With the recent easing of restrictions surrounding self-service buffets, buffet lovers can finally help themselves to their favourite dishes when enjoying a buffet. Well, fans of local food will be delighted to know that Feast Roxy’s weekend buffet is now back in full swing.
Situated in the family-friendly Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, the restaurant offers a no-frills and laidback environment to enjoy some local delicacies. I got a chance to enjoy their Meat Lovers range, available on Fridays.
Before starting my food tour, I quickly checked out the drinks section. I was a little disappointed to find out that apart from iced water, only hot drinks are served via self-serve coffee and hot chocolate machines. However, I later found out from a waiter that cold drinks such as juices are available as paid add-ons if requested.
Taking a walk around the premises, I was first attracted to the noodle live station, where a chef waited patiently behind a counter filled with fresh ingredients.
Of course, I had to give their signature Divine Laksa a try, given that it’s one of the highlights of both Feast Roxy’s Friday and Saturday’s buffet spreads.
As I watched the chef ladle a generous portion of laksa broth into my filled bowl, I noticed that the broth was both a deep orange and creamy-looking – and I wasn’t disappointed when I settled down into my seat to try it!
Living up to its hype, the laksa broth was sinfully delicious and I had to hold myself back from gulping down the entire bowl. For those who aren’t good with spice like me, the laksa delicately treads the line between being creamy enough to drink, yet still having that slight kick.
Each bowl of noodles was also topped off with several fishcakes, dried beancurd, half an egg (best for soaking up the broth!) and a generously-sized prawn, which was decently fresh.
Those who enjoy noodles could also choose to try their Roast Pork Mee Pok with Onsen Egg.
I then moved on to try some meats – pork ribs and satay!
It was quite a sight to see the pork ribs being sliced into thick slabs by the chef, surrounded by a heaping display of sausages, wedges and vegetables.
While the sauces for both the pork ribs and the satay (sweet and peanut, respectively) complemented the meats well, I wished they could’ve been slightly more tender for easier chewing and a more flavourful experience. Nevertheless, I appreciated the portion sizes and the thrill of watching the satay turn freshly charred on its grill display.
The buffet also offers several small bite-sized dishes that were easy on the palate and provided a good break from the laksa and meats.
I particularly enjoyed the Vol-Au-Vent Mushroom Cream Cheese, which featured creamy mushroom encased in light, flaky pastry. The pastry was thin enough to not be overly filling while the filling remained enjoyable even after several bites (not too jelat!).
The Tomato Bruschetta was also a great palate cleanser and I was quite surprised at how well the dragon fruit topping complemented the tangy taste of tomato and onion. I was also satisfied with the crunch of the bread!
While I would usually skip the soups at buffets to save space in my stomach for other mains, honourable mention goes to their mushroom soup which was thick and rich. I could taste sizeable bits of mushroom within the soup, which was definitely a plus.
Moving on to the desserts, I was definitely spoilt for choice between traditional cakes, puffs and ice cream.
First things first – Feast Roxy’s Signature Durian Power! While not being the biggest fan of durian, I’d say that that the puree was fresh and rather thick, which would satisfy most durian lovers.
In a nod to local cuisine, mini pancakes with gula melaka sauce were also available.
I particularly enjoyed the rum and raisin cake, which had a tasteful hint of rum without it being too cloying.
Of course, what’s dessert without ice cream? There were both packaged, stick-based options (featuring local flavours such as durian and red bean) as well as scoop-able tubs available. Interestingly, for the latter, the brown option (pictured above) was not coffee or chocolate but salted caramel, which was great for those with a sweet tooth.
Priced at $48++ (adult) / $25++(child) for lunch and $58++ (adult) / $30++ (child) for dinner on Fridays, Feast Roxy is a rather affordable option for those who crave local delights and comfort food. Those looking for a wider spread of seafood may want to head down on Saturdays instead for their Seafood Galore at the same prices. On the weekends, there are other specialities that you can look forward to, such as Chef Botak Dark Carrot Cake and Teh Tarik Cake.