I received a flyer not too long ago in my mailbox from the newly opened Japanese restaurant Yuzuya. The photos looked very tempting and it branded itself prominently with an a-la-carte buffet on the menu. With over 100 items, and at a price of $25++ (lunch), it was very attractive.
When Darryl told me of the Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet after meeting two weeks ago, I was game for a visit. Street food like Char Kway Teow, Prawn Mee, Penang Laksa and even desserts like Chendol and Ice Kachang while they are commonly found in Singapore, I wondered what the difference would be since this would be a buffet at the York Hotel.
Clockwise : Penang Prawn Mee, Oyster Omelette, Penang Rojak, Cuttlefish Kangkong
By the time we (Darryl, Yue Yang and me) arrived at the White Rose Cafe located within York Hotel, there was a queue tailing the entrance. Word must have gone around Singapore that the food here must be worth a visit.
The Cathay, I guess many of the older generation would remember that “v-shaped” building along Handy Road with its cinemas and the presence of famous stars. The Cathay Restaurant, aptly named after the building, was also a bustling place for family dinners, celebrations, and even to take a twirl on the dance floor.
This year, the Cathay is celebrating its 75th annivesary with a tagline of celebrating without looking like their age. As part of the festivities, the organization’s restaurant launched their style of an all you can eat dinner buffet every Monday to Friday.
A presentation of modern cuisine basking in the living memories of the past, much awaits the creativity of The Cathay Restaurant.
Situated up a slope at Pearl’s Hill and amidst the lush foliage of trees and tendered shrubs, a little boutique hotel stands dressed in retro colours of white, shades of yellow and the occasional purple. And it is in this private, quiet setting that a certain serene atmosphere is created.
Hotel Re!, a modern retro themed boutique hotel is a relative young upstart in the industry, and every weekend and public holidays, a Re!Plenish brunch buffet is available located at their newly constructed Re!Joice ballroom. With over 40 varieties featuring local favourites, and international offerings, together with a comfortable setting, one can truly sit back, relax and indulge.
I am on the rave for Japanese buffets. The internet in this case proves a worthy option to see the best “word of mouth” restaurants to visit. And it is with no coincidence that I discovered Shin Yuu.
Exclusivity is the key feature for this and the group of restaurants that reside in a quiet residential estate just behind Raffles Girls Primary School. It took me a train ride to Newton station and then a taxi ride to locate the restaurant.
Shin Yuu occupies one of the quaint stretch of former shophouses which has now converted into restaurants on the ground level. A number of Italian and European establishments are also tenants there and it is simply simple features like a bright burning woodfire oven to bake that lovely pizza that makes the whole place all the more authentic.
I have often come across Japanese Buffets, Indian Buffets, Dim Sum Buffets and even the all exotic Meat Buffets, but this is perhaps my first time to a Japanese Dessert Buffet! From the popular brands such as “Ajisen Ramen”, “Manpuku”, “Botejyu”, “Fruit Paradise” and “Aoba” under its belt, Japan Foods Holding Ltd is launching a new concept of desserts and sweets, served a la buffet style – “Let’s Sweets”!
Of course, desserts are not the only sweets there. Chef Chika Hatekeyama (center) poses with two of her teammates during the media launch.