Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dinner Invite by M Hotel, Cafe 2000 International Buffet

My friend Wendy received an invitation from M Hotel to review their Buffet Dinner at Cafe 2000. We fixed an appointment to try their International Buffet Dinner on a weekday (they serve BBQ buffet on weekends).

Cafe 2000 is located at ground level just beside the hotel lobby. There is a direct entrance from the street on the other end with some Al Fresco dinning tables providing an option to dine outdoors.

An indication that crabs are served in the buffet spread...

The cafe is not very big but they managed to pack in quite a bit of varieties in their buffet spread. Lets check out the different food stations available here.

Fresh Seafood station
Loads of fresh cooked prawns, jumbo raw oysters, mussels, scallops, crayfish and two kinds of crabs. Choice of sauces are available for pairing with the fresh seafood.

Sushi & Sashimi 
Fresh sashimi and assorted sushi for Jap food lovers.

Salad & Cheese station
Good spread of salads and 4 kinds of cheeses.

Local Delights Live station
They are serving Lor Mee today, and some awesome looking braised pork knuckles. The ingredients selection for the Lor Mee Live station is pretty good. There's ngoh hiang, prawn wanton, youtiao, fishcake, quail eggs, meat balls and taupok with two choices of carbo (yellow noodle & thick beehoon).

Assorted Cooked Food
A variety of local and western cuisine. I didn't take photo of all the dishes as there are quite a number served here.

Roast Meat station
Two kinds of sausages, BBQ pork ribs and roast beef.

Breads & Soup station
Assorted breads and buns, and two types of soups (western & asian).

Cheng Teng station, chocolate fountain, fruits, cakes, nonya kuehs, durian puree and ice cream.

My food choices
First round, I had the fresh seafood. My fave are the oysters that are plump and succulent, prawns are sweet and crunchy, and the fleshy crayfish was good as well.

Second serving, I'm having fresh sashimi, sushi, pumpkin salad, prawn salad and smoke duck breast. All are nicely done and fresh...delish.

Next, I tried the Lor Mee from the Live station. I picked quite a few ingredients and chose to eat them with thick beehoon. The fried items were deep fried again till crispy...a delight to eat. The gravy was well flavored and had the right consistency, and I added the provided garlic, chili and vinegar sauce which complimented the dish perfectly...thumbs up.

Last round of food before I move on to desserts. Assortment of cooked food I sampled are chicken satay, spicy bull frog, seafood paella (looks like fried rice), and sweet & sour fried fish.

Chicken satay was the best, the tender and well marinated chicken meat was delicious. I would've love the peanut sauce to be spicier though. The rest of the dishes were kinda disappointing. Bull frog was overcooked and very chewy, Paella was very bland, Sweet & sour fish was over-fried and tough.

Dessert round, 2 shots of Durian puree, some Cakes and Nonya kueh, Matcha mousse and Cheng Teng. The Durian puree is a must try! Bitter sweet and creamy with lotsa real durian pulp...utterly satisfying to eat. The rest are not worth mentioning.

We had an enjoyable dinner here at Cafe 2000. The buffet spread was rather decent, food quality has more hits than misses, service level was within my expectation of a hotel grade restaurant. I wouldn't mind coming back again to try their BBQ buffet.

For the month of March 2014, they are having Old Time Flavors theme with focus on Hokkien & Teochew style Ngoh Hiang dishes. Their buffet dinners are priced at:

International Buffet Dinner
Sunday to Thursday, 6pm – 10.30pm
From S$52++ Adult, S$28++ Child

Seafood and BBQ Buffet Dinner
Friday, Saturday, 6pm – 10.30pm
From S$65++ Adult, S$36++ Child

Cafe 2000, M Hotel Singapore
81 Anson Road Singapore 079908
Tel: 6500 6112

** this is an invited tasting session.