Monday, February 16, 2009
Ahhh.. Valentine's Day, when prices of roses skyrocketed, streets are full of lovebirds and restaurants are extremely hard to book. I planned to have this year's dinner at the Prima Revolving Restaurant, but was told there were no window seats avaiable. In need of a contingency plan, I found Saltwater @ Changi Village Hotel.
Saltwater is a buffet restaurant but at night with dimmed lights and serenading music, the place was rather romantic for an intimate dinner.
I took a sneak peak at the buffet and concluded that the spread was relatively little compared to other buffets, but they had items that would keep me happy like fresh sashimi, sambal mussels, chilli crabs and a poolside roast counter that served grilled fish and steak.
Love Me Tender, Roasted Duck with Hoisin Dressing
As I had pre-ordered the valentines couple set, we were served rather quickly and the waitress asked us for our choice of main course. The champagne was a pleasent surprise while the appetising duck meat was warm and crispy, served with garden veggie and cranberries.
Endless Love, Chilean Spicy Seafood Soup
Apologies for the bad shot as my camera was unable to focus on the watery surface, which I found the soup to be of a letdown with bits of squids and left a not too welcoming sour and spicy aftertaste.
You Light Up My Life, Rack of Lamb with Ratatouille
Only You, Jumbo Prawn with Spicy Mash Potato
I was delighted with my rack of lamb which was flavourfully coated with nuts and chinese five-spiced pepper. Effort was barely needed to cut the tender piece that had a good proportion of fats and lean meat. I finally had the chance to try out what made the connoisseur swoon in the cartoon movie! It didnt give me the same effect but was pretty good nonetheless with eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes stacked skillfully.
My girlfriend had the jumbo prawn which was fresh and succulent, going well with a fusion of XO sauce. The mash potato was interesting with chopped chilli and dried shrimps in it.
Power of Love, Panna Cotta Mango Crumble
I'm not an expert on panna cotta, but this one grew on me! The lightly flavoured custard had toppings of mango jelly and sweetening crumble, giving it a crunchy bite and smooth, creamy base. Yum!
The dinner concluded with a choice of coffee or tea and at a worthy price of $110+++ per couple, the set also came with a stalk of rose and chocolates for the lady. I might be back for its dinner buffet and perhaps, look out for its special at the next valentine's!