Lavish Buffet

Lavish Buffet

Monday, 29 August 2016

Afternoon Tea Buffet at L'Espresso (22 Scotts Road - Goodwood Park Hotel, Lobby Level, Singapore 228221) Reservation: 6730 1743

Visited on 20 Aug 2016. English Afternoon Tea at L’Espresso has been popular since the 1970s. L’Espresso is a cosy and relax cafe at daytime and a chic lounge by night, complete with a poolside terrace area. This spacious and breezy terrace has also become an ideal location for wedding solemnizations. 

Guests can also enjoy delightful set lunch and dinner menus, as well as gourmet dim sum and sensational cocktails in the evenings.

The buffet spread is an assortment of dainty sandwiches, salads, savouries, pastries, desserts, chocolate fountain and of course, traditional English scones.

English Afternoon Tea Buffet (with 2 servings of coffee or tea; from a selection of premium coffee and TWG tea)

Monday to Thursday
2pm to 5.30pm
$45++ per adult; $22.50++ per child

Friday to Sunday, eve of and on Public Holiday

1st seating: 12pm to 2.30pm; 2nd seating: 3pm to 5.30pm
$48++ per adult, $24++ per child

English Afternoon Tea Buffet (with a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne and 2 servings of coffee or tea; from a selection of premium coffee and TWG tea)

Monday to Thursday

2pm to 5.30pm
$68++ per adult

Friday to Sunday, eve of and on Public Holiday

1st seating: 12pm to 2.30pm; 2nd seating: 3pm to 5.30pm
$72++ per adult
A bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne: $125 per bottle

Dim Sum & Sips
Available from 6pm to 10.30pm daily

Happy Hour
Available from 6pm to 9pm daily
1-for-1 on all Housepour & Draft Beer

Please note that prices may vary during festive periods including the month of December, New Year Day, Chinese New Year and other special occasions. Kindly check with the restaurant when placing your reservation. Child price is for children 6 – 11 years of age. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% Goods and Services Tax.

Open Concept Kitchen

Finger Sandwiches

Poached Chicken, Avocado & Bacon
Prawn & Mango Salad

Smoked Salmon

Chilli Con Carne in Tortilla

Pork Goulash in Hotpot with Brioche

Creole Salmon with Citrus Crust

Potato, Leek & Bacon Pie (Left)
Gluten-free Pasta with Garlic, Prawn & Cream 

Traditional English Scones 
Bread & Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

The textures of the scones here were those soft type. Quite disappointing.....

Dessert Station

Raspberry Earl Grey

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Dulcey Mousse

Mango Dream

Passionfruit Meringue Tart

Cassis Slice

Baked Cheesecake

Crunchy Hazelnut

Green Tea Pistachio

Banana Cake

Orange Panna Cotta

Chocolate Eclair

Chocolate Brownie

Creme Brulee

Chocolate Fondant

Strawberry/Chocolate/Vanilla Ice-Cream from Movenpick

TWG Tea Selection

Vanilla Bourbon Tea

Fine Coffee Selection

Cafe Latte & Cafe Hazelnut

Overall Impression: The whole place was quiet for the first seating compared to few years back which were full house always. None of the food was really good except for those finger sandwiches that I think were the nicest there.

Some of the desserts were not bad while the rest were barely decent. Seriously we were very disappointed in everything including the beverages here. I've been to so many high tea places and this is actually one of the worst......

There were a few points of our disappointment at L'espresso:

At this price of $48++ per pax, other hotels offer free flow premium coffee and tea selection for high tea but L'espresso has a limit of only 2 rounds, yet the pot of tea was so small. I finished the small pot of tea and 1 coffee within one hour and got thirsty.

The quality of the food especially desserts, were average at best. Even the top caramelized sugar on the creme brulee was not torched properly, the whole creme brulee was so soft. At this price of $48++ per pax, nothing was impressive. The desserts were mostly petite size cakes, very boring. They should have a mixture of desserts including shooter glass types or a live crepe station. The movenpick ice-cream was not even kept frozen. Most hotels include sorbet at this price, but not at L'espresso.

The coffee offered here doesn't taste nice too, seemed very normal type of coffee.

Service was so so, only the service from the male manager is good.

In my opinion, this high tea buffet is not worth $48++ per pax at all. We paid a total bill of $113 for 2 pax which is definitely not justifiable. Will not come back again unless the price is reduced to $35++ per pax for the same quality of food, desserts and drinks.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

All Day Brunch at Laurent's Cafe (260 Orchard Road #B1-02C - Inside Robinsons @ The Heeren, Singapore 238855) Reservation: 6235 2340

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Operating Hours:
Opens 9am - 10pm daily

Visited on 24 July 2016 (Sun). Laurent's Cafe is from the people who brought you the decadence of chocolate desserts at Laurent Bernard Chocolatier. This hip cafe is hidden underground at a corner inside the Robinsons that offers all day brunch, sandwiches & salads, soup & pasta, hot main courses, desserts and drinks.  

 They have a cold water dispenser there but without any cups provided, very funny...

 Cafe Vienna ($6.50++)

Farmers Breakfast ($23++)

They're using organic scramble egg here, which is why the price of their egg breakfast is slightly higher here. Serve with roasted potatoes, sausages, baked bacon, sauteed mushrooms and toasted bread.

Crispy Duck Leg Confit ($26++)

I'm a duck confit lover and their duck confit has passed my expectation. Very crispy skin with warm and well marinated juicy meat. Don't forget to try this!

Dark Chocolate Souffle 
with Vanilla Ice-Cream & Sauce ($18.50++)
Laurent's Cafe is well known for their chocolate so no doubt for their high quality chocolate souffle. It was very rich, which is why vanilla ice-cream and vanilla cream was served alongside to complement the souffle. A satisfying dessert for chocolate lovers!

Overall Impression: Food quality was not bad but service was not very good, the staff were not very attentive and I still have to approach the staff to give me their menu. Overall it's a nice small cafe to catch up with friends over decent food. This cafe is quite small, do make reservations before you go down especially on weekends since this is at orchard area.

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