Monday, 1 June 2015

Café 2000 - Seafood & Barbecue Buffet

I have no slightest idea the last time I went for a buffet, till recently my company held some lunch appointment and thereby, triggering my craving for buffet.

Wanted to re-visit the buffet place where food is so awesome, but due to a big event, it was totally booked and I had no choice to settle for another.

M Hotel is not unfamiliar with most people, supposedly with people working in the CBD area.

Cafe 2000 is located at the far end of the lobby. Aside it's claim for being a treasure trove of Asian and Western cuisine, the main focus should still fall on it's Seafood and Barbecue buffet which is only available during the weekends.

I wouldn't admit that it has a wide array of buffet dishes, but the selection does suffice an average buffet-er. Since my initial choice was not able to accommodate extra presence during the weekend, the latter does not seem too bad.

As mentioned earlier, Café 2000 seafood buffet is the highlight, such as mussels, clams, scallops, fleshy prawns and also crabs. I am not really a seafood type of person, especially shelled ones. Prawns, scallops and crabs are still manageable, but I have also seen other diners flocking for the mussels and clams. Do I need to say more?

For myself, I frequent more of the non-seafood section, and I would say I did enjoy myself quite a bit. What's there for you to expect? They have sushi, sashimi, and soba in one corner for the Japanese cuisine, roasted beef and lamb, as well as sausages which are all re-grilled in seconds for hot serving. Besides these, Café 2000 do have as well, Chinese "siew mai", "char siew" bao, curry fish, salads, deep fried buns, steamed vegetables, and cheese pizza, etc.

I do love Nonya kuehs, and when I saw this tray of kuehs, I can hardly resist not trying it out. As mini as they seems, but these are enough to satisfy my craving for it towards the end of my meal.

I headed straight for the Sushi but realised it was not quite a good start. Vinegar-ed rice is on the hard side, and ingredients does not seem fresh either. Perhaps for non-fussy eaters, it might be a passing grade.

Café 2000 also has Soba, and I had a serving for myself. Same as the Sushi, it's just a mere ok.

Luckily, the above does not apply to the rest of the buffet spread.

Chilli Crab is indeed fresh and meaty. Usually for seafood buffet, I wouldn't expect such kind of food standard. But Café 2000 has convinced me otherwise.

This plate consists of Smoked Salmon, Minced Beef, Potato Salad, Quail Egg, Thai Squid, and perhaps Tuna. Thai Squid is chewy, but I would rather give more compliments to the Smoked Salmon, which has also won the heart of my companion.

A bit of each again, and generally it was good. The Deep Fried Bun can complement the Curry Fish, and the Salted Chicken although not tender, it still not considered on the tough range.

The addition of Braised Pork is not exactly the appropriate combination, but it doesn't really matter to me. For the Sausage and Roasted Beef, the chef will grilled it before scooping it onto your plate. Sauces are available too to go with your meat.

The beef is not exactly how I wanted, and I doubt I can request for rare or even medium-rare for it. It tasted more like well-done though.

On the other hand, Roasted Lamb is much more tastier than the Roasted Beef. At the very least, it goes a lot more easier on the chewing part.

Here my favourite Kueh and I took one of each. Other than the Red Bean Pancake which is too dry and barely swallowable, the Kueh(s) are nicely done and springy too.

Café 2000 has cakes, ice creams and even self-made Ice Kacang to mark the end of the buffet meal. I didn't have the ice cream or ice kacang as I am extremely full, but still managed to stuff a few of the cakes as dessert.

Although I don't remember the desserts I took, the Honeydew Pudding is the only one still etched in my mind, because of its unique pudding flavour yet one that I will not want to try again. The taste does not match up to my liking.

Overall, the buffet is still considered ok, despite the barely-pass grade for the Japanese cuisine section. Café 2000 has their lunch buffet starting from 1200 - 1500 hours, but last order is at 1430 hours. If you are going to be there for the seafood buffet, just remember it is at the furthest end of the restaurant!

Accept Reservation: Yes

Café 2000

81 Anson Road
Lobby Level M Hotel
Singapore 079908

Tel: (65) 6224 1133

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 0630 - 2300 hours

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