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(Closed) Tarafuku Japanese Buffet Restaurant

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Located in 313@Somerset 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.

Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 15:00

Sat, Sun & - Eve of PH: 11:30 - 16:00

Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 22:00

Sat, Sun & - Eve of PH: 17:30 - 22:00

+65 66340889
$23 based on 34 submissions
Buffet (10 votes), Lunch (10 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (8 votes)
Weighty Man

2 hr rule is enough !

2 hr rule is enough for a meal, pig out and get your money's worth. Restaurants have to make money,Cannot just sit there the whole night to chit chat !

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12 Oct 2012 • 711 reviews • 83 followers

2 hr rule is enough !

2 hr rule is enough for a meal, pig out and get your money's worth. Restaurants have to make money,Cannot just sit there the whole night to chit chat !
15 Sep 2012 • 3 reviews • 4 followers

New rule, 2hrs time limit in place, 6-8pm, 8-10pm for Fri, Sat. Abolish this rule or be prepared to

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.

01 Sep 2012 • 8 reviews • 10 followers

change of management? :D

I used to frequent this place alot (once a month?) since school is nearby and price + spread is reasonable. Despite the gradual increase in price every now and then, I still continue to frequent them till they get REALLY crowded after more people get to know them, spread becoming smaller and their snail speed of replenishing the food turn me off so bad that I decided to boycott them for almost a year!

Bf decided to check out this place again and found huge improvement to the place! Better service staff and more varieties of food, even better than my first visit! The huge crowd is still present but the staff are more capable of handling them. We learnt that there was a change in management and the manager told us to give this place another try. We didnt regret it! Their food is also tastier than before though I'm not sure whether they use (alot of) MSG but I just love to drink the soup for shabu shabu! As with all buffets, there are some items which are not that fantastic, but for the price and the effort they put in to improve, I believe this is an awesome place! :D

Some of the items that we LOVE:

MILK PUDDING

Chocolate meringue

Strawberry cake

Kaijiki and salmon sashimi

Beef curry

Soft shell crab

Beef shabu shabu (fresh prawns too!)

Grilled scallop

Things that can be improve:

Soup of the day (imitation shark fin soup that is too starchy and tasteless)

Beef steak (the auntie doesnt seems to know how to cook steak)

Strawberry and yuzu sobert (they just tasted really weird to me)

15 Mar 2012 • 711 reviews • 83 followers

New items added and still good

It's good to check out my favourite restaurants once in a while to measure them against my benchmark for good food. Tarafuku lives up and exceeds the original ratings given them, except that they were too crowded that day (as usual, I was told).

Ambience: It's a reasonable sized restaurant with small tables and chairs but it was unusually crowded on a Wednesday afternoon for lunc, I guess it's during the school holidays and all the mummy and papas are bringing their kids out for a break. Lots of kids around. (kids half price). Cool, not too noisy as people were busy eating and comfortable.

Food: I've long since learned to focus on the key items in a Japanese buffet and not to waste time with the Udon, fried rice, deep fried chicken, green salads, and potato chips, which are not typically Japanese. I started with a large dish of shahimi - tuna, salmon and squid (ika). The tuna was particularly fresh and tasty compared to other joints that tend to serve mushy tuna. Solid pieces, well cut and not soggy. I enjoyed tuns this time. The salmon slices which thick, fresh and very tasty. I chose the pieces that had streaks of salmon fat in it - delicious with wasabe and soy sauce. The ika was not too fresh and I had only 2 pieces for fear of the runs. Eating this one plate of sashimi is enough to "chiak kow poon" - eat your value for the lunch. Senior citizens pay a net $19 for lunch, a discount of about $4 over the young ones.

I had a piece of pork tonkatsu which I felt was overfried, dark brown on the outside and dry on the inside. Not typical of Tampopo (their parentage) style. Only had one piece. The chawamushi was great tasting, served hot from a boiler, finely steamed egg with prawns and chicken in it. Wanted to take 2 but though that I should concentrate on the sashimi. I had another plate of sashimi which was eqully good but someone else had taken the choice bits of salmon with fat in it. I had to settle for the side muscle.

I must highlight their sushi. Unlike other buffet places, their sushi is insipid, limb and tasteless, often filled with crab sticks. Over here, their sushi are bistro quality, well prepared, large with lots of filling (fish skin, prawn). Their Californian rolls are also well prepared with fresh, crunchy nori.

You can also order side dishes, I had 2 pieces of tempura prawns - good but prawns were too crunchy for my liking and appeared drained off colour. A shishamo fish deep fried - very well done, not dark brown like the tonkatsu, and a bowl of laksa ramen, which I could not finish. This ramen is served with a small piece of char siew, egg, fish slices.

Value: Great value even if you pay full price.

Service: I notice that the staff are more friendly this time around. A tall guy with punked was kinder to me and less abrasive. Even the cashier was friendly. Pluses for service this time around.

27 Jan 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Good service with Decent Food

Just finished my yoga class at Centrepoint at about 8pm on a Thursday night, decided to go there on a whim with the boyfriend.

Went there to check the price, decided it wasn't too ludicrous and so proceeded to dine there. Student pricing was $25.50++, adult pricing $28.50++ and the manager took my word for it that I was a student, didn't even have to show my student ID when they came with the bill. It's those buffets where you have to get up and walk around for your food .. something like Kuishinbo style. The spread consisted of items like Makimono, sashimi, tempura, and other cooked items like Ika, Salmon head, etc. And of course dessert and free flow of drinks! Asahi beer was $12 for 4 which I thought was pretty reasonable too!

Honestly, the food is pretty average-not fantastic quality Japanese food, but the restaurant won me over with the great service. It was almost closing time when my boyfriend asked the manager to top up the mushrooms for the shabu shabu section. Thought that they weren't going to do it, but they did. And even near closing time, most of the sections were still full of food-not like miserly remnants of whatever people didn't want to eat.

Waitresses and waiters were also really attentive and pleasant, service with a smile :) There was a waitress that walked around and if she saw that your shabu shabu pot had insufficient soup base, she would just top it up automatically without you having to ask. Points for initiative!

I really hope that the management will make some improvements to the quality of the food-the beef for the shabu shabu was way too fatty (seriously, almost no meat at all), the sashimi was strange tasting (way too orange looking), and I thought that the ramen could have been better (perhaps use a better base?). Also, the calamari rings were disastrous.

Food that topped the night for me would have to be the prawns for the shabu shabu, soft shell crab handroll (so good!!), the makimonos (really good too), and the miso paste pork katsu. Extremely tender and still crisp! Although I didn't really like the miso. Chawanmushi was decently smooth, could be less watery though. And of course, the desserts were splendid. Had the caramel pudding which is a Tampopo signature, and a slice of cake that was also a pleasant mix of raspberry and cream.

Boyfriend said never to bring him there again, but I would go back myself with other friends if I felt like eating Japanese without having to choose what I wanted to order. Also, this is really a lot more value for money than Kuishinbo though the spread is almost as decent!