I attended a course at a room at the second floor of Grand Pacific Hotel and we had our sumptuous buffet lunch at the Sun's Café which is located at one corner of the lobby area. The cost of the lunch is included in the course fee.
This was my first time coming to this hotel. It is quite convenient to find the hotel as it is only about 500 m walk from Bugis MRT station.
The café looks spacious with the food occupying the central area while the dining furniture are well spread away from the food area and the ambience conducive for closed interaction.
The first thing that captured my attention was the fried kembong fish. This was my favorite fish and it was quite sometime I had not tasted it. Initially, I thought this must be some Teochew cuisine but the curry fish head, the ice-kacang, the rojak and the curry chicken led me to link it to Peranakan menu. Indeed it was and I found the cooking very unique. The pig stomach soup was filled with ginko nuts and the red bean paste was enriched with sago and orange peel. The food was not the generic type of food. The red bean paste was very concentrated. Likewise the barley water was concentrated stuff not the dilute drink.
The waiters were prompt to top up the curry fish head and the curry chicken despite the curry dishes being consumed relatively fast. I like the roasted duck meat fresh and fragrant. The chicken porridge also matched my taste and was not dilute. I was delighted when I had to make own rojak and my own ice-kachang. It was fun. It was unfortunate that I could not taste the ice-cream, the salad and the fruits as my stomach really could not accommodate further.
Overall, the food was good and well-prepared and contained rich ingredients. The chef is generous and the staff are helpful and prompt in service. The hotel ambience is conducive.
I am strongly supportive of the idea of incorporating such good buffet lunch into the course . It helps to keep us motivated and focused in class.