With Christmas behind us and the Year of the Rooster arriving fast and furious in 3 weeks, everyone is always doubly busy with spring cleaning, putting up decorations, banking, and not to forget, meal-planning for reunion dinner and CNY gatherings at this time of the year.
If you have not done any planning yet, now is the time to make your reservations at AquaMarine for a gathering this CNY. Located at Level 4 of Marina Mandarin, the Halal buffet restaurant is easily a crowd-pleaser with their splendid spread of delectable cuisine from Asian and International countries.
With planning in advance and innovative twist to the usual fare, Executive Chef Tony Khoo and Chef Chan Tuck Wai have specially prepared a line up of festive dishes to celebrate the joyous festival.
Yu Sheng (Salmon) – DIY
At the Yu Sheng DIY station, grab for yourselves as much treasures as you can with AquaMarine’s Signature Yu Sheng with fresh Salmon Sashimi. After all, the more one grabs, the more ‘huat’ one will be right?
Roasted Duck and Wok Fried Leek in Buckwheat Crepes
Presenting our top vote, these crepe-wrapped roasted duck and wok-fried leek was a champion both in aesthetics appeal and tastes. Rather than sampling small portions of the same duck and leek from the boring-looking warmer, this pancake-style alternative using healthy buckwheat for a wrap gave us a very different gastro-perience (if there is such a word) right out of from the buffet table. This is a MUST-TRY!
Whole abalone, Sea Cucumber and Lobster Dumpling with Crustacean Sauce
Served as the stunning highlight during CNY Reunion Dinner (27 Jan 2017) is fresh Whole Abalone, Sea Cucumber and Lobster Dumpling swimming in a pool of deeply-flavoured Crustacean Sauce with a tinge of spice. Everybody’s well-loved abalone and sea cucumber are braised to perfection – soft to the bite yet there is a little bit of firmness to them.
Together with the large chunk of lobster in the big dumpling symbolising a large money sack, I wished I could have another serving to lick the plate clean! Gimme MORE, pretty please!
Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Kong Bag Pau
This Wagyu Beef Short Ribs Kong Bag Pau with 8 Spices has been cooked slowly for 16 hours to obtain tender chunks of beef with deep, flavourful gravy to soak steamed and ever soft lotus bun with.
An unique twist to the pork belly that we are used to, the wagyu beef kong bah pau is flavoured exactly like how we love it – thick, savoury gravy and (fatty) beef. The addition of soya bean sprouts and lettuce matches the sinful yet delish dish very much.
Steamed Seafood with Cordycep Blossom In Lotus Leaves
Think fresh, sweet and succlent seafood from this eye-catching steamed basket of seafood enhanced with the nutritious cordycep blossoms and the fragrance from lotus leaves. Symbolising abundance of laughter and happiness for the coming new year, the flower crabs, large prawns and bountiful seafood catch is a treasure trove to look out for.
A word of advice – don’t miss the soup!
Stewed Mee Sua with Seafood
After sampling the wave of delicious dishes above and not forgetting other food from the rest of the usual buffet spread at AquaMarine, we’d recommend going for a serving of warm mee sua stewed with fresh seafood. The significance of longevity in mee sua is what everyone needs in the new year ahead. The mee sua soaked in all the invigorating sweetness from the seafood and it settled comfortably in our stomachs after a satisfying meal.
Mandarin Orange Cake
For the coming Year of the Rooster, AquaMarine’s Mandarin Orange Cake certainly looks all set to welcome a year of prosperity and abundance with a wealthy burst of citrusy sweetness and auspicious fruity taste in every bite.
CNY Aquamarine Reunion Buffet Dinner
27 Jan 2017 from 630pm to 10pm
$128++ per adult and $64++ per child 5-12yrs old
CNY Day 1 and 2 Aquamarine Buffet
28 and 29 Jan 2017
Lunch $68++ per adult
Dinner $88++ per adult
CNY Aquamarine Festive Buffet
16 Jan to 17 Feb 2017 (except 27, 28 and 29 Jan 2017) from 630pm to 10pm
Sun – Thurs $70++ per adult and $35++ per child (5-12yrs old)
Fri and Sat $80++ per adult and $40++ per child (5-12yrs old)
Festive Takeaway Menu is available for download here.
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