The Best of Spice & South East Asian Delights @ AquaMarine

AquaMarine has launched their new menu this month.  Located at Marina Mandarin Singapore and specially available only til 27 Oct 2016, the Best of Spice & South East Asian Delights buffet menu features heartwarming authentic dishes from all over Asia.  There were a ridiculous array of various dishes from all over Asia, so much so that I was caught with surprise not knowing the existence of many of them.

A fully Halal-certified restaurant, Muslim friends at AquaMarine will find joy having their meal gathering with family and friends here.

We spotted what we are familiar with like the Javanese Kampung Nasi Goreng, Malaysian Hokkien Mee and Penang Assam Laksa, Balinese Bakar of Lamb Belly, Whole Ikan Kambung, Chicken, Charcoal Grilled Oxtail.  Don’t give the Balinese Bakar a miss.  They were really fragrant and exuded savoury meat juices with some well-grilled crispy skin there too.

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Too bad you can’t smell them!

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Penang Assam Laksa

Penang Assam Laksa

 

Korean Bibim Naengmyun (or Chilled Sweet Potato Noodle with Shredded Cucumber, Beansprout, Scallion, Picked Radish and Assorted Kimchi), Hae Mul Pajeon (Korean Seafood Pancake), Tteokbokki and Samyetang.

Korean Tteokbokki

Japanese handmade sushi and freshly-sliced sashimi remains a crowd-pleaser here.  Two (2) types of sashimi from  a range of Salmon, Seabeam, Tuna, Swordfish, Octopus, Mackerel are being offered on a rotational basis.

We had Tuna and Salmon on the day we visited.

Over at the Indian Delight curry station, scores of diners attacked the Calcutta Fish Curry, Chicken Tika, Vegetable Korma, Biryani Rice and more.

The Indian Chicken Curry was superb with thick and flavourful curry and tender chicken.

For the noodle lovers, there is Sze Chuan Hand-pulled Noodles with Fresh Prawn, Scallop, Squid and Sliced Fish with Hot & Sour Broth, Taiwanese Wagyu Beef Noodle made with Wagyu Shortribs, Tendon and Beef Ball in a rich Beef Marrow Broth.  Shanghai Pan Fried Chicken Dumpling Sheng Jian Bao and Hong Kong Pineapple Bun Bo Lo Bao are our favourites too.

Expect lesser-known traditional favourites from other Asian countries such as Javanese Roast Whole Lamb Leg with Spicy Coconut and Peanut Sauce, Beef Adobo from the Philippines, Ca Kho To (a Vietnamese Braised Fish dish), Miang Kham from Thailand & Laos, Lechon Manok from Philippines and Amok Trey Cambodian Steam Curry Seafood.

Miang kham is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos. The name “miang kham” loosely translates to “one bite wrap”, from miang and kham. ~ Extracted from Wikipedia

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Vietnamese Fried Sliced Beef and French Bean

Vietnamese Fried Sliced Beef and French Bean

Night Market Favourites, available on Fridays and Saturdays at the Alfresco area at AquaMarine, satiate your appetite with charcoal-grilled Thai Barbeque giant Seabass with Mango Salad, chicken, squid, fish and prawns, or Chong Qing Mala Hot Pot with a selection of fresh seafood, poultry and meat.  And more!

I guess no buffet is complete without fresh & cold seafood, Western grill, bread and cheese, pizzas and pastas.

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Satay Chicken Pizza

Satay Chicken Pizza

Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta

Smoked Duck with Orange Jus

The Smoked Duck with Orange Jus carries a refreshing tangy and a little sweet flavour to the smoked duck – a nice variant from the savoury original.

Desserts include Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut Sauce from Thailand, Surabaya Lapis from Indonesia, Mango Pudding with Coulis from Hong Kong, Vattalappam from Sri Lanka and more.

Assorted Nyonya Kuehs & Kueh Lapis

Assorted Nyonya Kuehs & Kueh Lapis

Old School Butter Cake and Pumpkin Custard.

Old School Butter Cake and Pumpkin Custard

Don’t forget the Durian Mousse Cake as well as the Chendol Agar-Agar served in shot glasses.  These two were a hot favourite and were gone almost as quickly as they were replenished.

Durian Mousse Cake

Red Ruby, Mango Pudding, Chendol Agar-Agar. I really loved the Chendol Agar-Agar. They were excellently rich and fragrant. I found the Mango Pudding surprisingly tasteless though Audrey said they were good. We guessed I must have had eaten the durian mousse cake before this.

Putu Ayu and Dainty Green Tea Chestnut Cakes

Putu Ayu and Dainty Green Tea Chestnut Cakes

The Yuzu Mango Cold Cheesecake looks really inviting here. The tangy yuzu might be too sour for some. I found it tantalising.

The Yuzu Mango Cold Cheesecake looks really inviting here. The tangy yuzu might be too sour for some. I found it tantalising.

A habit that cannot be changed when I spot beautifully-crafted desserts at a buffet, I always take the most visually-appealing ones first before others get to them.  Here are my “collection” of the day even before I finished having the main dishes.  Always gotta save a stomach for sweets!  ;p

Amazing buffets hold a special place in all our hearts.  Who wouldn’t love to pay single flat amount and have all-you-can-eat?  AquaMarine is well-known being one of the better buffets in Singapore and it was certainly not our first time as diners there (I mean, who doesn’t know AquaMarine?) although it’s our first hosted invite by Marina Mandarin as bloggers.  Thanks!

AquaMarine’s Operating Hours

Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am

Lunch: 
Monday to Friday: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

S$60++ per adult, S$30++ per child (5-12 yrs)

For weekend lunch (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday), one child dines free with every paying adult.  Promotion applicable to child aged below 12 and advanced reservations are recommended and subjected to availability.  This benefit is applicable with credit card promotions, vouchers, membership/VIP card, and privileges and offers unless otherwise stated. General Terms and Conditions apply.

Dinner:
Sunday to Thursday: 6.30pm – 10.00pm

S$70++ per adult, S$35++ per child (5-12 yrs)

Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday: 6.30pm – 10.00pm

S$80++ per adult, S$40++ per child (5-12 yrs)

Reservations & Enquiries:
Call (65) 6845 1111, email aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com or visit www.marinamandarin.com.sg/dining for more information.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be invited for a sumptious lunch at AquaMarine, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of AquaMarine and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley :) 

About Marina Mandarin Singapore, by Meritus

Marina Mandarin Singapore is a world-class, 5-star luxury hotel that offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the financial district.

Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, the hotel has direct access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is opposite the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Esplanade–Singapore’s premier performing arts centre. The hotel is also perfectly situated right on the trackside of the annual Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Complemented by a host of comprehensive amenities, the hotel’s 575 well-appointed guest rooms and suites are specially tailored to meet the needs of discerning business and leisure travellers.

With a distinctively majestic atrium soaring through 21 levels of the hotel, Marina Mandarin Singapore is imbued with a philosophy of providing Asian grace, warmth and care in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is a Singapore-based hotel management company under the Hospitality Division of OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”), a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a portfolio of iconic properties in prime locations in Asia and the United States.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus has been providing guests its signature Asian Grace, Warmth and Care for over 40 years. With hotels and resorts strategically located in key cities and idyllic sanctuaries in Singapore and Malaysia, Meritus is soon extending its footprint in more locations around the region, particularly in Southeast Asia and China.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is three-time winner of Most Popular Heritage Brand at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA), demonstrating its impact as a home-grown Singapore brand that has become an important benchmark for values and best practices that other local brand owners strive to attain. More recently, the Group was also conferred Global Winner – Luxury Hotel Chain at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

For more information visit www.meritushotels.com.

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About SAys! Happy Mums

We are a Singapore Mum Blog hosted by BFFs Shirley & Audrey. We blog about our children, parenting and family lifestyle. Most often than not, we find ourselves immersed in family and kids entertainment and can't escape from the lure of great food!

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