MELT The World Cafe: Pleasant Buffet Experience at Mandarin Oriental

Melt The World Cafe

Hardly do I ever get excited over buffets. For friends who know me well enough, I never suggest buffet places when planning gatherings or meetups. I dislike the idea of not being able to hold a proper conversation because someone in the group is bound to excuse himself in order to get more food. It’s quite disruptive and annoying when the person comes back and asks, “Why are you all so excited? What’s going on?” And the entire story has to be retold. I’m sure it has happened to most of you right? Apart from that, I don’t like stuffing myself with food. Yes, I do have a choice to eat selectively but hey, this is a buffet that we’re talking about right? ;) This food blog has more than 100 food reviews and there’s only one buffet post, which is not even written by me! :P Ok there’s Chiharu but that’s not counted because it’s an ala-carte buffet. But of course, disliking does not necessarily mean that buffets are an absolute no-no. So here’s MELT The World Cafe at Mandarin Oriental and I’m glad that the buffet experience was a pleasant one. Read on! :)

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My brother turned 21 at the end of last month. Initially, we wanted to help him throw a birthday party by inviting our relatives and his friends. We consulted, or rather, discussed with him but he preferred a quieter celebration. Apart from a surprise party organized by our mum, which involved his close friends from his secondary school and polytechnic, we decided to give him a buffet treat! Buffet = plenty of food = FEAST! Yes, a feast for the king! On second thought, prince!

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Since Mr Chew over here is going to be part of the family soon *hint hint*, he naturally had to join in the celebration. Not that he was forced to or anything like that. Haha. Oh we both got my brother a nice hamster cage and everything else that a hamster needs. I will probably post photos of the hammies in future! :D

Seafood
Seafood Ice Bar – Lobsters, Crabs, Prawns, Blue Mussels & Oysters

We were simply amazed by the presentation of a variety of seafood on top of a large dish of ice. It was definitely a wise idea to place the seafood ice bar right smack in the middle of the restaurant. I mean, that’s what most people are here for right? Besides the lobsters and crabs, my favorite of all was the oysters!

sushi
Assortment of Sashimi and Sushi

For more of the cold selection of food, head over to the sashimi and sushi counter. The thickly sliced fresh slices of salmon, maguro (tuna) and hamachi (yellowtail) are quick to satisfy any sushi craving ;)

Salad
Salads and cold cuts

Whoever (me!) thinks salads are boring will probably give these a second look. Different types of ham such as parma ham, turkey ham, salami and the like are available.

Bread

Freshly made bread in all shapes and sizes

Cheese
Cheese Selection

Chewy Charles and I stood in front of the cheese selection and marvelled at the variety of cheeses displayed before us. The smell of all the different cheeses combined was mildly pungent (I probably have a high tolerance) and was actually quite tempting.

Main Course
Mains from all around the world

Like little kids, we each held a plate with both hands and peeked into each and every pot with much eagerness, gleefully scooping a little bit of everything onto our plates. We really thought that the Indian cuisine was pretty amazing. Chewy Charles particularly liked the mutton. You can also choose between rice or naan (or even both) to go along with the different curries and gravies. The tom yam goong from the Thai cuisine section was definitely potent stuff! We enjoyed the roasted duck and roasted potatoes too!

chinese noodles

When holidaying, hotel buffet breakfasts are almost unavoidable and the only thing that I look forward to, are food that are cooked on the spot, like sunny side ups or scrambled eggs. I like the fact that the food is cooked to order, upon my request! What about you? :P

spaghetti station
Homemade Pasta Station

Chewy Charles and I were attracted to the homemade pasta station where pastas are cooked ala minute. It wasn’t tough for us to choose from tomato basil sauce, mushroom cream sauce and bolognese sauce.

Pasta
Seashell shaped pasta & Angel Hair pasta in mushroom cream sauce

I really love the homemade pasta station :)

desserts galore
Dazzling array of desserts located near the entrance

Soon, it was time for desserts! There were so many cakes and tarts to choose from! :D

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DIY Ice Kachang

The boy was clearly excited over the DIY Ice Kachang idea. Here’s a step by step ‘guide’!

Step 1: Take an empty bowl and fill the bottom with the red beans, grass jelly cubes and atapchi.

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Step 2: Have fun with the shaved ice dispenser.

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Step 3: Dribble the different colored syrup all over the ice. Make your ice kachang as colorful as possible! :D

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Tadah! It’s so fun making your very own ice kachang! The ice was a tad coarse though.

Fondue & Waffle
Chocolate Fondue fountain and Waffles iron

Both the chocolate fondue and waffles drew many kids and adults to this station. I even witnessed a boy camping next to the fondue fountain and eating his chocolate coated marshmallows there and then! :O

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Besides marshmallows, you can even have waffles and fruits like strawberries and grapes to be coated with the luscious chocolate!

Waffle w Tiramisu ice cream
Waffle with Tiramisu ice cream, rainbow sprinkles & nutella spread

The waffles iron was really hot that night. And I mean HOT. It was churning out waffles endlessly. Given a selection of ice cream to choose from, we were spoilt for choice and finally settled for tiramisu! We tried decorating our waffle ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and some nutella too :P

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birthday cake

A nice chocolate birthday cake from the hotel!

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Birthday boy making a wish.

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We were impressed by what the buffet line at MELT had to offer. Chewy Charles and I are already planning a revisit. Haha so much for disliking buffets eh? :P

Melt – The World Cafe
5 Raffles Avenue
4F
The Oriental Singapore (Mandarin Oriental)
Tel : 6885 3082

Sunday Brunch Buffet
12pm -3pm
$138++ onwards per person (Champagne Brunch)
$98++ per person (Brunch only)
48++ per child (4-11 years)

Mon to Sat (Buffet Lunch)
12pm -2.30pm
$56++ per person
$28++ per child (4-7 years)
$38++ per child (8-11 years)

Sun to Wed (Buffet Dinner)
6.30pm -10pm
$68++ per person
$28++ per child (4-7 years)
$38++ per child (8-11 years)

Thu to Sat (Buffet Dinner)
6.30pm – 10pm
$78++ per person
$28++ per child (4-7 years)
$38++ per child (8-11 years)

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21 thoughts on “MELT The World Cafe: Pleasant Buffet Experience at Mandarin Oriental

  1. I’m never really a buffet person but when I saw the picture of the sashimi and sushi and seafood, i feel like im having a sudden craving now! must get my boy and myself on a buffet date soon!

  2. I celebrated my mummy’s birthday here with her last year too! because my brother is working in Mandarin Oriental therefore we get a discount loh. ;D

  3. Hey hi. Would like to ask, urs is dinner buffet or lunch? And the birthday cake, isit free or we can purchase it from the hotel? Cos I’m thinking to bring my bf there for his bday!
    Thanks. :)

    • Hi a, thanks for dropping by my blog. We went there for dinner on a Sunday. If you make a phone reservation, you can indicate that you’re celebrating ur bf’s birthday when the person asks :) The cake is on the house! :)

  4. Hi, okay thanks! And oh, for the sashimis, they serve free flow oysters and salmon sashimi right? Do they replenish ‘em really slow? Cos’ I know of some buffet places, they take a really long time to restock their sashimi, especially oysters.. Sorry for asking so many questions btw, thanks in advance! :)

    • Yup free flow :) Hmm when I was there, the seafood was being replenished every now and then when quantities were running low. Not too bad I would say! No worries I’m glad to be of help!

  5. Hi babe,
    Is free flow beverages inclusive? And which day did you all went? Bcos I heard that on some days they actually serve BBQ as well and there are a varieties of fruits spread! Did you happen to have those bcos I don’t see them in your post.
    Just another silly question, did you guys spend like hours there given that they have such a wide spread? Haha!

    Thanks in advance! :)
    And happy new year!!!

    • Hi Bel, we went there on a Sunday. Cant remember about the beverages. As for the BBQ, we kinda forgot to check the outdoor area! Maybe you would like to call them and ask before making a reservation. Heh heh we spent about 3 hours i guess? And yes, the seafood are meant to be eaten cold cuz they are fresh! Yummy! :D Happy new year to you too! :)

  6. Hi there, I chanced upon your blog when doing a comparison between Melt buffet and Carousel buffet. I intend to bring my bf to a buffet treat for his birthday but I can’t decide which is better. My bf likes salmon a lot, thus which one would you recommend? Thank youu!

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