Singaporeans sure do love their buffets. And it is always a great pleasure to recommend a Japanese buffet to all my readers out there. It is the excitement of indulging in an extensive array of Shabu Shabu, Sashimi, Sushi, Maki Mono, Tempura, Yakimono, Agemono, Kushiyaki and more all in a single sitting. To top it all off, this buffet restaurant will also serve premium items and dishes that are a notch above the regular buffet menu. Kushi Dining Bar at the Hotel Royal has been serving up its Japanese a la carte buffet since 2009. Having moved to its new location just a half year back, the restaurant is now reaching out to regulars and new guests with an extensive menu of over 130 dishes with well loved favourites as well as new additions to excite the palate. There are three tiers to its buffet menu – The Classic Buffet (from $41.90++); The Premium Buffet (from $61.90++, comes with 1 seasonal item for the table); and the The Gourmet Buffet (from $118++; comes with 2 seasonal items for the table). Ready to take a look?
As with any Japanese buffet, it is almost a must to start off with a selection of fresh sashimi. The fish and seafood at Kushi Dining Bar are mostly sourced from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, and is imported 3 times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. I was extremely impressed by the choices served up. The salmon belly was delectably buttery, the amaebi was tender, juicy and sweet. I relished in the oiliness from the Meikaijiki and loved the sweet, firm bite from the Hotate. The Tako did not impress me as usual, but that’s a very personal choice.
Guests going for the Premium buffet menu will get to enjoy multiple servings of Aji and Hotate. Chutoro is limited to one serving per diner. In the Gourmet buffet selection, Otoro is served in replacement of the Chutoro but also limited to one serving per diner.
The seasonal items for the day were the Akagai (Ark Shell) Hokkigai (Surf Clam). Guests choosing the Premium Menu will be entitled to one serving of seasonal items per table. Guests having the Gourmet buffet will receive two servings of seasonal items per table.
It is days like these that you never know when a good oyster must just appear on your table and impress you. Oysters are served fresh with some grated radish and a lemon by the side. Excellent.
A highlight to go for is the Pitan Tofu, where both the sauce and tofu is both hand made by the chef. This is one dish that is a wonderful medley of distinct cultural flavours in a single sitting. I first discovered it at Sushi Tei, then subsequently at Fukuichi Japanese Restaurant. Thereafter, I tried my hand at making my own Century Egg Tofu. The one at Kushi Dining Bar is excellent for its robust alkaline sweet century egg sauce that is nicely complemented by flying fish roe and a luxuriously soft tofu.
I’ll give a thumbs up for the Shiro Maguro Aburi Sushi and Aburi Salmon Sushi. Gently torched before serve, I found the white tuna to hearty with a nice, gentle smoky savoury aftertaste complemented by the lightly vinegared sushi rice.
On the Gourmet Menu, partake in the fusion classic of Aburi Foie Gras Sushi or Foie Gras Yakimono.
Ikura gunkan ready to burst in your mouth!
As part of the Yakimono selection, wagyu choices are served up nicely grilled for the table. In the Premium buffet, guests can enjoy US Missouri Grade MS5 Wagyu Beef. Those who opt for the Gourmet Buffet will be entitled to a first serving of Kagoshima Wagyu, minimum A4 grade thereafter followed by US Wagyu Beef.
An assortment of Kushiyaki is also available on the menu. Choose from an assortment of Yakitori, Seafood, Vegetables and Pork.
Ton Toro (Pork Cheek) Kushiyaki
Anago Tempura. A very unique selection as the very thought of combining luxuriously soft anago eel in a crispy tempura skin is almost delicious as the name suggests. I didn’t really go for the dressing on the eel though and would have preferred it as a dip.
Ultra King Prawn Tempura
Farci Crab – not very Japanese but interesting
Round up the buffet with a serving of Matcha ice cream with Azuki beans or a serving of fruits.
The buffet selection at Kushi Dining Bar is excellent if you are going there for the Premium Buffet menu. The items are varied and extensive with a good number of choices on the Premium menu that will make the selection much more worth it when compared against the Classic spread. The Gourmet Buffet menu choice is perhaps reserved for guests who seek a little more in their quality of fish, a handful more premium items and an additional serving of seasonal items but it does not stand out to me well worth the price difference as of yet. When it comes to quality, Kushi Dining Bar does a great job in serving choice cuts and items that are a notch above the regular Japanese buffet restaurant. I enjoyed the range of Sashimi, finding each portion fresh and well to my liking. The Pitan tofu, Cheese tempura , oysters and Kushiyaki are also good recommendations to go for. The seasonal items are an added touch to an already delectable menu, and when served fresh, should be a nice start to the buffet. In all, an excellent find.
Thank you Kushi Dining Bar for the invitation.
|Kushi Dining Bar|
|36 Newton Road|
Reservations: 6285 6525
11am to 2.30pm (last order)
5.30pm to 9.30pm (last order)Prices:Classic