Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Oasis @ Grand Hyatt Singapore : Alfresco BBQ Buffet with Free-Flow Booze

Do you know that there is an oasis right in the middle of Orchard Road? 

Not the fertile green area in a desert, but a relaxing all-day dining poolside restaurant tucked away from the busy shopping streets. The highlight of this alfresco BBQ buffet dinner is none other than the grill section, where the barbecue chefs battle the intense smoky heat to elevate simple meats to something truly delicious. 
From Sundays to Thursdays, guests can indulge in meat platters that are plated and served to the tables directly. On Fridays and Saturdays, the full buffet spread is laid out with seafood on ice and a unique Mongolian grill.  

At $98++ per person, the deal comes with free flow booze including Tiger/Heineken Beer, red wine, white wine, prosecco, sparkling wine, margarita, as well as soft drinks. Doesn't it sound like the great occasion to feast and drink to your heart's desire?
The beauty of grilled meats lie in its simplicity. Be it the Sustainable Spencer prawns, Gai Yang Thai Chicken or the Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables and Lamb-Rosemary Sausages, they are served off the blistering grills without too much seasoning. 

For those looking to enhance the flavors, an army of sauces and dressings are laid readily next to the grill. It is fully up to the discretion of the guests to mix and match whatever they fancy.

The Grass Fed Flat Iron Beef Steak were noticeably too raw at first but the chefs were very helpful to get it done to the ideal degree that provided nice chewiness. However, it was the humble thai-style grilled chicken that stole the limelight with its tantalizing smoky aroma and flavorful marinade. 
For seafood lovers like me, there is the Cajun spiced sustainable market fish and I was lucky to catch the barramundi and tuna on my visit. The former was slightly charred but the latter was perfect--rosy pink and succulent without the need for further adornment. Another pleasant surprise was the excellent roasted duck meat that is served in the style of Peking Duck with sauce and crepe. 
To offset the density of the meat, there are also a good variety of tasty salads such as Russian potato salad, gherkins and boiled egg, as well as roast carrot salads with quinoa and dukkah. The one that grabbed my attention was the Asian slaw with Thai sweet chilli dressing (purple). The spice from the chilli set my tongue sizzling yet I was craving for more. So appetizing and crunchy that I dashed back for subsequent servings!
Over at the Sizzling Vegetable Grill Section that is only available on Thurs, Fri and Sat only, I discovered some amazing sweet potatoes and asparagus that were so brilliantly sweet. Their modest looks might not encourage you to pick them up but trust me, they are no less charming then their meat counterparts. 
While service standard is generally attentive across at all F&B outlets of Grand Hyatt, the service here was exceptionally attentive, friendly and prompt. One can easily miss the desserts which are glasses of partially filled sauces with fruits/meringues that sat in the glass display, waiting to be topped with soft serve ice cream at a self-service machine by the guests. 

While the desserts are a far cry from the exquisite pastries from its sister restaurant Mezza 9, the grills here still sing, and that is all it really matter. 
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6732 1234
Daily: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Adult: $98 / Child: $58
Nearest Station: Orchard
For reservations:
email singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com or call +65 6732 1234
Website: http://www.singapore.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/oasis/

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