Oscar's at the Conrad Centennial Singapore is running a Local Delights and Peranakan Highlights between now and 31 August 2016. Helmed by Senior Chef de Cuisine Alex Siah, the buffet spread (during lunch and dinner both) features a selection of Peranakan and local favourites.
The spread at Oscar's on a weekday evening is not as extensive as her competitors in the area but the dishes that were featured were really well-executed. In fact, if you do make a reservation using a secret code word, you will be able to enjoy the buffet lunch and dinner at 23% off - click HERE to find out the promo code to get this buffet at just S$45++ and S$55++ for lunch and dinner respectively. Keeping the affordability of this buffet in mind, the Local Delights and Peranakan Highlights at Oscar's is really quite a good one. Besides, how can you say no to a bowl of delicious Nonya Chap Chye?
The Ayam Buah Keluak is also something to watch out for if you know your Peranakan food well. As some of you might already know, the plant of the Buah Keluak is poisonous in nature but the seeds of this plant are detoxified and they offer this dish a nutty flavour - some people even call this the truffle of Asia!
You will also be able to enjoy unlimited servings of a Peranakan favourite - the Kueh Pie Tee. The Pie Tee shells here at Oscar's are slightly harder than the usual ones and as a result, they do hold up the turnip and carrot mixture a lot better. Feel free to add prawns and chili to top off this classic dish.
Those of you who prefer to indulge in local flavours, the Local Delights and Peranakan Highlights at Oscar's also feature dishes like the Singapore Chili Crab (complete with deep-fried mantou on the side), Oyster Omelette, Stir-fry Black Pepper Beef, Lamb Rogan Josh, Roasted Meats and even a 'live' Teh Tarik station which has won the praises of many guests and diners.
More importantly, be sure to savour the special Dry Laksa Pasta with Spicy Coconut Espuma Foam that is created by one of Singapore's most famous food blogger, Miss Tam Chiak. Inspired by the famous Laksa in Singapore, Miss Tam Chiak has given a modern twist to one of the locals' favourite dishes with angel hair pasta and a delicious coconut espuma.
A selection of fresh seafood is also available during dinner - expect to find freshly shucked oysters (you literally have to tell them to shuck it in front of you), slipper lobsters, scallops, fresh prawns and a small selection of sashimi on the side. Seriously, where else are you going to get a buffet spread so decent that comes with a selection of fresh seafood for S$55++ during dinner?
Be sure to leave room (meaning stomach space) for desserts because you will not want to miss out on the array of Nonya Kuehs and desserts!
The Local Delights and Peranakan Highlights at Oscar's (Conrad Centennial Singapore) is quite a great buffet if you factor in the price of it - getting unlimited servings of roasted meats, fresh seafood and delicious Peranakan food at S$55++ (find out how HERE!) is quite a huge deal (especially in the area!) and the buffet quality here is definitely on par with some decent restaurants out there.
This was an invited media-tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.