Daily: 06:30 - 22:30
Daily: 12:00 - 14:30
Daily: 18:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat: 15:00 - 17:00
Orchard Cafe is located in Orchard Hotel and it offers delightful and delicious selection of cuisine from Western to Local including Chili Crab and Kway Chap.
Been to many international buffets in Singapore and never had such fresh oyster varieties. Throwing caution, cholesterol and hepatitis fears to the wind, I OD-ed on the crustaceans. They had staff shucking the shells at each of the American, Irish and French oyster variety stations. Even had an assortment of exotic sauces to accompany. Preferred French oysters best. They had a creamier texture and sweeter after taste. If fresh wasn't enough, they had cheese baked oysters and Chinese style oh-lua egg fried oysters.
Prawns were bouncy on every bite, not the mushy unfresh stuff like at other places. Sashimi had a chef stationed there to ensure fresh cuts. Didn't have stomach space for mussels, scallops and clams but they looked fresh on display.
I wasn't crazy about the Asian variety through I was happy the small nonya options were present because it's rare for me to eat nonya food on other occasions.
Bread pudding was a hit with the family... And everyone else seeing as to how the staff could not refill in time for the 3 times I went to check. Other desserts were good.
Overall, if u're Singaporean and not a seafood lover, it may not be worth ur money unless it's some one-for-one deal, even then I'd think twice. I'd take my foreign friends here though. Aside the token western dishes, they serve good variety of local cuisine like Indian bryanni, succulent chicken rice, lasksa , braised steam fish, nonya stewed meats... On top of the fresh seafood and nice ambience.
This morning we reached Orchard cafe at 10.20am, was told buffet end in 2 minutes and we indicated ala cart was fine.
after knowing we were not hotel guest, we were refused entry stating the kitchen was busy preparing for lunch buffet. And do not prepare ala cart breakfast at 10.20am!!! The cafe was not full either.
Hey, What is wrong with this cafe??
We do not want to spoil our Saturday morning and don't want to get into angry match with the staff. Cannot believed what we heard, we confirmed with the staff AGAIN before we walked away.
To refuse walk in customer during operating hour is simply not acceptable. This is the worst hotel cafe ever!!!
After reading the reviews on the change in Orchard Cafe with fresh seafood spread and local delicacies, we (my husband and I) decided had my birthday dinner there since there was UOB promotion 1-for-1.
We started with the cold dishes and had to agree that the fresh oysters were awesome, the sashimi were not too bad either.
However, when I started on the cooked food, I was struck with much dismay. The first thing I ate was a piece of crayfish which I happily removed the shell and put it into my mouth. I puked out immediately and ran to the washroom to wash my mouth for many times. (I am trying to be picky nor exaggerating here, fyi.) It was so pungent and has such strong ammonia taste, it literately felt like I have ate a piece of the “stinky-est” (if there is such a word) toilet in my mouth. :"(
My partner called for the waitress to check with her on the crayfish and asked her to smell it. She took the plate away and said she would check with the Chef. She came shortly, with the remaining crayfish from the pot and told us, there is nothing wrong with the other crayfish left (no expression, no reply on the rotten one that I've ate) and rolled her eyes. It spoiled my mood after the bad experience and I wasn't feeling all well. We decided to leave and the waitress glared at me as I walked out the restaurant. I asked for her name at the cashier, and the name given to me was "Pick Huay".
Unfortunately, I couldn’t give review on the local delicacies that was much rave about.
The ambiance wasn't as good as the tables were too closed together along the sofa seats that were assigned to us. We paid SGD 80 for a meal we barely ate. Sadly, it was a bad choice as I have chosen Orchard Cafe base on the fact that I always thought great of Orchard Hotel (it was one of our choice for our wedding banquet and also the choice of accommodation for my corporate guests). It is with a heavy heart I have to write a bad review and thanks for ruining my birthday dinner.
Count me unlucky, it could be slightly worth if you got better luck in not getting rotten food and if you don't mind squeezing past the tables. :)