Daily: 12:00 - 14:30
Daily: 18:00 - 21:30
Despite its name, this buffet restaurant serves not only Japanese cuisine but Western and Asian dishes too. The spread includes all the Japanese standards like sushi, sashimi, tempura and teppanyaki, complemented by dim sum, lobster salad, grilled meats, among others.
We caught a movie at Shaw Plaza - Burlesque, wonderful show, highly recommended to go. Then the $12 sign on the 4th floor caught my eye. This Sakura outlet offers the $12 version and the $22 version, At $12, you cannot eat the a) shashimi b) freshly cooked meats and seafood c) those marked with a :NO ENTRY sign. After checking it out, we decided that the $12 was enough, after all, we're on a diet. Try lah!!
Ambience: Stools and tables spread over a large area. Very cold airconditioning and comfortable environment, saw a party of 10 enjoying their quick lunch.
Food n Beverage: Almost everything under the sun, I shall only describe the $12 lunch. Started with Sharks fin soup - more like crab meat and chicken meat soup but it was tasty, also had the spicy seafood soup (loads of seafood, prawns, clams etc) We had good sushi, salmon, prawn, flying fish roe, with wasabe, all properly served, not in a mess. Went on to have the salad, iceberg lettuce with a choice of 4 dressings, then the hot dishes, rendang, squid in tomato, and fired baby Jap crabs - just like soft shell crabs, only crunchier and tastier (recommend),. Then we had the dim sum reasonably good but all meat, meat lovers will like it. On the left we had sticks of squid (can eat, no NO ENTRY sign) and mussels, oysters in potato mash. Still got dessert - green tea mochi, durian green tea cake, fruits of all sorts. I usually do not describe the drinks but there is a bank of 5 machines offering every drink you can imagine from cold to hot drinks. One cup of each and you'll be suffering from sugar shock.
Value: Great value, average food mostly but highlights are the fried crab, sushi, soups and dessert. Great if you've just finished your route march and dying to eat your fill. "Chiak Kow Poon" Eat your worth.
Service: Self Service, but the receptionist was polite to describe what we could eat and what we could not.
i bought my family and uncle for early fathers' day dinner last night at shaw plaza.initially wanted to go the outlet at pasir ris but saw the rating at shaw plaza is better so we went to shaw plaza instead.we arrived at about 8pm, the place is only like 2/3 filled.they closed 1 section. the place is pretty cramped,especially i brought along my baby girl and a toddler.always bound to have the people at the next table brushing against my back.
i dont know if they are short of staff or what but the laksa stalls as no one tending to it and a customer had to signalled a chef stationed at another stall to come over. the refill of food is d*** slow,i waited for a good half an hour for refill of chawanmushi and potato salad.
its only till almost the end of my dinner,did i see the service staff coming out of no where to start clearing the tables! throughout,theres only 1 or 2 staff clearing the plates.given the limited space,we often have to clear the plates ourselves in order to contain new batch of food.my dining experience at the downtown east branch is definitely a better one. so disappointed with the outlet at shaw plaza.dont think i will patronize that outlet again.
This is a good place to come for family or friend outing as i find the price quite affordable about $25 for a buffet with quite a spread.Even though shaw plaza is considered quite "ulu", it is surprising that this place is mostly full during dinner.My favourite dish would be their laksa,satays and durian puffs.
They were quick to clear my plates.
I will come here again!