After taking a hiatus from Singapore’s hotel scene for a few years, The Westin has returned and this time round, sparkles amid the fanfare. Perched on a high ground and occupying levels 32 to 46 of Asia Square Tower Two at Marina View, The Westin Singapore is highly grand – literally. Besides the Westin Heavenly Bed, a stunning infinity pool, the Westin Workout fitness studio, and a luxe hotel decor, what we are really excited about is Seasonal Tastes – The Westin Singapore’s signature restaurant with interactive kitchens and featuring an impressive buffet line up that have already rocketed to our list of top favourites.
We love Seasonal Tastes’ buffet (S$45++/pax for buffet lunch, S$65++/pax for buffet dinner) for many reasons. Besides selling you the view of the Marina and how each and every chef is dedicated to whipping up their bests and delivering only the finest selections daily, we are truly excited to share about how this new addition is fast becoming a destination for the people of Singapore when they want to recharge their souls with good food.
For one, it is a top quality five-star buffet sans the exorbitant price tag, and everything that we sampled was cooked to high standards. Being located on level 32 of The Westin Singapore, Seasonal Tastes boasts a splendidly unobstructed view of Marina Bay and the south coast of Singapore. And because the location is very convenient, executives in the vicinity can now claim this spot as your favourite hangout; count on Seasonal Tastes whenever you crave a timeout from work. And if you are planning a family gathering on the weekends, parking is easy and affordable (S$3/entry).
Here are some of the highlights of Seasonal Tastes’ buffet.
Seasonal Tastes’ has an enthralling array of options, each catering to different taste buds and ethnics preferences. The team of dedicated chefs is an international one – helmed by Executive Chef Sven Cepon from Germany, the team comprises both locals and regional identities, each a master of his own roots.
Every day, they prepare their respective known comfort food, and deliver the essence of authenticity. Some days, Thai food takes the centre stage, and guests will be treated to an array of Thai dishes on the buffet line. Whenever seasons call for it, the Indian and Chinese chefs would take over and showcase the bests of their ethnic dishes.
The food menu at Seasonal Tastes is always rotating to keep things fresh and interesting. Have a chat with the chefs and learn more about their epicurean philosophies and daily menu choices; we thought this interaction was one of the most memorable take-home of the night.
All in all, expect a huge selection of food: Japanese classics, a salad bar and cold appetisers, salami and cheese counters, an enticing shrine of seafood, a combination of Korean, Indian, Thai and Chinese food, and a dessert island that is more than filled with tantalising sweets, we promise it will make you go weak in the knees.
If you are a fan of Japanese food like us, then begin your night with a drumroll made up of the sushi – an assortment of gunkan, nigiri and maki, you can expect the freshest ingredients like Ika (squid), tako (octopus), ebi (prawn), unagi (eel), salmon, jellyfish, kani (crab meat), and California roll… We were very impressed by the quality of the sushi.
The seafood section is one to look out for too – think freshly shucked oysters, big and sweet prawns, juicy scallops and mussels… and there are crabs, too! Other appetizers include a party of cold salads, and many pots of hot soup.
Our favourite was definitely the Korean food. A Korean chef prepared two of her signature dishes – stir-fried spicy chicken and pork – and while both were satisfyingly good, the spicy pork completely stole the limelight. It was so good that we had three servings of it. There is also a kimchi selection for those who cannot eat your meat without the fermented cabbage.
We were spoiled with choices when it comes to desserts. Chocolate fondue with marshmallows and fruits, vitamin C carrot cake, red berries cheese cake, roasted walnut gianduja chocolate tart, forest berries trifle, panna cotta, chocolate mousse granola, oreo biscuit cheesecake, chocolate brownie, chocolate hazelnut royale, strawberry vanilla mousse cake, nutty chocolate fudge cake, and even local kuehs – the pastry chef really gives it her all and goes all out to please the guests. While there was nothing that disappointed, we were particularly enamoured of the red berries cheesecake and hazelnut royale.
Last but certainly not the least, save some tummy space for the gelato and sorbet. The avocado gelato stood out for its fragrant creaminess, and the mango sorbet was poignantly flavoured and so very addictive.
So the Executive Chef told us: “At Seasonal Tastes, when we cook something, we make sure it is golden.” Now, we can easily fathom why Seasonal Tastes is clearly a winner when it comes to international buffet in Singapore.
Seasonal Tastes’ lunch buffet (from Mon to Sat) is S$45++/pax, while dinner buffet (from Mon to Sun) is S$65++/pax, and Seafood Night on Friday is S$78++.
32/F The Westin Singapore
Asia Square Tower 2
12 Marina View
Mon to Sat Lunch Buffet: 12pm – 2.30pm
Mon to Sun Dinner Buffet: 6.30pm – 10pm
Sunday Champagne Brunch: 12pm – 3pm
Nearest Station: Downtown/Marina Bay
This post is brought to you by The Westin Singapore.