A couple of friends decided to have a get together to for New Year’s Eve and one of them suggested having a buffet dinner at The Rise, located within the lobby of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We were a little worried at we had no reservations and it seemed like it would be a challenge. Fortunately, we arrived early (at about 5pm), queued for the buffet dinner (which starts at 6pm), and managed to get in. In fact, there was hardly a queue at the time as we were quite early. By the time it was dinnertime, the restaurant was bustling with patrons, waiters/waitresses and those without reservations waiting to get in.
|The Rise - from the outside.|
The Rise, located in the lobby, has an open concept – there are no walls or glass that separates the restaurant. The décor is classic contemporary with all the glass panels, which offered a view of the outside, and classic toned wooden furniture. When the had sun set, the restaurant’s lighting set in and created a warm cosy ambiance, though the slight dimness made it a little challenging to snap photos without any shadows with the camera phone.
|The pretty table displays :)|
|Inside The Rise - decor and all, before the crowd starts coming in|
The dinner buffet had a good variety of cold cuts, smoked meat, cheese, bread, seafood, seafood, sashimi, desserts as well as a variety of Chinese, Indian, Italian and Western dishes. We were really spoilt for choice!
|Braised Pork, Chicken, Duck, Western and Indian Foods etc...|
|Sashimi (Salmon, Tuna etc..), Oysters, Mussels, Scallops, Fish, Sushi etc...|
|Breads, Cheeses, Fruits, Smoked Meats, Cooked Food etc...|
|What is this? (see below)|
|Roasted Beef Hip - not too bad and they cut it on the spot for you too|
|Looks pretty doesn't it? It is the Honey Baked Ham that they'll cut for you on the spot too, but the ham was too salty for me|
Dinner is usually S$68++ per pax, but as it was New Year’s Eve the cost was S$118++ per pax (which included free flow alcohol). Though the price was a little, if not quite steep, seeing as it was the end of 2012 and not any everyday occurrence I think it was worth the experience. So to make ourselves feel better, we ate, we drink and we ate some more to the best that we could for 4 hours!
|What I remembered to get a snapshot of before I got lost in the eating frenzy :p|
As the night went on, the crowd come in, but service was generally good and prompt, our glasses were refilled the moment ¾ of the content as gone, and the empty plates cleared almost instantly. The food overall was good, though there were some hit-and-misses like the Honey Baked Ham – it was really salty. The desserts looked pretty and were a delight to try: there was just so much dessert that I did not know where to start.
By the time we were finished, we decided to head back home instead of catching the fireworks – we were just too full and sleepy after all that food! As we were on the way back, the crowd coming to Marina Bay Sands to catch the fireworks started pouring in. Fortunately, another friend managed to snap a beautiful shot of the fireworks and it is with this photo that I wish all of you a very HAPPY 2013!
|Alvin Choi (Lyricalight Photos)|
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