From 21 September to 2 October 2016, Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is showcasing Vietnamese specialties with three guest chefs flown in from The Nam Hai in Hoi An. The twelve day Vietnamese enhancement to Town Restaurant’s dinner buffet will see hard-to-find Vietnamese dishes such as Ban Xeo and Bo La Lot interspersed with staples such as Banh Mi and Pho.
Recently, I went for a preview of the Vietnamese buffet. This complements Town Restaurant’s evergreen dishes, such as its famous Chicken Rice and Indian food. After my trip to Central Vietnam three years ago, I was yearning to have more than just Pho and Banh Mi so this promotion really piqued my interest.
The thing I like about Vietnamese cuisine is how it makes use of herbs to bring out a natural flavor in its dishes. The salad bar, filled with no less than five types of salad, offers a cornucopia of refreshing flavors. The Banana Flower Salad with Smoked Duck and Lime-marinated Beef Salad are must-tries in this section if you long for Vietnam’s herb-filled starters.
There are a couple of interesting hot dishes as well. The Braised Short Ribs were tender and fragrant, thanks to special herbs brought by the chef from Vietnam itself. For seafood lovers, you can’t go wrong with the Steamed Clams which is drenched in lemongrass, chili, beer and of course, some herbs.
Pieces of the Vietnamese pancake, Ban Xeo, are also prepared here ala minute. But instead of being stuffed with vegetables, these are eaten on their own, with the coconut taste clearly making itself felt in the skin. A Vietnamese feast would also not be complete without Goi Cuon or fresh spring rolls.
I must admit that I’ve never tried Bo La Lot before and I have no point of reference to this. But I appreciated the smoky flavor coming from the betel leaf that’s used to wrap the beef within.
The carving station was likewise enhanced to cater to some Vietnamese favorites. I spotted some Suckling Pig which was succulent and flavorful especially in the rib area.
The Calamari Skewers are also something to try for something that’s a departure from the usual satay.
Vietnamese staples were likewise incorporated into the dessert station. The iconic drip coffee for instance, was turned into tiramisu with its recognizable bitterness filling every bite. My personal pick among the sweet endings is the Mung Bean custard, made just right and not to sweet.
Town Restaurant’s “Flavours of Vietnam” Dinner Buffet is available from 6:30pm to 10:30pm from Sundays to Tuesdays at SGD 56++ per adult and SGD 28++ per child. With the seafood selection, the price is SGD 69++ per adult and SGD 34++ per child. From Wednesdays to Saturdays, there is barbecue buffet included as well as free flowing draught beer and Singapore Sling for SGD 89++ per adult and SGD 44++ per child.
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
+65 6877 8911 / 8912