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Seafood Saturday

Seafood Saturday at The Westin Singapore where there was ample fresh produce from the sea, but I was most blown away by the humble papadum.

Night view of the city from The Westin Singapore

First dinner buffet at Seasonal Tastes at The Westin, Singapore for a birthday celebration and I think it was Seafood Saturday when we went there that night.

There was a good spread of the usual; cheese and bread, seafood on ice and the salad bar alongside ready-made salads with spicy prawns. Then the highlights; pepper mud crabs, sashimi, smoked and grilled salmon, crayfish cooked in chilli crab style, crab gratin (!), seafood Hokkien mee (!!) and many more.

Shout out to the humble papadum which believe it or not, was a stunner on its own. To those who aren’t too familiar with papadums, they are fried crackers made out of gram flour and are typically eaten as a side dish.

Wikipedia defines it as a ‘thin, crisp, disc-shaped food from the Indian subcontinent; typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour, either fried or cooked with dry heat’I will define Seasonal Taste’s papadums as gluten-free, savoury crisps of heaven. It was thick enough for bite, crisp enough for crunch. Most devastating of all is the reality that I don’t think I can get these papadums anywhere besides a dinner here. Not too friendly on the wallet I must say.I was expecting all the dishes to be expectantly tasty but quite a few made me stop, widen my eyes and go ‘omg, must try this!’ Besides the seafood, the roasted pork was tender and delicious especially when paired with the array of sauces available. From the Indian food station there was the chicken curry right next to briyani rice cooked in Hyderabad style and from the Chinese station there was siew mai, crystal dumpling and laksa (which my picky mother tried and gave it a good verdict – a feat for the biggest food cynic I know)! Shame that I didn’t manage to try it, honestly I think it was because i was too distracted by the other dishes.

I can’t forget the crab gratin and Hokkien mee. I remember waiting behind this petite lady taking her own sweet time to scoop the gratin out of this big crab shell and I was getting rather impatient at her, when I realised it was my own sister that was testing my patience! Made mainly with potato, the buttery aroma of the gratin and bits of crab meat was divine. I knew it wasn’t a good move to have too much of carbs from the buffet table, but I went back to this dish thrice against my willpower.

The dessert table had quite a good mix of sweet treats. There was a chocolate fondue fountain with sliced fruits, churros, small Madeleines and marshmallows. A gelato counter with good gelato flavours; avocado, mandarin orange, dark chocolate, mango with a dazzling array of toppings that got the 10 year old me excited but I didn’t add these on my gelato cause I wanted to taste it on its own with no other distractions. Everything made with chocolate on that table was made with good quality chocolate and you can really taste it. The chocolate fondue was not just sweet, it was slightly bitter and had depth. Likewise for the chocolate gelato and mousse.

The birthday queen and I

TLDR: Good value and spread. Fresh ingredients and quite a few exceptional dishes. Do not forget to taste the papadums. Actually, skip it if you must because once you start you can’t stop and you just might forget about the prawns or salmon.🤷🏻‍♀️

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