Baby Ng •
17 May 2010 • 18 reviews • 0 follower
My husband and I have been hunting for places to eat near our home, other than the usual vivocity, where parking and traffic is an absolute nightmare particularly during weekends. Plus, it is no fun fighting the crowds and queuing up for tables when we have a two-year-old in tow. Blooie's at Science park is always a good choice given that it is never too crowded and there is ample parking close by. But there is only so many times you can eat at a restaurant before you get bored.
So it was with some excitement when we found out about Sun Asian Bistro. We had high hopes for the place, after reading the reviews for the food, and seeing how professional-looking the website was. And since there was a 1-for-1 set dinner promotion by HSBC, we thought it was a good opportunity to check out the restaurant last Friday.
Reached there about 7.15pm. Free parking at NUS, so there was a plus point. The deco looked quite nice, so we were pretty pleased. Service staff was competent. The place wasn't very crowded, and there was a baby chair for my girl. So far so good.
We saw the set menu for the 1-for-1 promo. You can choose between Yakitori chicken or ocean crunch platter (essentially mix of fried stuff). The set came with soup of the day and tea/coffee, for $23.80. The main courses wasn't in the ala-carte menu. We were about to order it when I noticed there was another set dinner for $11.80 that came with soup of the day, tea/coffee and dessert of the day. What 1-for-1??? It is essentially double the price of a set dinner, and call it 1-for-1!! Really bad impression. I don't understand why restaurants would want to offer such promotions if they are not sincere about it.
Anyway, my husband and I decided to order the 1-for-1 anyway, despite it being essentially "normal price". Then the waitress told us that both of us had to order the same item, instead of 1 different main course each.
Sigh, we gave up and ended up ordering ala-carte. We had fish and chips and alio olio pasta. To be frank, the food was decent and the price was reasonable for the portions they served. Service was also ok. It was not crowded and parking was free. Plus, it was close to where we stayed. In summary, it could have been a perfect regular hangout for us during weekend nights, where we don't have to jostle for parking space and crowds while dragging alone a two-year-old.
However, the dishonest promotion left a sour taste in our mouth. It would have been better if they didn't offer the promotion in the first place. It explains the relatively good ratings for the individual categories, but poor overall rating. Perhaps Hungrygowhere should have a rating category for honesty.
Seems like we are going to be stuck with Blooie's for a while.