Italiano Paradiso Buffet @ Marriott Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Located within the majestic premises of Marriot Tang Plaza, lies an international buffet restaurant by the name of Marriot Café. Prior to its renovation years ago, the restaurant now features matt-finish wooden dining tables, sleek pendant lightings and soft carpeted flooring that sums up the whole contemporary design concept. For families or couples that prefer a slightly more laid-back, cozy environment, do opt for the sofa seating which is cleverly hidden behind the salad bar for a more intimate atmosphere.

Apart from the stylish décor, the restaurant also boasts of its open kitchen concept where chefs would cook and serve you piping hot food on the spot at their respective cooking stations. If you are equally as lazy as me, feel free to indulge in their signature dishes, such as the crispy roast pork, braised beef cheek and assorted cold cuts, before heading back to the live cooking stations.

On top of all that, the restaurant has also got your seafood cravings covered with a cold seafood station featuring the freshest and finest seafood from across the world! Not to be missed are the extra plump and juicy oysters that coat your palate with a burst of oceanic sweetness, and the prized Boston lobster with a seductive row of creamy, orange roe lining the tender meat.

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Sashimi lovers can rejoice as they pile their plates up with a seemingly endless flow of tuna and salmon sashimi that gets replenished prior to running out. If you are the kind that requires the extra bit of rice for a more substantial, full-bodied feeling, I would gladly assure you that the colourful California rolls, traditional maki rolls and assorted gunkan maki would have you spoilt for choice!

From 3 March to 30 April 2016, Marriott Café will be having an Italian-themed buffet that features an odyssey of Italian delicacies flawlessly crafted by Italian maestros Chefs Christian Frigo and Daniele Trivero. Get your fork and knife ready and be prepared to be blown away by bold, authentic Italian flavours that the duo has to offer!

Starting with appetizers, we had the popular Italian street food – Fritto Di Mare which was a basket of deep fried seafood that consisted of calamari rings, mussels, fish slices and yellow capsicum. These terribly addictive munchies had the perfect golden brown batter encasing the fresh ingredients which were all fried to a beautiful golden crisp.

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While the seafood basket worked wonders, the chicken and pork terrine was unfortunately less impressive. The terrine was a tad too pasty for my liking, and needed a more textually intriguing touch to add some excitement to the dish. Flavours wise however, were nicely well balanced, and would be a hit for the meat or pâté lovers.

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The Pork Sliders at Marriott Café are definitely not to be missed. These miniature burgers comprised of two toasted bun halves sandwiching layers of zucchini, arugula, capsicum, and succulent pork patty; simply adorable and equally delicious!

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Similar to the zi char-style stir-fry lamb with spring onion, the Sauteed Lamb with Balsamic Vinegar was every bit nostalgic. These mouth-watering, succulent pieces of meaty goodness were sautéed over just the right temperature, capturing the nice charred flavours whilst locking in those delicious meaty juices!

Maiale Ai Latte, or pork braised in milk, was another enjoyable dish.  According to the chef, this time-consuming dish utilized meat from the neck area which was marinated with mushrooms, salt and pepper for a whole day. The milky, flavour-concentrated broth was the result of blitzing the final concoction of onion, pancetta, rosemary, mushroom, milk and stock in a single pot.

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Concluding the lovely dinner, was a generous plate of Riso, Patate E Cozze (Rice, Potatoes and Mussels) for that much needed bit of carbs. Almost identical to the Spanish Paella, the Italian’s version originated from Pulia, and is made by combining rice, potato, mussels, prawns, zucchini and tomato in a single pot before being baked in the oven for 45 minutes and topped with parsley bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. The result of this simple cooking method was truly fascinating as every grain of rice was cooked to perfection, with the much adored chewy centre- all coated in a pool of golden, rich creamy fluid.

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Moving on to my favourite part of every buffet – the desserts! These sweet little delights are the jewels that sum up the entire meal which Marriott Café had done with a great deal of finesse! With an ambrosial array of house-made desserts that range from classic tiramisu to decadent chocolate cupcakes, as well as local’s favourite durian cake, it was almost impossible to resist them all!

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Although the food at Marriot Café had its ups and downs, it was still a pretty much enjoyable experience! With a large variety of dishes, and cozy ambience, it makes the perfect dining place for families and couples to indulge in, but do remember to reserve a table before hand to avoid disappointment!

Italian Lunch Buffet
Monday to Saturday / Sunday
Adult: $59++ / $98++ per person
Child: $35++ / $46++ per child

Italian Dinner Buffet
Sunday to Thursday / Friday & Saturday
Adult: $70++ / $80++ per person
Child: $38++ / $40++ per child

Ground Floor
Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Singapore 238865
Tel:6831 4605

Opening hrs:
Daily: 06:00 – 11:00
Daily: 12:00 – 14:00
Daily: 15:00 – 17:30
Daily: 18:30 – 23:00

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Words and Photography by Kenneth Lim (@exasperatedmilk)
The writer is an avid tea drinker who enjoys slicing cakes with his golden fork. 

Singapore

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