Can I just say one thing first – Parkroyal at Pickering’s pool area is SO pretty! Lovely cage-like structures scattered within an infinity pool, against a backdrop of a lovely cityscape.
But okay, what this post is really about is the open-concept kitchen restaurant at the hotel, Lime.
Lime offers both a-la-carte and daily lunch and dinner buffet spreads, and the latter was what we went down to try.
Chancing upon a credit card promotion and after reading some positive reviews online, I decided to take my family there for a nice meal.
True to expectations, the Peranakan food counter didn’t disappoint – filled with fragrant, tasty Chap Chye, Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh and more. It was rather nice to see a local buffet feature some of these Peranakan favourites, along with of course the usual international options.
I started with the fresh seafood and sashimi, as always. Rather liked the sashimi here as the pretty pink slices were sweet and fresh, but I found the prawns a bit too salty for my liking.
The salad selection was pretty good, offering around 6 to 8 ingredients in bowls to make-your-own as well as pre-mixed salads like Pumpkin and Baby Spinach and Peking Duck Salad.
There were also some cold appetizers in mini bowls/glasses, cured hams and smoked salmon.
Like many other buffets before, I felt that some of the meats could have been a bit moister, like the pork belly, duck confit and sea bass at the Western cooked food station. The roasted vegetables at this same station were just nice though.
A wide selection of breads and cheese cheese were also available, and apparently, the butter provided is some sort of ‘atas’ (posh) brand called Echire which hails from France.
It was surprisingly delicious though, vying with the slice of lovely multi-grain bread with raisins that I spread it on, to win the favour of my tastebuds.
I liked the soups too, both the Asian and Western choices. The former was a piping hot and very flavourful simple ‘ABC’ (potato, carrots and onion) chicken soup and the latter a fragrant and smooth mushroom soup.
There’s also a live station serving pasta and one serving mee rebus, if you like that sort of thing.
These freshly cooked noodle dishes were nice, but not particularly outstanding though.
For desserts there was likewise a selection of both Asian and Western desserts.
On the Asian side there was Burbur Cha Cha, different types of ‘kuehs’ (Nyonya sticky pastries) and a crowd favourite, Durian Pengat (a paste of fruit cooked in coconut milk).
On the other side of the dessert spectrum, many choices of mini cakes, tarts and pastries were on offer.
There was also an interesting green tea chocolate fountain (a bit too sweet for me though, I still prefer plain ol’ chocolate), and two flavours of ice cream to choose from too.
They were all quite enjoyable, and my favourites were the really rich and moist chocolate mousse cake with nice crunchy bits in it (not pictured) and pistachio pastry with cream (far left).
I enjoyed the overall buffet dinner experience at Lime – there weren’t any really outstanding dishes (quite typical of buffets it seems) but I felt that the standard was above average.
Staff were quite prompt and friendly too, which I appreciated.
The usual price for their weekday dinner buffet I believe is around S$62++ per person.
Lime, Parkroyal at Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street,
Tel: +65 6809 8899
Open from Sunday to Thursday from 6.30am to 12.00am and Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holiday from 6.30am to 2.00am.