Alden Boon

Mitzo’s Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet: The BBQ Pork (Char Siew) Is One for the Books

09/08/2019

You have got to try Mitzo’s BBQ pork,’ urged Joie, my insurance agent.

The recommendation came after I bantered how I had been yearning for dim sum since my sojourn in Turkey circa early July, and I came very close to making a reservation at the trusted Hai Tien Lo on Tuesday midnight but ultimately abandoned the idea, only to see her shared images of the restaurant’s dim sum on Instagram later that same day.

Such high praise she sang for the BBQ Pork (she claimed she could polish off multiple plates of it all on her own, no problem) that I had to make a spontaneous booking and finally scratch that itch. But the skeptic in me thought: ‘How great could BBQ pork possibly be?’

As it turned out, very.

Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Char Siew BBQ Pork

Unlike other buffets where I would dash for the spread in an undignified manner two minutes upon entering the restaurants, I faffed for a while at Mitzo, feeling very cosy as I plopped my back against the arrayed cushions and poring over the menu of sixty-plus names with great attentiveness. After all, tackling a dim sum buffet requires strategic thinking and timing — dim sum, if left out for too long, becomes no good. The hitherto-mythical BBQ pork was of course included in my very first order, along with three items under the ‘Supreme Special Dishes’ section: Steamed Bamboo Clam with Minced Pork Sauce, Cheese-baked Lobster with Creamy Seaweed Sauce, and Braised Abalone with Egg Tofu in Carrot Broth. Each diner is entitled to one dish in the respective columns (bamboo clam; lobster; and abalone).

The ‘Supreme’ selections were by no means abysmal, though they were not very memorable and had to play second fiddle to the dim sum offerings. The much-hyped ‘Mitzo Special Barbecued Pork’ is simply perfection on a plate: its ruddy exterior was glazed and glistening; the sugar-tinctured edges when bitten engendered a most gratifying tingling. Now, I have been to a few dim sum buffets, from Cherry Garden’s to Man Fu Yuan’s and the above-mentioned Hai Tien Lo’s, and they are all commendable. But for all these restaurants, and buffet restaurants in general, I cannot single out a tour de force that alone warrants return visits. Mitzo’s BBQ Pork is that good. And surprisingly, Mitzo has not implemented any restriction on the number of times you can order this sublime dish.

Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Lobster
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Lobster
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Siew Mai Dumpling
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Scallop
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Scallop
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Prawn
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Hokkaido Milk Egg Tart
Mitzo Weekend Brunch Dim Sum Buffet Singapore Grand Park Orchard Hokkaido Milk Egg Tart

Many gorgeous offerings continued to arrive, some presented in their fullest glory on black slate plates, others refuging in bamboo baskets that let out billowing steam when uncovered. Taste wise, they were impeccable. The house of the Barbecued Pork in Charcoal Bun was pillowy, and when pried open gave way to sweet filling. The soft skin of the Royal Shrimp Dumpling was stippled with blue and purple, and at its peak sat a smattering of caviar. The pert shrimp encased within was fresh. An hour into my enjoyment there came the unmistakable whiff of truffle emanating from the neighbouring table — it belonged to the Black Truffle Crispy Duck, which is not on the dim sum brunch menu. Note to self: come back to Mitzo again for the a la carte lunch.

Another must-try offering is the Hokkaido Milk Cheese Tart, which though is billed as a dessert, made its appearance several times throughout the entire lunch service. Each tart was baked à la minute — one bite into the petite offering and out squirted the warm liquid, delicate and not cloyingly sweet.

With my dim sum hankering wholly quelled, it was time to cap off the session with some desserts. By now, all lofty expectations were already surpassed and so I had no more. Little did I know that Mitzo had one more trick for its finale. Case in point: the Chilled Aloe Vera with Osmanthus Jelly, invigoratingly sweet with a floral hint. In the bowl swam transparent fruity globes and a block of osmanthus jelly. My mother drank from the bowl, and a look of surprised bliss immediately passed over her face as she swallowed the syrupy liquid. So enraptured was I that I almost overlooked the Deep-fried Chocolate Liqueur Dumpling, the eating of which ended up being a messy affair: the filling reminiscent of Baileys Irish cream sploshed out of its sesame-ball exterior when I bit into it. But it was worth the faux pas.

nedla does not receive any monetary compensation for its food profiles; all visits made are incognito. 

Mitzo’s Weekend Dim Sum Brunch

Price: S$68++ per adult

Address: Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857

Hotline: +65 6603 8855

Available on Saturdays, Sundays, and selected public holidays from 11.3oam to 2.30pm.

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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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