Wagyu buffets in Singapore
Wagyu beef is proof that fat isn’t always a bad thing. With its intense marbling, Wagyu comes with a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and it makes our mouths water just thinking about it. We’ve rounded up some Wagyu buffets in Singapore with free-flow Wagyu beef that you can relish to your heart’s content.
Table of Contents
- Wagyu buffets in Singapore
- Why is Wagyu beef so expensive?
- Wagyu grades explained
- Wagyu buffets that are worth the splurge
Why is Wagyu beef so expensive?
Wagyu beef is highly prized for its exceptional marbling, characterised by the distribution of intramuscular fat that gives the meat a luxurious, melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich flavour.
Originating from Japanese cattle breeds, particularly the renowned Japanese Black, Wagyu undergoes careful breeding and adheres to strict production standards, including a stress-free environment and specialised diets. The high demand for Wagyu beef, coupled with its limited supply and global reputation for premium quality, contributes to its status as one of the most sought-after and expensive types of beef in the world. Australia and the United States have also become leading Wagyu producers, though Japanese Wagyu is still the most expensive, hence costing more at these Wagyu buffets.
Wagyu grades explained
The grading of Wagyu beef in Japan is based on a combination of factors, with an emphasis on marbling, meat colour, firmness and texture, and the quality of fat.
Wagyu is usually given a letter grade, and a number grade, with A5 being the best quality there is. Alongside this, the Beef Marbling Standard (BMS) is a grading system used to evaluate the marbling in beef, particularly in the context of Japanese Wagyu. The BMS score ranges from 1 to 12, with higher scores indicating higher levels of marbling. Here’s a quick way to tell the difference between Wagyu grades so you know what you’re getting when you dine at any of these Wagyu buffets.
|BMS Score Range
|8 – 12
|Highest grade; exceptional marbling, superior colour and brightness, firm texture, and high-quality fat.
|6 – 8
|High grade; excellent marbling, good colour and brightness, firm texture, and high-quality fat.
|4 – 6
|Good grade; moderate to high marbling, acceptable colour and brightness, moderate texture, and quality fat.
|3 – 4
|Below A grade; lower marbling, average colour and brightness, less firm texture, and lower-quality fat.
|2 – 3
|Lower grade; minimal marbling, lower colour and brightness, soft texture, and lower-quality fat.
|1 – 2
|Lowest grade; very little marbling, poor colour and brightness, soft texture, and low-quality fat.
Gyu-Kaku offers free-flow Wagyu in an assortment of cuts in their Australian Wagyu Course ($74.80++). The 90-minute buffet is done BBQ-style, complete with appetisers and a substantial seafood collection, featuring butter scallops and aburi prawns. By cooking on a charcoal grill attached to your table, you’ll get to choose the doneness of your beef and enjoy that smoky aroma that escalates the red meat to a whole new level.
If you are feeling extra indulgent, upgrade your buffet to their Japanese Wagyu Course ($94.80++), which has everything in the Australian Wagyu Course, with additional premium cuts.
Our second Japanese charcoal grill place is also one of the more pocket-friendly buffet options. Tajimaya offers a Premium Wagyu Buffet ($49.90++ for weekday lunch, $59.90++ for weekday dinner), featuring Kurobuta pork, tiger prawns, and sashimi, on top of Wagyu beef. At such a price, just going for the Wagyu and sashimi is enough to make your money’s worth.
3. Tenkaichi Yakiniku Restaurant
Tenkaichi Yakiniku Restaurant offers two choices of buffet: premium and deluxe. The Premium Buffet is the one with Wagyu. It features an assortment including Wagyu Beef Yukke, Wagyu Tataki, Wagyu Beef Sashimi, Wagyu Beef Ox Tongue, and more. Don’t skip their Wagyu Karubi (short ribs), which comes from Hokkaido and Australia, and packs a marbling score of 7+.
Their current promotion features a weekday lunch at $85.90++ (U.P. $119.80++) and dinner at $89.90++ (U.P. $119.80++) with free-flow drinks.
4. Shaburi & Kintan Buffet
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Shaburi & Kintan is made up of two separate restaurants under one roof. Shaburi features shabu-shabu and Kintan offers Japanese BBQ. Kintan has a Premium Wagyu Buffet featuring more than 50 items, priced at $59.80++ for weekday lunch and $67.80++ for dinner, weekends, and public holidays. This option entitles you to Wagyu steak and Wagyu karubi, amongst many other items.
Shaburi & Kintan is not a halal-certified eatery.
Azmaya is where it’s at if you want to enjoy both hotpot and yakiniku. For a shabu shabu sesh, their A4 Wagyu & Shabu Shabu Pork Combo goes for $68++, while their premium option of the same buffet is priced at $98++. Each set also comes with free-flow sashimi!
Azmaya is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Tokyo Yakiniku Heijoen
Yakiniku Heijoen is famous for their A5 Japanese Wagyu beef, which is flown in from Japan. They offer three buffet options, but the Premium Wagyu Buffet ($90++ per adult) is the one to go for. With 78 items spanning Wagyu beef skirt steak and short ribs, along with various other cuts, seafood, and sides, this is a buffet you’ll be happy to pay for. In all, dining times are 90 minutes per slot.
Yakiniku Heijoen is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Rocku Yakiniku
Rocku Yakiniku is a casual yakiniku joint that offers a Wagyu Buffet with free-flow Australian Wagyu, from just $52.90++ for lunch, and $62.90++ for dinner from Monday to Thursday. Each buffet slot lasts for 100 minutes and includes over 50 items off their regular buffet offerings too. If you’re dining over the weekend or on public holidays, expect to top-up $3++ to each buffet price.
Rocku Yakiniku is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Suki-Ya KIN
Suki-Ya KIN is the more premium sibling to the popular shabu shabu franchise, Suki-Ya. It’s also one of the more affordable places you can get Wagyu buffet, with prices as low as $38.90++ for their lunch buffet, and $48.90++ for their dinner buffet. For the price, you get to pick a soup base, either signature or collagen, and enjoy free-flow Australia Wagyu Short Ribs, alongside unlimited servings of salmon or tuna sashimi, Kurobuta pork belly and more. If you come by for dinner, you also get the option to enjoy free-flow Australia Wagyu Oysterblade.
Suki-Ya KIN is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Hitoyoshi Yakiniku
Nestled away in The Rail Mall is Hitoyoshi Yakiniku, an under-the-radar gem offering a variety of buffet options with premium Japanese beef, including an A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Buffet, priced at $118.80++ per person. For the price, you get an extensive selection of A5 Wagyu cuts air-flown from Japan, including premium karubi slices, and steak. Aside from the Wagyu offerings, the menu also includes unlimited servings of US Black Angus beef, pork, chicken, and seafood.
Hitoyoshi Yakiniku is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin
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Milennia Walk has a fair few Japanese restaurants, including Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin, a Japanese hotpot restaurant serving up shabu shabu and sukiyaki. Come by for their Gyu Jin Course ($88++) if it’s Wagyu you want, as each portion comes with unlimited serves of A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef Chuck Roll, alongside Hokkaido pork and US Beef chuck roll, and short plate. Choose whether it is shabu shabu or sukiyaki you’d like—there are six different bases to choose from, all of them house-made.
Shabu Shabu Gyu Jin is not a halal-certifed eatery.
Wagyu buffets that are worth the splurge
Bookmark this list for date night, your next birthday celebration, or days you feel like you need to pamper yourself. The unlimited meaty goodness at these restaurants definitely lets you get your money’s worth. For more buffets in Singapore, check out these hotel buffets and dim sum buffets!
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