Penang Place @Suntec City
Previously located at Fusionopolis, this is the first time we are visiting Penang Place after they shifted to Suntec City. Just like the spacious outlet back at Fusionopolis, the new place has a sitting capacity of more than a hundred to live up to its buoyant business.
Helmed by Chef Alvin, this restaurant business was adventurously started after he left HP Singapore, where he worked as a chef. Penang Place’s thriving business can be attributed to its authentic quality, value-for-money buffet, and a defined business tagline that has been integrated into its legacy and belief.
The buffet at Penang Place is simple and comforting, with everything on the tables focused on Penang cuisine. Some of the highlights of the meal for us are:
Penang Fried Kway Teow
If there was only one dish you could indulge in, the Signature Penang Fried Kway Teow is definitely one of the top choices. The whiff of charred aroma is distinct, with savoury seasoning that brought out the authenticity of Penang fried kway teow flavour. A must try here. (Rating: 4.5/5)
Penang Prawn Noodle
The flavour of the broth was less intense this time round and that affected the overall taste a little. A solid broth acts as the pillar of a good prawn mee, and the prawn soup was just not memorable enough for us to go for a second bowl. (Rating: 3.0/5)
Compared to the Penang Prawn mee, the Penang Laksa was more palatable for us with its subtle, well-balanced flavours. (Rating: 4.0/5)
The Chicken Satay was well-seasoned, tantalisingly-glazed and grilled to a golden brown with a slight char. Do dip the skewers of meat into the inviting satay sauce for a more delectable bite. (Rating: 4.0/5)
The star of the show was definitely the Beef rendang, featuring tender beef meat imbued with the fragrance of rendang paste. The other dishes were generally average, nothing too exceptional worth a mention. (Rating: 4.4/5)
Salted Vegetable Duck Soup
The Salted Vegetable Duck Soup lacked a good balance between the preserved salted vegetables and the duck meat. The duck flavour was underwhelming, probably suppressed by the saltiness of the preserved vegetables. (Rating: 3.0/5)
Snacks and appetizer
Nugget, French Fries, Salted egg chicken
Fairly ordinary, you can afford to leave it unless you still have stomach capacity, or else give it a miss and you wouldn’t miss out much. (Rating: 2.5/5)
Fresh salads were available to balance the diets.
Always reserve some space for the range of the delectable desserts! One of our favourites was the kueh kueh made of different sweet potatoes. The aesthetically-pleasing exterior is the outcome of incorporating differently-coloured sweet potatoes – purple, yellow and orange. The fragrance and lovely texture will keep you coming back for more for this kueh kueh. (Rating: 4.5/5)
Other kueh kueh were worth a try as well, although nothing came close to our favourite – the sweet potato kueh.
Penang Place is a place you can turn your head to for value-for-money Penang food. Remember to save stomach room for the Penang Fried Kway Teow, Beef Rendang, Satay and Sweet Potato Kueh. These are the jewels on the crown in Penang Place.
* No pork, no lard. Meats are from Halal sources.
Adult Buffet (Prices as of Aug 2018)
Mon – Fri Lunch: $24.90++ Mon – Thur Dinner: $28.90++ Fri (Dinner), Sat, Sun, Eve of & on Public Holidays (Lunch & Dinner): $32.90++
Child Buffet (5 to 10 years old)
Mon – Fri Lunch: $15.90++ Mon – Thur Dinner: $16.90++ Fri (Dinner), Sat, Sun, Eve of & on Public Holidays (Lunch & Dinner): $18.90++