Easter is a time for celebration! It is meaningfully bigger than Christmas and a period of thoughtful reflection in happy spirits. This year, my family decided to take some time off to have an Easter lunch buffet at Marina Bay Sands’ Rise. It was a warm hearted gathering, something I really appreciated as I took a break from busy school activities, projects and assignments. This article about the Easter lunch buffet at Marina Bay Sands features the dishes that were available for guests during the Easter weekend and is a once off assortment available yearly. I generally enjoyed most of the dishes with highlights being the Roast Lamb, wide selection of cheeses, antipasti and desserts. Selection could be more varied with a better Easter spread, but at the price of $68++, this is comparatively a friendly range when put in perspective with other restaurants of its calibre.
The Antipasti section carried the centerpiece of a whole Iberico ham, meant to be freshly shaved and enjoyed on its own or with a little piece of toast. Iberico is luxuriously known for its sweet tangy, salty flavours encapsulating each slice of meat with that tinge of oiliness to lend complex textures in each sitting. This particular one was mid range in both textures and flavours, but still decent nonetheless and well appreciated by many.
Seared tuna with peppers
The seafood section in Rise is decent with a limited selection of prawns, scallops, mussels and crabs. Not taken aback but something for everybody.
The focus of Rise’s buffet spread is a little something of everything. And one section that is almost standard fare at an International buffet is the Japanese sushi and sashimi spread. Focused selection of key favourites like salmon, tuna and yellow tail is laid out with an assortment of makis and sushis making up the staples.
I, for one really enjoy the bread selection at Rise. Although this is almost like a “do not enter” section for the buffet lover, this is one section to visit for that wonderfully sweet and intensely flavourful baked dough pieces. Pair it with some butter or to scoop up the gravy.
The restaurant offered something special this Easter’s season with a choice of Eggs Benedict with either Spinach or White Asparagus. Pieces of poached egg laid atop the savoury spread and toasted muffin, topped with hollandaise, bacon and a drizzle of unmistakeably, truffle oil. It was good, but more thought could be laid out in presentation, amount of hollandaise, and the quality of poached eggs. Some were just a little too hard boiled.
Now for the meats. I highly recommend going for the Roast lamb if it is available at the buffet line again. Something about tucking in to warm tender lamb, with that layer of fat by the side for that extra burst of flavour, complemented well with the jus by the side makes the dish a marvel to enjoy. The side of Cheese cauliflower (whose dish name I can’t recall) was an acquired taste. The strong smelling cheese stood out in sheer contrast from a heightened expectation of cheddar goodness like those found in Macaroni and cheese, leading to failed expectations but a quirky appreciation nonetheless.
Sides of pickled mango, papaya, and achar
The Salad Bar
The Fruit selection looks really good and attractive. Jackfruit, passionfruit, apples, oranges and dragonfruit make up the spread!
The dessert counter is where the Easter sweets and treats stood out the most. With fancy coloured Easter eggs, chocolate rabbits and the decadent white chocolate fountain, I thought the variety was a sight to behold. However, when placed in contrast to my previous visits I thought the spread was slightly scaled down. This is one section where I let pictures do the most talking. Desserts are after all both a tasty and visual treat from start to finish.
For me, Cheese sits in my list of desserts and something I will definitely try each time it’s available in any buffet. Unique cheeses were available with a huge honeycomb by the side for a sweet pairing with the savoury deep flavours of the former.
How often do you see a honeycomb at the buffet line? I just had to take a photo of this mid buffet as I missed it at the beginning.
Great giant Easter eggs at Sweetspot
The Easter lunch buffet at Rise was a pretty much decent affair with a good selection of quality dishes that set out to tickle tastebuds. The variety is generally a decent selection given its price with the occasional dishes like the Roast lamb and Iberico ham standing out. I thought that for an Easter lunch buffet the sweets could be given a better treat but this is definitely on top what is already being offered. A good dining experience for its price, and with its location in the beautiful lobby of the Sands hotel, this is one restaurant to visit either for lunch or dinner.
10 Bayfront Avenue
Marina Bay Sands
Hotel Tower 1
LobbyContact: 6688 5525