It is always an adventure to make a trip into Sentosa to dine. Somehow, the physical separation of mainland Singapore to one of its largest southern island seems to suggest a whole different world out there. However, because of its exclusivity, visiting the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa for its Sunday Champagne Brunch is made all the more exciting. With the promise of good food, a scenery that is almost one with nature and the use of the hotel’s pool till late, brunch perhaps just got a little more wholesome. Still, the allure for such an exciting place is subdued when contrasted with my visits in earlier years. Kwee Zeen’s Magnifique Sunday Champagne Brunch is an exciting affair, especially with the range of 32 cheese and an excellent foie gras station. But the grandeur of its past is perhaps best left to one’s memories – one that I will fondly miss.
Kwee Zeen is the new flagship restaurant at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. Formerly The Terrace, my last visit to the hotel’s Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet was in late 2013. The brands then and now are slightly different as the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa was recently re-launched in late 2015.
Kwee Zeen presents an experiential dining experience with a sumptuous assortment of Pan-Asian specialties and classic French fare to tickle tastebuds. Be it from the hearty selection of seafood, the a la minute foie gras counter, to the extensive selection of charcuteries and 32 cheeses, I must admit that I left the buffet sated.
The foie gras was beautifully done, served with a side of apple compote. Its buttery tender texture of each piece was absolutely gorgeous. It was almost too tempting to stop at one.
The main highlight for me, however, was the extensive selection of seafood available on ice. Tuck in to huge portions of Dungeness Crab, Mud Crab, Brown Crab and if you feel a little peckish, have a lobster by the side or the assortment of shucked French, Candian or Irish oysters. Squeeze a little lemon over and you are set.
The dungeness crab was superbly crisp in flavour, with most embracing a very hearty stuffing of orange crab roe.
The famous and premium Taittinger Champagne is available as part of the Champagne Brunch Buffet selection. Clean, balanced and easy to drink, the bubbly was a touch fruity and best served fresh and chilled.
After my quick tour around the food counters, I was awestruck with the spread of 32 cheeses laid out on the counter and with some in the chiller. It was, almost, a cheese gourmand’s little heaven. I took a little of each variety to try and share. It was a dream come true, and an experience to taste such an overwhelming spread.
I went out on a limb and took a little of each cheese selection (to share of course). Yes, I counted, there were 32 different types.
The foie gras station, seafood selection and cheese repertoire were for me the three biggest highlights on the buffet line. I was not taken to the selection of hot mains, and the counter of Asian delicacies parked in the al-fresco area was not as appealing.
Still, items like the Roast Beef was good, with the meat tender and the sauce an earthy delight.
And it was a first for me to see marinated smoked salmon served and prepped in such a manner. This looked exceptionally divine.
A very fancy chocolate fountain
The range of desserts at Kwee Zeen is also significantly lesser (if not in quantity, at least perceptively) than what the previous iteration offered. While there were the traditional cakes and fruits, they seemed more like a token addition than an integrated part of the whole buffet. What stood out for me was the hand made chocolates that offered both variety and exquisiteness.
Nonetheless, the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet at Kwee Zeen is still worthy for a Sunday visit and an escape from the hustle of Singapore mainland. With a gorgeous scenery and the use of the hotel’s pool till 6pm, it is almost a day’s staycation at the resort. I would go back for the cheese and seafood, but would still envision the time when the restaurant could offer so much more.
Thank you Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa for the invitation.
|Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa
Reservations: 6708 8366
|Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet
12.30pm to 3.30pm
$168++ per adult with free-flow of Taittinger Champagne, wine and non-alcoholic drinks
$138++ per adult with free-flow of soft drinks and juices
$58++ per child (Aged 5 to 11 years) with free-flow of soft drinks and juices