Thanks to Derrick of SgFoodonFoot, I was invited to a sneak peak at The Best of Thai buffet at Escape Restaurant & Lounge at One Farrer Hotel & Spa. This buffet is going to be held for a limited time only, from 2 to 16 April 2015, and it is a special collaboration between the hotel, and Guest Chef Aek Charttrakul and his team from the Thailand Culinary Academy.
We got a special demonstration by the chef himself how to make Som Tum (spicy papaya salad). He showed us the important ingredients like shredded papaya, dried shrimps, chilli padi, lime, fish sauce, garlic, etc. Chef also mentioned the difference between pounding the ingredients and gently mashing them to bring out the flavours.
On each table was an intricately carved pumpkin, which is definitely a nice touch! We were served some crispy salmon skin while waiting for the others to arrive. Most of us found it addictive and could not stop munching on it.
Some other Thai appetizers which can be found in the buffet spread are Meang Khum (assorted Thai herbs wrapped in betel leaves), Mee Krob (crispy vermicelli), Kung Hom Pha (friend shrimp spring rolls), Kao Tang Na Tang (crispy rice cracker with chilli shrimp dip) and Yum Kai Yang (spicy roasted chicken salad).
We were served Tom Kha Gai, which is a Thai coconut chicken galangal soup. It was something I had never tried before, kind of like a combination of green curry with tom yam. Two thumbs up!
Other than Thai dishes, expect usual fare of an International buffet, fresh seafood, salads and roasted meats, just to name a few. The restaurant has a huge sushi display and a sashimi station. The sashimi was fresh and the chef was very generous with it that I had to tell the chef to stop slicing more salmon belly! Also, what a beautifully molded wasabi!
Similarly, there was a wide spread of desserts available, which unfortunately due to our full stomachs, we had to leave what little space left for the Thai desserts.
We had Kao Naew Mamuang (coconut sticky rice with mango) and Look Choob (mung bean dumplings). I wished the mango was less sour and the sticky rice was served warm. On the other hand, I loved the pretty fruit-shaped mung bean desserts.
Last but not least, we had some cocktails! Ok, quite a few cocktails. One Farrer Chevy, Garden Mule, Deadly Sin, Mademoiselle, Berry Smash and Mai Tai. We all had our own favourites and mine was Mademoiselle! The usual price of each cocktail is $18++, but the restaurant has a cocktail hour promotion of $10++ on weekdays from 4 to 8pm.
Also, there will be traditional Thai dance performances on weekend evenings. As part of the festivities, diners will stand to win attractive prizes in their lucky draw, inclusive of a return trip to Bangkok with 5-star accommodations for two.
A word of caution though, go for this if you can take spicy food. If not, be prepared to be putting out fire with lots of water!
- Lunch buffet: $45++
- Dinner buffet: $60++
Escape Restaurant & Lounge
1 Farrer Park Station Road
Tel: 6705 7828
Opens daily from 1200-1430hrs and 1800-2230hrs