For quality and variety: Carousel
While a buffet may not typically come across as a fine dining option, Carousel’s international selection and tastefully decorated layout should definitely be considered. A meal here is pretty pricey, possibly going up to approximately S$100 per person, so the question is, is it worth it?
The answer lies in the selection of dishes available for consumption. With an enticingly lavish spread of fresh seafood, Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern and various other Asian cuisines, the answer is a resounding yes. And since you have to be sure to make your reservations at least a week in advance or you’ll never get a spot, this is a pretty good indicator of why people keep coming back, despite the price.
Once you’ve booked your slot and have gotten in, your next dilemma lies in deciding what to try. Unless you have a bottomless stomach, you won’t be able to nibble on a little bit of everything, so make wise choices!
Their seafood selection is certainly a beloved choice for many; after all, this is where you can gorge yourself on fresh prawns, shellfish, even a whole steamed salmon! And if you prefer a little Japanese flavour to your seafood, head over to the Japanese station for a delectable rotation of sushi, sashimi, and maki.
For a burst of Mediterranean delights, try the Lamb Stew with Roasted Eggplant Puree or the Turkish Chicken Goulash. Can’t get enough of Asian food? Get yourself a bowl of Singapore Laksa Yong Tau Fu and slurp away at the tasty broth!
For a swanky affair: National Kitchen by Violet Oon at National Gallery
The minute you enter this gorgeous restaurant, you’ll marvel at the ritzy interior and the classy air that it projects. The design is reminiscent of opulent gatherings from days past, with its grand chandeliers and beautifully decorated walls.
But is the food anywhere near as good as the place looks? Serving a stimulating interpretation of Nyonya dishes, dreamed up by local celebrity chef Violet Oon, it’s hard to say anything negative about the luxurious meals that you can feast on here, as you celebrate Singapore’s colourful culinary heritage.
Order their Buah Keluak Ayam, a classic Nyonya spicy chicken stew. The creamy filling of the buah keluak nut pairs well with the tanginess of the stew, while the tender chicken meat soaks up the rich flavour, as it dances pleasantly over your tongue.
Another Nyonya must-try is the Kiam Chye Ark Thng. This traditional family soup comprises duck, salted mustard greens, and a dash of spicy chillies for extra flavour. Sipping on this homey dish warms you from the inside out.
And let’s not forget about dessert! The Roti Jala with Gula Melaka and Banana Sauce is a sinful affair. The gula melaka and banana coconut sauce offer a sort of caramelisation effect on the roti jala, turning it into something you just can’t stop snacking on.