Fortune Cuisine 八味坊 – Steamboat + BBQ + Japanese Food
The truth is, I haven’t got the chance to foray much to Sunset Way, other when I have ice cream cravings for Daily Scoop. Located at the far side of Clementi, this area does have its rustic charm, bringing a range of eateries from a Japanese restaurant, Thai restaurant, Pizza place, Hong Kong cafe to a seafood restaurant.
This meal at Fortune Cuisine is a birthday treat from my ex-colleagues, and there’s got to be some good reason they brought me here.
The steamboat business in Singapore is definitely booming, with many fighting a piece of the pie at Bugis and Geylang. They all taste similar (or worse), don’t they? Fortune’s just opened for a year plus, and this new kid of the block aims to bring something different to the platter.
There is a choice of an indoor or outdoor seating area. Obviously, the outdoor area is a lot warmer. And the indoor patrons get their food stuff barbequed by the staff. But you may just want to indulge in the atmosphere and grilling your meat outside on charcoal.
Well, even though it’s a self service buffet, it isn’t much the typical I-must-go-grab-that-last-plate-of prawn situation. Civil-mindedness is the way to go.
Buffet dinner during weekends is priced at $23.80++. You can start off your meal with some light Japanese food the likes of sushi, sashimi and fried tempura. My personal favourite is the shishamo which is always freshly fried at the tempura corner.
You choose two out of the four choices of soup available: chicken, tom yum, seafood and spicy, with tom yum being the most popular choice.
The unique feature is the charcoal pot located at the side of the table instead of the usual Korean-style hotplate. While barbequing the satays and clayfish can be painstakingly slow, the fragrance and flavour is there. Make sure you have self-sacrificing cooking friends like mine.
Eating here feels like eating at home and this is a major plus point. The auntie who came to fulfill our soup kept the dinner alive with her constant chatting, urging us to try this-and-that. There is another serving staff (whom my friend affectionally call “Xiao Pang”) who entertained us with cold jokes (leng xiao hua) like “Beware of the COLD soup!” (Huh?) But we appreciate his candidness.
The owner Desmond was a shy but friendly person, being very pleased that his restaurant is always fully packed during weekends. “I will make sure my customers get a value meal that they can enjoy.”
Fortune Cuisine, Blk 106 Clementi St 12 (Sunset Way) #01-38A/B Tel:+65 6777 8622
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm Daily
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