Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Spice Brasserie: Return of the Battle of the Crab Dinner Buffet @ Parkroyal Kitchener Road

Crab lovers, rejoice! For Parkroyal Kitchener Spice Brasserie is back with Battle of the Crabs Buffet. Executive Chef Low Hoe Kiat once again, prepares to battle with these hard-shelled crustaceans, and transforms them into delectable flavours of delights that we, can tuck in and enjoy, all in one sitting. WoOhOOo! Imagine ordering two flavours of crabs at your favourite stall/restaurant and the bill would likely come up to at least $120 for that dish alone. However, with just $60++ per adult (for UOB, DBS and Maybank card holders and $75++ for non-card holders), we get not just 2 flavours but 12 delicious flavours! Hurry now and make your reservations for "The Return of the Battle of the Crab Dinner Buffet" that starts from 17 September and is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

Am making a beeline for the slow-braised pumpkin crab in claypot. Grab those delicious 'crisp on the outside pillowy soft on its inside' mantous and mop up the sweet, savoury, creamy pumpkin sauce. Not a drop to be missed! Look at those pincers and you'll know that you're in for a treat! Firm, fresh sweet crabs that were so good! Nothing else is needed when you have these. Except, that you will want to have more crabs and more mantous!

Slow-braised Pumpkin Crab in Claypot
deep fried mantou 炸馒头

For appetisers, there is the baby crab salad with green mango. Served in cute stone mortar, with table-side service.

Baby Crab Salad with Green Mango
salad making in progress
ready-to-eat Baby Crab Salad with Green Mango

While I liked the green mango tartness and it tasted much similar to our beloved rojak, am of the opinion that the baby crabs ought not to be mixed into the salad dressing but as a crunchy topping instead.

The next appetiser, is the deep fried soft-shell crab with meat floss, served with wasabi mayo. Flawlessly fried to a deep golden brown and the coating of floss kept it interesting. Yums. Think it will pair very well with a glass of iced cold beer.

Deep Fried Soft-Shell Crab with floss

Perhaps, when you are here, it might be good to start off with a lighter flavour of crabs. How about Steamed Marinated Spicy Crab with Light Sauce? Indeed, it was light on the palate and the freshness of the crabs shone through. A tad spicy though it looked pretty mild. No worries though, as the heat dissipates as soon as it comes.

Steamed Marinated Spicy Crab with Light Sauce

The restaurant provides plastic aprons for diners, so no worries about flying crab shells or splatter of sauces while enjoying the crabs here. So let's tuck in!

plastic apron - battlewear for the diners

For fans of Korean-flavours, the buffet has Stewed Kimchi Crab. Spice level was pretty mild and lots of kimchi to pick if you'd like some.

bubbling hot
Stewed Kimchi Crab

Not all crabs are saucy. The Wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallion fits into this category and scored points with its spot-on homely Asian flavours. It had some of that kiss-of-fire flavours of the wok.

Wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallion
Another style of crab that shared the closest in appearance with the wok-fried crab, was the Stir-fried Crab with Jalapeno and Fermented Black Beans. Had to do a double-take. Taste wise, my preference between these two, is still the Wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallions.

Stir-fried Crab with Jalapeno and Fermented Black Beans

Of course, flavours that most of us are accustomed to, which include the Braised Beehon Crab, Chili Crab, Salted Egg and Pepper Crab are also available in the buffet.

Salted Egg Yolk and Butter Crab

The Salted Egg Yolk and Butter Crab dish is heavy-duty one, and the amount of salted egg yolk and butter that went into it, was highly evident from its taste.

My top 3 picks of the crabs are:
#1 - Slow-braised Pumpkin Crab in Claypot
#2 - Wok-fried Crab with Garlic and Scallion
#3 - Steamed Marinated Spicy Crab in Light Sauce

Thank you Parkroyal Kitchener, Spice Brasserie, Chef Low and Cleo for the crab buffet preview.

Indeed, the Return of the Battle of the Crab Dinner Buffet offers an excellent choice for diners with its variety and quality crabs.  Last run was in October 2014. Returning on 17 September 2015. The wait was long enough. Not to be missed.

Spice Brasserie @ Parkroyal On Kitchener Road

Address: 181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533
Contact: +65 6428 3160
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PRSKT


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