Buffets are aplenty and you would think that it gets incredibly difficult for one to set itself apart from the rest; not for Marina Mandarin’s AquaMarine. Apart from their standard buffet, that you can get every other day of the week (except the weekends), Marina Mandarin now offers a Halal Local Weekend buffet lunch – which is back by popular demand! If you are craving for amazing seafood, Indian cuisine, Singaporean classics, a great selection of desserts, and basically everything else, this buffet is the one you must visit.
Prepare to indulge in popular classics such as our Singaporean Style Hokkien mee, char kway teow, fried carrot cake, fried spring roll, braised cabbage and plenty others. Some of the standouts will be this char kway teow and fried carrot cake – which is a known knowledge because it usually gets wiped clean quickly, and is understandably so. The carrot cake they used were thicker than the normal ones we get at the hawker centre. The use of those really gave this dish a different texture and flavour to what I was used to – it is strangely reminiscent of what you can find in the streets of JB instead. That saying, you should grab as much as you can once it is fresh out of the stove!
A DIY noodle station for you to customise your prawn noodles exactly the way you want? Count me in! Maybe I’m just a hermit, but this is the first buffet I’ve been to where you get to experience the whole process yourself. And seeing as how I am not handy in a kitchen setting, I messed up my bowl of noodles. Nonetheless, it was a great experience (even though I had to face the consequences of uncooked kang-kong). Side note, the broth is one of the better broths I had. It was robust and was in no way diluted.
Moving away from the main event, this buffet includes a spread of Indian cuisine, Western cuisine and even Japanese.
With a name like AquaMarine, seafood should definitely be their forte. Prepared to be wow-ed by their selection of fresh seafood like mussels, clams, crabs (which were very meaty) and prawns.
Ending off on a sweet note, the desserts are the destructors to your waistline but are totally worth it. Check out some of their durian desserts – like the durian mochi which was packed with legitimate durian flesh. Alternatively, they have other cakes, puddings, nyonya kuehs and even a DIY chendol station.
For only $60++ per adult and $30++ per child, Marina Mandarin’s buffet will not only not break the bank, it is also a great lunch spot for families during the weekends. Although, a point to note would be that it may not have as big a spread as other buffets. However, at its price and with its seafood options, it is a definite bang-for-your-buck.