Below Par Semi Buffet @ Equinox L70 Swissotel on 15Jul2016

my plate

my plate 

equinox used to be my favourite buffet destination.

i like the semi buffet arrangement, where the main course is a fine dining ala carte order. especially when i hardly take any main course at buffets as they are the food warmers variety & invariably not great.

the other place i thought semi-buffet is better quality than equinox is the mezze lunch at one ninety at four seasons.

one ninety of course more ex c/w with equinox S$59pax with 50% feed @ raffles discounts.

my one ninety post was 3 yrs ago & no post on equinox, so have not been to equinox like 4 yrs?? basically avoid buffet la…if i can…

singapore river - view from equinox level 70

singapore river – view from equinox level 70 

the other advantage of equinox is of course it’s great vantage, superb view! 🙂

of MBS, padang, raffles place etc…

raffles place - view from equinox level 70

raffles place – view from equinox level 70 

on this day i went with my sis for the semi buffet lunch on 15.7.2016. ^^

amex is varying the feed @ raffles discounts so will be 35% instead of 50% discount come 1.8.2016. so i thought i come with my sis 1 last time before the change in discount kicks in.

equinox - level 70 swissotel

equinox – level 70 swissotel 

many people thinking that as well?

buffet spread

buffet spread 

well after 4 yrs absence from this place, it’s like 面目全非. buffet spread halved??

the other side which used to host the cooked small plate dishes & cheese board are now tables & chairs.

sushi

sushi 

there’s the usual sushi.

ok average stuff. i didn’t take much before not taking much now, just the unagi & one maki.

sashimi

sashimi 

same sashimi. i just take the belly.

my plate

my plate 

oysters were quite nice, fresh & sweet.

my sis loved the crabs. i took a few. she took many more! 🙂

unagi sushi topped with caviar

unagi sushi topped with caviar 

they had the caviar & tobiko. din have these before.

i piled some caviar on the unagi.

maki topped with tobiko

maki topped with tobiko 

& some tobiko on the maki.

crab claws

crab claws 

the cold crab not too bad la…

pan-fried barramundi

pan-fried barramundi

pan-fried barramundi

pan-fried barramundi 

some how the mains also did not feel as good as before. psychological?

barramundi was ok i supposed, but i though it was a lot better previously…

belly pork

belly pork 

belly pork & pumpkin mash passable also.

belly pork

belly pork 

not particularly impressive taste wise. texture ok did not impress either.

fruits

fruits 

there were some fruits. run of the mill & not sweet, so just took watermelon. 🙂

dessert

dessert

tried some cakes.

soft ice creams

soft ice creams 

also the soft-serve ice cream, pretty good, not too sweet.

soft ice cream & cakes

soft ice cream & cakes

cakes also not too sweet. quite nice actually.

cakes

cakes 

took some apricots, dates. sis took some fig also which i tried.

cappuccino

cappuccino 

& cappuccino & tea part of the buffet.

at 50% discounts lunch was S$29.50pax. not really bad but quite poor c/w before.

for this mediocre food, i think even the square & ellenborough market cafe are better so for me no point coming back even at 50% discount so forget about 30% discount from 1.8.2016.

c.h.e.f andy

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Lean Pork with Onions, Carrots, Potatoes – 9th Newgate Learning Hub Community Lunch on 16Jul2016

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

made lean pork with yellow onions, carrots & potatoes this morning on 16.7.2016. ^^

this my 9th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning hub (bread of life). ^^

my 1st for newgate community lunch was on 27.2.2016.:-)

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

i used 1.2kg lean pork.

scalded, removed some remaining fats, then placed in oven dish with a brine of sugar, salt & chinese hua diao wine 花雕酒in 90degC oven for 5 hrs.

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

then i sliced the lean pork very thinly & steamed in steam oven for 45mins.

obviously i could have ommitted these 2 steps & fried the sliced lean pork. slicing thinly helps to tenderise the pork so should be ok.

but i didn’t mind the steps & it makes the pork very tender for the old folks.

onions, carrots, potatoes

onions, carrots, potatoes

i fried yellow onion with chopped garlic first, then added carrots & soften.

then i added the sauce from the pork oven dish & also the steamer & added the cubed potatoes.

i added 2 tbsp tomato sauce & 1 tbsp oyster sauce & reduced while cooking the potatoes.

when potatoes were cooked to the right texture (just separate when pressed with spatula..very nice, tasty) the sauce had mostly reduced nicely.

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

then i added the steamed lean pork & tossed to coat the pork with the sauce & to mix well.

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

a simple but very nice dish.

pork tasted tender & good. the potatoes especially tasty.

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

then i transferred to aluminium container & bring to bread of life at bathesda newgate learning hub.

c.h.e.f andy