Kuishin Bo, The authentic Japanese buffet restaurant.

IMG_6118The first time that I heard of this place was my first year in University. My seniors were buzzing about heading down for some Japanese buffet. And so four years later, I finally stepped foot into one of its outlets in Great World City. It was my birthday and its always dated near Mothers’ Day. So we had to make do with outdoor seating. 
IMG_6109The main attraction of the buffet is the seafood spread. Raw sashimi, sushi and maki, customers will be able to choose from a wide array of dishes. IMG_6063My favourite picks from the seafood spread: The cold king crab, the fresh sweet salmon slices and the scallops. I would love
IMG_6089Dessert lovers would be excited when they set their eyes upon the counter dedicated entirely to desserts of various cultures, from eclairs, to scones, to Japanese traditional cakes. A pity that my tummy was way too filled with seafood that I couldn’t appreciate the desserts properly. IMG_6102The restaurant boasts special promotions and brings in special traditional dishes from different provinces of Japan. The seafood spread is definitely the main draw of the restaurant but other than that, I personally find the buffet price maybe a little too expensive and not worth the food that is offered.

Kushinbo
Great World City #02-41A/42
1 Kim Seng Promenade 
Singapore 237994
Tel: 6836 5877
Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11.30am-3.00pm daily
(last round 2.30pm)
Dinner: 5.30pm-10.00pm daily
(last round 9.30pm)

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Five and Dime.

IMG_6132Nestled in the midst of the urban housing of River Valley Road, Five and Dime is at least 15 minutes away from the nearest MRT Station, Somerset. Yet, this eatery is not lacking in patrons on a late Saturday morning. Couples, friends and even non-locals are familiar faces among the crowds here to have their bellies filled with brunch. The setting is a two-storey shophouse that exudes a cosy and homely ambience. If you do get the chance to visit the second floor, you would be surprise to find an actual table tennis table right smack in the middle of the room. This extraordinary table does not only have decorative purposes but serves as a dining table for the customers. This peculiar interior might cut back on the eatery’s seating capacity but as a result, it provides opportunities for different groups of patrons sharing the table to interact. Not really a Singaporean custom, but the foreigners are often the ones to start the ball rolling.
IMG_6125Eggs Benny (Poached eggs on warm brioche with smoked ham, mesculun greens, breakfast potatoes and fruit salad): Personally, I felt that cured ham is far more superior than mere smoked ham in an eggs benedict as the taste level would be far more complicated with the hollandaise sauce and runny yolk. In addition, they could be more generous with their serving of hollandaise sauce. The eggs benny would definitely be more wholesome and stronger in flavour. But for its pricing, the eggs benny is definitely worth its price. You get what you pay for right?

wBig Breakkie (Choice of scrambled or sunny side up eggs with pork bacon, chicken chipolata sausages, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and thick toast): Nothing can go wrong with pork bacon and scrambled eggs, tasty essentials for a big breakfast. But I’m usually picky at brunch dishes. So things like soggy mushroom turns me off. According to Gordon Ramsay, the chef has definitely boiled the mushrooms, instead of sauteeing them with a fire that’s too low. And baked beans is just too weird for a typical Singaporean having brunch.

Overall, this eatery scores well with its service and interior design. However, its menu and food quality might lose out to competitions in the same industry. I am sure foodies such as Singaporeans are willing to pay the extra dollar for much better brunch. With its inaccessibility to top it all up, I’m sure I won’t be visiting Five and Dime anytime soon.

Five and Dime 
297 River Valley Road
Singapore 238338
Opening Hours: 
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am – 10pm
Serving Time:
Lunch (Mon – Fri) : 12pm – 5pm
Brunch (Sat – Sun) : 10pm – 3pm
Dinner : 6pm – 9.30pm*
Supper: 10pm – 11.30pm*