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Breakfast Buffet at Conrad Oscars

Breakfast was included as part of the Conrad Singapore Hotel package we booked for my birthday last month. I have a love hate relationship with breakfast buffets. In order to get a good seat and have lots of time to go for several rounds, one is required to wake up early. But that is so against my philosophy on weekends! In fact, it’s against my philosophy everyday!

The Partner is more of an early bird so he’s the one summoning the energy to drag me out of bed. Overt tactics such as “IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING OUT OF BED, I’M GOING DOWN FIRST AND ALL YOUR PHOTOS WILL BE OF UGLY LEFTOVERS” usually works well too.

Conrad Oscars Breakfast Ice Cream

I find it really strange that there’s actually ice cream for breakfast. I suppose the freezer glass display is permanently there so why not just offer the ice cream. But seriously, who eats gummies for breakfast?!?

Conrad Oscars Waffle Guy

The guy will also whip up waffles for you with toppings of your choice. I don’t have a sweet tooth  in the morning. Things like kaya toast, jam on bread and even milo will instantly cause me to be so sleepy, I rather go hungry than to risk it. Kind of like the sleepy feeling after lunch, except it happens in the morning.

Conrad Oscars Cereal containers

Cereal counter with a selection of normal as well as organic cereal!

Conrad Oscars (5)

Yoghurt and fruits. Healthy healthy healthy!

Conrad Oscars Breakfast Line

Hot items like ee fu noodles, fried rice, sausages, hash browns. The unhealthy side of the buffet line

Conrad Oscars Egg Lady

Egg lady whipping up eggs – omelettes, scrambled, sunny side up

Conrad Oscars Omelette in the Frying Pan

It must be quite stressful having to take orders, cook 2 or even 3 servings at the same time and as fast as possible, and have the customer watching your every movement.

Conrad Oscars Omelette (2) Conrad Oscars Omelette

Mmmmm egg. I love egggggg! Best omelette I had was still the one in MovenPick Resort Phuket. I remember it till this day even though it was 5 years ago.

Conrad Oscars Chawan Mushi and more

Conrad Oscars also has some Asian dishes such as porridge, dim sum and Chawan Mushi. The Chawan mushi was surprisingly quite good and not overcooked, like buffet types are apt to be. The dim sum was as expected, over cooked since it was all sitting in the steamer.

Conrad Oscars Bread Basket

European type breads

Kaya in a disposable packet!

I have never in my life seen kaya and peanut butter in a packet like this before.

Conrad Oscars Buffet Line

Dozo

Warning, this is going to be a very long post with lots of pictures of food!

The other day, I met up with a long time friend for my early birthday celebration. I searched high and low for a good restaurant to go to that wouldn’t require us entering the CBD area since it was a weekday. Somehow, I ended up on Dozo’s website even though I’d never heard of it existence before. They have a 7 course dinner set going at $59.00+++ which seemed pretty reasonable considering that there were SEVEN courses. So just like that, I decided upon this place. Turns out, my friend had already dined there at least 3 times but she didn’t mind going again as she’d enjoyed the previous occasions.

Dozo only serves this 7 course set dinner (6 course for lunch). For each course, there are about 5 choices to choose from. There is no ala carte menu available.

Dozo -  Crispy Pasta

Complimentary crispy pasta strands – Quite nice, tastes like potato/corn chips.

Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter (2)

1st Course – Chef Selection Assorted Platter – I absolutely loved the foie gras on bread puff. It was oh-so-melt in the mouth and slid down my throat way toooo quickly. I wish there was more of it instead of that tiny sliver! Foie gras just tastes so good it takes a bad chef to ruin it! The middle morsel was scallop and the last one was smoked salmon. All very tasty and were excellent as a start to the meal.

Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo (2) Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo

2nd Course –  Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayonaise – The Beef Tartare, which is basically raw beef was very nice. It had a very strong flavour to it, although I wouldn’t call it a raw flavour. I didn’t quite like the mayonaise though, it felt more like curry mayo rather than truffle mayo, and there was just too much of it, which I feel kind of cheapens the look of the dish. I still wanted to finish all the beef tartare so for the last few pieces, I scraped off all the mayo.

Dozo Sashimi Appetiser

 

2nd Course – Sashimi – My friend had this. Looking at the huge slices of fresh fish and the huge amaebi, I was a little regretful that I didn’t order this. But then, I had sashimi for lunch that day. The yellow fish in the middle ( i forgot the name) has a very very interesting texture. It’s like biting into a firm raw fish egg sponge. I tried some and it had a tropical flavour for some reason.

Dozo - Gratinated Escargot with Yuzu Butter

3rd Course – Gratinated Escargots with Yuzu Butter – My friend had this and said it was lovely

Dozo -  Foie Gras Chawan Mushi with truffle slice

3rd Course – Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Truffle Slice – I had originally expected a foie gras slice on top of a normal chawanmushi. Instead, what they have done is to puree the foie gras into the chawanmushi. I love chawanmushi on its own, but what I can say is that foie gras mixed into chawanmushi is even better. I definitely could taste the distinct flavours of the foie gras in each scoop of the heavenly chawanmushi. Of course, had the dish come with a slice of foie gras instead, I wouldn’t have been disappointed either.

Dozo - Mushroom Soup with Truffle

4th Course – Mushroom Soup with Truffle – Seems like Dozo really likes using Truffles to enhance their dishes! That little black thing in the spoon is a sliver of truffle.

Dozo - Clam Soup

4th Course – Clam Soup – I had this, which I thought was very ordinary after all the previous dishes. It was clear soup with clam flavour, but no solid pieces of clam in there. It also had a rather strong seafood taste, which some others may not appreciate. Didn’t like it that the sides of the bowl were stained with the soup = failed presentation.

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (2)

5th Course – Kurobota Pork Cheek with Onion Jam – The pork was very tasty and cooked just right such that it was very tender. Really loved the flavour of the meat. Didn’t like the gratin that they piled onto the pork together with the mayonaise underneath the green gratin. Once again, way too much mayonaise to the point that I had to once again scrape off the mayo. I really liked the caramelised onions on the side. If only this was incorporated into the pork, perhaps that would be better?

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (3)

Here’s a close up shot of the wonderful caramelised onion jam

Dozo - Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips

5th Course – Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips – Interesting to note that both the main courses had the same green gratin.

Dozo - Warm Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

6th Course – Warm Chocolate Cake – Cake was average. Definitely not near the best that I’ve eaten.

Cappucino Creme Brulee

6th Course – Expresso Creme Brulee – I loved how this was presented. Was very tasty too, the scoop that I stole from my friend.

Dozo - Iced Fruity Refresher

Dozo - Green Apple Mocktail

7th Course – Iced Fruity Refresher (above) and Green Apple Mocktail – I had the iced fruity refresher, and refresh me it did! I was even provided a fork to spear out the cubes of fruit in the drink. My friend had the Green Apple Mocktail which is her favourite in all the drinks that she’s tried here.

Dozo - Seating Area

Conclusions : At first it seems that $59+++ ($71 nett) is a great price for a 7 course meal, and I did think that the 1st few dishes were wonderful and worth the price. However, the soup was a let down. The main course and dessert while nice, gave me the feeling that I could also get these from any other restaurant or cafe. And the vibe of the place…I get the feeling that the restaurant wants to market itself as a fine dining/atas restaurant. But simple details like the presentation of the soup, scratches on the pillars and a totally atrocious toilet (worse than a Chinese restaurant’s toilet!) lowered my impression. To conclude, $59 is not cheap, you get what you pay for.

 

Dozo – Fine Modern Japanesque

491 River Valley Road

#02-02/03 Valley Point Shopping Centre S248371

Tel: 68386966

Lunch: 11-2.30pm ; Dinner 5.30 –10pm

http://www.dozo.com.sg

Bedok Point Sushi Tei

Some photos I took of the Bedok Point Sushi Tei. I have heard that the Sushi Tei standards vary from branch to branch. I’m glad to report that the Sushi Tei at Bedok Point Mall is quite good! I hope they didn’t just assign their best chefs for the opening.

It’s great that there is a Sushi Tei so close to where I live now. I’ve always thought that Sushi Tei offers up very affordable yet tasty and fresh sushi and sashimi. How do they keep their costs down? Used to dine at Sushi Tei really often when I worked in the City Hall area. Some say, the City Hall Sushi Tei branch has the best chefs.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei

Full house at 7pm on a weekday

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Prawn sushi roll

Prawn roll – One of the more sinful dishes at Sushi Tei since the prawn is deep fried, and all that fish eggs.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Salmon Belly Miso Soup

Salmon Belly Miso Soup $10 – I like to take the salmon out so it is still half raw. Once again, with some steamed rice, this becomes a substantial meal.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Crabstick and Avocado Salad

The salads at Sushi Tei are quite nice in their own right. Although the vegetables are mostly cheap looking lettuce, I like the fact that you can eat this with some steamed rice, and it becomes a filling and satisfying meal.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Chawan Mushi

Chawan Mushi – If there’s one thing I must have at any Japanese restaurant, that’s Chawan Mushi, also known as egg custard.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Edamame Beans

Edamame beans are good for health but are quite pricy! This bowl of beans cost $4!

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Green Tea Ice CreamBedok Point Sushi Tei Green Tea Ice Cream (2)

This green tea ice cream was so good, I just had to order another helping! I’ve always thought that I wouldn’t fancy green tea ice cream, but I am now a strong convert! It’s an additional dollar or 2 for the adzuki beans.

Bedok Point Paradise Inn

I thought the sign looked quite nice so I took a picture of it!

Bedok Point Ayam Penyet

Ayam Penyet Ria. There are quite a number of speciality chicken restaurants here. There’s a chicken hot pot restaurant and a chicken rice restaurant both on the 2nd level.

Will post pictures of Kung Fu Paradise soon. Kung Fu Paradise is part of the Paradise group, and is targeted towards the young! Am I too old to dine there?? The staff were all practically just out of their teens and I did not spot a single person there over 30 years of age.

Click here for my previous post on Bedok Point as well as the entire list of shops and restaurants directory.

Click here for directions to Bedok Point Mall

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