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Ellenborough Market Café

AsianChineseInternationalNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan
Ellenborough Market Café is located at Swissotel Merchant Court and specialises in fusion food

Daily: 07:00 - 22:30

Daily: 12:00 - 14:30

Daily: 18:30 - 22:00

Sat, Sun &: 15:30 - 17:30

+65 62391848
$37 based on 63 submissions
Buffet (21 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (20 votes), Lunch (15 votes)
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International & Peranakan Cuisine

For more photos and reviews, please drop by my blog http://hazeldiary.com/?p=3940

Located at Swissotel Merchant Court, Ellenborough Market Cafe offers spread varieties of fresh japanese sashimi, local foods and also peranakan cuisine. It is a walking distance from Clark Quay MRT Station where you do not need to worry about the accessibility.
The interior cafe has a vintage and peranakan design that attracts my attention. The colonial design makes the whole cafe looks authentic feel. The marble table top with the wooden chairs makes the whole interior design completely fascinating.
The cafe also has the option dinning indoor or outdoor area.There are few food sections which includes the sashimi, cold seafoods, salads, peranakan desserts, cooked foods and also ‘live’ cooking sections. Japanese sashimi are sliced personally by the chef upon request to ensure the freshness of the sashimi. Hot cooked sections are available especially Singapore Chilli Crab with mantou. It is almost gone whenever i head to the section for my intake.
Cold seafoods sections are in demand too especially comes to buffet. The snowcrabs are well-received immediately when the chef re-stocked them. “Live” cooking sections are available where you can have the hot fried carrot cake cooked on the spot. Peranakan desserts are something that you shouldn’t miss out. I love the durian pengat that taste super awesome! I was addicted the moment I tried it. It is smooth and totally can taste the pure durian taste without getting your hands dirty.There are nyonya kuehs displayed at the sections as well. Do give it a try on the rare nyonya kuehs that you seldom get to have it elsewhere. Overall the dinning experience was pleasant. The staffs are quite attentive to customers’ needs. Plates are cleared once we are done and keep out table as spacious as possible. The staffs are polite and friendly to customers i would say. If I would to miss the foods here, it will be the crabs and durian pengat.

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26 Jul 2014 • 8 reviews • 0 follower

disappointed yet again, except for a good waiter

Came in for a la carte which was admittedly not the best idea at a place better known for its buffet. But I've been here for that as well. But the far card is impotent here as it's always some special buffet which gives a lesser discount.

The crab buffet was unremarkable, there are much better places to go.

Ordered steak here which was poorly seasoned, fish and chips were bland too. 

The best was the service by a young waiter Andrew. Really took the initiative and made it quite enjoyable in the end. Thank you. 
16 May 2014 • 70 reviews • 1 follower

International & Peranakan Cuisine

For more photos and reviews, please drop by my blog http://hazeldiary.com/?p=3940

Located at Swissotel Merchant Court, Ellenborough Market Cafe offers spread varieties of fresh japanese sashimi, local foods and also peranakan cuisine. It is a walking distance from Clark Quay MRT Station where you do not need to worry about the accessibility.
The interior cafe has a vintage and peranakan design that attracts my attention. The colonial design makes the whole cafe looks authentic feel. The marble table top with the wooden chairs makes the whole interior design completely fascinating.
The cafe also has the option dinning indoor or outdoor area.There are few food sections which includes the sashimi, cold seafoods, salads, peranakan desserts, cooked foods and also ‘live’ cooking sections. Japanese sashimi are sliced personally by the chef upon request to ensure the freshness of the sashimi. Hot cooked sections are available especially Singapore Chilli Crab with mantou. It is almost gone whenever i head to the section for my intake.
Cold seafoods sections are in demand too especially comes to buffet. The snowcrabs are well-received immediately when the chef re-stocked them. “Live” cooking sections are available where you can have the hot fried carrot cake cooked on the spot. Peranakan desserts are something that you shouldn’t miss out. I love the durian pengat that taste super awesome! I was addicted the moment I tried it. It is smooth and totally can taste the pure durian taste without getting your hands dirty.There are nyonya kuehs displayed at the sections as well. Do give it a try on the rare nyonya kuehs that you seldom get to have it elsewhere. Overall the dinning experience was pleasant. The staffs are quite attentive to customers’ needs. Plates are cleared once we are done and keep out table as spacious as possible. The staffs are polite and friendly to customers i would say. If I would to miss the foods here, it will be the crabs and durian pengat.
15 Dec 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Very unpleasant and very bad service at Ellenborough market cafe

Had reservated evening buffet 2 weeks ago requested for INDOOR SEATS.Infact,i postponed from 7/12/13 to 14/12/13 due to unavailable indoor seats.However,upon arrival on 14/12/13 at 1830hrs,we were told we requested for outdoor seats which was ridiculous!!!!We were told all seats are reserved although most of the indoors seats are empty most of the times.Most of the foods are horrible especially the steamed lobster and crab,very hard and not tasty at all.We were treated like 2nd class citizen outdoor without any tissue paper or wet wipes provided.Need to PAY for soft drink if required
13 Dec 2013 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

Large selection and amazing durian pengkat

See the full review with pictures here

I haven’t gone for buffets in a long time (3-4 years?) – both a result of not wanting to overeat and consequently not getting your money’s worth. I think the standard of buffets in singapore are increasing though – with fresher seafood options, salads, better pastries, to rival high tea menus in hotel restaurants. A few weeks ago we celebrated a colleague’s promotion at the Ellenborough Market Cafe, which had a really wide variety of local, nyonya, seafood, and dessert offerings, so I brought liangze back to try.

He really liked the salmon sashimi – that’s another thing that makes buffets not worth it for me – I don’t eat sashimi. The fats were really thick in these pieces, and he also enjoys salmon better than tuna, which works out well here. They have a huge tub of scooped wasabi that looks a lot like green tea ice cream.

I’m a bigger fan of the fresh seafood – the prawns were literally crunchy – perfectly done too. They also served fresh flower crab, mussels, and what looks like crawfish.

It’s a little difficult to eat all these shell fish over lunch though – they don’t provide crackers or tongs or any sort of tools, and typically if you’re eating here it’s a business lunch or a work lunch and you don’t want to smell of seafood for the rest of the day. The smell management is actually a lot better than at regular seafood restaurants like Jumbo etc.I valiantly attacked the crawfish and the crab (doesn’t seem that popular – now if they served Alaskan snow crab, that would be another matter). The seafood condiments were lemon wedges and a big bowl of this amazing cocktail sauce – much better than both the creamy British variety and the American kind. We put it oneverything. It was sweet and horseradishy.

The Teochew beggar’s purses stuffed with crab and served with malted honey on the side were really nice, so were the seafood gyoza, although the skin was a tad thick.

They have an entire nyonya section devoted to things like nyonya chap chye, buah keluak, kueh pie tee – actually the whole reason for coming was because of my kueh pie tee craving; They deep fry the shells so all of them are crispy and warm, and their turnip/carrot filling is pretty fragrant. You can top it with diced shrimp, coriander, and chilli.

The desserts yesterday were: Freshly made crepes (not stuffed, you can add your own toppings – chocolate ganache, fruit, almond slivers), cupcakes, portuguese egg tarts, passionfruit cheesecake, creme brulee in little porcelain spoons, mocha cream puffs, fruit tarts, nothing chocolate, surprisingly, their famous durian pengkat (durian puree), baskets of fresh fruit, and nyonya kueh.

There are discounts for DBS/POSB,Amex, amont other banks.
18 Oct 2013 • 2 reviews • 13 followers

Not a good buffet

I ate the crabs buffet this tues with my family and it was not at all fantastic.

The seafood selection like the crabs and sashimi and prawns. The prawns were still quite fresh but not so for the sashimi and crabs.
 
My mum and I had diarrhea the next day and it was so awful! Never going to come back for the buffet. Plus the funny thing that me and my brother thought that out of the seafood buffet what would come tops on our list would be the 1) Durian paste and 2) Kueh Pie Tee.


A 1 out of 5 review I say!