Alden Boon

Concorde Hotel: Spices Cafe’s Harvest of the Sea Buffet Is Highly Underrated

10/09/2018

When it comes to hotel buffets, Spices Cafe at Concorde Hotel largely flies under the radar. On a Friday night, the restaurant was barely half full. The table adjacent to mine was occupied by a group of friends, the birthday girl celebrating her seventieth birthday. They started their meals before I did, and as they ate they could not stop extolling the food to one another. I had settled on Spices Cafe after it came highly recommended by my sister, who is a fastidious eater. She was previously here for a company dinner, and the night before she was rather unenthusiastic about it. Then, during her dinner, she texted me and, like my next-table diners, raved about the seafood.

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.

Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road
Spices Cafe Harvest of the Sea Concorde Hotel Orchard Road

nedla does not receive any compensation for its food profiles; the writer makes incognito visits and pays for the meals.

Spices Cafe’s Harvest of the Sea Buffet Dinner

Address: 100 Orchard Road S238840

Time: Daily from 6.30pm to 10pm

Prices: Please check here for updated pricing.

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Alden Boon
Alden Boon is a Quarter-finalist in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. When he's not busy writing, he pretends he is Gandalf.

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