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Overall RatingBased on 26 reviews
Food/Drink3.4
Value3.3
Ambience3.6
Service3.7
$40/pax
Black Pepper Crab, Laksa, Ayam Belandar Sio, Bak Kut Teh, Cheese lobster, Chwee Kueh, Cream Buffle, Curry Devil, Durian Prata, Durian Puff, Fried Mee Siam, Garlic Fish, Herbal soup with prawn, Mee siam, Naan, Oreo Cheesecake, Seafood, Siew Mai, Soft Shell Crab Tempura, Sotong Hitam, Tandoori, itek sio, pepper crab, salted egg crab, satay, thai basil crab View all
Buffet, Quiet, Children/Family, Dinner, Large Groups/Gathering, Lunch, After Work, Romance/First Dates, Business Dining, Girls Night Out, Boys Night Out, Chillout View all
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Crab Galore at Harvest of the Sea Buffet

Food/Drink 3| Value 3| Ambience 3| Service 3
Total Reviews: 186

For pictures and full review, pls visit:
http://madamechewy.com/2016/03/17/harvest-of-the-sea-buffet-spices-cafe/

Seafood lovers, this buffet is for you! Concorde Hotel’s Harvest of the Sea Buffet offers a plethora of excellent seafood dishes that almost made it seem like you’re dining straight from the sea!

Diners can look forward to a lavish start of Sambal LobsterGratinated Cheese Lobster orBraised Baby Abalone with Broccoli & Mushroom (one selection per diner). The sambal crustacean is not for the faint-hearted; its heat will jolt you up instantly.

The stars of the buffet are undoubtedly the cooked-to-order crabs, which comes in a range of appealing flavours- Chilli, Black Pepper, Sauteed Saffron, Butter & White Pepper and Salted Egg. I personally love the salted egg flavour, followed by the black pepper. If you prefer something more unique, go for creamy Butter and White Pepper Crabs. What’s even better? You can enjoy unlimited portions of these mouth-watering crabs!

Moving onto the buffet stations, the Salad Bar comprises of a variety of salads and cold cuts as well as a section for diners to customise their own greens.

The Chilled Seafood Counter, where fresh crustaceans are neatly laid, is a sight to behold.

Cooked Food Station choices include: Stir-Fried King Prawns/Braised Sea Cucumber, Chinese Mushroom with Broccoli/Stir-fried Fish Maw with Egg White/Wok-fried Spicy Clam wrapped with Lotus Leaf/Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic Sauce/Baked Red Snapper & Mussels in Cream Cheese Sauce/Chicken Piccata with Tomato Sauce/Grilled Vegetable with Balsamic Sauce/Sauteed Sliced Venison with Mushroom & Herb Sauce/Steamed Garoupa with Garlic and Glass Noodles/Stirred Fried Scallops with Asparagus & Fresh Lily Bud.

My top picks are the flavoursome Wok-fried Spicy Clam wrapped with Lotus Leaf and healthy Stirred Fried Scallops with Asparagus & Fresh Lily Bud.

Grab a bowl of piping hot, fragrant Laksa from the Live Station. Don’t miss the Drunken Live Prawns in herbal broth, which comforts and nourishes simultaneously.

Fans of carved meats will enjoy the Roasted Ribeye Beef, complemented with Black Pepper or Mushroom Sauce.

Desserts are not the buffet’s strong point, but that’s alright with me, since the fantastic seafood, cooked food and live station offerings made up for it. Not that they are bad, but the sweets just did not wow me. Desserts come in mini portions, to allow diners to sample as many as possible. Options include: Green Tea Panna Cotta, Baked Cheese Cake, Hazelnut Gateau, assorted Nyonya Kueh, Guava Jelly, Mango Mirror, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, Assorted Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Fondue, Orh Nee with Gingko Nuts, Ice Kachang, Ice Cream and Cheese Platter.

Harvest of the Sea Buffet Dinner is priced at:
Mondays to Thursdays: $53++ per adult and $22++ per child
Fridays-Sundays, eve of Public Holiday ad Public Holidays: $58++ per adult and $22++ per child

For the spread and quality, this buffet gives you plenty of bang for your buck!


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Most helpful reviews for Spices Cafe

Not much varieties, only good service

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

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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Could be better

Food/Drink 2| Value 2| Ambience 3| Service 4
Total Reviews: 7

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.


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Lobster, Crab & Average Buffet on 31Oct2014

Food/Drink 4| Value 3| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 376

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.


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

Food/Drink 3| Value 2| Service 3
Total Reviews: 154

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.


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