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Thai Delights Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant

Those of you who love Thai food, you may want to sit up and read more because Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant will be welcoming you to the land of smiles. Only for a short period from 18th October to 3rd November, the restaurant will present Thai cuisine favourites on their buffet line. From well-known must-haves of Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai, to the familiar Spicy Thai Herb Salad and Prawn Spring rolls, you can find it all at Feast @ East.

To end off the buffet with a little something extra, all diners including children will be treated to a can of coconut drink. If it’s dinner, adult diners will have a chocie of a complimentary can of coconut drink, a glass of draught beer or a glass of wine! For the pricing, it’s quite a good deal!

We were kindly invited down for a tasting at Mercure Hotel last week just before the buffet promotion started. What you see here will be available at the buffet line but not in the exact same presentation.

Thai Prawn Cakes

Thai Prawn Cakes

The Thai Prawn cakes were undoubtedly my favourite dish of the evening. They were sizzling hot, crispy and a little bit bouncy. It was fun to eat them. The sweet chilli sauce provided is a must try as well as it really enhances the prawn cakes. I was a little greedy and took 2 pieces!

Red Curry Beef (1)

Red Beef Curry

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Jia Wei Restaurant at Grand Mercure Roxy

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After our cocktails by the pool and tour of the hotel, we were treated to a sumptuous dinner at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. We had a cosy little private room all to ourselves. The private room seats 20 (2 round tables of 10), and when not in use, the sliding walls can be removed so that there is more space for for the rest of the restaurant. I liked it one of the walls was made of glass, which allowed us to overlook the hotel lobby. Private dining rooms can be very claustrophobic, with their stark white walls and dim lighting, but this one at Jia Wei had a nice warm ambience to it.

Jia Wei is but one of the 5 restaurants available at Grand Mercure Roxy. Featuring contemporary oriental design and décor amidst a fine-dining ambiance, Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant offers both exquisite fusion and authentic Chinese cuisine created by the award-winning Chinese Executive Chef Lee Tuck Seng . Opened in December 2007, the cuisine specialties at Jia Wei include the Traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum ( 香传统港点心), Peking Duck (北京烤鸭), Live Seafood (活海鲜) and Double Boiled Soup (炖汤).

I’m always slightly apprehensive about big blogger events if I’m going alone as I always fear I would be left alone with no one to talk to. I’m not the most extroverted of people although I pretend to try, but really I’m a scaredy cat inside ha! Thank goodness Melvin of A Winsome Life was next to me. Met him at the Greenwich V event just 2 weeks ago! Janet of OMY was at my table too so that was a relief. As usual I worried for nothing because conversation flowed freely and it was a wonderful evening.

Mercure Roxy - Jia Wei (2) Lovely table centrepiece

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The chef here to welcome us as well as to introduce Jia Wei’s signature dishes.

Mercure Roxy - 4 Dim sum Delight)

Deep-fried Seafood Roll with Mixed Fruit
Steamed Scallop Dumpling
Siew Mai with Cordyceps Flower
Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Shark’s Fin

It was great to have dim sum for dinner. I’m the type of person that can have dim sum any time of the day. I was really pleased to find out that you can even order dim sum as late as 5pm! I know you can always go to the hawker centre types for late night dim sum, but the standard there is really terrible! For me, good dim sum is made with prawns, not pork! The dim sum at Jia Wei is pretty good, although there is room for improvement, such as in the skin of the prawn dumpling, which was slightly thick.

Mercure Roxy - DOUBLE BOILED FISH MAW SOUP WITH CORDYCEPS FLOWER, ABALONE AND CONPOYDouble boiled fish maw soup with cordyceps flower, abalone and conpoy

For those of you who feel like you need some nourishment, this is a very good soup to order. It is loaded with good stuff and you can tell that the liquid has been infused with the nutrients from the ingredients as it makes your lips sticky when you press them together. That’s collagen that’s causing the stickiness! Soup that just happens to be thickened with starch will not make your lips sticky. Try this trick out.

Mercure Roxy - Peking Duck Peking Duck

The Peking Duck elicited lots of excited “oohs” and “ahhs” from our table. Seriously, who can resist this? The skin was crispy and the flesh tender. Paired with the pancake and some sauce, it tasted really wonderful.

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Grand Mercure Roxy

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Last week, I attended a cosy get-together with 14 other bloggers to check out the Grand Mercure Roxy’s brand new Level 4 facilities as well as to sample the delights at the hotel’s Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. I’ve only ever been to Grand Mercure Roxy once, about 2 years ago for drinks at the lobby bar. Probably only those people living in the East know about Grand Mercure Roxy, as it’s a hotel that isn’t located in the heart of town.

Still, Grand Mercure Roxy enjoys on average a 95% occupancy rate, with a total of 569 guestrooms and suites! Apart from the usual business travellers, apparently many Singaporeans love to check into the hotel over the weekends for easy access to East Coast Park beach. Scroll all the way down to read more about the hotel’s room promotions. And did you know that children under 12 are entitled to complimentary breakfast?

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Image taken from Grand Mercure Roxy website

As an avid traveller myself, I’m listing down 3 services which I think will really benefit guests who stay at Grand Mercure Roxy.

  • Complimentary Airport Transfer - I think the complimentary shuttle bus service to and from Changi International Airport from 6.30am to 2am must surely be a welcome benefit. Not many hotels in Singapore provide free airport transfers, if at all. Having to book your own transportation is no joke. It’s a foreign country, you don’t know the roads or the systems. It can be a tedious affair as you have no idea which companies are reputable, or whether your ride would even turn up! Not to mention it usually costs a bomb!
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access – Again, this is something I think that many top notch hotels in Singapore do not provide for free. For me, Internet access is absolutely essential and I will almost always choose a hotel with free Internet access over one that hasn’t. How else did I manage to blog about my Norway and Denmark trip every single day? Gone are the days when I would camp out at the Internet Cafe and pay $3 for half hour’s use. Yes I did that in NZ, Australia and UK back in 2005 – 2007. Free Internet seems commonplace in other countries now, but not so in Singapore. I suppose the tide will change eventually when hotels start getting competitive.
  • Coin-operated Laundrette – An extremely useful facility if you ask me, that is lacking in most hotels be it in Singapore or abroad! With this service, you can afford to pack less clothes, and keep your luggage space free for more important things like SOUVENIRS! 2 years ago, I was having a leisurely sip of orange juice while lounging on the lawns of some park in Perth. Along came a baby, who tripped right over me and the orange juice spilled all over my cream coloured jacket. I spent THREE hours washing the thick jacket and then ironing it to get it dry.

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