Penang Place Restaurant in Connexis, Fusionapolis has a team of chefs from Penang that whip up delicious Penang food. It looks like they need a bigger team of chefs as the appetite of Singaporeans for Penang food seem to be insatiable. We went to Penang Place for their buffet lunch but did not get to try their famous Penang Char Kway Teow. Everytime the buffet tray for the fried kway teow was topped up, it was emptied by the other diners even before we could say “chope”!
Penang Place Restaurant is in the basement level of Connexis, Fusionapolis. It is huge and looks more like a staff canteen than a typical restaurant. The interior decorations are spartan though there are fresh flowers and a few peranakan paraphernalia. On the whole, the restaurant is unlikely to win any interior design awards. In any case, most go there just for the food and are not too concerned about the furnishing or interior decorations. We were there on a weekday lunchtime and the place was full.
They do have an a la carte menu but almost everyone would just go there for the buffet. Prices are currently $23.90 for weekday lunch and $29.90 for weekend lunch and dinner.
The buffet spread consists of around 30 items selected daily by the restaurant. Thus, the items available will change from day to day but the favourites such as Penang Char Kway Teow, Nasi Lemak, Penang Hokkien Mee, Penang Laksa, Penang Rojak, Nyonya Kuehs, Chendol and Ice Kachang should almost always be included in the buffet spread.
Other interesting items in the buffet list include Penang Lobak, Beef Rendang, Gulai Ayam Kapitan, Assam Prawns, Jiu Hu Eng Chai, Jelutong Madras Fried Chicken, Nonya Brinjal, Chilli Mussels, Kiam Hu Tau Hu Soup, Kiam Chai Arp and Herbal Duck Soup.
There are many self-service stations where you can prepare your own assam laksa, rojak, nasi lemak and ice kachang. Such stations certainly help to make the meal more interesting but they can also lead to queues when the restaurant is busy.
We tried as many of the items available as possible. Most were good and enjoyable. The dishes that stood out were the beef rendang, curry chicken, the lobak, Penang lasak, crispy fried chicken and lor mee. We did not try the Penang char kway teow but it must be good since it was one of the most popular dishes of the buffet at Penang Place.
We learnt from experience to leave room for desserts and we were glad that we did. There were the DIY ice kachang, pulut hitam, agar agar and a variety of nyonya kuehs such as kueh kosui, kueh salat and kueh dardah. We really enjoyed the nyonya kuehs.
One the whole, we would recommend the buffet at Penang Place to anyone who wants to sample authentic Penang food. The place is pleasant, the staff is efficient and the prices are reasonable. The buffet spread offers a wide variety of items and many of the dishes are very good Penang food.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Penang Place Restaurant
1 Fusionopolis Way,
Monday – Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 9.30pm
Closed on Sundays
Tel: +65 64677003, +65 6467 7008
Nearby station: One North