[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]any restaurants have come and gone, but Mezza9 stands strong in our fickle dining scene. It’s one of the first hotel restaurants to feature several show kitchens under one roof. At these vibrant live stations, guests can interact with chefs as they dish out meals.
The popularity of Mezza9’s Sunday Brunch, in particular, has never waned since Day One. When we were there, it was filled with expats and locals tucking into the sumptuous food and free-flow Perrier Jouet champagne. If you can handle even more alcohol, there are also nine signature martinis to be had.
The excellent dining experience here is also down to a top-notch team that’s always obliging and helpful, be it with queries about the food stations, requests for the Wi-Fi password, or refilling our champagne flutes. The chefs also play a part in making the dining experience an enjoyable one. At the local food station, one of them pointed to the deep-fried soon hock and told us it’s a Mezza9 speciality and a must-try. We took his word for it, and proceeded to dig into the succulent whole fish laced with soya sauce and showered with coriander and spring onions. Equally delicious were the roast duck, char siew and pork belly. The Thai street food station also beckoned with its sublime range of dishes, from grilled meats like moo yang (free-range pork neck with tamarind paste) and Thai satay to piquant pomelo and papaya salads topped with peanuts and fried shallots for maximum crunch and flavour.
Over at the Western station, the chefs carved roast beef and rotisserie chicken, which guests could pair with risotto tossed with parmesan and luxed up with white asparagus.
With Mezza9’s outstanding martini bar being revamped (we hear there will also be a new gin bar), we can’t wait to see what the renovated space has to offer.
Mezzanine Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, S(228211)