Extend your festive celebration at Mandarin Oriental Singapore with Melt Cafe's Lobster Bonanza. Taking place between 7 - 21 February 2017, you get to enjoy one of favourite seafood of all time - lobsters, out to excite your taste buds in different manners. The dinner menu highlights the versatility of lobsters in the various stations.
Thai Lobster Salad with Glass Noodles 4/5
Out of the various stations, I guess the Cold and Appetisers Section was my favourite. Not only they served very refreshing starters and side dishes, I got to taste the natural sweetness and firm texture of the lobster meats being highlighted.
The Thai Lobster Salad with Glass Noodles simply up the flavour and texture by a notch, replacing the usual shrimps with bouncy lobster meat. It was visually a feast too. This could easily be a stayer of a restaurant's menu.
Lime Marinated Lobster Gateaux 3.8/5
The Lime Marinated Lobster Gateaux was creamy with abit of citrusy touch. It was a little on the saltier side but that brought out the subtlety of the avocado puree. The tobiko added lots of crunch and flavour which made a scoop of this gateaux a perfect topping to my salad and toast.
Lobster Maki Roll 2.8/5
At the sushi counter, Lobster Maki Roll was added to accompany the usual selection of sushi and sashimi.
Singaporean Style Chili Marron Lobster 3/5
Moving on to bolder flavours, you have your Singaporean Style Chili Marron Lobster cooked in tangy chili sauce served with mantou. Many loved the deep fried mantou but there was too little sauce to go with it.
Thai Tom Yum Soup with Shredded Lobster Meat 3.5/5
The Thai Tom Yum Soup with Shredded Lobster Meat is a luxurious twist to the tradition tom yum soup with the addition of shredded lobster mean. Though I could not see much of the shredded lobster meat, the taste of the tom yum soup itself pass muster. Well, I could always add the meat myself, there was plenty at the cold station! Which I did. I tried the Cognac Infused Lobster Bisque as well, which I thought it was lacking the crustacean flavour.
Oven Roasted Lobster Tail with Brandy Hollandaise and Gruyere 4/5
I believe the Western Show Kitchen is the hottest station as the lobsters here were really indulgent. The Oven Roasted Lobster Tail with Brandy Hollandaise and Gruyere is certainly one of the classics. The meat remained firm and springy, easily lifted off the shell. The sauce and cheese layer was evenly roasted, attaining a burnt crust with a oozy lava-ish sauce. Not too thick or heavy, allowing me to still savour the beauty of the lobster.
Singapore Lobster Laksa 3/5
Perhaps to suit the international taste buds, the Singapore Lobster Laksa does not carry the usual robustness. Hence, be more generous with the sambal chili and condiments at the side as they really fire up the flavour of your local delight.
Cheese Naan 4/5
And of course, there are the rest of the international selections. If you are a regular here, their all time favourite Indian cuisine live station is still around to serve up piping hot naans along with the chutneys and curries. There is the Indian Spices Marinated Marron Lobster served with yoghurt dip if you love spices and curries.
Cakes and Ice Cream 4.5/5
I still feel Melt Café serves one of the best cakes and desserts. Other than its signature chocolate cake, its green tea cake has always been just as delicious. The tarts are very interesting too. Of all the desserts, one should not miss having their homemade ice creams and waffles.
Lobsters aplenty, though this is not the lobsters season. Only within these 3 weeks if you want to catch this Lobster Bonanza. A few days have already passed, hence do make a date with Melt Café soon.
Lobster Bonanza at Melt CafePrice points:
- $75 per person (Monday to Thursday) inclusive of free flow of juices additional $20 per person for free flow of house wines, beer and soft drinks.
- $85 per person (Friday and Saturday) inclusive of free flow of juices additional $20 per person for free flow of house wines, beer and soft drinks.
Written and photographs by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 68853500
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line), Esplanade (CC Line)
Daily: 630am - 930pm
1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Walk to Marina Square. Follow the signage to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B or D. Walk to Marina Square. Follow the signage to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]