By Mario Ng
When it comes to hotel room service, we generally have a couple of things to look out for in determining if that particular hotel’s room service is worth it. First, we do expect the prices to be quite high, as with most five-star (or otherwise similarly-ranked) hotels. Correspondingly, in terms of taste, the food should be similar to what one can find in good restaurants in the country. Based on the above, we rate Regent Singapore’s room service!
Regent Singapore Room Service - A starter, a main, and a dessert
Whenever I stay in a hotel, I try to order the local dishes if possible, as I like to taste the hotel’s interpretations of these classic dishes. Similarly, I also like to try these local dishes when I stay in a Singapore hotel, even if I could actually have had these dishes at a local store, which many argue usually taste much better than those at five-star hotels. I would think that this makes the hotels’ chefs’ jobs that much harder, since they know they have to impress the locals’ taste buds. Having said all these, see how I feel Regent Singapore has fared!
Grilled Satay, Congee, and Classic Strawberry Shortcake:
I first ordered the satays, which are always a must! Such a unique dish, I enjoy these whenever I can, from any hawker in Singapore, to Singapore Airlines’ best satays in the skies, to the satays I ordered when I stayed at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (Check out our review of the Waldorf Astoria Suite with Sea View here!). I got a half dozen satays, which translated to 2 chicken, 2 lamb, and 2 beef satays. The meat was quite good, and the peanut sauce tasty. Regent Singapore’s version of the peanut sauce is one of finely grinded peanuts mixed in the sauce, so those who really like to “drink” the sauce will love this. I am more of a “balanced” person when it comes to how finely grinded I like the peanut sauce, but this was just right. There were only 2 small ketupat (rice dumplings) cubes, which I thought was a little too few. However, since I had other dishes as well, I did not mind this. I thought they could have been more generous with the peanut sauce as well, since we all know it is one half the satay dish. I found myself rationing the sauce as I got only to my fourth stick.
Regent Singapore Room Service - Local satays to begin the meal
I remembered how it started raining that evening and I decided to order some congee, to have some comfort food in my tummy. I got Regent’s Signature River Prawn Congee with Goji Berries and Dried Scallops. It came served in an authentic-looking stone bowl and the portion is really generous. I enjoyed quite a few pieces of large prawns in the congee, although I felt that it tasted a little bland. Perhaps it was deliberately done in such a manner, so guests can choose to add an adequate amount of sauce, such as the dark soya sauce, based on their preference. I had no issue with this, since I usually do not add too much sauce in my food as well. The prawns were really fresh and crunchy, while I also had many goji berries, such is Regent Singapore’s generosity in their room service meals.
Regent Singapore Room Service - A comforting bowl of congee
Finally, I got to the classic strawberry shortcake. I enjoy strawberry-flavoured food and when I saw this option, it was a no-brainer. Boy, was I glad that I chose this option. Although it looked just like any other strawberry shortcake, it was simply delicious. The sponge was so soft that it basically melted in my mouth when I took a bite. I loved the caramelised almond nuts, which went so well with the sponge cake. The strawberries and blackberries were sweet and tasted fresh, and overall it was just a perfect ending to my meal.
Regent Singapore Room Service - A delicious slice of strawberry shortcake to end the meal
Overall, I enjoyed my room service meal with Regent Singapore. While I thought they could be more generous with the peanut sauce, I also note that they were really generous with the ingredients in the congee. The best part of the meal was the strawberry shortcake for sure. I will definitely order their room service again and give other choices a try!
Total cost: S$ 71.80 (inclusive of all government taxes)
Worthiness: Yes. If you want to order only one thing, make sure to get their classic strawberry shortcake!
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