Friday, February 3, 2012
Cafe Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel
My family went to Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel to celebrate my dad's birthday. Usually we celebrate his birthday at some Chinese restaurants but I suggest a change since my parent has never gone for International Buffet.
Coincidentally, it was the seventh day of the Lunar New Year which means Renri (人日). Accordingly to Chinese customs, it was the day human beings were created. Celebrating the day vary from place to place. In Singapore, we will have Yusheng (鱼生) or Prosperity Toss also known as Lo Hei (捞起) in Cantonese. Yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor as it sounds like (余升) meaning an increase in abundance.
The comtemporary version of the Yusheng (鱼生) is said to be created and popularised in Singapore. It usually consists of strips of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments.
Cafe Mosaic exudes a sense of warmth and comfort. The contemporary cafe brought together Asian and Western culinary favourites, giving one a taste of what the best of Singapore has to offer. Be spoilt with a kaleidoscope of culinary choices in their buffet spread.
The cold section did not have a lot of varieties but they were very fresh and promptly replenished.
There was also a salad section with a good selection of variety. My favourite was the jellyfish and cold tofu.
International Buffet nowaday comes with a selection of sushi. I usually skip the sushi because it can be very filling with all the rice.
I also tried some of the cooked food section. I had the Scallop, Asparagus with XO sauce and Braised Pig Trotters. They were pretty good and worth trying.
I could not resist trying the beautiful slab of Roast Pork calling out for me on the bench.
Not many buffet serves this dish. The Slice Fish Noodle Soup in a way helps to clear all the oiliness.
The soup was a bit peppery but I do not mind. I enjoy the peppery kick from the soup.
Cafe Mosaic has quite a comprehensive selection of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Asian favourites were also available such as Ice Kachang, Red Ruby and Pulut Hitam.
Ice cream to wrap up the wonderful buffet feast.
Lastly, the birthday cake to celebrate my dad's birthday.
Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (CC Line), City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)
1) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take exit to Queen Street. Head Southeast on Bras Basah Road towards Carlton Hotel. Journey time about 5 minutes.
2) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take exit A. Cut across Raffles City Shopping Centre towards Bras Basah Road. Head Northwest on Bras Basah Road towards Carlton Hotel. Journey time about 5 minutes.