Tucked away on the seventh floor of the one-year-old Park Hotel Alexandra, The Carvery can be best described as a classy and quiet restaurant that doesn’t scrimp on quality. A restaurant that will definitely wow Dad’s tummy this Father’s Day (19 June).
Walking in, instead of the usual suspects from soda machines to thinly-sliced salmon sashimi, you’ll find high-quality appetite-whetting salad starters like Greek Beets with Feta Cheese, roasted sweet potatoes and figs, and charred okra with tomato, garlic and preserved lemon. Even the freshest seafood is available from blue swimmer crabs to chilled tiger prawns to Canadian black mussels to white clams and others.
While the greens are nutritious, and the seafood delicious, most diners head to The Carvery for their premium meats. After all, The Carvery is most well-known for its signature roasts, from Beef Prime Rib that seduces with a rosy pink centre to a delightfully juicy New Zealand Roasted Leg of Lamb to the crispy Pork Knuckle with Crackling, and a well-marinated Rotisserie Chicken.
Just next to the meats – if you can take your eyes away from the aromatic roasts for just a second – is a rack of condiments and sauces. Although the myriad of sauces, butters and salts may intimidate some of us, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly chef on standby what you should pick to go along with the meats you have selected.
Do also keep in mind that the meats are on rotation, so not all of the dishes mentioned will be available, especially if the meat procured by the restaurant for a certain dish is not up to par. The meats, all selected by Executive Chef Robert Chan, a top chef in Singapore with more than 20 years of experience in the culinary sector, are also curated to go well with a line up of side dishes better known as trimmings.
“When curating the lineup of sides, we wanted to ensure that each item would offer the customer a classic pairing that will completely enhance their enjoyment of the premium meats. Different cultures combine their roasts with different sides and we have made the effort to provide these selections at The Carvery.” – Top chef, Robert Chan.
So, as you walk by the side dishes, you’ll find classy choices from beetroot crusted seabass with cream sauce (which was said to be an option for folks who don’t really like meat that much) to beef bourguignon to corn on the cob to fragrant mashed potatoes and polenta fries.
But that’s not all. When you’re done with your main courses, clean your palette with some bread, cheese, fruit and dessert! The Carvery bakes its own bread with natural yeast, and its wood-fried pizzas were surprisingly good for a meat-focused restaurant. And as for desserts, you won’t go wrong with a panna cotta, creme brulee, or an English Trifle (a dessert layered with custard). Then again, it is a buffet — have all of them!
One important thing that we liked while dining at The Carvery was the relaxed ambience. On a weekday afternoon, the restaurant was quiet without a single hint of a mad rush, and allowed guests to speak to each other at ease.
Look out and let your eyes rest on the lush greenery in the background and gorgeous infinity pool and bar concept – also known as the Aqua Luna. You may even take advantage of the al fresco seating to enjoy a little summer breeze.
While some of the dishes mentioned may not be available this Father’s Day weekend, The Carvery is celebrating the occasion with confirmed show-stealers like a special 48-day dry-aged Prime Rib, which was slow-cooked and roasted for eight good hours then served medium-rare.
For all daddies – unlimited Asahi Black beer, and other usual favourites like the Rotisserie Chicken, New Zealand Roasted leg of lamb, crispy Pork Knuckle, Pan Roasted Halibut with lemon butter and capers, as well as its Chocolate Armagnac shooters will be served.
What are you waiting for? Make your reservations for Father’s Day now!
The Carvery’s Father Day Salute
Address: Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, Level 7, Singapore 159972
Tel: +65 6828 8880
Time: 11.30 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10 PM
Date: 18 and 19 June 2016
$68++ for adults (inclusive of coffee or tea), $38++ for children
This was an invited tasting. All photographs were taken by the author unless specified otherwise.
(Header image credit: The Carvery)