Christmas is right around the corner. I popped by this trendy restaurant located at Grand Park Orchard to try out it’s Festive All-You-Can-Eat dinner buffet and boy, what a pleasant surprise it is!
Grand Park Orchard, one of Park Hotel Group’s hotels which recently completed its facelift upgrade earlier this year, is one hotel which I would term it as rather “unique“. Unlike most other hotels where the check-in lobby is located on the ground level, the layout of Grand Park Orchard requires you to take a lift to its 4th floor. That is also the same level where you can find Open House, Grand Park Orchard’s in-house restaurant.
Since I visited Open House during a weekday dinner, there aren’t as many diners in the house as I thought. Perhaps weekends might draw a stronger crowd but meanwhile, I have the opportunity to enjoy a very quiet dinner – which is never a bad thing.
There are various types of food served within the buffet, such as:
- Roasted Meat Section
- Dim Sum Section
- Claypot Dishes & Pizzas
- Salads Bar & Cold Dishes
- Soup & Pastries
You can find fresh seafood items ranging from Alaskan crabs, fresh oysters, salmon, cold prawns and even crayfish! There are also a good variety of sushi, salad vegetables and hams for starters.
For those who loves cheese, they would be glad to find some selections of gourmet cheese to go with your cold starters. There are eel, ham, beef slices and smoked salmon and bite-size mussels (below) for you to choose from.
To my surprise, Open House also serve claypot-based dishes in its buffet, just like it’s City Hall counterpart. I went for the Chinese Sausage Claypot Rice (or Lup Cheong) and the Kung Po Claypot Chicken.
The claypot dishes can definitely serve 2 pax per portion. These claypot dishes are only cooked upon order with the Chef to ensure freshness and to also make sure that what is served upon the table is a piping hot claypot.
I find the Claypot Rice surprisingly good. The dark sauce, together with the Chinese Sausages, form a perfect combination. Each bite is flavourful, with or without the sausages. I’ve tasted worst claypot rice from food courts and this is certainly many notches up in comparison!
If claypot dishes ain’t your thing, I reckon some pizzas would be good too.
There are also a few types of thin-crust pizzas available, such as the standard Hawaiian or Tomato with Cheese pizzas. Want something a little more special? Try the above Duck Meat with Lychee Pizza which I feel its the best among the list of pizzas. The crust is really thin and crispy. That said, I would prefer to have more ingredients among those sticky cheese though.
There’s also a small dim-sum section which serves your usual dim-sum items such as Siew Mai, Har Kows and Pan-Fried Carrot Cakes.
You would have noticed that there are not many items for you to choose from the mains but I go for quality over quantity any day, which Open House definitely has delivered. Here are some of my favourites for the evening.
I couldn’t resist the Laksa from the noodle section. The Laksa gravy is really quite good and comes with quail eggs, fishcakes and fresh prawns. Yes, I took a second bowl.
The Roasted Meat section has a good range of meat such as Barbecued Pork (Char Siew), Roasted Ducks and Roasted Chickens. And since we are in the festive season, there’s also the juicy and succulent Roast Turkey!
I have tried Grand Park City Hall’s Indulge buffet for a number of times and this is my first time trying out Grand Park Orchard’s Open House buffet which, in my opinion, is even better. At $58++ per pax (Festive All-You-Can-Eat Dinner) inclusive of Coffee and Tea, it is considered pricey (with price revising upwards on Christmas Eve and Christmas) but then again, the food here is quite good that I left the place without any complains at all. Service level in general is swift and the waiting staff are very courteous and attentive to my needs. Looking for somewhere to dine this Christmas? Put this into consideration.
Ratings: 4.0 foodiedoos out of 5.0
Open House @ Grand Park Orchard
270 Orchard Road
Tel: 6603 8855
Breakfast: 6.00am to 10.30am
Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm