add MSG to their dishes, so you can always enjoy authentic and quality Sichuan Cantonese cuisine with ease.

Ala Carte Dinner Buffet:

Note: Minimum 4 pax to dine for their Ala Carte Buffet

Price: $43.80++ per adult / $25++ per child (6-10 years)
(Monday to Sunday, Includes Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays)

Chinese Tea at $2.50++ per person

Business hours:
11am to 3.00pm (Lunch) and 6pm to 11pm (Dinner)

Ongoing Credit Card Promotion: 
Standard Chartered Bank
1 dines free with every 3 paying adults!
(Meaning: 4 person go, 1 person free)

Note: 2-4 weeks advanced reservation is highly recommended for weekends!

In case you couldn't find the way, Peony Jade is located at Blk 3A, which is opposite Novotel Hotel and Liang Court. Hope this info is useful for you. :)

You can either take the staircase up or the lift to the restaurant.

Simple decor with many red lanterns around..

Double-boiled Chicken Consomme Soup with Shark's Fin

The soup was quite flavourful but a tad too salty..

Chilled Australia Whole Abalone 'Thai Style'
Wow the abalone was very succulent and big! Yummy!

Deep-Fried Soon Hock (Marble Goby)
'Hong Kong' Style
Our favourite dish of the night! 

Smoked Duck with Black Peppercorn Sauce
Love the smoked duck with black pepper on it! 

Prawns Mayo Salad with Fresh Fruits

Crispy Fish Skin with Fragrant Spices & Salt 

Deep-fried Prawn Mousse Patties

Marinated Baby Octopus

Marinated Jelly Fish

Stir-Fried Boxer Chicken with Brand's Noble Sauce

Boiled Fresh Corn Soup with Crabmeat

Seafood Soup with Silken Tofu

Hot & Sour Soup
Warning: This is really super spicy!

Deep-fried Prawns with Oats Cereal
Wow this was the BEST oats cereal that I've ever had! They were so fragrant and crisp that I keep attacked the oats cereal more than the prawns! Haha.. This was really awesome. Must-order this!

Deep-fried Mixed Seafood Concealed In Golden Pocket

Stir-fried Seasonal Vegetables (Broccoli)

Peony Jade Signature Roast Crispy Free-Range Chicken with Sesame Hot & Sour Sauce 
I like their unique sesame hot and sour sauce chicken, very palatable!

Roasted Duck
The skin of the roasted duck was really crisp. Nice roasted duck here!

Sweet & Sour Pork

Sauteed Pork Ribs with Coffee Sauce
The meat of the pork ribs here were quite tough and the coffee sauce was not that nice too..

Hot Cream of Red Bean with Lotus Seed
Chilled Lemongrass Jelly
Chilled Sea Coconut with Lemon Juice
Chilled Cream of Mango
I love their chilled cream of mango, the sweetness was just nice!

Chilled Almond Longan Beancurd
Generous longan inside!

Overall Impression: The service here was quite good, plates were cleared fast and tea were poured to us regularly too. Food and dessert quality here were not bad except their soup were a tad too salty. For this price of $54.50 nett per person including tea for a dinner buffet whereby you can have soup, soon hock fish, abalone, prawn, duck, pork, chicken, beef, desserts at a reputable chinese restaurant, this is definitely a very reasonable price dinner buffet!


Friday, 23 September 2016

Local Lunch Buffet at J65 (1A Cuscaden Rd, Level 1, Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore 249716) Reservation: 6831 4374

It's such a hassle to make reservation through phone - Book now through Chope for Instant Reservations!

Visited on 17 Sep 2016 (Sat). For some of you who do not know about J65, this restaurant has actually replaced the very popular former Cafebiz at Traders Hotel. They have renamed to J65 at Hotel Jen Tanglin. J stands for Jen, while 65 stands for our Singapore country code. Haha!

For Lunch:

The restaurant offers a wide selection of desserts, Western dishes and salads but also provides an array of hawker-inspired delights, made with fresh and premium ingredients. Expect servings of Singapore Laksa, Penang Laksa, Wanton Noodle and Ipoh Hor Fun. Sample Hainanese Poached Chicken, Teochew Soy Braised Duck, Char Siew and Crispy Pork Belly at the Hong Kong BBQ station.

Monday to Saturday: 12noon – 2.30pm / SGD 29++ per adult

Sunday: 12noon – 3pm / SGD 55++ per adult (Much more better food selection)

For Dinner:

Enjoy freshly cut and finely prepared salmon sashimi and sushi along with all the seafood you can eat. Savour Tiger Prawns, Crab, Black Mussels and Scallops with numerous traditional condiments. Make sure to sample Chef Fred’s specialties, Homemade Crabmeat Popiah and Tandoori Chicken with Naan.

Get hooked on weekends! Pamper your palate with unlimited servings of hot and cold seafood delights such as fresh Oysters, Tiger Prawns, Boston Lobster, Baby Crayfish, Rich Lobster Bisque, Truffle Mushroom Soup, Chilli and Salted Egg Yolk with Crab and Black Pepper. This is a real feast for any seafood lover!

Sunday to Thursday: 6pm – 9.30pm / SGD 55++ per adult

Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 10pm / SGD 60++ per adult

The offers below are available from 18 Jul 2016 through 15 Nov 2016 for dinner from 6pm to 9.30pm.

Crab! It's Monday....
Indulge in 8 unique crab dishes on Mondays, including Salted Egg Yolk Crab, Black Pepper Crab and Homemade Crab Popiah. 

Tuesday, Beef Yourself Up!
Feast on 8 unique beef dishes on Tuesdays, including Authentic Sup Ekor, Roast Rib Eye and Beef Rendang Tok. Cheers with bonus beers at just SGD 5++ per glass!

Wednesday - Lobster Rock 'n' Roll
Come to Wednesday Lobster Rock & Roll and taste delicious lobster creations like Hand Tossed Lobster Rolls, Roasted Lobster Bisque and local Lobster Laksa. Female guests can enjoy our special ladies' night bonus, 1-for-1 sangria at SGD 14++.

Majestic King Prawns - Thursday
Arrive at Majestic King Prawns Thursday and indulge in the best of popular prawn dishes, such as Claypot Live Prawns in Herbal Broth, Baked Sea Salt King Prawns and Penang Prawn Mee.  

Friday and Saturday Seafood Mania
Come get hooked at Seafood Mania on Friday and Saturday nights. Savour the freshest seafood over ice, including oysters, lobsters, crabs and scallops.

Sunday, Let's go Local!
On Sundays, come savour local hawker delights! Indulge in the best local dishes, including Lamb Briyani, the Chef’s Signature Popiah, Fried Oyster Omelettes and Teochew Braised Duck. 

Credit Card Promotion (Only for Dinner): 

DBS, POSB, UOB, Maybank and AMEX credit card holders will enjoy a 2-for-1 offer (Third person dines at no charge).

We were seated beside the dessert station so that we can attack the dessert more conveniently as the main attraction here is the wide dessert spread! Hehe...

Their table settings! They will provide a huge bottle of Cold water on your table to help yourself besides those wide selection of beverages provided at the buffet station.


 Pesto Pasta with Spinach,Tomato & Raisin

Baked Chicken with Glass Noodle, Tomato & Carrot

Couscous, Olive, Onion, Mushroom & Capsicum

Chilled Prawns


 Assorted Sushi, Maki & Vegetarian Sushi

 Lamb Stew

 Fish Fillet in Tomato Cream Sauce

Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish

Sambal Eggplant

Spicy Chicken

 Fried Noodle with Shrimp & Fish Cake

Potato Au Gratin

Ngoh Hiang

Spring Roll

Prawn Crackers

Vegetable Crackers
This is my first time to see such colourful crackers!

DIY Kueh Pie Tee

2 Types of Soup of the Day:

Mushroom & Chicken Soup

Pumpkin Soup

(Disappointed with their pizza as the dough were not crisp at all, too soft with bland ingredients)
Tomato & Onion Pizza

Zucchini & Bell Pepper Pizza

Red Cabbage & Feta Cheese S/W

Pumpkin & Sweet Potato S/W

Mushroom Quiche

This was the most terrible quiche that I had in my life. Please skip their quiche...


For Lunch & Dinner:
Ipoh Hor Fun / Wantan Noodle
Singapore Laksa / Penang Laksa

Singapore Laksa

I never expected the local laksa here to be so good! The gravy was thick and aromatic with the appropriate level of spicy. Must try!!!

Braised Duck and Fried Carrot Cake

Roasted & Steamed Chicken Rice

Chicken Satay
The chicken satay here was extremely tender with very nice sauce and taste! 

The chicken meat here were very tough and bland...



Wide Variety of Dessert Station

There were a total of 6 selection of desserts here and they were all so good!!! So delighted to see colourful desserts in small bottles! Kept went back for this! Honeydew is my most favourite!!! (Green Bottle)

Osmanthus Jelly
Honeydew Pudding with Chendol
Mango Pudding
Bandung Jelly
Almond Bean Curd
Chocolate Mousse
You can grab a plastic mini spoon beside the nonya kueh station to eat these desserts. (Photo below)

Our childhood candies!

Red Tea Cake
This was quite an unusual dessert like those milk tea taste. Not bad!

Black Forest Roll

New York Cheese Cake

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Pineapple Puff


Chocolate Fudge Cake

Tiramisu Cake
Tiramisu is always a crowd pleaser at every buffet. We were really lucky to see this cake as it was quite rare to see Tiramisu cake at J65. This cake was moist and super soft! Are you as lucky as me to see this cake when you're there too?

Grass Jelly Soy Bean Milk
Sad that this grass jelly totally not sweet. 

Kueh Lapis

Potong Ice-Cream
2 Flavours on that day: Sweet Corn & Red Bean

Honeydew / Watermelon / Pineapple

Pineapple Juice / Ice-Lemon Tea / Infused Water with Apple
Sometimes when they run out of that fruit juice, they will change to another fruit juice. On that day, when the pineapple juice has finished, they topped up with Orange Juice! :)

Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate Station

This was my first time to see this premium tea brand called "Zesta Connoisseur Collection"  at hotel buffet, with 6 selections that day (English Breakfast, Green Tea, Earl Grey, Peach, Darjeeling & Peppermint).

It was rare to see Hot Chocolate provided at hotel buffet! Wow, diners here are really spoilt for choices!!!

Cappuccino! Hmm.. Too much milk and foam

Overall Impression: The service here was quite good, the staff will come to clear the plates regularly. Though the food here is not that fantastic, but for lunch buffet at $29++ per person with wide variety of beverages including hot chocolate, ice tea and fruit juice, wide variety of nice desserts and decent food quality, this is still a very Value For Money Buffet! 

It's very hard to find hotel buffet at below $30++ in Singapore, sooner or later the buffet sure will increase the price to over $30++, so try to go to this buffet as early as you can before they increase the price. $29++ per person with hotel ambience + 4 star hotel service + wide variety food and nice dessert selection, go where to find leh????? :-)


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