Share this article
Singapore restaurant REVIEW:
MELT ~ The World Café Chope

  • MELT ~ The World Café
    International Buffet Restaurant Melt's Seafood Selection
  • MELT ~ The World Café
    International Buffet Restaurant Melt's Fresh Fruit Selection
  • MELT ~ The World Café
    International Buffet Restaurant Melt's Tandoori

We just had to check out this addition to Singapore's mega-buffet scene. The door staff at The Oriental’s Melt greeted us very professionally and showed us to our table. Throughout the night the service was exemplary, and the food was generally satisfactory though not consistently excellent. Our drinks orders were taken promptly and we dived into the dinner buffet.

To start, we zeroed in on the sushi and sashimi counter, which was relatively small but filled with good stuff. Various types of sashimi, sushi and hand rolls were on offer in suitably generous portions. The chilled seafood was fresh and tasty, the giant prawns were sweet and cooked just right, and the lobster was tender and fleshy.

Of the mains, the north Indian dishes were the best. Creamy dhal accompanied a hearty vegetable curry, and the chicken korma was deliciously full flavored with a hint of sweetness. The fish curry was slightly too spicy, and the chicken tikka was delectable. In contrast, the Chinese section was more average. While the chap chye (vegetable stew) was acceptable, the fried baby squid was soggy and limp, quite a ways from the crispy crunchy dish it should be. Western selections were decent with the usual array of sautéed potatoes and vegetables, and pleasing grilled meats.

After every course, our plates and cutlery were changed at the right time, and wait staff were available without being intrusive.

Most of the desserts were very good. By far, our favorite was the peach clafouti with vanilla sauce, with the crème brulee a close second. But the fruit shots in jelly paled in comparison. The raspberries were too sour, the mandarin slices lacked taste, and the jelly was a bit bitter.

A nice surprise came at the end. A server overheard us pointing out cut fruit which we liked, and before we knew it, a platter arrived at our table. The same server also obliged our request for a second platter, and cheerily thanked us for our patronage when we left as satisfied customers.

Events Happening at MELT ~ The World Café
A well-known name on Singapore’s mega-buffet scene, this international café serves up everything from generous sushi and hand rolls to creamy Indian curries like chicken korma. Lunch is $68 (Mon-Fri) and $138 (Sat-Sun), while dinner is $78 on weekdays and $88 on weekends.
Share this article
Phone: 6885-3500
MELT ~ The World Café, 4/F Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Ave., Singapore, 039797 Singapore

Nearest Train:


Opening Hours:

daily 6:30-10:30am, noon-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm

Price Range:


Open Since:

May, 2005
Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available: at Marina Square, Takeaway available, Dress requirements: Smart Casual
MELT ~ The World Café
SPECIALChope Restaurants
International Restaurant The Dining Room's Laksa
In addition to the groovy man-made waterfall, this hotel coffeehouse that has been around since...
The Mushroom Pot is known for its signature wild mushroom hot pot buffet
This family-friendly restaurant sells exactly what its name emphasizes—mushrooms. And despite...
Town Restaurant is the perfect stopover for a lazy Sunday brunch buffet
Bright, airy and spacious, Town Restaurant makes for the perfect stopover for a lazy weekend brunch...
Local International Restaurant Oscar's Burger
Well-known for its sumptuous buffets, this hotel restaurant is a staple in the Singapore dining...


Shot on the iPhone 8 Plus by Aik Beng Chia (@aikbengchia)

See the nation through the lens of the new Apple smartphone

Lucha Loco. Photo credit: Lucha Loco's Facebook page

The final week of September calls for introspective films, thought-evoking exhibitions and tacos