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Oscar’s Weekday Lunch Buffet, Conrad Centennial

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Oscar’s weekday lunch buffet used to be one of my top favourites but my most recent visit in July 2021 fell a little short. What used to be their main selling point that other hotel lunch buffets lacked is now gone with the removal of oysters that were once a staple in their buffets.

Top left clockwise: Fried Lotus Bun, Char Siew Don with 63degC Onsen Egg, Oscar’s Power Rojak, Signature Crab Kueh Pie Tee with Garlic Aioli

Everything above, except the rojak (poor choice of name — totally not power at all) is worth a try, though none of the dishes were particularly outstanding.

Fried Chicken, Seafood Laksa, Nonya Udang Mentega

The fried chicken was actually part of Oscar’s nasi lemak but obviously choosing my carb battles in this buffet, I decided to just ask for the fried chicken. Turns out it was a great decision! Had additional servings of the fried chicken after this. The seafood laksa on the other hand was a tad off. As you can tell by the looks of it, there was a thick layer of laksa paste on top of the noodles which didn’t mix well with the gravy below. The Nonya udang mentega was a hidden horse! It tasted a bit like cereal prawns actually.

Top left clockwise: Mac and Cheese, Beans and Impossible Meat Potato, Roasted New Zealand Striploin, Jerk Marinated Roasted Cauliflower

The four dishes above were surprisingly well executed, especially the New Zealand Striploin. It was not like the usual roast beef available at most buffets; in fact it was tender and juicy and flavourful on its own — the garlic and thyme mashed potatoes with peppercorn jus were not really needed. I loved the impossible meat potato as well.

Top left clockwise: Pulled Pork Slider, Clams and Chorizo, Pandan Tiramisu with Milo Powder, Assorted desserts

If by now your tummy is almost full, do try the clams over the pulled pork slider. Both were good, but the clams were just a little tastier than the slider. For desserts, the pandan tiramisu is a must. The rest were pretty unimpressive. Oscar’s do serve ice cream, but when I visited, they only served a couple of flavours that sounded really run of the mill so I didn’t try them.

Overall, Oscar’s does have some hits and misses, but without the oysters, I’m not convinced this is worth going for over and over again. I used to visit the buffet once every 3 months and crave for it even, but after this visit, I don’t think I’ll be back in the near future.

2 Temasek Boulevard

Singapore 038982

Mondays to Fridays: 12pm to 230pm

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