A Japanese buffet restaurant serving both shabu shabu and sushi. There is a variety of prices offered for students, children, adults and even senior citizens. The food is halal.
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Don't ever come here
This is one of the worst places I've ever been to and I'll definitely not go back.
Firstly, the food. Pathetic selection for both the sushi and steamboat sections. Hygiene was also a problem - the plates and covers (if the items were even covered) for the shabu shabu items on the conveyor belt were filthy (e.g. prawn feelers were stuck on the cover of a plate holding cheese toufu). The sushi consisted of the most basic options but even then were hardly edible as the rice was too dry. (I never knew one could screw up making sushi!)
Secondly, the ambience. I have no idea what sort of ambience they were trying to create. This was most apparent from the music - a mix of English pop and dance hits, Chinese and Korean songs. I found the switch from one song to another quite bizarre and hence jarring. It didn't help that the phone was ringing non-stop. Why? Because the staff never pick up the phone. They were just sitting around at a table (that's how empty the place was) but no one moved to silence the phone.
This leads to the final point on service. It was so difficult to make a reservation because practically no one ever answers calls. When we arrived, we had to stand lost for awhile before one uncle came to serve us. (To be fair, he was quite friendly when he cleared our dishes at the end.) He asked if we had made a reservation and we had (someone picked up our call!!) but well, looking around at the empty restaurant, we couldn't help but think, "is a reservation really necessary?" After figuring out that "tomyumchickensukiyaki" was actually 3 different choices for soup, they served our soup but didn't even give us ladles.
I think while we were seated throughout our meal, I had to restrain myself from shouting out to potential customers browsing the menu at the entrance, "Nooo! Don't come in!" I've never been so completely, utterly turned off by a restaurant in Singapore before.
Never unless you r broke but still need to binge!
Don't be fooled by the picture of the tempting-looking sushi because they are non-existent! When I visited the outlet with my daughter this afternoon, there were only 6 miserable, non-appetizing-looking varieties of sushi. The fried food was edible though not exciting. Likewise for the steamboat. The plates and covers were obviously being re-used without being washed first. Thankfully the food had to be cooked before consumption. Some of the plates for putting the sushi/fried food were not washed properly too.
When we first sat down, one of the staff members came over and told us to tell her colleague behind the counter what we needed because they (referring to herself and other colleagues) were going to have their lunch aka DO NOT disturb them! But there was one staff member who was quite helpful. When I went down to the outlet personally last week to complain about the can-never-get-through hotline, Sha gave me her personal mobile phone number and assured me that I could make a reservation through her without having to do so 2 days in advance. Last night I texted her and she really responded.
However, this will definitely be our ONLY visit. And we will definitely NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone unless the person is broke but still needs to binge!
Don't expect too much
I came here today with a Groupon voucher. Thankfully, reservations were made as the restaurant was pretty packed, perhaps because it was lunch hour. I had arrived about 15 minutes earlier than my reservation time, and was told to wait. I didn't have to wait long before I was seated down at the seat just behind the cashier.
A waitress promptly asked for which soup we wanted and arrived with the pot soon after. I then proceeded to the sushi/fried snacks station to have a little bit of everything. There wasn't a large variety of sushi and the cold soba station was empty. The fried food included chicken wings, wantons, sausages and taco balls. I didn't take everything, because they didn't really look appealing. The sushi didn't seem very fresh either after I had about two pieces. When I went back to my table intending to dig in, there wasn't any utensils available. I then had to ask the waitress for them and she took awhile to come back. The soup bases, one tom yam and the other chicken, took awhile to boil.
The conveyor belt that circulated around the whole restaurant had plates of food meant for the shabu shabu. However, after a few plates of meat, vegetables and a few types of balls, I came to the realisation that the variety of food weren't very large for the shabu shabu either. I kept seeing the same few items pass by, and got rather bored after awhile.
I don't think I'll be going back here again, because there are other similarly priced places that are more worth spending on.
Decent place for big groups
This place's concept is based on a DIY buffet type of dining, where people can cook the food they choose in a modern steamboat style pot with soup, and can also get to eat tempura, fried food, sushi and other small items. As it is a buffet, with prices below $20, it is extremely economical if you are a big eater, not so much if your stomach cannot take much.
Due to the time needed to cook one's own food in batches and eat slowly, it is best to go in groups, where there can be interaction during the meal, a type of talk over steamboat kind of thing. The is quite a variety of food, and one will be almost spoiled for choice, so long as one does not place too much hope on the sushi, for the spread is quite small for a steamboat and sushi buffet.
The soup flavours are all quite good, and I personally recommend the tom yam and yakiniku flavours if you are in a group and have the double flavours pot. Try to go in the afternoon, as the prices are more affordable then, and do also note that the seating is not the most comfortable that you can find.
Rather good hangout for large groups
I went here with my JC orientation group for a reunion and it was pretty cool. At that time (not sure if it's still on now), they had an affordable deal for students and you can grab as much food as you want for the steamboat. Combining steamboat with a mini-buffet, this place offers a good selection of dishes under a well-conditioned eatery with soothing lighting.
What I like most about this place is that it is very conducive for medium-large gatherings (less than 10?), especially reunions. You can chat over the steaming and bubbling steamboats and challenge your friend to try out weird-looking foods. That time there was this weird shelled dish that we challenged each other to eat; that dish was pretty horrible. But most of the food is very delicious and you'll feel well-fed. My advice is to come on a really empty stomach to get the most out of the dishes.
The service is okay la. Most of it was self-service. Nothing impressive there. m
Many others are better than this
For a Japanese steamboat buffet restaurant, Shabu Sushi is indeed affordable. However, it is really not worth a second visit. The conveyor belt is like my source of hope when I get really hungry in any steamboat-buffet setting. But I was rather disappointed with Shabu Sushi.
The restaurant has a very limited food choices. So, what do you end up eating? Common dishes like toufu, fish cakes or even tons of noodles! The popular dishes like fish and seafood (which appeared once or twice every hour) gets snapped up really quickly and sometimes it's just frustrating that you're left with nothing much when you haven't eaten much, actually!
The kitchen staff also took their own sweet time to replenish the dishes. On both days when we visited, the place wasn't exactly crowded yet the service was slow.
I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for a hearty and filling steamboat meal.
Unique concept but not so fantastic food.
Behind Shabu-sushi is a unique concept which I admire as it gives the customer a wide variety to chose from. However my high hopes came crashing down when I saw the food offered. What was going round on the conveyer belt could be bought very cheaply at supermarkets and so not worth my money. There were a few delicacy such as cuttlefish and quail eggs which were snapped up pretty fast.
The only highlight was the sushi which was fantastic though the choices were a tad limited. Fried food provided was mediocre. Some tasted like it had been out for too long though. Drinks were fabulous however the dessert was , to me, a little lazy as it was just ice cream on at stick. It felt very sloppy like they just threw the ice cream in to add some sort of a dessert to their buffet benefits.
As I sat close to the chef I was able to request for some of my favorites and he offered those with a wide smile. I liked that he was very amicable and helpful. The service rendered was also quite good as they regularly cleared unwanted dishes for me to make space. They even made conversation with us which made us feel comfortable.
There were songs playing which hyped up the atmosphere however at one point there seemed to be a technical fault with the player or perhaps no one was making the effort to press play but we will never know.
Overall it was a filling experience and I feel that going there once or twice would be enough for some. It's worth a try but i would not recommend it.
Why is it called Shabu Sushi when it has such a small variety of sushi?
Shabu Sushi is arguably one of the more affordable buffet-style restaurants you can find in Singapore. The student price of $15.90++ is definitely attractive for a yet-to-be-financially-independent student like me.
However, I am puzzled over the fact that the variety of sushi provided is shockingly little (I went to the outlet at NEX). Why is there a "sushi" in the name "Shabu Sushi" when the restaurant is only able to offer such ridiculously small variety of sushi? The last time I went there (few weeks ago), I daresay there were less than 5 kinds of sushi which amused and irritated me at the same time. There used to be a wide array of sushi; I wonder what made them decrease the variety overtime.
The steamboat is worth a mention though, afterall this restaurant is also steamboat-focused. I loved the tomyam soup base; it was very flavourful and it definitely played a crucial role in expanding my appetite. The ingredients were also satisfactory, especially the cheese hotdogs, cheese tofu, meatballs and beef.
Though I'm quite dissappointed over the fact that the variety of sushi served is ridiculously minute, I'll still visit it again if I do not wish to burn my pocket in other expensive buffet-style restaurants.
Not worth a second trip
This would probably be the place you'd go if you were a student looking out for a wallet-friendly buffet. For a japanese steamboat buffet, the student price available on weekdays makes it real affordable.
But not necessarily worth it.
I have visited both AMK and hougang outlets, hoping for a better eating experience at the other. I must say, however, both were equally disappointing. There was a severe lack of variety for the dishes. Not only that, quantity was another frustration. I had stared at the conveyor belt go several rounds, unable to find the particular dish i wanted. The rate at which the kitchen staff replenished the dishes was way too slow.
They had a fried food selection as well, which was far more atrocious. The fried food was cold, and tasted soggy and disgusting. I had gotten myself a few Ebi prawns on my plate, but i was unable to continue after the first piece. Not only was it cold, it was not at all crispy and tasted "flour-y". I subsequently peeled of the fried layer to only consume the prawn previously encased by it. The sushi selection was not all fantastic either. The salmon was not at all fresh.
Dishes were very basic-- consisting of meat, fish and vegatables with the occasional clams. No harm trying if you're just looking for an affordable, simple steamboat buffet spead.
STEAMBOAT!! with afforable price
If you are craving for steamboat, I can recommend you to Shabu Sushi! Last year, I went with my friends to Shabu sushi at Nex outlet. It was during our holiday but in the weekdays so it was much cheaper. It cost us each person $15.90 which I think it was very worth it as I ate until very full. I am a person who doesn’t really like sushi but since this place also serve other foods like chicken, seafood, meatball, sausage, crab stick and many more that is why I went to eat here too. This restaurant is like steamboat and buffet. The food is place like those sakae sushi style where you can take the food from the moving trail meaning the food is in a conveyor belt which I love this concept as I do not need to get up from my sit to take the food like those in seoul garden. The ambience is really nice. There is also a television place at the top which shows some of Korean pop idols singing. So don’t hesitate and faster go to the nearest Shabu Sushi restaurant and have a try if you haven’t.