4 Tier Pagoda Steamboat – The Flame Cafe Food Review

In a dilemma between bbq hotpots and steamboats? Well think no further and head down to The Flame Cafe for their Pagoda 4-Tier Cheesy Steamboats. I’ve been seeing pagoda steamboats and on my social media feed a lot recently and I’ve been dying to try it!

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The Pagoda Steamboat has 4 tiers, soup-based steamboat at the bottom, followed by a BBQ hotplate, then a delicious smokey chedder and mozerella mix dip and lastly a little cage for steaming food at the top.

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We tried their Weekday Supreme, which was $39.90, which comes with either a choice of Baked Cheese Lobster or Live Crab and Fresh Oyster or Cheesy Oyster (note: oysters will not be served until further notice).

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We opted for the Baked Cheese Lobster (only because it was easier to eat) and what I really like about it is the tomalley, which is basically the green goo that you can find in lobsters and crabs.

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I felt that their beef was really lacking due to the rubbery texture and overpowering marinate. Though I was pleasantly surprised by the chicken, which was really juicy and tender.

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The seafood on the other hand was delicious. They have a wide variety of fresh seafood: fish, fish, clams, mussels, king prawns, scallops and many more. You can take the seafood from the buffet bar but personally I prefer ordering off the menu to ensure optimal freshness.

They even serve crayfish which is quite rare in buffets! My favorite was actually the crayfish, which I felt tasted the best steamed. Just steam them until they crayfishes are curled up and have a nice shade of orange on them and they are ready to eat!

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The thing that surprised me the most is actually their Thai Milk Tea. It’s less sweet than the authentic one which suits my palate more. And I usually don’t drink milky drinks as such during buffets because it’s quite filling but I had 5 cups (not sorry) that night. There are also other drinks at the drink bar such as Pink Guava Juice, Chinese Tea and Lemonade.

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(this is actually a photo of guava juice)

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I had a lot of fun making the DIY pizza and despite how it looks, I thought it tasted pretty good. I wished there were more ingredients to play with though, as there were only the very basic ingredients and toppings such as sausages, ham and pineapple. I was also quite happy with its small portion because I don’t think I would’ve wanted more of the disaster I created… But if you’re feeling bold, feel free to take the meat meant for the pagoda steamboat. Beef pizza anyone?

Besides their buffet sets, if you’re a busy employee looking for a quick, affordable but yet delicious lunch for that mid-day boost, you can always try their Executive Lunch Set (refer to menu), which has just been updated recently. They have certainly up-ed their game with the new addition of Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi Pasta and Shrimp Salted Egg Pasta.

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Honestly I was quite conflicted when I heard that we will be trying out their pastas, because of how filling carbs are and really all I wanted to was stuff myself with the food from the buffet bar. But I instantly forgot about my initial plan after taking a bite of both pastas, and began scarfing them down.

The Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi Pasta was quite a surprise to me. For those who don’t know, ayam lemak chilli padi is actually a type of malay chilli, which was surprise #1 because of it’s brilliantly incorporated into a pasta dish. But what really caught me off guard was how light and appetizing it was, with a tang of sourness in the flaming heat of the chilli paste.

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On the other hand, the Shrimp Salted Egg Pasta, was actually disappointing compared to the expectations I had. Despite the thick and creamy salted egg sauce it had, I felt that it was a bit too much and soon felt really sien of it.

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Besides coming here for a treat, you can also organize a sick birthday party or events, especially with their newly furnished backyard. Doesn’t it look lit? (pun intended)

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Locate them!
73 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Centro Bianco #01-01
Singapore 534818

6282 0251

 

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