Noting the well-received efforts last year, Momiji Japanese Buffet Restaurant has brought back their fervently-requested specialty buffet – the King Crab Buffet. The adored luscious crustacean is up for unlimited helpings only or a limited time. While the promotion is slated to end in May 2014, it is likely that the supply may not last as long. Consequently, no specific date is tagged to later limit of the promotion.
Apart from the usual counters comprising the fried items, cooked items and sushi, there are a couple of highlights that caught my eye. Next to the King Crab, I was most impressed by its Shabu Shabu Counter. Its Kyushu soup base is simmered over long hours with pork bones and vegetables. I like the touch of sweetness, and the right dosage of saltiness. Many ones I have had are overly salty and gets cloying quickly. They are served with meats like Wagyu Beef, Kurobuta Black Pork and Pork Belly. The meas are on rotation though, and if you eyeing any one in particular, it’s best to call and check before heading down.
The Teppanyaki Counter houses some of the items like Mentai Chicken, Oyster, Beef Steak and Pork Chop.
Big, fat, succulent and juicy is what you want for your King Crab Legs, and you will be able to get just that here. It is placed alongside the Snow Crab Legs, and they are both refilled every now and then. While they are a pleasure to have, I would not say the same for the process of de-shelling. It takes quite some effort to cut through their shelled protection, and you ought to be prepared for it. I, for one, a just plain lazy and would not even get down and dirty on crabs. So.
The more commendable parts of the Desserts Counter are the Chocolate Fondue, and hands down, the Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream, which is just about as most appealing as the King Crab. The rounds you can make to the ice cream corner is limitless, and you are treated to flavours including Green Tea, Belgian Chocolate, Rum & Raisins, Mango & Passionfruit, Strawberry and Macademia Nut.
The King Crab promotion is only available on daily dinner and weekend brunch:
Mon – Thurs Dinner (6pm – 10pm): $37.80++
Fri – Sun / PH Dinner (5.30pm – 10pm): $39.80++
Sunday / PH Brunch (11.30am – 3.30pm): $37.80++
These prices actually remains unchanged from before the promotion started. Therefore, it can be seen as a bonus, and if you are planning on paying a visit to Momiji, do it during this period to get a value-added meal.
Subjectively, I will not pay for a mid-scale buffet, simply because I would rather pay tens of dollars more for a full-scale, wider spread and higher quality buffet.
Objectively, I do think that this is really a value-for-money buffet. The premium items are what make it worthy – the King Crab Legs, the Häagen-Dazs ice cream, premium meat Shabu Shabu, and various pretty reasonable grilled items and seafood selection.
So depending on your budget and crowd, this may be a good enough buffet restaurant. Call to check before you head down, because some items are on rotation and you don’t want to go there and miss out on what you had wanted to go for.
Special gratitude to Racheal, Jaslyn and the Brand Cellar team for the hospitality and hosting the media session.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address (in context): 55 Newton Road, #02-02 Revenue House (also available in City Square Mall & North Point Shopping Centre)
Telephone: 6253 2469 (Takes Reservations)