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Buffet review : Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court
Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court is popular for its modern Peranakan cuisine and the famous Durian Pengat.
The buffet has a wide spread of choices, from seafood on ice, sushi, local / international dishes to salads, desserts and pastries with a section specially catered for their signature Peranakan cuisine.
The day of visit happened to be within the Lunar New Year celebration period and special Chinese new year LoHei and desserts were prepared for the occasion. Of course, we never missed the opportunity to have another round of Lohei.
In general, food at Ellenborough Market Café were fairly good, we cannot single out a dish that was unsatisfactory.
At Ellenborough Market Café, the highlight was their signature Peranakan cuisine. One of the quintessential dishes has to be the Ayam Buan Keluak, a dish embedded with the essence of the Baba’s traditional cooking and flavour. Other dishes were equally good like the Achar – preserved mixed vegetable pickles or Ayam Pongteh – a savoury / sweet enthralling meatball soup. DIY Kueh Pie Tee etc were commendable and worth a try too. We truly enjoyed the authenticity of the Penarakan flavour here.
Burp…burp…..l! No matter how full your stomach is, do NOT miss out the dessert counter. From the delectable Chinese Cheng Tng, Ah Balling to the famous Durian Pengat, it complemented perfectly well with the main course.
One item worth to mention was the fried Nian Gao, a special Chinese dessert that is usually available during the Lunar New Year period. The Nian Gao was sandwiched in between sweet potatoes and deep fried with flour for a perfect crisp coating and balanced sweetness, one of best Nian Gao we have tasted so far.
Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court is definitely a place good for the buffet goers based on the food standard and the price. Do reserve some space for their Peranakan cuisine which is their signature during your visit.
Price: S$52 per person for lunch as of Oct 18, on weekends and eve of, and on public holidays.
* Prices are subject to 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes.