We were hunting around for food and we chanced upon this outlet.
The hotel basement carpark is pathetic with approx 30 lots so you may want to park on the URA lots outside the hotel.
The spread was disappointing at first glance but hold and behold, the dishes pack some surprises.
The laksa is above average seeing how Katong Laksa orginated in this part of east Singapore. The seafood porridge was acceptable, the satay beehoon was good.
So much for the live-cooking area, the cooked area of mainly Peranakan dishes bringing out the “古早” taste and memories of old granny cooking. I would say the buffet price of $42 per pax is a litte steep but factoring in the discount of 3-pay-1-free promo, it is acceptable.
The final item to commendate this outlet is the EXCELLENT service from the waiting staff. Plates are cleared and ice-water replenlished with tip-top attention for each customer. Recommend fellow HGW friends to give this outlet a try.
The signature dishes were not being served. i brought my parents there because the website shows mee siam .kueh pie tee and rojay. There was also no oysters. Even the peranakan signatures like buah kulah was not being served.
The spread is really pathetic. I really feel apaologetic to my entire family for bringing them to this place
Full Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant review here
Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant is a heritage buffet that celebrates the best of traditional Peranakan cuisine by serving up a mouthwatering spread that changes daily amid old-school, traditional settings. Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant used to have a much wider selection of international food available, but they have since narrowed their focus to Peranakan cuisine with a smattering of fresh seafood. Personally, I think it's a good move, because there are much better buffets with an international offering, but few that specialise in Peranakan cuisine.
The cooked food at Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant revolves mainly around traditional Peranakan dishes. There is a good variety of cooked food available for the buffet. However, the fast-paced demands of the buffet concept means the food uses a lot of mass-produced, commercialised ingredients and cooking methods, resulting in a lack of authentic taste. Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant also has a wide spread of traditional desserts, as well as bottles of traditional sweets and biscuits.
The restaurant projects a traditional Peranakan vibe, with table settings and staff uniforms reflecting the theme.
I went there on a wednesday evening (2/1/2013). Waiters nearby provided very prompt and excellant service. We were seated very shortly and they did provide anything we needed quickly (e.g. a washing bowl after eating prawns and crabs).
The sashimi was behind a counter and we had to speak to the chef to ask for portions. The salmon, tuna sashimi and oysters were very fresh, and I went back for a few more servings. I don't normally eat Octupus sashimi, but it tasted pretty good.
I came back to the seafood buffet section many times, with the chilled crabs (slightly small, but fresh), mussels, and prawns catching much of my attention for the evening. The number of prawns and crabs I peeled and cracked that day...
I found the peranakan section of warm food not bad, but I was focused on the seafood for most of the night, lol. Crabs ran out halfway, but were promptly replenished.
I did take some of the oyster mee suah and laksa from my friends (didn't want a full serving as I'd be too stuffed then), and they tasted pretty good. The chef made them on the spot. The variety of tempura was something that I'd recommend too.
Dessert was mainly the durian pengat for me, though I did try most of the other cakes. The durian cake was average for me though, as were most of the other desserts like mango pudding. Didn't have space for the ice cream and asian desserts sadly. The sweet thing was that they provided some of the old sweets that we used to have while we were young in containers there.
Overall, its a great place for dinner, but I doubt if I'd go without my 30% discount voucher that night. Its normally $42 per adult before discount.
Great ambience, lovely seafood, impeccable service. My only qualm is the slightly steep price (for me, though you may feel otherwise) and dessert selection that can I think can be improved upon.
Will try it again some day!
For the price of $40+ per pax, I'd go ahead and say that this is pretty lousy value for what it costs. There are much better buffets out there for the same price.
The seafood counter comprised of scallops, mussels and prawns. Scallops were dried out, so were the mussels. The sashimi and oysters are behind a manned counter, so it makes it a bit annoying to keep going back for seconds. The sashimi is not fresh, though the cut I was served was good, I asked for a two-pax portion, and it was actually only enough for one. The oysters per serving is 2-3, and they are rather skinny oysters. It was reasonably fresh... but small. They serve the sashimi and oysters on small plates, that's how they control portion size. Annoying.
The laksa is good, freshly cooked by the lady behind the counter.
The rest of the cooked food is forgettable. The selection is tiny.
The desserts selection is also tiny, its only saving grace being the durian pengat.
What I do like is that this is not a crowded place - although going back for seconds for the oysters and sashimi is a bit of a hassle, the fact is there is no queue at all is a massive saving grace.