It is time. Time for Durians at the Goodwood Park Hotel! This year for the Durian Fiesta 2013, Goodwood Park Hotel is bringing in the most premium Mao Shan Wang durians as part of its Limited Edition Specials. The “Mao Shan” Power Puff and the “Mao Shan Wang” Ice Cream will be available from the 1st of June till the 21st of July alongside classical favourites like the Durian Puffs, Durian Mousse Cake, Durian Crepe, and Durian Strudel. Goodwood Park Hotel’s Coffee Lounge will also be serving the Dessert Buffet with Durian Pastries in what is almost a yearly tradition for both lunch and dinner. Having the durian crave already? It’s time to immerse yourself in the deep sweet flavours of the King of Fruits!
The chic looking translucent paper bag hiding the goodness. Would make a wonderful softbox for all those camera diy enthusiasts.
The first special for the season is the “Mao Shan” Power Puff. The giant choux pastry is freshly piped with delectable Mao Shan durian pulp just before serve. It is only available from noon to 7pm at the Coffee Lounge Deli though. I thought it was quite pleasant for the hotel to pair the takeaway with an equally grand looking gold bag, waiting for a momentous unveiling of sorts for the “oooh” and “aaaah”.
Priced at $16.80+, the Power Puff is easily shared between two friends. I was just that tempted to lift the entire choux pastry up and sink my teeth right into the middle, bursting the generous stuffing within. But, obligations prevailed, and I had to artfully try means and ways to slice the pastry in two to show the lovely stuffing within.
And generous they were for a sumptuous portion. The durian flavours tended to be a little sweeter than what I would expect, but for a dessert pastry, this was almost perfect. I liked the balance of neutral pastry skin with sweet robust durian filling. And the fragrance is uniquely stronger, with a slight edge of flavour in each bite. My only gripe is that the plastic case for the pastry is just inadequate to carefully contain the dessert without marring the surface a little, compounded further with the plastic cover being a little too loose for a slightly precarious situation.
The other special for this season is the “Mao Shan Wang” Ice Cream. The 16oz tub of ice cream ($20.80+) arrived without glitter and glory, and only wrapped in a inner tin foiled paper bag.
The creaminess is definitely the standard I would imagine to come for a premium scoop of ice cream. Wonderfully cold, luscious, melt in the mouth mao shan wang fragrance makes this a robust durian ice cream that shines. It can get a little too sweet after the first few spoons, with a hint of lasting tangy sweetness in the mouth. But for durian ice cream lovers, I guess this is the deal to go for.
The Coffee Lounge is also serving up the Dessert Buffet with Durian Pastries for both lunch and dinner. The dessert buffet is priced at $33.80++ but with any a la carte main course order, the price drops to an attractive $26.80++. I’ve not tried the dessert buffet so I won’t know what to expect. But from the sweets tasted above, I guess this would be a durian paradise for durian lovers out there. Maybe one day I’ll find some time to head down to Goodwood Park for a durian fiesta that would hopefully boggle the senses.
Thank you Goodwood Park Hotel for the sweets.
|Website: Goodwood Park Hotel Durian Fiesta 2013
Order (Deli): 6730 1786
Reservations (Coffee Lounge): 6730 1746