Esteemed for its extensive halal buffet spread featuring Asian and Western cuisines, AquaMarine is an international culinary extravaganza within the Marina Mandarin Singapore. We indulge in their dazzling crustaceans galore spanning around a huge stand-alone counter which takes the centerpiece of the buffet line, as well as selected specials from their upcoming Singapore Heritage Buffet.
Available from 1 to 31 Aug 2018, diners can take a trip down memory lane and indulge in the nation's iconic dishes such as the Wagyu Beef Short Rib 'Satay', Marinated Ayam Buah Keluak Shawarma in lotus buns, Sambal Whole Salmon Fillet, as well as the well-know local favourite Chilli Crab. These dishes from the Singapore Heritage Buffet are specially curated for the month of August, which is in line with the Nation's Birthday on August 9.
Known for focusing their buffet spread on the freshest catch from the sea, AquaMarine is an absolute seafood paradise for the seafood lovers. Expect an endless flow of premium seafood, such as the Tiger Prawns, Spanner Crabs, Stone Crab Claws, Snow Crab Claws, Fresh Scallops, Clams, and Shucked Oysters. As diners repeatedly pile their plates high with seafood, the counters are continuously replenished with ample seafood so there is more than enough for everyone.
Apart from the fresh seafood on ice, there is also the Crustaceans Seafood Stew, where diners can enjoy a piping hot bowl of flavourful stew filled with a variety of cooked seafood.
For those who prefer to have their seafood hot, delight in their Black Pepper Crab, as well as Crispy Soft Shell prawn with cereal and chicken floss for a comforting treat.
There are also a Japanese counter where you can get your sushi, udon, tempura and sashimi fix.
Wagyu Beef Short Rib'Satay' 4.2/5
Showcasing highlights from the much anticipated Singapore Heritage Buffet, the Wagyu Beef Short Rib is one my favourites. The beef meat is extremely soft, tender and juicy, while the satay sauce is filled with a reminiscent of the local flavour. Yet I find that the flavour of the satay sauce might be too overwhelming and masks the natural juicy flavour and char of the wagyu beef. However, the wagyu beef meat is perfectly executed, so go easy on the sauce.
Marinated Ayam Buah Keluak Shawarma in Lotus Bun 4.2/5
A mainstay of Peranakan cuisine, the Marinated Ayam Buah Keluak Shawarma in Lotus Bun features tender Nonya Chicken with a slightly spicy and tangy gravy, sandwiched in between soft fluffy mantous.
Sambal Whole Salmon Fillet 4.2/5
The sambal chilli is a favourite among the locals, and that cannot be missed out in the Heritage buffet. The Sambal Whole Salmon Fillet features extremely soft fish fillet meat, perfectly seasoned and covered with the authentic sambal spice and fragrance.
Deep Fried Asian Crab Friller with Salted Egg Mayo 4/5
The Deep Fried Asian Crab Friller with Salted Egg Mayo boosts soft crab fillings with a thin crispy fried layer. The salted egg mayo adds a salted, creamy flavour to the fresh crab pieces, elevating the entire flavour of the crab.
Singapore Chilli Crab 4.2/5
A well-known local favourite, the Singapore Chilli Crab is a must-try here. The thing that defines the style and tastes for chilli crab is the chilli sauce. The juicy crabs come with a an impeccable gravy that features a combination of spiciness, sweetness and saltiness, which is a perfect complement with the fluffy deep fried mantou.
Beyond the crustaceans and Singapore Heritage specials, AquaMarine also offers a wide variety of delectable desserts such as the assorted Nonya kuehs, cakes, puddings, ice cream, beancurd and their durian pengat.
With so many options for everyone, it is an ideal choice for large groups of friends and family to gather in a spacious environment for an indulgent buffet meal. On weekend dinners, diners can look forward to their action station whipping up sugarcane juice, durian and all-time favourites.
Singapore Heritage Buffet is available from 2 to 31 August 2018. Priced from $60++ per adult and $30++ per child (6-12 years old). For reservations: please call 6845 1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 68451111
Nearest MRT: Esplanade (CC Line)
Daily: 630am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B or D. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]