It seems like we parents always love a good kid-friendly eatery... especially when it involves a sumptuous buffet selection AND a dedicated buffet section solely for KIDS!
Yes, I shared the a photo of Kuishin Bo's Kids Haven corner on our Facebook page a few weekends ago and the response probably said it all.
Re-opening again after Suntec City underwent a bout of renovation works, Kuishin Bo - the stalwart Japanese buffet brand - has made the third level of the new North Wing its home. In fact, it is located just opposite from its previous location.
More than just a normal Japanese buffet restaurant, and most definitely more than just its catchy trademark jingle, “Dong Dong Dong, 1, 2, 3", Kuishin Bo boasts a staggering line-up running the gamut from sashimi and sushi to yakitori and agemono (grilled and fried food)... enough to make the monkies go wild with excitement the moment they stepped inside the revamped restaurant.
Interior-wise, the restaurant looks brighter and more colourful, with a larger seating capacity. Thanks to the heavily usage of wooden furnishings, the mood is casual and vibrant, yet still retaining that cosy ambience.
And just in case you did not know, the monkies are huge fans of Japanese cuisine. So it was no surprise that they were (okay, me too actually) left in awe when they first caught sight of the Kuishin Bo buffet line which spanned across seven sections – Salads & Appetizers, Sushi, Sashimi & Seafood, Teppanyaki, Paper Hot Pot, Fried Food, Soups and Desserts.
Kuishin Bo sources for fresh imports such as Salmon Sashimi which is easily one of the most sought-after items in the entire buffet line-up. The salmon is imported from Norway weekly and descaled, filleted and despatched to the restaurant daily from its own central kitchen.
The sashimi is pretty decent, not the the best I have had but it was still fresh. The hot food counters fared better though, with the grilled Teppan Beef; Australian Angus Sirloin Beef, and barbecued Lamb Garlic Miso from the Teppanyaki counter being my many faves.
There was also a wide range of made-to-order items, including the paper hot pot which came with 4 different choice of ingredients of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetables. I also enjoyed the Oden, a dish consisting of several ingredients such as daikon, and processed fishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured broth - a bit like our yong tau foo.
Oh, and don't forget to have a bowl of the Ginseng Scallop Porridge as well. With a mild herbal fragrance and generous servings of scallops, the porridge was good enough for Ale to ask for second helpings!
Over 100 items to choose from and still want more? Say hello to Kuishin Bo's latest thematic food fairs showcasing gastronomic highlights from various regions in Japan. Changed quarterly, diners will now find over 20 seasonal items to indulge in; on top of the already extensive range of food!
This time, from now to 27 September 2015, the highlight is Kyushu region, the third largest island of Japan that encompasses seven prefectures including Okinawa, Miyazaki, and Kumamoto.
The slew of mouth-watering delicacies from Kyushu and Okinawa include Mentai Takana Chahan; a dish of fried rice with pickled mustard leaf, sesame seeds and cod fish roe that hails from the coastal prefecture of Kumamoto in Kyushu, Chicken Nanban; free-range chicken from Miyazaki prefecture in Kyushu that is deep-fried then garnished with a special tartar sauce, and Rafute; meltingly tender Okinawan comfort food of pork belly stewed in soy sauce and brown sugar.
But nothing, absolutely nothing, can prevent kids from gravitating towards this section in the restaurant.
Exclusive to Kuishin Bo Suntec City, the Kids Haven corner is filled with kids-friendly dishes such as Chicken Ragout Spaghetti, Chicken Karaage and Curry Cream Baked Rice against a backdrop of vivid-hued masks depicting well-known Japanese cartoon characters like Doraemon and Pikachu, while coloured lanterns and “sakura” flowers dangle overhead.
Best of all, the serving counters in this area are all designed at a child-friendly height so that kids will be able to help themselves to the wide array of food. Yes, even to the DIY ice kacang and popcorn too!
No wonder the monkies could not stop beaming.
And as if those were not enough to induce a sugar rush, the dessert selection will most certainly do the job!
Quite frankly, you should definitely save some of that stomach space if you are dining at Kushin Bo... because the range of assorted tarts, cakes, biscuits and sweets is just insane.
And don't even get me started on the Chocolate Fondue.
So it turned out I could not decide on which dessert to try. And I had no choice but to settle on the next best option in the end.
Stand-outs for me were the fragrant swiss rolls (earl grey, lavender and rose flavours!), konnyaku jelly and Peanut and Red Bean Mochi. Ayd, on the other hand, loved just about every sweet little treat I reckon.
As part of the thematic fairs, special events like mochi tsuki (rice cake pounding ceremony) and doughnut- making demonstrations will also be held every Saturday and Sunday, where customers are invited to try their hand at the activities and sample the delicious, freshly-made treats. Yes, even more sweet treats!
With so many items on offer, there were hits and misses when it came to the spread. But the sheer amount of choices definitely made up for it - in fact, I think I did not even manage to try every single item! The final say (or sound) though, belonged to the monkies who let out of burps of contentment at the end of it all.
So if you are looking for an eclectic variety of food when it comes to buffets, you got it at Kuishin Bo Suntec City.
CONGRATULATIONS to JiahÜi Lim for winning the Dinner Buffet for 2 adults and 2 children at Kuishin Bo, Suntec City! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on your prize redemption by 4 Sep 2015. Thanks!
Exclusive for my readers, Kuishin Bo will treating one family (2 Adults and 2 Children) to its Dinner Buffet* at Suntec City (worth up to $180)!
*NOTE: Buffet dinner is valid for redemption on Sundays to Thursdays only.
Giveaway ends on 26 August 2015, 2359 hours.
Kuishin Bo Suntec City
#03-334 Suntec City (North Wing, Tower 2), Singapore 038983
Tel: 6341 9200
Lunch: Daily, 11.30am-3pm (last round 2.30pm)
Dinner: Daily, 5.30-10pm (last round 9.30pm)
Family Affair: Sat & Sun, 11.30am-3pm
Afternoon Delight: Sat, Sun & PH: 3.30-5pm
Lunch: Mon - Fri $36.90++ per adult; $18.90++ per child | Sat, Sun, & PH $38.90++ per adult; $18.90++ per child
Dinner: Mon - Thu $54.90++ per adult; $18.90++ per child | Fri, Sat, Sun, PH Eve & PH $58.90++ per adult; $18.90++ per child
Family Affair - $84++ for 2 Adults & 1 Child | 2nd Child @ $12.00++
Afternoon Delight: $18.90++ per adult; $9.90++ per child
*Child pricing applies to children below 1.4m in height or 12 years and below only.
*Senior citizens 55 years and above receive 10% off adult pricing.
*60 Minutes Lunch: Check in and out of the restaurant within one hour to enjoy the lunch buffet at just $24.90++ per adult, on weekdays only.