Casual Japanese buffet restaurant with that serves up a variety of Japanese dishes ranging from sushi and sashimi to teppanyaki, yakimono and nabemono and seasonal menu items.
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I am rather torn over what I should write in this review, because while my experience wasn't wholly horrible, it was not fantastic as well. I shall just say that it did not meet the expectations that I garnered from reading numerous other food blogs and reviews on this place. I guess I shall just stick to the facts-- we went for the lunch buffet, which started promptly at 12pm. I was surprised to find the place packed as I had initially thought that a weekday lunch; especially in a less frequented mall like City Square would be less frequented.
I started with a huge plate of sashimi; which had a rather standard spread: the ubiquitous salmon, octopus, prawns and squid. There were also larger prawns which were pleasantly sweet. I didn't take too much of the sushi- but I would recommend the tempura roll and perhaps the tofu skin wrapped one because how can anyone go wrong with that? The accompanying side dishes such as the jellyfish were a tad too salty for my liking, but luckily there were a few special japanese teas available to quench our thirst. They tasted strange though, I definitely wouldn't suggest the citrus-flavoured ones. I also tried some of the fried food on offer- crispy salmon head, panko fish, pan-fried gyoza and some fried ebi dipped in tonkatsu sauce. They tasted alright, but were all cold. I tried the chawamushi, which okay, as well as the hotpots on offer. Nothing spectacular there. My dad tried the lobster mayo oyster and declared it 'not bad'. I also tried some of the dishes in the cooked station- the scallop fried rice, seafood fried noodles and some unidentifiable fish ( i suspect it's salmon) fried and drenched in sweet and sour sauce. They were all rather cold, which did detract its taste. The various meat sticks available; such as salmon balls and yakitori were also similarly cold :( I moved on to the desserts soon, piling up on the almost overbearingly sweet mochi and various small cakes and puffs. There was also nothing remarkable about all these.
The 'highlight' of the show was the haagen daz ice creams which came in matcha, rum and raisin, macadamia and chocolate flavours, which I devoured with the wafers provided- a match made in heaven. I ended my meal exceedingly full, as with all buffets, but not thoroughly satisfied. I doubt I would go back again, but it is worth a try for those who haven't gone before :-)
Fresh Seafood and Wide Variety of Japanese cuisine
Momiji has quite a small dining area compared to most buffet restaurants but it had a cosy and traditional Japanese ambience with the wooden deco. If you are going for buffet dinner or weekend brunch, they are likely to serve free Sapporo beer during a certain time.
Honestly, compared to many other Japanese or International buffets around this price, I would prefer Momiji as I'm a seafood lover. I usually choose buffets mainly because of the seafood. Other food varieties would just be a secondary choice. Besides, they have my favourite ice-cream - Haagen Dazs (FREE FLOW)!
The snow crabs here have so much more pincers. And even after rounds of refills, you can still find pincers and huge crab legs within the pile. The snow crabs are also chilled really well to keep them fresh. My hands were almost numb after eating a few plates. They also have a great variety of Sashimi and if you are lucky enough, you might even get the premium ones like the sweet juicy prawn.
Just cut the shell open with the scissors and you can enjoy the huge chunks of fresh, chilled crab meat. I was indulging so much into it, that I almost forgot about the other food.. If you are craving for snow crabs the most, I would recommend you to come to Momiji. Of course, the grilled food and Kaminabe section are worth trying too. I was particularly in love with the mentai scallop! It is a MUST-TRY!
If you want to dine at this restaurant, be prepared to be kiasu and get all the premium sashimi and seafood or else none will be left! So be early even when you make reservations so you can be first in line!
good and affordable!
At just $25++ for a weekday lunch, Momiji's buffet spread is real value for money! I didn't have very high expectations for it at first, as I assumed that the quality or variety of the dishes would be compromised by the relatively affordable price, but I was glad to be proven wrong.
The sashimi is quite fresh and tasty, I had quite a few helpings of the salmon! I also loved the teppanyaki station. What I wasn't too impressed with was the tempura, as it seemed like there was way too much batter on each of them. It was quite greasy, too.
Overall I'd still highly recommend it as a good and affordable buffet choice!
The best Jap buffet!
Indeed high quality and fresh sashimi (i love the salmon bellies) and snow crabs! Very impressive spread and I would think that it's pretty much worth the price that we have paid. Other must-tries are chawanmushi, yaki scallop, teppanyaki and steak.
The food were replenished fast enough and plates were cleared quite promptly.
Overall, the dining experience was great too with the helpful staff. I'll definitely revisit. You can get updates of any promotions from their Facebook page too :)
Exellent Japanese Buffet
For a buffet which weekend dinner costs $35.80 ++ or $45.80++ per person which I paid for the free flow king crab offer, the spread is quite huge, and there are many Japanese dishes to choose from, ranging from sushi, sashimi/cold seafood and even teppanyaki and others such as chawanmushi and tempura.
While the food is not the best in taste, the quality and freshness is of a really high standard, and the generous seasonal offers such as free flow king crab along with the free flow sashimi and other expensive foods such as scallops makes the buffet value for money. I personally felt that other than the fresh sushi/sashimi and cold seafood, the nabemono, desserts and yaki scallop were excellent.
The ambience is good, not too dark or too bright, and the seating is comfortable for those who intend to be eating for quite a long time. The only downside to this buffet that I felt could be changed was the ordering system for the soup and teppanyaki, where you put your table clips on an order flag and wait for it to be served, but this means that you would not be able to customise your order and you have to take the exact same thing as the ordered dish that is on display. Despite that, I will still continue to patronise them for the value for money trait and delicious food.