Went for this 1 for 1 buffet last Saturday at Holiday Inn Atrium which is located at Outram Road. The restaurant was renovated last year. The place had tall big windows which made the restaurant very bright and cheery. Though it was under the 1 for 1 promotion, the food was of good standard. The daylight brightness through the windows made the food look appetizing as well.
There was quite a few selections at the chilled seafood counter such as cold prawns, crabs, mussels, scallops and some snails. The items were placed sparingly giving it a clean presentation. The items were topped up regularly. There were also a few dips such as thai chilli, vinegar, Tabasco sauce to go with these seafood.
The salad counter was quite small but sufficient as most people would not really eat salads at a buffet. There were also a few dressings to go with them. A variety of sushi was also available as well as cold soba noodles. They served fresh tuna and salmon slices as well which the chef will serve you upon request to ensure the freshness of the fish.
There were also a few mixed salads such as Achar, jelly fish, smoked duck salad, fruit salad and some variety of hams and pepperoni. I tried the smoked duck salad which was quite good. However, I did find the jelly fish not crunch enough.
They even served roasted pork and roast chicken last Saturday. The roast pork was good as it was not too salty. The roast chicken looks good too though I did not manage to try.
There were about 6 hot dishes at the buffet like the above. I tried the pasta which was quite good with some Parmesan cheese. There were also mini burger patty and stir fried beef which tasted average, but the rendang beef was quite good. Besides the hot dishes, there were also chicken porridge, broccoli soup and a small selection of dim sum. They served chicken and mutton satay which was freshly grilled upon request. The satay meat was cooked till just right, two thumbs up for the satay.
There was a hot sour noodle but I thought would be better if the restaurant served some local noodles like mee siam, laksa or mee rebus.
There was also a small section at the buffet for children as well as plastic plates for children. The selection of pizza was placed at a lightly lower level counter so that children could help themselves.
The fruits and pastries spread was not huge but sufficient. There was also a small chocolate fondue that you dip strawberries and marshmallows into. The Yuzu jelly with pomelo was refreshing though I found the Pandan Panna Cotta a bit too hard, a little less gelatin would have made it better.
The manager assisted to arrange something for us to sing a birthday song for my son since this meal was meant to celebrate his birthday.
More Details on the buffet can be found at the Holiday Inn Atrium website.
Weekends High Tea (Sat and Sun) is served from 12pm to 3.30pm at $50++.
For 1 for 1, the spread is considered acceptable.