I came by The Grassroots’ Club a few weeks back when I had a lunch appointment at Imperial Court and happened to stumble upon the newly opened Muslim Delights Wedding Venue & Restaurant located on the ground floor and right at the back of the clubhouse.
Muslim Delights actually started out as a stall selling nasi padang, nasi briyani and Malay noodles. Their eatery/restaurant is located at 117 Upper Paya Lebar Road (nearest MRT station: Tai Seng). Now, they are one of Singapore’s most popular halal caterers and wedding service providers. In fact, they are probably most known for being the official caterer for Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah’s wedding which was held at Muslim Delights’ roof-top wedding venue at Luzerne Building in April this year.
Over here at their newest wedding venue and restaurant, they are having a special lunch/dinner buffet promotion at just S$10 nett per person. What a steal! This must be the cheapest halal buffet I’ve come across in Singapore!
The husband and I came by in the evening for dinner. There were only 5 other diners besides the two of us.
For a moment when I stepped into the restaurant, I felt like I was here to attend a Malay wedding. It wasn’t a huge wedding hall but it was a perfect size for an intimate private function.
So grand and pretty. I really loved those chandeliers, high back chairs and flowers. 🙂
The buffet spread was very small – in just a U-shape arrangement – but it had whatever we wanted and would order from a regular nasi padang stall like beef rendang, sambal goreng, chicken chilli padi, asam pedas, begedil, a DIY mee soto station, assorted pastries & dessert soup, cordials, coffee and tea.
Overall, food quality was average because the dishes were presented like a buffet reception meal. Some of the chafing dishes were half-filled. The long beans were over-cooked. The pastries were very dry. Quite typical traits of catered buffets. Taste wise, the food wasn’t exceptional but some dishes were rather tasty such as the beef rendang, sambal goreng and spicy chicken. The crispy fried salted fish was moreish. It was also the first time I had asam pedas made with stingray. Most of the dishes were more on the salty side.
We came by again the following week for lunch just to see if the spread might be any different. There was only one chicken dish (ayam masak merah) and three fish dishes (basically, batang or spanish mackerel done 3 ways – fried, chilli and asam pedas). It was really a fish-overload meal for me, lol but we didn’t mind because we normally don’t get to eat that much fish outside. For dessert, there was Bubur Cha Cha which was like the best I ever had.
While I don’t think this buffet is worth travelling to if you’re living at the other ends of Singapore, it’s definitely worth considering if you live in the vicinity as an alternative choice for nasi padang. After all, the price tag doesn’t hurt the wallet. Just don’t expect too much from it.
Service wise, there were only 2 staff around who were friendly and chatty. Do note this place is different from the typical buffet restaurant where service staff are quick to clear plates from your table, refill your glasses with water, bring your bill to your table etc. Everything here was pretty much self-serviced and casual. Again, don’t expect to be served like royalty. Nonetheless, we still had an enjoyable meal here – at least something different from our usual. 🙂
By the way, the service staff whom we last spoke to did inform that this buffet promotion might not last very long because the club’s management had requested them to serve ala carte instead of buffet. And the buffet wouldn’t be available too if there was a wedding or function going on so if you’re thinking of checking out the buffet, do give them a call beforehand at the number below.
Muslim Delights @ The Grassroots’ Club
190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Tel: +65 9633 0261
12.00pm to 3.00pm (buffet lunch)
6.00pm to 9.00pm (buffet dinner)