10 at Claymore at Pan Pacific Orchard has recently brought back its popular omi beef for the month of August and September to complement its current dinner buffet line-up. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the buffet at the all-day dining restaurant / bistro grill of Pan Pacific Orchard. Having only tried the buffet offerings of its sister properties, I was quite curious to check out what 10 at Claymore had to offer especially after I heard their strength in hawker Penang fare. The restaurant was also a nominee in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards in 2016.
Located just off Orchard Road and behind Palais Renaissance, the hotel has a relatively cozy lobby and that is where 10 at Claymore is located. Entering the restaurant, one can’t help but notice the buffet spread immediately as it snakes its way from the entrance down to the seated areas. I was greeted by slabs of tuna and salmon sashimi as well as fresh seafood as I made my way down to my seat.
One of the evergreen dishes at 10 at Claymore is the Peddler’s Char Kway Teow. The restaurant’s version is lighter as evidenced by the milder colors of the flat noodles, deliberately drier and generously topped with seafood.
Aside from char kway teow, another Penang highlight to check out is the laksa which comes sour thanks to the tamarind broth.
As I surveyed the spread, I noticed how they balance out local and western dishes here to make it a real international buffet. Among the western dishes, I enjoyed the Atlantic Cod. I suppose the naturally soft and slippery nature of the fish makes it a hard dish to ruin but 10 at Claymore’s version was also flavorful and succulent.
My favorite dish in the buffet spread was perhaps the rack of lamb. Lamb as we know is a tricky dish to cook due to the usually strong gamey smell. The culinary team managed to eliminate this and along with a sprinkling of herbs and the right level of tenderness, brought out an addicting aroma that was evident from the first bite.
For seafood lovers, there are a couple of options to explore such as some sumptuous scallops as well as hearty servings of Seafood Casserole – a comfort dish for rainy days.
Moving on to the main event – each diner gets a 100 gram serving of delicately prepared Omi Wagyu Beef to be cooked in shabu shabu style. Looking at the raw meat alone, one can see the intense marbling and smooth cuts.
The beef was very thinly sliced which made it very easy to cook. A quick plop into the flavorful broth was all that’s needed for it to turn gray.
The omi wagyu beef was oh-so-delicious. I just took my pieces of cooked meat from the pot and devoured them to great satisfaction without even putting any sauce. Surprisingly sweet, the beef was also unbelievably soft and came with an almost melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Make sure to leave some space for desserts! For the sweet stuff, there are essentially three sections. The first is in a large table at the center consisting of a variety of fruits, cakes and puffs. The second is an ice cream corner where one could try some unique flavors such as gula melaka and lemongrass ice cream. Lastly, the third section is in a lighted area featuring bread pudding and cheese tarts. Overall, I though the dessert offerings took up a disproportionally larger share of the entire buffet spread but I am certainly not complaining.
The Art of Omi addition to 10 at Claymore’s dinner buffet is available in the entire months of August and September of 2016. It is priced at $68++ per person from Mondays to Sundays (except Wednesdays) and at $98++ for two persons every Wednesday. The buffet spread is eat-all-you-can while the wagyu omi beef is limited to one 100 gram serving per diner.
Exclusive promotion for the entire month of August, every Thursday to Monday including weekends, 1 dines free in a party of 4 diners
10 at Claymore
Pan Pacific Orchard
10 Claymore Road
Reservations: +65 6737 0811
This was an invited media tasting. However, all opinions are my own.