Kuishin Bo Hot
Located in 3 locations in Singapore, Kuishin Bo is a mid-end Japanese buffet restaurant. Expect to spend at least $50 and long queues on weekends. They have wide spread of food including zuwaikani (snow crabs), sashimi, sushi, seafood, teppanyaki, tempura, oden, soba, udon, ramen, hot dishes, desserts, cakes, soft drinks, coffee, tea and more.
Great World City
Tel: 6836 5877
1 Jurong West Central 2
Jurong Point Shopping Centre #B1-47/51
3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City Tower 1
Tel: 6238 7088
KuShin Bo educates us that Japanese Cuisine is more than just Sushi....
If you are looking out for more than sushi, KuShin Bo is the best place to stop by for an exaggerated Japanese cuisine. Served at the counters are famous Snow crabs, oden, teppanyaki, clams, sashimi etc that are replenished at frequent intervals.
Their famous upbeat bell announcements inform customers of limited special food items to grab. It’s an amusing sight to see everyone jolting up from their seats to queue up at counters. Sounds like collecting rare stones in Neopets Games.
The Suntec outlet is often full house, so be sure to be there early with a starved stomach.
While the seafood is fresh, KuShin Bo also makes sure that they don’t skimp on the toppings or stuffing of the Sushi. The marinating and preparation of food is skilled and meticulous. The rice of the sushi is fragrant and soft, while being rolled firmly around the ingredients. They taste way better than those you find in Sakae Sushi.
I don’t particularly have a favourite item as I eat almost everything available at equal quantities. Salmon is really tasty if I have to name a dish.
If you have a liking for seafood, yes, head down to KuShin-Bo. And end the meals with light desserts like Ice Creams or tiny cakes. There are a variety of hot and cold beverages to choose from.
Be prepared to pay $39.90 ++ per pax for dinner. Considerably reasonable for a quality eat-all-you can buffet. One meal in an authentic Japanese restaurant can cost you more than $70 per pax.
KuShin Bo’s buffet meal is clocked for 3 hours. Currently promotions are up on their website. Earn yourself a lobster if you made reservation before 3pm. Hey, forget about other Japanese sushi restaurants.
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Japanese buffet of epic proportions
I have been to Kushinbo a few times over the last few years and I love it. Every single time it is a Salmon Sashimi binge eating session. After devouring half the Pacific Ocean’s salmon, I move on to the rest of the gorgeous japanese buffet.
The sushi section has makis, nigiri and even handrolls. You can also get teppanyaki, made fresh only when you order. The sukiyaki and tempura sections are also very popular. If you are so hungry you want hot food and don’t want to wait, there’s a range of pre-cooked japanese dishes.
Finally, there’s the desserts. Hopefully you aren’t in the hospital yet, because you’d be missing out. Chocolate fondue is the star of the show, so just put everything in it. If fact, I once put my cup under it. It was messy. The staff weren’t happy, but so worth it. They have cakes, soft serve, fruits and biscuits, be creative.
Value for Money
I patronize their Jurong point outlet almost once every 3 months. Quality wise, it had seen better days. Take for example, the preserved pickles that are usually served in a small side dish. The more expensive pink ones have been replaced by their cheaper counterpart, the yellow ones. While they do not necessarily differ in taste, they are aesthetically different; not good if you are looking for authentic Japanese food. However, considering Kushin Bo’s competitive price ($22.90 for an hour during lunch), there is not much one can complain about.
Kushin Bo offers a wide variety of desserts ranging from cheese cakes to seasonal options such as their Hokkaido milk pudding. Do look out for their seasonal themes to try out food from different parts of Japan! Earlier this year, it was Okinawa. The current theme is Hokkaido.
With its variety, there is nothing much to complain about. Want better quality and range? Be prepared to fork out more.
Great variety, not so great food
There are a few things I like about Kuishin Bo. First, there theme song. Its so cute and infectious that me and Chloe sometimes sing it. They also have the widest variety I have seen in a Japanese buffet in Singapore.
Does that variety justify the price? To me it doesn't. Because there is so much you can eat anyway and I am always more of a quality over quantity guy. I am not a fan of the level of food served here which I find decent but not good. I think the correct word is mediocre.
Still my friends would drag me here sometimes simply because they did not know where to go. And you have to give them credit as being probably the first decent Japanese buffet in Singapore.
I guess what marked the last straw was discovering my Japanese buffet restaurants like Kiseki and Shin Minori. The later really gives me no reason to come here again. They serve 150 dishes (how is that for variety!) at $20 less and with significantly higher quality and me and Chloe love it.
Wide variety for the price you pay.
I decided to dine here with my friends based on my previous experience at the Jurong Point branch. With Kuishin Bo's main selling points of an authentic Japanese all you can eat buffet and the wide variety of Japanese dishes, what's there not to like?
My friends and I knew what to expect when we went to the outlet, but wondered whether the quality of the food would match or even exceed the branch at Jurong Point. We were not disappointed with sushi being prepared fresh by the chefs and there was even a teppanyaki station with a selection of hot dishes.
The dessert selection would be appealing to most, including tarts, cakes and the main draw, the chocolate fondue. What better way to end a meal than to eat marshmallows or fruit dipped in chocolate? I like the seating arrangement of the restaurant, with tables having a good amount of space between each other, providing enough privacy and space to move.
In conclusion, my friends and I had a great time at Kuishin Bo, having known what to expect beforehand. However, the price may be too steep for some and other Japanese buffets in Singapore may offer a better selection for a lower price.
Decent, not great.
Prior to 2012, I patronized Kuishin Bo almost every month, particularly the outlet in Suntec City Mall. But this year has seen me come back just three times, the last visit in early September.
While fantastic when they first opened, their standard has since declined. For one, the service of their teppanyaki station has grown slow, with the texture of their beef a tad rubbery. There isn't much in the way of sushi, the variety predictable and safe with selections of soft shell crab temaki, ebi roll and california roll.
I'm not really a fan of sashimi, so I was pretty much indifferent to their sashimi fare. I'm more a tempura guy, so it came as pleasant surprise that that particular station had improved - the soft shell crab had gotten meatier, better than what used to be merely fried shells.
The dessert station is another thing altogether. It's grown quite a bit. There's the chocolate fondue, eclairs, tiramisu cake, ice cream machine and tarts, just to mention a few. The strawberry cakes were a particular delight.
All in all, it's a decent joint. Visit the place if you have the time and just want to sate the craving for Japanese food. Otherwise, you're not missing much.
A must try for those who can afford it
I went there once a few years ago and it was quite a nice experience. I went with my extended family and it was a big bunch of us, but the service was stll impeccable. We were greeted pleasantly by the staff and kindly shown our seat. The ambience of the place was good and feels really japanese-like.
The food was great, with lots of different types of sushi, sashimi, and hand-rolls that can we can grab right off the tray. Other types of food like ramen and kaminabe can be ordered and needs awhile to be served. The kaminabe was delicious. Kaminabe means "paper pot", and it really is a piece of paper that is vaguely pot-shaped that's put over a fire when served. Beats me as to how the paper doesn't disintegrate, but the seafood soup it holds is really delicious, with lots of ingredients in it.
Also look out for the regular announcement of special items, like a chocolate fondue or special sushi that is only served for a limited time, which adds to the fun of eating.
Limited Varieties of food
The moment I stepped in to the restaurant, the crew kindly guided me and found a seat for me and my friends. The atmosphere was classy and quiet, perfect place to have buffet.
The varieties of food were not as much as I expected. However, the food catered is of high quality.
Pretty much of the food I love a lot, such as the sushi, ramen and their fried finger foods(eg soft shell crabs). Also, they have a wide range of varieties of desserts, small and cute. People who have a sweet-tooth like me will definitely go gaga over these treats. The sweetness of these desserts is just right.
Furthermore, they cater fried rice, soups, etc in thermal pot, kept warm and hot till consumed. All of the food served was fresh, and some were served upon request.
Drinks were free flow too.
The service crew would not disturb while you’re enjoying your meal, unlike some buffet restaurant which come every 5-10mins. You can simply raise your hand and they would proceed forward to cater your needs. They would also carry a smile as they serve!
However, for the price of $50+ I can also get to enjoy a better buffet restaurant outside which offers wider varieties of food.
Too expensive and yet nothing to offer.
The outlet i visited was at Jurong Point but I guess I would not go back for more. Sure, they do have provide very fresh sushi and sashimi and seafood such as lobsters and crabs but I feel that the selection of food is not alot for the money you paid.
The international side of the buffet was just too disappointing. Dishes such as the grilled chicken, spaghetti were nothing fascinating and there is no wow element to it. The fried food (tempura) was rather average too and you would not want to eat more all these. However, I would say that their melted cheese chicken and unagi was pretty good. They have a huge range of sweets to choose from though such as ice-cream, ice desserts etc. The sweets (cakes) are really decorated and presented in a very fanciful way but I do not feel that the cakes are that nice. It was quite a disappointment and we did not eat much.
Service wise, it was rather interesting because they had this first come first treat (for first 20 people) every half an hour. It was kind of entertaining.
I would not pay such high price ($55) for a buffet like Kunshinbo as it is not value for money.
Expensive, and nothing very unique.
I have been to Kuishin Bo Jurong Point a few times. Definitely, they offer fresh and delicious food. Their sushi is freshly made, with fresh ingredients. They also offer many types of fried food such as soft crab, etc. They offer grilled fish and meat that is made on request as well. The dinner buffet offers both snow crabs, and their hourly special of items like Ichigo Bliss, which are not available during the other buffet time slots. Generally, the quality of their food is good and the replenishing of the food is of a decent speed too. Therefore, you do not need to worry about needing to wait for the food to be replenished. They offer the standard drinks, as well as a variety of tea. Their dessert section offers ice cream, fruits, and many types of cakes which will cater to most people’s preferences.
All this delights come with a hefty price. Dinner costs about $55, which can probably get you two decent Japanese buffet in other buffet restaurants. Furthermore, the menu does not change much, and it is generally the same throughout. This makes Kuishin Bo an occasional option rather than a sustainable choice for good Japanese buffet.
More disappointment than good food.
Kuishinbo used to be one of my favourite buffet resturants to go to whenever I have a craving for good Japanese food, but not anymore.
I have tried practically every single dish they serve, none of which met my expectations. Their food are of course not horrible, but for a buffet that is charging $55 and above per customer, I expected better food than the average restaurants.
Their soft shell crabs for instance are too oily and mushy. The teppanyaki and kaminabe paper steamboat served are also of below average standard. Some too salty, some too bland. Their soup such as the "Dobinmushi" (served in teapots) tasted heavily of mushrooms. So be warned, if you are not a mushroom lover, you will be in for a nasty surprise.
The dessert section in Kuishino looked appealing, until you tasted it. It was also until I took a round at the dessert section that I realized that their variety is very limited. Of the many I have chose to try, most of them tasted below average. Their pyramid cake for example tasted way too sweet, and their mousse and mango yogurt is a huge disappointment I must say.
From my trip there yesterday, the only items that met my expectations would be their fresh servings of sashimi and snow crabs. It is also good to note that the buffet is served by very polite and friendly staffs. But it will definitely be my last time visiting there until I get better reviews from my friends and relatives whom I should have heed.