Category: Bugis

Plaza Brasserie PARKROYAL – All You Can Eat Seafood Fiesta Buffet

By , March 26, 2013

Put seafood and buffet together, and I am sure many faces will light up with tummies growling. Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road is having a “Seafood Fiesta” from now till May 31, and this is not just any ordinary seafood buffet.

Other than the usual crowd pleasers such as Oysters, Flower Crabs, Tiger Prawns, Australian Queen Scallops and Black Mussells – all on the ice section – the cooked seafood with an Asian twist appeals to me much more.

The theme is “Best of Asia” with many dishes having flavours of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Think about Hong Kong style Red Garoupa, Thai-style Sea Bass, Sotong with Sambal, Nonya Sauce Steamed Fish, Black Pepper White Clams, Stir-fried Crab with Salted Egg Yolk and Green Curry Crab! (Read about their Crab Buffet, The Seafood Buffet, Dragon Feast and Grandma’s Favourites).

Are you salivating yet?

My favourite part of the buffet is the Teppanyaki live station (only during weekends) where the chef will cook a selection of prawns, stingray, sotong and salmon right in front of you. Grab the fresh oysters and sushi nearby while you are waiting, or better still, have a quick chat with the chef who is shy but friendly.

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Plaza Brasserie
7500A Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Beach Road (Nearest MRT Bugis), Tel: +65 6505 5710
Opening Hours: 6am – 12am Daily

Other Buffet Entries
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Aquamarine (Marina Mandarin)
Silver Shell Café (Shangri La Rasa Sentosa)
10 at Claymore (Pan Pacific Orchard)
Sakura International Buffet (Admiralty Park)

7th Storey Hotel Hainan Charcoal Steamboat – An Air of Nostalgia

By , August 15, 2008

228 Rochor Road S(188451) Tel: 63334900

When news that the New 7th Storey Hotel will be demolished to make way for the new Bugis MRT station for the Downtown Line, customers have flocked over to try their famous steamboat before December 2008.

Thank goodness my friends reserved a table inside, or I would have melted in the backlanes. The advantages of sitting outside would be a good view of the DHL balloons, but the interior was quite done-up with air-con comfort.

The Food
The specialty is the Hainanese Charcoal Steamboat, with steamboat sets costing  $26 for 2-3 pax, or $45 for 4-6 pax. My advice would be to ‘upsize’ it to a pomfret/garoupa set, which is $30 more.

For that kind of price, you would have expected a wider spread of food, but it was nothing more than the usual fish balls, prawns, chicken, vegetables, yam and tofu.

The soup was unordinary ordinary – rather bland and only had a slight seafood essence after all the ingredients were poured in. However, it would appeal to those who likes to clearer thin stock.

The Hainan Specialties saved the day. The Boiled Chicken ($10/$15/$28) was tender enough, and rice well-flavoured with chicken oil and garlic. You can also try the Pork Chop ($9/$15) seasoned with sweet-tangy tomato sauce, and Prawn Roll ($9/$15) for some traditional Hainanese delicacies.

The Verdict
For a taste of nostalgia. 2.75*

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng 旺角茶餐厅 (Bugis)

By , July 29, 2008

200 Victoria Street #02-50 Bugis Junction

Hong Kong’s Roger Kwok (郭晋安) better known to many as idiot-boy Ah Wang on the HK drama series endorses this café. For a hefty 7-figure sum. Now, that’s worth a lot of baked rice.

Located at the Bugis Junction’s extension, it’s hard to miss this café with a huge cupboard figure of a welcoming Ah Wang.

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Crystal Jade Hong Kong Café 翡翠香港茶餐厅 (Liang Seah)

By , July 25, 2008

#01-12 Liang Seah Street Tel: 63380198

My first question was: What took Crystal Jade so long?

Since it opened in 1992, Crystal Jade has literally stomped Singapore and the rest of Asia with its exquisite Cantonese cuisines. It has since expanded to serve cuisines of varying styles from Teochew,  Machau, Shanghai, to Korean. Other establishments have taken up a huge part of the HK café pie, and Crystal Jade has finally stepped in with this branch along Liang Seah shophouses.

How does this HK café match up to the other Crystal Jades?

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Causeway Bay Café (Closed!)

By , July 17, 2008

32 Liang Seah Street S(189053)

Before I even had the chance to write a full review on Causeway Bay Café at Liang Seah St, it has closed down! Another one has bitten the dust.

Lesson learnt from this Hong Kong café : 
1) Waitresses should make sure Hong Kong tea is stirred (this is NOT ‘teh’ leh)
2) Waitresses should make sure utensils are clean.
3) Waitresses should take orders and not chit chat all the time.
4) Waitresses should not watch TV meant for customers.
5) Waitresses should not tell you to “你自己写! (Fill it up yourself!)” when taking orders.
6) Waitresses should use serving trays to serve desserts and drinks.
7) Waitresses should take initiative to refill water.
8) Waitresses should learn basic English.
9) Waitresses should not roll their eyes (even if you want to, don’t do it in front of customers!)
10) Waitresses should take S-E-R-V-I-C-E course.

For any eateries to function well, it’s really a combination of many factors. And no matter how good the ambience is, food and service are still key factors to a successful business.

Maybe it’s a case of bad ‘feng-shui’, with the previous Nasi Lemak owners not surviving too long as well. All the best to the new shop!


Ji De Chi 记得吃 (Liang Seah)

By , June 19, 2008

8 Liang Seah Street #01-03 S(189029) Tel: 63399928

Walking along Liang Seah Road, I would always notice this space currently occupied by “Ji De Chi” (JDC), translated as ‘remember to eat’. This shop space has probably changed hands several times in a span of three years, from a bao stall, mango dessert place to bak kut teh shop from what I can remember.

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Lai Lai Family Restaurant 来来红烧牛肉面

By , June 5, 2008

20, Liang Seah St S(189041) Tel: 68371556

While Hong Kong eateries are springing up all over Singapore, the same cannot be said for Taiwanese food. To curb cravings for authentic Taiwanese beef noodles, the most decent place would be Lai Lai Family Restaurant which is conveniently located along Liang Seah Street.

The Food
I ordered the Best Value Set A ($12.20 nett) which included the specialty beef noodles, one side dish and a bubble tea. The origins of this signature dish supposedly hails from the Sheraton Hotel in Taipei and is made up of fresh egg noodles, dark beef broth, accompanied by three different cuts of beef shins. 

The broth is strong in herbs and spices, very flavourful and somewhat spicy with its pepperish undertones. (Okay, my friend complained it was too herbal though.) It tastes best if you add in the preserved vegetables and dried chilli, a combination which can mask the taste of the beef. Though I am not a fan of carbs, the noodles is tangy and not too thick. Few eateries can cook beef well as they are either too raw and rubbery, or well-done and tough.

Some of the popular side dishes include Pepper Salt Chicken, Flower Squid, Braised Pork Slice, Century Egg Tofu. As a fan of Taiwanese fried hawker fare, the Pepper Salt Chicken was my first choice.

My take is: Too much salt and too little pepper. The chicken were slightly too dry and would have been much better had they been chunkier and juicier. The Century Egg Tofu, if served very cold, can be an interesting blend. More pork floss would have made it perfect though.  As for the other two, the Flower Squid is more rubbery rings than crispy calamari. While the braised pork slice is neatly and thinly cut up, the slices do not melt in your mouth immediately.

The Ambience
The restaurant can get rather crowded during peak hours. But do not take the seats upstairs. As it is an enclosed place, it can become a too noisy due to poor architectural acoustics. Plus they were blasting Jay Chou the last few times I went. So if you are not a fan…..

The Verdict
Probably the best place to get valuable and reasonable Taiwanese street fare here. 3.5*

Ah Chew Desserts 阿秋甜品 (Bugis)

By , May 26, 2008

#01-11, Liang Seah Place 1 Liang Seah Street S(189022) Tel: 63398198

I used to work in the Bugis vicinity. Many times, female colleagues would look for their ‘chew-ge’ after lunch, jokingly saying his papaya dessert would make their skin smooth. Working in the corporate world came with a high level of stress, and somehow what ‘Ah Chew’s treats had become my comfort food.

This dessert shop hidden among a row of eateries at Liang Seah is really a treasure. Do you know it used to take up just half the space, with the rest being taken by a Indian newspaper seller.  Fast forward a few years, and the treasure has finally been undiscovered through word of mouth. Just look out for the never-ending queue of people eagerly waiting to have their sugar fix.

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