Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy recently launched their “Go Local Staycation” package which comes with a set lunch for two at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. Situated 15 minutes from Changi Airport, the 576-room property is situated in the heart of Katong, the historical heritage area in eastern Singapore famed for its Peranakan culture, vibrant F&B scene and colourful two-storey shophouses. Nearby attractions include East Coast Park, Marine Parade Central Market And Food Centre, Parkway Parade Shopping Centre and the revamped i12 Katong Mall, not to mention the endless dining options which include (but are most certainly not limited to) the multiple claims to the “Katong Laksa” throne along the East Coast Road stretch, the recently modernised local breakfast institution Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, Caribbean restaurant and bar Lime House, Spanish restaurant Asador as well as the hugely popular pasta concept Forma from the Cicheti group.
Created to support local farms and drive sustainability, the package is centred around the locally farmed and rather delicious Steamed Barramundi Fillet with Olive and Minced Garlic, the main star of the curated set lunch at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant. The stay package comes with the following inclusions:
1 night in a Superior Room
Breakfast for 2 at Feast Roxy
Set lunch for 2 at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant
The “Go Local Staycation” menu at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant includes the following:
Jia Wei Double Boiled Soup of the Day
Steamed Barramundi Fillet with Olive and Minced Garlic
Stewed Ee Fu Noodles
Chilled Lemongrass Jelly
For my stay, I was upgraded to a Deluxe Room. During my exploration of the property, I realised various rooms on higher floors offered rather stunning and direct views of the ship-laden sea, and if I were ever to stay again at this hotel, I would most certainly book one of these rooms. Wellness amenities within the property include a swimming pool as well as a fitness centre on Level 4.
Of course, since one has travelled all the way to Katong, one should consider going beyond the package inclusions and expanding on their foodie staycation experience by having an indulgent dinner at the hotel’s buffet restaurant Feast Roxy. During my stay, I went for their Seafood Galore Buffet, a Saturday-only experience which showcases various seafood selections, from sashimi options and an enjoyable raw seafood bar featuring delicious oysters (I had seven) and local crayfish (so oceanically sweet) to grilled seafood skewers (prawns and teriyaki salmon during my visit) and local dishes such as Chilli Crab, Marina Clams in Oyster Sauce and Deep Fried Soft Shell Prawn. The feast also offered a local-inspired dessert selection – think Bubur Terigu, Chocolate Gula Melaka Cake, Jemput Jemput (banana fritters) and the restaurant’s Signature Durian Power.
Their decadent Divine Laksa was one of the few dishes that I revisited during the buffet, being “could sell as a standalone dish outside a buffet context” good.
Deluxe Room (Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy).