Monday, 23 March 2015

Todai Restaurant, Singapore

If you are a fan of international cuisine, especially in buffet style, I doubt Todai will sound new to you. I have been to Todai before for lunch, and they serve a variety of food, such as Korean, Chinese, Japanese cuisines and such. Most importantly, if you a die-hard fan of seafood, Todai does not fail you either.

This year, Todai is celebrating its 4th year birthday anniversary, and I am glad to be invited for trying out some of the birthday treats gathered from several parts of the globe.

Todai has deemed to be "The Mother of all Seafood Buffets", and I don't really doubt this. While the price may not be cheap, you can expect the standard provided, in terms of food and service. While a buffet can generally mean eat-all-you-can at one standard price, it must have also have a variety to choose and if food is not satisfactory, I wouldn't go back no matter how cheap it is.

Todai has a wide and spacious place to house several cuisines as mentioned earlier, and although not necessarily, it is still conscious of them to provide an online map of where you would like to head for first, rather than wondering around with a poking nose.

We were first served with two cold-platters, and mind you, one piece of each seafood is never enough.

If you love oysters, Todai is supplying unlimited amount on every weekday dinner and all day weekend!

Well, the platter we were served was not enough to satisfy our cravings for it, so we headed out to the free-serving section! Especially the Alaska Crab!

These are some of the birthday treats served in Todai, prepared specially for Todai's birthday anniversary.

Japchae, is a Korean birthday dish, which is made up of sweet potato noodles stir-fried in sesame oil with vegetables and meat. The noodles taste like Chinese's cellophane noodles. Perhaps with the sesame oil, the noodle is smooth and sweet to slurp into your mouth. Retaining some spring-ness in the noodle, this dish somewhat symbolize how Chinese tend to have longevity noodles on their birthday.

Another Korean birthday dish, Miyeokguk. It is actually a nutritious soup that consists of high iodine and calcium content. While this soup is traditionally meant for women whom have just given birth for recovery, it is now also a birthday dish, signifying the food and nutrition supplied by mothers during the pregnancy period, expressing good fortune for the rest of the year.

One of the popular birthday dish among the Chinese, Shoutao, which in mandarin is written as 寿桃. These buns are shaped like peaches, symbolizing long life and good health, similar to how the legend of the gods consume the longevity peaches once a while.

While these buns usually consist of either red bean or kaya paste, it is commonly seen in birthdays for the elders, blessing them with long health.

Yi Mein, also another Chinese dish. Similar to the Korean's Japchae, it is also known as the longevity noodle, calling upon a long and prosperous life. Ever remembering listening to hearsay that you need to slurp in the entire piece of noodle without breaking it? Wonder if anyone does that though...

A birthday dish from Ghana, Africa, Oto. Made of hard-boiled eggs, mashed potato and palm oil. Oto is a dish that is supposed to be used mashed yam instead of mashed potato, but Todai's trial and errors found mashed potato suits Asian's taste more, thus the substitute.

Egg symbolize purity and fruitfulness in Ghana. I love eggs but I feel that this dish is pretty bland, therefore why yam is used back in Ghana?

Jollof Rice from Nigeria. The mixture of coconut oil, fresh red chili pepper and aromatic spices, Jollof Rice authentically emit the flavour of African.

I love the stickiness of the rice, just like the Chinese rice dumplings, and fresh prawns to go with the already-delicious rice. Although it has red chili pepper, spiciness is not even distinct.

I am sure this cake has been known to most foodies, and of course a kid's eye-catching dish. 4-Layer Birthday Cake from Russia.

A birthday is not a norm to go without a cake or sort. Vibrant layers of colour that got my fork slicing for more despite the cream.

Not wanting to end the fabulous birthday spread and buffet from Todai, most of us went to treat ourselves further with the pastries and cakes from the dessert section.

Todai is not just treating diners with their spread of birthday treats, but also celebrating it more with diners sharing the same birthday month! For the March babies, just get an isntant photo taken at Todai and you will receive a complimentary birthday cake (24 hours advance reservation)! Isn't that wonderful? If its not enough, Todai is also giving away a total of 5 passes which entitles you to enjoy unlimited buffet dining for 30 days consecutively! Of course, a minimum spend of $200 is required before you can take part in this incredible lucky draw.

Fret not if you not one of the March babies or lucky winners. 10% off the bill if you are a UOB or Maybank Card Holder, and a free parking ticket with a minimum spending of $250 with UOB card.

Todai Singapore

2 Bayfront Avenue
#B2-01 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018972

Tel: (65) 6688 7771

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri: 1130 - 1500 hours (Lunch)
                  1730 - 2200 hours (Dinner)
Sat: 1130 - 1500 (Lunch)
       1730 - 2200 (Dinner)
Sun: 1130 - 1600 hours (Lunch)
        1700 - 2200 hours (Dinner)

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