The Place We have been to many international buffets around but when it comes to Penang buffets, not many restaurants offer a pure range of Penang food in their spread, which got us quite excited when we learnt about Princess Terrace café. Located in Copthorne King’s Hotel along Havelock Road, Princess Terrace has certainly been around for a longer time than me. This is the restaurant’s 44th anniversary and the Head Chef Lim Por Tit is dishing out 15 new Penang dishes for a limited period of time. The range of accolades received by Princess Terrace is quite a feat, from Best Buffet by Wine and Dine Singapore to the recent AsiaOne’s People’s Choice Awards 2013 Top 3 Buffet Restaurants.
The Food It was refreshing to see the range of authentic Penang cuisine in the buffet spread instead of the usual Japanese Sashimi or Wagyu Beef at other buffets. Chef Lim Por Tit is from Penang and has been with the restaurant for the past few years, which left us no doubt on the authenticity of how much more Penang the food here could be.
The range of new dishes include the likes of Kerabu Chicken, Inche Kabin (Penang style Fried Chicken), Slipper Lobster, Sweet and Sour Pork Rib, Tow Yu Bak, Wok-fried Vegetarian Vermicelli, Sweet and Sour Pork Rib. The Perennial Favourites such as Hokkien Prawn Mee Soup, Char Kway Teow, Duck Mee Sua, Pig’s Stomach Soup, Popiah, Kueh Pie Tee, Nyonya kueh and so much more. We could not even finish trying all the food at the end of our meal.
We spotted a self-service Rojak station where you can customise and make your own version.
We love Penang curry, especially if there are prawns. Teh Tarik is definitely one of our favourite comfort drink, which was offered as part of the Penang buffet.There are live stations where the friendly chef would dish out your favourite noodles such as the Hokkien Prawn Mee Soup, Char Kway Teow, Duck Mee Sua and Kway Teow Thng. I liked the size of the portions, which was not too filling so that I could try more dishes.
The Hokkien Prawn Mee Soup had a rich broth, with extremely fresh prawns.
The Penang laksa was well done to the right level of spice with a thick broth.
I am a big fan of the Kueh Pie Tee. Check out the nicely made Popiah as well.
Satay lovers should not miss out on this.
One of my favourite dishes of the night was the Penang Char Kway Teow, which could rival the taste of the version I had in Penang few years back.
Clockwise from left: Tow Kwa Pok, Char Kway Teow, Wok-fried Vegetarian Vermicelli.
I have to specially mention the Inche Kabin (Penang style Fried Chicken), which was prepared with belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste).
Clockwise from left: Inche Kabin (Penang style Fried Chicken), Slipper Lobster, Sweet and Sour Pork Rib, Mushrooms, Fried Egg.
Seriously, we had to imagine we had a separate dessert stomach at this point. Penang desserts probably has one of the most interesting flavours. Chendol and Ice Kacang fans could rejoice with the self-service station here.
The Penang version of Pancakes, which Singaporeans should be very familiar with. Feel free to let the staff know if you would like to add more peanut!
So crispy!And last but not least, our mum’s favourite has got to be Nyonya kueh.There was a wide variety such as the traditional Apom Bokwa (pancake with banana sauce) and Ang Ku Kueh.
Rants The buffet lunch is $46.80++ and dinner is $51.80++ for adult, which we found to be on the high end for buffets. The restaurant could definitely be placed at a more competitive edge if there are dining promotions, especially because Penang buffet is such a niche segment of buffets in Singapore.
Will I return again? My mum has been wanting to try an authentic Penang buffet and I guessed it is about time to bring her to try Princess cafe. And in case you are wondering, this is not an excuse for me to try the rest of the food which I have missed out this visit. Just saying.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore
403 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169632
Tel: +65 6318 3168
12pm – 2.30pm (to 3pm on weekends and public holidays)
6.30pm – 10pm (6pm to 10pm on weekends and public holidays)