Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Ultimate Crab and Durian Buffet at Sentosa Boardwalk
The phenomenal Crab and Durian Buffet promotion kicks off tonight at the Sentosa Boardwalk! From 9 to 26 June 2011, there will be hedonistic feasting of over 40 dishes starring crabs and durians. What a killer combination, right? Also a tremendously irresistible one, especially at only S$38++ (adults) and S$21 (children aged 5-11). Yes, so much so that it's SOLD OUT already!
So, my apologies. This post is going to make a lot of people frustrated. You can see, but you can't eat. But if you are one of the lucky ones who have placed a booking, here's a preview of some highlights you will be enjoying along with a great sunset view of the harbour.
Live D24 durian, imported from Malaysia, and opened fresh on demand. Take a deep breath. Yes, beautiful durian. As much as you want. Yes, you know what they say about moderation. I say everything in moderation, including moderation.
See? Why hold back on enjoyment?
The buffet is set at the upper Promontory of the Sentosa Boardwalk (the garden themed covered walkway along the bridge into Sentosa). It has great views of the Vivocity waterfront promenade on one side, and Sentosa on the other. We caught the mechanised crane dance as it happened at 9pm too.
It's al fresco, but breezy fans ensure a cool atmosphere. Tables will be arranged to fit exactly your reservation number of guests. So it does look like a nice dining set up.
Back to the food. Let's look at the starters. Some cold items first...
From top to bottom: Salmon sashimi, prawn and mango with avocado mousse, baby octopus, and poached tiger prawns. They are similar to what you will get at the cold seafood section of a buffet, and lend some variety to the spread.
Also some warm stuff like deep-fried soft-shell crab, served with a pineapple-tinged creamy dip. These are done tempura style, with nicely crisp batter.
Coral Crab Bisque with Sour Cream - thick, luscious, and super-umami. There is also crabmeat chawan mushi with mushroom, which had nice, tangible lumps of crabmeat.
But the stars of the show...of course, are the crab dishes. Interestingly, each of them had their own personality, so they did not all taste alike.
Wok-Fried Chili Sri Lankan Crab served with Fried Mantou (also shown in first photo). Decently sized crabs, as you can see. While not the premium XXL jumbo types, these are certainly sweet and fleshy. This dish was the favourite of our table, even though not all of us are fans of chili crab. The flavours are nicely balanced and not shy. I particularly liked that it had a spicy kick to it, but that chili heat may be a bit strong for others.
Salted Egg Yolk Crab. This is more creamy than sandy. Folks who are used to the drier rendition of salted egg yolk crab may take a while to get used to it. But it does grow on you. This one's not spicy, and is carried by more muted flavours, but it's still a very rich dish.
The black pepper crabs are fiery hot, thanks to the pepper specially imported from Hawaii.
There are other crab dishes on the menu like nonya curry crab, masala mud crab, ginger scallion flower crab and grilled mud crab.
If all the seafood is making you crave some red meat, help yourself to the beef striploin. There's also beef rendang and roast beef rump on the menu too.
If you're still hungry, there's crabmeat and seafood fried rice!
Among the durian desserts, we tried (from left to right) the durian cheesecake, durian pengat and durian mousse. I liked the mousse best - it was light but fragrantly durian. The pengat I felt it would have stood well on its own even without the sweet gula melaka layer on top.
Best dessert is still the fruit itself.
Not our intention to tempt you...but free-flow plates of durian?
Check out reviews by fellow bloggers above Calvin, Yee Leong, Philip, and Mui Yee.
Many thanks to Sentosa for arranging this media preview last week. I hear the promo will be back next year, so keep your fingers crossed. Or you could try calling to see if there are last minute cancellations.
THE ULTIMATE CRAB AND DURIAN BUFFET
Date: 9 - 26 Jun 2011
Time: 6pm - 11pm
Venue: The Promontory, Sentosa Boardwalk
Prices: $38++ per adult; $21++ per child (5 – 11 years old) (note: drinks not included)
Tel: +65 6279-1767 (call between 11 am to 9 pm)
Click here to download the full menu.
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