Conveniently located at the lobby level, we have no problems locating it upon arrival at the hotel. We are also wowed by its live kitchen, where the dishes were prepared before our eyes. We also learnt that many hearts of buffet fanatics were won with the popular ‘Plates of Pleasure’ - à la carte buffet concept, where guests can enjoy unlimited servings of premium meats and other seasonal specialities presented in petite portions and served à la minute.
At first sight upon entering the restaurant, we were attracted by the offerings on ice - Alaska crab legs, lobster, bamboo clams, scallops, prawns. This was the first time we see bamboo clams at a buffet and we were very very impressed.
There were also freshly shucked oysters and freshly sliced sashimi (salmon, tuna, swordfish, octopus)
These were very fresh but however service for these counters were a tad slow as there were not enough chefs around to assist.
The starters :
DIY Salad bar Bread Station
Crème of Wild Highland Mushroom Cantonese Lotus Soup
We were impressed by the variety of salad and bread available. Soup wise, we prefer the Crème of Wild Highland Mushroom, which is thick and chunky and rich in flavour. There were mushrooms in every mouthful!
The mains :
Gratinated Cauliflower Baked Snapper Kam Heong Style
Doubled Boiled Herbed Duck Leg Slipper Lobster w/ Ginger Garlic Gravy
Braised Sea Cucumber w/ Roasted Pork Braised Lamb Shank
& Dried Oysters
Braised Taiwanese Baby Cabbage, Minced Pork Gravy
I would say the variety of the mains were quite good, however to us, only a couple of them are really worth the space in our stomachs :-
Doubled Boiled Herbal Prawn - The soup was very sweet and the prawns were fresh
Cantonese Eight Treasure Rice - This came as a surprise and for hub who is not a glutinous rice person, he even agree this was really good.
Doubled Boiled Herbed Duck Leg - So tender that you know a lot of time and effort went into the double boiling process
Slipper Lobster w/ Ginger Garlic Gravy - Fresh with sweet and spicy gravy. Almost like our Chilli Crab
Greatest 10 Plates of Pleasure :
It's no wonder that this restaurant is well-known for these Greatest 10 Plates of Pleasure. We were simply blown away by each and every dish and the serving were just right for us. We even have seconds for the sea perch and scallops!
The desserts :
"Live" Crepe Station
My favourite section in every buffet. The desserts were quite decent and our favourites were the Durian Cake, Blackforest Cake, Pineapple Cheesecake, Greentea w/ Azuki Bean Swissroll. There were also a good variety of fruits. Crepe was alright and we choose the durian paste topping. However, I made a mistake by adding the lemongrass ice-cream, it put us off the crepe. If you are a lemongrass lover, then you will definitely love it, so this is a very personal preference.
Fruit juice, tea & coffee were also included in the buffet. And we were delighted to see that Gryphon Tea were served.
Overall, food wise, we were satisfied with it, especially the Greatest 10 Plates of Pleasure.
Service was prompt in clearing our plates and attentive as they kept checking if we were satisfied with the food. Only disappointed that they did not serve hub a birthday cake, as promised when I was asked if there was any special occasion for our visit when I called to make the reservation.
Ambience was quiet and peaceful, even LO was enjoying herself and even receive many attention from the friendly staff.
Pan Pacific Orchard
10 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540
Brunch: 12 noon to 3.00pm (Sunday) @ $68++