Hubby the fanboy wanted to check out Paradigm Infinitum‘s new branch at Fusionopolis, that’s how we ended up here one Saturday.
Having moved from International Business Park, the ever popular Penang Place buffet restaurant is still packing the crowds in. Despite its cavernous interior, the restaurant was full house when we came here for Saturday lunch. Thank goodness we had made reservations in advance, otherwise we might not have scored a table.
Warning: Plenty of photos ahead! Descriptions will be short and sweet to avoid being long-winded.
The buffet is sectioned into: fresh salads (including Penang fruit rojak), hot starters, hot mains, noodle stations, cold desserts and kuehs.
The nasi lemak was just ok. Didn’t find the rice particularly fragrant. The condiments were average. Rather unusual to find hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp floss) and boiled lady’s fingers as part of the condiments. But I liked the hae bee hiam very much.
Here’s the noodle station. Items are sometimes rotated, but I think the iconic Penang assam laksa is a permanent fixture.
Penang assam laksa is DIY. Printed instructions are provided (in English) for the clueless.
We started with some fried stuff. Oh, how I miss lor bak! The version here was almost as good as what we had in Penang. Thickly filled, the Choon Piah (spring roll) was pretty satisfying too. A pity there were no prawn fritters.
The chicken satay is simply awesome! The well-marinated meat was very fragrant, tender and juicy!
Unlike our local version, the spice paste for this otah tastes more like Thai green curry. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t our cup of tea.
It’s so fun DIY-ing your own rojak because you can choose to put whatever ingredients you like into it! I used everything that’s available: cucumber, jicama, pineapple, guava, starfruit, and green mango. It’s very appetising!
Here’s probably the most popular dish in the house. It’s fried in small batches to maintain freshness. And when it arrives at the buffet table, waiting
vultures diners descend upon it. In moments, it’s gone!
I only managed to score a plate towards the end of our meal. Tasty and well-seared, this is a definite must-try!
Much as we love Penang food, hubby and I have never really taken to assam laksa. If you enjoy laksa assam, you’ll be pretty satisfied with this version. I much prefer the Penang Hokkien mee, which is similar to our Singapore prawn noodle soup.
The curry chicken is adequately rich and spicy. Baguette slices are provided for soaking up all that delicious curry gravy.
Intensely flavored and fork-tender, the beef rendang was delish! The braised duck with sea cucumber was also quite nice.
By this time, hubby and I were already very full, but we just couldn’t resist the colorful kuehs.
See that golden fritter on the right? Grab it if you see it! This cempedak fritter is another hot item, and it’s really really scrumptious!
This steamed glutinous rice kueh is also worth a try, especially with the fragrant home-made kaya.
We also tried other cold desserts like mango pudding and gui ling gao but I think you can afford to skip those.
By now we were nearly bursting at the seams, so we passed on ice kachang but managed to squeeze in one final chendol. It was worth it!
The next time we come here, these will be the items we will attack first:
- Fried kway teow
- Chicken satay
- Lor bak
- Beef rendang
- Fried cempedak
- Pulut tai tai
Dishes are regularly rotated, but popular items like fried kway teow, rojak, assam laksa, and chendol are probably available daily.
What we enjoyed about this buffet is that the items tasted very fresh, and most of them were decently executed. Seating is spacious, and the wait staff were efficient in clearing away our plates. I’d highly recommend this place to anyone who’s looking for a decent and reasonably priced Penang cuisine buffet.
But we won’t be coming back in the near future, because this building has no baby changing rooms. Yes, now that I have a baby in tow, we prefer destinations with baby-friendly amenities. It’s a real hassle to change baby’s diapers without proper facilities!
Given the fact that there are a few enrichment centres for young children in Fusionopolis — which means there will be families with young children who come here — shouldn’t the management incorporate more child-friendly amenities in the building?
We paid S$26.90++ per adult (for Saturday lunch price). A detailed price list is available on their website (see below).
1 Fusionopolis Way
Tel: +65 6467 7003
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
The images in this post were shot with Sony NEX-C3 with SEL1855 lens (on loan from Sony Singapore).