I was sitting on this blog post for 6 days thinking what to write for Goodwood Park Hotel’s Durian Fiesta 2011. As food tasting is very subjective to each individual, this entry may share some of my preferences towards their signatures.
From 28th May to 17th July 2011, you can enjoy a range of Goodwood Park’s signature dessert at their Coffee Lounge. You can either go for:
- $26.80++ per person (Dessert Buffet with Durian Pastries only) or
- $39.80++ per person (Dessert + Taiwan Porridge A-La-Carte Buffet)
The Goodwood Park Hotel brings in 6 durian delights at the dessert bar: Durian cappuccino cake, Durian mousse cake, Durian Oreo cake, Durian pudding, Durian puff and Durian pancake this year.
We go for desserts only and skipped the Taiwan porridge, thinking we can eat to our hearts content. I was a little disappoint to see a small dessert bar when I first enter the Coffee Lounge. Other than our main focus, the durian, you are also entitled to fruits, Nonya kueh, Chinese desserts, Moven Pick ice cream and sorbet.
In my first round of durian frenzy, I took one of everything. The signature Durian mousse cake and the Durian puffs are still the best, however, I do wish they are less thawed. But rest assured, there is no doubt on quality and taste of these durian. Just that, comparing to those you take out from their Deli, you can thaw these puffs to liking. In my case, I prefer have them served cold, with puff fillings still a little freezy and occasionally biting into the ice bits. While in the Coffee Lounge, the puffs, the cakes and most of the others are served in room temperature. Somehow somewhere the magic is gone…
The Durian pudding and Durian pancakes are worth mentioning. Pudding is soft and creamy and pancakes are freshly made by the pastry chef at the dessert counter. Yum! The durian buffet has a well balance of non-durian choices such as: Apple crumple, Pineapple pie, Berry sponge mousse (pardon me, I forgot their names). Indeed, they have more citrus but they complement the jerliat-ness after all the durians! It was a little pity the dessert buffet does not include tea or coffee. Drinking plain water does not clear our palate from the heavy durian. We each order an English Breakfast Tea and a Flower Fairies Tea.
Durian cappuccino cake is over powered by the coffee. Durian Oreo makes me think “Where’s the Oreo?!” And I’m just not sure what am I eating when I bite into Durian cheesecake. Maybe some combinations are not meant for each other.
You can give Nonya kueh and Chinese desserts (Green bean soup and Pulau Hitam) a miss. Want something cold? There are Moven Pick chocolate, coffee ice cream and lime sorbet free flow!