I was fortunate to try last year's Flavours of India where we had an interesting wine pairing dinner which was actually my first time to have wine with Indian food. Normally, I'd go for some Mango Lassi to balance out the possible spiciness of some of the dishes. This time around, Chef Santosh Kumar outdid himself again with these mouthwatering dishes which are all part of the buffet selection for both lunch and dinner from 16 to 31 May 2016.
Let me take you through some of the dishes that really stood out for me in this special buffet line-up:
Kachemas Ki Biryani (Whole Lamb Biryani)
This sits at the head of the buffet section and take my advice and help yourself to a generous serving of this flavorful and really tender lamb biryani. This has been cooked for 10 hours if I'm not mistaken so expect the lamb meat to easily flake off by just using your fork and the rice was just so delicious. I was even so lucky to have Chef Santosh personally served a good amount of biryani on my plate.
If I'm not mistaken, this has been part of Melt's buffet line-up for years and yet it's really one of the best that I've tasted so far. I just love the crisp, fresh prawns simmered in thick and really flavorful curry sauce. The best way to enjoy this? Either have it with a plate of garlic prata which they also prepare on the spot or a cup of basmati rice. Yum!!
Tiranga Pulav (Tri-Colored Rice)
This really caught my attention from the moment I got to this part of the buffet set-up. I love how the rice was arranged to represent the Indian flag. Flavor-wise, it just tastes like your typical fragrant basmati rice but I got to give them A for effort and creativity.
Aloo Patty with Foie Gras
Sure, we know all about Indian curry, paneer, papadum or tandoori but it was my first time to try this interesting creation of creamy potato patty made into bite-sized portions and topped with a generous slice of foie gras! OMG! Such delicious thing to indulge on and I have to say that it was really yummy.
Dal Saat Nizam (Lentils Curry)
I love dhal and I have to say that this one was really good. The spices were very distinct and I just found out that Chef didn't made use of one type of lentils but inside has 7..yes s-e-v-e-n types of lentils.
Readers of this blog knows how crazy I am over chips and junk food (sorry Mommy!) so I immediately fell in love with this interesting mix of puffed rice, tomatoes, onions, nuts and what looks like fried instant noodles. It reminds me of cereals or those mixed nuts that I love munching on while watching a movie. The station for this Bhel Puri is located at the side near the glass door leading to the barbecue station so do not forgot to drop by and try it yourself.
Of course, aside from these interesting dishes, I couldn't resist but get some of my usual favorites at Melt Cafe. I got to admit that other hotel buffets may have a wider selection of dishes but the reason why Melt Cafe remains to be one of my favorites here in Singapore is the fact that they put so much effort on serving top quality dishes and the taste is always consistently good
The best part? Being served your dessert with a warm big smile. :)
After typing all these, I'm really craving for more of that delicious Lamb Biryani.. hmm I really want to go back soon!
Lunch Buffet : S$62 (Mon to Sat) / S$98 (Sunday Brunch)
Dinner Buffet :S$78 (Sun to Wed) / S$88 (Thurs to Sat).
Melt Cafe is located at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore in 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. Call them at 6338-0066 to make reservations.