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Brunch @ the Greenhouse @ the Ritz Carlton

Caprioskas waiting to be mixed

I’m going to attempt writing this post while trying to sober up from a food and cocktail coma from 3 hours of indulgence at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. There for a friend’s birthday, the festive atmosphere was surely enhanced with freeflow champagne and a choice of mojitos, caipirinhas, Bloody Marys and caprioskas (most of which were doubles). Aside from the drinks, the choice of food we had available was impressive.

“Buffet hack” – chawanmushi with caviar

The best thing about buffets is that you can have a little bit of a lot.  The ability to sample as many dishes as you can want appeals to someone like me who has difficulty making her mind up on what to order and often ends up with food envy for my friends and their choices.  The birthday girl added more choice with her “buffet hacks”, my favourite was her topping chawanmushi (Japanese steamed egg) with some caviar from one of the cold starters – perfect.

We all started with cold seafood.  I was focused on oysters, trying the eight varieties of freshly shucked oysters from France and New Zealand and then I spotted a tray of jamon de iberico, of which a small pile made an appearance on every plate I brought back to the table the entire meal.

The awesome roast pork with crackling

My favourite little things at the buffet were a four cheese tart with fig and walnut, the wagyu roast with the best Yorkshire puddings and gravy, the roast pork (mainly for the super good crackling I have to admit) and the very tart lemon meringue dessert.

Four cheese tart with fig and walnut

The four cheese tart came in a pastry shell that was just firm enough to not crumble and was a terrific contrast to the creamy cheese filling, which was the perfect partner to the sweet fresh fig on top.

Yorkshire pudding with wagyu roast

The wagyu roast was so tender – no matter if you sampled a more well done slice from the edge, or an almost blue slice from the middle – and the Yorkshire puddings were the perfect “mop” for the puddles of gravy that were generously ladled over them.

We finished the meal with a generous sample of the 50 cheeses on offer.  I have to admit, after a good camembert and brie, and a wonderfully tangy roquefort, the rest of the cheeses on my plate were there more for the fact that I could actually have that many varieties on one plate.

Lemon meringue

For a five-star establishment, the design and decor of the Greenhouse gives it a slight feel of a buffet in a cheap Caribbean resort – not helped by the live band playing songs like “Guantanamera” – and I think that detracts from the appeal of the whole experience, which is a slight shame, because the food is really very very good.  Perhaps I’m spoiled by the Raffles Hotel Bar & Billiard Room’s more personal serving of their food, along with the more sedate ambiance, but after all those cocktails, I’m sure no-one cared much, and also, for our boisterous birthday table, perhaps it was the best place to celebrate after all.  Happy birthday Chrissy !

The Greenhouse @ the Ritz Carlton Hotel
7 Raffles Ave
Singapore
Tel: 6337 8888

Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m


Oyster Bar at Customs House

Salmon toast with ikura

If you want somewhere to go around the Marina Bay area that isn’t mobbed but still has a great atmosphere, head down to the Oyster Bar at Customs House.  It’s unfortunately surrounded by construction at the moment, and think once that’s completed it will be revealed in all its glory.  For now, just go to enjoy a similarly intimate atmosphere of Lantern next door at the rooftop of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, but this has the added bonus of having an indoor (read: airconditioned) area.

We went there to celebrate D’s birthday, so there was significantly more drinking done than eating, but food-wise, we ordered oysters (of course) which were freshly shucked, tasting exactly like the sea and actually shucked properly so they were detached from their shells, ready to be slurped directly from the shell.

Salmon toast and Bellota Iberico crostini

We also ordered some nibbles – I use this word loosely because they were the fanciest hors d’oeuvres I have seen in a while.  Thin slices of Bellota Iberico ham on top crostini and drizzled with truffle oil, and beautifully presented salmon toast –  salmon rosettes topped with tartare and ikura.

The staff are friendly and helpful and our only complaint was that they seemed to only have a very limited supply of champagne that cost less than $200.  If you are going to have bottles of Taittinger and Delamotte on your menu, then have enough to last a Friday night.  It just means that the evening becomes a bit pricey at the end by drinking Bollinger all night.  But after enough champagne in that place, it almost doesn’t matter.

Oyster Bar
70 Collyer Quay
01-01 Customs House
Tel: 6534 5534

Operation Hours:
Sundays through Thursdays and Public Holidays
11.00am ~ 12midnight

Fridays, Saturdays and Eve of Public Holidays
11.00am ~ 02.00am