Monday, November 16

Aqua Marine @Marina Mandarin

Hello! (:

Guess what? I think Jeffrey and I have found the buffet with the most bang for the buck (at least for now)! =) We went to Aqua Marine for a weekend Asian buffet lunch a couple of weeks ago and it was nothing short of fantastic! (: For $38/ person (after some credit card discount), we managed to feast on a wide array of mouth-watering Asian dishes! While the quality of some dishes could have been improved, majority of the dishes were of average to excellent quality! It's definitely a place that we would recommend: not only is the buffet reasonably priced, the wonderful ambience of the restaurant and the relatively long lunch duration (12-4pm) are additional reasons to try this buffet!

The empty outdoor seating area. Every single diner chose to sit indoors on that very Sunday because the weather, unlike the past week, was excruciatingly warm that day.

Table setting. I love the blue tablemat! (: Fits the restaurant's name.

Lots of curves and 'waves'.

There're protruding "water droplets" on their blue glasses! (:

Black coffee. I'm guessing it's an acquired taste because I don't seem to like it very much.

I prefer something sweeter and milkier like bandung! It was lovely. I'd three cups of it!

I think the lettuce is too big! It covered the rest of Jeffrey's appetizers!

Lettuce, mayo egg, tuna on bread, smoked salmon on bread and corn in the middle. The mini sandwiches (tuna and smoked salmon) were fantastic. I went for a second helping!

Salmon sashimi! Yumyum. The guy at the sashimi counter was very nice because he chose a relatively big piece of sashimi and sliced it up for me! The sashimi was very fresh, definitely something that you should try!

Plateful of sushi. There was a relatively wide variety of sushi so there's a high chance of you finding a particular type of sushi that you like.

Bak Kut Teh/ Pork Rib Soup. The soup was supposedly "sweet" so I guess it wasn't too bad. This is the first buffet that we've to that serves bak kut teh. Heh.

Some kind of meat, curry fish, dumplings, sambal vegetables, rice, mixed vegetables and steamed egg with spinach in the middle. The steamed egg with spinach was fantastic! (: Really liked the combination.

Some vegetable, prawn crackers, fried rice and char kway teow! The char kway teow was much better than expected! We ate quite a bit of it! (:

Briyani rice, fried chicken wing, prawn crackers, chicken rice and some chicken.

DIY-rojak and smoked salmon slices. The DIY rojak was a hot favourite! Many people kept going to that station to stir up their own rojak!

Thai glass noodles, kueh pie tee, vegetable dumpling with crab meat sauce, some vegetables and salad you tiao. The thai glass noodles were very flavourful. I liked the idea of having crab meat sauce with dumplings but the dumpling skin was too tough! =S

More crackers, charkwayteow and fried chicken!

Claypot rice. I think the only saving grace was its ingredients. The rice was rather uncooked and the sauce wasn't aromatic at all =(

Carrot cake! This was only average. We felt that it was rather bland, it could have been saltier.

The laksa was good! The laksa gravy had just enough spiciness and it wasn't watery as well. Definitely a must-try.

Oooh Aqua Marine's dessert range is definitely something to rave about. I loved how there are all these little platters of goodness for me to pick up and put on my plate! Chocolate mousse, durain pengyat with corn, chocolate cake, chocolate tart. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, on this plate was gastronomically pleasing.

Lemon meringue, durian roll, cheese cake and brownie.

Yellow bean/ tao suan. This fell below standard so please avoid it to avoid disappointment.

Jeffrey's ice kachang.

One last salmon sandwich for the road, along with slices of fruits.

We really enjoyed the food and the dining experience at Aqua Marine. I urge you to visit Aqua Marine and try their food for yourself! (:

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