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Hotel Jen Singapore Dining Review

By Monday, October 06, 2014 , , , , , ,

Traders Hotel has rebranded itself to Hotel Jen and you can expect things to shake up a bit in the coming months. Renovation work is in the pipeline and will start in Nov 2014. After which, Traders Hotel will transform into the young, hip, fun and vibrant Hotel Jen, just like its sister branch at Orchard Gateway
Z and i checked out Cafe Biz' weekend brunch with the rebranding of Hotel Jen. Even though the interior felt pretty much the same as the old Traders', the vibe is certainly lighter and more fun. Even the food offering seemed to cater to the hipper younger crowd too and that certainly sat well with our tummies.
Cheese from the Cheese Ark. What i liked- The milky Aarewasser 5 mths raw cow's milk cheese from Switzerland, the salty Bitto Storico 3 year raw cow and goat milk hard cheese from Italy and the mild Bleu Du Pic 2 mths raw goat's milk cheese from France. FYI, I can take strong tasting, pungent and savory cheeses so you may hate the ones I like.
The Foie Gras and Apple Terrine spreads like butter on toast. I was wishing for croissants but only found toasted baguettes. Do not give the artisan butter spreads a miss. I couldn't stop eating the butter. Yes.. BUTTER. Yummy prosciutto as well. 
Well sashimi is the standard at buffets. We thought the fish was pretty fresh. Actually the sashimi was better than the chilled seafood. I remembered that i liked the prawns the best when i dined at Cafe Biz the last time. The other seafood were so so. The lobster was on the bland side and a little chewy.  
The Western spread was alright. I thought the herb crusted lamb was done very nicely, even better than the beef roast. 
We were lucky to have Hotel Jen's GM cook us a mean mushroom risotto. It was yummy! 
The Asian selection fared ok too. There's Indian food which Z thought was flavored nicely. The naans however were dry and crispy. Boo. 
I found myself slurping a bowl of congee with the homey preserved ingredients. You can make it a teochew porridge buffet if you wish. 
The roast duck was juicy and savory. Wai ling, the marcomms manager was raving about the suckling pig that they have. The chicken rice is also rather tasty. Other asian dishes included Penang Laksa and Prawn Noodles
The dessert spread was insane but the only thing that i finished (and wanted seconds of) was the Durian Swiss Roll. The durians were from Batu Pahat, Malaysia!  

Back to Hotel Jen. I hope they'll do well with their new concept and i really liked the Orchard Gateway location which is superbly located in the heart of Orchard Road and right above the train station (Somerset). Rooms look cosy and bright and they offer free WIFI everywhere in the hotel and also PressReader access to over 2,500 online newspapers and magazines. All rooms have a full-size executive writing desk too so it makes for a good business hotel too.

Hotel Jen Singapore (Formerly Traders Hotel) 
1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
Tel: +65 6738 2222
277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858

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