Think about all the roasted beef you can request, the oysters you can grasp. All the different cuisines you can plate and still be dazzled by desserts of every kind all in one place and one price. You walk in feeling empty and you start eating till your hearts content.Walked out full and satisfied, swearing that there won’t be another buffet till you diet again but somehow find yourself in another feast all over again? Yeah… That’s what buffet is all about. Ohhh… Gosh I just love buffets.
Speaking about buffets, I have one of the fondest memories of buffets over at Rise by the lobby of Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It was like walking into heaven. Everything I could possibly thought off is there and still be surprised by everything that I never thought off. Especially the huge round marble table filled with nothing but desserts. I felt like I was The Alice in the Wonderland!
The pinnacle of joy so what else is left to say other than let the feast begin!
Usually I would skip the carbos opting for meats and seafood but I can’t say the same when I saw the array of breads, rolls and loafs that Rise has to offer. Some were hard and some were soft but who really cares? You either spread some butter or cheese which you find them just behind the bread station and eat till your heart’s content. Just remember to spare a room or many rooms for more dishes that lies await.
Just when you thought there weren’t enough bread to break. Think again…
Another good thing about Rise is really the variety they have for almost all their stations. There was a good variety of cheese both hard and soft from various different country. My new found favourite has got to be Camembert and Pecorino Romano but nothing beats the soft Brie cheese. I love them slated on my bread, plain and simple. Nothing to complain where there’s good cheese.
One of those thing that I never taste much less imagine I could ever see it in a buffet is a honey comb, wax and if not dripping honey. It was a sight to see but way too sticky and even more sweet. Best to pair them with bread since it’s ridiculously sweet even by my standard.
I always find meat platters a little too expensive just for a few slices of cold cuts. Hence, I never really dare venture beyond hams and bacon for a start but that’s a different story when you’re having a buffet. Smoked Marlin, Smoked Haddock, Tuna Tataki, Mortadella with Pistachio, Air Dried Beef, Beef Mortadella, Beef Pastrami. I had them all. I wish they served Prosciutto or Parma ham but given the variety there is, I dare say I’m contented with cold cuts hams for the day.
Main courses were different cuisines ranging from Indian, Local and Western fare. It was great sampling a little bit of these and a little bit of that. So much so that I forgot to take a snapshot of what I ate. But as always, hits and misses are bound to stay. It’s a matter of personal preference.
One of the dish worth mentioning would have to be the Laksa served upon request. The coconut gravy was rich, savoury and just about every ingredient that should be in a good of Laksa is in apart from cockles. Condiments are available just to spice up your nood broth just the way you like.
What I look forward in a dessert buffet is a really tall fountain that flows nothing but dark rich chocolate! It’s like a chocolaty wish come true! Just talking about it just makes me so excited that I wished I am back there again… Awww, if only I have a fountain at home…
Ice creams and sorbets were nothing really special unless you love sour stuffs like their Passionfruit and Strawberry Basil. Stick to the chocolate and vanilla scoops if you really insist on having a scoop.
Raspberry Chocolate Earl Grey Cake.
What can I say apart from having a plate of everything…
The words good and affordable simply don’t come together when we are talking about buffet. Hovering at $80 per person after tax, this is one of the more expensive buffets I’ve eaten this year. But that’s what buffet is all about right? You pay a fixed price and you get to enjoy everything there is and to your own comfort and leisure. If budget is an issue then one might wanna consider their lunch buffet priced at $45++.
But for me and my family, Rise might just be one of the best family dinner we had for 2012.
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