and welcoming. On the day of our visit, hotel staff members were constructing a life-sized gingerbread house, complete with royal icing and what seemed like edible panels. Inside the restaurant, opt to dine nearer to the food stations, or pick the more private wine cellar for business meetings. The layout’s simple, rows of live kitchens are plied with tantalising fare.
Reservation tip: A window seat works best for views of bustling Orchard Road. The squarish layout ensures you’re never too far from the nosh wherever you’re seated.
Food stations: The overarching Japanese-inspired buffet theme is strong, even on foie gras day. We zoomed in on the foie gras chawanmushi, a juxtaposition of the unctuous goose liver with the creamy yet light steamed egg. We popped convenient canapes topped with foie gras terrine into our mouths, heading back to our table with glass chalices of moussey creation foie gras royale in hand. The highlight’s probably got to be the pan-seared truffle miso foie gras. Each sizeable chunk sizzles in its own juices for about five minutes before it’s placed atop stewed daikon, garnished with green apple shavings and dollops of truffle sauce on the side.
There’s a tempura and zaru soba live station; an area brimming with authentic Indian faves; a tantalising Today’s Special of baked salmon; and familiar local items like mee rebus, chicken feet and lo mai kai. We found ourselves gravitating often towards the row dedicated to breads, cheeses, fresh-cut fruits, icecream, cakes and a chocolate fountain. Eye-catching were the bite-sized lemon tarts, matcha desserts and cheesecake.
The seafood on ice was another stunner, with live-shucked oysters from New Zealand, succulent crab legs, prawns and a selection of glistening sashimi to choose from. We paused at the salad bar, eyeing the tomato mozzarella salad and smoked duck breast, but were quickly distracted by the glorious display of pork salami, ribeye (with Yorkshire pudding and three sauces to choose from, including one with truffle) and honey baked ham.
Among western food options, we found three variants of risotto, and other European sides like cauliflower au gratin. A crisp pork knuckle, breaded Hiroshima oysters and creamy Japanese croquettes of hotate (scallop) and kani (crab) rounded up our meal.
Not so hawt: A fellow diner informed us that the ribeye was slightly overdone, and we confirm on that day we dined, it was drier than the usual we’re used to. But we loved the airy Yorkshire pudding and flavoursome cream sauce that accompanied it.
Final say: Even if you’re not big on foie gras, the seafood spread, roasts and other delish Nippon-esque stars will satisfy you any day. Service is prompt and friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed and great for families.
In addition to Foie Gras Tuesday, other daily dinner (6.30-10pm) delights are Robatayaki Monday ($88++), Wagyu Wednesday ($88++), Tsukiji Thursday Seafood Market ($98++), and Weekend Lobster Night (Fri-Sat, $98++). There’s also a Sunday Family Lunch ($118++, 12-3pm) with an option of free-flow Chandon Brut sparkling wine (top up $30++ for two hours).NOTE: From 1 Dec- 3 Jan 2016, Triple Three’s buffets will instead feature festive offerings (from $88++) such as the signature pineapple honey glazed ham, roasted stuffed turkey with Champagne dill sauce, and Christmas cakes. Much yum!Level 5 Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road. Tel: 6831 6288 / 6271