Friday, January 22, 2016

The Carvery @ Park Hotel Alexandra : Valentine's Day 2016

If you are a meat lover or if your loving half is a meat lover and you are willing to accommodate that love for meats, then both of you will have a great time this Valentine's Day at the Carvery. This all-new buffet restaurant which has only opened in Nov will be presenting a finely-curated Valentine's Day semi-buffet dinner with free flow of quality roasts, salads and desserts.
Priced at $188 per couple, this dinner includes 2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne and a pair of complementary cocktail that is specially concocted for lovers. Gentlemen will receive an invigorating blend of Hendricks gin, elderflower liqueur, cucumber and lime while Ladies enjoy a fruity and sweeter drink featuring Belvedere Vodka, pineapple, mango, violette liquor, Bols yoghurt liqueur and grenadine
To start, diners can savour a delicious Duo of Oven Roasted Tomato Soup and Leek Potato Soup which is best enjoyed when the two different soup bases are mixed together evenly. The tangy sourish notes of the tomato were balanced out by the white counterpart while the Manchego Cheese Fritter worked like a palate teaser that pulled everything together. I really appreciated the concept of this dish as it drew parallels to reality where one complements the other. The sum was definitely more than the parts. 
Also served at the table is the Seafood Platter which includes the fresh sashimi and freshly shucked Seasonal Oysters in Ponzu dressing. Get more lovey-dovey after the meal with your loved ones as you deshell the Tiger Prawns, Red Claw for each other, before enjoying with the Maldon Sea Salt with Shallot Oil or the Horseradish Cream. 
From the Carvery station, there is free-flow of premium US Black Angus ribeye, tenderloin, juicy pork and chicken with crisp-fluffy Yorkshires, a sizable range of side dishes and roasted bulbs of garlic/onion to seal the deal. Slow-roasted in the wood-fired oven and later quick-roasted again at high temperatures before serving, the tender ribeye is undoubtedly the best part of the show. 

I like the fact that the meats are minimally seasoned so that one can enjoy the natural succulence or pair it with any of the dips. Did I mention that there's the heavenly truffle butter too? Those less carnivorous can indulge in the Salmon Wellington which is encrusted not only with the usual swiss chard but also with rice. This gives the dish a charming oriental flavors in an otherwise very western-dominated setting. 
Tucked at a dimly-lit corner next to the pasta and pizza station is where diners can find a good range of desserts, including Valentine's Day edition items for the sweet finale. Any Valentine's dinner will not be complete without chocolate which have been proven by scientists to be better than love. Embedded within the dark, fudgy Flamingo chocolate cake is a sweet raspberry cream core that complemented the earthy cacao flavor. 

Meanwhile, the Cranberry and Cheese Tart stood out from the average tart quality you'll find in most hotels as the pastry shell was crisp and brittle, with a mousse-like filling that kept everything light. But at the end of the day, guys might want to form a bouquet of the colorful cake pops and present them to the other half. 

It'll probably keep the ladies happier than receiving non-edible flowers :D

The Carvery @ Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972
Mon-Sun 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Email: thecarvery.phal@parkhotelgroup.com
#thecarverysg

-Valentine's Day Dinner is priced at $188++ per couple (inclusive of 2 glasses of champagne) or $226++ with additional wine pairing
-Double Date Bookings for four (2 couples) includes a complimentary bottle of Victoria Park Shiraz or Victoria Park Chardonnay worth $58.
-The complimentary cocktail (worth $19.99++ per set) is also available at Aqua Luna

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