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Spices Cafe

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A restaurant in Concorde Hotel, Spices Cafe serves mainly local and Western cuisines. Diners can enjoy dishes from the Peranakan and other dialect groups over lunch buffet, or try the dinner seafood buffet. Ala carte menu available throughout the day.

Daily: 06:00 - 23:00

+65 67398370
+65 67338855
$40 based on 37 submissions
Buffet (12 votes), Quiet (10 votes), Children/Family (9 votes)
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Not much varieties, only good service

Saw they have 3 dines free 1 so decided to give it a try..Once stepped in, it look clean and nice. But when we walked to the food section it only have v.limited food and dont know what to eat. The only thing i like is the cheese lobster but each of us only entitled to one pcs. The herbal prawn is nice too. I think should have more food for other to choose. Lastly each person $54++ for a wkend buffet really not worth the price..

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24 Nov 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Not much varieties, only good service

Saw they have 3 dines free 1 so decided to give it a try..Once stepped in, it look clean and nice. But when we walked to the food section it only have v.limited food and dont know what to eat. The only thing i like is the cheese lobster but each of us only entitled to one pcs. The herbal prawn is nice too. I think should have more food for other to choose. Lastly each person $54++ for a wkend buffet really not worth the price..
12 Nov 2014 • 7 reviews • 34 followers

Could be better

Stepped in this afternoon at 1pm.
Food was good, some dishes ran out quickly, refills had to be requested for.
Service was really good, but I gave it 4 out of 5 stars as some stations were left unmanned during lunch service.
01 Nov 2014 • 224 reviews • 1 follower

Lobster, Crab & Average Buffet on 31Oct2014

See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2014/11/01/lobster-crab-average-buffet-spices-cafe-on-31oct2014/

a friend organised the monthly RI schoolmates dinner at spices cafe, concord hotel yesterday on 31.10.2014. it was a really fun evening with a lot of interesting conversation.the dinner buffet came with 1 order only of 1/2 cheese baked gratin lobster (or alternatively abalone). they said 200g though it looked bigger. the preparation though was so-so, the meat didn’t feel bouncy so either it was not a live lobster or maybe slight overdone. the abalone was small c/w say the 2in size & more importantly excellent tasting abalone at ah yat abalone restaurant in a 5-course dinner groupon deal costing only S$28.80.

the buffet also included unlimited order of crabs prepared 5 ways – thai basil, pepper, chilli, salted egg & butter baked. the preparations were ok. for me, thai basil & salted egg were best, pepper ok, butter baked so-so. i did not try chilli. the crab were indonesian mud crab type or maybe vietnamese, not the large sri lankan crab. meat was sweet, not very firm, but not falling apart also. i seldom eat crab as they are really expensive in seafood restaurants, so this may make sense if you want to “whack” the crabs.

:-)we were too busy talking & having fun & did not even order a second round.:-) the cold appetiser section had oysters(good), mussels(ok), scallops on shell(i did not want to try), salmon belly sashimi (good). i did not try maguro & tai sashimi, prawns & some sushi (looked like supermarket type). i also took smoked salmon (so so, i should say poor actually), and a marinated saba (ok). did not try the prawns & cold pasta. satay was good, and they actually had the pineapple sauce (not so common these days). laksa was good, lemak. as good as any of the “katong laksa” around & the sungei road laksa. i had a second helping, maybe should have gone for a third. i did not touch any of the cooked food. 
the cheese & salad bar was ok if limited. i took the brie & the blue. :-) the fruits were good. i had 2 helpings of pineapples & watermelon, and they had a lot of dried fruits like figs, apricots & prunes that i liked. overall, i find spices cafe buffet rather expensive, at S$54++pax for friday & weekend dinners. fortunately there was a 3paying 1 free promotion, so we paid about S$49pax nett. i would rate this as slightly above olive tree restaurant @ intercontinental hotel (S$34++ after 1 for 1 promotion) & the lunch buffet at edge @ pan pacific (S$43.50++ after 3paying 1 free) but not by much. for buffet, my favourite is still the semi buffet at equinox (after 50% feed at raffles discounts, that is). the main courses are ala carte orders & of fine dining standard. the same goes for one ninety mezzo lunch at four seasons, another superior semi buffet. one ninety has better quality of buffet spread than equinox, & the main courses are also ala carte orders of fine dining standard.
02 Aug 2014 • 151 reviews • 1 follower

Average seafood- wouldn't come here to satisfy seafood craving

Please go to http://rollingwrites.blogspot.sg/2014/04/spices-cafe.html for complete review and pictures.

This is one of the few rare buffet places that is not filled to maximum capacity.

You get to choose from five kinds of crabs and they will deliver it to your table- you can order all five kinds as many times as you want. Choices of crab include Thai Curry with Basil Leaves Crab, Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab, Butter & White Pepper Crab and Salted Egg Crab.

We ordered all five to share and my mum really liked the Salted Egg Crab. I found most of the crab choices to be very average. Nonetheless, it was quite interesting trying new flavours for the first time.

In general, the crabs didn't taste particularly fresh but nor were they unfresh. It was just that the meat lacked the chewiness and juiciness.

Each person also gets to choose from either a serving of baked half lobster gratinated with cheese or a serving of braised baby abalone with broccoli and mushroom. Unless you love abalones so much, I'm telling you- get the lobster. 

They also had a section with the seafood laid out on ice. I only tried the scallops here and I have to say that the scallop was pretty bad. It tasted exactly like how scallops would taste like if they were just taken out from the freezer. The scallops were small and dry.

They had a section where the chefs would cook laksa, herbal prawn soup etc.

The warm food section also had a lot of seafood dishes- Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab, Oats Prawns, Scallops and Broccoli etc. The soft shell crab was very crispy- unfortunately something was missing- the kick of crunching some shells was non-existent. It just felt like limp crab meat hidden below some deep fried goodness.

Thank goodness desserts were fairly decent. 

Average food, friendly service.
14 Jul 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Touch my taste

So suprised that this buffet could touch my taste. I do not like the bufffet with many food but all are just so so. This place is different. They do not have huge range of food but its really great. I have 1 half grilled lobster and free flow of 5 different cooked crab dishes served by order. I voted for this because of these:
- Fresh seafood: even the cooked food like prawns and crabs. I were so impressed with the herbal soup with very fresh prawns, must try this.
- Nice cooked food. I rarely eat cooked food at buffet coz they were so oily but i did try most of food here. Less choice but good food.
- Here does not have many kind of salad, bread and chesse, but i think its enough, coz i dont come to buffet to eat those things.
- Very nice staff, especially the waitresses. I am a woman but i have to say so. They are pretty, warm and professional.
- One more point for the buffet table area. You come and see.