SINGAPORE - A popular halal buffet restaurant in Singapore has been suspended for two weeks by the National Environment Agency (NEA) for selling unclean food and failing to keep its premises clean.
The Landmark, located on the fifth floor of Village Hotel Bugis in Victoria Street, will cease operations from Tuesday (Aug 28) to Sept 10. The NEA said in a statement on Tuesday that the restaurant was suspended, as it had accumulated 16 demerit points over the past year.
The restaurant was also fined $1,100.
On its website, The Landmark claims to serve the best halal buffet in Singapore. Lunch and dinner buffets cost between $30++ and $40++ for an adult.
A spokesman for the restaurant told The Straits Times on Wednesday an item on its buffet spread, "Seafood on Ice", had failed a random check by NEA.
"We found oysters and scallops to be the contributing factor," said the spokesman.
The restaurant, which is owned by Singapore Hospitality, has since changed its supplier following customer feedback, while "Seafood on Ice" - which served raw seafood - will be replaced by a cooked seafood corner.
It added that the restaurant has also strengthened its standard operating procedures (SOPs) and conducted a thorough investigation.
Said the spokesman: "In addition to the current food safety team, a new quality assurance manager with several years of experience in central kitchen food production and hygiene has been hired to ensure that SOPs will be strictly adhered to by all levels of staff within the organisation."
The restaurant had previously posted videos on its Facebook page explaining that it would be closing for renovations.
However, it clarified to ST on Wednesday that the closure was mainly due to the suspension notice, although it will also be undergoing "uplifting work". It added that guests can look forward to a wider buffet spread when it reopens.
"As a reputable food and beverage operator with years of experience, our promise to our guests is always to ensure that we provide the freshest foods with the highest standards of hygiene and the best service, nothing less," said the spokesman.
Correction note: In an earlier version of this story, The Landmark was quoted as saying that seven diners had fallen ill. It has since clarified that there were no illnesses reported, and that its "Seafood on Ice" buffet spread had failed a random check by NEA.