For many years, I had not been back to Mounties for their buffet. The impressive lunch and dinner buffet that I previously experienced at Buffet 101 left me craving to relive the food adventure. So this Saturday evening I went to Mounties for my buffet fix.
I discovered that there has been a renovation and a change of name. Not sure whether there's been a change of management, however, the menu has been recreated. One of the new perks is the bottomless soft drinks - you won't be left hungry or thirsty now.
As I came on a Saturday, I missed out on the seafood and sushi feast that is served on Fridays and Sundays (which has additional charges). Tonight was the gourmet menu. The buffet is split into 4/5 sections. At the first section, there was a salad bar with about 6 different salads, including pasta salad and potato salad. There were also large cold cooked prawns displayed on a mountain of ice served with your choice of lemon, salt/pepper, or a selection of sauces. This was the highlight for me and I think I easily finished a few dozen worth of these king prawns all by myself (felt sorry for the waiters who collected my plates).
The second section, I shall call it the multicultural delights. There was food served from different nations such as, Italy, Asian countries and India. It's the first time I've seen Butter Chicken and popodom on the buffet menu and it didn't disappoint. However, some of the Asian favourites that are usually found at other buffets were missing - may be they weren't considered gourmet enough that's why.
You can also find here, two pots of hot soup. For me, no buffet meal is complete without a serving (or a few) of delicious soup. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love soup, my favourite being pumpkin soup. Although my all-time favourite was not served tonight, I was still spoilt for choice with Chicken corn soup and Pea Soup (which was the first time I tried it). The optional croutons are different from the one I had at other buffets - much larger, crunchier with flakes of salt and pepper already embedded.
The third section: it's all about the roast.
Those who love their meat, will love this section, with about 6 different types of meat (including, roast lamb, roast pork, Asian BBQ pork, BBQ duck). There are sides to accompany the poultry including, sausages and mash, roasted vegetables and peas. Top it all off with your choice of gravy.
The final section will keep the kids and big kids happy: desserts and assorted hot food.
The last time I came to Mounties Buffet, I was in love with the desserts section (there were so many I liked, eg butterscotch and flan dessert) and I don't even have a sweet tooth. So I was underwhelmed by the desserts variety tonight. A few cakes, chopped up fruits, frozen yoghurt, ice cream, jelly, sago pearls which looked like the "che" dessert gone wrong - it was an uninspired selection in my books.
For the hot food, some crowd pleasers such as, hot chips, fried crumbed scallops, two different types of pasta were available.
On a positive note, I'm definitely left with a food coma, which is always the aim in my (Asian) family to achieve when we go to a buffet, in order to get our money's worth. However, my Asian palette is still left craving for more to satisfy the taste buds. Some dishes were subtle in flavour whilst others were a tad salty for my liking.
For anyone whose been to as many buffet eateries as I have in the South-West area, it may be surprising to find some of the regular dishes that are served at other buffets not on offer. I know Mounties dedicate a different night for seafood but I felt they could have gave us more value for the amount of money we spent (in comparison to other buffets in the local area) by offering a couple of crustacean dishes such as, mussels or small parts of crab, which I usually eat at other buffets.
All in all I had a great night with great company and the staff were lovely, however, I miss Buffet 101.