Japanese buffet need not be expensive; On a budget but still crave for endless flow of good Japanese food? Here are five good buffets where you can feed your gluttonous alter egos while being on a budget.
Note: All prices are for lunch and dinner
Hanare Japanese Cafe
Address: 99B Tanjong Pagar Rd
A meal for two at Hanare Japanese Cafe cost no more than $40. Check their Facebook page for daily specials, but there are loads of high-quality authentic dishes like Negitoro with Sashimi, Iberico Pork Tonkatsu, and Anago Steam Rice. Hot dishes such as Japanese beef and chicken curry, oden, and chicken karaage, are available and served in cafeteria-style chafing dishes. Go green with a wide selection of pickled Japanese vegetables, salads, edamame and inari sushi.
Ala carte is also available here. Opt for the Barachirashi set ($17.90) which comes with a bowl of assorted marinated sashimi on sushi rice along with access to a small buffet of four different appetizers.
Irodori Japanese Restaurant
Address: 382 Havelock Rd, Riverview Hotel, #03-01
Irodori Japanese Restaurant offers generous assorted sashimi and sushi platters, loads of great grilled items (eggplant, shishamo, and ebi mentaiyaki), assorted tempura, as well as rice and noodle dishes. Must-orders include the dobin mushi and grilled enoki mushrooms wrapped in thinly-sliced beef. The only downside here is that there’s no dessert included.
Price: $19.80 — 34.80
Address: #08-01/02/03 Orchard Central,181 Orchard Rd
Although the selection of food here isn’t of super-premium quality, it hits the spot if you want to fill up on a variety of fresh sashimi and chilled seafood such as snow crab legs, crayfish, prawns, and mussels on the half shell. The grill station opens during dinner service, where ribeye, teriyaki chicken, and pork collar prepared a la minute are available. Complete your meal with some sweets treats such as green tea ice cream, fruits with warm chocolate sauce, and black sesame mochi. Reservations are encouraged.
Price: $32 — 38
Address: #01-06/07/10, 600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
Shinkei offers a great a la carte buffet of over 140 dishes. The sashimi here is superb and with a wide variety of options such as tuna, yellow tail, salmon, swordfish, snapper, octopus, and cuttlefish. Over 20 dishes populate the agemono (Japanese for deep fried) menu and especially worth ordering is the ebi tempura, gyoza and ton katsu. There’s also a good variety of grilled items, pan-fried dishes, as well as teppanyaki. For something more substantial, there are small portions of various udon, soba, and rice dishes too.
If that isn’t enough, children eat free and senior citizens are 50% off with every paying adult on Sundays.
Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant
Price: $34 — 39
Address: #03-15/16, UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave
Besides the usual japanese dishes on the menu, there are also a handful of unique dishes as well. Start your meal with their signature pumpkin chawanmushi – it’s sweet, nutty and deliciously creamy. The makimono sushi gets pretty inventive too, with additions like Unagi Chizu Tanuki Maki (grilled eel with cream cheese and tempura flakes) and Veggi Lover’s Maki Roll (asparagus tempura and avocado wrapped in lettuce). There are also two Italian-inspired creations that are worth trying: the cod roe spaghetti as well as the bacon and scallop pizza. However, if you’re in the mood for something more traditional, the octopus balls and the negitoro sushi are great options.