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“Nice ambience, good spread and some gems amongst average tasting food”
Review of Starz Restaurant

Starz Restaurant
Ranked #2,374 of 11,073 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: IMPORTANT NOTICE We will be unveiling a brand new dining concept in Starz Restaurant's place come 20 December 2016.
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

For tourists in Singapore, the high tea buffet spread is a good representation of the variety of cuisine one can find around the island, all in one sitting :)

Being a local and tasting hawker fare in a tourist spot/hotel setting is usually equal parts disappointment and embarrassment (terrible local food for a ridiculous price and visitors getting ripped off and thinking that food here is So Bad). Thankfully Hard Rock Hotel Starz Restaurant does some justice to local fare and at a reasonable rate (for a really touristy spot) too.

The spread of food includes local must-trys like:
1) Satay (marinated chicken skewered on a stick)
2) Laksa (noodles in a spicy prawn/coconut base soup)
3) Pandan chicken (marinated chicken wrapped in Pandan leaves)
4) Mee Siam (malay spicy dish using beehoon noodles with a lime/coconut milk base gravy)
5) Bak Ku Teh (chinese pork base soup with herbs and peppery undertones)
6) Popiah (various steamed veggies wrapped in a thin wrap - think springrolls but uncooked)
7) Chinese Springrolls
8) Biryani (indian rice with spices and veggie, usually eaten with mutton or chicken based gravy dishes)
9) Nasi Goreng (malay style fried rice)
10) Pan-fried Gyaoza (Pan-fried dumplings made with a veggie/meat paste)

I understand from staff that the menu does change so the list provided just serves as a guide :)

Also the spread of food is much more than the 10 items stated (those are the local must-trys if you're visiting) and includes other standard items like ice-cream, assorted pastries, fruits...(basically standard buffet items)

The Good:
1) Good service! (Very quick clearing of used plates and topping up of drinks)
2) Spread of food is good and there are rather tasty selections (my suggestion at any buffet is to take small portions of everything regardless of how tasty the food LOOKS and eliminate after the first round)
3) Ambience (nice seats and lighting)

The Okay:
1) Drinks are slightly diluted (I order all drinks without ice (natural dislike for ice in drinks) and therefore can tell if there're any dilutions from the standard)
2) Portions of soupy items are too small! (I suppose it's a happy ok since we would naturally complain if we need to keep going back to the counter for more tasty delights)
3) Location (one needs to first find the Hard Rock Hotel -note: not Cafe!- and find the restaurant in the hotel. Quite a walk from the main dining attractions/location

The Bad:
1) Some dishes are Really bland/tasteless. Best to avoid the rice and dry noodle dishes

Points to note:
1) Just to emphasize, it's under the Hard Rock group so the background music may not appeal to everyone. Not to worry however, as the volume is set to a comfortable level :)
2) The choice of free flow soft drinks is fixed at Coke or Sprite. I believe there are paid options available.
3) The place is rather family friendly so do expect the usual screaming of kids and running around. How noisy they get is really dependent on luck as any seasoned traveller will tell you ;)

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1  Thank imma_beach_bum
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Only ate twice for breakfast and selection was very basic. For paying more than 30+ SGD, this is expensive and not worth the money.

Go in early before 8:30 AM as the queue grows very long and you don't want to start your day in a queue when you'd be doing the same in Universal Studios, Adventure Cove and SEA Aquarium. Food selection in those 2 days didn't change at all so if you're staying there for 3 days, better go somewhere else to have breakfast.

There's nothing much to tell you that it's part of Hard Rock Hotel and can be a generic hotel restaurant. Disappointing for a Themed hotel.

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2  Thank ChrisSanJuan
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We went twice fur the lunch buffet during our recent stay at RWS. The service staff impressed us. They were very helpful & served with smiles. Keep it up!! The spread is good given the promotion they had. We enjoyed the Indian selection, the Japanese selection though limited was delicious especially the seafood soup with corns.The roast pork, char siew & kai lan were yummy.The Wagyu Beef burger tho was a tad dry. All in if they have the same promotion, we would return otherwise we find it a little pricy for a spread like this at $39.90++ per adult.

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1  Thank HappyFamilySingapore
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had a buffet dinner at the Starz Restaurant and were pleasantly surprised to find a really good spread. We were simply spoilt for choice with their selection of international food - from good old Western burgers and beef to Indian prata to Chinese and Japanese. There were seriously generous with the salmon (and tuna) sashmi, which was fresh and tasty.

It's also a very kid-friendly place - we were dining amongst many families with young children (I understand there's some promotion going on till 31st July 2013) and there were small bites that seemed almost to have been prepared specially for them!

The service was also superb - one of the senior staff (or maybe he was the manager!) delivered the coffee to our table because the other waiters were all busy!

We walked away very satisfied that night! There was only one thing that troubled us - the thought of having to work out next week because we all ate so much!

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Thank cngjr
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

I went for their lunch buffet to celebrate my birthday, my hubby's birthday & our wedding anniversary. The staff gave us each a big piece of oreo cookie cake & it tasted so damn good.

The ice cream was great too, but I wish it had more flavours for us to choose from. Another hit item is their sashimi. Wow. They were fresh & there was a decent variety to choose from. Their miso with seafood soup was fantastic. It was loaded with tonnes of neatly arranged mussles, clams, prawns, etc. yet the soup did not taste fishy at all. Need I say? I went back for a second helping. Yummy yummy. This was definitely the best soup out of the 3 they served. There are different toppings for their roti prata. I was too full to try it though but it sure looks good. The roti prata is made on the spot, so it is piping hot.

A miss was their grilled pork with coffee. The meat was dry. Otherwise I think all the food was okay. take note that this is an expensive buffet restaurant. Thank goodness we came with a $50 voucher.

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Thank Harumi18
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