Have you been to Resort World yet? No I'm not keen on the Casino at all, but rather the exciting lineup of restaurants available. Hard Rock is one of the newest theme hotel that has been open to public, completed with funky layout, amenities (They got a private beach/swimming pool!) and of course, a buffet place!
Starz's decor was modern comtemporary with purple/green armchairs and yellowish lightings, reminds me of The Line albeit a different colour scheme. They had long tables that were suitable for large groups, as well as cosy pod-like booths for smaller gatherings, though the person sitting smack in the middle might find it troublesome to get to his food!
Selection-wise, I would say that it wasn't very comprehensive, but does have a few speciality live stations and items that stood out pretty well. But if sashimi is a must-have for you at buffets, I have to warn that there wasn't any here at all.
While there are choices of other cold appetisers and hot dishes, the first three basically sums up the stuffs that I kept returning for. Desserts-wise, the range (and taste as well) of cakes were not outstanding, but they did have very enticing gelato ice creams!
Foreground: Chilled Mussels, Prawn Salad
Apologies for the colour, as this was the first few shots that I didn't account for White Balance. The cold seafood selection was rather fresh with my favourites being the bite-size mussels. There was also this salad that had good crunchy prawns, pity that they didn't do a refill of this.
Mini Wagyu Beef Burger, Parma Ham with Melon
My oh my. I went on a roll for this! Though it wasn't of the melt-in-your mouth quality, the wagyu patty was juicy and flavourful, on a bed of sauteed mushrooms and in between toasted sesame bun. Eaten best straight off the chef's grill, the ones in the late few rounds was less desirable left standing cold. How many I had? Clue: It was an auspicious number!
Parma ham is another love of mine, amazing how something cured can goes so well with sweet melon. More please!
Roasted Beef, Chinese Soup of the Day
While looking overly pink, the cut-on-demand meat dish was rather good with charred linings and tender centre. The soup sadly, was too bland for my liking, resembling water that was simply boiled with vegetables.
Curry Chicken with Basmati Rice and Egg Prata, Indian Cracker
Usually I try to avoid rice at buffets, but I was really impressed with the basmati rice here. The colourful, long grains were pleasently dry and infused with the aroma of indian spices. Curry chicken was abit too oily but the meat chunks were succelent and well simmered.
Prata-wise, don't ask for the plain ones as they are really just supermarket frozen types slapped on the stove upon ordering. But egg pratas were a different case altogther as the chef fold fresh pieces right in front of you. I couldn't remember the name of the cracker, but I suspected that it had bits of peppercorn and was rather nice to nibble on.
Fresh waffles with Tiramisu Ice Cream, Desserts Selection
Crispy hot waffles! You can ask the staff to add scoops of ice creams and decorate it anyway you like! As it was the CNY period, desserts include mini goodies like almond biscuits and cashew nut cookes. There were also cute mini donuts!
Apple strudel would taste better if it was warmer while the Apple Crumble was pretty alright. The other cakes I tried (chocolate, green tea) were really just average sponge and cream cakes.
Complimentary TWG tea
At $39++ for weekend dinner, Starz is really a steal in the hotel buffet category. Wagyu beef and parma ham at this price? Well worth the admission ticket to Sentosa! Just don't expect too many items on the menu and enjoy the hip ambience!