Ellenborough Market Cafe Review:
When I went to Singapore last month, we went to a buffet restaurant called Ellenborough Market Cafe in Swissotel Merchant Court. The dining area was nicely decorated with a little pool of water in the middle. We also could see a couple of chefs hand-rolling our dumplings. It was a very nice first impression to the restaurant.
Before I start talking about the food, I just want to say that the review below did not include every available menu on offer at the restaurant. There were just too many of them!
The list was quite extensive in the bain-marie section as it tries to cater to almost every demographics in Singapore. The ones in the slide below are: lobster (however it looked more of a Balmain bug in Sydney), otak-otak ( a traditional dish from the region), and babi pongteh (slow braised pork).
The seafood options were very extensive. It is probably even more than some Japanese restaurants in Sydney. You can find 2 different sashimi, 4 sushi, baby octopus, seaweed. There are also cold seafood dishes like prawn, crab, mussels and escargot. In addition to the fresh seafood area, they also provided hot and cooked versions.
There is a dish that I'm not familiar about but sit at a very prominent location. The dish is called Kueh Pie Tee. It was more of a DIY station than a complete set. They also have the roast meat section, cheese and salad.
One of the most amazing things about this restaurant is the availability of (not just one, but) two durian dishes! I always thought you could not bring durian into the hotel. But then again, the durian in the restaurant wasn't exuding that lovely (or horrible, depending on whether you are team durian or not) smell.
One was more on a creamy side and the other, deep fried!
If durian is not your thing, they also have a whole display full of desserts.
The Final Verdict for Ellenborough Market Cafe:
All you can eat lobster and durian? and did you also see that sashimi and fresh snails? I'm sure you know what my verdict is.
Do you think I should go?
When you are ever in Singapore and are in needs of a buffet, Ellenborough Market Cafe will be a good fit for you!
8.5 / 10
Taste: 8.5 / 10
Price: S$68 dinner buffet
Place: 8.5 / 10
20 Merchant Road, Level 1 Swissotel Merchant Court 058281
+65 6239 1847