went with my sis & b-i-l to tim palace @ SAFRA toa payoh to try out their ala carte semi-buffet on 24.11.2015.
buffet is S$25.80pax. the added attraction is S$5 discounts for SC aka senior citizens! ^^
there’s a S$2pax for water, tea & peanuts (S$2.50pax or more if other drinks). so it was S$22.80pax for 3 of us, S$27nett each.
tim palace is at level 3 of SAFRA toa payoh clubhouse building.
it is quite large in capacity, good for functions, tour groups??
i did not have high expectation of the roast meat 烧味 station.
but surprise, surprise, the roast duck was really, really good! very flavourful.
so was the char siu!. i think this one of the best char siu i had. as good as the excellent chargrilled pork neck at imperial treasure nanbei or (better in fact than) any other good char siu places.
i actually went for a second helping of roast duck, after taking the other food! 🙂
i was quite tempted to taste the salt baked chicken 盐炬鸡, but really no space left. sigh!
nothing much to say about the cold station. prawns was large, plump, fresh & sweet.
scallops & mussels all the frozen type, nothing worth taking.
the scallop tips (front) were quite nice. the prawn & squid salad were ok. sos so la!
the flower crabs were soft, mushy “nua nua”, the frozen type, not worth taking also. all these i took very little just to try.
salmon sashimi was ok. quite sweet. colour didn’t look that great.
i skipped the sushi.
so, mainly prawn was good, salmon sashimi ok too, squid/prawn salad & scallop tips passable.
i ordered most of the dishes that they allowed only one order.
small abalone with broccoli was good restaurant standard. no complaints. 🙂
sharksfin soup was better than most cheaper sharksfin soup, not very gluey & stock quite tasty.
sea cucumber with yam was decent competent dish.
the scallops & celery in xo sauce was pretty good.
crayfish was poor!
meat has no taste. this dish (thumbs down)!
we did not order the char siew pao, but somehow it was marked on the order sheet, the marking very different from our order markings, think some previous customers marked on it.
anyway no big deal, so we took it. the char siu pao were good!
i read that the deep-fried flower garoupa not so good, so we ordered the steamed seabass with sambal sauce.
seabass not such a great fish. but this preparation quite ok…so again a competent dish. maybe i will try the garoupa next time. don’t mind coming back again. 🙂
the honey ribs were ordinary. as good as any zi char stall i suppose. not my favourite.
cannot really criticise thsi dish, but the char siu was many times better than this.
surprisingly also the drunken prawns was very good. must be a very good quality shaoxing wine 绍兴酒.
the braised lamb pot was competent dish, but no more.
lamb still retain the gamey taste, and not specially flavourful.
i would say it’s a robust dish like a beef stew, so unless the herbs & preparation is special (like say at majestic), it’s not a dish i am particularly fond of.
dessert station the usual fare, with fruits, custard puffs & red bean pan cake etc.
i took the sea coconut…quite refreshing.
and a bit of the lotus seed red beans dessert. pretty ok.
the food quality & cooking were pretty ok, not that much different from (i would say better actually) say peach garden miramar’s ala carte buffet, and certainly better than the ala carte buffet at ban heng orchard central.
the outstanding dishes for me here were the roast duck, char siu(tops), drunken prawns, abalone.
the sea cucumber & scallops were pretty good.
|Address :||293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #03-01 Safra Club Singapore 319387|
|Hotline :||6253 5515 (Reservation is needed on Saturday and Sunday)|
|Fax :||6253 0266|
Mon – Fri: 11:30 – 14:00; 18:00 – 22:00
Sat, Sun & PH: 11:00 – 14:30; 18:00 – 22:00