- Merchant Quality
Honestly, how many of you actually dined at the row of pricey restaurants along One Fullerton and Esplanade before? Not many probably. Indeed, one of us here at ADL (whose motto is “value for money” when it comes to dining) had never sat down and had a meal before at that area in his past xxxxxxx years! Fortunately, with group buying, he had the chance to do so with a “$80 value for only $40″ deal bought at GrouponBeeconomic. Check out his experience below!
This deal was first offered by GrouponBeeconomic in February 2012. After purchasing this deal, I went on to call up San-Sui to make a reservation for 24th Feb 2012. Unfortunately, they mentioned that reservations for coupons users are full. In fact, I was told that every single day (this deal is valid for all days), only a few seats are allocated for coupons users. And so, I switched my reservation to 7th April 2012.
ADL Tip: In some deals, under the terms and conditions, it may be stated that one can redeem it at any day. However, this may not be totally true, especially for F&B deals. More often than not, merchants will only allocate a few seats/slots for coupon users, and reserve the others for their other full sum paying customers. For some deal, this clause may be stated. But for some, it may not be. Thus, always be sure to make your reservations early to avoid disappointment.
On that day, before I visit San-Sui, I did up some research on what kind of food to order when I am there. As usual, I visited HungryGoWhere to see some reviews. To my surprise, I saw a long review by a fellow coupon user.
As I did not note down the name of the receptionist who took my reservation, I am really afraid that I may face the same predicament as the above coupon user. Which is why I was kind of mentally prepared.
ADL Tip: When making any reservations, be sure to note down the name of the person taking down your reservation. Do take note of the date and time that you called in as well. In this way, if there is any confusion, at least you can refer directly to the person who took down your reservation.
Luckily for me, when I reached the restaurant that day, everything went smoothly. The restaurant is easily accessible by train. My friend and I alighted at Esplanade station and took a 5 minute walk to One Fullerton area. The restaurant is just opposite Butter Factory.
Upon arriving, the staff there acknowledged my reservation and led us to our seats in the restaurant. As we wanted to be sat outdoors, we asked if we could have a change. The staff was nice and gave us a nice cozy seat at the outdoor area.
Following that we proceeded to place our orders. As my coupon value is $80 (excluding GST and service charge), to maximise the coupon, we ordered accurately up to $80 (I know… call me cheapskate). Below are the items we called.
1 Maguro Spicy Garlic ($16.00)
1 Tori Soup No Newmen ($13.00)
1 Nasu ($4.00)
1 Eringi ($6.00)
1 Kurobuta Karubi ($6.00)
1 Gyutan Shio Negi Kus ($12.00)
1 Teppan Buta Kimchi ($14.00)
1 Oyako Don small ($9.00)
10% Service Charge: $8
7% GST: $6.15
Total sum paid: $40 (deal price) + $8 + $6.15 = $54.15
Here are the pictures of the food and my comments
Overall, I would say that the food at San Sui is not fantastic but is not lousy either. Just probably slightly above average. Service wise, I must say that I experienced a much much better service than the above user who had posted in HungryGoWhere. The staff were attentive to my needs and very friendly. Also, one thing to take note is that the restaurant does not serve ice water. It only serves distilled water and sparkling water which is chargeable, or tap water which is free of charge.
Finally, as to whether I will visit the restaurant again, my answer will be no. Given the overall price I paid, I believe I can have better Japanese food else where. In a way, the food there is just not value for money.
PS: if you are intending to visit the restaurant, do make your visit on a Saturday, and sit outdoors. At 8pm, there will be some laser shows from Marina Bay Sands which you will be able to enjoy while eating
San-Sui Sumiyaki & Bar
1 Fullerton Road, 01-05 One Fullerton
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