Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 22:00
Located in [email protected] on Orchard Road, Tarafuku Japanese Buffet Restaurant serves various Japanese food such as Sushi, Sashimi, Tonkatsu, grilled items, Ramen and popular range of desserts from Tampopo Deli.
I have walked past this restaurant many times but have never tried it, until I read the reviews few days ago and decided to give it a try with my friend today for the buffet lunch. Located conveniently within the Somerset MRT station, its just about a 2 min walk from the station control to reach here, located next to the Cold Storage at Basement 3.
The buffet started at 11.30am and ran through till 4pm. The weekend operation hour is 1-hour longer than weekeday and yet the prie is the same at $16.80++. It was no surprise that the restaurant was full house and fortunately for us, we have made a reservation.
The ambience was quite cosy and brightly lighted and with nice decorations of colourful umbrellas hanging on the ceiling and bamboo sticks used as decoration on the wall with plastic sakura flowers.
I will not go into details on the food as the previous reviewers have given quite a thorough description. I will share my opinion on the food we have tried. Generally, the food was good and tasty at this reasonable pricing.
We like the Curry gravy that went on well with the white rice and deep fried Chicken and Fish Karage (Chicken and Fish Cutlet). The curry was a bit sweet but very flavourful and fragrant, which I like very much. I have 3 bowls of curry rice.
The salmon were fresh too, with quite a good variety of sushi maki and handrolls. The California Handroll was good but the Unagi version was bland. The Ebi Tempura was good (well deep fried and fresh) with the vegetable tempura was ok.
We also like the Shabu Ramen. Though a bit spicy (for my friend but not to me), it was good. Very flavourful with 1-2 slices of roast pork and pickled vegetables. The soup was good and portion was just nice too. We ordered 5 bowls of it.
They also served Chinese food such as fried Chicken Wings (good), stir fried beef (ok but a bit too dry), fried rice (ok), sweet and sour pork and fish (good), steamed fish fillet (good), stired fried cauliflower and vegetables (ok), tea leaves egg (normal), potota wedges with cheese (ok), chicken porridge (good), pasta (below expectation, cold and yet bland), udon (ok). miso soup (a bit too salty), fried tofu with special sauces (normal) and some others.
On the other side of the restaurant was the counter where they served salad and greens, desserts and pastries, fruits (water melon and honey dew and were extremely sweet) and ice cream. Overall was good. For the ice cream, they offered seasame, green tea, strawberry and yam flavours which were good. They also offered green tea (hot and cold), orang juices and coffee (through the automatic coffee maker dispenser). The orange juice was sweet but not cold, and the cold green tea was bland. Coffee was ok and if you dipped the chocolate cookies in it, it was heavenly.
Pastries were ok, with the chocolate cakes stood out.
Service was good generally. Food were replenished very regularly. Used plates were also cleared instantly and staff were polite and would greet you whenever you go out to collect food and back to your seat. Unlike Sakura where you will need to pay first before entering the restaurant, this place allowed you to enter, be seated and have your "first bite" before the staff would bring the bill to you for payment. I felt this one was quite good.
The only comment I have was that the waiting time for the ordered food to arrive (i.e. handrolls, ramen, udo, ebi tempura) was quite long. Perhaps it was due to the large crowd but the orders were never "forget" except that they would take more than 20 mins to arrive.
Overall, at this price of less than $20 per person and yet being able to try such a great spread of quality food, it was great value for money. We were very happy for the tasty food here.
We felt it was more attractive to come here than to Sakura (almost equal in variety but better in quality and yet much cheaper for the buffet). So it was not without reason why it was full house (among the diners were some Japanese who came and were seen pleased with the food too). And if you plan to come here, make sure you place your reservation before you come as we notice the manager did turn away some walk-in customers.
We will surely come back here again! Perhaps we will try the buffet dinner which was the Shabu Shabu Buffet (about another $10 more) and have a complete dinning experience here!
New rule that is implemented not sure since when but at least from today onwards. So guys just a warning so you don't get surprised and pissed off when you walk in.
We get time limit with lower price probably at lunch, but when you are paying about 37++ for dinner, this is ridiculous.
I say I'm not patronising this place until they abolish this stupid rule.
For those who choose to live with it, you are pathetic. Come on, there are other good places out there.