Christmas is upon us again. To usher in this festive season, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore has decided to hold a Giving Hope Charity Buffet Dinner at The Clifford Pier. The hotel will pledge S$20 net for every dining patron in support of Hope Centre Singapore's Bursary Awards. I considered myself lucky to be able to attend this meaningful event. Although the essence of Christmas has always been about sharing and giving, I find myself guilty of excessive indulgence at times. It is a indeed a rare opportunity to be able to indulge for a good cause.
This evening, diners also have the chance to witness the hotel's very first Christmas Light-Up Ceremony. As the ceremony began, I could see that the audience was captivated by the enchanting tune made by the handbell ringers as it rippled through the air of colonial grandeur of this conserved heritage site. The candle-lit march-in by the hotel staff added on to this magical moment. It was then followed by a special performance, staged by the children from the hotel's designated beneficiary, Hope Centre Singapore.
Roasted Prime Ribs
With the ceremony coming to an end, it officially marks the start of the festive season. The buffet featured some of Singapore's traditional delights which I reckon are the star of this buffet. The spread also includes the season's classics such as the Traditional Roasted Turkey and Roasted Prime Ribs. To balance your meal, there is also quite a good varieties of greens and cold salads to choose from.
Rickshaw Noodles is known to be their signature. I must say it did taste as good as it looks. I find the minced meat very well braised which flavours the noodles really well. The spring egg somehow acts like a sauce to the dry noodles, coating the noodles with the delectable braised sauce.
I have a soft spot for braised pork belly bun and writing about their Soya Sauce Braised Pork Belly in Lotus Bun simply adds on to my craving. Theirs indeed is must try. It was well braised with a slight charred flavour. The sinful layer of fats did not seem to leave much behind either.
Their "Beggar Chicken"-inspired Oriental Turkey is surprisingly good. I could have mistaken the meat as chicken as it was almost as tender as that. It was subtly flavoured by the Chinese herbs during the baking process, such as Dang Gui, Red Dates, Wolfberries etc. This newly created item is also included in their Christmas takeaways.
Desserts was quite a sumptuous spread, and I got to try The Fullerton Hotel's creation, the 7th Heaven Yule Log as well as their in house Panettone made using their very own Italian recipe. Their Yule Log is truly an indulgence made using ingredients such as Bailey Irish Cream, Jivara Chocolate, Ivory Chocolate etc, that bounds to satiate your sweet tooth. Both items are available in their range of Christmas takeaways.
If you happen to miss this charity buffet and are keen to try out their signatures, here's your chance. The Fullerton Bay Hotel is going to hold another 2 sessions on Christmas Eve and Christmas day itself, priced at $128 and $68 for adult and child respectively. You will get to enjoy similar spread, as well as the marvellous view this place offers.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel has a list of festive dining lined up for you from now till New Year. So to give yourself or others a treat, do check it out among your other choices!
Christmas Heritage Buffet Dinner
Date: 24-25 December 2014
Time: 630pm - 1030pm
Adult $128*, Child $64*
New Year Eve Heritage Buffet Dinner
Date: 31 December 2014
Time: 630pm - 1030pm
Adult $148*, Child $74*
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
80 Collyer Quay
Tel: +65 65975266
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)
Lunch: 12pm - 230pm
High Tea: 330pm - 530pm
Dinner: 630pm - 10pm
Supper: 10pm - 12midnight (Sun-Thu), 10pm - 1am (Fri-Sat)
1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Clifford Centre. Cut across the building. Go to 2nd floor, take the overhead bridge link across the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]