It had been estimated that there may be staggering 1000 new F&B outlets opened in Singapore this year alone. That’s fierce competition – but good news for foodies like us who have been craving for variety. Food cannot be that boring.
And in this buffetlicious country, a new restaurant that combined Japanese cuisines, desserts and a low-priced buffet seemed too good to be true. Let’s Sweets (Shouldn’t it be Let’s Be Sweet), a refreshing concept of Japanese dessert buffet, priced at $15.80++ for lunch and $18.80++ for dinner during weekdays, would please any sweet tooth.
Walking into this colourful store at Bugis Junction, you would notice the wall tiled with chocolate bars patterns, along with counters of colourful cakes and rows of savoury items. Chefs dressed in white uniform and toques stood behind counters to prepare handmade crepes with ice cream and ‘dancing’ Yaki Mochi.
I was invited for a food tasting session, and the recommended must-haves by Head Pastry Chef Miss Chika (who resembled a Japanese Quan Yi Feng) were the Sea Salt Caramel Rolled Cake and Hokkaido Coffee Zenzai.
The former had a soft sponge-like texture layered by caramel, with velvety and mixed fillings with faint sea salt which made an interesting but workable combination.
The little cup of chewy Japanese rice ball soaked in sweet red bean and tinge of coffee could excite taste buds with the bitter-sweet blend. I did think they could up on the caffeine though.
I would imagine patrons being pressurized by a time limit of 60 minutes (80 minutes for dinner) reminded by a baby blue alarm clock. Eating like a glutton, I got into a sugar high very quickly. And somehow everything from the crepes, chiffon, tarts and mousse tasted the same after the 6th piece.
The savouries such as the Japanese Mushroom Spaghetti, Chicken Teriyaki Burger and Takikomi Rice seasoned with dashi and soy sauce worked better for me. The Potato Soup was thick and creamy, with loads of ingredients swimming within. The sweet potatoes, rarely used for western soups, were a clever addition for a gentler taste.
Let’s Sweets, conceptualised by Japan Foods Holding Ltd who brought us Ajisen, Fruit Paradise and Botejyu, looked set to score again with this cosy Western-Japanese dessert place.
My suggestion would be to include Hokkaido ice cream and increase the buffet time. If I could take half an hour to savour a slice cake, surely I need more time indulge in the 40 desserts available.
(Thank you to Mr Takahashi Kenichi and Ms Alix Tay from Japan Foods Holding Ltd for hosting this food tasting session.)
200 Victoria Street #02-49 Bugis Junction Singapore Tel: 6338 0187
Opening Hours: 12.00pm–4.30pm, 5.30pm–10pm