Monday, April 29, 2013

Straits Cafe @ Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore


For a limited period from 22 April to 12 May 2013, Straits Café at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore has invited Korean guest Chef Kim Hyun Jung from Lotte World to present A Taste of Korea as part of its International buffet.



There are already quite a number of Korean restaurants in Singapore and most of us are rather familiar with Korean cuisine. Nevertheless, it is still worthwhile to visit Straits Cafe for their buffet as some of the Korean dishes prepared by Chef Kim Hyun Jung is not commonly served in local Korean restaurant.


Banchan (side dishes) is like a staple of Korean cuisine. At A Taste of Korea buffet, the spread also offers some side dishes such as Zucchini, Bean Sprouts, Kimchi and Vermicelli. My favourite among the side dishes is the kimchi.

Korean Ginseng Soup 4/5

This is quite interesting for my limited knowledge of Korean cuisine. The Korean Ginseng Soup exactly has rice in it and it felt like having a bowl of porridge instead of a bowl of soup. The hearty bowl of Korean Ginseng Soup was very comforting with ingredients such as chicken, water chestnut and ginseng. One can also add a pinch of sea salt to enhance the flavour further.

Seabass and Zucchini Pancakes 3.5/4

I quite enjoy the Seabass and Zucchini Pancakes which has a nice thin coat of flour and egg batter. It was rather bland if eaten without sauces. The star was the dipping soy sauce that made the pancakes shone, accentuating the flavour and dimension of the dish.

Hot Spicy Chicken 3/5

Resembling our local curry chicken, the Korean version of Hot Spicy Chicken was rather mild and fiery free to the local palate.

Beef Ribs 4.2/5

The thinly sliced prime Beef Ribs was beautiful marinated and grilled to perfection. It was succulent and tender with a nice thin layer of fats. Probably the favourite among the diners as I noticed a couple of us went for more helpings of the beef ribs.

Rice Cake Roll with Honey Citron Tea 3/5

The selection of Rice Cake Rolls was Mustard (yellow), Cinnamon (Brown) and Green Tea (green). The chewy texture was quite enjoyable and the Honey Citron Tea was perfect to wash it down and cleanse the palate.

Laksa 4.5/5

Mentioned earlier, A Taste of Korea is just part of the International Buffet spread at Straits Cafe. Not to be missed is the award winning Laksa. In fact it was so good that Daniel has 2 bowls of it. Definitely a must try at Straits Cafe.

If you love buffet and enjoy Korean cuisine, head down to Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore from 22 April to 12 May 2013 to have a taste of authentic Korean cuisine.

Buffet Lunch: $42++ per adult (Mon-Sat)
Buffet Dinner: $50++ per adult (Mon-Thu)
Buffet Dinner: $53++ per adult (Fri-Sun, eve of PH)
Brunch: $48++ per adult (Sun & PH)

Straits Café
Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore
9 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189559
Tel: +65 63351771 / 1777
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Buffet Lunch: 12pm - 230pm (Mon-Sat)
Buffet Dinner: 630pm - 10pm (Mon-Thu), 630pm - 10pm (Fri-Sun and eve of PH)
Brunch: 1130am - 230pm (Sun & PH)

1) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit D or E. Walk towards Manulife Centre and continue along Bras Basah Road to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes.


  1. Slurps! I almost wanted 3 bowls of the laksa, but my waistline reminded me to stop! :D

    1. I also don't dare to go for another bowl. I remembered you saying a lot of food blogger has grown fatter!