LIFESTYLE MUSINGS: Vienna International Buffet @ United Square (A Review)

It’s the little sister’s birthday today. And so we celebrate.

FOOD: Vienna International Buffet at United Square

I have came across Vienna International Buffet. But have yet to venture to try the buffet until today.
Interior decor wise, I must say, that with lots of glass & natural light & it’s exterior water feature of United Square does add a certain element to atmosphere. As always, ambience matters.
European baroque(?) inspired, gold and crystal embellished lighting (I love). Space utilization is a little cramped but I guess it is to fufill maximum patron seatings.

FOOD: Vienna International Buffet @ United Square

FOOD: Vienna International Buffet @ United Square (Interior)

The built up of the human sensories starts from the visual and emotional context. Which in this case, space won over food (Taste).
We has the corner booth seat nearest by the glass panels & water feature view though so my opinion might be a tad biased.

United Square's water feature by night.

United Square's water feature by night.

No food pictures, I apologize. But imagine typical setup as with most buffet spreads.
Vienna International Buffet reminded me a little of Jogoya Japanese Buffet Restaurant (KL) Starhill Gallery. A scaled down version. Interior space wise & food variety.

 

FOOD: Vienna International Buffet @ United Square (Partial Buffet Table)

 

Food offerings that I can remember in summary –

Salad Table:

Pretty small but sufficient for fresh vegetablefor your plate.

Hors d’œuvres:
A variety, which I will not elaborate much.
Prawn salad in shot glasses, Sliced ‘abalone’, etc.

Seafood:
The usual works, Yabbie (an Australian Crustacean import?).

The crayfish * prawns was a hit with the family ( probably because there was more meat to be consumed & less work to eat it) as compared to the black pepper crabs (I find the dish overcooked).
Oysters seemed to constantly run out real fast and they don’t refill it often. My honest opinion, if you are into seafood. This is not the freshest yet (personal preference so far – Carousel @Royal Plaza on Scotts has been the best so far. Fresh seafood & a bigger better spread, based on my very little experience as a foodie hunter of course).

Local Fare:
The usual carbs: Fried Rice, Crab Vermicelli, Ee Fu noodles (Not bad)
Dimsum – Deep Fried Crab Claws, Prawn Balls, Yam stuffed durian filling, Prawn fritters & Siew Mai.
Satay etc.

There’s a selection of two soups too I think, a few stir fry dishes too which I didn’t try.

Western Spread:
Puff pastry corn soup
Roasted beef with Black pepper sauce (Not bad) etc(?).

Teppanyaki:
Salmon fillet, Lamb chops, beef steaks (Suprisingly tender), Chicken chops etc.

Which you get to choose the meats you want, and the chef will have it cooked on the spot and served piping hot by the service stuff.

Japanese Fare:
A variety of raw and cooked sushi, which are not well made but edible. I find the rice too sticky & presentation a tad less than average.
Personal favourite would be the sweet beancurd skin stuffed with sobs noodle. Simple & straight forward taste.
Baby octopus (Popular with the locals), Steamed egg.

Sashimi:
Tuna, Boiled octopus, Salmon, etc.
Again seafood freshness does not impress me.

Desserts Table:
Fresh Cut Fruits, Chocolate Fountain (Always popular with crowds it seems)
Cakes – local kuehs (did not try) & western (5 types if I don’t remember wrong)
Ice cream inclusive of Hershey’s chocolate syrup (4 Flavours).
Cocktail, agar agar/jellies

FOOD: Vienna International Buffet @ United Square

Value for money probably makes the difference but quality at Food & Beverage outlets should not be compromised.

Operating Hours & Prices

Lunch (11.30am to 3.00pm)

Mon – Fri S$29.80++ (Adult)
S$18.00++ (Child)
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays S$31.80++ (Adult)
S$18.80++ (Child)

Dinner (5.30pm to 10.00pm)

Mon – Thu S$36.80++ (Adult)
S$20.00++ (Child)
Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays S$38.80++ (Adult)
S$20.80++ (Child)
  • Free flow of soft drinks & pre-mixed fruit juices.
  • Free herbal chicken soup per pax.

Efficiency for clearing plates are prompt.
Reservations are still needed, they will not hold tables more than 20mins past your booked timing.
The restaurant is filled even on a weekday, with a good mix of local & foreign crowd.

My overall review in a nutshell?
Big enough spread for variety, ingredients are similiar but planned in such a way different dishes are served up, which makes sense.
But if you really a connessiure for food tasting, this will not be the best place yet.
Good for get togethers on a medium to high budget especially for us. A big family.

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