Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Suki-ya | Eat-all-you-can Sukiyaki & Shabu Shabu

I haven't been to Suki-ya for quite a long time because of the lack of variety they offer. But I was recently reminded about the quality of the meat, and felt that it could be worth the money spent if I just focus on the meat alone without being too particular about the other aspects. I have probably repeated countless times but Serene is always one of my top choices for company to buffets! ♥

You might either love or hate this restaurant, and that depends on your priorities.

First of all, the variety of soup bases were pretty acceptable, ranging from sweet, salty to spicy. You can pick two types of soup which I think is very important especially when you have differing tastes from the person you're dining with. Or perhaps, when you're just indecisive like me. 

But we had that all planned out ahead and went with Laksa and Sukiyaki. 

The rest of the soup base includes Shabu Shabu, Spicy Kimuchi, Touyu Miso, Butauiku.


Soup quality and variety? CHECKED ☑

The Laksa soup broth was really rich and flavorful. Every mouthful of soup was very pleasurable and I can't help but drink some even though it's super sinful. Even the refill was poured from the original Laksa broth and not some chicken broth which will dilute the soup towards the end of the meal. In fact, the soup got only got thicker and thicker because of the evaporation. 

Sukiyaki was favoured by Serene, but I felt that it was a tad too salty for my liking. Nevertheless, I was already very immersed in the satisfaction I got from Laksa itself. 


Meat quality? CHECKED ☑

Considering that this is an eat-all-you-can concept, the beef quality is really good. It's the key reason why I wouldn't mind coming back again for more. The meat texture is so soft and the fats aren't excessive, just sufficient to give that close-to-perfect mouthfeel.

If you compare to other hotpot restaurants which have similar price standards, the meat quality at Suki-ya can be described as one of the best. 




I think that 10 plates of beef + 10 plates of pork is self-explanatory. 


Food variety? Mehhhhhh. 

Yes, that's just it. If you're looking for a wider choice of food, then Suki-ya is definitely not something that you will like to have. I was quite disappointed that free flow drinks were only provided at an extra cost of $5 ): I'd rather drink plain water, pff. 

Anyway, some of the nicer food among all are the Enoki mushroom and cheese tofu. 



Ambience? Not bad. 

Only problem we both had was the smoke coming from the pot. We felt like we were steaming our faces for facial!!! Imagine talking to your friend but all you see is smoke :/ Otherwise, the overall restaurant environment is pretty acceptable. 



In short, if you don't mind eating the same meat over and over again, but with great standard, Suki-ya is worth trying! Otherwise, you should consider visiting other buffet hotpots for a wider variety. I wouldn't mind coming back again, but more or less it's more worth it paying for the weekday lunch price. 


ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUKI-YA BUFFET

Weekdays
Lunch $17.90 -80mins
Dinner $23.90 -100mins

Weekends
Lunch $19.90 – 80 mins
Dinner $25.90 – 80 mins

Additional $2 for weekends/ PH and eve of PH

For more information:
http://suki-ya.com.sg/outlet-info/





Serene! We need to go out soon again!!!! <3 More buffets together okay!!

Friday, 24 October 2014

How to Make The Most Out of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets?

Do you enjoy all-you-can-eat buffets? I have friends who try to avoid buffets because they think that they're not huge eaters, and it'll probably be a waste of money to them.

You might not be convinced because my friends tell me that not everyone has an appetite like I do. But what if I'm telling you now that buffets are not necessarily meant for monstrous appetites? The trick is to go for quality, not quantity, best if there's both of course.

Follow the steps below to maximize your money spent at buffets.

1) Do Some Research


This is a first crucial step whenever I plan to have buffets in advance. Doing some research is really important as you can save yourself from nasty surprises. Online blogs are usually the simplest way - which include price, photos, and experience. 

Know what is your priority when it comes to buffet. Is it the price? Quality? Variety? or some specific food that you're looking for?

Some recommendations for food blogs:

2) Don't Eat Anything Eat Something Light Before


For those who think that you should skip your meals to prepare yourself for the buffet, STOP! It's a misconception to do that. Do not starve yourself before the meal as it's very unhealthy. Instead, take something light and have small portions. It will expand your stomach a little but not be too full for your indulgence later on. 

3) Early Bird Catches the Worm


I am sure you have heard of this idiom before. It applies to buffets as well. Some buffets do not refill their food as quickly as others, and you might just lose out in getting the best food. 
I'm speaking from experience - there was a restaurant which did not refill the exact same type of Sashimi after the plate was cleared, even crab pincers get smaller and smaller after each refill. 

For food photography lovers or bloggers, the best time to snap beautiful and appealing photos is always right at the start. 

4) Start Off With The Best Food


Let me start off with a simple question?

Would you rather spend $20 on a piece of bread, or snow crab? (Assuming both is something you enjoy) Make sure every cent is worth spent on the most expensive and best delicacies. 

Enough said.

5) Watch Out For Carbs


Ditch the carbs during a buffet. Similar to my previous point, don't waste your stomach space on something cheap. Carbs like bread, pasta, or potatoes tend to fill your stomach quicker than other food. You spent a hefty sum to enjoy during a buffet, so why go for something that can be found anywhere else for a few bucks? 

6) Variety Over Quantity


Control your portions and make it small, so that you have room for different food. Best way to fully enjoy is to try a variety of dishes before deciding which is your favourite. You can then indulge all you want after having mini sampling session. It's also a time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try something that you usually do not order. Since you're gonna pay the same price for anything you grab, no harm trying new stuff right?

7) Maximize Your Senses 


Appreciate with your eyes, taste with your tongue and feel with your heart. Since you have already paid for the full amount, you might as well just fully enjoy everything on the table! The food decorations can be really pleasing to the eyes especially for the dessert spread. That being said, it also means that you should not gorge down your food without the slightest appreciation of what you're eating. 


8) Less Is More


While it's a good thing to maximize the best out of a buffet, remember not to overdo it. I mean.. you wouldn't want to end up with a tummy ache at the end of the day right? It's alright to go a little further than usual, but better place some restraints on your food intake.

Another reason why I suggest to reach the restaurant early, is so that you can slowly enjoy the 3-4 hours of buffet experience without overeating. Of course, that is only applicable for restaurants which do not have time limit. 




It may not apply to everybody's eating habits, but you might be able to pick a few points out of these. And I hope that you will be able to better enjoy your buffet experience in the future!

If you're craving for buffets, check out some of my favourite buffet restaurants below: (Not in specific order)

The Line @ Shangri La Hotel
Kiseki Japanese Buffet @ Orchard Central
Momiji Japanese Buffet @ City Square Mall
Spices Cafe @ Concorde Hotel
MOF Danro Steamboat @ Nex Mall
Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant

You can also click on my Food Directory for more food reviews!

Cheers! ☺

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Bangkok Trip Day 3 | Sanrio Hello Kitty House Cafe BKK @ Siam Square One

If you ask me, what is one of the more memorable places at Bangkok that I've went to, it would be the Sanrio Hello Kitty House Cafe! Having visited different Hello Kitty themed cafes in Taiwan, Malaysia, and Korea, I feel that this would be one of my top favourite! 

The entrance with the huge Hello Kitty head is already totally luring me in and the cafe is huge with 3 storeys. Hello Kitty House BKK is newly opened in around August this year and it has already attracted so many people! It took us about 1 hour plus to get our table, but you can get a Q number first. So that you can walk around the mall while waiting, just make sure you are back there when they call your number! 


I'm not a super Hello Kitty fan, but I kinda adore the cute character and because everything is in pink and white (Like my room), it's definitely hard to resist. 

I even intentionally wore a white spag top with pastel pink shorts (newly bought at Platinum Mall) to match the occasion. I was so enthusiastic about this whole cafe that I even brought my Hello Kitty glasses, the thing is.. I left it in the hotel!! ): Such a waste! 


You can still get a taste of the food without queuing for an hour at this takeaway counter. Check out some of the cute Hello Kitty merchandise! I was actually quite tempted to get this cup!  



Mandatory selfie at the entrance! 

The Hello Kitty House is extravagantly decorated with pink Hello Kitty themed designs, down to every little detail, including the tables, chairs, food, and drinks! They also have their own souvenir shop and spa at the lowest level. 


So pink and fabulous! 









They serve a wide variety of cakes, desserts and drinks at an affordable price - about 100 - 200 baht on average (=SGD 4-8). The pastries had kitty designs on them and I went: I want this, this, this, this.... Actually I want everything! 



But we ended up settling with 6 different cakes to split and share so that we can get a taste of more choices. My favourite would be the Rainbow Crepe Cake and the Coconut Cake. The desserts are so Instagram-worthy! It's a normal situation where my phone/camera gets to eat first, not me! 

If you think that character-themed desserts are only for the eyes, and not the mouth. Then you're wrong! The cakes are actually quite decent-tasting, in fact some of them are really delicious! Totally worth the price for the decorations plus quality!

Rainbow Crepe Cake, Green Tea Cake, Double Chocolate Cupcake
Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Concorde, Coconut Cake
For drinks, we had the Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Iced Latte (Which tasted sooooo bitter I had to keep adding syrup). I prefer sweet coffees! 



If you're not keen on sweet pastries, you can try their light meal choices like Pad Thai, Salad, Sandwiches or Soup. 

Their main selling point is not really about the food, but more of the overall ambience and decorations around the cafe for people to take photos or appreciate. 
I think I took more time snapping photos around the place than to really sit down and enjoy my food. Really love some of their pretty decor!








If you're on the 3rd storey, remember to take a look at the gorgeous Hello Kitty ceiling! 


The sofa chairs are one of my favourite part of the Cafe as they look so luxurious and it's in my favourite pink! I'm falling in love with this place all over again. 





Say Hi to Hello Kitty's Mama Mary & Papa George! 



The merchandise looks interesting and cute too! I just felt that it was a little on the pricey side for a non-HelloKitty fan like me. 






Whether you're a woman, teenage girl or a kid, Hello Kitty House Cafe is definitely worth visiting. I love the whole sweet and pastel pink concept with all the details taken care of. Cuteness overload! The cafe is just too awesome that I have to dedicate one entire post of Day 3 just for it! 

http://hellokittyhousebangkok.com/

Address:
Siam Square One 
Pathumwan Rd
 Bangkok, Thailand 10330

Opening hours: 10 am - 10 pm


Have a nice day! Cheers!