The Return of Ellenborough Market Cafe at Swissotel Merchant Court

Swissotel Merchant Court is a landmark located along the Singapore River, and its flagship buffet restaurant Ellenborough Market Cafe is famous for its Peranakan cuisine. The restaurant is now back after a hiatus to showcase its selection of Straits Chinese cuisine and international buffet spread, such as a Lamian station, roast beef, cincalok egg and signature durian pengat.

The man behind this medley of cuisines is none other than the newly appointed Executive Chef Louis Tay. Chef Tay has over 33 years of experience and was the former Executive Chef of The Tanglin Club Singapore.

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The costs of the buffet are as follows:

  • Monday to Sunday lunch: $52
  • Monday to Thursday dinner: $62
  • Friday to Sunday, eve and day of PH: $68
  • Saturday, Sunday & PH high tea: $42

Ellenborough Market Café
20 Merchant Road,
Singapore 178882
Tel: 6239 1848
Opening Hours:
Breakfast 0630-1030hrs daily
Lunch 1200-1430hrs daily
Dinner 1830-2200hrs daily
High Tea 1530-1730hrs (Saturday, Sunday & PH)
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay Station (Northeast Line)

Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt @ The Arts House and Buona Terra @ Chateau TCC

I make it a habit to return to places that I like and thus, this is not my first visit to Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt. The restaurant is located on the second floor of one of Singapore’s most historically significant buildings, The Arts House.

The building was a Court House during the colonial years and then used for other official purposes in the years thereafter. It was only in 2004, that the building was transformed into The Arts House.

We started our meal with Le Veloute de Topinambour. Jerusalem artichoke veloute with parmesan emulsion and truffle. The artichoke is a pretty popular ingredient with restaurants at this time of the year as it is harvested from October to March.

Le Poulet Jaune d’Origine Francaise. Corn fed chicken from Landes, served with green peppers, cumin and carrots. The serving size was pretty measly. The chicken thigh and breast while tender, were as small as the mushroom that came with the dish.

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‘Taste of Singapura’ Buffet at Brizo Restaurant & Bar @ Park Hotel Clarke Quay

As with the many restaurants and hotels celebrating SG50 (Singapore’s fiftieth birthday), Brizo Restaurant & Bar at Park Hotel Clarke Quay has introduced a ‘Taste of Singapura’ buffet, featuring seafood dishes and local delights. Available every Wednesday to Sunday evenings (6.30 to 10.30pm) from now till 30 September 2015, the buffet also carries the restaurant’s signature crab dishes.

The prices of the buffet is as follows:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: $58++
  • Friday to Sunday: $68++
  • Children age six to 12 years old dine at half price

The seafood part of the buffet spread offers distinctive local flavours like Singapore-Style Chilli Crab, Salted Egg Crayfish, Tiger Prawns in Fragrant Cereal and Fish Head Curry. There are also mantou (fried buns), prawn crackers and assorted pappadum to go along with the seafood.

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Tanyoto Hotpot @ Liang Court

I am a huge fan of steamboats, especially 麻辣 (ma la), which translates to numbingly spicy. My mum had been raving about the 麻辣 soup at Tanyoto Hotpot @ Liang Court, Clake Quay for a while now and because of all the more affordable steamboat options around, I had never gotten to try theirs.

However, just recently, my mum made reservations for my family to have a hotpot dinner at Tanyoto Hotpot. In spite of the Japanese sounding name, the restaurant is from Sichuan, China. The main dining area is on the first floor and we were given a private room on the second floor to dine in.

Tanyoto Hotpot utilises an iPad ordering system, like many restaurants nowadays. The menu can be viewed in either Chinese or English and food items are clearly organised into different categories.

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Pind Balluchi (Media Tasting)

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I was so pleased to be invited to a dinner at Pind Balluchi, which is a renowned award-winning restaurant in India with over 20 years of history. Pind Balluchi opened its doors in Clarke Quay in August 2013 and we got to try its recently revamped menu.

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Appetisers

We were amazed by the sheer quality and quantity of appetisers served to us!

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Amritsari Fish. Chickpea-battered fish fillet flavoured with Indian spices and an alluring hint of carom seeds. I could not get enough of this! Two thumbs up!

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Tangri Kebab. Char-grilled chicken drumsticks, sold by the piece, marinated with yoghurt, cream and cheese.

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