It has been a while since I last had my share of Japanese Buffet. Not sure why, probably because age is catching up. For 35++/ adult any time any day is actually quite value for money. Located in River View Hotel at Havelock Road it probably help the restaurant to keep the price pocket friendly to the customer.Read MoreHide
So what's excellent:
Sashimi Moriawase – The combination consist of shake (salmon), maguro (Tuna), hamachi (Yellow tail), Mekajiki (sword fish), tako (octopus), tai (snapper). All of the sashimi taste very fresh, smooth and the cuts are also generous. I did not manage to try the tako, but I don't think I miss much.
Irodori Maki (Irodori Special Roll) – the combination of the mayonnaise and crunchiness of the ebiko (prawn roe), really make this maki special.
Grilled Prawns with mentaiko and broilled salmon head - Fresh and yummy is to describe this dishes. The salmon head is not fishy, and broiled with soy sauce, ginger and mirin. It is not in the menu, instead it is only serve once for each customer. Very common in Japanese buffet restaurant to give you the exclusive feeling.
Chawamushi – this steam egg is silky smooth.
Other than the above, you have more than 100 items in the menu to choose from. Starting from sashimi, maki mono (Matt Roll), yaki mono (grill dishes), nigiri (finger press) sushi, te-maki (hand roll), age mono (deep fried), teppan yaki, menrui / gohan mono (soba / rice).
The other dishes that we manage to taste such as their mixed tempura, tebasaki karaage (deep fried mid wing), tori karaage, beef and pork shogayaki, enoki shitake butter yaki, soft shell crab handroll, chicken yakitori, saba fish, ebi furai (bread crumb prawn), tonkatsu, saba fish and zaru soba. The standard of each dish is actually quite good on average.
Deserts are not part of the buffet, but if you have extra space left in your tummy or you need to satisfied your sweet tooth, you can order the green tea or sesame ice cream.
Base on our visit on Thursday night, it can be seen that this restaurant is quite popular. This place can seat around 100 people and on that night, it is almost full, including the chef's counter. The restaurant is spacious, bright and comfortable. Service is very efficient, and we have this tea lady keep the green tea flowing at all times.
Overall, this restaurant really make a good impression on all fronts. Starting from ambiance, food quality, service and price. If you go to any good ala carte Japanese restaurant, you will probably spend the same amount as the buffet. So I guess, I'll be back for more then. Thanks to HGW for inviting me for the food tasting. Jūbun ni meshiagare – bon appetit in Japanese.
Must tries: Sashimi, Irodori special Maki, Grilled prawns with mentaiko
- I also recommend this place for:
- After Work, Anniversary, Birthdays, Boys Night Out, Buffet, Girls Night Out, Large Groups/Gathering
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