Awhile ago, the girlfriend had a craving for buffet and durians, both at the same time. I couldn't stand a full durian buffet at Goodwood Park, and since Hotel Rendevous is having a 20% discount for UOB cardholders, off we go then!
Walking past the restuarant many times, I had seen them promoting heavily about their award-winning nonya laksa and durian desserts selection, marking a mental note for a visit. Decor-wise, light wooden furnitures were paired with green cushions while large glass panels seperated the streets and hungry diners.
As for the food selection, they didn't have a very comprenhensive spread, but rather touch and go on the options, with sashimi/bbq counters, hot/cold dish selections and a small noodles/dimsum corner.
I particularly took notice of the steak as it tasted much better than I expected. Juicy with charred linings, I went back many times for this! The tender lamb stew was also to my liking, but my girlfriend distanced herself from its gamely taste. Another item worth mentioning would be the grilled scallops from the bbq counter, never mind the small size as you could always go back for more!
As a signature, this certainly didn't disappointed! Rich in flavour with suitable spiciness, it was so pleasently addictive that I ended up refilling this with little noodles and plenty of stock, tau poks and sliced eggs!
The dessert counter were adequete with mini tarts, nonya kwehs and sliced cakes, but really, we pushed all of this aside and saved stomach space for what's coming up next!
Durian Mousse Cake
I managed to get a pretty shot before people started dismembering it! The mousse was defintely more durian than cream, which was what all the cake needed for success! They also had a logcake version which had drier sponge and less mousse, I rather take the first one! And if you are still not satisfied..
A lazy durian lover's fantasy! The pengat was served in little shooter cups that made it oh-so-convienient for sinful scooping. Smooth, thick and and creamy, the distinct strands of pulp within made you felt like as if eating the fruit itself!
Still asking for more? Have the durian puffs in the background! Just wondering, why didn't they create a durian ice cream to complete the collection?
Total bill for two was $80.90 after taxes and discount. Girlfriend was immersely satisfied with her durian haven. Admittedly, the buffet itself wasn't that great with only a few outstanding dishes. But if you are a durian fanatic, do drop by to pay homage! Remember to drink plenty of fliud to avoid sore throats though!