Luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental’s Melt Café takes you on a journey to the Land Of Smiles to feast on a distinguished cuisine rich in aroma and flavors.
Upon entering Melt Café, I was immediately drawn to the Som Tam Hut Live Station. The quintessential Thai Papaya Salad looks deceivingly plain, however, your taste buds will reveal in the abundance of flavor. The tantalizing medley of hot and sour dressing, crushed peanuts, dried shrimp, chili padi and fish sauce makes for an appetizing and fiery start!
Apart from the Som Tam, other salad options include Spicy Calamari with Cucumber & Tomato and Spicy Prawn Salad seasoned with shallots, lemongrass and coriander. For those who like bursts of natural sweetness and tanginess, don’t forget grab a scoop of the Pomelo Salad.
Warm your digestive system with Spicy and Sour Soup with Coconut Milk, or Seafood Tom Yam Soup. I was expecting a powerful hit of spiciness from the soups, but both were just right. No sweating, no tongue numbing and no need for iced water to extinguish the “fire” on the tongue.
Next, tuck into popular Thai favorites such as Green Curry Pork Belly and Red Curry Duck. I adored the Thai Basil Mussels, which was truly a smack down on flavours, as well as the moist Thai Pandan Chicken tightly wrapped in aromatic pandan leaves. The Fried Prawn Cakes deserve a mention too. Who doesn’t like deep fried comfort food that boasts juicy succulence as well?
Head over to the Carvery, where you’ll find Thai Roasted Pork Neck and Chiang Mai Style Lemongrass Roasted Duck, best enjoyed with a quick dip in the Jaew sauce and nam phrik respectively.
I know most people will skip carbs at a buffet, but the Thai Specialty Beef Noodle Soup here is worth a go. Prepared a la minute, broth is light and comforting. Love the smooth and silky kway teow too!
Apart from Thai dishes, diners can look forward to chilled seafood, European classics and Indian delights.
Wrap up your meal with freshly prepared Mango Sticky Rice Pudding (on the right of waffle live station), Red Ruby and assorted Thai Kuehs.
If there’s more space in your dessert tummy, you should go for the decadent Chocolate Cake, Green Tea Opera Cake and crisp Waffles.
Tastes of Thailand Dinner Buffet is available daily till 19th March 2017
Inclusive of free flow juices
Many thanks to Mandarin Oriental for the invite.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue