Once you’ve settled in to life here, the idea of eating your body weight at a buffet lunch is somewhat off putting…even if you are talking St Reej lavishness (I think, money no object, it’s one of the best in class). But if you want value without compromising at all on the quality of food on offer, I’ve recently discovered a new favorite place for Sunday brunch buffets…this particular version is only available on the last Sunday of the month (they have other buffets on the other Sundays but they are absolutely not what I’m talking about).
Oscar’s at the Conrad Centennial is not only incredible value, but the food is faultless. Admittedly there’s not as much choice as you’d expect if you rocked up for a buffet at the usual big guns (Fullerton, Shang, St Regis etc) but here at the Conrad, for the good value sum of $98 ++ if you are not drinking and, here’s the scoop, a mere $108++ if you are, they have all the essentials. By that I mean fresh Boston lobsters, pan fried foie gras cooked to order, sushi and sashimi, five different types of oyster, a very good cheeseboard and perfectly delicious puddings.
There are also pasta options and all the usual ‘fillers’ but I don’t tend to focus too hard on them (good for children though, who eat for free if they are under four years old).
They are rather keen on hiding their lobsters away so you have to identify the ‘lobster man’ early on, smile and ask for more when and if the bowl they are displayed in does not seem to be replenished. He had plenty in the under counter fridge and could produce them (begrudgingly) on demand.
The pricing for the alcoholic version of the buffet depends on what alcohol you are going for. The $108 includes free flow Chandon which is admittedly fizz rather than champagne BUT it is produced by Moet & Chandon and is really quite good. In fact, I’d happily quaff it down over some of the cheaper brands of champagne.
If only champagne proper will do (they serve Verve or Moet) then it will cost $158++. BTW: Pay by UOB and you get to feed four for the price of three (applies to the non-alcoholic brunch only) . Or alternatively, HSBC & Citi Bank cards give you 15% off regardless of what you variety of brunch you plump for (literally). Children under four years old eat for free.
Opening Times: This buffet only happens on the last Sunday of every month from 12pm-3pm
Images courtesy of The Roving Picture.