It's gonna be dinner with the league, and when I asked BFF where is the dinner place and location, he only replied, "that steamboat place directly opposite Hock Lam Beef Noodles, can't remember the name". Wah!!! With such vague directions, I figured it's better to ask my online best friend ~ Google! I was then pointed to Guo Fu Steamboat 国府珍锅 at China Square Central, which is indeed the place BFF was referring to. And I immediately guessed why this place was chosen.
First of all, it's Ala-carte Buffet! The unlimited servings of food is almost guaranteed to fill up the hearty appetites of BFF and Cow. I think between them they must have at least 8 stomaches! Lol!
Secondly, the price is extremely affordable! At only $20.90++ for lunch and $22.90++ for dinner, it works out to be a worthwhile deal considering that we ate non-stop during the 3 full hours we were there. Our tummies were hungry no longer.
Soup bases are charged separately, with prices from $3 to $7 for the small individual pots. Each twin-flavor pot which suits communal dining for 2 to 4 pax starts from $9 to $23, depending on the preferred combination of flavor.
Our choices of Herbal and Spicy Mala soup seemed comparatively boring against the more interesting sounding Curry Beef, Beauty, Elderly Tonic and Male Vitality soup. But then again, what we had tasted was quite bland, so I thought we did not missed out too much either.
Thank goodness for sesame and chilli dips which made everything taste good instantly.
The variety of raw food for the steamboat was decent, with the typical Meat, Seafood, Mushrooms, Assortment of Balls, Beancurd and Vegetables. We ordered almost everything, and totally whacked numerous plates of Sliced Pork Belly and Sliced Beef!
Cooked items such as Xiao Long Bao, Steamed Dumpling and Shallot Pancake are also included in the buffet, and choices for desserts include Fresh Fruits, Pumpkin Puree, Pumpkin Cake and Fried Banana Fritter.
As the servers looked astounded at the quantity we're ordering, and reminded us that we would have to pay for any food wastage, we joked among ourselves that maybe the restaurant would have to pay us instead to keep us from returning and thereby cutting their losses.
We got the cue to leave about 30 minutes before closing time, when the servers came over and asked if they can start clearing the plates. The rest has already stopped eating but I was still holding my chopsticks and obviously eating, so imagine my surprise when a waitress took the hotpot away as well! I'm not done yet!
Anyway, the company I had mattered more than the food, and I do find the restaurant's spacious, clean environment a notch better than their counterparts in the Bugis area, so I'm not gonna hold it against them.
For a no-frills hotpot meal of free-flow food at pocket-friendly prices, Guo Fu Steamboat is still worth checking out.
Guo Fu Steamboat 国府珍锅
Address: 20 Cross Street, China Square Central, #01-31/32/33 China Court, Singapore 048422
Contact: +65 65570906
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 10.30pm Daily