05 February, 2009

Lunch Buffet - Straits Cafe @ Rendezvous

Situated at Hotel Rendezvous’s lobby level, this dining venue has undergone two months of intensive refurbishment and upgrading works and was reopened in 3 October.

The $1.5 million project is a complete transformation of what used to be traditional, into a modern contemporary interior. Within, random timber strips were cleverly incorporated into the design as accented walls and feature screens to add texture, shadow and depth.

Although the café’s full glass window allows for the integration of the bustling exterior and the vibrancy of the interior space. HFB however felt a slight intrusion of privacy with people peering over his shoulders while he ate, when commuters waiting along the bus stop outside sneaked a quick peek or two.

Enjoyably, the cold seafood counter – the Baby Octopus, Prawns, Mussels and Smoked Salmon, pleasantly surprised HFB. They were really fresh and scrumptious!

Request for the Salmon Belly Sashimi from the Sushi and Sashimi counter and one would also be enthralled by its silky, succulent texture.

A main feature in the dining room are the buffet counters. Showcasing two living cooking stations that offer a variety of freshly prepared and made-to-order cuisine, including oriental wok counter for Stir-fried Vegetables. HFB really loved the Mushrooms that was served that day.

The other cooking station is the Noodle Station for daily noodle of the day – it happens to be their popular and signature Nonya Laksa counter and Bak Kut Teh, or simply Pork Ribs Soup.

Unfortunately, the heightened expectations resulted in HFB noticeably unimpressed by both dishes. Their version of laksa comes with thick coconut gravy, which HFB suspects would be much welcomed by many, but HFB thought it was way too salty. A replacement bowl failed to change his opinion too.

The bak kut teh was much better received with its clearer soup base, but it seemed to leave a lingering aftertaste, which tasted like MSG, but HFB might be wrong.

The craving station offered Roast Beef for that day – although the meat leaned towards the dry side, HFB definitely enjoyed the Grilled Capers and Eggplant that was available next to the meat.

The extensive selection at the dessert counter is sure to tempt those with a sweet tooth.

Highlight of the section was definitely the ‘Durian Corner’ where Durian Cake, Durian Puff and Durian Pengat were served. The latter is definitely a must try!

9 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189559

Lunch Buffet (Daily) $35++
Noon to 2.30pm
High Tea Buffet (Saturday and Sunday) $32++
3pm to 5.30pm
Please call 6335 1771 / 7 for reservations

Disclaimer: No ratings would be given, as this is an invited taste test. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Christina Tan & Straits Cafe @ Rendezvous for their generous hospitality.

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Annoymous said...

First to comment! What can i say, the prawns really looked juicy!

Anonymous said...

The interior is good but the food are too common. Anyway, those are very nice photos.

Steve said...

Grilled Capers and Eggplant... wow! I want to go for that alone. Looks like it's worth a visit. Will try it out...

His Food Blog said...

Harmony: :) It is - they are very fresh, and the meat is very firm and juicy.

Superman: Thank you for your compliments. I agree that their variety of food was nothing to shout about. But they were pretty fresh, so I am not complaining much. ;)

Steve: Eh? $35++ for Grilled Capers and Eggplant?! Are you kidding me? Heh. I can grill them for you at a much cheaper rate - interested? :P

fuzk said...

Thank goodness it was an invited taste test. I cannot fathom anyone paying that amount of laksa and bak ku teh.

MAYBE, just maybe, when I feeling REALLY generous.

Good job on the review though. :)

fuzk said...

*..paying that amount FOR laksa and bak ku teh.

*when I AM feeling really generous.

-curses myself for clicking submit before checking-

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