When a restaurant takes months to get in, they better be good. And here we are not talking about those restaurants that serve haute cuisine yet an Asian galore buffet that drives the local nuts for a must-get-in and be-there-first kind of attitude for not any bit. THE MARKET restaurant in Hotel Icon must have its aphrodisiac magic and charm that making almost everyone to drop by for its Asian’s best. mylifestylenews writes.
Inspired by those iconic food markets of Asia and Europe, THE MARKET is themed around high quality Asia market food and mainly from the street delicacies from around and there is also a large selection of seafood and meat (knowing the local spending behavior, there is no-can-do without any seafood on the buffet in order to make their money worth while). Plus a slow cooking stations and the dessert section highlighting various delicacies made from the King of fruit – Durian to seal the lips and to end your meal.
This huge “Market Place” can easily seat more than 200 diners with space out table setting. Full house is expected every evening since booking required months to get in and good luck to those walk-in trying to get a table without making any effort preliminary. The vibe in the restaurant is surely at its high during the peak hours and the buffet begins as early as 1830 hours.
Unlike any other buffet, THE MARKET’s open kitchens serve international delights like grilled beef to antipasti and various kind of Laksas. Indeed, the Singapore style curry Laksa Lemak is one of the many highlights that everyone craves for. The rich coconut base Laksa stock is done in the traditional way without much compromised to suit the local’s palette and is now served in a mini bowl size that topped with dried bean curd and shredded cucumber to ease the heavy palate. But mind the Singaporean Veteran Chef who is behind this sumptuous Laksa invention for his not so friendly approach. We leave that to you to find out more if you are lucky enough to have a brief encounter with him during your visit.
The Macanese style Crab congee is another delight trial, light watery congee absorbed most of the crab meat flavor and make this dish liked by many others. Double boiled Cantonese chicken soup with coconut will warm your heart before we further along with other serves on the buffet.
We are not so fancy about their Singapore style Hainanese Chicken Rice here which we think it has been overrated. The chicken was too rough and dry in texture while the rice was not even fragrant enough to make you crave to finish the entire bowl. So that can pass and you can head on to other Asian delights like Tandoori Chicken, Chinese and Japanese section.
Delicious Singapore style Laksa Lemak & Macanese Crab Congee
The seafood section
Double-boiled coconut chicken soup and fresh catch from sea are here to grabbed.
The dessert section is also worth browsing especially when you love sweets that made from Durian. Durian cakes, pandan roll, panna cotta, ice-cream, tarts, cheese cake are also one of them most fast-come-fast-gone that liked by most diners. Not forgetting the Ice-Kacang (shaved ice with condiments like red beans, jelly, sweet corns and etc) corner to make your very own bowl of Malaysian’s favorite dessert.
THE MARKET knows its way to serve Asian food at its best. Takes months to get in, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are landed on the right place, your hunger will be satisfied. After all, it is all about food.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 3.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Assorted Durian Desserts
Level 2, 17, Science Musuem Road
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3400 1388
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