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Kuishin Bo (Jurong Point)

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A Japanese buffet restaurant with a difference, this lively dining destination offers not only a wide spread of the usual Japanese dishes, but also has daily special food "surprises" so that regular diners can always try something new.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:30 - 22:00

$36 based on 27 submissions
Large Groups/Gathering (11 votes), Buffet (10 votes), Children/Family (8 votes)
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Wide variety of seafood

See the full post with pictures here.

So we finally tried this Japanese buffet place (that has an outlet at Suntec apparently, but also one at Jurong Point) – it was something like $43++ per adult so we paid $100 in total. Why the price? They’ve got Alaskan King crabs and snow crabs on the seafood bar, as well as plenty of nigiri sushi and the occasional lobster. Plus, it’s a buffet! We certainly had our fill of crab that night!

Advice? Go for the king crab legs instead of the snow crab legs. The king crab legs are replenished much more infrequently than the snow crab legs, but they are pretty tasty.

We were pretty good about giving everything a fair trial. The prawns were fresh, the mussels not really worth eating, but the crab was the clear winner here. Just a squeeze of lemon will do, they are awfully briny (in a good way). They also provide these awesome japanese scissors that allow you to cut right through the crab shell like it was made of paper.

The soba dipping sauce was pretty nice, and you can dress it with all the scallions and seaweed you want. We had two helpings of this!
They also had this interesting/weird potato mochi thing.

There was a teppanyaki bar that fries up chicken, beef, vegetables, etc. for you so liangze got these beef cubes. They are super tender and marbled all the way through. It didn’t really seem to get much business though – I guess most people were there for the fresh seafood!

The miso soup was pretty ordinary, but you get to add your own taupok and tofu and scallions. At the soup station they also had some ginseng congee that we didn’t get to try. Unlimited soup/congee garnishes, like ginger, picked ginger, deep fried shallots, etc.

The best part of the dessert station was undeniably the Hokkaido lavender soft-serve ice cream. We had three cups of this. Best naked, without any toppings. They also had some rather good panna cotta, but everything else was completely underwhelming and not worth the caloric content.
One good thing about Kuishinbo is the fact that they limit the number of diners to the restaurant, so everyone gets a fair shot at the seafood. They don’t attempt to overbook the place, and if you have reserved a table there, you have it for the night, which explains why it’s so pricey I guess – they don’t have two sittings unlike other places like Cajun Kings where we routinely spend >$100 on crab.

One bad thing about Kuishinbo is the bell-ringing fiasco – now this is a unique feature to the restaurant – I have not heard of any other buffet joint “training” their customers quite so Pavlovianly. 

Would I go back? Probably not. But one never knows when another crab craving will hit. 

Note: The dinner buffet is cheaper at Jurong Point than at Suntec City, for obvious accessibility reasons. If you live in the West it’s probably more worth it to go to the Jurong Point one.

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13 Dec 2013 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

Wide variety of seafood

See the full post with pictures here.

So we finally tried this Japanese buffet place (that has an outlet at Suntec apparently, but also one at Jurong Point) – it was something like $43++ per adult so we paid $100 in total. Why the price? They’ve got Alaskan King crabs and snow crabs on the seafood bar, as well as plenty of nigiri sushi and the occasional lobster. Plus, it’s a buffet! We certainly had our fill of crab that night!

Advice? Go for the king crab legs instead of the snow crab legs. The king crab legs are replenished much more infrequently than the snow crab legs, but they are pretty tasty.

We were pretty good about giving everything a fair trial. The prawns were fresh, the mussels not really worth eating, but the crab was the clear winner here. Just a squeeze of lemon will do, they are awfully briny (in a good way). They also provide these awesome japanese scissors that allow you to cut right through the crab shell like it was made of paper.

The soba dipping sauce was pretty nice, and you can dress it with all the scallions and seaweed you want. We had two helpings of this!
They also had this interesting/weird potato mochi thing.

There was a teppanyaki bar that fries up chicken, beef, vegetables, etc. for you so liangze got these beef cubes. They are super tender and marbled all the way through. It didn’t really seem to get much business though – I guess most people were there for the fresh seafood!

The miso soup was pretty ordinary, but you get to add your own taupok and tofu and scallions. At the soup station they also had some ginseng congee that we didn’t get to try. Unlimited soup/congee garnishes, like ginger, picked ginger, deep fried shallots, etc.

The best part of the dessert station was undeniably the Hokkaido lavender soft-serve ice cream. We had three cups of this. Best naked, without any toppings. They also had some rather good panna cotta, but everything else was completely underwhelming and not worth the caloric content.
One good thing about Kuishinbo is the fact that they limit the number of diners to the restaurant, so everyone gets a fair shot at the seafood. They don’t attempt to overbook the place, and if you have reserved a table there, you have it for the night, which explains why it’s so pricey I guess – they don’t have two sittings unlike other places like Cajun Kings where we routinely spend >$100 on crab.

One bad thing about Kuishinbo is the bell-ringing fiasco – now this is a unique feature to the restaurant – I have not heard of any other buffet joint “training” their customers quite so Pavlovianly. 

Would I go back? Probably not. But one never knows when another crab craving will hit. 

Note: The dinner buffet is cheaper at Jurong Point than at Suntec City, for obvious accessibility reasons. If you live in the West it’s probably more worth it to go to the Jurong Point one.

31 Aug 2012 • 5 reviews • 23 followers

Horrid

That has to be the most overpriced buffet experience. None of my family members enjoyed it.

Firstly, there was no ambience to speak of. Granted it is a Japanese buffet but I did not just pay 40 dollars to eat at ishi Mura.

The variety was horrid too. There was only two types of sashimi, the ala-carte dishes were all unpalatable and the desserts seemed like an afterthought. Oh and their pointless specials of the hours? Completely unnecessary. Wait till someone falls and gets a concussion from rushing and there'll be a PR disaster on their hands. Why can't they just offer the dish to each table is beyond me.

I'd much rather have sakae or Nihon Mura for half the price. Or even one of those 30'dollar hotel buffets, which has more sashimi and sushi than this pathetic place.

03 Jan 2012 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

What a waste of money!

We went there on the 30 of DEC and was told it will be 59.90++per person. Since we have not been there and it was too late for other places for a group of 8, we thought we would gIve it a go. What a huge let down!

First, it says on the board that they offer wine buy one get one free for 8 dollars, when we asked about it, we were told only for red wine. Then they say momo ice cream and lobsters will be available for festive season( considering it's 20 dollars more than usual per head) , we then learned later on, they only come out from time to time, with a limit numbers. So we have to wait for the bell ring and rush to queue for it! I saw a table of elderly in front of us, they were not happy about it at all. While we were there for 2 hours, lobster only came out twice and 20 of them each time! Also, ice cream machine was not working, so I ask the waitress, is there other ice cream for kids, then was told " no, coz the machine is broken". I then asked how about the momo ice cream which was printed on the flyer? She then told me" you have to wait until the bell ring to queue and it,s only certain numbers of them !" I was quite upset with her response,coz I am 8 months pregnant and we were with a toddler who just want a bit of ice cream, and all she could say was I have to wait for a bell rings and run to queue for it? When you are running a restaurant, if some item is not available, you will have to find an alternatives to replace it. This is just not professional at all.. Considering the price you pay, the food and service we got is rubbish.it's safe to say we will never go back there again!,
21 Jul 2011 • 10 reviews • 13 followers

Dad's favourite spot

My father like this place is because

1. It's near to our house.

2. He loves salmon

3. It's a buffet so eat all you can!

I can't say much about this place because I've visited this place too many times. So... Hm...

Initially, I felt that is place was worth the price. But after sometime, the standard kinda drop and at times lunch menus can be pretty boring. Well, what can I say, after all it's a buffet. The only thing I like about here is the dessert.

However, I have to admit it's pretty a good place to gather with your friends and family. =)

sashimi
13 Jun 2011 • 46 reviews • 2 followers

Lunch Favourite!

Kushinbo has the 1-hour express lunch promotion at $21.90++. Comparing to Sakae Sushi or Ichiban Sushi, I would only be paying a bit more at Kushinbo but have access to so much more food.

Since the Jurong Point outlet is close to my workplace, it has become a favorite lunch spot for us.

I love the free flow of salmon sashimi which is constantly being sliced and replenished by the chef. Unlike some restaurants' buffet which serve watery or not fully thawed salmon, the sashimi in Kushinbo is considered fresh. There are also other sashimi such as tuna and several types of nigiri, gunkan and maki to choose from.

For lunch, there isn't king crab claws, but they have hairy crab claws instead. At the chilled seafood area, there are also prawns and mussels.

I like the black pepper beef cubes from the Teppanyaki section. It will take some time for the chef to cook it, so I would place an order and collect it later.

The beef is tender and juicy. It's cut into bite size cubes for easy consumption.

Highly recommended!

There is also kaminabe, udon and soba section beside the tempura area. I like the ebi and soft shell crab tempura which are constantly replenished. This is good because I only have 1 hour of lunch, and I do not have to end up queuing for tempura especially when there are some selfish people who like to grab everything on the tray.

I like the macha soft ice cream from the dessert station. I could dispense the amount of ice cream I want and add my favourite toppings to it.

This is a good place for short but heavy lunch! Especially suitable for salmon-lover like me.

For more photos and detailed review, you may visit my blog at http://mydailymoo.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/friday-lunch-kushinbo/