Triple Three @ Mandarin Orchard

A Birthday Buffet Bash

For my name day earlier this month, I really wanted to celebrate with a good buffet, so me BFF and I opted for the Japanese-inspired international buffet at the long-established Triple Three at Mandarin Orchard.

Named after the hotel’s address (333 Orchard Road), Triple Three’s buffet spread, which has a few live cooking stations, covers a huge area so one has to check out every corner and nook so as to not miss any of its extensive offerings.

The first thing that had us at hello was this gorgeous Honey Glazed Ham, flanked by cute Yorkshire puddings. There was roast beef too but it wasn’t as enticing as this hunk of a ham here!

This massive Grilled Grouper was hard to miss too, and its tasty meat really went well with rice.

The cold cuts section was right by the roasts. Its selection of meats including parma ham and smoked salmon, just to name but two.

My game plan though was to focus on the seafood-on-ice section where I could have all the utterly huge, fresh and juicy Sakoshi Bay oysters from Japan that I could eat…

… and, most of all. succulent Alaskan King Crab legs as well! (So good and yummy!) The station is also filled with other under-the-sea delights such as prawns, mussels, clams and crayfish.

Another popular Japanese-inspired counter is the Yakiniku (grilled meat) live cooking section. This evening, we had this heavenly grilled Wagyu beef with vegetables that was simply da bomb!

The sushi and sashimi counter is understandably another popular section especially when you can order to your heart’s content items such as freshly sliced yellowtail sashimi or wagyu beef sushi made on the spot.

As focus was to be on just a few stations, counters I had to forgo include the Asian wok-fried favorites, Japanese tempura, and I’m sure there was even a pasta station…

Our tummies practically had no room for this rather tempting Indian section although I couldn’t resist a scoop of the fragrant balmastic rice (which I ate with the grouper fish) and a piece of crispy papadum.

And we’re still not done: There is a decent looking cheese section…

…an impressive bread stand (although the buns and rolls we picked were surprisingly tough…)

…and a good range of pretty and delicious-looking cakes and pastries.

Last but not least, there were healthy fruits to end your feasting, along with premium machine-brewed coffee (or tea if you prefer).

We love to stuff our faces but the primary reason my pal and I have not been indulging in hotel buffets is because buffet prices can be quite hefty these days. During my birthday week however, there was a Triple Three promotion whereby for the weekday dinner of $88++, the second adult gets 50% off if you pay by DBS, POSB and UOB cards. That was why we picked the spot and we ended up paying about $78 each which was decent for such a good spread.

So overall, an enjoyable experience at Triple Three just like the last time when I was there yons ago. Would definitely visit again.

Triple Three is @ Level 5, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867. Breakfast – Daily: 6.30am-10.00am; Lunch – Mon- Sat: 12pm-2:30pm; Sun: 12pm-3pm; Dinner: Daily – 6.30pm-10pm. Tel: 6831 6271

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