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Overall RatingBased on 7 reviews
Food/Drink3.6
Value3.7
Ambience3.9
Service3.4
$55/pax
Desserts, Sashimi, Seafood, Sushi View all
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Good Value Despite Hidden Costs

Food/Drink 3| Value 3| Ambience 3| Service 3
Total Reviews: 2143

As I was around the area, I decided to have lunch at Plate at Carlton City Hotel. At $25 a pop for a semi buffet lunch, it looked like a really good deal, but hang on , there are some hidden costs involved.

A setting with strong natural light, the vibe is an informal setting with a semi buffet of salmon, octopus, vinegrette mackerel, tuna, squid and clam sushi.

From the cold platter there was mussels, scallops and chilled octopus.

The meal also comes with one main course, but there is a hidden $5 charge to it. Nonetheless, still worth it and I went with the seafood pasta with scallops and prawns.

For desserts there was a large variety of bite size cakes for the taking.

Finally, the one bug bear I had was that they silently charged $2 for water per person. This has to be the most expensive water I have ever had, and if I had known, I might have ordered a drink instead.

Other than the hidden charges which unfortunately marred the otherwise pleasant dining experience,I do not have any other complaints. Service was really pleasant with staff ready to help.


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CNY Lunch Buffet at Plate

Food/Drink 4| Value 4| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 609

Having been to Plate @ Carlton City Hotel when it first opened, I was pleased to be heading back, this time for their buffet lunch for Chinese New Year. The usual buffet lunch for weekday is SGD$38.00++ but I believe the CNY menu now costs more. Service was rather professional and polite; they were also very efficient at clearing used plates.

Ambience was as I remembered it - dimly-lit to create atmosphere, dark earthly hues to lend a sophisticated air, and well-spaced. Pool view was abundant on the front, and a beautiful alfresco terrace sits at the back. They serve International buffet for their lunch and dinner, but there's also an ala carte menu available if you would prefer not to have buffet.

I started with some Seafood - mussels, scallops, prawns etc. The seafood was saccharine with sweetness, and flesh was springy.

Sashimi and Sushi were next to the seafood section, and I enjoyed the items in this section as well - these were the 2 stations I refilled my plates with.

The festive / Chinese New Year section comprised of Yam Ring stuffed with lots of other ingredients, fish, tofu, Sea Cucumber dishes, bak kwa dishes etc. There were also fragrant (lotus leaf?) Glutinuous Rice.

Finally, desserts. I loved this section because there were lots of variety - from cakes and kuehs to Chinese dessert soup to Ice Kacang and ice-cream. The array of colorful sweet foods tantalised us even as we just looked at them; some of them were too sweet, but I liked the cakes.

For full review and more detailed information, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2016/02/cny-buffet-lunch-at-plate-carlton-city.html


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Updated Review on Recommended Weekday Lunch Buffet with Deal.com Voucher!

Food/Drink 4| Value 5| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 174

For full review and photos, please visit:
http://summerlovestoeat.blogspot.sg/2015/06/weekday-lunch-buffet-at-plate.html




The service here was good, the staff were mostly very polite. Plates were cleared regularly too. The ambience here was really cosy and relax, the feeling is just like at your own home. 

 

The food quality here definitely meets up to my expectations! Except the desserts were average. With the deal.com dining voucher, it's definitely worth it though the variety is not wide. I find the quality of the food here was quite good, confirmed much better than the Carlton Hotel in City Hall. If you're working near Tanjong Pagar or you're on leave, why not come down to Plate to try this affordable with quality buffet?


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Enjoyable Sunday BBQ Brunch Buffet!

Food/Drink 4| Value 5| Ambience 5| Service 4
Total Reviews: 174

For full review and photos, please visit: 
http://summerlovestoeat.blogspot.sg/2015/05/bbq-brunch-buffet-at-plate-1-gopeng.html


Now you don't have to wait till night time to have BBQ. At Plate in Carlton City Hotel, you can enjoy BBQ Buffet from the morning 11.30am till 3pm on every Sun! The service here was good, the staff were mostly with a warm smile and very polite. Plates were cleared regularly too. The ambience here was really cosy and relax, the feeling is just like at your own home. 

 




The food quality here definitely meets up to my expectations except those fish meats were quite tough, the rest were mostly good! The satays here were so nice that I kept went back for more! Though the variety is limited but at this promotion price of $19++ per person - The cheapest BBQ Buffet among hotels with quality, what more can we ask for? 


Time: 11.30am to 3pm (Only on Every Sunday)

 

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CNY Lunch Buffet

Food/Drink 3| Value 2| Ambience 3| Service 2
Total Reviews: 121

Headed over for "loh hei" with colleagues for CNY lunch. Was bitterly dissapointed with everything here.

Firstly, the yee sang was the worst I've had. Dry and tasteless. Secondly the buffet food was below average. They just added two dishes i.e. bah kua, etc and called it a CNY buffet? The food servery area is definitely too small and given it was CNY period, may companies were here for the CNY lunch celebrations. The food was quickly snapped up replenishing was slow; making the servery area perpetually crowded. To make things worst, it was obvious the staff was inadequate to handle such a crowd.

Dissapointed!


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Recommended Weekday Semi-Lunch Buffet

Food/Drink 3| Value 3| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 174

For full review & photos, please visit: http://summerlovestoeat.blogspot.sg/2014/04/weekday-semi-buffet-lunch-at-plate.html

3 things i want to feedback:
1) They have very nice Crabmeat soup & Potato soup here but it was only lukewarm, it turned cold within a few minutes.. Make sure there's a warmer to keep the soup hot enough, otherwise it will affect the taste of the soup.

2) I think the restaurant should get ready by 12pm as they're still arranging the utensils and we need to ask the staff what is this food etc with no food tag until around 12.30pm. This gives guests quite a bad impression...

3) Ice water is chargeable at $2 per pax which everyone find it ridiculous

Semi buffet lunch is only available at Plate from 12.00pm to 2.30pm from Mondays to Fridays.

Semi-Buffet only (without main course): $25++ per person

Semi-Buffet + Chef's Signature Main Course: $30++ per person

For weekends, they only serve Ala-Carte Menu. (No Buffet)


Overall the service here was good as there wasn't much crowd on weekday lunch. Food & Dessert quality was acceptable for the price of $25++. Just top up additional of $5 and you can get a Main Course which was really worth it but we do not intend to have a very full lunch so we skip this. If you're on leave, why not come down to Plate to try the affordable weekday semi-lunch buffet with no lunch crowd and with cosy ambience!

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