The Place We love buffets, especially Singaporeans for some reasons. It is not exaggerating at all to proclaim that our national pastime is eating. As compared to International Buffets, there are less restaurants in Singapore which offers Japanese buffets, not to mention the options in the heartland neighborhood. I was therefore pleasantly surprised that the one year old Shinkei Japanese restaurant in Toa Payoh offers Japanese buffet, much to my delight as it is a neighborhood not far from my place. The restaurant is located in a building beside Toa Payoh National Library, with a rather spacious dining capacity. There are some private dining rooms for bigger groups, as well as counter seats for those who like to watch the chefs in action.
The Food The buffet spread at Shinkei is amazing. There are more than 100 items to choose from the menu, broadly categorised into Sashimi, Sushi, Temaki, Makimono, Agemono (Deep Fried Dish), Yakimono (Grilled Dish), Tempura and Teppanyaki. This is probably one of the most extensive menu I have ever seen for a Japanese buffet, which I think is quite value for money and competitively priced. The buffet starts from $32++ onwards for lunch and $35++ for dinner per adult. Full pricing can be found on Shinkei website.
We like to start our Japanese buffet with Sashimi, which we had the Sashimi Moriawase. Expect the usual selections such as salmon, tuna, yellow tail, swordfish, snapper and octopus. A surprise find on the menu is the roasted salmon. The friendly restaurant manager shared with us that the sashimi at Shinkei is imported daily from Norway and Japan to ensure its freshness, which we have to agree as we found the sashimi to be quite fresh.
The assorted tempura is also a must order in any Japanese buffet for us. The Ebi tempura is crispy and fresh.
With more than 20 Yakimono (Grilled Dish) dishes to choose from, we were definitely spolit for choice. It is good that the portions per item is petite so that we have the capacity to try more dishes, not that we have a giant appetite. Some of the grilled dishes we tried were the Tebasaki (chicken wings), Uzura (quail eggs), Nasu (eggplant), Shitake (Japanese mushroom), Asparagus wrapped with bacon and Saba Shioyaki (grilled mackerel).
The ice-cream is not part of the buffet but we could not resist trying the Yuzu and Black Sesame flavours which are not available everywhere. It was a very refreshing end to the buffet.
Will I return again? For Japanese buffet, Shinkei offers a good value for money with its balanced quality and wide variety in its buffet menu. Worth considering for your next family or friends gathering for a real feast.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh
Tel: +65 6255 5598
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
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