Welcome to the Promised Land of endless gourmet Japanese delicacies, where piling your table high with plates incurs no unnecessary judgement from restaurant-goers. Admit it: walking into a buffet and being able to pick any (or most) dishes with no care for the price tags triggers a sense of almost animalistic power in the best of us. If you’re looking to feast grandly on mounds of sushi, wagyu, or even pots of shabu shabu, look no further.
Formerly EN Sakaba, En Dining is your classic Japanese restaurant known for reliable delicacies using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Now located in the Central Business District’s Capital Tower, check out its ala carte, all-you-can-eat buffet dinner boasting sashimi, sushi, Okinawa favourites and even hotpot options. Remember to wear loose-fitting outfits as you’ll definitely be filled to the brim following this extensive meal.
This all-you-can-eat establishment has been around since 2008, and yet its quality still stands impressively against time. Rather than mass-producing food items in one go, skilled chefs await your orders and prepare your dish, ala-carte style. While you’re here, be sure to get the Ebi Mentai Mayo too, which feature smoky, grilled prawns bathed in mentaiko sauce.
Kiseki (Japanese Buffet Restaurant)
With lunch prices that go as low as $22.80 for an extensive spread, buffet institution Kiseki truly lives up to its motto of being a “mega Japanese buffet at mini prices”. Unlike most buffet places, there’s no time limit implemented (other than the closure of their lunch/dinner services) to rush you into scarfing down your last bowl of soba. Finish off the seemingly bottomless meal with a serving of fluffy waffles and a scoop of gelato.
Picture this: 90 minutes of pure, unadulterated marbled meat. It’s just you against time, and perhaps your stomach capacity. Four tiers of buffet packages await in increasing exorbitance, starting with the regular flow of chicken- and pork-focused cuts, and advancing to the buttery soft wagyu cuts with thin flecks of striped fats carved into each piece. You’ll leave wearing the smell of grilled meat on your clothes like a badge of gastronomical honour.
It’s an all-you-can-eat, shabu shabu affair at Shabu Sai, where seven soup bases including monthly specials, and trays of sliced beef, pork and chicken await. But you can get some ready-to-eat mini chirashi dons and sushi too; if you don’t mind the carb overload.
Suki-ya has made a name for itself in Singapore, being a franchise with 10 outlets spanning both heartland and town districts. The concept is a familiar one—a choice of two soup bases, your typical selection of hot pot ingredients (fishballs, mushroom, noodles, etc), trays of thinly sliced beef, chicken and pork, and a sauce bar. Still a reliable go-to spot for comforting shabu shabu.
At Vivocity’s Tajimaya Yakiniku, expect nothing less than an authentic, hands-on Japanese charcoal grill experience. To best enjoy your feast, choose from premium grades of Japanese beef and Kurobuta pork. Accompany these mouth-watering slices with the fine sake and shochu offered. The new Eat All You Want Premium Wagyu Buffet that starts from $54.90 for a 100-min lunch will definitely satisfy gourmands and meat lovers alike.
At Yakiniku Heijoen, cook fine cuts of meat on a charcoal grill non-stop for 90 minutes. For beef, find options like the lean rosu and kalbi, or the uber tender harami and steak if you choose a more premium buffet course. To accompany those meats, grill some seafood too. They’ve got squid, prawns, mackerel and more.