Maybe I'm Naive •
04 Jul 2010 • 279 reviews • 44 followers
This restaurant has been around for more than 12 years and is still going strong. Located at the side of the quiet Killiney Road, right on the ground floor of Orchard Grant Court Service Apartment, it serves the well known "Taiwan Porridge Buffet".
Came here with my family today for the buffet lunch. Its at $13.80++ per person (if it is on a weekday, its $11.80++). Base on the price we are paying and the variety of food served, it is considered good and value for money! The buffet started at 12pm and "officially ends at 2.30pm (though you can continue eating beyond this time with food being refilled constantly)!!!
The restaurant was almost full, mostly the senior citizens and the little children that formed the bulk of customers they have.
A total of about 20 side dishes were offered with the famous Braised Pig Trotters, Braised Chicken Feet, Salted Vegetables, Mui Choy with Pork Belly, Chilli and Onion Fried Egg, Braised Chicken, Fried Kang Kong, Stir Fried Cabbage with Mushrooms, Dolly Fish Fillet, Peanuts with Fried Ikan Bilis, Braised Egg, Tao Kee, Fried Been Hoon, Braised Peanuts, Salted Eggs, Braised Tofu etc together with the popular Porridge with Sweet Potato.
I like the home made chilli sauce, spicy and came with some sourness, which I suspect they added either lime or vinegar, which tastes very good on the braised items especially.
As commented by the previous reviewer that the food here was a bit bland and not with strong favour, I find them all right (perhaps I don't like too salty food) and may also due to the fact that their bulk of customers are the elderly and children and thus not advisable to make them too salty. Generally, the food were ok and decent.
They also served some pastries and cakes (among which the mango cake was good and must try, they also have chocolate and cream cake, nonya kueh ), tang yuan with peanuts (this was good, as the dumpling was big and fully filled with peanuts and the soup was not too sweet and came with ginger which was good to "drive off" the wind in the stomach). There was also a self service coffee and tea counter where you could help yourself with the beverages, besides the ice water being served.
Finally, was the fruits section, and the watermelon, pineapple, papaya and rock melon were extremely sweet naturally.
Service was good as staff were polite and prompt to clear used plates and utensils and also in refilling our water without request. In addition, the chefs were always seen refilling the food, something most cafes or restaurants will stop or limited to doing so after a certain time).
Ambience was quite cosy, well lighted with decored with plastic flowers and huge flower vases with authentic wooden furniture. They also played western music and oldies too which we have enjoyed.
Value for money, very good on the price paid and variety of dishes offered. However, if you are not a fan of Teochew or Taiwan Porridge, you may not find it suitable to your taste or worthwhile as most dishes here are cooked to blend well with the porridge.
As for us, we find its ok as the dishes offered here reminded us on home cooked food and porridge our grandmothers would prepare for us and that brought us fond memories!!!