Hotel Buffet Review: Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189559

How much do you love Peranakan food? If you are an eastie you'll probably be in much more contact with them than the rest of us. For everyone else, there's Straits Cafe in a central part of town at Rendezvous Hotel where we can enjoy great Peranakan food amidst an international buffet line. Best of every world! What's even better now is that the hotel's restaurant has been renovated with bright cheery colours and new dishes were also added to tantalise your tastebuds even more.

The interior is bright, airy and well-ventilated.

There's plenty of space to walk about and pick and choose your food. The selection is not as wide as some other buffets for different meats or breads/cheeses, but they do have the standard items like salads, seafood, sushi/sashimi station as well as desserts.

Here are the prices for the buffets. $50 for an adult on weekday is really well-priced for the amount of seafood and durian goodies available.

Breakfast Buffet 6.30am to 10.30am at $33++ (Adult), $17++ (Child) 
Buffet Lunch Mon - Sat, 12pm to 2.30pm at $42++ (Adult), $21++ (Child) 
Sunday Brunch, 11.30am to 3.30pm at $48++ (Adult), $24++ (Child) 

Buffet Dinner  Mon - Thur, 6.30pm to 10pm at $50++ (Adult) and $25++ (Child) 
Fri - Sun and eve of and on Public Holiday at $58++ (Adult), $29++ (Child) 

The Black Pepper Carrot Cake is one of their signature dishes and it was fried on-demand. One of my favourites of the night for sure, because of how fragrant the black pepper was on top of the carrot cake.

Then there's the Lamb Rendang Lasagne, which you must try. This is the most unique in taste compared to everything else - the taste of lamb (in a good way) in a spicy concoction within layers of Western styled pasta gave this local dish a worldly upgrade. It also showcases the innovativeness of the chef!

The Braised Pork Belly is a classic that you need to get as well. I found the fried bun to be a little unnecessary, and stale. I would have been happy with a steamed bun, which is healthier. The pork belly tho is perfection in little slices. Eat in moderation, but also enjoy every bite!

They have a Rojak and Kueh Pie Tee station where you can toss your own Rojak, and assemble those little Kueh Pie Tees! I like that. They both taste really authentic and flavourful and for those who know how to cook you know how it is not easy to create all these ingredients!

We also had some of the famous Straits Cafe Laksa, of course. What's Peranakan food without this iconic dish? The laksa here has a deep, rich broth that lets you taste the seafood and spices in there.

We also had an ala carte non-buffet item (available all day), the Deep Sea King Prawn Fried Noodles (S$20)! It was super 'shiok' - awesome because of the different textures from having flavoursome gravy on some crispy egg noodles. While it might seem a bit pricey, you're definitely getting value-for-money for the portion, the quality of ingredients (fresh prawn!) and the taste.

Special mention goes to the dessert section. Other than the savoury items, Peranakan food also has a special place for Nonya kuehs, or cakes with coconut and pandan as mainstays. Not to mention all the durian desserts available, like the Durian Pengat and even eclairs! Do save some space for them if you are a durian lover.

Check out the vlog I did at the cafe as well!

Overall this is an excellent buffet choice for locals and tourists alike who wants to try the best of Singapore's Peranakan food yet could do with the comfort of some international cuisine and seafood at a good price.

Straits Cafe
Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559
Lunch Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 14:30, Sun: 11:30 - 15:30
Dinners Mon - Sun: 18:30 - 22:00
+65 68846884

Thanks to Refinery Concepts and Straits Cafe for the invite!

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