“Flavors of the World with a Local Twist” buffet is launched by the newly minted F&B director, Chef Jean-Philippe Couturier from France. He has also worked at Novotel in Bali and Vietnam before.
Salad & Bread section
Oops, didn’t take photos because we didn’t eat any. We are kiasu Singaporeans, we eat meats at buffets!
Cold Seafood Section: When we were there at lunch, the Canadian oysters weren’t available. Was looking forward to that.
(a) Chinese section, including very fatty and savory roast meats, braised pork ribs, steamed fish, and dim sum
(b) Singaporean section: satay, otah, fried chicken wing, and the highlight, laksa.
(c) Indian section: basmati rice with assorted curried meats and vegetables.
There are a few dishes that we find hard to classify so we are calling them fusion. One such dish is chicken in an almost-teriyaki sauce and another dish, pictured below, is pan-fried seabass in a creamy lemon butter sauce.
Besides pastas, roast beef, soups (mutton pot au feu), the highlight is the “live cooking” seafood risotto. It is first cooked in a pan, and then finished off in a huge parmesan wheel so that the grains of rice are coated with cheese! Very fun to watch.
Dessert section is quite extensive with many cakes, tarts, mousses, kuehs, chocolate fondue, ice cream, and make-your-own-ice-kacang. It’s a pity that when we were there for lunch, the famed durian pengat (durian paste), a dish for lazy people, a dish we love, wasn’t available.
Verdict: A good selection of different cuisines. Value for money. While there isn’t a truly outstanding dish that could be the focus of the buffet, the buffet, as a whole, has no misses (or at least for the items we tasted). And it is rare to find a no-misses buffet.
A La Carte Menu
If you’re not a fan of buffet, there is always the a la carte menu. We sampled the pan-fried cod fish in Laksa and prawn bisque, accompanied by a bowl of chicken rice ($34). The spicy broth is very addictive although we wonder if the dish is too complicated, with so many flavors going on: prawn, coconut milk, chicken rice, peanuts, etc.
If you book a suite at Novotel, you get access to the lounge on the 24th floor that serves complimentary food and drinks and you get a fantastic view (shown below). Book it for National Day to catch the fireworks! We heard the suites are already filling up for National Day.
Buffet Prices at The Square Restaurant
Senior Citizen: $25 nett.
Senior Citizen: $30 nett.
Fri-Sat (BBQ Night):
Senior Citizen: $38 nett.
177A River Valley Rd, 7th Floor Novotel Hotel, Singapore 179031
T: 6338 3333
Buffet Lunch: Noon-2:30 pm
Buffet DInner: 6pm-10pm
All day a la carte service
Rating: 3.248/5 stars
PS: Thank you, John, Chef Couturier and Novotel, for the invite.