Straits Cafe: Buffet guide for Durian and Seafood fans.

Located right in the heart of town and surrounded by threatening ERP gantries, this outlet is best reached by public transport. Spare yourself the heart-wrenching blips on the grey device which magically takes spare change from you, and take a short stroll to and from the MRT station to earn all those calories you are going to pile up. For walk-ins, grab a seat before 1pm, as office workers start to come in and fill the tables around lunchtime. Tai-tais and the odd family with young children could be seen enjoying a selection of dishes from pork knuckles, sashimi, popiah to fresh seafood…

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Daylight floods through the glass lining one side of the restaurant, and the tables surround the food which are placed in the center of the restaurant. The corner of the restaurant was blocked off, so perhaps at full capacity the restaurant could take more than a 100 people.

To get the most bang out of your buck, head over to the seafood corner. Fresh, salty, cold and boiled alaskan crab legs. Pile a few scallops and the sweetest prawns on your plates too. Dips and cold salad selections including my favourite baby octopus lie on the left.

BuffetPro tip #1: The plates here are smaller than usual, so head over to the dessert corner just behind for larger plates to pile on the seafood!

If you’re not done with the seafood spree, head over to the sushi corner. Not located with the fresh seafood, head over to the start of the buffet for a selection of different types of sushi.

BuffetPro tip #2: Fulfill your sashimi cravings  by requesting for only salmon sashimi hidden in the refrigerator. Although they serve cooked octopus slices as well, mine tasted a little funny and I did not finish it.

Stomach feeling cold and a little queasy? Serves you right for being greedy and heading straight for the cold seafood first! Quell your stomach with some warm western food. My favourites were the pork knuckle, lamb stew and chicken yakitori. 

The pork knuckle was grilled to perfection, with crunchy skin and succulent pieces of meat already cut up for you. The roast vegetables were smoky and cooked just soft enough for your enjoyment without being overcooked. The hot lamb stew was on par, with fork-tender lamb marinating in the balance of different herbs and spices in the stew.

If you still have room for food, there is a popiah station for you to create your own popiah and kueh pie tee. My popiah skin wasn’t as thin as I liked it to be, but all the ingredients were fresh and it was fun making one of my favourite dishes without the hassle of cooking and cutting all the ingredients one-by-one.

BuffetPro tip #3: If you’re feeling like some fusion popiah, add some pork knuckle or lamb stew into your popiah. There’s no limit to what you can add in!

Last on this list but in reality what I ate first, the dessert! I’m a big fan of durian and was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t know about the selection before I came. My favourite was the tart with the blueberry on top. The crunchy tart contrasted with the sweet and smooth durian paste and the blueberry added an extra burst of sweetness at the end. Crepes were thin with a small circle of durian puree, and if you’re not careful you can end up eating a whole bunch like a bag of chips without realising it. Thicker than the paste found in the tart, the durian puree in the shotglass had a slight whiff of pandan. The heavy and thick durian fudge cake might be a little too heavy for some, but the cake was moist and I did enjoy my slice. One letdown was the durian puff as it was a dry, probably from being left in the fridge for too long.

They were other pretty desserts as well – pecan tarts, potong ice cream, not-overly-sweet meringue,  mousse and purple ombre cakes.

BuffetPro tip #4: Feeling a bit thirsty after all that eating? Finish with a bowl of watermelon. Personally it’s like drinking water to me and doesn’t fill me up, but I still manage to hydrate myself after all those sinful calories.
 
Right now they’re having a 1-for-1 promotion for UOB Cardholders, so check out their website for the specific details. If you don’t own one like me, grab a family member or friend who does and thank me later! With something for everyone at a flat rate, it’s the perfect place for friends who want to just chill on a quiet weekday afternoon while tasting different types of food, or just for the regular family who could never decide where to eat!

Straits Cafe:

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri
07:00 – 10:30 (Buffet Breakfast)
12:00 – 14:30 (Buffet Lunch)
18:30 – 22:00 (Buffet Dinner)Sat & Sun:
15:00 – 17:00 (Buffet High Tea)
Sun & PH:
11:30 – 1430 (Buffet Brunch)

Reservations +65 68846884
Phone +65 63351771/+65 63360220
Level 1, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore, 9 Bras Basah Road, 189559

**At the time of posting, buffet on weekdays were $42++ per pax. With the 1-for-1 it was about $25 per person.**

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Author: MTC

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