The Rice Table Indonesian Restaurant Hot
An Indonesian restaurant in the heart of Orchard Road.
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User rating summary from: 2 user(s)
Good Food, Great Value
I made the mistake of not placing a reservation in advance, so when I got there it was fully booked (Given that it's an all-you-can-eat dinner for just $28 I really should have seen it coming). Thankfully, since it was just two of us, one of the waiters decided to let us in anyway.
Service was quick and efficient, and in less than 5 minutes we had about twenty-odd dishes placed in front of us. The Sambal Udang (prawns in coconut sauce) and Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) were particularly good, and although the Tofu Omelette was a little too oily I couldn't keep my hands off it.
There were a couple of offerings that did disappoint: the Chicken Sate was overpowered by its vaguely barbecue-flavoured sauce, and the Ikan Goreng was similarly drowned in what was supposed to be sweet and spicy sauce, but was essentially ketchup.
You will have to fork out a couple of extra bucks for a (very limited) range of drinks and dessert, but again, for a buffet priced at $28 I really can't complain. Apart from a few unsatisfying dishes and the slightly cramped space, it was overall a great experience that I would definitely recommend.
Good food, not so good ambiance
Rice table is a jewel hidden within International Building. It's existence is barely known to people including me, which comes as a shocker as I used to work just across the street. Rice table offers an all you can eat buffet for lunch as well as dinner. More than often, reservation is required due to its small size and by small, it would be around 40-seater restaurant.
As soon as you get seated, the waiter will let you ponder on the menu, but not before taking down orders for your beverage. I would recommend you to take either the orange or lime juice as it is on a free flow basis and much more worth the money. After we had decided on the menu, it is then promptly served on small casserole dishes and placed on top of the heated metal display in the middle of the table. I especially loved these dishes; Chicken sate, fried chicken, and gado-gado. Take your time to savour each dish, and don't rush, it is after all a buffet. The food would be calling you back for more.
Although the food was good and the price is affordable, one thing that displeased me was the size of the restaurant. It is small and being in that small of a space, doesn't really give you much privacy when you're talking with your friends. You could literally hear what the other person at the end of the restaurant is talking about if they talk in a slightly higher volume. Unfortunately for us, on one occasion, one of the patron's baby decided to cry out throughout the whole dinner, and with such a small space, his/her voice was amplified effectively ruining the whole ambiance for the night.