Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lobster Bonus

Recently, I had the pleasure to check out the Harvest of the Sea dinner buffet at Spices Cafe. Although I had wanted to earlier drop by this place, somehow it never reached fruition. Then perhaps the lure of lobster..... sealed the deal. Haha.

And I am glad it didn't disappoint! A newly added bonus to the usual buffet spread, the lobster was grilled with a lovely buttery fragrance and its flesh was succulent. Each diner is entitled to half a lobster (~200g).

More seafood can be found on ice.

But what excited me was the Drunken Prawns. Cooked only upon order, the prawns were meaty and their sweetness complemented the slight bitter edge of the herbal stock which had a splash of Hua Diao Jiu (Chinese cooking wine). I like this kind of aroma therapy!

There were many dishes such as braised ox tail, sashimi, sambal mussels, curries etc but here's just a snap shot of what I found more interesting.

In another section, the Coffee Smoked Salmon caught my eye. It was interesting with the salty smoked fish carrying the aromas of coffee and and just a hint of vanilla.

Fried seafood would appeal to most- especially kids! Here they had squid, fish, prawns and scallops. The trick is to catch the timing when these goodies are freshly fried and just brought to the buffet table.

From the live pasta station...err...not that there's a distinction between live and dead pasta... But I digress. The Penne Bolognese was a surprise. I was half-expecting overcooked pasta. Instead, the penne was pretty decent with some bite while the sauce was a tasty marriage of beef and tomato.

Also available was an array of 5 crab dishes, each done ala minute when an order is placed. I tried two.

The Black Pepper Crab packed heaps of black pepper intensity against the fresh, white flesh of the mud crab.

For something a little more different from the usual Chilli Crab or Black Pepper Crab, go for the Gulai Coconut Crab that was cooked with coconut milk and herbs. The coconut milk gave the crab an additional edge of fresh sweetness.

Finally we reached desserts- an assortment of tarts, cakes, creme brulee, pastries etc.

And warm molten chocolate to end off the night.

Thanks to Evelyn and Vivien for the invitation and for hosting moo.

Here's a BIG Happy Father's Day to my Daddy and all other Dads out there!

Spices Cafe
Lobby Level 3
Concorde Hotel
Tel: 6739 8370

Chew On This: This Father's Day, Dad gets to dine for free with 3 paying adults! Spices Cafe will be offering an Afternoon Tea Buffet (12noon-5pm; $35++/adult; $18++/child between 3-12 years old) and an International BBQ Seafood Buffet Dinner (6.30pm-10pm; $45++/adult; $22++/child between 3-12 years old). Each Daddy also gets a door gift and stands a chance to win accomodation at Concorde Hotel KL and Singapore!

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