Chef Wan calls his buffet place a place with larger than life spreads, innumerable appetizers options, delectable main courses and mouthwatering desserts. Everything is made KING size for you to enjoy. And how many of you have been to 1 Market and how do you find the spread of the food, the atmosphere and the price?
Southeast Asia’s most illustrious chef and Malaysia’s appointed culinary ambassador, Chef Wan created many yummy South East Asian flavours dishes and you can find them all at this place. The buffet boasts a gastronomic spread of appetisers, salads, seafood, grill, casserole, hotpots and desserts helmed with recipes bursting with Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian &Middle Eastern flavours. I was so excited when I first stepped into the restaurant and you can smell the lovely flavours already.
Although I arrived pretty early, the section where it places all the seafood is almost empty. There are Alaskan King Crab legs, Mussels, Scallops, Prawns and other shellfishes and I’m sure there is supposed to be fresh oysters as well and its gone?!! Nevermind, I shall start with some fresh greens and appetizers. As compared to many buffet places, they tend to introduce soda drinks to their patrons and here at 1 Market, juices or hot drinks are readily available.
You can start off your mains with something light like porridge or some small cuts of beef or mutton, sashimi, sushi or chawamushi can be a good start too if you’re into Japanese food. Fresh fish and slightly thicker cuts are placed on the serving sections and it is also one of the more popular sections in the restaurant. You might want to forget about getting a chawamushi if the steamer isn’t on (which happened on the day I was there) It doesn’t taste nice when it’s not warm.
Some of the popular dishes you might want to feast on would be the chilli and black pepper crabs, beef rendang, satay and grilled squids. Being the first Halal Buffet restaurant in Singapore, Chef Wan prides his dishes as the dishes are all authentic and recipes created by him. They also have a section where they would come out with daily specials and when I was there, they are serving Singapore Laksa, a delicious tasting soup and wonderful ingredients. They even have a section where you can “create” or make your own Rojak (a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.) and Kueh Pie Tee (thin and crispy pastry tart shell Kuih filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns.)
Last but not least, an array of fruits, desserts to end the meal. You can have cream puffs, Kueh Lapis, or even some Nonya cakes and even a few scoops of ice cream! Overall, 1 Market can satisfy your taste buds with lots of authentic flavours from the neighbouring regions but I think it is on a pricy side taking into account that the dishes available. Maybe you can consider coming in for a luncheon with your friends and you can be sure your Malay friends are invited as well!