Have you checked out the new hotel next to IKEA at Alexandra? Shops at Alexandra Central (located on the same site as Park Hotel Alexandra) have also started opening doors like Toast Box and The Bakehouse by Carpenter and Cook. However, the main reason for my visit was to try The Carvery, a restaurant at Park Hotel Alexandra which opened in June 2015, offering a beautiful pool view and top-grade grilled meats.
Just adjacent to The Carvery, is Aqua Luna, an alfresco pool bar situated upon the 25 metre long infinity pool. You can also watch the sunset through the windows as you unwind at the bar. Aqua Luna is currently having an opening offer till 30 September where you can enjoy a second drink at 50% off from noon to 11pm on Sundays to Thursdays and noon to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays, Even of and on Public Holidays.
Now, back to the restaurant. The moment you step out of the elevator on the seventh floor, you can smell the mouth-watering aroma of the restaurant’s premium roasts. The first thing that you will see as you enter The Carvery is the three-metre long meat carving station with an experienced carver ready to serve it up. Besides that, super sharp custom-made designer Laguiole steak knives from France can also be found at the carving station.
The buffet here is actually priced very reasonably for the quality of food:
- Lunch (noon to 3pm): $38++
- Dinner (Sundays to Thursdays, 6 to 10pm): $52++
- Dinner (Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 10pm): $62++
The roasts available that day were Pork Knuckle, Australian Prime Rib, Herb-Crusted Australian Beef Ribeye and Spit Roasted Chicken. The pork knuckle was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The crackling sound as you bite into it makes it very satisfying. This is best paired with sweet mustard.
The prime rib is dry-aged in-house to intensify its taste and tenderise the meat. It is then lightly seasoned with salt and pepper before slow roasted for about eight hours. Between the two beef cuts, I preferred the ribeye which was very flavourful from the herbs. Also, chef recommended the truffle salt to go along with it, which made the taste more refined.
One thing that you cannot miss out is the Yorkshire Pudding which is superb with the veal jus. Honestly, it reminded me of a westernised youtiao. In addition to the premium roasts, there were so many specially crafted sauces, condiments and specialty fine salts to choose from, not to forget the truffle and anchovy butters. I could not even try them all!
And while you know I am a carnivore who loves her beef, the chicken was the most memorable for me. The chicken are specially chosen by the Executive Chef Robert Chan to ensure a perfect bone to meat ratio and an average weight of about 1.6kg, which allows for the meat to be tender and juicy after going into the rotisserie. It is first marinated in a mire poix (fresh herbs, carrots, onions, bay leaves and celery) for about ten hours before being roasted.
While at The Carvery, the grilled cuts are the stars of the show, you are spoilt for choice with the other buffet options like seafood, wood-fired pizzas and live-cooking stations.
I did not manage to take a picture of this but next to the pizza is a pasta station where you get to choose from two classic styles of cooking–pomodoro (tomato sauce) or aglio olio–from three choices of pasta (spaghetti, farfalle and linguine). I must say the chef makes a mean aglio olio!
The must-try dessert here is the English Trifle, which I am told is prone to running out because of its popularity. The dessert is layered with thick custard, Bailey’s soaked sponge cake, fresh fruits and berries.
- Opening Offer: From now till 30 September, second person dines at 50% off during lunch from noon to 3pm and dinner from 6 to 10pm.
The Carvery @ Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road, Level 7
Tel: 6828 8880
Opens daily from 1200-1500hrs and 1800-2200hrs