Seafood Buffet Review @ Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Hotel Jen @ Orchardgateway opened in March 2015 and is well known for its beautiful rooftop pool and the great location in the middle of Orchard road, the shopping paradise.
I know Hotel Jen for more than its rooms and Jen persona, I know the first through their amazingly good Laksa fried rice and Ondeh Ondeh cake. During my recent trip to the hotel, I manage to try their Singapore Seafood Buffet that boasts a wide range of premium seafood selection such as King Snow Crabs, Boston Lobsters, freshly shucked oysters, boiled whole crabs and their signature chili crabs.
The Seafood Feast goes for S$65++ per pax and has a wide selection of food, inclusive a very rich crayfish pasta, mixed seafood paella, salmon tuna and abalone sashimi, grilled whole fish with homemade sambal (which is darn shiok!).
Beyond the seafood, there were also 2 roast stations serving lamb and beef respectively, live noodles station that was serving fish soup during my visit, make you own rojak station and their home roasted pork and duck.
There were a salad and appetiser station with an exotic range of condiments such as curry mayo and green chilli sauce. Mix and match your dips whilst having the seafood for an additional kick.
The seafood was very fresh, the Boston Lobster which I had was juicy, sweet and even had roe in it. I like the firm and crunchy texture of the meat, so much so that I went for an extra serving of the lobsters as opposed to the King crab.
The Oysters were the main lead in this buffet, it was fresh and sweet with a natural salty punch that totally brought me back to the Sydney Fish Market.
The roast duck and laksa fried rice are my staples and my favourites. I tried the Paella but unfortunately, it was undercooked, the rice was raw in the centre. The chilli crab was very good, the sauce had that nice sweet crustacean flavour to it, however, i felt that it was a little too sweet. We loved the sauce so much that we were slurping it down like soup.(Do not judge me!)
Quite often, the sweet treats determine whether a buffet is a good or great one, my personal opinion. There was a great range of desserts at the buffet, with gourmet swiss rolls, 8 different types of ice cream with an extremely generous range of condiments from chocolate chips to a mini fondue and even gummy bears.
My friend and I was drawn to the local kuehs and cakes. They were average but the Ondeh Ondeh cake is superb. It has a very rich and authentic Gula Melaka taste with the right mix of coconut milk. We thoroughly enjoyed it
I was truly satisfied during the buffet and although the spread and execution for certain dishes could have been better, the overall quality of the main dishes was great and I could definitely see myself returning whenever my seafood cravings visit.
This post is sponsored by Hotel Jen @ Orchardgateway, however, all views expressed above are of my own.
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