Towards the end of the night, we were a mix between infused and confused. In between, there was a year's supply of coconut milk swimming in our stomachs.
Having visited their informative website that came with an attractive ala carte buffet menu, the next best thing to do was to make a reservation.
We did what we had to do. With reference to the food and beverage chapter in the kiasuism survival guide, we starved the whole day in preparation for a fusion feast later that night.
On the buffet table, there was a spread of appetizers like salads, pizzas, soups and breads. But we came for the ala carte buffet. So, a small piece of everything to share was more than enough.
On average, we had about eight dishes to ourselves, including desserts. Here are some of the more interesting dishes that we have tried that night.
Mini Pork Burger
Nice soft bun.
Chinese Dumpling Gratin
Oriental ravioli stuffed with crunchy vegetables and baked with cheese.
Linguine Laksa-Leaf Pesto
The sauce consisted of coconut cream and chopped laksa leaves.
Laksa Fisherman’s Pie
Basically a runny curry of fish, prawns and vegetables topped with pastry for dipping.
Deep-fried Curry Chicken Wings
A crispy wing decorated with a few pieces of fried curry leaves.
Hainanese Chicken Salad
Rice crisps substituted the usually oily, fluffy rice while the dressing was a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil and perhaps a tinge chilli oil.
Spicy Crab Fusilli
A pasta dish that came with a sweet chilli crab sauce.
Local trifle sans the sponge. Based with cubed fruits and palm sugar syrup. Finished with a thick layer of coconut cream.
The least confusing of them all, a Chinese herbal jelly.
The infusion of local ingredients into western dishes and vice versa was a creative attempt. But the execution should be more refined, perhaps. And the usage of coconut cream should be controlled for it is afterall, much stronger tasting than the usual dairy cream. A dish that tastes like hair cream is unappetizing.
In conjunction with the on-going recession, this fruit is offering ala carte buffets at affordable prices (check out the website for the price list). For me, this was the main attraction. At S$25 for a dinner of unlimited orders (except for the main courses) between Monday until Thursday, it is a steal. After all, this is a hotel cafe hor.
#01-07 The Link Hotel
50 Tiong Bahru Road
Tel: (+65) 6227 2271
Check out the rest of the dishes I had here.