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Not too bad ~
Picked this for a family dinner and was quite surprised that it was not packed on a Sunay night. It was a bit chilly maybe because of the small crowd at about 6pm but that also meant I had a staff standing right beside our table trying to look inconspicious while waiting for us to need his service.
I have to say I can't remember the exact names of the dishes but these are what the 4 of us had:
Spinach tofu with mushrooms - homemade tofu with a layer of spinach on top, covered in stir fried mushrooms and sauce. The tofu was quite nice and not too soft, with the mushrooms adding a bite to the dish.
Fried kailan and mushrooms - Didn't know if the kailan was the main thing or mushrooms, but this was the best dish of the evening. Kailan was done just crunchy and mushrooms sauce was a very nice savory addition to the greens. Alongside it was a basket of beehoon filled with deep fried mushroons, a nice treat to the stir fried ones. Nicee~
Seafood beehoon soup - clear warm stock filled with loads of bee hoon and diced everything: green beans, prawns, squid, etc. I like it for the fact it was comfort food. Its a huge portion for 1 order (the pic shows individual bowl after they've portioned it out)
Curry crab - the biggest disappointment of the evening. It was one M-size crab drowned in heavy curry. I have to admit we ordered it due after much persuasion and recommendations by the staff, but it turned out to be a strange combi on the palette. Maybe I didn't like the too-strong taste of the coconut milk but it wasn't my cup of tea. It came with a plate of oily garlic bread which was not good either.
Service was okay, and nothing exceptional. This was definitely a much better choice than the other side of east coast where jumbo and gang was though, less quiet amd I'm quite sure the prices are about the same. The location's good mostly for those who drive as parking's typically not an issue.
Saw that they have an ala carte buffet lunch at $26.80 per pax (if I remember correctly), but not sure what's on the lunch menu. They had a 10% with DBS / POSB cards that night so that's a bonus.
They also have quite a number of private rooms so good for corporate guests too.
Year end is always a time for holidays and feasting. First it was Sakura (colleague treating), then it was Sakura again (company event), and now, it is time to try out something for a change. Welcome to the Seafood International Market & Restaurant located just next to Big Splash in the East Coast. This is most probably the best deal of the buffets that I have ever had in Singapore. Only available for lunch and cost at most $30 per person, you get to enjoy steaming hot dishes cooked by chefs personally and wait for them to serve to your table! The dishes available are not those normal type that you can get anywhere else. Think about abalone and shark fins (for real)! You get my drift, sounds unbelievable right! Now for the food review:
Braised mini Whole Abalone with Oyster Sauce
Where in Singapore can you eat an abalone in a buffet? The abalone was chewy, definitely fresh and mix it together with the sauce on your dish...Heavenly!
Braised Shark Fin Soup with Crab Meat
This shark fin soup quality is as good as those that you get in the wedding banquet. The thickness of the soup was just nice, and with the additional vinegar and pepper that you add to your discretion, you will definitely finish the whole bowl in a flash! Not to mention that the serving that you get here is about twice the serving you get in those wedding banquet... =)
Steamed Tilapia with Nonya Sauce
This is a new dish on their menu and I must say that I don't quite really like the sauce. I have no issue with the tilapia, they were steamed perfectly, with their meat retaining most of the fish essence, soft and chewy, but with the sour and spicy (well it is not as hot as it seems) Nonya sauce, it did not quite go down well with me.
Drunken Prawn with Herbal soup
This dish is definitely a must try! Firstly, the prawn is as big as what you are seeing in the picture. After peeling off their shell, make sure you get a scoop of their solid herbal soup, dump your prawn in your spoon and send it all into your mouth! Extremely Solid dish!
Fried Sakura Chicken with Tri-Sauce in Stone Pot
Though this dish looks nice and is a chef recommendation on the menu, but at my recommendation, you can give this a skip. Most of the chicken that they use here are chicken breast meat and I think that they have over-cooked it in the stone pot. The chicken meat that I managed to dish out were quite hard in nature with the exception of perhaps the chicken drumstick. Further more, after downing a few pieces of chicken, you can get quite sick of their tri-sauce. Not a good choice to try.
Prawn with Green Salad
If you are looking for something light (or appetizer), you can give this dish a try. Steamed prawn with assorted fruits and salad sauce, the combination actually can give your tongue quite a tingle and open your appetite for more delicious dishes later on in the meal.
Overall, though some of their dishes are not as good, but at the rate which I have paid for this meal, I will give this restaurant buffet a high recommendation any other time. Sadly, the cost of the drink that you order are on a separate bill. For their dessert bar, you can give it a skip as well as normally, there will be throngs of people swarming at the counter to get their desserts. Typical Singaporean mentally.
I went there with my family for the lunch time eat-all-you-can buffet on Saturday.
It was about 40 dishes for only around $30 per person.
Only a one-time order is allowed for the more expensive items (eg. Shark's Fin Soup, Abalone...) but for the other items on the menu, repeated orders are allowed.
This was one of the few times in my life so far that I've eaten Abalone. I usually dislike the taste and texture of it, but over here, they cook it really well and the Abalone was really tender and juicy. The sauce they used also complimented the taste... it was a balanced sweet and salty flavour. For once, eating Abalone wasn't like chewing on an eraser!
I also especially enjoyed the Thai Seafood Salad! I've been going all over the country to try out all the different versions of Thai Seafood Salad from whichever thai vendors I come across, and I must say that over here, their seafood salad is even better than at Thai Express! I love how generous they are with onions and prawns! The sauce they used (consisting of lemongrass, garlic, lime... if I'm not wrong) also added on to the awesome flavour of the salad!
The only dish I didn't enjoy was the coffee-sauce pork slices. I thought it tasted a little strange. Besides, I never really liked pork, so I only tried it for the sake of trying it.
They have quite an assortment of desserts too, and if you're interested in checking out sea creatures, the aquariums are right there for your scrutiny!
It was all in all a pleasant experience! Definitely worth the money, especially if you have a massive appetite!
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