Went to The Greenhouse at The Ritz Carlton for my friend's birthday celebration yesterday. It was a mixed experience all in all.
It wasn't as crowded as i expected and the spread wasn't as comprehensive as i'll have hoped. Other than the thronged seafood counter, there were the likes of gourmet breads, Indian cuisine, Chinese dishes and a desert area.
The gourmet breads wasn't much to speak of , carbohydrate bombs that fills the tummies too quickly, i avoided it, the Indian cuisine was also pretty bare-boned with only two kinds of meat curries, neither really kept warm and the meats were slightly on the tough side.
The Chinese dishes were also middling, the soy sauced pork tasted like the type one would expect at mixed vegetable rice stalls, one highlight was the prawns stir-fried with bean sauce, the prawns were large and nicely flavored by the sauce. Everything else including the sweet and sour chicken were on the mediocre side though, once again resembling what you would expect at a food court, not a 6 star hotel. The chili crab wasn't particularly well divided portions wise and it was hard to retrieve the meat from within, it also wasn't replenished as far as i could observe.
On to the better parts of the buffet, the seafood counter was popular and rightly so , my date had her fair share of sashimi and oysters, both were delightfully received. I also enjoyed their version of hot plate crab craws and lobster tails and duly went for seconds. It was popular and often a queue of 5-10 would result, perhaps a clip based system found in the likes of Kushinbo would do better, surely a 6 star hotel's food establishment could do that? It was also surprising to not see scallops in any form.
On a slightly sour note, the chunky pork served in slices was served pink and tasted slightly on the raw side, not sure if that attributed to the slight tummy upset i had today , as far as i know pork are supposed to be well cooked. Pure speculation on my end though.
The desert counter was pretty decent, the cream brulee was creamy without being too clogging, the sherbert was sharp and tangy.
The roast counter was decent with crispy roasted pork and the laksa is alright, could have used more coconut milk.
Service was middling, getting offered a miniature birthday cake was nice but our water wasn't refilled as promptly as we'll have liked.
All in all, a middling experience.