There were chocolate buffets, durian buffets, and then now at Brizo you have the crab buffet. Featuring 19 different kinds of crabs cooked differently, this buffet is one you might be attracted to if you are mad about crabs.
Cooked in many ways to suit different palates, you can find a spread that includes our Singapore Chilli Crab, Butter Crab, Soft Shell Crab, Pepper Crab, Steamed Crab and even Park Hotel's signature Heavenly Fragrance Crab, just to name a few. While not all were suited to our palates, we did like the Heavenly Fragrance Crab that had each piece of crab coated evenly with dried shrimps, chilli and curry powder - very fragrant and flavourful. For one with a lighter palate, opt for the Steamed Crab that is steamed fresh with egg white, ginger and XO brandy.
While we felt not all the crabs were fresh (most of the meat were stuck onto the shell), and that the crabs were not of the same consistency in sizing, we did enjoy the variety that was offered. Needless to say, if you like big pincers, crab roe and quality - this buffet clearly isn't for you.
Should the crabs really not appease despite the wide variety, the Laksa with Crab Gravy just might. We enjoyed every bit in the bowl, except for the crab claw which we felt could have been de-shelled for easier consumption. The buffet also showcases a variety of seafood like salmon sashimi, prawns and shellfish, to which we were honestly not very impressed with. The sashimi to begin with, were sliced shoddily, and the scallops were not the least fresh.
Lastly, the dessert section offers a spread of local desserts such as Nonya Kuehs. Apart from those, cakes and macarons were also spotted alongside the spread of colourful indulgences. Again, we felt that the desserts fell a bit off par despite the variety.
A tough shell to crack indeed, this buffet at Brizo is either a hit or a miss. Like we mentioned earlier, if you like quantity and variety, this is all for you. Otherwise, if you are the sort that won't tolerate petite scanty pincers, we suggest you take a step back and settle for places that will serve you crab by the kilo. The Crazy about Crabs Buffet runs from 3 July - 31 August 2014 - crab or crap, you decide.
Brizo Restaurant & Bar
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street
+65 6593 8855
This was an invited media tasting.