It was 8 o’clock in the evening and the husband and I were roaming everywhere in Raffles City, undecided on where to have our dinner till we chanced upon Buffet Town that was bustling with life (and noise) inside. A peep into the restaurant through the glass window, I saw piles of chilled crayfish, oysters and scallops on display that were beckoning to me.
Most of the time, chilled seafood at buffets are either briny or are simply tasteless so I wasn’t harbouring much expectations that I’d get good quality seafood or sashimi at this restaurant. We were just tired of trying to find a place (without a long queue) to sit down and eat so decided to settle for this.
The dinner buffet was supposed to end at 10pm but the buffet line at the hot food section already seemed pretty vacant and miserable at 8.15pm. Oh man, I wasn’t even tempted to go around to capture pictures because most of the chafing dishes and trays were quite vacant.
Here are mostly shots of what we had on our table.
At $35.80++ per person for the weekday dinner buffet, the available selections of cold seafood, appetisers, sushi and sashimi seemed pretty impressive. While I did try a bit of everything, nothing was really worth a second helping except for the sashimi that were fresh and generously sliced.
I could almost compare Buffet Town with Todai @ MBS in terms of food variety that ranged from Asian/Local delights, Japanese to an International spread.
I enjoyed the laksa with a rich, flavoursome broth and crunchy, fresh prawns. I also appreciated the availability of grated pineapple that could be added to the satay sauce to enhance its flavour the traditional way. The sauce for the Chilli Crayfish wasn’t too bad too. It was a pity the crayfish tasted like leftovers (from the chilled seafood section) as the chef had run out of crabs.
We didn’t get to try the Yakitori section as well as many other hot dishes as they weren’t replenished at all throughout our time there.
I had a second helping of the satay with plenty of sauce. The pizzas were quite tasty too but as I was already quite full, I merely just ate the toppings without the crust.
Overall, food standard is quite mediocre but spread is decent for the price paid. A family-friendly restaurant that is great for large group gatherings. I might return for lunch one day.
Raffles City, #B1-44E
252 North Bridge Road
Tel: 6837 3793
Open: 11.30am to 3.00pm, 6.00pm to 10.00pm daily