Element Restaurant Tasting Session 2017

August 20, 2017 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Element Restaurant Tasting Session 2017
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
Level 1, Amara Singapore


Opening Hours:
Daily: 6:30pm - 10pm (Buffet Dinner),
Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 2pm, 2:30pm - 5pm (High Tea)



http://singapore.amarahotels.com/dining/element/


This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from The Arctic Star, and Little Tiny Sun.



Mango Mousse Shooter
Mango Mousse Shooter



Modern International Buffet With Fresh Seafood

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 7
Value for Money: 8
Budget about SGD $65 ++ per person.


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As the all-day, in-house buffet dining restaurant of Amara Singapore hotel, Element Restaurant first opened alongside in 1986, though the place has since refreshed its look. Situated in the heart of the Tanjong Pagar area of Singapore, Element Restaurant pays homage to tradition with its line-up of ambient decor and heritage dishes, but also looks forward with exciting Modern European and Modern Asian plates.

Element Restaurant Exterior
Element Restaurant Exterior


Element Restaurant Interior
Element Restaurant Interior



Ambience at Element Restaurant is modern casual, with a touch of splendor. The spacious, open place is warmly lit with eclectic decorative lights overhead, and the polished marble floor gives it a classy feel. The comfortable brown cushioned booths, with sturdy wooden tables, is set against chairs of black and white. A wine chiller occupies the middle of the dining floor. Love the buffet display layout, the linear structure is neat and clean, well presented.

Decorative Lights
Decorative Lights


Seating


Seating



Service at Element Restaurant befits that of a good restaurant. Staff are friendly and proactive, greeting guests upon entry, and getting them quickly seated. They're able to accomodate and fufill simple requests efficiently. I like that staff come around regularly throughout the meal to clear away empty / dirty plates. The staff at the live stations will interact with you, as will the bartender, who can also make recommendations on drinks. During our visit, we had the opportunity to meet Chef Samuel Quan, the youngest member of the Singapore National Culinary team, which won 2 gold medals at the Culinary Olympics 2016.

Live Station
Live Station


Salad Bar
Salad Bar


Fruit Bar
Fruit Bar



Food at Element Restaurant will appeal to most. The varied buffet spread ranges from Asian to Western, and the line-up of dishes changes daily. Generally, the Modern Asian selections are good; but I prefer the tasty Modern European dishes and casseroles here. The seafood is fresh, and includes luxurious items such as lobster or king crab, making this good value for money. Prices for the dinner buffet are comparable to most other hotels, budget about SGD $65 ++ / $77 per person for a meal here. On weekdays, be sure to catch their happy hour from 4pm - 8pm!

Japanese Section


Bread Section


Bread Section



A decent range of wines and beers are available, during our visit, we had Prosecco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pure Blond, and Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

The Bubbly / Sparkling


The Red


The White


The Beer



The line-up of casserole dishes in the buffet spread change daily. This was among my favourites, most are generally well executed and tasty. Highlights for me include the Wok-Fried Scallops & Sea Whelk With XO Sauce, with its fresh seafood and sweet spicy gravy, the fresh Kai-Lan With Garlic Oyster Sauce with its crunchy texture and fragrant aroma, and the nicely cooked Rosemary Roasted Chicken, with its sweet savoury flavour, moist and tender texture.

Gyoza
Gyoza


Wok-Fried Scallops & Sea Whelk With XO Sauce
Wok-Fried Scallops & Sea Whelk With XO Sauce


Kai-Lan With Garlic Oyster Sauce
Kai-Lan With Garlic Oyster Sauce


Coq Au Vin
Coq Au Vin


Prawns With Sambal & Trio Pepppers
Prawns With Sambal & Trio Pepppers


Truffle Mashed Potatoes
Truffle Mashed Potatoes


Rosemary Roasted Chicken
Rosemary Roasted Chicken



Was very pleased with the quality of the fresh seafood here, this alone makes the buffet spread good value for money. It wasn't crowded during our visit, so these were replenished quickly. Of the selection, my favourite picks are the luxurious Fresh Boston Lobster, and the succulent Fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs.

Fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs
Fresh Alaskan King Crab Legs


Fresh Prawns
Fresh Prawns


Fresh Scallops
Fresh Scallops


Fresh White Clams
Fresh White Clams


Fresh Blue Mussels
Fresh Blue Mussels


Fresh Oysters
Fresh Oysters


Fresh Moreton Bay Bugs
Fresh Moreton Bay Bugs


Fresh Boston Lobster
Fresh Boston Lobster


Fresh Spanner Crabs
Fresh Spanner Crabs



The range of cold appetizers for the buffet are also pretty good. Loved the crunchy Black Fungus With Aged Vinegar with its sharp sour flavour, and the Herb Crust Smoked Salmon with its herbal salty smoky flavour.

Herb Crust Smoked Salmon
Herb Crust Smoked Salmon


Black Fungus With Aged Vinegar
Black Fungus With Aged Vinegar


Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad



Felt the desserts here are average, no better or worse than elsewhere. The one item which stood out for me was the unique Cempedak Crème Brûlée, with its intense fruity sweet flavour, creamy smooth custard, and bits of cempedak fruit within.

Opera Cake
Opera Cake


Cempedak Crème Brûlée
Cempedak Crème Brûlée


Chocolate Banana Cake
Chocolate Banana Cake


Chocolate Banana Cake



Glad to say the Ramen here is good, with a robust soup / broth and springy noodles. Hard fight though, as they're surrounded by several excellent ramen noodle stalls nearby.

Ramen


Ramen
Ramen



Of the remaining items, these help to fill you up, and are of decent quality. The sashimi is alright, with average freshness, the only item I would get again is the salmon belly. The weakest item is the factory-made Siew Mai / pork and shrimp dumpling, which is uninspired. The pineapple fried rice and paella is pretty good, tasty and hearty.

Plate 01


Plate 02


Plate 03


Plate 04


Plate 05


Plate 06


Plate 07


Plate 08


Plate 09



Personally loved the dining experience at Element Restaurant, with its relaxing, casual ambience, friendly service, and tasty International food. Particularly loved the casseroles and fresh seafood, which makes the buffet dinner good value for money. Element Restaurant is a good choice for a buffet, when you're in the area.


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