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Shinkei Japanese Restaurant offers what Japan cuisine has to brag to their food about with its mouth-watery dishes and delectable foods that could satisfy your cravings with variety of selection of Sashimi, Sushi, Tempura, Yakitori and many more. This is a place to rest your mind and eat to your satisfaction.

 

Daily: 11:00 - 14:30

Daily: 18:00 - 22:30

+65 62555598
$38 based on 38 submissions
Dinner (14 votes), After Work (13 votes), Buffet (13 votes)
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Decent Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet

Full Shinkei review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/02/shinkei-tasting-session.html


Established in October 2013, Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant, located near Toa Payoh Library, offers a pretty good Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet. With a variety of over 140 small plates, and pricing comparable to other buffet places, Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant is worth a visit.

It can be slightly hard to locate Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant, as their signage on the exterior of the building isn't prominent. Ambience within Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant resembles a traditional Japanese forest tea house, with dark colours of wood and bright spot lighting. The wooden furniture is solid and modern, and they even have several spacious private rooms! Japanese sake casks are used for decor, as is traditional Japanese lanterns.

Service at Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant is efficient. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and appear happy and cheerful. Orders are taken, and fulfilled quickly, and I like that staff also come around to clear away empty plates. While they're not too familiar with dishes when questioned, I like that they had the initiative to check with the chef and give us the answers.

Food at Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant is generally decent, with full flavours. Seasoning and sauces here tend towards the heavy side, but at least the food isn't bland. There are over 140 various items on the menu, from sushi, to tempura, to yakimono, to desserts. Dishes are served in small portions so you can order a variety of items. Pricing is decent as well, budget about SGD $45 per person for the ala-carte buffet here.

Rarely served elsewhere in Singapore, the Beer Orion Premium Draft has a light, slightly sweet taste with little bitterness. Almost similar to a fruit beer, this pale golden ale is very easy to drink, with a pleasant mouth feel. Definitely worth trying!

I felt the Age Gyoza / Japanese Pork Dumpling was above average, with a nice, meaty bite to the dumpling, and a slightly firm skin that has a hint of crunch. The pork within is moist, and releases a savoury meat juice that coats each bite. Good!

The Sashimi Moriawase platter has several hits, and several misses. The Shake / Salmon sashimi, the Maguro / Tuna sashimi, and the Tako / Octopus sashimi were very good. Loved the fresh taste, we couldn't stop eating it! However, the Hamachi / Yellow Tail sashimi, and the Ika / Squid sashimi were firmer in texture than normal, which made it difficult to eat.

Staff highly recommended the Hokkaido Green Tea Gelato, and it didn't disappoint! The thick, creamy gelato is smooth, and has a decent amount of green tea flavour, without the powdery taste normally present in other versions of green tea ice cream. Probably one of the best items I sampled here, I would visit again just to eat this! Very good, highly recommended!


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07 Feb 2015 • 349 reviews • 55 followers

Decent Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet

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Full Shinkei review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/02/shinkei-tasting-session.html


Established in October 2013, Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant, located near Toa Payoh Library, offers a pretty good Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet. With a variety of over 140 small plates, and pricing comparable to other buffet places, Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant is worth a visit.

It can be slightly hard to locate Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant, as their signage on the exterior of the building isn't prominent. Ambience within Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant resembles a traditional Japanese forest tea house, with dark colours of wood and bright spot lighting. The wooden furniture is solid and modern, and they even have several spacious private rooms! Japanese sake casks are used for decor, as is traditional Japanese lanterns.

Service at Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant is efficient. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and appear happy and cheerful. Orders are taken, and fulfilled quickly, and I like that staff also come around to clear away empty plates. While they're not too familiar with dishes when questioned, I like that they had the initiative to check with the chef and give us the answers.

Food at Shinkei Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet Restaurant is generally decent, with full flavours. Seasoning and sauces here tend towards the heavy side, but at least the food isn't bland. There are over 140 various items on the menu, from sushi, to tempura, to yakimono, to desserts. Dishes are served in small portions so you can order a variety of items. Pricing is decent as well, budget about SGD $45 per person for the ala-carte buffet here.

Rarely served elsewhere in Singapore, the Beer Orion Premium Draft has a light, slightly sweet taste with little bitterness. Almost similar to a fruit beer, this pale golden ale is very easy to drink, with a pleasant mouth feel. Definitely worth trying!

I felt the Age Gyoza / Japanese Pork Dumpling was above average, with a nice, meaty bite to the dumpling, and a slightly firm skin that has a hint of crunch. The pork within is moist, and releases a savoury meat juice that coats each bite. Good!

The Sashimi Moriawase platter has several hits, and several misses. The Shake / Salmon sashimi, the Maguro / Tuna sashimi, and the Tako / Octopus sashimi were very good. Loved the fresh taste, we couldn't stop eating it! However, the Hamachi / Yellow Tail sashimi, and the Ika / Squid sashimi were firmer in texture than normal, which made it difficult to eat.

Staff highly recommended the Hokkaido Green Tea Gelato, and it didn't disappoint! The thick, creamy gelato is smooth, and has a decent amount of green tea flavour, without the powdery taste normally present in other versions of green tea ice cream. Probably one of the best items I sampled here, I would visit again just to eat this! Very good, highly recommended!


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04 Feb 2015 • 221 reviews • 19 followers

So-so Japanese ala carte buffet

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I was actually quite surprised when told that there is an All You Can Eat Ala Carte Japanese Buffet, near Toa Payoh library. I have passed by the place numerous time but I did not remembering seeing Shinkei Japanese Restaurant. Apparently it is newly opened sometime back in September 2013, probably that is why I have not noticed it. Singaporean loves buffet and I am sure they will welcome the new buffet restaurant in the hood. Shinkei Japanese Restaurant offers an extensive range of over 140 items in their menu ranging from sushi, sashimi, tempura, yakitori and many more.

I thought it was not necessary for Shinkei to serve a complimentary dish since it is a buffet restaurant. Nevertheless I welcome the gesture. Ordering is pretty simple. Just indicate the item number and quantity in the ordering sheet and pass it to the waiter/waitress. Once the food is ready, they will be served to the table.

I started with some Sashimi. I ordered the Salmon, Yellow Tail, Swordfish, Snapper, Octopus, Cuttlefish and Roasted Salmon. I actually ordered Tuna too but was told that the tuna was not good so the chef decided to take it off the menu. I actually glad to hear that, showing that they have their customers at heart and there is quality control.

The Chawanmushi was a bit too plain looking for photo taking so I added some colours to it from other dishes. Although presentation was dull and lacking of ingredients in the chawanmushi, it still came across as a pretty flavourful steamed egg custard.

Read full article and photos at www.sgfoodonfoot.com
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01 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

sub par Japanese ala carte buffet

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1. maki is poorly made and not firm with the rice breaking off easily. 2. temaki has very little filling and the seaweed is also not crispy 3. the other food items are also quite miserably prepared spent about $46 nett per person which isn't exactly cheap so I expected something better
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25 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Great Dinner experience on Christmas Eve

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I went with my boyfriend to celebrate our Christmas eve dinner.

We are greeted by their friendly staffs at the door and received a Christmas hat as a small Christmas gift.
The food is great. The sashimi is so fresh and we are so busy eating that we forgotten to take the sashimi photo & others. :(
The portion is small & it is good because we managed to try a lot of items from the menu.
We have a beautiful Christmas evening enjoying dinner at Shinkei.

Thank you SHINKEI staffs for their attentive attention & service. Thumb up :)


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24 Dec 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Felt cheated. Do read if you like to eat Swordfish.

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Visited Shinkei on 22 Dec 2014. It was for a Deal.com.sg buffet voucher that was why I went.
 
 Before visiting, I have read a few online reviews that spoke of the poor customer service but good food. Thus, I went mentally prepared.
 
 As I entered the restaurant, I was greeted by a friendly staff who brought me to my seat. Thereafter another staff came to explain to me about the promotion. I was not really able to hear him well as his command of English was not well.
 
 I ordered Ice Lemon Tea and the staff brought Coke over instead. I wonder what had he written in the notepad when I mentioned that to him. I quickly realize I was not the only one. 2 tables away, a young chap spoke with a raised voice, that he ordered another drink and not Coke. I wonder why.
 
 What shocked me wasn't the above. Rather it was that I found out from the menu that Swordfish is not offered for lunch on Monday to Friday and nowhere on the Deal voucher Terms and Conditions did it state so! In fact, it was listed as an evergreen item in Deal.com.sg.
 
 It was no wonder that in the Deal.com.sg webpage, the link provided to show the Menu did not include Sashimi! I highly suspect it must be because it would show that Swordfish is not going to be there for lunch from Monday to Friday.
 
 You know what? I went primarily for the Swordfish. Can you imagine how cheated I felt? I am tempted to believe there is intention to cheat by not showing the menu page with the Swordfish left out. I took a picture of that too.
 
 The salmon that came was sliced/prepared so poorly. I have never seen any salmon sashimi sliced this way. Totally unappetizing. It was a turn-off.
 
 I won't be going back. Friendly staff, but felt cheated by the food that was served.
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  • Missing page from Deal.com.sg  note the Swordfish.

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