StraitsKitchen is a Singapore restaurant presenting the best of local cuisine in a contemporary marketplace setting. Indulge in an endless parade of hawker favourites from Halal Chinese, Malay and Indian open kitchens including Singapore Laksa, Nasi Goreng, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Roti Prata with Chicken Curry. The open kitchens take centre stage as chefs prepare all orders à la minute upon request. StraitsKitchen restaurant provides the ultimate Singaporean dining experience for guests who wish to savour popular local dishes in one seating. Celebrate local food and discover a uniquely Singaporean showcase of taste, sights and sounds. StraitsKitchen is considered one of the top restaurants in Singapore where the locals prefer to enjoy authentic local cuisine.
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I've been to Straits Kitchen only once ever since it opened its doors to the public. One of the other Halal buffet restaurants I am aware of besides Carousel, the restaurant is popular among Malays who are after local cuisines from the different cultures in Singapore. The buffet style menu means that you are able to eat your share or even more at one expensive price. The service was outstanding, something you would expect from Grand Hyatt Hotel.
When dining there, we had an incident where my sister had a small piece of sugar cane land on her while waiting at the drink station. It wasn't a big deal but the manager was apologetic and even offered my sister a free meal that night. Now that is what I call AMAZING service.
Overall, I do recommend those big eaters to check the restaurant out. But if you don't eat much like myself, I suggest to head to the local hawker centre instead.
Nice local food
Finding a local halal eatery can be quite a headache sometimes and I was relieved to finally heard about this place. Recommended by locals, I went down to try their buffet spread.
This place was crowded when I came by. Blamed the wrong timing as it was lunch hour, so expect huge crowds in the restaurant.
The choice of food is spread out, but more to locals. They tasted just nice but not that outstanding. Price for the buffet is quite steep and for that amount of money you paid, you'll be better off with some other delicious local food in the traditional hawker market. But since this is more to upscale local food restaurant, be willing to pay more for the comfort.
But I love their attentive staffs who took time to explain to you on certain dishes. The hospitality is great. Definitely a good place for the whole family for fine hawker food.
Straits Kitchen offers a wide array of food selections. Personally, I thought that the food was a bit too pricey for its quality. I was there with my family last year, food was suitable for the children and elderly. However, most of the food was quite 'Singaporean' , perhaps the target audiences are tourists.
Service was pretty good, waiters are enthusiastic and does not require prompting. During your birthday, they will line up and sing their very own birthday song zealously. The juice counter is efficient on their part, your drink would be done in less than a minute.
Eat here for an expat local experience
This being the Grand Hyatt Hotel, I cannot dispute the wonderful service nor environment that you eat in. The buffet spread is indeed very wide and commendable. As my subject title says, this is the real deal if you are looking to experience Singapore as an expat that prefers a more hygienic, air-conditioned and an orderly atmosphere. The food is good, don't get me wrong, but some of the food's taste e.g. the spiciness is watered down for foreigners to eat it comfortably.
If you are looking to splurge and spend maybe 3-4 times what you would spend at a hawker centre with the same spread e.g. Newton or Chomp Chomp, you should definitely come here. We all should try having tasty local food without breaking a sweat, smelling like the kitchen nor having incessant hordes of people hovering around your table eyeballing you to swallow that stick of satay in 3 milliseconds.
Halal is the selling point
My team leader wanted to treat the team to dinner and there was a Malay team member and so we chose this restaurant. If not for the Halal certification, we may not have chosen this restaurant.
The price range was a bit high for the type of food served. The place was like a high class hawker centre serving all the well known Singapore dishes. The good thing about the restaurant was that the tables were arranged with enough space in between so our team was able to do bonding without disturbing the other customers.
I had no memory of a certain food item that must be tried. I could only say that the standard of the food was acceptable and having hawker food at such a clean and high class environment was definitely a change.
Recommended for tourist perhaps but definitely not for the locals
I had this opportunity to try Straits Kitchen (didn't know of its existence prior to that) due to an appreciation lunch by my boss.
While looking forward to the lunch, I actually went to googled for it. I can't help but say that even before trying the food, I feel a little let-down. Serving local food in a hotel buffet at hotel prices? Definitely not what I was expecting.
The lunch itself was....local. You get satay, chicken rice, prawn noodles etc, those local fares I can find at any hawker center (and they taste better) at probably a tenth of the price. While they have tried to turn local fares more atas, by their serving plates, the serving styles, I still don't find it worthwhile to be paying such a hefty price for such food where I can easily cross the road and stuff myself with fresh seafood at Carousel at similar prices, perhaps just a little more.
Maybe the buffet at Straits Kitchen is intended for tourists who wished to try for local food in a high class environment (but what's the point if you're missing the ambiance). Even so, I would recommend tourists to try out local fares at The Food Trail at Singapore flyer instead where the ambiance has been set up to be like Singapore in the 60's, food taste relatively better and a cheaper price to pay (not a buffet here).
Singapore in a restaurant
The Straits Kitchen, unlike most buffet places in Singapore, serve local food such as Roti Prata, Chicken Rice, Laksa, etc. I was there to celebrate my grandfather's birthday and my family had a great time at Straits Kitchen. There was a wide array of local food and my favorite has got to be the chicken rice. The rice was hot and fragrant while the chicken meat was tender and succulent. However, not sure if it was that particular time when we visited Straits Kitchen but I was slightly disappointed in their dessert counter. All they had were some peranakan kueh, fruits and hot desserts. I was expecting to see cakes, chocolate fountain or something of that sorts. But there wasn't.
The service at Straits Kitchen was good too. We visited Straits Kitchen on a Saturday and it was pretty packed that day. However, whenever we left the table to get more food, our used plates were all cleared by the time we got back and our glasses of water were never empty.
The price to dine at Straits Kitchen is pretty high but I guess for a restaurant at Grand Hyatt and for food of that quality (despite the lacking dessert counter), it is pretty worth it.
Straits Kitchen is indeed a treat for any foodie! i went there last month, and I'm dying to go back again! The food is delicious and freshly prepared, with a good variety of Malay, Indian and local Chinese dishes on offer. I feel that it's one of the best buffet spreads in the Orchard area mainly due to it's focus on local delicacies.
I loved wandering around choosing from the large display of different local Singaporean dishes on offer, with the various smells and sights assaulting my senses and palate!
Service might a tad slow as the staff seemed at times to struggle with the near-capacity crowd, but it was alright. We didn't have to wait too long for our drinks to arrive and the waitress was apologetic anyway.
I love my local fare, and Straits Kitchen located at Grand Hyatt Singapore is one place that I would gladly recommend to all my foreign friends who are looking for an 'atas' place to head to for a meal.
I've been here no less than 10 times, and I have to say that I am impressed by the standard of food served. Despite being priced rather exorbitantly (it's in a restaurant, what do you expect?), the quality of food is of a level unmatched by any other establishment I have went to so far. Do try their rendition of the Singaporean laksa, it is bound to make you salivate and crave for more!
Local delights galore!
I had dinner at Straits Kitchen when my grandad visited us from Europe a few months ago, and we profusely enjoyed ourselves! The variety was extensive and the ambience was perfect for us to catch up, without disturbances. The food was wonderful, with chefs creating their own versions of local delights and preparing all time favourites such as laksa, and rojak too!
While locals might find these dishes a little pricey, I'm sure that the gastronomic experience will be a memorable one! However, the restaurant gets a little busy around meal times (especially dinner), so do remember to make reservations!