Saizeriya Italian Restaurant
Started in 1967 by Mr Shogaki, the current Chairman in China. He started Saizeriya during his apprenticeship, an operation with only 36 seats. He was hoping to promote Italian cuisine, which to him represented balanced diet and healthy eating with dishes made with fresh ingredients. However he also believe that really good food should be cheap and tasty and it became the selling point of the restaurant.
My go-to dish is the Curry Chicken Baked Rice ($5.90). It is exactly as you would expect curry baked rice to be, the rice is fat and round and covered in spicy curry sauce. There is not much to complain about given the price. When I’m hungry the portion can be too small, so sometimes couple it with the Grilled Fish Fillet ($8.90). Even eating two meals won’t burn a hole in your pocket, as prices are all nett. No service charge, no GST.
The set meals with free flow drinks are a must. You to stay and chill with your friends indefinitely. You won’t get thirsty and of all the times I have been there I have never been pressured by the staff to leave. That’s extremely valuable if you have a large group, because few other restaurants in this price range can accommodate you like this.
What I love about Saizeriya is how unpretentious it is. They claim to offer Italian casual dining for all occasions, affordable food and quality service, no service charge and GST. I would say that everything is true except for the "quality service" because you do not get much service other than being seated, and getting your order taken and served. Drinks are self-service because of their 'free-flow drinks bar' and you pay at a counter.
Tip: Look out for the seasonings provided and grab it for your table!
I went there for dinner and had seafood paella (complete with squid, clams, mussels and prawns) for $7.90, along with free-flow drinks at $2.80. You know how squid, when overcooked, becomes really gross and rubbery, and that at a cheap place like this, it wouldn’t be cooked well? Well, the squid here was cooked to perfection. It was amazing. The variety of drinks available is quite wide as well, with everything from coffee and tea to soft drinks like Coke and Ginger Ale.
The food is spectacular given the price, and I’m definitely coming here the next time I have to buy someone a nice dinner.
Having said that, their food is nothing to fuss over. I got their squid ink pasta which was a mere $5.90 - a perfectly reasonable price. In fact, I can hardly think of any other place that serves squid ink pasta at the same price. A word of caution though - their squid ink pasta/sauce turns everything it touches black, much like some odd object of doom. Only five minutes into the meal did I realise that my entire mouth (AND teeth) had become black. NOT recommended date food, in other words.
Overall, a cheap place that serves up edible fare. Great for people on a budget, but if your'e in the mood to indulge this is certainly not the place. They don't charge you service charge for a reason.
Although, I still reckon, the prices cannot be surpassed easily. With a dining environment of standards exceeding that of food court or hawker fare (the decor is not particularly appealing, but old-timey and passable, I suppose) and actual service staff, as well as free flow soft drinks and hot chocolate, coffee, etc., Saizeriya does offer pretty value-for-money meals.
I once tried studying at the Toa Payoh outlet with a friend, and despite a steady stream of customers, we were not turned out of the restaurant, which was a huge plus point for me. I suppose people tend to linger there given the free flow drinks.
Do go there for the low prices, if nothing else!
We had the Octopus carpaccio - not recommended unless you enjoy a good jaw workout. These thin slices of octopus are quite something. They managed to be tasteless, tough and resistant to chewing all at once. The pesto sauce was the only flavour but even that tasted nothing much like the pesto sauces I've tried.
The pastas fared slightly better. I had the Asari Soup Spaghetti which was served in a generous portion with soup broth and Asari clams. I appreciate that the clams were generously scattered all over my pasta and that my pasta was sufficiently al dente despite sitting in soup broth for a while. It makes for a wallet-friendly and filling meal - but not anything memorable, really. At the price of $5.90, sure, I'm up for it again and I may be back.
Their cheesy meatballs and gratins are good. Carbonara and squid ink spaghetti are pretty decent too. The portion can be quite small, especially for guys. But because the price is so reasonable, (think food court price, or cheaper), one can afford to order 2 mains. Also, not to mention, their free flow drinks bar. They have at least 10 drinks there, ranging from cold drinks to soda to hot coffee.
Not the best place for Italian food but considering the price and the variety, I see myself visiting Saizeriya very often.
It really is pretty much mediocre, and to be honest it's more like a fast food chain to me. The ingredients aren't fresh. In fact, they're probably pre-prepared, and then heated up when you place your order. That's just it - the food is not fancy and not exactly bad, but I guess you get what you pay for.
That said, Saizeriya may be a great option to dine in for families because of the casual and relaxed ambience. Assistance also comes simply by pressing a button at your table, and there are free-flow drinks for an extra $1.50 (on weekdays).
It's great for gatherings, but not for authentic, good Italian food.
Likewise, any assistance needed could be done in just a press of button. A button is located at the end of the tables for customer to seek help in terms of ordering, collecting of payment of etc. Service is really good. It makes you feel at home by being so comfortable in the restaurant. What’s more? Everything that you paid is already in nett price. YES! NO GST NO SERVICE CHARGES. Everything is already inclusive. W O W.
Affordable Pricing, Comfortable Environment, Satisfying Food, seem like only Sazieriya fits the bill perfectly.
The escargots does taste great though!!! It was served to us piping hot, with lots of garlic in it. On my second visit, I just ordered the escargot and some focaccia to wipe the garlic oil with. Simple, nice and cheap. The escargots are sweet, chewy and are definitely comparable to the more expensive ones that you are paying outside. Saizeriya does not charge service tax and GST but their service is still friendly and efficient. I will recommend this place for a cheap Italian food fix (only if you are not picky with food quality) and a cheap escagots fix, which is what I will be coming here for whenever I do visit.