Buffet under 20 dollars

My experience with buffet

My mom recently went for a thai buffet at Suanthai. Its completely Halal by the way. Here are the details:

There are 2 branches:
101 Killney Road
or Liang Court B1-03.
Lunch (Daily): $16.90++ per person/child $9.00 (4-10 years)
Dinner (Mon-Thurs): $18.90++ per person/child $10.00
Dinner (Fri-Sun), eve of public holiday and public holiday: $19.90++ per person/child $11.00

You can choose to add $1.50 for free flow of pineapple fried rice. Or add $1.99 for free flow of iced lemon tea. There are 28 dishes to choose from, 5 of which can only be ordered once.

My recommendation is to add the $1.99 for free flow of iced lemon tea because you would most obviously get thirsty and since its free flow, might as well just add. The rice is not worth it because its extremely filling, so you might not be able to eat much of other dishes.

Oh and by the way, though the price for dinner is more expensive, you don’t exactly get MORE DISHES. Its the same amount of dishes, just because dinner is more crowded I think. (which doesn’t make sense I know)

Here are some pictures of the place so you can judge the ambience:

restaurant

restuarant

restaurant

I didn’t go for the buffet but from the pictures, I think it looks mostly like a home more than a high class posh restaurant. My mummy said that it felt like they didn’t turn on the air conditioner. It was like hot or maybe slightly below room temperature.

I know that your supposed to like SAVE THE EARTH! SAVE ELECTRICITY! and set the air con to like a certain temperature. But if your environmentally friendly, you shouldn’t even install air cons right? So since you install already, you should at least set it at a comfortable temperature, not where it feels like nothing at all. Might as well don’t turn on. CHEY. hahaha

But I guess the ambience is not bad because not many people go. HAHAHA.

dipping sauce
Thai Dipping Sauce

This isn’t exactly a sauce to go with any particular dish, its just something you can dip in if you feel the food doesn’t have enough flavour I guess. Its a sweet sauce and tastes not bad (according to my mummy) so yea, just dip away? haha

Something that you can dip the sauce with is…

spring roll
Thai Spring Roll

According to my mummy, the spring roll is not bad, its filled with the usual veggies like shredded carrots and who knows what. haha. But this goes extremely well with the thai dipping sauce. The sauce brings out the flavour of the spring roll. So make sure you eat the spring roll with the sauce!

green mango salad
Green mango salad

This is what my mum said, verbatim. “Its ok, got balachan taste.” HAHAHA. So yea, I guess its pretty spicy and guessing from her review it shouldn’t be that fantastic.

If you want to eat salad, my mummy preferred…

pomelo salad
Pomelo Salad

My mummy preferred this one to the green mango salad. It has alot of dried mini prawns (hay bee hiam) and yea hay bee hiam is kind of my mothers favouritest thing and it was also coupled with alot of onions! Which is also my mummy’s favourite. So combined together its not that bad.

However, it was extremely spicy! It wasn’t nice if they didn’t add the chilli. And the pomelo wasn’t sour so yea, I guess its not that bad.


*Thai style chicken satay

Theres a star star beside the name because this one you can only order once. And as with all clever food schemes, the only reason why you can order this once is because…

IT TASTES NICE! The meat was very tender and tasty as well. Of course the serving doesn’t come with just one satay, my mummy was too busy being a pig to take a picture of it before eating. hahaha. But I guess that goes to show how nice it was right? This one is a MUST ORDER! (though only once)

fish fillet
Steamed fish fillet in soy sauce

The fish as you can see is not exactly a whole fish but shredded. I guess they did this so that it can be boneless and you can happily eat it without fearing that you may choke on the fish bones and die or something. HAHA.

But I guess it wasn’t very skillfully cut, more like they pinched the fish meat up and shredded it that kind. But my mummy said it was not bad. The sauce was very nice (though I wonder how great can soy sauce be). But yea, this dish is worth ordering as well. One of the non spicy dishes.


Stir fried mixed vegetable with oyster sauce

This dish was pretty normal, like something you can whip up at home with any other vegetable. The vegetables included are like green peppers, carrots, onions and tofu.

So it was like you add all these veggies to a pan and throw in some oyster sauce and cook it. Pretty ordinary, nothing exceptionally WOW. Its just so-so.

kailan
Thai baby kailan with salted fish

My mom said this one was normal. Yes, just this one word. (I think all my family members hate describing food and their tastes. I must be like the pickiest eater. HAHA) Well, I think vegetable dishes are often extremely ordinary. Because veggies are supposed to be plain and not like overdone and all that.

But you should order veggies because it reduces the sins of eating all those other evil fried stuff.

An example of an evil fried stuff..


Thai Fish Cake

As you can see the fish cake is oily. Haha. I mean it practically glistens in the flash light of my camera. Glistening food means OILY. Haha. entirely sinful.

But then not that sinful because it doesn’t taste sinful at all. Not that great as well. But a good accompaniment to the thai dipping sauce. So yea, a fish cakes a fish cake and a thai fish cake is still a fish cake. HAHA.

fish maw soup
Thai Style Fish Maw Soup with Chicken

My mummy didn’t like it. It tasted like tap water I think, very plain (which you probably can see from the picture right?). I mean some clear soups may look plain but is extremely tasty. This is not one of them. HAHA.

Another soup that is better worth trying is..

tom yum soup
Tom yum soup with chicken

I know this looks exactly like the soup above right? HAHA. BUT.. the taste is completely different ok!

Normally you imagine tom yum soup to be like reddish and really hot and spicy right? Apparantly, its a wrong misconception! Because tom yum also looks like this clear soup kind of soup! haha.

One of the correct assumptions though, is that the soup is spicy! Extremely spicy and tasty as well.

This soup comes in a different version as well. Instead of chicken, it comes with mixed seafood. So you can try the seafood one, I think it should be tasty because its one of those dishes that you can only order once. (:


Green curry with beef

Looks spicy? NOTTTTTT!! as in its NOT spicy, not that it doesn’t look spicy. Haha.

It looks pretty terrifyingly spicy but its actually extremely sweet and like diluted, like they didn’t put alot of coconut milk and they didn’t like boil the bones etc with the curry. So yea, it tastes like watered down curry. noooo good…


Beef with basil leaves

You can choose chicken, beef or beancurd with basil leaves. Obviously in terms of value for money, beef would be the best. Chicken is soso. Beancurd is totally for vegetarians. HAHA.

Anyway, this dish was very SALTY!! So yea, besides salt my mummy couldn’t taste anything else. Salty salty salty. Not worth eating and getting high blood pressure for nothing I guess.


Deep fried beancurd with Thai Sauce

This one was very sweet and though the skin of the beancurd looks extremely crispy, it wasn’t. Maybe because of the sauce poured over it. But then again, those done with skill would be extremely crispy even after dousing it with sauce.

So this wasn’t an extremely fantastic dish but if you like tofu you can order.

And now is my mom’s favourite dish…


*Chicken wrapped in pandan leaf

This was the best dish by a mile because it wasn’t too spicy, too sweet, too sour, too salty, too whatever. Basically, it wasn’t overwhelming in the taste as compared to the other dishes.

Thai dishes usually focus alot of flavours, so its usually either extremely spicy or has alot of spices flavour. This one was just nice. The pandan leaves were cooked for so long that when you tried to take it apart, it crumbles in your hand.

So the pandan leave taste manages to get into the chicken. The chicken was very tasty and nice and with a mild pandan flavour.

And yes, you can only eat this ONCE. BOO HOO HOO!! But its a must order because it tastes really nice.

The next few pictures are that of the dessert and fruit buffet. Its the only section of the buffet that you take yourself, the other dishes you have to order from the waiter.


Jelly


Jelly


Jelly


Red Ruby


Tapioca with coconut milk

Ok, the word that concludes this whole section is HORRIBLE.

The jellies were too sweet, the red ruby was too watered down, the tapioca was too hard, the coconut milk was too salty, the fruits were not sweet but sour. (probably not very ripe) What can I say? Substandard desserts. Horrible!

Ok, some of the other dishes that is not shown here are:
-Clear noodle salad
-Thai papaya salad
-*Tom yum soup with mixed seafood
-Chicken/beef/beancurd with cashew nut
-Panang curry with slice fish filet
-Lala (shellfish) with thai chilli paste
-*Boneless stuffed chicken wing
-Stir fried fish with chinese celery
-Deep fried fish filet with lemon grass and chilli
-Deep fried squid with butter sauce.

So still got quite alot of dishes that weren’t tried but I wouldn’t hold my hopes up for most of them except the boneless chicken wing, lala with chilli paste (only because I like lala) and the tom yum soup. The rest seems abit dubious to me. Haha.

Conclusion:

The buffet is more suitable for students or people looking for a buffet under $20. Its a good place for students to celebrate their friends birthday or some special occasion because the food isn’t exactly spectacular.

So when you celebrate with your friends then the food taste wouldn’t be that important. Cause your too busy chit chatting. Haha.

The food is ok for $20, in terms of variety. But in terms of taste its pretty lacking. For a buffet under $20 I would say 6/10?

Only because there are very few buffets under 20 in singapore and for the variety and I’m crediting the score heavily because of the pandan leaf chicken wing and the tom yum soup.

Definitely not a place for a date for adults la. So kiam siap (cheapskate). HAHA.