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2013-04-07 770 views
Was around the newly refurbished SAFRA Toa Payoh for a team bonding session and noticed the interesting ala carte buffet lunch menu offered by Tim Palace. The husband and I decided to give it a try as we found the price to be fairly reasonable ($24.80++ for weekdays and $26.80++ for weekends). For the reader’s info, SAFRA members are entitled to an additional 10% off the total bill The variety of dishes served is impressive - a total of 50 dishes ranging from appetizer, soup, mains and desser
The variety of dishes served is impressive - a total of 50 dishes ranging from appetizer, soup, mains and desserts! However, do note that some dishes (the more high value ones) are limited to one serving only. Overall, the food quality is not bad considering the price and the portions are relatively small, giving you more tummy space to try out other dishes. Service wise, we feel that there are still rooms for improvement. Severs were not attentive (we had to gesture almost 3-4 times before they refill our pot of tea) and food was served out quite slowly (we even wanted to cancel our last order as they took almost 30 mins to serve our last dish which was Sambal Clams).
1) Steamed Sea Base with Plum Sauce
The sea base is fresh and cooked to perfection, a hallmark of every good Chinese restaurant.
2) Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat
Although it tasted pretty much like the typical Shark’s Fin Soup served in other restaurants, this is one, if not, the most high value item in the menu that everyone should order. The restaurant definitely did not cut corners on this as evident by the amount of ingredients used. 3) Lamb Stew in Pot
The lamb stew was soft and tender without the usual gamey flavours of lamb meat. Simple dish of lamb meat, carrots and radish well prepared! 4) Pork Loin Orange Sauce
Similar in taste to Hainanese Pork Chop, this dish is appetizing and refreshing. T he pork is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Disappointments
1) Drunken Prawn in Herbal Soup
Was quite disappointed in the soup as I found it to have added too much MSG and lacking the natural sweetness of the prawns. However, the prawns are fresh and succulent. Just order this purely for the high value item - live prawns.
2) Braised Baby Abalone with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
The abalone was really small and overcooked, resulting in a rather tough texture that was hard to swallow. Again, order this purely for the seemingly high value item – Abalone. 3) Beef Steak with Brown Sauce
We found to beef to be too salty for our liking and was tough and dry. And as the previous two dishes, order this purely because it is limited to one serving. In all, this was a fairly decent meal that’s worth the money less the waiting time for food to be served.