If you're aint a fussy eater, have a big appetite, likes Japanese food and kinda on a budget, this is the place for you!
More pics and thoughts at http://lepakwithyaops.com/hifumi-all-you-can-eat-appetizer-bar/
Patronised this restaurant as it is the ony place crowded with people. Food quality is rather dissapointing just average but service standard is excellent. Staffs are very attentive and prompt in service. Will patronise again due to excellent service standard.
Standing at the large, newly-added atrium of Plaza Singapura, at a loss of what to have for dinner as there were simply too many restaurants and we were spoilt for choice! In the end, *Cheyene suggested having dinner at Hifumi Japanese Restaurant after we walked around the atrium twice. Hifumi is located at 68 Orchard Road #04-68 Dhoby Ghaut MRT Atrium, Singapore 238839 and the number to dial is 6338 4712. So here we were, being warmly welcomed into the clean-cut, pretty Japanese restaurant that was spacious and had a very hearty feel to it - think, brightly lit, earthly hues, and tables of happy diners chattering away while attacking their food. What caught our attention was really the All-You-Can-Eat / Buffet-style Appetizer Station. There was a rather vast selection of appetizers that we could choose from, once we placed orders for a main course. There were assortments of cha soba (cold greentea noodles), riceball desserts, cherry tomatoes, baby corns, grilled vegetables, fish balls, soya beans, fried yam balls etc. It was a spread, and definitely tempting to try everything. In the end, I just had a modest serving of Chawanmushi (Japanese steamed egg), a handful of cherry tomatoes, baby corn and fried yam ball. The Chawanmushi was tasty, but a little diluted. The fried yam ball was fragrant and rather crispy on the outside, sweetly sticky on the inside. My main course came first - Curry Vegetable with rice - a large pot of bubbling hot curry filled to the brim with colorful ingredients such as hard-boiled egg, baby corns, brocooli, carrots, capsicums, brinjal and mushrooms. The curry sauce was just nice - not too thick or diluted. Best of all, it was the first Japanese curry that I'd eaten that was spicy instead of sweet. I liked this! For more detailed information and photos, please feel free to visit: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/03/dinner-at-hifumi-japanese-restaurant.html
Have you ever seen a manager scolding customers while playing/ messaging on her Samsung phone? I think they are too judgemental and not trained to serve every customers equally. ( We were students btw.) What an awful experience.
Had the beef hamburg steak and a paper-baked chicken which were both decent to taste and the portions were a little smallish, with rice served with the mains. The appetizer buffet was a little tricky because hifumi only provides each customer a rectangular plate and does not change it ever, not even when it's covered with sauce and whatever after your first serving and when you want refills, guess what, you've gotta take your plate to the buffet line, with the plate looking disdainfully dirty with the hodgepodge of sauces and bits, only to refill it with more appetizers. I guess it's a strategy to discourage multiple refills and irresponsible wastage. But in terms of hygiene, I'm not too comfortable when I imagine a customer placing the commonserving spoon on his/her soiled plate and sticking the serving spoon back into the buffet dish, and the process repeats itself. The "buffet" itself is a modest spread of about 8 finger foods, including chawanmushi, sweet potato wedges, potato salad, braised vegetables and other savory bites which were good enough to warrant a second serving. But we were left scratching our heads, wondering if we should use the seviettes to wipe clean our plates before refilling. It is worth a try only if there is no queue and if you are on a budget. Not a place that is crave-worthy though.