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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
(this is actually a photo of guava juice)
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.
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.
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.
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)
73 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Centro Bianco #01-01