Sakura International Buffet Restaurant

With my birthday hanging right around the corner, my mom took the initiative to suggest a small little gathering with G6.

I am not a party person, or even a gathering type of person. If you recall my introduction, you would know that I consider myself generally bad at socialising. I was worried I’ll screw up and make the atmosphere awkward (worst nightmare ever). You can imagine my initial apprehensiveness.. After much nagging and convincing by mom, I agreed.

A little background on G6 here. They are the closest friends I ever had in my 17 years of life. G6 is a random term we came up with and it stuck. Stands for Gay 6. Gay = happy. We are the wackiest, goofiest and gayest of them all.

So yes, what better way to celebrate than with a buffet? Chit-chatting, eating to our hearts’ content… Of course there are other plausible activities but I live to eat and so does G6. I mean, who doesn’t love food? If you don’t, there is something seriously wrong with you.

With my friends and family in tow, we made our way to the Sakura International Buffet Restaurant outlet in Clementi Woods Park. I can still fondly remember the memories of my last visit. It looked prettier back then. Now? Not so much. The warm ambience remained though.

The main entrance at night

The buffet, as stated by the website, offers an “international spread, from Western, Chinese and Japanese cuisines.” Sure, there is a fair variety but I wasn’t too impressed. I am 90% sure they cut back on the amount of food provided because of the lack of bookings for that day. Dishes were not replenished when they ran out. They were a couple that did not taste fresh. Some were not heated up enough. Quality was so-so. Thankfully, our lot weren’t picky eaters. For approximately $30 per person, I’ll say it’s mehhh.

Some stuff we ate (pardon the quality of the image)

The place was half-empty for a Sunday.

To get the most out of the buffet, you’ll have to turn up early before it opens at 5.30pm. The layout of the restaurant has two stories. Quite an inconvenience to access for people like the elderly or pregnant women.

Desserts on second floor!

For the buffet alone, the experience was satisfactory. I won’t recommend it but if anyone is hell-bent on trying it out, don’t expect too much. I felt I had a greater time thanks to my friends. We spent a lot of time just talking and catching up. They surprised me with a bag of gifts and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top of their lungs too. Silly girls.

(Somehow, this turned into a restaurant review. Oh well.)

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