Ho Ho Ho, 2012 is about to greet us in another hour’s time or so. It sure has been an eventful 12 months with plenty of significant moments and watershed events happening here and then. And as we start this special flashback in the Part 1 of 2 series of the best reads and pictures on GourmetEstorie for this whole year, be prepared to feast your eyes and imagination on what has this site’s visitors been drooling over throughout the stretch of 365 1/4 days.
And yes, you should not be surprised, buffets are the most popular category this year, with 8 out of 10 making the top 10 spot based on visitor views! So for a feast to begin with, here is the Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants on GourmetEstorie for 2011 as decided by you!
#10 – York Hotel’s Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet
York Hotel’s Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet first appeared on this site in September 2010 but it has been a popular hit throughout this entire year. Be it that Penang Char Kway Teow or the crispy and fragrant Oyster Omellete to whet appetites all over, this Penang Hawkers’ Fare Buffet is available time to time at York Hotel. So when it appears, be prepared to queue!
#9 – Tung Lok’s Seafood A La Carte Buffet
The sprawling skyscraper of Orchard Central has a fantastic find hidden away right at the top. And that is Tung Lok’s Seafood A La Carte Buffet. With a spread that is value for money, and a view to accompany with, this is one Chinese Buffet Spread worth to be at.
#8 – Shin Yuu Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Shin Yuu at Hillcrest Park, Greenwood Avenue was one interesting find for me when I visited the restaurant back in August 2010. Placed in a unique and exquisite locality, this Japanese Buffet Restaurant offers a selection of gourmet dishes with a unique range of sushi to please your tastebuds!
#7 – Rasapura Masters
Rasapura Masters, the iconic and signature foodcourt at Marina Bay Sands has been the talk of the town since it’s opening last year December. Offering a sneak preview into the spread of what Singapore has to offer to our international guests, all in the cool comforts of Marina Bay Sands.
#6 – Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao & Steamboat Buffet
First published in July 2010, I have been to Crystal Jade’s XLB Buffet repeatedly with my friends over the year itself. Offering an excellent steamboat with unlimited servings of the signature steamed soup pork dumplings, the outlet at Holland Village simply has a queue not to be reckoned with.
#5 – Shi Wei Tian Steamboat and Lok Lok Buffet
Presumably the first (for me) in Singapore to offer a Lok Lok Buffet, Shi Wei Tian initially broke new ground in the buffet arena. After my initial visit, they changed the concept to a la carte cze char. But in recent months, the restaurant is now back at serving a spread in their Steamboat buffet. Though for their A La Carte Dishes itself, it is not to be missed as unique creations line up their menu.
#4 – The Chocolate Bar, Marina Bay Sands
When it comes to a chocolatey dessert buffet with a unmatched spectacular view to begin with, nowhere else in Singapore but The Chocolate Bar located at level 57 of Marina Bay Sand’s The Club is able to offer that premium to guests. Overlooking the Sand’s Skypark with the whole area available to relax with, it is an almost exclusive chocolate way to end the day as you soak in the night’s atmosphere. Available from 8pm to midnight daily.
#3 – Sky on 57
When the celebrity chef restaurants opened their doors at Marina Bay Sands to much fanfare, Singapore’s very own Justin Quek took centre stage with renowned names all over the world. His modern restaurant on traditional Asian Flavours infused with his global culinary experiences are a wonderful introduction into the range of exquisite flavours available in Singapore. And with Sky on 57 perched at the top of Marina Bay Sands overlooking the skyscrapers of Singapore, any dining experience there especially at night for a special occasion makes the visit, one to remember.
#2 – Tarafuku Japanese Restaurant
Tarafuku Japanese Restaurant at 313@Somerset was fantastic in my visit last year October. Since then the concept has changed, but for a look into the past and with this being the Number 2 most visited article on GourmetEstorie, I really missed the good ol’ days.
#1 – Todai
Hailed as the Mother of all seafood and sushi buffets by the international media, Todai at Marina Bay Sands is the first buffet opening to really spike the interest of guests all over Singapore. The buffet line is over 87 metres long and with a wide variety of interesting sushi and seafood up for grabs, this is one buffet to get your appetites ready!
And that’s it, the Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants on GourmetEstorie for 2011! Very exciting, and I can’t wait to see what 2012 will unveil. Chances are, buffets will definitely make the list again, knowing our dip crave for it!