This restaurant offers a different buffet each night. We have decided to try the Japaense buffet on Wednesday nights at $42++. They also do a deluxe Japanese buffet on Saturday at a higher price with more food variety and free flow sake.
There were actually decent selection of Japanese food but the quality varied.
The sashimi included salmon, tuna, sword fish, squid (ika) and octopus (tako). They were of course not premium selection. The wasabi turned out to be rather strong and that suitably covered some of the deficiency the seafood.
Sushi included the tamago, salmon, ebi and anagi. I only tried the anagi which was so so. The California maki tasted quite good actually, generously coated with fish roe.
Other cold appetisers included things like seaweed, spinach with bonito flakes (quite authentic), squid in spicy sauce, salad selection with non Japanese dressing.
There were tako balls. The Charwanmushi was likely to be the most pale and empty looking one I have ever seen. There seemed to be nothing inside except egg.
Tempura was quite passable. There were prawns, lotus roots, lady fingers and fish. There was also deep fried shishamo.
The mackerel poached in dark soy sauce was something new to me and it tasted quite good. The stir fried beef in yakiniku sauce did not fare as well because the beef left on hot plates eventually became too well done. The sauce was decent.
Teriyaki chicken looked like black soy chicken to me. It was neither fried nor grilled. Rather looked and tasted like poached in the sauce. Again it was over done after being left on a hot plate for too long.
There was a noodle station with cold soba and hot ramen in pork broth. One can choose between miso based or soy based broth. I chose the miso ramen. The noodle was reasonably chewy. There were interesting condiment. The soup base was not tasty enough. A friend of mine condemned it with reference to the popular Tampopo ramen. The positive side was that it was not as salty (to me) as the Tampopo ramen.
Being an international hotel chain, the dessert selection was impressive. There was the famed Hilton cheese cake and various other sinful delights, some with a Japanese twist. There was green tea ice cream, green tea mousse and green tea loaf. I quite like the green tea loaf which was like a butter cake robustly flavoured with green tea powder. There was also a simple lemon cake which tasted quite good.
There was free flow green tea and water and the buffet came with tea and coffee at the end. As it was in the evening, I asked for decaffeinated coffee. It turned out to be the least coffee like decaffeinated coffee I have ever tasted. Perhaps it was meant to taste like that as it was supposed to be decaffeinated. Perhaps I should have just given it a miss.
By the way, service was attentive and courteous as you would expect in an international hotel chain. The place was half full on a Wednesday evening, so the ambience was quite nice and peaceful.
Overall it was a decent dining experience with some hits and misses among the food items.