Lavish Buffet

Lavish Buffet

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

(CLOSED DOWN) Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet at Spring Ju Chun Yuan (Far East Square, 130 Amoy Street #01-01) Reservation: 6536 2655

Ju Chun Yuan is a century-old Chinese restaurant that serves authentic Fuzhou cuisine. I think this is the only chinese restaurant that looks like a temple at the stretch of far east square. (This restaurant has been here for so long but i didn't try till now because i didn't notice the signboard above and really thought this is a temple whenever i passed by.. hahaha)

Visited on 26th April 2014 (Sat). 

Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet on Mondays to Fridays = $19.80+ per adult

Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays = $24.00+ per adult
( First Seating: 10am - 12pm, Second Seating: 12.30 - 2.30pm )

1 Pot of Chrysanthemum Tea + 2 Towels = $3.60

Total bill for 2 pax = $55.20

The attractive point to dine here - No Service Charge!

They have two-storey here. The 2nd storey only open from around 12pm on weekends.  

 Walkway to the restaurant entrance

The 2nd storey of the restaurant...

Usually we only get to see the Guzheng on TV dramas, but now we can get to see and play it in front of our eyes!

Curtains really can make a place look cosy... That's the reason why i chose to dine at the upper level...

The 2nd floor dining area is separated into two sections. First section is the one above and the other section are the private dining rooms at the right side of the wall.

A few private dining rooms at one glance...

Private dining room for big family or gathering.

Quite limited selection now compared to last year...

Sliced Pork Belly with Spicy Sauce
This was a cold dish.. The sauce was quite spicy to me but it tasted nice overall!

Double-boiled Water Chestnut Cake
I thought this should be under the dessert section but this was found at Baked & Fried Dim Sum section.. It tasted like agar agar but the jelly was hard and dry. Not nice.... 

Baked Barbecued Pork Bun
 The skin was slight crispy and the char siew tasted sweet, quite heavy cannot take more than 1 piece.. Overall it's ok but not great...

Pan fried Carrot Cake
 Look very appealing but tasted average...

Salted Egg Custard Bun
 My first time having Pandan skin flavour! The pandan skin fragrance was soooooo nice even though the skin was not fluffy type. It would be perfect if the skin can be fluffy... Must order item!!!

Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling
 The siew mai was very dry...

Deep Fried Bean Curd Skin Roll 
 The taste was so great - 1 of the BEST compared to those that i had in hotels! But wait..... It was tooooo salty, otherwise it would be perfect!!!! Please feedback to them if you find it too salty as well so that they will improve this.. 

Sliced Fish Congee

Again.. A bit too salty for this congee otherwise it's perfect... Please feedback to them if you find it too salty, so that they will take note...

Pan Fried Guo Tie Dumpling
 I like their Guo Tie, nothing to complain about... The taste was not too strong, just nice... Very Yummy!

Homemade Egg Tart
This was average.. I prefer those melt in the mouth egg tart so this was out for me...

Chilled Durian & Fresh Cream in Pancake

Their signature dessert! Really love this dessert very much but must eat it while it's cold! The most i can only eat 2 pieces! You'll be very full after taking this so leave it till the end...

 Chilled Sago with Mango & Pomelo + Chilled Almond Pudding
Both very average....

Warm Fuzhou Yam Pudding
Haha look like 7-11 Softee.. The taste was ok but it's not great..

Chilled Pumpkin Pudding
This was average as well...

The service here was normal but not as bad as what others have experienced.. But don't expect great service as there was no service charge here.. I'm quite disappointed with the desserts here as all of them don't taste nice at all except the durian pancake. Dim sum here some nice, some not nice.. Overall the dim sum here was average.. For people who just want to have some simple dim sum without burn your budget, this place is still quite ok...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

3 Course Dinner at Shutters (Amara Sanctuary - 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa Island) Reservation: 6825 3866

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High Tea Buffet Details 
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Visited on 5 April 2014 (Sat). 

Price: $38++ per person for 3-Course Dinner.

Shutters is a chic all-day dining restaurant located within Amara Santuary Resort Sentosa. Shutters serves contemporary Asian and Western cuisine and diners can watch the food prepared by chefs in an open-concept kitchen. The restaurant boasts a romantic outdoor terrace area with a breathtaking view of the Amara skylight feature. Lets take a look at the surrounding first before we move on to the restaurant.

This is the hotel lobby - a very simple lobby....

But i'm surprised to see this at their lobby - We can help ourselves with the Kachang Puteh & Free Flow of Flavoured Water & their signature Iced Tea counter! I really missed seeing Kachang Puteh before the days of movie popcorn.....  

Take this path with the waterfall and turn right to take the lift up to Shutters

Take note of peacocks at the surrounding! (Can see the peacock perched atop the roof?) :P

Glass Pavilion for romantic wedding or event location

I like the ambience of the restaurant - It was very very cosy and peaceful. Suitable for couples on a romantic date or for those who want some peace to have your meal away from the city! :)

This is their bar counter!

Open concept kitchen!

Their private dining room area

This is the alfresco seatings..

                               The bread here was not that nice (Quite dry and hard)

Boston Lobster Bisque
I like the taste, it was thick but it was a tad too salty and not warm enough..

Duck Confit
 It was very crispy on the outside and some parts of the meat inside was really melt in the mouth! Only certain part of the meat was a tad tough and it was quite salty too, otherwise it will be perfect! Overall I like their duck confit!

Chempadak Creme Brulee
My first time having Jackfruit creme brulee! The jackfruit taste was quite strong and you can eat the jackfruit pengat inside - overall i like the taste! This dessert is either you love it or you hate it... Not everyone can take this taste i think..

Overall the food here was really quite good except for some minor issues. Their service was impeccable as well! We haven started with the bread and the soup already served so fast! So i told the server to serve our meal slowly and they really communicated with each other. The other staff really came to check with me first if they can serve the next course. This is what i called impeccable service - They listen and they did it! Besides the service, they were also very polite, made us feel the whole dining experience was a very good one! 

Oh we were very lucky that while we were leaving the carpark at 8.02pm, there was quite a long fireworks right in front of us - I think the fireworks were from Universal Studios! This make the dinner even more worthwhile! :D



Thursday, 3 April 2014

Weekday Semi Buffet Lunch at Plate (Carlton City Hotel, Level 3 - 1 Gopeng Street) Reservation: 6632 8922

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Visited on 1st April 2014 (Tues). Let me give a short introduction to this new hotel before we move on to the buffet. Don't get mixed up with the Carlton Hotel at Cityhall. Carlton City Hotel is an upscale business hotel situated in Tanjong Pagar. This is the 2nd property of Carlton brand launched in August 2013.

The Trading Floor at Lobby Level 
(For coffee & refreshments)
Love this place, very elegant ambience! Hope they have weekend afternoon tea here!

Beautiful Chandelier!

Tuxedo at Lobby Level 
(For sandwiches, dessert & coffee)

Small but very elegant lift lobby!

Semi buffet lunch is only available at Plate from 12.00pm to 2.30pm from Mondays to Fridays. Check out their new buffet lunch price at the bottom of this page!

For weekends, they only serve Ala-Carte Menu. (No Buffet)

This is the main dining area at Plate restaurant

And here is the other section, cosy corner surrounded by lush greenery!

Window seat with calming view of the pool!

Decadent Dessert station

Love the Tiramisu here, the creamy part and the alcohol was just nice - perfect!

Crabmeat Soup
I love this great crabmeat soup! The taste was something like those sharksfin soup we had and there were generous prawns, crabmeat and scallops inside! But it's a pity that the soup was not hot at all, it was just lukewarm. The soup turned cold in just less than a few mins.. Hope the restaurant can get a warmer to keep the soup hot enough, otherwise it will affect the taste of the soup.

Potato Soup
The potato soup tasted great as well! Creamy and with generous portions of Ham inside!




The coffee here was quite nice!

Help ourselves with the Free flow of Dilmah Tea provided! Chamomile, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peppermint & Jasmine Tea...

Our childhood ice-cream.. Haha!

Note: Ice water is chargeable at $2 per pax while warm water is free of charge. So do not anyhow ask for ice water here...

I think the restaurant should get ready by 12pm as they're still arranging the utensils and we need to ask the staff what is this food etc with no food tag until around 12.30pm. This gives guests quite a bad impression...

Make sure the soup is always hot and not just lukewarm that turned cold easily...

Overall the service here was good. Food & Dessert quality was acceptable for the price of $25++ in 2014. If you're on leave, why not come down to Plate to try the affordable weekday semi-lunch buffet or their dinner buffet with cosy ambience!


Plate has promotion on Friday Dinner Buffet Now. You can purchase the deal voucher below:

Plate has promotion on Weekday Lunch Buffet Now. You can purchase the deal voucher below:

Let's Eat Lah! NEW!
Every Thursday and Friday | From 5th March 2015

In celebration of SG50, Plate is launching an all-new truly Singaporean dinner buffet every Thursday and Friday. Priced at $58++ per person, our main highlight, the famous Chilli Crab, will be sure to delight!

Expect a buffet spread brimming with ten stations of hawker favourites including a la minute Fried Carrot Cake and Oyster Omelette, Singapore Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, and many other piping hot delicious items. Local desserts such as Ice Kachang and Muah Chee will also be available, so let's just eat lah!

Adult:      $58++ per person, with free flow soda and juices
               $86++ per person, with free flow house pour wines and beers

Children between the ages of 7 to 12 years old dine at 50% off.
Children 6 years old and below dine for free.

ONE DINES FREE with every 3 paying guests*
For Citibank cardmembers only.

Terms & Conditions:
Let's Eat Lah! is only available on Thursdays and Fridays, from 6.30pm to 10.00pm.

*Offer is applicable to a maximum of 8 diners per reservation.
*Valid from 5th March to 30th April 2015.
*Offer does not apply to purchase option of additional free flow beers and house wines at $28++

Sunday Recovery Brunch NEW!
Every Sunday | 11.30am to 3.00pm | From 15th March 2015

'Live' barbecue station serving quick-grilled minute steaks, an assortment of sausages, kebabs and other all-time grilled favourites. Complement these with a selection of breads, salads and desserts to end. 

Draught beer is available at $9.90++ per pint and non-alcoholic drinks are available at friendly prices.

Adult:      $19++ per person

Children between the ages of 7 to 12 years old dine at 50% off.
Children 6 years old and below dine for free.

Weekday Buffet Lunch
Mondays to Fridays | 12.00pm - 2.30pm

With four menus to rotate every week, the expansive buffet selection has been enhanced Ten food stations are available including a sumptuous selection of seafood-on-ice, dedicated Japanese cuisine, local favourites and timeless classics.

$38++ per person

Children between the ages of 7 to 12 years old dine at 50% off.
Children 6 years old and below dine for free.

ONE DINES FREE with every 3 paying guests^
For Standard Chartered, Maybank and Citibank cardmembers only.

15% off food bill^
For Standard Chartered, Maybank and Citibank cardmembers only.

Terms & Conditions:
Weekday Buffet Lunch is only available at Plate from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Applicable for dine-in only.
^Offer is applicable to a maximum of 8 diners per reservation.
^Offer does not apply to purchase option of additional free flow beers and house wines at $28++

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

Note: It's cheaper to park at Tanjong Pagar Plaza opposite Carlton City Hotel