Christmas is drawing closer and the festive mood is starting to fill the air. Have you decided on how to celebrate your Christmas yet?
I shall be doing 2 blog posts on Mandarin Oriental’s Melt The World Café Christmas buffet offerings. The first post will feature detailed pictures of the buffet spread I had in 2012, while the second post would list the prices and menus of Christmas Buffet 2013, for both brunch and dinner.
Unlike Ritz Carlton’s Greenhouse, where pre-christmas buffet starts in late November, Melt starts on the 21st Dec. Before the 21st Dec, the buffet spread is the usual one that you can have all year round.
Pre-Christmas Buffet at Melt was delightful, except for the pasta which I will elaborate later on. Avoid wasting stomach space on them.
Now, here are pictures of almost all the food I had during the Pre-Christmas dinner buffet with my family last year. Sorry about some blurry pictures and because I took them in a hurry. It took many hours to edit and compile this blog post, which I hope will be useful in helping you decide where to have your Christmas feast.
Breads, Salads, Appetizers and Cheese Station
Bread and spreads
Thai Century Egg Salad/ Thai Roasted Beef Salad
Smoked Chicken Salad
Roast Duck Salad
Couscous Salad/ White Cabbage Kimchi
Artisan Cheese Display
Parma Ham/ Turkey Ham/ Smoked Salmon Gravalax/ Smoked Mackerel
Consisting of Marine Lobster and Claw, shuacked Oysters, Snow Crab, Spanner Crab, Jonah Crab Claw, Green Lip Mussels, Tiger Prawns, Scallops.
Prawn Tandoori/ Tandoori Chicken/ Lamb Tandoori/ Vegetable Kebab/ Assorted Papadom/ Plain, Garlic and Roti Naan
Selection of Indian Vegetable and meat curries
Thai and Asian Section
Wok fried Vegetables/ Cereal Fish/ Black Pepper Beef/ Stir Fried Seafood
Stir fried Pork/ Crabmeat Fried Rice/ Tom Ka Gai (Chicken and Coconut Soup)/ Prawn and Fish Crackers
Butter Rice/ Grilled Yellow Squash/ Sauteed Vegetables/ Grilled Baby Corn
French Bean/ Roasted Potato/ Baked Salmon/ Cauliflower Soup
Garlic Bread/ Chicken Cacciatore/ Lamb Shank/ Premium Seafood with Spicy Tomato Sauce/ Mash Potato with Pesto
Roast Live Station
Roasted Beef/ Roasted Turkey/ Roasted Duck
Asian noodles and Pasta Live Station
Noodles of the day is Seafood noodle soup, You can choose between tomato or cream based pasta, but I requested for Aglio Olio, which was poorly executed. There was also Vegetable and Chicken soup which was very flavorsome.
BBQ Live Station
Located at the Alfresco Terrace, which is a short walk outside the main air-conditioned area. Behold! Scrumptious BBQ fare with a large selection of condiments to choose from. My favorites are the live Tiger Prawns, Rosemary infused Tenderloin Steak and Garlic infused T-bone Lamb!
Pastry and Sweet Endings
Melt is famous for having dessert section that makes people go gaga! Freshly made Belgian waffles, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, is a must order. I try to have them early, as the queue which can get very long. Pair your waffles with home made ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, caramel, yoghurt) and toppings! Check out the freshly baked melt-in-your-mouth cookies too!
Christmas pudding/ Chocolate Brownies/ Green Tea Cake/ Pear Tart ( very delicate, must try!)
Almond Cake/ Log Cake/ Ye Olde Christmas Fruit Cake/ Spice Tart
Mandarin Oriental Cheese Cake/ Dresdner Stollen (bread-like fruit cake)
Berry Compote with Chantilly/ Chilled Mango Pudding / Jivara Chocolate with Chantilly/ Fruit Jelly/ Sago Pearls with Melon and Palm Sugar/ Passion Fruit Panna Cotta
Assorted Nonya Kuey
Assorted Fresh Fruits
Melt The World Cafe
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue