Finally I think that Sakae Sushi is almost completing the set of Japanese cuisine with its latest introduction of Shabu Shabu. First there was sushi, then sashimi, then teppanyaki, then sumiyaki, now its Japanese steamboat a la buffet style.
To think that I travelled all the way to West Coast Plaza (former Ginza plaza) for a steamboat buffet. Well, to think about it now, it wasn’t bad at all. Quite good actually. And in a comfortable environment to boot. Oh, and of course, its only natural that certain items on my order list were missed out by the wait staff. That should sum up the experience.
But for now, let the feasting begin.
There are over 60 items on the Shabu Shabu buffet item menu inclusive of 4 types of soup bases, assorted side dishes, seafood, meats, vegetables, staples and sushi.
This meal, I had the Chicken Soup infused with Sake. Yes, real sake is served for you to pour into the chicken broth as you cook the ingredients. Very nice.
It was impressive that for a buffet, the Shabu Shabu beef slices were fresh with no odour and the colour being a clear red with little fat. Each slice took approximately 6-8 swirls in the boiling soup for it to cook.
While the meat quality is there and acceptable, the sauces were a little dismal. Shoyu was a little over the head in its salt content, chilli dip was not needed, and the soy bean paste was a little watered down. But then again, this is a buffet.
Seafood was relatively fresh and good. I had the half shell scallops, prawns, mussels. Though my order of Ika and Salmon didn’t turn up.
Veggies, bright and colouful, sweetening the base of any soup any time.
Ahhh I simply had to call for these. Mochi Kinchaku, essentially little bags made out of tau pok and stuffed with a sweetened paste of glutinous rice. I simply dream about it everytime I order Sukiyaki, and now its with shabu shabu. The only complaint being its frosty state as it was served up to the table. Soba is a must for me at any Japanese restaurant. Good, but missing the sauce to dip with.
Throw everything in and you have a big cauldron pot of bubbling ingredients. Over time, the soup gets naturally sweeter, tastier and luxurious. Its perhaps the end which always tastes the best.
And of course, how could anyone miss out Ebi Tempura if they are on the buffet menu. Served up with standard typical of a good Sakae restaurant.
As I am a Sakae Card member, I also get a complimentary plate of Salmon sashimi which I had to remind the manager to serve at the end of the meal. Otherwise, the entire Shabu Shabu experience was excellent and value for money. If you can eat alot, I reckon you would go for the crabs, beef, prawns and tempura prawns. Nice, clean environment for a good quality Japanese steamboat buffet.
- Lunch 11.30am-3.00pm
- Dinner 5.30pm – 10.00pm
- $18.90++ [adult]
- $12.90++ [child]
Fri-Sun, Eve of PH, PH and Special Occasions
- $20.90++ [adult]
- $12.90++ [child]
West Coast Plaza
154 West Coast Road
(Take 189 from Clementi MRT station and alight two stops later outside blk 601)