Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 22:30
Sun: 11:00 - 14:30
Sun: 18:30 - 22:30
Located on the 2nd floor of Lion City Hotel, The Happy Restaurant serves Chinese cuisine.
Came here for the ala cart lunch buffet with my family and it was a good dinning experience!
This restaurant dated back to the 1960s and has undergone major renovations (according to my parents). It is now quite spacious, well lighted though you could still see some signs of its vintage and history on the wall and doors!
For the ala carte buffet, you could order from a menu of 40 items (but some items could only be ordered once such as the shark fins soup which was average, peking duck - ok but the meat was a bit hard), where others you could order as much as you can try.
The menu has a good spread covering meat, fish, vegetables, noodles/rice, ssoup, eafood etc. As for the deesets, they serve ice cream, green bean soup, agar agar jelly and chin chow drink where you can help yourself at the self service counter.
Among the dishes we have ordered, we felt the following were good - black pepper beef (well marinated and meat was tender), black pepper prawns (quite fresh though the size of the prawns was inconsistent with some big and some very small), salad prawn (with mayonnaize and wasabi sauce and fruit cocktail, very nice), coffee and jin dou spare ribs (very nicely marinated and cooked), deep fried fish (very fresh and well done), deep fried kailan with pork floss (a unique dish but was very nice and tasty), Chicken stir fried with Yam. The other dishes were average.
However, an area for improvement was the tea they serve. We ordered the Chrysanthemum Tea, which was tasteless and bland like plain water (though we could see the Chrysanthemum inside the tea pot). We have feedback to the staff but when they refill the tea, it was still the same! Perhaps they could put in more or better Chrysanthemum Tea Leaves with more sugar added. (This was the only drawback we could find)
Service was good! Our tea was refilled promptly and used dishes were cleared fast too. Staff were polite and will apologize should the dishes took a while to come (though it was not long in waiting, honestly) Unlike other chinese ala carte restaurants where you will have to wait quite a while before your dishes were served, the waiting time here was very short and reasonable! Staff also came a few times to ask if we would like to have more orders. In total, we ordered 33 dishes in our 2.5 hrs dinning.
Overall it was a good and delightful dinning experience and we have tried most dishes and found that most were consistently good! We will come back again to try the buffet dinner in the near future!
Currently, they have a promotion whereby 5 diners pay for the price of 4. Considering the number of dishes and their quality, it is worth and good dinning experience! Senior Citizens also have special discounts too.
24 May 2010 Lunch
Went for the Dim Sum buffet. Was pretty good overall.
Setting: Overall ok, but not important anyway since not there to look at the scenery.
Food: Generally decent, although if you are particular about food, some of the items could have been done better. Overall, good except for some dishes such as for the skin of some of the dumplings which were a bit thick and rough.
Value: So so. The food is only good, not excellent, and twenty bucks is not very cheap compared to the other restaurants out there.
Service: Surprisingly good. Ususally these kind of traditional chinese restaurants end up with those cannot-make-it PRC waitresses. This is not the case there.
Overall: Decent, maybe good.
Stepping into Happy Restaurant, I took to the classic old skool Chinese regalia it was dressed in.
Happy Restaurant proffers a smorgasbord of dim sum items all day long. Other than the old favourites, it has a few unusual dim sum items on the menu as well.
Char Siew Sou ($2.80 for 3) - Sweet and savoury charsiew encased in flaky slight crisp crust. Ooh, heavenly!
Chee Cheong Fun with Prawns ($3.80 for 3), Cheong Fun with Scallops ($3.80 for 3), Steamed Scallop Dumplings ($3.80 for 3) - Love the fresh and succulent prawns and scallops!
Steamed Crystal Crabmeat Dumplings ($3.80 for 3) - There's a luxury of shredded crabmeat within the dumpling and it was a delight to my tastebuds with every bite (2 to be exact. Chomp, chomp and it was gone).
Siew Mai ($3.50 for 4), Har Kow ($3.50 for 4), Chicken Claws ($2.80) - They are palatable, to be fair, but because the bar is raised high for these ubiquitous dim sum items and I've had better fare at more polished restaurants. Hence, they are in this category.
Steamed Prawns with Beancurd ($3.50 for 3) - Hm...passable dish. My mum can cook a similar dish better but then again, my mum's a pretty good cook.
Deep Fried Taro Puffs ($2.80 for 3), Deep Fried Spring Rolls ($2.80 for 3), Fried Seafood Dumplings ($3.40), Shanghai Dumplings ($3.50) - Well, deep fried stuff. It gets blasé after a few bites and honestly, these are rather unimpressionable.
The Not So Good
Steamed Spare Ribs with Bean Sauce (3.20) - My mum's taste better! And there are more fats than meat in the piece I ate. Disappointing!
Fried Beancurd Rolls with Shrimps ($3.20 for 3) - This is not crispy and instead soaked in oil. I didn't really taste the shrimps.
What we didn't order:
Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken ($3.50), BBQ Pork Buns ($3.20), Steamed Custard Buns ($3.20), Pan Fried Radish Cake ($2.60), Egg Tarts ($2.80), Century Egg Porridge ($1.80), Chee Cheong Fun with charsiw ($3.60)
Service wise, the waitresses are courteous and helpful. My mum was making a passing comment under her breath that the Fried spring rolls tasted of being deep fried too many times and the restaurant manager serving us immediately apologised when he caught it and offered to change a new dish for us although half the plate was gone. Everyone was impressed with the level of service provided. However, one word of caution is to check the bill as we were charged for omitted wet towels. I'd think that it was an honest mistake. Maybe the waitress on duty forgot to lay them out on the table.
True to its name, it was an enjoyable meal and we left the restaurant a happy family.
*Apparently, the restaurant serves dim sum buffet from Mon-Sat. I'm not sure on the exact timing though. :)
24 August 2007 : I came here with GL, JT, EW & RZ for dinner. We made a reservation. The restaurant was already filling up fast when we arrived at 7pm. There was also a function going on in the function room.
There was 2 soups in the steamboat - ordinary chicken stock soup & Tom Yam soup. I drank only the tom yam soup. It was lovely... just with enough kick without making me break out in a sweat or get a runny nose.
The highlight of the meal was the roast duck and salmon sashimi platter =o)
the roast duck was tender, tasty and the gravy on top of the duck was not salty. I had 3 plates of salmon sashimi - lovely!