A stadium could be one of the best places to have a buffet restaurant because after an intense (and yet, satisfying) workout, what better reward is there other than food? Make it seven different nationalities of food with the newly revamped Sakura International Buffet Yio Chu Kang restaurant — a budget around-the-world gourmet alternative with cuisines from Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Thailand, the US, France and Singapore.
With so much going on between the counter, table, and mouth, there should be a guide to getting full fully, or buffet binging. From our experience, the art of buffets can boil down to some strategic tips that should keep your appetite in check:
When you first enter the restaurant, take your time to shop
around at the counters.
Trust us, the first round of plating should have a bit of everything without discrimination. Bite sized portions of everything will ensure that you have enough space on the two plates going around seven countries worth of counters, with goodies ranging from dim sum to sushi to fried chicken to Japanese street food to laksa to cheese fries to steamed buns to fresh oysters.
Singaporeans, zoom in on the queues and plan your
Highlights shine for a reason, so make it a point to enjoy at least two top picks — if they are worth your time. Chef counters are always in demand so if you know you’ll have to wait half an hour for the Fried Hiroshima Oyster Omelette or Boston Lobster & Argentine Red Prawn Hokkien Mee, there better be a good game plan between you and your dining partner.
Tip: Hit the freshly baked bird nest egg tart available near the Hong Kong counters because nothing is better than the combination of creamy egg, silky bird nest and crumbly tart. If it runs out (and it does), go for the liu sha bao!
Don’t waste your… time and belly space.
You might really, really, really like nuggets and fries, or sushi (we understand because who doesn’t?) but why load up on dishes that are readily available everyday?
Instead, go for the exotic choices you would not usually consider. Go outside your comfort zone and head for the marquee offerings, such as Whelk a la Bourguignonne, a delicacy featuring adorable escargots topped with fresh parsley leaves.
Take a break in the middle because the food isn’t going
Slow and steady wins the race. Like we mentioned, Sakura YCK is situated right next to the stadium, so if you and your partner fancy a race, why not? For the less adventurous, consider going out for a short walk in the moonlight or a cigarette break. This is also a good time to walk around the counters in case you missed something, or stand in line for the popular dishes.
Tip: Have time? Go on to the Häagen-Dazs counter beside the dessert selections and score a piping hot chocolate lava cake, topped with their signature ice cream to ensure a drippy, gooey and sinfully sweet delight.
This was an invited media tasting.
Address: 210 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 #01-208 Yio Chu Kang Stadium S569 777
Telephone: +65 6754 8197
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm (Lunch), 5.30pm – 10pm (Dinner), 11am – 3pm (Brunch)
Lunch prices start from $17.90, dinner prices start from $33.90, and brunch (Sundays and PH) prices start from $30.90 for adults.