Celebrating my birthday was a week-long event, starting last Saturday. Birthday is a rare privilege that comes once a year to make everyone do as I say. So I gotta stretch it. Recently I saw Peifen (the 933 DJ) posting on IG about the weekend brunch at Mitzo. Two things about this weekend brunch caught my eyes:
1. Hokkaido milk cheese tarts
2. A play area for children
What a perfect way to celebrate my birthday! Having a place for the kids to play while I enjoy HOKKAIDO milk cheese tarts!
I went to Mitzo’s website to find out more about their weekend brunch. And to my delight, I saw this.
Kids under 6 dine for free.
What were we waiting for?? Definitely not for MF to turn 6 at the end of the year. So I called along two other foodies friends, Nat (so.natty.sg) and Justin (@i_post_for_love) because
someone else can take care of taking photos while I enjoy my food dim sum needs to be shared.
I made a reservation online and requested for a table near the kids play area. When we arrived, we were shown to a table RIGHT NEXT to the play area. Awesome!!
The boys needed no warming up. They had been to enough eateries with play areas to know that’s where they were supposed to be while the hubby and I scrutinized the menu.
After we were done placing our first order, I went to check out the play area. It was more spacious than I expected!
I found the boys lounging on the little sofa bed watching Kung Fu Panda. They looked sooooo comfy.
And to my amusement, they had little friends (Yoda and Peppa Pig to be specific) keeping them company. LOL…
There were random toys lying around. Vehicles, balls, toy food etc.
And tables with crayons and activity sheets to keep the kids occupied with colouring, mazes and dot-to-dot exercises.
When the food arrived, I ditched the boys and went to check out the food. (I need to get my priorities right.)
Supreme Special Dishes
On the menu, there were the supreme special dishes: bamboo clam, lobster and abalone. Each person could only order 1 serving of bamboo clam, lobster and abalone. And there were 3 styles of cooking for each of them. Since we had 4 adults, we got to try all of them!
For the bamboo clam, we could choose to have it:
- steamed with minced garlic in soya
- steamed with enoki mushroom in spicy peanut sauce
- steamed with preserved vegetables in soya
None of them were particularly memorable. So can’t say which was my favourite.
For lobsters, we could choose to have them:
- Deep fried and coated with truffles peanut sauce
- Baked with creamy lemon sauce and cheese
- Cooked with spicy chili (similar to our Singapore chili crab)
Of the three, I would recommend the truffles one – it was soooo SHIOK! The chili lobster reminded me a lot of chili crab, which also translated to having a pretty common taste. The lemon and cheese one was pretty unique, but on the whole, I still liked the truffles one most.
For abalone, we could choose from:
- Abalone truffles rice
- stir-fried XO abalone with asparagus
- Braised abalone with tofu
Let me first state that I am not a fan of abalone to begin with. But if I had to choose a favourite among the 3, I would go for the XO abalone. I would not recommend the truffle rice because the rice was very filling – not a good idea for buffets. Just being pragmatic.
There were like 40 food / dessert items on the menu for us to choose from. We ordered quite a number of them and among them, there were hits and misses. Do you like to hear the good or bad news first? Let’s go with the bad.
Braised duck with pulled noodles
When they placed this bowl of noodles down in front of us, we were like, “WHAT did we order?” Or more like, “WHY did we order this??” It was a pretty blah looking bowl of noodles. We checked the menu and realised it was the duck noodles which had a star (indicating chef recommendation) next to it.
Have you ever gone for a buffet and ordered a ‘chef recommendation’ and have a nagging suspicion that the item had a star to con you into ordering it just so that you will get full from eating it? Yeah, I had that feeling with this dish.
We dug around, trying to find the duck and only found a few strands. It was just a lot of noodles with a bit of duck. So, don’t order. Next.
Stir-fried scallop with egg white and fresh milk
The name sounded so fanciful and yummy. But when we saw it (that bowl of white stuff in the above photo), it was really like, “Huh…” I know I shouldn’t judge a book by the cover. Maybe it looked blah but tasted superb. But nope. It was way too salty for any of our liking. But MY seemed to enjoy it. Oh well… At least someone appreciated it.
Okay, it wasn’t all that bad. There were a lot of good dishes that made up for the bad ones.
Mitzo Special Barbequed Pork
This was probably the most memorable dish from the whole buffet. For both good and bad reasons. It was one of the first dishes we ordered, and everyone was going “WOW” over it. Being the self-sacrificial mom that I am, I let the kids have it first. (Alright who am I kidding. I was just too busy taking photos of other food and the kids finished it before I had a chance to grab a bite.)
When we were done taking photos, we ordered a second serving and for the longest time, it didn’t come. Since I was busy bringing the boys to the toilet one after another, I wasn’t too sure what was transpired between us and the staff, so you can read it from Justin’s post:
Char Siew [Part of weekend brunch menu at $68++]. I totally understand why there's a rave about the char siew here. When I'm more free tomorrow morning I'll explain why.. but I'll give some caution about this roast as well. 🔸 Relating to service, they forgot our orders placed at 1:45pm even after giving them repeated reminders. I walked out to give them my last reminder at 2:45pm, but they said they've ran out of char siew and there's nothing they could do. After we asked to speak to the manager, a plate of char siew appeared instead of the manager. Thankfully, @bumble_bee_mum still managed to get her char siew fix.
Anyway since they managed to make that char siew appear eventually (unlike the next dish I’m going to talk about), so we’re good. As for how yummy it was, you know how limited my vocabulary is. You can read Justin’s description. I totally agree with him about the creme brulee part.
Char Siew [Part of weekend brunch at $68++]. This is the char siew I posted last evening, which people have been talking about. The growing hype is justified, though it may not be for everyone. There's also a service lapse (see my previous post) 🔸 You'll first be surprised by the crispy and sweet crust, then hit by the tender core. It is meaty, but with enough gelatinous fats so that it's juicy as well. Most will like that it's externally crispy and internally juicy, but some will miss the traditional scent of smokiness, and the taste of honey. The crispiness of the exterior was achieved by crystalizing sugar, which can be too sweet for some. 🔸 It's a different kind of char siew. Because of that crystallized sugar on the crust and its tenderness inside, I told the two mummy bloggers that this is like a meat version of a creme brulee. Can try to decide if it's something you like. 🔸 #charsiew #buffet
Crispy pork belly served with bun
According to the husband, this crispy pork bun was very good. We ordered one serving of it, which wasn’t a lot, and the kids and hubby (who were not so busy taking photos like the rest of us) finished it up. No harm letting them have it first, since I could always order it again later. It was a buffet, remember?
We ordered our second serving for it together with the char siew. Just like the char siew, it never appeared. At least the char siew eventually came after desserts and all, but I never got to eat this. Zzz….
Escargot cheese puff
When this dish appeared, we had a debate. I was 100% sure it was a snail (because of the name of the dish). Justin, who probably didn’t know the name of the dish, said it was a whale. We were like, nooo.. that brown thing is the shell. And he was like, nooo… that brown thing is the water coming out from the whale.
So he held the ‘snail’ up with his chopsticks this way. Ooooo… I see the whale now…. Can you picture a whale? And snail? Mind blown. It’s like the ‘do you see an old woman or young lady’ picture.
Oh right, I forgot to mention. It tasted good.
Custard moon bun
Which decent dim sum buffet would be without a 流沙包 (custard lava bun)? Here we have it.. custard lava bun, Mitzo style. I wondered if the choice to make it black with a moon on it was inspired by Bao Qing Tian who has a black face and a crescent moon on his forehead. Considering the chinese name of this was 流沙奶皇包金天 (last three words read as ‘Bao Jin Tian’), I’m pretty sure it was.
So anyway, we don’t have a decent photo of this bun, because they chose me as the hand model. You know, to do the breaking of the bun and letting the lava flow out stunt? I screwed up. Next time I’m going back behind the camera.
Black pepper cod fish dumpling
When this dish was brought to us, we all gasped at its beauty. Not only did it look good, it tasted good too, with a generous chunk of cod fish (which the hubby at first thought was scallop) inside.
Crispy prawns with spicy mango sauce
I’ve had fried prawn with wasabi mayo quite often, maybe too often. So I expected this dish to be similar. But when we bit into it, oooo… it was so special! I super loved the mango sauce coating the prawns and was surprised by how well it went with the prawns!
Hokkaido milk cheese tart
Hokkaido milk cheese tarts [part of brunch buffet at $68++]. These tarts surprised me, when I popped them into my mouth, I knew my eyes lit up! 🔸 Served piping hot, the buttery entry was a crumbly mess because the crust just collapsed effortlessly, releasing the Hokkaido milk cheese core that is so silky, so smooth. 🔸 Although I've eaten Bake cheese tarts in Japan several times over different trips, I am very impressed by these tarts here.. as long as they are served hot and eaten while it's hot. 🔸 #cheesetarts
Ahhh… Desserts. Where do I begin. With the Hokkaido milk cheese tarts of course! This was the MAIN reason I was even here! It did not disappoint. Trust me when I say this: It was just like the ones from Hokkaido. Except in much smaller bite-sized chunks (which is a good thing since it’s a buffet).
Be sure to order this once you arrive. I know it’s tempting to order desserts last. But because these tarts take half an hour to bake, they come out in batches. If you wait till the end of the meal to order, you may not get enough of it. We were ordering this throughout the meal, coz it was so good!
Deep-fried chocolate liquer dumpling
And the dark horse award goes to these chocolate liquer dumplings. With everyone raving about Mitzo’s famous cheese tarts, this dessert somehow escaped the limelight. But WOW. I have no words. I mean, I have eaten cheese tarts A LOT from all my Hokkaido trips, so I have somewhat gotten used to the taste of them. I’m sure if it was the first time I was having Hokkaido cheese tarts here, I would think the cheese tarts were equally wow. I’ve never had a chocolate liquer dumpling like this before so it was simply.. wow.
The husband (who completed his meal ahead of the rest of us) ordered this first and I didn’t know he wrote ‘2’ on the order form? When they served it, it was on a little plate with 2 dumplings on it and I thought that was one serving. So when they came around asking for final order, I wrote ‘4’ (because the husband said he wanted another serving). I didn’t know that meant 4 balls, not 4 plates (i.e. 8 balls). And it was simply not enough! That was the last order so we couldn’t order more. Regret of my life.
Aloe Vera with Osmanthus jelly
And with all the cameras and lenses we had, I’m surprised none of us had a decent photo of this dessert? Okay, if you really want to know what it looks like, there’s a photo of it on Mitzo’s Instagram account, originally taken by @thesilverchef. I have always loved osmanthus jelly desserts, they are so sweet and refreshing! Perfect way to end the meal.
So you have seen the bad and the good. Then there were the dishes that were in-between (yes, we ate a lot). Those that were not bad, but not super wow or unique. i.e. order these if you still have stomach space.
Royal Shrimp Dumpling
Shrimp dumpling [dim sum lunch at $68++]. I'll be posting a lot more Mitzo photos these two days, so that @bumble_bee_mum could use the photos in her blog. Her post would be up tomorrow (19 August), check it out then! Meanwhile you can read her other posts on where to bring your kids, and for her multiple experiences in Japan. 🔸 #dimsum #harkow #虾饺
The shrimp dumplings here looked beautiful. But taste wise it was pretty common. Fresh and yummy, but ermmm, I’m not sure how spectacular shrimp dumplings can get? As long as the shrimps are fresh and the skin smooth and soft, I’m happy. And they were here.
Steamed bacon roll served with Golden Seafood sauce
I didn’t eat this, but according to the hubby, it was very salty. So I decided not to place a second order for it when I didn’t get a chance to taste the first serving. Justin said it was okay. So I guess.. order it only if you really have stomach space to spare.
Stir-fried beef cube in black pepper sauce
This was one of their chef’s recommendation, and admittedly it was good. The beef cubes were soft and tender. (How often have we had beef cubes that were too hard to chew?) But taste-wise, I felt it had a pretty common zi-char (wok fried) taste.
Char Siew bun
And so, I was busy eating and trusted Justin to get me stock photo style images of all the food. But somehow Justin also didn’t have a photo of the char siew bun. So I can only say, it was black. And should be good, since MF (who is a super picky eater) ate it all up.
Double-boiled soup of the day
Soup is always good to have. I didn’t drink this so can’t comment on its taste. But the husband said it was not bad, can order.
Mitzo’s weekend brunch had a lot going for it. Like I mentioned, there were hits and misses, so be sure not to waste your stomach space on the crappy stuff.
- Mitzo Special Barbequed Pork
- Crispy Pork Belly served with bun
- Escargot cheese puff
- Black pepper cod fish dumpling
- Custard moon bun
- Crispy prawn with spicy mango sauce
- Hokkaido milk cheese tart
- Aloe Vera with Osmanthus jelly
- Deep-friend chocolate liquer dumplings
- Royal shrimp dumpling
- Steamed bacon roll served with Golden Seafood sauce
- Stir-fried beef cube in black pepper sauce
- Char siew bun
- Double-boiled soup of the day
- Braised duck with pulled noodles
- Stir-fried scallop with egg white and fresh milk
And the ones you would definitely order regardless:
- Bamboo clam (I really have no preference)
- Lobster (I recommend the Deep-fried lobster coated with truffles peanut sauce)
- Abalone (I recommend the Stir-fried XO abalone with asparagus)
You can view the full weekend brunch menu on Mitzo’s website.
The buffet itself was $68++ per adult ($34++ for children age 6 to 12 years). Considering the quality of the food, and having a play area for young children, I thought it was reasonable. Especially if your children are below 6 years old and can dine free. BUT (yes big BUT coming), we weren’t very happy at being charged for tea and peanuts. So don’t forget the additional cost:
- $5 per pax for tea
- $10 for a plate of peanuts (we had 4 adults and they gave us two plates)
Frankly, $68++ for a dim sum buffet was not cheap. So I was quite annoyed that tea and peanuts were charged on top of it.
So my advise is to ask them to take away the peanuts. As for tea, they have a double-boiled longan treasure tea under the dessert, which is basically like our cheng teng. You can just order that if you’re thirsty.
And my last piece of advise to you is, if you drive, PARK AT THE HOTEL. They offered us complimentary parking coupon at the end of the meal. I am not sure if the complimentary parking coupon was for the whole day or just a few hours, because we couldn’t find the carpark to the hotel and ended up parking at the neighboring mosque instead. WASTED.
Information on Mitzo Weekend Brunch:
Address: Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857
Getting There: Orchard MRT (NS22) or Somerset MRT (NS23)
Weekend brunch hours: 12 noon to 2.30pm
Weekend brunch pricing:
- S$68++ per adult
- S$34++ per child (age 6 to 12)
- Free for children below 6
Menu: Click here to view
Tel: +65 6603 8855