05 Feb 2013 • 5 reviews • 0 follower
We came here on a groupon which we paid $12.50/pax for the steamboat buffet which only came with the basic. We needed to add on $9/pax if we wanted flower crab and prawns etc.. which we did. We did not mind paying the extra just to get a taste of what the full menu will be. For starters it normally cost $24.9++/pax for the steamboat buffet.
The owner and chefs are chinese and introduce a few cold dishes from their hometown in the menu. It is located along the busy Outram Rd along the stretch of Tiong Bahru pau. I had my expectations sky high upon reading the reviews earlier but i was dissapointed. The ambience was casual and family kind. They had a variety of sliced pork, beef, yong tau foo stuff, veg and 4 kinds of soup namely pork bone, ma la, tomato, mushroom.
Steamboat is so easy to do at home so for a restaurant like this to differentiate themselves they need to have gd ambience, good soup base,variety, fresh and good quality food which PWX was desperately lacking. Checked with the staff if the pork and lobster balls were frozen, did not even bother ordering when they said yes. Seriously guys, u have 3 "chefs" in the kitchen only to cut veg, unwrap frozen food, slice pork using machine and prepare cold dishes? Thats insult to the profession. The fish used was sutchi fish fillet...my goodness thats so cheap i see that all the time in Yes supermarket!! Prawns were frozen, totally lack freshness. Some of the lotus root and veg looked spoiled to me. The sauces were mediocre.. satay sauce don't taste like satay sauce.. seafood sauce wasn't good either. Plain water was charged at $0.40.. again that's so sly of f&b outlets to charge for tap water.
In total we paid about $22/pax for this meal, which was overpriced. I tried King Pot at ECP which serves excellent quality food, service and ambience but the price can be easily doubled. Personally i would splurge on quality than to waste calories on ready-made food from the supermarket. The only reason why i even bother to write the review is because of the warm service i felt from the staff, the auntie like my mother like that.. asking me this enough or not..that one enough or not.. really nice of her.