El­len­bor­ough Mar­ket Café

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Internatio­nal/Asian -

El­len­bor­ough Mar­ket Café high­lights Per­anakan cui­sine at its daily buf­fet. Rich and spicy, the mar­riage of Chi­nese in­gre­di­ents with Malay spices makes meals most mem­o­rable. Favourites in­clude ayam buah keluak (ten­der chicken pieces cooked with the cured seeds of the ke­payang fruit) and babi pongteh (stewed pork). The com­bi­na­tion of slip­per lob­ster with black bean sauce pro­vides pleas­antly sweet and sharp flavours. Mee siam (fried ver­mi­celli in spicy gravy) is rec­om­mended for the uplift­ing zing in the gravy, as­sem­bled by a friendly chef at the dis­play counter. Colour­ful desserts are led by the crowd-pleas­ing durian pen­gat, with the aroma of the “king of fruits” calmed by co­conut milk, re­sult­ing in a thick, creamy tex­ture with sweet and bit­ter tastes. The com­pact wine list is ad­e­quate. Staff do their best in the busy restau­rant by the Sin­ga­pore River, with a fish pond in the cen­tre of the oc­tag­o­nal-shaped main din­ing area.

TATLER TIP

The ca­sual yet el­e­gant set­ting makes this an ideal place for busi­ness or plea­sure; a small à la carte menu is also avail­able.

SIG­NA­TURE DISHES

1. Babi pongteh

2. Ayam buah keluak

3. Slip­per lob­ster in black bean sauce 4. Durian pen­gat

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