Lai Huat Signatures known for their sambal promfret has opened a new outlet at Telok Ayer area offering a wide range of Chinese food adopted from their Geylang outlet. Recently the outlet has launch an all you can eat a la carte buffet with around 20 delectable dishes, at $29.90 per pax.
Fish Maw Soup 2.8/5
Although it is an unlimited a la carte buffet, each table is given only one servicing of the following 5 items. 1) Signature Samba Fish, 2) Fishmaw Soup with Crabmeat, 3) Choice of either poached live prawns/cereal/salted egg prawns, 4) Choice of either chilli or black pepper crayfish and 5) Hokkien style Kong Bak Pau.
Salted Egg Prawns 3/5
We started with the Fish Maw Soup with Crabmeat which I thought was way too starchy. I also could not traced any crabmeat in it. For the prawn dish, we opted for the salted egg prawns. The flavours were there but the texture was kind of mushy. Definitely not the best I have eaten.
Hokkien Style Kong Bak Pau 3/5
For the Hokkien Style Kong Bak Pau, my dining partner felt that there was a slight sour taste in the pork belly while I thought it lacked the robustness of a good braising sauce.
Black Pepper Crayfish 3/5
For the choice of Chilli or Black Pepper Crayfish, we decided to try the black pepper version which has a fiery kick to the crustacean. Once again it's not the best quality but for the price I am not complaining much.
Sambal Promfret 4/5
The highlight goes to the Sambal Promfret that is topped with a geneeous servicing of aromatic sambal. The combination of the spiciness and crispiness was rather shiok. However some may find the fish meat on the dry side.
Prawn Paste Chicken 3.5/5
After trying the five standard items that will be served only once, we proceeded to order from the rest of the unlimited items. The Prawn Paste Chicken was juicy and had a nice exterior crispiness. If the prawn paste flavour could be stronger, it would be better.
Onion Omelette 3/5
Naibai Vegetable 3/5
The Onion Omelette and Naibai Vegetable were a comforting addition to the spread. They were decent but nothing much to shout about.
Hainanese Pork Ribs 2.8/5
I remembered reading from the menu the dish is called Hainanese Pork Ribs but it turned out to be pork chop instead. The pork chop was too lean and dry for my liking. Even the bread crumb was lacklustre.
Ginger Spring Onion Sliced Fish 3.5/5
One of the better dishes among the spread is the Ginger Spring Onion Sliced Fish. I enjoyed the lovely flavours of the spring onion and ginger coming together with the moist sliced fish for a delectable finish.
Singapore Beehoon 4/5
Wrapping up our meal at Lai Huat Signatures, we had the Singapore BeeHoon. Putting the controversy name aside, it actually quite flavour. It is like upgraded version of your morning breakfast with seafood.
I can't say the a la carte buffet is the best but for $29,90 per pax I think it is quite reasonable priced. Moreover if you are a bigger eater, you can eat to your content.
Lai Huat Signatures
23 China Street
Tel: +65 66363828
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line)
Daily: 1130am - 10pm
Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk down Cross Street towards Far East Square. Turn right onto China Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]