FoodRestaurant

Unique Experience: Pay as You Please at this Buffet Restaurant in S’pore

'Guest is God' Philosophy

At this day and age, we see oh so many F&B outlets popping up everywhere. However, just like whack-a-mole, they disappear as soon as they arrive. It is hard to fathom how competitive the F&B industry is; between competing for prices to being ahead of the trend, it’s survival of the fittest. That is why it is all the more unfathomable to think that at Annalakshmi Restaurant, despite it being a buffet restaurant, holds a unique concept whereby you pay as you please — no matter if it’s $2 for a buffet meal, or $50 for a simple thosai in Singapore.

Annalakshmi Restaurant

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Assortedrubberbands (@assortedrubberbands) on


The founding of this restaurant is based around the philosophy of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, which translates to ‘Guest is God’. Motivated by service instead of profit, it is run largely by a crew of volunteers. No, they do not work to make a living, and neither do they feel the need to. Volunteers there simply work for the joy of sharing their love and passion of giving.

Harish sharing his story at Annalakshmi Restaurant in Singapore
by @ Our Grandfather Story (Youtube)

“At the end of the day, if that’s all that they can afford, that’s all they can afford,” said Harish, a full-time, third-generation employee at Annalakshmi Restaurant. In a video by Our Grandfather Story, Harish talked about how he learned to enjoy serving customers as a reward in itself. He shared how working with Annalakshmi Restaurant has taught him a great deal of life philosophies, too.

Being the culinary branch of Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), Annalakshmi has been a hallmark for vegetarian-dining, attracting diners from all walks of life.

The Food They Serve

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by xsaltire (@xsaltire) on


With recipes passed down from generation to generation since 1986, they serve fantastic vegetarian Indian cuisine. The flavours originate from many different parts of India, while leaning slightly more towards Southern Indian Cuisine. From thosai to briyani, their vegetarian Indian buffet has attracted a huge following. No, it’s not because it’s ‘free’, but rather because it delectably reminds many of home-cooked food.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by HAYzuhl (@hayzuhl) on

What’s most impressive is that they not only keep their food of high savoury levels and of flexible charges, but they also provide a comfortable, family-like atmosphere in their restaurant. The restaurant is clean, and the staff are humble and friendly all at the same time. Everything is so heavenly and pure to the point it almost feels too good to be true!

Pay As You Please

You give as much as you think your experience dining with them is worth. No fine print. If you think your briyani is worth 5 dollars, you pay 5 dollars. If you thought the thosai was worth 10 dollars, but also thought the principle behind how the restaurant is run is invaluable, then pay a hundred dollars.

Cashier at Annalakshmi Restaurant in Singapore
by @ Our Grandfather Story (Youtube)

However, there’s one requirement that you must adhere to — just don’t waste any food. Take as much as you can eat, and pay as much as you feel. It’s straightforward, yet overwhelmingly kind!

Public Opinion

Google Ratings of Annalakshmi Restaurant in Singapore
Google Ratings of Annalakshmi Restaurant

Don’t just take our word for it! Singapore’s Annalakshmi Restaurant has garnered an average rating of 4.5 stars from about 1,600 Google reviews.

A Google review of Annalakshmi Restaurant in Singapore
A Google review of Annalakshmi Restaurant
A Google review of Annalakshmi Restaurant in Singapore
A Google review of Annalakshmi Restaurant

How about your experience? What do you think of the concept? Have you eaten there? If not, do you feel like trying it out? Do tell us down in the comments below!

Details:

Operating Hours: 11am— 3pm (Daily); 6:15pm— 9:30pm (Tuesdays through Sundays)
💰 Pricing: As you please.
🚦 Location: #01, 20 Havelock Rd, 04 Central Square, Singapore 059765
📊 More About Them: Website | Facebook

Read Also: All-You-Can-Eat Xiao Long Bao Buffet At Master Wang Woodlands For S$18.80

🔥We are hiring interns and editors. Send your resume to career@singaporefoodie.com🔥

Join Our Facebook Groups — KL, Penang, Johor, and Singapore!

Also, you pay as you please at this buffet restaurant in Singapore. Similarly, this is a buffet restaurant in Singapore.

Also, you pay as you please at this buffet restaurant in Singapore. Similarly, this is a buffet restaurant in Singapore.

Also, you pay as you please at this buffet restaurant in Singapore. Similarly, this is a buffet restaurant in Singapore.

Tags

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Close