If there's one thing that the girlfriend will never get sick of, it has to be durian. The king of fruit's lure can hit her almost anytime, and yet still blame me for making her put on weight when I helped to satisfy her craving (Its hard to be a boyfriend, sigh).
With such passion, she had been eyeing Goodwood Park's renowned durian spread for ages, so we finally went for the dessert buffet with two other like-minded couples!
Priced at 24.80++ per adult, the dessert buffet was housed within the elegant Coffee Lounge, and we got one of the comfortable circular booth seats due to our group size. Service was polite and efficient, promptly refilling water and clearing our table by the time we were back with a fresh plate.
Knowing that there was absolutely no savoury items in the buffet, I had already prepared myself by downing a Big Pau from Teck Kee at CK Tang Basement!
There were 6 durian-related and an assortment of other dessert items available on a rotational basis. I had previously written on the Durian Puffs, which was still excellent but tended to be a little frozen for the subsequent batches. Thin and crispy, the Mini Durian Pancake was made fresh on the spot, oozing with warm, creamy durian puree. Really nice!
The Durian Swiss Roll was soft and light, with the durian taste really subtle when compared to the other creations. Durian Oreo Cheesecake was rather delightful, with the infusion of durian cream into the cheesecake with chunky crumbs of Oreo on top.
I didn't quite like the Durian Pudding as it was too jelly-like for me. The Durianmisu, which was their new creation for the year, hitted the right spot though! While it was certainly unsightly and some of my friends didn't like the combination, I was intrigued by the blend of durian with rich, moist espresso and cocoa powder. A brave and refreshing attempt!
Take a sip of water and cleanse your tongue for some other desserts! The (Clockwise from top left) Cuppacino Brownie had a solid base and not so much of cuppacino, the other sponge cake (couldn't remember what) was rather bland, Chocolate Mousse was too fluff-like for me while the Flourless Chocolate was rather good with its airy texture.
The taste of red bean heavily masked the green tea flavour for the Green Tea Red Bean Cake, I have a soft spot for Bread Pudding while there was a certain Blueberry Yogurt which I avoided after one mouth.
American Cheesecake was alright and the Panna Cota with Madeline came in such a tiny cup, not even the dessert spoon could fit inside! (I ended up drinking it like a shooter anyway)
There was also an array of Asian desserts like the hot Bubur Terigu and Red Bean Soup, as well as petite Nonya Kuehs. Nothing mind-blowing, but still respectably done.
Movenpick Ice Cream were also available, while the chilled cut fruits provided a much-needed break from the all the processed sugar!
And how could you stop at just one round of their durian creations? More, more!
Sergeant Oreo: Fall in!
If you are a die-hard durian fan with an insatiable appetite, then you would probably love this place to bits. Else I think it would be better to just order ala carte at the Deli instead. As for me? I lost count of how many rounds I made, but I knew it was enough to fill my durian quota for the year, or two maybe. Oh by the way, my savoury instinct still screamed at me to grab two skewers from Yakitori afterwards!
Coffee Lounge 22, Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel Tel: 6730 1746 Note: Durian Fiesta 2010 is already over, though the dessert buffet is still available together with their taiwan porridge buffet. Durian creations can also be bought from The Deli.