Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me

To celebrate my birthday which falls on 12th April, my family and I decided on Triple3 Buffet Restaurant at the Meritus Mandarin Hotel. Triple3 with its brick wall, wooden floor and large glass panels, gave a comfortable, posh country feel.

The buffet spread was huge. There was a section serving various breads, cheeses and crackers. Salads were set in martini glasses and beside them was a dish of cold udon with kimchi. On another table, Thai squid salad, small potato salad balls and smoked salmon were available. The cold food featured salmon, tuna and squid sashimi, mussels, prawns and raw oysters. The main entree selection included roasted leg of lamb with mint jelly, baked ham with pineapple sauce and grilled Australian prime-rib of beef, steamed broccoli and roasted eggplant and zucchini, a baked dish of potato and spinach layers, blacken fish with herb, seafood ragout in a pastry cup, baked scallop in shell and more. Each diner was entitled to half a lobster, baked with garlic and butter. The spread was also big on desserts and fruits. Three flavours of Ben & Jerry ice-cream were good but what tempted me more was the chocolate wheel (instead of the common fountain) with it's accompanying strawberries, dried apricots, prunes, cookies and assorted fruit skewers.

My favourite dish there has got to be the lobster bisque. Bright creamy orange and with lobster bits, this soup is a winner. I really enjoyed two bowls of it together with a few slices of rye and wholemeal bread. On the flip side, I felt that the rib of beef was a tad over done. It could have been more tender otherwise. The fettucine stirred through with pesto was also over-cooked. It didn't help that the young chef who prepared it was neither helpful nor friendly. Fortunately, he was the only bad apple among the rest of the staff who were polite and warm.

On the whole, I feel that there is a good variety of food with an outstanding lobster bisque. Don't expect every dish to be perfect though. Oh and chocoholics will love their range of chocolate desserts from rich molten dark chocolate from the chocolate wheel to valrhona chocolate mud cake and the many tarts and assorted paralines. An elegant yet comfortable place good for family meals, couples and colleagues get-together. Another plus is the Filipino trio of merry men, armed with a cello and two guitars, they go around from table to table, seranading and taking song requests. They may even surprise you with a Chinese song or two!

Triple3, The Buffet Restaurant
Meritus Mandarin
Dinner: 6.30-10.30pm
Price: $55+++
Chew on this: UOB cardholders get a 15% discount. (Do check the terms and conditions)

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