Japanese buffets to fill your belly at
If someone told me I could pick only one cuisine to stick to for the rest of my life, I’d go with Japanese cuisine in a heartbeat. I love how their dishes seem so simple, but are so delicious. The variety offered also means I’ll never get sick of it. Even sushi itself comes in a wide variety, with maki, nigiri and uramaki being the most commonly known. Because of my love for Japanese fare and especially sushi, I’ve come up with a list of Japanese buffets that serve up a stellar assortment of sushi and more Japanese dishes.
1. Yakiniku Ohji
On days you just feel like pigging out, head over to Yakiniku Ohji – a restaurant that offers a yakiniku charcoal barbecue and salmon-inspired menu to quell that growling stomach. There are four tiers of yakiniku Japanese buffets to choose from, with the cheapest being the first-tier ($19.80+). This alone comes with more than 35 items, including marinated chicken, pork, and veggies. The other tiers come with premium ingredients such as Angus beef and harami skirt steak.
Check out our full review of Yakiniku Ohji!
Address: 321 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-01, Singapore 129905
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6258 2849
2. Irodori Japanese Restaurant
It is no surprise why Irodori Japanese Restaurant often sports a queue for their a la carte buffet ($38.80++). Dig into their wide variety of agemono, or deep-fried dishes, and free-flow slices of fresh sashimi that don’t skimp on thickness. Do not leave without having tried their signature Irodori Maki, which comprises a maki roll stuffed with a creamy lobster filling and rolled in tobiko.
3. Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant
Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant is my go-to restaurant whenever the Japan feels hit me hard, and I’ll treat myself to their A La Carte Buffet ($53.90++). Be sure to order Ebi Tempura in excess to save yourself from having to get more later, for its crispy batter and the succulent, meaty prawns are bound to make you want seconds. The restaurant also serves up a variety of grilled chicken innards such as Grilled Chicken Liver with Sweet Soy Sauce and Grilled Chicken Gizzard with Salt. Plus, their fuss-free ordering system via a tablet makes it incredibly easy and quick to order more food.
Address: 81 Clemenceau Avenue, #03-15/16, UE Square, Singapore 239917
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:15pm to 10:15pm, Sun 12:15pm to 2:45pm, 6:15pm to 10:15pm
Tel: 6733 2272
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Image credit: Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant’s Facebook page
One of the more popular Japanese buffet restaurants in town is Kiseki. Lunch costs $22.80++ on weekdays, and $29.80++ on weekends. If you want a wider variety of dishes, including rotational items such as robatayaki crayfish and saba shioyaki, check out this restaurant during dinner. It’s priced at $33.80++ every Monday to Thursday, and $39.80++ every Friday to Sunday.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #08-01/02/03, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6736 1216
5. Shin Yuu Japanese Restaurant
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Shin Yuu Japanese Restaurant might be a little inaccessible by public transport, but their A La Carte Buffet ($39.90++ for lunch, $52.90++ for dinner) is worth the trip down. Specialising in maki rolls and sushi, this is where sushi lovers should head to. Be sure to have your fill of their signature Shin Yuu Special Aburi Sushi – torched salmon topped with a dollop of creamy mentaiko sauce. Tip: head down for dinner to enjoy Toro Sashimi, Taraba Kani, Zuwa Kani Tempura and ice-cream!
Address: 16 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Road, Singapore 289209
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 5:45pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 9688 2996
6. Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant
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Located at M Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, Hokkaido Sushi Restaurant prides themselves in dishing out both classic and contemporary Japanese dishes. Prices start at $40++ for lunch, while the dinner buffet is priced at $47++ every Monday to Thursday, and $51++ every Friday to Sunday, on public holidays and the eve of public holidays. Some crowd-favourite sushi items are Garlic Miso Aburi Salmon and Mentai Aburi Ebi.
The A La Carte Buffet at Mitsuba boasts over 150 dishes, including sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki and agemono. For starters, go for one of their chef’s picks – California Maki – before diving into their hot dishes. Katsu Don and Mentaiko Spaghetti are but a few popular choices. Priced at $45.90++ daily, for both lunch and dinner, this buffet gives big eaters a bang for your buck!
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-88, The Central, Singapore 059817
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11:30am to 1:45pm, 6pm to 9:20pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am to 1:45pm, 5:30pm to 7:20pm, 8pm to 9:50pm
Tel: 6227 0388
8. Himawari Japanese Restaurant
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Himawari Japanese Restaurant serves up a solid variety of sashimi including salmon, swordfish and yellowtail. Their a la carte buffet will set you back $48.80++ for a weekday lunch and $52.80.80++ for a weekday dinner, while lunch and dinner on weekends go at an additional $4 on top of their weekday prices. Himawari also offers a sukiyaki hotpot for each table, along with your choice of soup, thinly sliced marbled beef and other meats.
Address: 991B Alexandra Road, #01-08/09, Singapore 119970
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6272 1110
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Tucked deep inside Hotel Miramar, Ikoi is a hidden gem in the central part of Singapore. Their a la carte buffet ($38++) draws in both the lunch and dinner crowds, and has remained a constant favourite for its value-for-money grub over the years. The extensive menu features sashimi, sushi, handrolls, grilled dishes, deep-fried dishes, noodles, and rice options. I’m a fan of their sashimi, which is freshly prepared upon order and sliced in thick succulent pieces.
Address: 401 Havelock Road, #01-01, Hotel Miramar, Singapore 169631
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 6887 3788
10. Tajimaya Yakiniku
Tajimaya Yakiniku serves up a tantalising yakiniku wagyu feast that ought to satisfy any meat lover. Their lunch buffet is going for $49.90++, while dinner buffet costs $59.90, and includes a mouth-watering selection of well-marbled wagyu slices that you can cook to your preferred doneness. Also keep an eye out for their other Japanese side dishes such as chawanmushi, garlic fried rice, and sashimi. Take note that there’s a maximum time limit of 100 minutes for both lunch and dinner.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-102/103, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Buffet hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6377 0070
11. Rocku Yakiniku
Rocku Yakiniku offers a relatively affordable free-flow yakiniku experience, at $27.90++ for their lunch buffet, and $29.90++ for their dinner buffet, from Monday to Thursday. One of the few meat-heavy Japanese buffets in Singapore, the restaurant has over 50 dishes to choose from, including options such as the beef striploin, beef short plate, and pork belly. Seafood options also include green mussels and baby octopus, and you can dip them in a wide range of exciting sauces such as sweet miso, spicy miso, and ponzu. Add $3 if you’re dining there on a weekend, public holiday, or eve of a public holiday.
Address: 201 Victoria Street, #04-06, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6634 3313
A popular choice among hotpot lovers, SUKI-YA is one of the few Japanese buffets that specialise in Japanese-inspired sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. There’s no need to be afraid of spending a bomb here as their lunch buffets are going at $18.90++ every Monday to Thursday. This meaty feast gives access to both beef and pork slices, and you get five different soups to choose from.
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Serving up an impressive repertoire of Japanese fare, Kushi Japanese Dining has something for everyone. There are over six types of sashimi to choose from at their Classic Buffet ($41.80++ for lunch, $45.80++ for dinner), including snapper, tuna, salmon, white tuna, swordfish, and yellowtail. There’s also a wide selection of cooked dishes that are specially made to order. We’re particular fans of their broiled squid, which was fresh and charred nicely.
The prices at Tenkaichi might be slightly higher, but expect to be greeted with a smorgasbord of wagyu beef that is hand-sliced upon order. There are quite a few beef cuts to choose from at their Dinner Premium Buffet ($74.90++), and it’s great fun sampling the different parts. The Wagyu Beef Short Rib and Rib Eye Cap were our favourites, with both cuts of beef streaked with buttery layers of fat that gave a beautiful melt-in-the-mouth texture. Make sure to leave room in your tummy for a bounty of seafood items such as scallops, Hokkaido oysters, and sashimi.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-129, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am, to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10pm
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15. Yakiniku Heijoen
Housed in 100AM, Yakiniku Heijoen offers all-you-can-eat grilled meats for two of its buffet menus. The first is their Rich Buffet Course, priced at $55++. This gives you access to 49 items, including a slew of delicious beef cuts like short rib, striploin steak, and harami steak, as well as side dishes, for 90 minutes. For those keen to splurge, try their Premium Wagyu Buffet Course, where 61 items on the menu include A5 Wagyu Kalbi and black pork belly for $70++ a person, for 90 minutes too.
16. Shabu Sai
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Expect unlimited shabu shabu goodness at Shabu Sai’s nine outlets around Singapore. Their lunch buffet prices start at just $14.99++ from Monday to Friday, and $19.99++ on weekends, while dinner buffet prices start at $22.99++ from Monday to Thursday, and $24.99++ from Friday to Sunday. All-you-can-eat meat and vegetables accompany their menu of seven different broths, and every month, a new seasonal special soup debuts for you to try.
17. En Dining
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As one of the more popular Japanese buffets in Singapore, En Dining is finally back after its hiatus. Now located in Capital Tower, the all-you-can-eat Japanese-themed buffet spans free-flow sashimi, agemono, hotpot fare, sushi, shabu shabu, and more. What differentiates En Dining from the pack is that its buffet selection has an Okinawa menu, featuring culinary gems from the region that rarely gets as much attention as other Japanese dishes. These include champuru, a type of Okinawan stir-fry, and Okinawa-style Braised Cha Shu, featuring tender pork slices that melt in the mouth. Prices start at $58++ for dinner from Monday to Saturday between 5:30pm to 10pm, and lunch only on Saturday, between 11am to 3pm.
18. Wagyu More
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One of the more recent Japanese all-you-can-eat restaurants to arrive in Singapore is Wagyu More, which hails from Hong Kong. The shabu shabu buffet destination opened in Bugis, and has a Standard Buffet price of just $23.90++. If you want to get really decadent, then opt for the free-flow Wagyu Buffet option, which costs $46.90++ a person.
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Japanese buffets in Singapore
Chow down as much food and sushi rolls as you want at these Japanese buffets in Singapore. If you have an upcoming Japanese buffet sesh, remember to strap on those forgiving grandma pants! For those who want some cooking fun at your buffets, check out these BBQ seafood buffets or Korean BBQ buffets instead.
This article was originally written on 21 August 2018.