The smorgasbord was rather humble. The oysters were plump and fresh, their valves still holding a good amount of their briny liquor. I felt a paroxysm of excitement when I broke asunder the crawfish and saw glistening, bright-red roes! Sushi and sashimi selections there were also, and a modest selection of mains that included Roasted Leg of Lamb with Masala Mint Sauce.
Each diner is entitled to one serving of a two-hundred-gram lobster, prepared with a choice of cheese, mentaiko or mushroom sauce; or braised baby abalone. I do not know if anyone would ever choose the latter, the only acceptable reason would be shellfish allergy, but anyone cursed with such a condition would not be at a seafood buffet. “I know we only get one serving, but I want a plate full of that luscious mentaiko,” uttered I to Yvonne, my fellow diner.
You will also get to enjoy unlimited servings of crab dishes, which come in four flavours: chilli; black pepper; salted egg; and sambal. They are not part of the buffet line, and are cooked à la minute (a fact I wished I knew before encircling the buffet spread multiple times like a lost little sheep searching for its mother). They take a while to arrive, so if you are planning to eat your weight’s worth in crabs, do put in a bulk order — the sublime waitstaff, all of whom were very attentive and friendly, would probably not judge you. The flesh of the crabs was sweet. Quintessentially local, the chilli crabs and salted egg crabs won me over, while Yvonne loved the sambal counterpart, which burnt the tongue with resolve. Desserts were commendable, with highlights being the red velvet cake, strawberry with walnut cake, and sorbet.