Good Value Peranakan Buffet @ Ellenborough Market Cafe on 8Oct2015

prawns + yabbies

prawns + yabbies

went with a friend, who is an accomplished peranakan home chef himself, to ellenborough market cafe for lunch today on 8.10.2015. ^^

this my second time here this year, after a hiatus of probably 8 or 10 years. never get to use the FAR (feed at raffles) 50% vouchers for many years at this or other FAR restaurants either.

ellenborough markets cafe

ellenborough markets cafe

ellenborough markets cafe

ellenborough markets cafe

ambience was pretty nice. friend who is more familiar with this place thought it’s usually quite packed & was surprised that it wasn’t.

appetizer section

appetizer section

there was a cold appetizer section with prawns, yabbies, mussels.

prawns + yabbies

prawns + yabbies

prawns was good, i guess quite standard.

yabbies

yabbies

yabbies nice to look at & admire. as we know, not much meat & also meat is rougher than prawns, not as fine & sweet.

salad section

salad section

there was a salad section, soup & bread.

there were 2 soup – a chinese lie tong type, pork ribs i think & a cream of tomato with basil. i wasn’t too interested so did not take photos.

lady fingers - salad section

lady fingers – salad section

i tried the lady fingers. pretty ok.

prawn mushroom salad

prawn mushroom salad

the prawn mushrooms. ok too.

salmon sashimi

salmon sashimi

there was only salmon sashimi & some maki sushi.

sashimi, cold appetiser & salad

sashimi, cold appetiser & salad

i started with sashimi, cold appetiser & salad.

salmon sashimi

salmon sashimi

didn’t look particularly great, but the salmon sashimi was quite excellent. fresh & sweet & i like the oily belly cuts. ^^

kueh pie tee (top hats)

kueh pie tee (top hats)

friend made 6 kueh pie tee (you have to add the ingredients onto the hat yourself).

kueh pie tee (top hats)

kueh pie tee (top hats)

they were nice, good standard.

ramen noodles..this really nice!

ramen noodles..this really nice!

i think the chinese ramen was the bestest dish!^^

chef ramen live demo

chef ramen live demo

ramen chef made a live demo, whacking the marble top with the flour noodles.

chef ramen

chef ramen

freshly made & rather thick.

but it was super nice! excellent texture, wholesome taste, a super broth to rival any tonkotsu & very tasty meatballs.

babi pongteh

babi pongteh

i liked the babi pongteh too. just perfect texture & so flavourful.

ayam buah keluak

ayam buah keluak

liked the chicken too.

ayam buah keluak

ayam buah keluak

very nice curry, some very fragrant galangal taste & ginger fibre texture.

hk steamed garoupa

hk steamed garoupa

hk steamed garoupa

hk steamed garoupa

the hong kong steamed garoupa was also very well done.

plateful of food

plateful of food

plateful of food

plateful of food

problem with buffet – you take a tiny morsel here, and there & your plate & stomach are full.

sea cucumber duck

sea cucumber duck

the sea sumcumber duck was also very good.

second helping of sea cucumber duck

second helping of sea cucumber duck

duck was very tender, very lightly & nicely flavoured. i had a second helping.

second helping of babi pongteh & ayam

second helping of babi pongteh & ayam

did too for the babi pongteh & ayam buah keluak.

fruits

fruits

din take the fruits nor the ahborling (sesame dumplings) & most other dessert.

durian pengat

durian pengat

basically took some durian pengat.

durian pengat

durian pengat

they were very good.

durian pengat

durian pengat

i generally not keen on main courses on food warmers in buffet, so usually go for semi buffet where the main course is an ala carte order like at one ninety @ four seasons hotel or equinox or basilico, like a fine dining main course.

so in other buffets like the edge or carousel or olive tree (all i mostly don’t really like) or 10 at claymore with ala carte buffet items (which i like), i go for the appetizer & skips most of the main course.

here at EMC, there is very little appetizer to talk about (say c/w one ninety or equinox), and the main courses did not look all that great. fortunately they tasted quite well, though they were robust dishes, and rightly so for peranakan dishes. it’s the grandma comfort food sorts.

i guess the best thing was the price. at S$38pax for weekday lunch & 50% off for FAR discounts, it was just S$19++pax, nothing to complain about, and the best thing was that the dishes were really quite good.

& the great ambience, good company & conversation. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy