The Hilton Weekday Lunch Buffet Pop-Up was what caught our eye when we browsed the CHOPE restaurant reservation guide. The buffet price is $55++ per adult but with the 1-for-1 deal that sealed the deal for us. Paying $55++ for a buffet lunch for two at a top hotel along Orchard Road was too irresistible. We made our booking on Chope using the code HILTON1FOR1 in the ‘Promo Code’ field when making our reservation for lunch.
This deal is available till 31st March 2020, but do note the terms and conditions attached to the Hilton weekday lunch buffet deal:
“Maximum redemption of 3 free diners per table.
• This offer is not applicable to the child price.
• This offer is not valid in conjunction with ongoing promotions, discounts, offers, and vouchers.
• This offer is not valid between 9th and 20th December 2019.
• This offer is not valid on the eve of, or on public holidays.
• Please note that buffet items are on a rotational basis and both the offerings and prices are subject to change at the restaurant’s discretion.”
The Hilton Weekday Lunch Buffet Pop-Upis served in the Opus Grill and Bar, on the ground floor of the Hilton Hotel.
The Opus Grill space is medium-sized and serious in mood. The buffet spread was adequate but not extremely wide. A nice variety of food was available but do not expect any fancy food types like lobsters or fancy cuts of steak. It seems to us that this pop-up buffet at Hilton is suitable for a family outing or for a gathering of friends. It is not as elaborate as the buffet at the Shangri La or at the Colony at Ritz Carlton, but is more friendly on the wallet.
The Buffet Spread and Our Favourites
The chilled seafood section offers some nice large prawns and a limited selection of sushi and sashimi.
There is an Indian food section with a few types of curries to go with the naan. The curries were all good with mutton vindaloo with naan being one of the favourites at the buffet.
A collection of warm food dishes cooked in different sauces was available at one of the stations. The duck and fish dishes were ok, but the most tasty was the Jerusalem artichokes with green peas and olives.
The best item of the day was the beef nachos. They were extremely good.
The carving station featuring turkey, Brussels sprouts was the most beautifully presented food station at the Hilton Weekday Lunch Buffet Pop-Up (picture below). We had anticipated that the turkey would be dry and that was the case. Its sidekicks – the brussels sprouts were more enjoyable.
We tried some siew mai, gyoza and chicken from the Chinese food station. We thought that they were quite bland and were glad that we only took sampling quantities of each.
After the nachos, our next favourite dish was the mee pok from the noodle station. The noodles were cooked nicely al dente. The sauces were good and the chef laid out the fish cake, fishball and other toppings beautifully.
A chocolate fountain takes centre stage at the dessert station. There were quite a number of different cakes and puddings. Our two favourites were the log cake and the pumpkin pie.
Our food and drink
Here are some pictures of what we ate – mainly a small sampling selection of as many items we could before we narrowed down on those we like the best – the nachos, mutton vindaloo, mee pok and assorted desserts.
The prices of coffee at hotel restaurants can be scary. We were glad that coffee and tea were include in the price of the Hilton Weekday Lunch Buffet Pop-Up. They were nice cups of freshly brewed coffee. The servers were attentive and friendly – serving drinks and promptly removing our plates each time we went for another round. Overall, the lunch buffet at the Hilton was enjoyable overall. With the 1-for-1 deal, the price and good service made up for the lack of fancy food items.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Hilton Weekday Pop-Up Lunch Buffet
Monday to Friday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
581 Orchard Road
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