Ellenborough Market Café

Rating

Date of reviewMay 27, 2016
Cuisine International - Peranakan
LocationOther Areas

20 Merchant Road, Swissôtel Merchant Court Singapore 058281, Other Areas, Singapore

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Overview

Opening Hours

Mon-Sun 6:30am-10am
Sat-Sun, PH 3.30-5.30pm

Lunch hours

Mon-Sun 12pm-2.30pm

Dinner hours

Mon-Sun 6.30pm-10pm

Dress Code

Smart Casual

Corkage

No BYO

Reservation

Yes

Buffet

Yes

Private Room

N/A

Accept Credit Card

Yes

Smoking Area

No

Review

Setting

The renovated restaurant, which seats some 250 guests, looks good. Its spacious light-filled, high-ceilinged interiors brims over with cool heritage charm given a contemporary slant. Soft turquoise and white colour the spacious dining setup, with wide spacing between tables for more comfort and privacy. Diamond cut and stained glass adornment add to the cheery buzz.

Food

The Peranakan cuisine has long been a draw, and the buffet offerings also include a nice mix of international favourites. The culinary set up allows for easy navigation, with an interesting mix of food, live action and do-it-yourself stations. 

A must try is the delectable Penang char kway teow. The signature slipper lobster in black bean sauce is also a perennial draw. The ayam buah keluak is all richly palatable tenderness with generously apportioned morsels, while the Nonya laksa displays a strong and spicy culinary verve. 

Do also sample the juicily tasty beef and chicken satay, as well as Hong Kong-style roast duck, and roast beef. The seafood section with its array of fresh oysters, salmon sashimi and scallops is worth a nibble too. 

Desserts are richly indulgent, like the signature durian pengat, which packs quite a sensory wallop. Also try the kueh dadar and kueh lapis, bread and butter pudding with ice cream, and pretty bite-sized confectionary treats.

Wine

The wine list is fairly good, and showcases labels from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. House pours encompass over 10 choices, and there is also a well-curated selection of cocktails.

Service

The waiters are friendly and professional, clearing plates with unobtrusive efficiency. They are also fairly well versed with menu offerings.

Price   $$$$$

The average spend per person is about $50++ for lunch and $70++ for dinner.

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