Went to this place for lunch one fine working day and first impression simply didn’t gel with the quality of food here.
First impression was hmm… ordinary. Got the feeling that it’s a Peranakan Jack’s Place. Went round the buffet table and ok, not too bad a spread for a weekday lunch.
Being at a Penang makan place, of course I had to try the char kway teow, the Penang laksa and the chendol. These are after all the “die die must try” dishes when you are at Penang.
And oh boy, I must say that the char kway teow here is the most authentic Penang char kway teow that I’ve eaten in Singapore. It’s truly like having the same dish at Penang. Not oily, not spicy and don’t have too much of the black sauce that you find in normal char kway teow in Singapore. One helping is never enough of this good stuff.
The Penang laksa here is good but not as tasty as the ones that they serve at Chilli Padi. It doesn’t have the oomph that I was looking for – a bit bland and not enough of the prawn paste (heh koh).
Chendol chendol chendol – I always love the chendol that they serve in Malaysia because of the pandan jellies. The ones that they serve in Singapore are the dark green ones and has the plastic-like look that I never liked. The ones that they serve at Penang Place here are the same ones that they serve in Malaysia – light green and has that tinge of pandan taste. You basically have to make your own chendol (like all buffets). The red beans that they served here are the big ones (small kidney like), but since I am not a red beans person, I typically skipped that stuff. I had literally 2 full bowls of the chendol – just like the ones that they serve in Penang.
Don’t try the otah at this place – it simply does not taste nice. They attempt to make it like the Thai otah by steaming their otahs but the coconut simply overwhelms the otah.
I managed to squeeze 1 seasame chicken – I couldn’t taste much of the seasame but the chicken drumstick is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Since I am a small eater and I think I did very well by eating quite a fair bit, I wasn’t able to stuff any more of their food in. But am happy coz I had a taste of Penang here at home. Now I don’t have to fly to Penang any more to fulfill my char kway teow/chendol cravings. Overall, great but there are hits and misses. Just simply enjoy those that you love. 🙂
If you are not a buffet fan, they also have ala-carte dishes available, so you can always order from the menu.
Prices are reasonable – S$19.80++ for weekday lunch and S$21.80++ for weekday dinner. Add another S$2 if you are dining on Saturdays, Public Holidays eve nights and on Public Holidays.