Japanese buffet and sweets13 June, 2011 by Chad
Let’s Sweets is a “Japanese buffet and sweets” place that opened late last year at Parco Bugis Junction. It is suspiciously run by the people who have brought you both Ajisen Ramen and Botejyu, so as would have can guessed, very little about it is actually Japanese. But putting that aside, how does it size up?
The strongest point of Let’s Sweets is perhaps its cost. Despite being located at a prime spot in Bugis, lunch costs $14.80, with dinner at $18.80 on weekends. Buffet prices that I’ve haven’t seen since the last decade. This comes with a noticeable drawback though as customers are smacked with a 60 minute time limit during lunch (80 minutes for dinner).
Those looking for a variety of savory dishes will be sorely disappointed. As pretty much the only dishes you’ll find here are pasta and pizzas. Neither of which are very good. But calling Let’s Sweets un-Japanese can be a little cruel.
Anyone who’s been to Japan would learn that pasta and sweets, effectively make up most of the diet of teenagers there. Let’s Sweets looks to have been inspired by the countless pasta-dessert buffet type places that litter trendy youth spots like Harajuku.
If you can look past the meager food served, Let’s Sweets does offer a generous selection of desserts for its price. Nothing particularly outstanding and not all of them were good but some decent at least. Choose cautiously.
Clearly, Let’s Sweets wasn’t doing too well when we visited the place. At least half of the restaurant was empty that evening (while this may seem normal for those overseas, it is common that people here queue anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour for their food). For this reason, the 60/80 minute time limit was not enforced and if it were, I’d be much more severe with my impression.
Buffet styled restaurants have long been on the decline here. If I were to blame anything, it’d be that a niche concept like Let’s Sweets is just not viable in Singapore where people expect to get top quality food at budget prices.
Without the time limit in place though, Let’s Sweets makes a great spot for budget constrained youths who need a place to chill out in the otherwise space scarce city area.
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