Daily: 07:00 - 22:30
Daily: 12:00 - 14:30
Daily: 18:30 - 22:00
Sat, Sun &: 15:30 - 17:30
Ellenborough Market Café is located at Swissotel Merchant Court and specialises in fusion food
See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/10/08/good-value-peranakan-buffet-ellenborough-market-cafe-on-8oct2015/
went with a friend, who is an accomplished peranakan home chef himself, to ellenborough market cafe for lunch today on 8.10.2015. ^^
this my second time here this year, after a hiatus of probably 8 or 10 years. never get to use the FAR (feed at raffles) 50% vouchers for many years at this or other FAR restaurants either.
ambience was pretty nice. friend who is more familiar with this place thought it’s usually quite packed & was surprised that it wasn’t.
there was a cold appetizer section with prawns, yabbies, mussels.
prawns was good, i guess quite standard.
yabbies nice to look at & admire. as we know, not much meat & also meat is rougher that prawns, not as fine & sweet.
there was a salad section bread soup & bread.
there were 2 soup – a chinese lie tong type, pork ribs i think & a cream of tomato with basil. i wasn’t too interested so did not take photos.
i tried the lady fingers. pretty ok.
the prawn mushrooms. ok too.
there was only salmon sashimi & some maki sushi.
i started with sashimi, cold appetiser & salad.
didn’t look particularly great, but the salmon sashimi was quite excellent. fresh & sweet & i like the oily belly cuts. ^^
friend made 6 kueh pie tee (you have to add the ingredients onto the hat yourself).
they were nice, good standard.
i think the chinese ramen was the bestest dish!^^
ramen chef made a live demo, whacking the marble top with the flour noodles.
freshly made & rather thick.
but it was super nice! excellent texture, wholesome taste, a super broth to rival any tonkotsu & very tasty meatballs.
i liked the babi pongteh too. just perfect texture & so flavourful.liked the chicken too.
very nice curry, some very fragrant galangal taste & ginger fibre texture.
the hong kong steamed garoupa was also very well done.
problem with buffet – you take a tiny morsel here, and there & your plate & stomach are full.
the sea sumcumber duck was also very good.
duck was very tender, very lightly & nicely flavoured. i had a second helping.
did too for the babi pongteh & ayam buah keluak.
din take the fruits nor the ahborling (sesame dumplings) & most other dessert.
basically took some durian pengat.
they were very good.
usually i go for semi buffet where the main course is an ala carte order like at one ninety @ four seasons hotel or equinox or basilico, like a fine dining main course.
for buffets like the edge or carousel or olive tree (all i mostly don’t really like) or 10 at claymore with ala carte buffet items (which i like), i go for the appetizer & skips most of the main course.
here at EMC, there is very little appetizer to talk about (say c/w one ninety or equinox), fortunately main courses tasted quite well.
best thing was the price. just S$19++pax weekday lunch after 50% FAR discounts, nothing to complain about, and the best thing was that the dishes were really quite good.
& the great ambience, good company & conversation.
Terrible place for supposedly one of the better buffets in town.
Horrible experience at this place, starting from the most basic of expectations like water. It seemed that refilling customers' cups were beneath the waiters even when there were only 5-6 tables to be served. I had to walk to a station and wait there for a waiter to come to give me water.
Moving on, food quality. food was absolutely trash. Meatball soup was filled with MSG, seafood was overlooked and tasteless, meat was powdery and hard, absolutely disgusting. Ironically, the best tasting 'dish' was the piece of chocolate on top of the cakes. Coupled with the pathetic selection, I would rather eat instant noodles at home.
Ambience was sub-par, decor was average at best and did not give off a cozy/warm nor bright feeling.
Food placement where desert was mixed in with mains, food was displayed haphazardly and in two different places, and everything looked unappetising.
At $52++ per person, this is an absolute rip off. Nothing I've seen justifies the cost, and there are a ton of other buffets that can beat this place hands down in almost every aspect.
TL;DR DONT EAT HERE UNLESS YOU FEEL LIKE THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY.
Ellenborough market cafe does not disappoint when it comes to quality of food. The local dishes (nonya) are authentic and the cold seafood are all fresh. There is enough variety for a $38++ buffet lunch. If you have the far card, that's even better with the discount (50% for 2 pax). The durian pengat is delicious as always, not too sweet. The service is good, warm friendly service especially from a staff named Miaw.I will definitely visit again.