Food Review | 1 Market by Chef Wan (Halal Certified)

Opened by Celebrity Chef Wan, 1 Market is a Halal-Certified buffet restaurant that serves a great variety of food for you to choose from. 

But before you start helping yourself with the food, queue up and pay first. You will get a invisible chop on the hand for re-entry purposes (just in case you need to go to the toilet). 

No time limit like some other buffet restaurant. So you can enjoy the food while catching up with your friends and family members. The dining area is big and spacious, you won't feel crammed while getting your food. With a great variety of food to choose from sections such as Japanese, Desserts, Seafood, Salad and many more. 

Seafood section: Prawns, Mussels, Crabs and many more

Japanese food section: Sushi
Japanese food section: Salmon, Sashimi

Desserts section: Pudding, Cakes, Cream puffs
Desserts section: Malay Kueh
Desserts section: Tarts, Cheesecakes, Eclairs and many more
Desserts section: Ice Kachang and Chocolate Fountain for fondue
Satay and big wok of Satay sauce

Loh Mai Gai (Glutinous Rice)
BBQ Prawns
There are some areas they need to improve and that is the replenishment of food and drinks. We were seated near to the drinks section and from the moment we came in, it was full till half way through our meal, nothing left. No orange juice, barley, fruit punch. The very popular ones which customers go for rather than gassy soft drinks. And it took really a long time for their staff to replenish. Imagine you have to endure that thirst. This is one of the last thing a buffet restaurant should ever have. We pay for the service tax. How can you leave your customers in thirst and probably some customers have to inform the staff? This is bad. I suspect they are understaffed. And that shouldn't affect the service standard because it is their internal problem, not the customers. Imagine customers flowing in every min. If replenishment is not done fast, what do you think is left for the customers?

Another one will be maintaining the cooking standard. Take example, the first round of BBQ prawns were nicely done (which you can see just above) but thereafter, charred. Plus it wasn't springy and didn't manage to maintain the moisture within during the BBQ process.

The Sushi presentation looks messy (look above for the photo) though it tastes alright like any other sushi. If not because of the messy look on the sushi, the Japanese food section is great. I love their salmon. They have Chawamushi too.

But I think the only saving grace would be the desserts. Had their cream puff and eclairs. It was good. The pastry chef should be commended. Presentation was nice, knowing how each different pastry complement one another on the display. When I go for buffets, I would first look at desserts section especially those pastries because they are eye-pleasing. 

But this shall be the one and only visit to 1 Market on 26 May 2015.

1 Market by Chef Wan
68 Orchard Road #04-45 to 49
Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839

Reservation: 6341 9159
Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm