Not gonna lie, @oasis_sg post-lockdown BBQ buffet dinner was pretty disappointing. At $88++ per head for the free flow booze & buffet, it’s a hefty investment that didn’t quite pay off for me. Served à la carte style course by course, the first round was the sustainable seafood on ice, which featured a modest duo of poached prawns & rock oysters. Yep, that was it for the seafood appetisers. While the oysters & prawns were acceptably appetising, the selection left much to be desired.⠀

Next came the absolutely addictive grilled ciabatta bread that had been lavishly lathered with a glorious garlic herb butter, alongside a trio of caesar salad, kale tabbouleh salad, and an Asian slaw. And finally, for the meat of the matter, the wood fired BBQ sharing platter was built upon some barbecued beef rump steak, Aussie lamb, chicken thigh, barramundi, and some chorizo sausage.⠀

Rump steak is one of the cheaper cuts of meat, which is why I was taken aback when I realised what cut of steak it was. Normally a tougher cut like rump would be slow cooked instead of being grilled, and it came at medium doneness. It was a little too chewy & dry. The lamb, on the other hand, fared a whole lot better. The gaminess was fairly well mitigated, and the meat was considerably juicer than the steak.⠀

The barramundi was a tad dry in certain spots, but the smokiness of the wood was thoroughly infused into the fish, giving it a delicious smokiness. The chicken, while superbly smoky, was lacking in any discernible Thai flavours from its advertised Thai marinade. As always, sausage always satisfies, and the chorizo definitely delighted with its sensational spiciness & sapidity.⠀

If the buffet was sorely lacking in variety, then why do I refuse to consider it a complete write off? Simple. The stellar service staff were always close by to ensure that your wine glass was always topped off, or to serve you more food. They really turned on the charm with their jovial, amicable attitudes, always ready to engage in a little banter as they attended to your whims. Secondly, free flow booze. Free flow wine, Prosecco & frozen margaritas? Sold.⠀

Well, it ain’t all doom & gloom.