Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sakura International Buffet Restaurant @ Yio Chu Kang Stadium

Media tasting at the grand opening of Sakura International Buffet at the Yio Chu Kang outlet:

I used to patronize Sakura with my family and was expecting the concept at yio chu kang's outlet to be somewhat similar to the old one. I was thus pleasantly surprised by the revamp of their buffet menu and dining concept. As of now, their revamped menu is only available at the Yio Chu Kang outlet. 

From just $17.90++ (weekday lunches), you get to savour various cuisines around the world such as those from Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, France, Thailand, and more!

This renovated outlet is able to accommodate 200 diners. Tables are very wide and there is an accompanying pot for shabu shabu too.

I didn't get to try their shabu shabu but it is a good option for those who would like to have the best of both worlds. At this revamped outlet, you can have buffet & mini hot pot at the same time!

Wide variety of assorted sushi at the Japanese counter.

Good news for aburi sushi lovers, they serve them!

One of the cold dishes include the hiroshima oysters which are already shucked and they tasted fresh too. Their tataki bonito was a little fishy so I did not like it. Salmon sashimi also tasted fresh and they were neatly arranged in small serving bowls for the convenience of diners. 

American counter:
My favourite part of this counter was the free flow of nacho cheese!

Thai counter:
Although the variety was not impressive, it was acceptable at such a relatively affordable price. I managed to try their green curry chicken which tasted legit and also their green papaya salad. 

Highlights of the dinner buffet:
Their signature Portuguese bird nest egg tarts were freshly baked and they were so quickly wiped out. The egg custard was soft, smooth, and tasted more towards the sweet side while the crust was flaky. 

Free flow liu sha bao at a buffet? That's right! Their salted yolk custard bun was surprisingly yummy as I honestly wasn't expecting much from a casual buffet restaurant. The bun was soft and the skin was not too thick. Look at that flow of custard! 

For lunch, they only have the typical hokkien prawn mee. Dinner special includes the boston lobster and argentine red prawn hokkien mee as well as the hiroshima oyster omelette (aka ou jian). While the ingredients were fresh, there was definitely room for improvement. Hokkien mee tasted slightly charred but I liked that it was very moist and gooey. 

Last highlight for dinner: Whelk A La Bourguignonne (escargots). 

I was delighted to see a DIY counter here too!
Fancy some laksa or noodles soup? Create your own here! It is quite fun to do it by yourself and best part is you can add whatever amount of ingredients you like! I tried the laksa soup but found its texture to be too thick and slightly salty for my liking. Perhaps it was because there was not much soup left when I tried it.

Last but not least, check out the selection of desserts.
This is part of their dessert counter which features cakes, mochi, eclairs, durian/vanilla puffs.etc. They even have rainbow cake!

Haagen-daz lovers can rejoice because there is a haagen-daz counter serving molten chocolate lava cake! Their molten lava cake was warmed on the spot and served with a scoop of deliciously smooth and rich haagen-daz belgian chocolate ice-cream and topped with almond flakes and strawberry. The lava cake did not disappoint and this dessert had just the right level of sweetness for me. If my stomach had more space, I would have helped myself to a second serving.

Prices for lunch and dinner start from $17.90++ and $30.90++ respectively (adult prices) which are reasonable considering the variety of food items they offer.


Sakura International Buffet
Address: 210 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, Singapore 569777
Tel: 6754 8197

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