Colony

Rating

Date of reviewMay 21, 2016
Cuisine Asian - Singapore's Heritage Cuisines
LocationMarina District

7 Raffles Avenue, Lobby Level, Ritz-Carlton Singapore, Singapore 039799, Marina District, Singapore

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Overview

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun 6.30am-10.30pm

Dress Code

Smart Casual

Corkage

$60/Bottle

Reservation

Yes

Buffet

Yes

Private Room

N/A

Accept Credit Card

Yes

Smoking Area

No

Review

Setting

  • The drive to the hotel’s entrance builds up on the elegant architecture that is the Ritz-Carlton. Designed by renowned Tony Chi, the hotel and the restaurant feature soaring ceilings that add to the illusion of space. 

Colony itself is a sprawling restaurant on the ground floor, organised like a maze of delights: the mouth-watering desserts to the Japanese section, the cheeses and cold cuts, to the hidden gems at the back: Italian, Indian and Singaporean. 

The set-up is light and airy, with meticulously laid tables. Gold pillars are bright and elegant, interspersed with photographs that make the place homey.

Food

  • The buffet selection is fresh and of high quality. The Colony laksa with homemade lobster ball does deserve its reputation, creamy without cloying and with a distinct taste that sets it apart from other versions. Make room for the seafood station, which features the freshest seafood you can imagine—oysters sourced from different parts of the world, prawns, clams. 

Mosey on down to the pastas where the dishes are prepared to your preference upon order; or to the Rotisserie section where you have whole or roasted chicken on rice. The Indian selection is as delectable as it looks, and worth a try. The desserts are as sumptuous as the rest, and you can never go worth with the black forest. 

Some dishes remain constant throughout but the wok-fried black pepper crab, another signature, is only available for dinner. The wagyu beef wellington and truffle sauce is a must try during the Sunday Champagne Brunch while the “Upper Crust” muffin with cookie top is a breakfast favourite.

Wine

Colony’s wine list reads like an encyclopedia. You’ll find (mostly) everything from Italy, Spain, France, Argentina, Germany to California, Australia and New Zealand. The German Reisling is crisp with fruity undertones, perfect for seafood and the cheese spread. The Argentinian Malbec, on the other hand, is more full-blooded and pairs well with the meats.

Service

Servers are chatty and friendly, and quite knowledgeable about the menu and the architecture.

Price   $$$$$

Setting and the food are well worth the price, which is above average.

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