We visited Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering during their national day promotion, so the dishes now may differ. But when we were there, they were offering a spread of zhng local favourites which included Alaskan king crab char kway teow, lobster roti jala, lobster Hokkien mee, and of course, one of Singapore’s best loved dishes, chilli crab.
The meat of the chilli crab is sweet and fleshy. Unfortunately the mantou that accompanies it is not crispy and therefore I did not feel satisfied even after mopping it up with the sweet and spicy chilli sauce.
The lobster roti jala is an interesting mix. The roti jala or net bread is prepared freshly on the spot and the turmeric-tinged bread with the texture of a fluffy pancake with crispy edges goes very well with the creamy chicken curry (not too spicy). But the lobster seems to be like an afterthought.
Following the trend to atas-fied the food, the lobster hokkien mee is nothing to shout about. The baby lobster flesh is rather bland and the noodles a little too salty. The saving grace for this dish is that it contains lots of lard. I don’t care if my arteries are clogged – keto diet right?
Ditching the usual way of serving oysters in hotel buffets, you can choose to douse the steamed oysters with three different spicy sauces, namely Thai chili, mala or sambal belachan.
The oysters do not taste fishy on its own – but they are not as shiok as raw ones with a squeeze of lemon.
The Alaskan King crab meat char kway teow is cooked a la minute but it lacks wok hei – that complex smokey aroma that flavours noodles when cooked in a wok under very high temperature.
The buffet also comes with a selection of sashimi and sushi; kueh pie tee and DIY rojak.
Some of the hot items like braised vinegar pork trotter and wok fried vegetables with belacan are outstanding.
The carrot cake (white) is ok; it looks better than its taste. You may customise it to your liking; more chai poh (preserved radish) or less sambal.
There is also bak kut teh (but no pork ribs in sight when I poured myself a bowl of soup).
Moving from the mains to the desserts, there are hits and some misses. The pandan chiffon cake, which many Hong Kongers buy back for their friends, is fluffy and fragrant.
Ending the meal with lemongrass aiyu with lemonade and longan is especially refreshing and cleanses the palate.
There are also DIY ice kacang, chendol and nonya kuehs e.g. ang ku kueh, kueh dadar, kueh salat.
However, do not try the cheng teng agar agar – much too sweet.
Overall, the food here is ok amidst a lovely ambience with space for large gatherings.
‘Loco Local’ Buffet Price
Sunday-Thursday: $68++ per adult; $34++ per child (4–12 yrs)
Friday-Saturday: $78++ per adult; $39++ per child (4–12 yrs)
Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street Singapore 058289
Tel: +65 6809-8899
6.30am to 11pm daily
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Written by Vanessa Khong. Vanessa is someone who enjoys checking out the local food scene. She believes the way to her heart is through her stomach.
Categories: >$60, Buffet, Chinatown, Clarke Quay
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