Monday, June 15, 2015

Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta & Taiwan Porridge Buffet @Coffee Lounge

Evil sistas food adventures continues, and our latest haunt is Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel. There is a Durian Fiesta promo going on (30 May - 2 Aug 2015) and special durian pastries are offered as part of the Dessert buffet spread, on top of regular desserts, for daily Lunch and Dinner sessions.

A couple of dining options are available during the Durian Fiesta:

- $35.80++ per person (Dessert Buffet with Durian Pastries only)
- $28.80++ per person (Top-up of Dessert Buffet with Durian Pastries w/ any ala carte main course order)
- $49.80++ per adult, $24.90++ per child (Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet, inclusive of Dessert Buffet w/ Durian Pastries)

Greedy us opted for the Taiwan Porridge buffet with the Durian Dessert buffet option. The Taiwanese porridge at Goodwood Park have been an all-time-favorite for decades, and I've finally got the opportunity to savor it, together with my fave durian pastries!

The porridge buffet menu includes unlimited order of Sweet potato porridge, and an ala carte selection of 31 Savory dishes to go with it. We ordered over 10+ items from the 8 different categories, and really stuffed ourselves silly with yummy food.

Shredded bamboo shoots w/ chilli oil

Salted eggs & Salted fish

Deep-fried pomfret w/ black soya sauce

Sauteed prawns w/ dried chilli

Baby squid in sweet oyster sauce

Home style tofu

Prawn paste chicken

Fried omelette w/ chye poh

Pork w/ preserved vegetables

French beans w/ dried shrimps

Broccoli w/ garlic

All of the dishes were very good, my personal fave are the crunchy and refreshing Bamboo shoots, crispy Pomfret fish, the fresh and mildly spicy Prawns, sweet and crispy Baby squid and the flavorful bite-size Prawn paste chicken. There are several dishes that I'm still keen to try but couldn't make space in my stomach anymore.

And so, we made our way to the Dessert buffet station and check things out.

Live station á la minute Durian Pancakes

Durian Mousse Cake

Durian Puffs

Durian Chocolate Wafer Rolls

Durian Cappuccino Cake

Durian Macarons

Tau Suan & Red bean soup hot desserts

Nonya kuehs

In addition to the usual dessert spread, 7 Durian creations are available;

- D24 Durian Ice Cream w/ Rainbow Bread (one serving per guest, or ala carte at $7.50++ per serving)
- Durian Macaron
- Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll
- Durian Cappuccino Cake
- Durian Mousse Cake
- Durian Puffs
- Live station á la minute Durian Pancakes

As I'm already feeling quite full, I only took the 6 durian pastries from the buffet station, and ordered the last item through the waiting staffs.

Durian Ice Cream w/ Rainbow Bread

My fave items were the Durian Pancake, Chocolate Wafer Roll, Durian Cappuccino Cake and the Macarons. The Durian Mousse Cake and the Durian Puffs which weren't chilled anymore, tasted quite disgusting. That is not the case if I buy them frozen from the Deli, and kept them fresh in the freezer. I'm also a little disappointed with the Durian Ice Cream w/ Rainbow Bread, the colorful bread was really dry and we ended up only eating the ice cream which was very delicious.

The Durian Fiesta doesn't just end here, well at least not for me. I bought more durian goodies from the Deli (the bakery beside the main lobby), and took advantage of my UOB credit card's 15% discount. Some of the items were bought earlier, but I shall share all of them here.

Durian Rainbow Ice Cream Cakes ($11.75 each)

Durian Puffs (2 for $8.55/ 6 for $21.40/ 20 for $51.35)

Durian Macarons ($22.45 for 6pcs)

The 20pcs Durian puffs are a must buy for me every year (they have a temp. kiosk at Compass Point yearly). The puffs are one of the best in town, with durian cream filling of at least 1 inch thick, and it's always satisfying to have them with warm beverages. The Macarons are new creation for this year, the chocolate shells matches the durian center perfectly, but they're quite sweet though. And lastly, the photogenic Durian Rainbow Ice Cream Cakes tasted as excellent as they looked.

Although a tad pricey, I feel they are an occasional indulgence I have no qualms about paying for once a year.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Mainline: (65) 6737 7411

Coffee Lounge 
Operating Hours:
Breakfast: 6am – 10.30am
Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
Local High Tea: 3pm – 5.30pm

Operating Hours: 9am – 9pm

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