It’s always a pleasure to find a place like Mandarin Oriental, where you are assured a warm welcome and attentive service. The luxury hotel has recently launched a staycation package, City Retreat, coupling one night stay in a well-appointed Premier Ocean Room overlooking the iconic Singapore Flyer, as well as an opulent Sunday Champagne brunch buffet for two. It’s a perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a much needed urban escape away from the hustle and bustle of hectic Singapore!
Diners can opt to dine in the stylish restaurant, or amongst the lush greenery at the alfresco terrace.
Anyone who have tried Melt~ The World Cafe’s Sunday Brunch will agree wholeheartedly that its pure awesomeness. The sheer number of delicacies is mind-boggling. Feast on an extensive spread of salads, sushi, sashimi, seafood, sushi, sashimi, as well as Indian, European and Asian fare. To elevate the experience, chefs prepare an endless supply of pan-seared foie gras, indulgent eggs, BBQ delights and home-made gourmet pastas at various live stations.
Be warned, this is a photo-heavy post filled with drool-worthy pictures of only SOME the offerings at the buffet. Yes, you’ll be spoilt for choice here!
A selection of tropical whole fruits, refreshing sliced fruit and wholesome freshly squeezed juices.
Setting the mood right with a lychee martini and champagne.
The mixologist earnestly presents his concoctions- mixtures of vodka, tomato and horseradish, tomato and clam, whole crust bacon blended with tequila.
An array of salads and appetisers to kick-start the meal.
Thai papaya salad with chunky crab meat, Thai prawn salad with French beans and Thai pomelo salad.
Lobster Gauteaux and avocado quail eggs and ikura
Watermelon with Crab rillette, caviar and garden cress
Selection of Antipasti
Spanish Iberico Ham with rock melon
Chicken and mushroom ham, Parma ham, Air dried beef, Rossete, Mortadella, Beef salami
Scallop nigiri, Prawn nigiri
Ika (cuttlefish) nigiri
Salmon, Tuna and Seabream Sashimi
Ebi and California maki
Seafood counter features premium Boston Lobsters, Live Shucked Oysters, Tiger Prawns, Snow Crabs, Alaskan King Crab, Spanner Crabs, Peruvian Scallops, Flower Clams, Green Lip Mussel and Whole Poached Salmon.
Egg lovers can get their dose of farmhouse eggs prepared to their liking. Just look at the amazing moisture of the scrambled eggs, glittered with lobster and Ikura salmon roe. Equally good is their truffle scrambled eggs, with pops of Avruga caviar in between bites.
Pan-seared Foie Gras with micro-cress, compote on toasted brioche
A definite carnivore’s dream- Australian Prime Rib of Beef with garlic oats crust
BBQ live station at the Alfresco Terrace whips up mouth-watering Wagyu beef burgers, Tenderloin fillet steak, basil spiced T-bone lamb, live tiger prawns, corn, baked potatoes and beef tomatoes with basil oil. Whole roasted suckling pig, cajun spiced chicken breast and sausages are available too.
Indian counter features Murg Malai kebab, Tandoori lamb, Tandoori fish, vegetable kebab, curries, masalas and a massive whole baked Tandoori fish.
Part of the Whole Baked Tandoori fish. Moist and bursting with flavour, its surely worth the gazillion bites.
European station boasts a huge variety of classic favourites such as Bourbon honey glazed gammon jam leg…
Slow-braised Oxtail Stew, Shepherd’s Pie
Seared Duck Breast ala Orange with Poached Pears
Roasted Squab with Capers, Mustard and Lemon juice
Glazed baby carrots with chestnut and parsley, Sautéed Asparagus with parmesan, Sautéed wild mushrooms with garlic and chives, veal, chicken and pork sausages, crispy Bacon and Grilled Hickory Smoked Bacon.
Sambal Marron with Petai from the Thai and Asian Wok counter. Other delicious options include coffee glazed pork ribs, seafood mee goreng and tom yam goong.
Farmhouse cheese platter presents a gourmet selection of French and Italian Cheeses accompanied by honey, jams, mostarda, dried fruits and crackers.
Sweet-tooth folks rejoice! Melt makes it difficult to opt for a single favourite dessert.
Morello cherry sable tart
Milk Chocolate Caramel Profiterole
Yuzu Tainori Savarin Gateaux
Almond Blueberry Petit Gateaux
Flamboyant travel cake city
Dulcey Pearls Manjari Dark Chocolate
Traditional Nonya Kueh
I not a fan of crepes, but Melt’s rendition won me over easily. Crisps exterior check! Soft and light texture check! Topped with a scoop of homemade ice cream check! Satisfaction guaranteed XD
Another crowd-pleaser is their freshly prepared waffles, so yummy I had 2 servings despite my busting belly.
Sunday Brunch at MELT ~ The World Café is available on Sundays from 12.00pm to 3.00pm and is priced at SGD 108 per person inclusive of free-flow juices and soft drinks, SGD 158 per person inclusive of free-flow Veuve Cliquot champagne, wines, beer, juices and soft drinks, and SGD 248 per person with free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blanc champagne, wines, beer, juices and soft drinks. Children below 7 can dine for free; brunch for children aged 7 to 9 is priced at SGD 32, whereas brunch for children aged 10 to 12 is priced at SGD 54. All prices are subject to 10% service charge; prevailing government taxes.
Parents with children may wish to check out The Little Fan Land, a children’s playroom packed with toys to keep the little ones occupied, as well as an assortment of treats. Animated movies will be played to keep the children entertained.
The City Retreat at Mandarin Oriental is only available on Saturdays and valid until 30st Dec 2014. Room rates start at SGD 495 for double occupancy. please visit www.mandarinoriental.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call +65 6885 3030. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue