Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 21:00
Closed: Sun & PH
Located at the basement of NUS Staff Club, SUN Asian Bistro serves Asian and Western cuisine as well as offering event catering.
I visited the SUN Asian Bistro @ NUS two days ago for lunch. The bistro offers quite a few Asian and Western themed set meals around 9.90+ to 11.90+.
The service was quite good, we wanted the Western Meal Set but it wasn't available at first when we made our orders. They took the initiative to inform us that is was available again and ask if we would like to change our orders.
We had the 9.90+ Western Meal Set which consist of a soup of the day, a main course and dessert.
The soup has a nice texture, the flavour was alright and I like that there were bits of corn and potato in it. A slice of garlic bread was served along with it.
The Chicken Fajitas was very delicious. The fries wasn't oily and it was crispy. The fajitas has a well-seasoned, tender slices of chicken in it served with a mild spicy and tangy salsa which makes this an enjoyable dish.
A scoop of fragrant, milky Japanese Matcha Ice Cream served with a slice of biscuit wraps up the meal nicely.
This occured a extremely long time ago. So, some of the details may be a bit fuzzy.
Food: Very bad. It was some kind of cheap promotion deal where they offered a very cheap buffet for the muslims to break their fast on during their religious holidays. Basically, they wanted to draw in more customers to let them know about this place. However, apparently they thought that it would be an even better idea if they skim on the food to save cost. Sigh. Not sure why they think this is a good idea.
Value: Bad. Even though it was very cheap, the food was very low quality too (Because they used very cheap materials. Not because it is gross tasting or poisonous or anything like that).
Overall: Ok. Basically, I felt a bit conned. If they were just honest, and explained that it was going to be not that great because of the price, that would be cool. Go if you want. Don't go if you don't want. But they totally played it as if you came upon a great deal and they are taking a loss to get new customers. Come on, man. Be cool.
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.