You’ve been warned. Chocolate lovers will revel in the fact that Fullerton Hotel’s The Courtyard has brought back their Chocolate Buffet (S$45++ per adult; S$22 per child) and it is only on Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm to 11.00pm.
Bigger, better and helmed by Executive Pastry Chef Siddharth Prabhu, the weekend evening affair features a slew of novel creations that will tantalise the tastebuds of both young and old.
I was really intrigued by the savoury section of the buffet as I’ve always heard of beef with chocolate sauce but I’ve never ever tried it before. Moreover, most people think of chocolate as a sweet treat rather than paired with a meat.
What I liked: the pork ribs and mini quiches. The ribs were so tender and fell off the bone (no wonder there wasn’t any knives on the table) and although the chocolate powder was a tad bitter at first, it does melt into the meat upon chewing and provides a nice flavour. You MUST eat the meat together with the fried curry leaves to add another dimension of flavour.
The quiches were fun and bite-sized although one of my quiches had too little trout for me to taste it. My aunt was dreaming of spinach in hers. No chocolate in this dish but it does help break any overwhelming chocolate taste in your mouth that you may already have.
What I didn’t like: the empanada and arancini. Sorely disappointed in both dishes. The wagyu filling wasn’t well seasoned and because of that, I started to be a bit picky with the pastry as it wasn’t flaky nor rich tasting as you’d expect from either a puff or a Cornish pasty.
Arancini is essentially a fried risotto ball and while I liked the crispy outer layer, the burst of chocolate in the middle didn’t quite go. Lime? What lime? Me no taste lime. Meh. Skip the carbs and move on.
You probably can’t see from the photo above but there are wisps of ‘smoke’ from the liquid nitrogen. Crack it open and…
Create Your Own Hot Chocolate Station
Valrhona Tasting Table
I chose one to try out (see the bottom left corner) where it is a 40% milk chocolate with notes of caramel and vanilla. I liked the idea of the tasting table because you get to taste the real chocolates first, so I do suggest trying these first before hitting the other delicious goodies.
For more information and reservations, please call Dining Reservations at +65 6877 8911 / 8912 or visit www.fullertonhotels.com
Photo credits: In Chef Mode and The Fullerton