Sun’s Café located in the lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific is a buffet restaurant serving mostly Peranakan and local Singaporean cuisine. They’re currently having an offer on Fave where you can get their lunch or dinner buffet for around 45% off the normal price so I went a couple of weeks ago for their weekday lunch buffet which is only $19.90 per person as this sounded like a good deal.
I’ll start off firstly with the good points. The restaurant itself is bright, airy and spacious with plenty of seating and the staff are efficient at clearing away used plates and leave you to enjoy the buffet at your own pace. The lunch buffet on weekdays starts at 12pm and finishes at 2.30pm so you can relax and take your time to eat. There is quite a good selection of different dishes available in the buffet including starters, salads, meat, seafood, noodles, porridge and plenty of desserts and you can also help yourself to lemon or lime water, coffee and tea.
Dishes that I enjoyed were the kueh pie tee (thin, crispy tart shells filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns), rojak (fruit and vegetable salad in a sweet, spicy, sour sauce), salads and all of the desserts. They had several different types of kueh (bite-sized desserts made from rice/glutinous rice and coconut), fruit, sago gula melaka (tapioca pudding with brown sugar syrup and coconut milk), sweet red bean soup and an ice kacang station where you could make your own ice kacang (Malaysian shaved ice).
Now for the bad points… The rest of the food was either bland or mediocre, the squid didn’t taste very fresh and boy was the service bad when I first arrived at the restaurant! I had made a reservation for my friend and I and when I arrived I queued behind a boy who I overheard was supposed to be meeting his mother at the restaurant but she hadn’t arrived yet. Whilst he was trying to explain this to the staff at the reception (there were two women but only the older one of the two was actually talking to the boy and the other was just standing there), another man came up behind me. After the staff had finished dealing with the boy (they didn’t end up giving him a table and instead made him stand and wait at the reception even though there were plenty of tables available which I found to be incredibly bizarre), they looked straight past me even though they were aware that I had been waiting for a while and instead showed the man behind me to his table! Absolutely appalling service and one that you wouldn’t expect in a four star hotel. In the end I decided to show myself to the table since my friend had arrived just before me. I also had the unfortunate experience of having to deal with the same older lady later on when she asked me for my Fave voucher in a very rude manner.
So in conclusion I would not really recommend this restaurant, the service is very rude although fortunately you don’t have to interact with them much since it’s a self service buffet and the food is average – you would probably be better off eating the same food elsewhere.
Address: Hotel Grand Pacific L1, 101 Victoria Street, Singapore 188018 (Nearest MRT: Bras Basah)
Tel: 6431 1823 / 6431 1824
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 6.30am – 10pm (breakfast), 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch), 6.30pm – 10pm (dinner), Saturday & Sunday: 6.30am – 10pm (breakfast), 12pm – 3pm (lunch), 6.30pm – 10pm (dinner)
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Sun’s Café review, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!