Whether you’re looking for a sushi buffet or yakitori buffet, these Japanese restaurants serving all-you-can-eat spreads will leave you absolutely stuffed
Five pots of sukiyaki, 10 plates of sushi, 20 sticks of yakitori and 30 snow crab legs – if all that sounds like a cinch to you, then you’re probably no stranger to Japanese buffets. As one of the most sought-after cuisines in Singapore, Japanese food continues to be a dominant player in the local food scene, and its abundance of Japanese buffets is a dead giveaway of that. We’d suggest going hungry and loosening a belt notch or two; these buffets will leave you stuffed.
Sushi lovers will be spoilt for choice at Kuishin Bo’s Japanese buffets, starting at just $36.90. Their vast sushi offerings include the standards, as well as more contemporary, Western styles like the California roll. The buffet also includes shabu shabu, kaminabe and charcoal grill sections, so you really get to enjoy the full breadth of Japanese cuisine. If you’ve got kids with you, fret not; the restaurant offers a children’s section with appropriately-sized tables and even a candy floss machine to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
Kuishin Bo, #03-334 to 337 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, p. 6341 9200. Open daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm. Buffet is available for lunch (Mon-Fri $36.90++ and Sat-Sun $38.90++) and dinner (Mon-Thu $54.90++ and Sat-Sun $58.90++).
Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin
“Good quality with reasonable price” – that’s the motto of Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin. And true enough, the 60-minute, all-you-can-eat shabu shabu buffet offers fresh vegetables and various meats such as pork ribs, wagyu beef, and pork loins imported from Japan. Do look out for its unique selections of dashi stock; instead of standard stock such as shoyu and sukiyaki, Gyu Jin offers nouveau selections such as yuzu salt and creamy rice malt dashi.
Japan Food Town, Lvl 4 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877, p. 6262 3240. Buffet is available Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm, and Sat-Sun 11am-11pm; $24.90 for standard shabu shabu or sukiyaki, $31.90 for Australian wagyu course, and $62.90 for Japanese first-class wagyu course.
Can’t get enough of sushi? From 11.30am to 2.30pm, Shin Minori offers a daily a la carte, all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet featuring a selection of sashimi, sushi, and temaki dishes for just $39.90++. On the menu, you’ll find favourites like maguro, salmon, hamachi, unagi, as well as rolls like the classics California roll. You can also pop by for the dinner buffet between 6pm and 10.30pm that’s priced at 41.90++. A real steal, if you ask us.
Shin Minori, #03-15/16 UE Square Shopping Mall, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore 239917. p. 6733 2272. Buffet is available for lunch 11.30am-2.30pm at $39.90++, and dinner 6pm-10.30pm at $41.90++.
Aptly translating to “miracle” in Japanese, it really is quite sensational how this Japanese buffet restaurant in Orchard Central manages to cram over 200 buffet items in one spread. The whopping selection is diverse too; go for multiple rounds of teppanyaki and robatayaki grilled items, or challenge your buds with how many sticks of yakitori you can wolf down. Claim to be a sashimi monster? Prove it here too. The bigger miracle? All this costs just $31.80++ (Mon-Thu) for dinners from 6pm to 10pm.
Kiseki, #08-01/02/03 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, p. 6736 1216. Buffet is available for lunch 11.30am-3pm (Mon-Fri at $21.80++ and Sat-Sun at $29.80++), and dinner 6pm-10pm (Mon-Fri at $31.80++ and Sat-Sun at $36.80++).
A popular haunt amongst Japanese foodies, Momiji knows how to treats its diners with free-flow servings of sweet zuwaikani (snow crab), so you’d best be ready to get your hands dirty. Fresh seafood aside, you’ll also spot seemingly infinite selections – expect over 150 buffet items here – of sashimi and shabu shabu, and if you come between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, you’ll even get to glug all-you-can-drink Sapporo beer.
Momiji, #05-04/06 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539, p. 6509 193. Buffet is available for lunch 12pm-3pm (Mon-Fri at $25.80++), brunch 11.30am-3.30pm (Sat-Sun at $40.80++), and dinner 6pm-10pm (Mon-Thu at $40.80++) and 5.30pm-10pm (Fri-Sun at $42.80++).
How do you know you’re getting the best at Shima? For starters, this Goodwood Park fixture is arguably Singapore’s first teppanyaki restaurant that’s been around since 1980. Its showy, flamboyant chefs – equipped with culinary acrobatics and teppan tricks – have been personally honed by Japanese teppanyaki masters, and they won’t rest ’til you’re stuffed from Shima’s all-you-can-eat teppanyaki buffet lunches.
Shima, Lvl 1 Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, p. 6734 6281. Buffet lunch is available daily, 12pm-3pm, $49.90.
Ikoi Japanese Restaurant
Does the thought of never-ending sashimi makes your heart flutter? Then Ikoi should be your go-to restaurant in Singapore. It’s one of our top picks when we need a full-on feast, but be warned: you need to book early to avoid disappointment. If you’ve got a large posse to feed, ask for the private room (up to 12 pax) for free-flow sashimi and classic sushi bites.
Ikoi Japanese Restaurant, #01-01 Hotel Miramar, 401 Havelock Road, Singapore 169631, p. 6887 3788. Buffet is available daily 11.30am-2pm and 6pm-11pm at $38++.