Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Barnacles @ Shangri La's Rasa Sentosa Resort
Barnacles of Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa probably is the first among the hotels in Singapore to come up with this brillant fun filled dining package for families to enjoy Sundays on Sentosa from January 2013. The Sunday Garden Party by the Sea includes a seafood buffet spread with a child buffet corner, alongside children's activities. Not only that, diners enjoy complimentary access to the resort's natural water swimming pool, children's slides and splash pad. In addition, free parking for diners 0n a first come first served basis.
Barnacles offers both indoor and al fresco seating. While the indoor air conditioning helps to cool down the sunny Singapore weather, I prefer the outdoor which comes with a scenic sea view. Kids can also be seen running around the compound and enjoying themselves in a host of activities such as balloon sculpting and magic shows while the parents can sit back, relax and enjoy the sumptuous meal.
If you are a cheese lover, you should not miss this. Barnacles has specially imported a selection of over 12 types of gourmet cheese from France.
The buffet spread is basically divided into 2 sections. The indoor buffet spread is where you can find amuse bouche, salad, seafood, cheese and a children buffet corner.
The mult-tiered seafood spread of fresh prawns, Alaskan king crab legs, lobsters and deep sea oysters stands tall like a red lighthouse.
Being a family oriented restaurant, it is glad to see there is a buffet corner for the children. Kids can help themselves to nuggets, french fries, hot dogs, waffles, sweet and ice cream.
The buffet continues outdoor with cooked food, grill and live stations. Although the buffet selection is not as extensive compared to others, it definitely made up for it with its quality.
My lunch began with some amuse bouche. Among the 4, my favourite was the salmon wrap.
Barnacles serves French Fine de Claire Oysters for their Sunday buffet. The oyster was not as fleshy. It was briny and fresh. Given a choice, I would still prefer my oyster to be creamy and fatter.
Moving on to the cooked food section, I tried the Sea Perch, Roast Pork Belly, Stir Fried Bee Hoon and Deep Fried Nian Gao. As it was Chinese New Year period, Barnacles specially prepared the Nian Gao which was sandwiched in between 2 slices of sweet potato and deep fried. The result was an enjoyable traditional Chinese New Year snack with a medley of textures. The restaurant even served a shooter with watermelon and sprite to clear the palate.
Not to be missed is the Grill section of the buffet. I went for the Lamb Chop but there are other meat and prawn too. The lamb was grilled perfectly, flavoursome and delectable.
A delectable array of desserts and tropical fruits completed the sumptuous buffet feast in the lush gardens by the waterfront.
After lunch, families can enjoy the resort’s swimming pool, children’s slides and splash pad, which employ a particle physics based water management system to keep water at its most pristine and natural form. These facilities are suitable for younger guests without incurring chlorine-related risks such as skin and eye irritations.After a relaxing afternoon swim, guests can enjoy one-for-one drinks at the Siloso Beach Bar from 5 to 6 p.m.
The Sunday Garden Party by the Sea is priced at $138++ per adult. One child 12 or under dines for free when accompanied by a paying adult. $38++ is chargeable for each additional child.
For reservations or enquiries, please call (65) 6371 1966 or email email@example.com.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort
Leve 1 by the Waterfront
101 Siloso Road
Tel: +65 63711966
Nearest MRT: Harbour Front (CC Line, EW Line)
Daily: 6pm - 1030pm
Sunday Garden Party by the Sea
Sun: 12pm - 3pm
1) Alight at Harbour Front MRT station. Take Exit C or E. Walk to pick up point at exit of Lobby F in Vivocity (near JPot and Nyonya & Baba Restaurants). Wait for the complimentary shuttle bus service. The shuttle service is available every 20 minutes of the hour. Journey time about 20 minutes.