I have tried many buffets in top hotels and I can say the quality and taste of 10 at Claymore beats them all hands down! No point in having huge buffets with 1000 varieties when quality and taste sucks. The usual buffets has the most boring kind of food, bland tasting sushi, chicken cooked in 3 ways, cakes that you would spit out, plain flavor ice cream..... the list goes on. What I find in this restaurant is just the right amount of variety at the salad counter, cold cuts, desserts counter (with macarons!), a good mix of Chinese and Western hot dishes but just the right amount. The day I went they had a nice and hearty oxtail stew, Cream of Vegetable, nice roasted sweet potatoes, Salmon carving station, sliced lamb, Duck L'Orange, fried udon noodles, Penang prawn noodle soup, durian cake..... etc.... every dish looked appetising and delicious and doesn't look like it was cooked 3 hours ago. The head chef obviously takes pride in making sure every item that was out is good stuff. You normally will find hits and misses in every buffet (like 50 items are good and 50 items are forgettable). Not this place, I could try every item (as the spread is not 10 metres long) and liked every item! I looked around me and saw that other diners seemed to be happy and contented too. Definitely good value for $34++ for the lunch buffet. They have a credit card promotion now and you should call them for the latest deals..... The main items on the menu changes daily and the next time I went they had a nice roast beef carving (chef immediately offered to pan fry a slice of beef when I made a remark on how I preferred my beef to be well cooked!), lobster/mussels/clams stew, lor mai fan was out of this world, vegetable lasagna.... just too yummy!
Went to 10 @ claymore with a friend for dinner on a Thursday evening. First impressions: Cosy lighting, simple layout, black and orange theme.. hmm..
We were led to our table by our very polite waitress, passing the desserts and the oh-so-common chocolate fountain. We were informed by our waitress that apart from the buffet items, they have a menu call the “Plates of Pleasure” which we can order (unlimited amounts) from. A quick glance, and the Kurobuta Pork caught my eye. My friend zoomed in on the lamb rack and we proceed to order these both items as we thought it would take them some time to prepare while we start with buffet. Other items on the Pleasures menu include, Ribeye, Tenderloin, and Penang Char Kway Teow. No Seafood.
The buffets items for the night include, Beef Goulash, Duck in Orange Sauce, Indian Curry Fish, Roast Chicken, S’pore Bee Hoon, Stir fry veges and other. Also available are assorted appetizers, DIY salads, a cold seafood platter, Japanese cold noodles, and soup of the day Tom Yum Soup. "Live" cooking stations include an ala-minute pasta station and roast beef craving station.
I must highlight that everything on Plates of Pleasure Menu, including the Char Kway Teow, were good! Doneness on the meats were cook to perfection, there’s even a choice of potato wedges or mash. The buffet items, sadly, did not impress. The Tom Yum Soup looked too potent as the red seafood broth simmered away. I did give it a try and felt tat it did no justice to the Tom Yum name, hardly a hint of lemongrass, perhaps they could re-name it as spicy seafood broth, but that wouldn’t be “internationally” sounding would it? There were no bacon bits at the DIY salad section, something I would expect since they have everything to make a decent Caesar salad, including romaine lettuce. Seafood platter was a sorry sight, no sashimi nor sushi, just cold prawns, langoustines, mussels and smoked salmon. Not sure if there were oysters. Oh yes, and they serve “fragrant rice”, which is plain white rice in disguise, with a bit more effort and they could probably replace it with buttered rice or pilaf rice.
The only saving grace in the buffet line? Japanese cold noodles. I had 3 bowls of it! The noodles were cooked just right, the cold broth was chilled on an ice bed with the noodles, well accompanied with sesame seeds, bonito flakes, and seaweed flakes. The chopsticks were quite a sight! Deliberate bright orange chopsticks to blend into the colour theme. Someone might mistake them for carrot sticks!
Desserts? Hardly touch any. Tried some fruit jelly and chocolate cake. Not impressive.
Service was prompt throughout the dinner service. Staff was attentive to our needs; clearing of plates and re-filling of water were done in a blink of an eye.
Would I come back again? Not unless they improve the buffet items. Read: Sashimi
The sea food was moderately fresh and briny, nothing to shout about.
The prawn noodles and cha kway tiao tasted like a muted version of what's available in Malaysia.
Among the precooked meat options, the char siew and bbq pork were very mediocre, being tough and hard to chew.
The braised/stewed beef was a highlight, it is well seasoned and well cooked so it wasn't hard to chew through.
The steamed salmon was alright, not particularly fresh.
The angus beef steak was another highlight the first time round, it was medium rare and juicy, on a return visit , it was significantly tougher, the inconsistency showed.
The dessert was middling, the highlight being durian puffs choke full of the king of fruits , the masses of cream surrounding the puff made it too heavy though, an unnecessarily heavy touch.It's not like durian isn't heavy enough by itself.
The tuna and salmon sashimi is fresh according to my dinner companion.
The third highlight will have to be the codfish, it is tender and the fatty bits just had a melt in the mouth texture, clearly the highlight for me among the restaurant's famed plates of pleasure theme. A pity it was bony at times and it did prick my dinner companion unexpectedly.
The fourth highlight for me was the foie de gras on a piece of toast, it was rich and buttery.
A selection of hot teas were included and they were rather aromatic.
The service was middling, When it approached 9.30pm our plates were not cleared timely, if at all.
Overall, the spread wasn't big and alot of the food was mediocre, the four highlights i mentioned did save the day some what, but i was hoping for a little better from a buffet restaurant of such reputation.
We went there for their lunch buffet which is having a 4th person dines free promotion. Meat lovers should love the buffet, as it is heavy in meat offerings. They have lamb, beef, chicken and pork, as well as sashimi such as octupus, sword fish and salmon.
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If you are looking for a quaint buffet with great seafood this is the place
The service is perfection
The place is so very comfotable
The food is very well done, however, it still is a buffet.
Overall its a highly under rated restaurant, with a superb buffet and perfect service and ambiance