Last Updated: September 30, 2016
Town Restaurant is a dynamic restaurant set within The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a short walk from Raffles Place MRT Station. It is furnished with lush leather chairs, making it cosy and inviting for enjoying meals over lunch meetings or catch up sessions.
Naturally lit, the tall windows allow ample sunlight to flood the restaurant, adding to the already vibrant atmosphere. I could spend my entire afternoon sitting by the window whilst taking in the scenic view of the Singapore River. If you don’t mind getting a little sun-kissed, you could also sit at its beautiful outdoor al fresco area by the river.
Come 1 to 31 October 2016, HSBC credit cardholders are in for a treat! You can enjoy a 1-for-1 buffet offer when you dine at Town Restaurant, which includes a 1-for-1 Buffet Lunch (valid Mon- Fri) or 1-for-1 Buffet Dinner (Valid Sun – Thu).
Right smack in the middle of the bustling all-day dining restaurant is an island bar filled with a couple of live stations, serving up local delights like chicken rice, roasted meats, and even laksa. There’s a good balance of Western and Eastern food choices offered at the buffet line.
There’s also a ‘Healthy Choices’ section, allowing you to make your own salad from the variety of fresh greens, and toppings like hummus, chickpea, brown rice, and more. Great for the health-conscious eater.
You could also grab some seafood as starters. The choice is plentiful, ranging from succulent prawns, clams, mussels, and raw oysters. Having a soft spot for crustaceans and fresh catches from the ocean, this is one of my favourite sections whenever I’m at a buffet.
Lovers of Japanese foods will also be delighted to know there’s a live station where you can have your favourite sashimi made into rice bowls. Or simply indulge in the wide selection of nigiri and makis.
Interestingly, we were told that the Hainanese Chicken Rice here is quite the star of Town restaurant, luring professionals from the nearby offices in the CBD to drop by in the afternoon for their fix of the fragrant Singapore dish.
Town restaurant has two large window displays — one to showcase its mouth-watering steamed chicken, and the other for roasted meats, pork belly and char siew.
It’s quite unusual to hear people making their way down specially to a restaurant for a local hawker fare – we knew we had to try a plate ourselves.
The staff generously filled another plate up with glistening sio bak, char siew and roasted duck to accompany our chicken rice.
The condiments are also vast and aplenty, allowing you to adjust and create a flavour of your preference to enhance the taste of the chicken rice.
The rice was adequately perfumed with a garlicky fragrance, soft and moist throughout. The steamed chicken was cooked well, tender with every bite, with plump skin that was bouncy and juicy.
Apart from the rice, the chilli is also an important aspect that makes the dish a success. I loved how the chilli was strong and packs a punch of heat, while the ginger purée added flavour to the entire dish.
Overall, a very well-executed chicken rice that is a cut above what you’ll usually get at hawker centres. Well worth the calories and stomach space, so don’t miss out on this when you’re there.
Yet another station to boast about, the bowl of laksa noodle is blanched in hot water upon ordering so that the rice noodles remain bouncy in texture.
Then, the bowl is topped to the brim with the spicy laksa broth that is continuously heated to produce a deep flavour.
Complete with tau pok, fishcakes, fresh prawns, two quail eggs, garnished with a dollop of chilli paste and chopped laksa leaves, this bowl of laksa is tantalizing and warms the stomach.
The portion isn’t too big, so you don’t have to worry that it’ll fill you up quickly. In fact, I should think slurping down two bowls isn’t a tough feat for the guys.
At the extreme right of the restaurant’s entrance, you could customize your very own pasta, from the choice of pasta, to your preferred sauce, toppings, spiciness and ingredients.
We asked for a tomato-based pasta with a little hint of spice. Cooked right before our eyes, it came brimming with spaghetti, mussels, clams, prawns. The spaghetti was al dente, the sauce was tangy with an undertone of garlic, and the ingredients were impeccably fresh.
Once you’re done with the mains, a slew of English and local desserts, cakes and kuehs awaits. There’s even a chocolate fountain to dip endless skewers of fruits and marshmallows.
We were so spoilt for choice, we couldn’t resist getting almost everything in small amounts to satisfy our sweet tooth.
The Nonya kuehs were balanced in their flavours, not too sweet, moist and freshly made, just the way it should be. A light dessert for a little sweet something after the heavy buffet.
Our entire table was praising Town Restaurant’s tiramisu too, being adequately infused in alcohol and decadent. Now you know what you should be eyeing at the dessert line.
The Town Restaurant’s buffet was splendid and hearty, its atmosphere is purely relaxing for an afternoon spent filling our tummies and hearts. The choice of western and eastern foods are extensive, making it value for money.
At just S$56++ per adult and S$28++ per child (aged 6 to 11 years old) the weekday lunch and dinner buffet at Town Restaurant is a steal. For HSBC cardholders, you’ll get to enjoy 1-for-1 buffet when you pay with your HSBC credit card.
It is limited to the first 300 redemptions only, so be quick to make reservations! The offer is valid daily from 1 to 31 October 2016. At least two days’ prior reservations are required and is subject to availability as seats are limited. Please quote “HSBC 1 for 1” when placing your reservations.
HSBC cardholders may also enjoy other dining deals at these other restaurants at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore:
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – Jade
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – The Courtyard
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – Lighthouse
Head over to HSBC’s website to view over 20 other 1 Dines Free offers for HSBC credit cardholders to enjoy from.
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