Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel Farrer Park II

Blue Jasmine
5th Floor, Park Hotel Farrer Park
10 Farrer Park Station Road
Singapore 217564
Tel: +65 6824 8851
Online Reservations: Click here
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park (NE8) Exit A

Opening Hours: 1130am to 10pm daily
Dinner Buffet Hours: 630pm to 10pm on Thu-Sat

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 7/10 (for the Anchan Buffet)
Recommended dishes: Rendang Prata, Banana Cheese Prata, Durian Sticky Rice
Remarks: The Anchan Buffet is available Thu-Sat at S$42++ per pax.
Introductory Offer: Enjoy 15% off from now till 30 Dec 2017!

Hey guys! How is everyone doing? Sorry I’ve been pretty MIA from my blog – I just haven’t had time to do a proper entry – work and social life have been pretty crazy. When I come home most nights, I really have to muster up all the energy I have left to wash up and then watch some Rick and Morty on Netflix to de-stress before sleeping lol. Have you guys watched any of this animated series? PLEASE GO TRY it’s so so great and funny and kooky. I’M PICKLE RIIIIICKKKK.

Anyway I’m here to talk about the newly-launched Anchan Buffet at the Blue Jasmine restaurant at Park Hotel Farrer Park! As you guys might have read, I was there last month in September trying out their à la carte menu and REALLY liked most of the food (click here for that review).

Let me take you through my experience this time around for their dinner buffet 🙂

I) Ambience

OK so this was my second time here and I KEEP forgetting to take photos of the interior, sorry! The inside seating is really cosy with beautiful floor tiles and well-spaced out tables. The real star of this restaurant, though, is the beautiful outside seating!! I love the outdoor ambience of this place, for real! It gets super romantic especially at dusk – just look at my unfiltered photos right here:

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Dreamy

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Gosh this restaurant would be the perfect venue for a really intimate wedding reception or like an anniversary party book-out.

Ambience verdict: 10/10

II) Starters

They had a decent spread of starters – a mix of cold and hot ones. From the cold starters I only tried the mango salad, which I love! I mean you really gotta strategize when you’re at buffets and try to load up on food that you truly want, so I skipped some starters.

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I love mango salad!!

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The two salads I did not try LOL

For warm starters there was the pandan chicken, the amazing tom yum taro chips, prawn in popiah skin, tom yum soup and also fried chicken wings.

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A lil bit of errthang. Clockwise from left: Tom yum soup, pandan chicken, fried chicken wing, tom yum taro chips, prawn in popiah skin, mango salad and some prawn crackers!

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All kinds of sauces and dips for your food!

Starters Verdict: I was not terribly impressed with the starters – there were a number of fried items which were not crispy anymore by the time we had them, as they had been left out in the open for a while. I spoke to the Manager and she told me that they had prepared the food early and hence the food had been sitting for about an hour or so. Disappointing, but she says they have tried to rectify this issue so the starters should be fresher by the time you guys try! Also the taro chips are the bomb tho, don’t skip those. 5/10

III) Live Station – Prata and Beef Noodles

So besides the spread inside the restaurant, the Anchan buffet also presents you with a live station out in the al fresco area. They had the Thai Beef Noodle Soup which the staff would cook for you on the spot. You can then customize it with a whole set of condiments including chilli powder, fried garlic, some basil chilli sauce, and coriander.

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Condiments for the heaping 💯

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Voila! The final product. That beef ball is evvvvrything.

The noodles were unfortunately undercooked, which is really quite a basic thing to get wrong, so I was a little peeved. Thankfully the soup broth itself was pretty tasty! It was a little on the sweeter side as it follows the northern Thai cuisine style, so I would recommend more chilli powder if you want your broth spicy. The beef slices were a little tough, while the beef ball was surprisingly good and succulent.

Let’s not forget they also had a roti prata station serving Roti Prata with Rendang Curry, and also Roti Prata with Banana & Cheese unfffffff.

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LOOK HOW CRISPY THE PRATA ISSSSSS ARGH 👅💦

The prata was a flaky marvel – crispy outside yet fluffy inside. The rendang was really tasty and rich, but the beef they used was rather tough, which kind of ruined my enjoyment argh.

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Literally my favourite of the lot. For real. I cannot deal with writing about this and seeing it on my screen.

OMG GUYS the Prata with Banana and Cheese was the bee’s knees for real!! I mean, could I easily make this myself? Yes. But would I pay to eat this outside so I don’t have to make it myself? Also yes. I mean if you’ve already paid for the buffet, why not be utilitarian about it and go for whatever makes you happy regardless of whether “I can make this at home” or “but this would cost next to nothing at the hawker centre”. Anyway if I come back for this buffet I’m probably making the prata station my main stop!

Live Station Verdict: I would def recommend trying out both the noodles and the two prata flavours! My favourite is fsho the Prata with Banana and Cheese tho 💯 For the beef noodles perhaps tell them to cook the noodles a breath longer next time. On a separate note I think live stations and cold stations are the best parts of any buffet – you get your food freshly prepared for you in the former, and in the latter they don’t need to be heated/warm to taste good! 9/10

III) Mains

I counted 5 mains of varying proteins to go with the blue jasmine rice – roast chicken, fried seabass, lamb massman, prawn curry, and wok-fried vegetables  Did you guys know they dye the rice naturally with the dye from the blue jasmine flower?! Pretty cool eh.

Take a look at the photos of the mains here:

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I reeeeaallly like this colour on the rice haha it’s so pretty.

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An army of mains waiting to be eaten lol

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Mmmmm roast chicken with that delicious northern-thai dried chilli “nam jim jaew” dipping sauce

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One more roast chicken photo for good measure

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What is Pae Sah style?!

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Massaman Curry

OK so a break in the photos here to talk about the origins of the word Massaman – I just read this on Wikipedia:

Massaman or matsaman is not a native Thai word. It is generally thought to refer to the Muslims, with earlier writers from the mid-19th century calling the dish “Mussulman curry”; Mussulman being an archaic form of the word Muslim.[2][3]

Other theories contend that massaman is a southern Thai dish, influenced by Malay and Indian cuisine,[5] or that its name is derived from the Malay word masam, which means “sour”.[citation needed]

I live for random trivia like this lol. Anyway more photos:

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So I got a little bit of everything on a plate to try them like nasi padang lol:

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A little of Monica in my life, a little bit of Erica by my side (Basically a bit of everything)

Mains Verdict:  In all honesty, I much preferred the mains from the a la carte menu – probably because they’re freshly prepared instead of being cooked in batches for a buffet. Very, very surprisingly, I think my favourite of the lot was the Wok Fried Ridge Gourd!! The gourds were super juicy and tasty, yet light, which balanced out the heaviness of the other mains well. The roast chicken and yellow curry prawns were decent components, but the seabass and lamb unfortunately were not memorable for me. I would def load up on the prata and maybe go with 2-3 dishes for the mains if I went for the Anchan buffet the next time. 6/10

IV) Dessert

Ahh, dessert. There was quite a variety of cakes and kuehs on offer, as you can see below:

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Again, I took a bit of everything and honestly all of them were pretty yummy, especially the kueh tako (extreme left) and the brown/coconutty thing that looks (and tasted) like kueh kaswi (below the tako)

 

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Panna cotta texture was a little too creamy for me but otherwise okay

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DIY coconut soft serve!! I love.

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Please don’t be like my lame friend who made us one cup each but NEGLECTED to add peanuts/toppings to our coconut soft serve. They really enhance the whole dessert!

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Fruits which I truly did NOT touch at all lol I was SO full by the end.

The pièce-de-résistance though was the Durian Sticky Rice, which was an irreverent take on the more ubiquitous mango sticky rice dessert:

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UNFFFFFFF YASSSSSSSSSSSS

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The Durian Sticky Rice station, with the thick and delicious durian sauce on the left, and the two bowls of sticky rice in blue jasmine, as well as brown rice colours. You can spot the refreshing lemongrass drink on the right which helps quench your thirst/cut the sweetness of everything.

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Ultra-sweet teh tarik (ahem the way I like it) from the teh tarik station where the staff pulls the drink right in front of you!

Dessert Verdict: OK so I think the desserts were quite delightful, and of course my absolute favourite was the Durian Sticky Rice. I’m not usually a fan of eating durian outside the home, or for that matter eating durian derivatives, but this was really quite scrumptious and comforting. I do wish they would serve like Thai Ice Tea ice cream or something lol 8.5/10

Overall verdict: I would recommend you guys try the Anchan buffet if any of these things that I’ve just talked about appeals to you. After the introductory discount and factoring in GST and service charge, it’ll only cost you guys S$42 all-in to try all the food on offer! Otherwise, I would definitely encourage you guys to check out my review of the à la carte menu here and go for that instead 🙂 7/10

Blue Jasmine
5th Floor, Park Hotel Farrer Park
10 Farrer Park Station Road
Singapore 217564
Tel: +65 6824 8851
Online Reservations: Click here
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park (NE8) Exit A

Opening Hours: 1130am to 10pm daily
Dinner Buffet Hours: 630pm to 10pm on Thu-Sat

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 7/10 (for the Anchan Buffet)
Recommended dishes: Rendang Prata, Banana Cheese Prata, Durian Sticky Rice
Remarks: The Anchan Buffet is available Thu-Sat at S$42++ per pax.
Introductory Offer: Enjoy 15% off from now till 30 Dec 2017!

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Hajah Maimunah at Jalan Pisang

Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
11 & 15 Jalan Pisang
Singapore 199078
Tel : +65 6297 4294

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 7am to 8pm
Closed on Sundays
Remarks: No GST and no service charge

Halal status: Halal certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$15
Recommended dishes: Lemak siput sedut, beef rendang

So as you know, Arab St area is now teeming with hip cafés such as The Lab, I Am…, Krave and the like, which is cause for rejoicing. However, I find myself still going back to stalwart establishments like Victory and Bumbu, which offer more Asian fare.

Another place I wish I frequented more is Hajah Maimunah restaurant, which serves up delectable Nasi Padang and an array of varied dishes. Although the flagship restaurant  is on Joo Chiat Road, I much prefer the Jalan Pisang outlet because there’s just more things to do in that area – drop by the National Library, go for dessert elsewhere, etc.

On a recent Saturday, my friend and I headed to Hajah Maimunah for lunch and here’s what we had:

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That’s right; all this for just us 2 :/

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YUMMMMMM

Here’s a breakdown of each of the dishes that we got:

  1. Lemak Siput Sedut (Medium, S$5)
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Lemak Siput Sedut (S$5) – 10/10

Mmm, I love this, but I might be biased. I grew up with my aunt and she cooked this for us a lot when I was younger, but since she passed away I hardly ever get to eat this. Back to the taste though – the lemak is spicy and not too rich, which means you won’t get too jelak of it. 10/10

2. Beef Rendang (S$6 for two persons’ portions)

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Beef Rendang (S$6 for two) – 9/10

The beef rendang is decent – the meat is moist and tender, while the rendang gravy is fragrant and flavourful. A little heavy on the oil (as is visible in the picture), but otherwise a good solid staple. 9/10

3. Ulam & Sambal Belacan (S$2)

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Ulam & Sambal Belacan (S$2) – unrated

I don’t even know why we even took this, as we were both not used to eating ulam, a traditional Malay/kampung salad with raw vegetables served with sambal belacan. I guess I liked the idea of it, but after trying a couple of cucumber sticks with the bright red sambal ,I thought “thank you, but never again please”. On the plus side, the vegetables were fresh. I suspect my mum would like this. Unrated.

4. Chicken liver and gizzard/ Hati & mempedal ayam (S$4 for Small)

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Hati & mempedal (S$4) – 8/10

So this is a classic kampung dish of fried chicken liver and gizzards coated in spices. I know it can be polarizing – some detest the grainy texture of liver while enjoying the chewiness of the gizzards, and others avoid innards altogether. I have fond memories of eating this as a kid and so I didn’t mind it. I like the rempah (or spices) that these gizzards are usually cooked in. 8/10

5. Tempe (S$0.80)

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Tempeh (80cts) – 6.5/10

I LOVE TEMPEH, or fermented soybeans. When I was taking arabic classes at Al Markaz, I would always rush down to Kampong Glam Café to get a tempeh as a snack during our 15 min breaks in between class. And the tempeh there was delicious and cost 50cts. So I was a little outraged that Hajah Maimunah charged us 80cts for this sad-looking, lemau (no longer crispy) and skinny strip of tempeh. The taste was normal, but the texture was a letdown. 6.5/10

6. Paru Belado (S$4 for small)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Paru Belado

Paru Belado (S$4) – 6.5/10

Paru means lungs, and in this case we’re talkin’ beef lungs. (Gee, so much innards in today’s meal). I love most belado dishes, since the chili paste is delicious! Hajah Maimunah’s paru was a little disappointing though – the paru texture was a little hard. I like my paru in one of two ways – deep fried and crispy, or a little thicker and chewy. The one I had here was neither. 6.5/10

7. Lemak Pucuk Ubi (S$3 for small)

Hajah Maimunah Cafe - Pucuk Ubi

Lemak Pucuk Ubi (S$3) – 9/10

Finally we come to the lemak pucuk ubi, or cassava leaves in coconut stew. I really enjoyed this. It’s got an earthy, kampung taste that is at once familiar and reassuring. The leaves are cooked well, retaining a good bite while still being juicy. If taken in large quantities the leaves can taste the slightest bit bitter, so try to pare it down with the coconut gravy and some rice. 9/10

All in all, I would definitely come back here again with my friends, especially for the lemak siput sedut, and also to try the tahu telor and other dishes! I reckon my friend and I definitely over-ordered, so my advice is to stick to about 2 dishes per person, and skip the ulam if you’re not a fan.

You can eat with your hands since they have a separate handwash station right by the washrooms. The staff are ever ready to clear empty plates once you’re done, and although you can def get like a simple $5 nasi padang from regular coffeeshops, it’s the variety of dishes and the air conditioned comfort that draw me and my friends to this establishment.

Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
11 & 15 Jalan Pisang
Singapore 199078
Tel : +65 6297 4294

Opening Hours
Mon-Sat: 7am to 8pm
Closed on Sundays
Remarks: No GST and no service charge

Halal status: Halal certified
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$15
Recommended dishes: Lemak siput sedut, beef rendang