Melt - The World Cafe Hot
With creativity and imagination, Melt has transformed the dining experience with 30 chefs in show kitchens present in a multi-cultural cooking theatre. A popular international buffet with a wide variety of cuisines.
Well worth it for the variety
Mandarin Oriental restaurants have a certain standard that they've never failed to uphold.
Melt the World was the last restaurant of theirs that I got to try, and it was on a Easter Sunday. We paid $130+/pax, but I believe the usual rate should not exceed $90+/pax on a normal Sunday. The restaurant even thoughtfully organized an Easter-themed program for the children, so that the parents could have a peaceful hour or so to have their meal.
The layout was quite standard - Appetizers, Dessert counter, Juice Counter (yay!), Seafood counter, Southeast Asian dishes (prata, curries, etc).
Must tries would be the truffle mashed potatoes as well as the foie gras. They also had a pasta counter, which appeared to be popular, but I decided I didn't want to waste my stomach space on carbs. Just outside the main buffet area, there was a outdoor grill as well, which served up lobsters, beef, as well as lamb, amongst others. The men working the grill had 5-7 years of experience, and the taste of the dishes sure proved it.
Oysters had to be ordered through a waiter, but it was no biggie, because they appeared on the table almost immediately. Succulent and fresh, but there are only so many oysters one can eat before feeling the slightest bit queasy.
I finished off my feast with a refreshing apple jelly and a slightly more sinful dessert crepe, which was topped with a scoop of ice cream.
At the end of the meal, we even got a complimentary photograph of us as a family to take home. Melt the World had their waitresses go round and help each table snap a shot, which was developed in an instant - a happy moment indeed, captured within a frame for eternity.
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Great buffet place!
The first time I went to MELT was for my friend's 21st birthday and I was so impressed by the service. I have been to many places for buffets and I've got to say that MELT has by far, the most impressive service.
Once I entered, I dragged myself away from the mouth-watering desserts, and went over to the seafood section. They had a wide variety, and to my surprise, they had "gong-gong" which is really uncommon for buffets. Of course, I just had to grab some - along with many other oysters and crabs ;)
Other than that, they also had Chinese food, Indian food, Japanese food with - most importantly, sashimi. You can end the day/night with some desserts or cheese and biscuits, and go along with the (chargeable) wines. Or just simply whine down with a cup of tea.
The second time I went there was for a Valentine's date with my boyfriend. We went there on a Saturday as I knew they had a barbeque section. The only problem was .... there wasn't any oysters. So if you intend to head down, you would have to decide between oysters and barbeque ;)
Duck can be cooked in so many ways
As the name suggests, this is a world cafe so you get to taste food from different parts of the world. The amazing thing I found when I visited this restaurant was how many ways duck can be cooked. This was the first buffet that I had tried so many duck meat and each way the duck was cooked, the taste was different.
I had always told my friends that I had trained myself to have two stomachs, one for main courses and the other for desserts. This training came in useful here. The selections available from the desserts counter would require you to have a full stomach to try out all the varieties. There were also many desserts that I had not seen from other buffets and the staff there would explain what were the ingredients in those desserts so you can decide whether you want to give it a try.
Not too bad, I guess.
I've been here at least thrice, and I think it's quite decent. I wouldn't say it's one of the best though. The cost per head is quite reasonable, and there'll usually be discounts for various credit cards at different times of the year. So if your mom has plenty of credit cards like mine, then there's bound to be at least a few cards you can borrow from her which can get you between 10-15 percent off the total bill.
But anyway, about the food, as many have already observed, the variety is great, the spread international. There's Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and so on. For aficionados of Indian cuisine, there're various curries to choose from. From what I've heard from some of my curry-loving friends, the Indian food there is pretty good, and goes well with the briyani and Indian bread served.
As for the Chinese food, there're some hits and misses. Some of the dishes had great flavour but others were either too greasy or simply bland. What is perhaps the most memorable dish for me in the Chinese section is their chicken (I think they called it spring chicken). It was tender, juicy, and springy, and great eaten on its own or accompanied by their tangy chilli sauce.
But besides that, not much else is memorable. I do recall that they served great mashed potatoes that was sufficiently salted, and that had enough cream and butter mixed in. But I think that's about all. The Japanese section isn't worth mentioning, the waffles were forgettable, and the pasta station was not at all good.
So I'd only recommend this place for its Asian fare, especially their Indian food. Those with a penchant for Western food should go elsewhere.
Buffet with very fresh seafood!
I've always been a big fan of buffets but this place keeps me coming back for more. My friend invited me to join her family for a dinner buffet and I was immediately drawn to the seafood table! The prawns are juicy and fresh, the sashimi is fresh and frequently refilled and there is even crab. Not all buffets serve crab as part of the seafood they have available and an extra bonus of MELT is that all seafood served are really tasty!
Desert here is really heavenly too. This was the first place that I came across that lets you make your own ice kachang! Their other deserts are not the usual ice cream only, they have cakes and fruits as well. This is definitely a place that has both quality and quantity, I'm looking forward to my next meal here soon!
I brought my friend for dinner at Melt on his birthday. The dining experience was extremely pleasant. The staff were very attentive, helpful and friendly. They even arranged a complimentary birthday cake for the birthday boy. Not like they did not have enough desserts at the buffet. The highlight of Melt got to be their desserts. They have got such a wide array of cakes, tarts, ice cream, waffles that I don't know where to start. I regretted stuffing myself with too much food at the beginning and way too full for desserts then.
Melt has one of the freshest seafood I have ever had at buffets. The lobsters were sweet, juicy and fresh. It seemed to me that the lobsters were very popular as everyone was helping themselves to huge servings of lobsters. Thankfully the staff at Melt replenished the food regularly.
I would definitely be back at Melt as I have not tried everything on their dessert table. The price may be a little steep at Melt, but I sure that it is worth the price once in a while.
Attention to all dessert-lovers!
Melt is an international buffet that made me so excited that i couldn't wait to try the food the moment I walked in. The ambience is really good and the awesome buffet counters added conus points to the atmosphere in there. Firstly, the cooked food had a wide variety - from Indian and Japanese to Mexican food. They were good but truth be told, I did not have as much interest in it as what I am about to share with you.
The dessert counters are just absolutely to die for. If you're a sucker for desserts just like I am, listen up! The must-try is their waffles. These waffles are just amazing and taste really good plain or with ice-cream. Also, the little cakes they offer look so pretty and exquisite - cakes that look like they would sell for 7 to 9 dollars for a small piece outside. I loved the desserts they had so so much.
The down side is that this buffet is really pricey. It would not be worth it if you went there just for dessert. If only they had a special dessert buffet at a more affordable rate, Melt - The World Cafe will definitely be a place I will recommend to all dessert-lovers.
Good variety, good quality
I've been to a great number of buffets, and I must say Melt - The World Cafe tops them all. Firstly, they serve the greatest variety of food, there are so many cuisines ranging from Mediterranean to even Korean. They have a pasta section, an outdoor BBQ section, and the highlight has to be their seafood section. They serve the freshest prawns, crab and lobster. For seafood lovers, this is not to be missed! Their dessert section deserves a commendation too because they have everything from fresh fruits to a chocolate fondue fountain to yummy cakes and pastries. Melt - The World is one of the best buffets in Singapore, and worth every cent paid!