Saturday, January 1, 2011

List of Japanese Buffets in Singapore

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am starting 2011 with a pigout post!

Chiharu Weekend Omakase Buffet
Singaporeans love their buffets and they love Japanese food. So it's only natural that Japanese buffets are flourishing! It's certainly a great way to try a wide variety of dishes, or to wantonly indulge in your favourite dishes. However, in many cases the buffet becomes a matter of quantity over quality, so choose wisely. Personally, I'd rather save up for a memorably good buffet, than go for several of the cost-cutting ones.

I am doing this list because I get asked a lot about Japanese buffets.

Here are nearly 40 restaurants offering buffet options, in alphabetical order. I will put some reviews (either my own or others) below the buffet for reference. And just like my high tea buffet list, it's compiled from websites and phone calls, so it's accurate mainly at time of posting. Because things change so rapidly, please call the restaurant ahead to confirm prices, availability, timing, reservations, etc. I will keep updating if I see changes.

So let's see the full list below!

Saturday Champagne Brunch Buffet with over 50 Japanese dishes such as all-you-can-eat premium sushi and sashimi, and Akari’s authentic Japanese favourites including Soki Tatsuta Age (deep fried, soft tender pork rib), Unagi Tofu, Gindara Saikyou Yaki (black cod with miso) and Saikoro Steak (Diced Beef with Sweet Soya Sauce).

Lunch Buffet (Saturdays, 12pm -3pm)
$68++ per person (with free flow of green tea or soft drinks )
$98++ per person (with free flow Charles LaFitte champagne, wine, beer and sake)

Dinner Buffet (Saturdays, 5pm - 9pm)
$78++ per person (with free flow of green tea or soft drinks )
$128++ per person (with free flow Charles LaFitte champagne, wine, beer and sake)

Kid aged 12 and below eat for free. Terms and conditions apply.

Ground Plaza #01-02, Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore 018984.
Tel : +65 6634 0100

See my review with loads of photos here!

The Weekend Chef Treat Omakase S$48++ (over 50 items on the menu, see review below, photo above)
11:30am to 2:00pm (last order) on Sat, Sun and public holidays (PH).
779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758
Tel: +65 6769-1929

Tea-time Teppanyaki Buffet S$18.90++
Mon-Sat, 3pm-6pm
High Tea Sushi Buffet
Adult S$16.80++
Child (4-11 years old) S$10.80++
Mon-Fri (excluding PH), 3-6pm
Details on their promo page
201 Victoria Street, Bugis iluma #04-08/09/10, Singapore 188607
Tel: +65 6238 1011 

A la carte Skewers Buffet S$39.80++
Comes with opening appetiser + refillable side dishes (Edamame/ Green Salad/ Pork Shabu Salad/ Chicken Karaage/ Garlic Fried Rice/ Wafu Mentaiko Pasta)
Limited to only 30 persons a day.
207 River Valley Road, #01-60 UE Square, Singapore 238275
Tel: +65 67326863

Hot Pot & Ala carte Buffet
S$18++/child (6 years old to 12 years old)
Choose from a variety of 4 Hot Pots: Beef Shabu/ Beef Sukiyaki/ Chicken/ Pork Kimchee.
Free flow of meat & vegetables + porridge and udon
and over 40 ala carte menu items: Sashimi, Sushi, Skewers, Grilled, Deep Fried Dishes and Okinawan dishes. Add $30 per person to enjoy a 2 hour free flow Asahi Draft Beer, Shochu, Awamori, Umeshu, Japanese & Standard Cocktails and soft drinks.
557 Bukit Timah Road, #01-14/16 Crown Centre, Singapore 269694
Tel: +65 6468 5710
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 6pm-11pm; Fri, Sat, Sun & PH: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Here's an InSing review.

Japanese-Western-Asian Seafood Buffet with over 90 dishes and great view of the Singapore River
Mondays to Thursdays : S$39.90++ (Adult) / S$22.90++ (Child below 12)
Fridays to Sundays : S$49.90++ (Adult) / S$27.90++ (Child below 12)
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#01-16 , #02-17 The Central,
Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6221-3177
Buffet dinner 6pm–11pm (2nd Floor only)
See my review and photos here

GYU-KAKU Holland Village
BBQ Buffet - more than 30 items
Adult S$49.90++, child S$24.90++
Mon-Thurs, 5.30 - 8pm,
29 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore
Tel: +65 6466 4001
Download the flyer on the right for free drink

Buffet dinner of more than 110 items
Note timing for dinner sessions at both outlets
1st session: 5.30pm to leave at 7.45pm (last order 7.30pm)
2nd session: 8.00pm to 10.30pm (last order 9.45pm)

Hanabi Japanese Restaurant at King's Arcade:
Lunch: Adult S$30.50++ Child: S$19.50++
Dinner: Adult S$35.00 ++ Child: S$22.50++
559 Bukit Timah Road #01-03 King's Arcade
Tel: +65 6465 5525

Hanabi Restaurant and Sake Bar at Odeon Towers
Lunch: Adult S$32.00++ Child: S$21++ (aged 4-11)
Dinner: Adult S$36.00++ Child: S$23.00++
331 North Bridge Road #01-04 Odeon Towers
Tel: +65 6338 6626

A-la-Carte Buffet
Mon to Thurs Lunch: S$30.80++
Fri to Sun/PH Lunch: S$34.80 ++
Mon to Thurs Dinner: S$34.80++
Fri to Sun/PH Dinner: S$38.80++
991B Alexandra Road #01-08/09 Singapore 119970
Tel: +65 6272 1110
1 Changi Biz Park Crescent, #02-19/19A  Plaza 8, Singapore 486025
Tel: +65 6834 3313

Lunch: Adult S$28.90++ Child: S$16.90++ (aged 4-11)
Dinner: Adult S$32.90++ Child: S$19.90++
Only 1 child below 4 can dine free with every 2 paying adults!
Full menu here
200 Turf Road #01-20 Turf City, Singapore 287994
Tel: 6467 2638

Buffet dinner weekdays and Sat buffet lunch
Adult S$32.80++, child S$18++ (aged 3-12)
Sundays and PH closed
140 Robinson Road, #01-00 Chow House, Singapore 068907
Tel: +65 6222 2243

S$33++ per person (same for lunch or dinner)
Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Ground Floor, Miramar Hotel
401 Havelock Road, Singapore 169631
Tel: +65 6887-3788

Buffet lunch and dinner - adult S$33++, child S$20++ (below age 10)
382 Havelock Road #03-01 Riverview Hotel Singapore 169629
Tel: +65 6737 2002

Since its 2010 renovation, Keyaki at the Pan Pacific Hotel no longer has a weekend a la carte buffet. It now has a 10-course weekend kaiseki brunch set for S$60++. Sounds good though!

Over 200 dishes, and they feature live cooking stations
Mon-Fri lunch - adult S$19.80++, child S$12.80++ (aged 4-12)
Mon-Thu dinner - adult S$29.80++, child S$14.80++
Sat/Sun/Eve of PH and PH lunch - adult S$26.80++, child S$16.80++
Fri-Sun/Eve of PH and PH dinner - adult S$32.80+, child S$16.80++
260 Orchard Road #B1-01 The Heeren Singapore 238855
Tel: +65 6736 1216

Daily dinner buffet - 6.30pm - 9.30pm; Weekend lunch buffet 12 noon-2.30pm
Adult S$35+ (member); S$42+ (non-member)
Children aged 2-10 are charged S$10+ (member); S$12+ (non-member)
10 Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club, Singapore 109918
Tel: +65 6273 0118

Check online for their promotions and buffet pricing plans/timings (too many to list here!)
Or call their outlets at:
3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-002 Suntec City Tower 1, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6238 7088
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-41A/42 Great World City, Singapore 237994
Tel: 6836 5877
1 Jurong West Central 2, #B1-47/51 Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886
Tel: 6792 9286

Lunch - Adult S$26++, Child S$15++
Dinner - Adult S$30++, Child S$18++
Children height 1.1m to 1.4m. Those 1.1m eat free accompanied by paying adult customer
Download buffet menu here.
491 River Valley Road #01-07 Valley Point Singapore
Tel: +65 6733 2292

Has several allegedly high end buffets from $60++ onwards - see promo page for details
401 Macpherson Road, #01-11 Hotel Windsor, Singapore 368125
Tel: +65 6285 6525


Super'b Daily Buffet
Lunch: Adult S$30.88++ Child: S$20.88++ (aged 6-12)
Dinner: Adult S$38.88++ Child: S$28.88++

Oishii Daily Buffet (less items)
Lunch: Adult S$30.88++ Child: S$20.88++ (aged 6-12)
Dinner: Adult S$38.88++ Child: S$28.88++

Lunch 12 noon - 2.30pm, Dinner 6pm - 10.30pm
* no pork, no lard     

Present the menus on the right for 20% discount (not valid on PH and eves)

403 Havelock Road, 2F Copthorne King's Hotel, Singapore 169632
Tel: +65 6733 2865

Buffet with 70 items
Lunch - Adult S$26++, Child S$15++
Dinner - Adult S$30++, Child S$18++
See buffet menu online
16 Jalan Pari Burong, Picardy Garden, Singapore 488682
Tel: +65 6245 3303

Dinner buffet - A la carte menu of over 60 Japanese dishes
Weekdays: S$42++
Saturdays: S$38++
6pm - 9.30pm (last order 9pm)
50 Market Street #01-25/26, Golden Shoe Car Park, Singapore 048940
Tel: +65 6227-0331

Daily a la carte buffet lunch and dinner S$59 for adults, S$30 for children aged 6-11 (children under 6 eat for free)
10 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, Singapore 289201
Tel: +65 6219 9447

Buffet lunch daily including PH 11.30am - 2.30pm
Adult S$30++, child S$19++
Buffet dinner daily including PH 6pm - 10.30pm
Adult S$33++, child S$21++
Buffet menu available online
109 Killiney Road, Singapore 239548
Tel: +65 6734 5565

Shabu-shabu Sunday brunch S$35.90++
1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-102 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6377 0070

Daily teppanyaki lunch buffet: salmon sashimi and assorted tempura appetisers, and unlimited teppanyaki items of beef, chicken and salmon. Dessert is fresh fruits.
Adults S$39.90++, public holidays S$45.90++
Children S$25++, public holidays S$28.90++
22 Scotts Road #01-00 Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 6734 6281

Lunch buffet from 11.30am - 2.30pm (Last order: 2.15pm)
Adult: S$29++, Child: S$19++ (aged 5-11)
Dinner buffet from 6.00pm - 10.30pm (Last order: 9.45pm)
Adult: S$33++, Child: S$21++
Download buffet menu here
81 Clemenceau Avenue, #03-15/16 UE Square, Singapore 239917
Tel: +65 6733 2272
I have an old Minori review here, but they must have changed management/ownership, so I'm not sure it's still valid.

A la carte buffet over 100 items
Mon-Thurs adults S$48++, Fri-Sun/PH adults S$58++,
Children aged 7-12 are charged S$28++ unless they really eat a lot, then they will be charged adult prices. And if you bring two children below 7, they may charge you one child's price. Yeah.
8 Purvis Street, #01-01 Talib Court, Singapore 188587
Tel: +65 6338 8472

A la carte Japanese buffet
Lunch - Adult S$35++, Child S$20++
Dinner - Adult S$48++, Child S$28++
Complimentary Serving of Toro (Tuna Belly), Fugu Mirin Boshi (Puffer Fish) & Roast Beef (Roast Tenderloin Beef) with every Ala-Carte Buffet Dinner
16 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, Singapore 289209
Tel: +65 6763 4939

Weekday lunch S$29++; dinner S$39.90++
Weekend lunch S$39.90++; dinner S$48++
360 Orchard Road, #02-13 International Building, Singapore 229567
Tel: 6738-3833

Sunday brunch S$39.90++
1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-102 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6377 0070

TARAFUKU (part of the Tampopo Group)
Lunch (11.30am to 2.30pm)
Adult S$15.80++ (Mon-Fri), S$17.80++ (Sat/Sun/PH)
Child S$9.80++ (Mon-Fri), S$10.80++ (Sat/Sun/PH)
High Tea (3pm to 5.30pm)
Adult S$5.80++ (Mon-Fri), S$7.80++ (Sat/Sun/PH)
Child S$5.80++ (Mon-Fri), S$7.80++ (Sat/Sun/PH)
Dinner (6pm to 10pm)
Adult S$25.80++ (Mon-Thur); S$27.80++ (Fri/Sat/Sun/PH)
Child S$25.80++ (Mon-Thur); S$27.80++ (Fri/Sat/Sun/PH)
Supper (9pm to 10 pm)
Adult S$20.80++
Child S$18.80++
Child price applies only to children below 130cm
313 Orchard Road #B3-31/34, Food Hall
Singapore 238895
Tel: +65 6634 0889

I read somewhere the la-carte buffet is around S$35++ per head and free-flow green tea is chargeable at $1 per person. Will confirm later, as they are not picking up the phone.
Download lunch/dinner buffet menu here.
165 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-17 Amara Shopping Centre, Singapore 088539
Tel: +65 6226 2303

Japanese Sunday brunch 12 noon -3pm
Adult S$90++; Child S$45++
Add S$20 for free-flow Japanese cocktails, Kirin beer and Chandon sparkling wine.
333 Orchard Road, Level 5 Meritus Mandarin Orchard, Singapore 2238867
Tel: +65 6831 6271

Weekend (and public holiday) brunch buffet $68++
Come here for the more interesting Hawaiian-Japanese fusion items.
4th floor, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Tel: 6885-3091

Hi tea buffet ($19.90) 2:30pm to 5:00pm on weekends and public holidays only.
High tea buffet menu here

Deluxe Buffet - (adult) S$53.00++ (Child) S$26.50++ {90cm to 120cm}
Wagyu Beef Buffet - (adult) S$88.00++ (Child) S$44.00++ {90cm to 120cm}

Weekend/ Public Holiday & Eve:
Deluxe Buffet - (adult) S$ 58.00++ (Child) S$ 29.00++ {90cm to 120cm}
Wagyu Beef Buffet - (adult) S$ 88.00++ (Child) S$ 44.00++ {90cm to 120cm}

*Child below 90cm eat for FREE*
Buffet menu here

101 Thomson Road #01-14/15, United Square
Singapore 307591
Tel : +65 6356 7577 / 6356 7277

101 dishes (see menus on right)

Lunch Buffet : $25++ (adult); $16++ (child)
Dinner Buffet : $29++ (adult); $18++ (child)

Daily 11.45am to 2.30pm (Lunch) & 5.45pm to 10pm (Dinner)

906M Upper Thomson Road, Springleaf Garden, Singapore
Tel: +65 6481 3303

Z'en a la carte buffet S$52++ (Mon-Fri); S$42++ (Sat-Sun)
Refillable Beef Shabu Hot Pot, Salmon Sushi & Sashimi, Cream Crab Croquette, Skewers, Tempura, Deep Fried Oysters, Grilled Bleu Cheese Asparagus, Saikoro Beef Steak and more.
205 River Valley Road #01-75 UE Square, Singapore 238275
Tel: +65 6732 3110

Other places such as Sakae Sushi and Suki Group of Restaurants (Nihon Mura, Sakura, Momiji, Yuki Yaki) also serve budget Japanese buffets. You can click the links or Google them if you wish, for outlets islandwide, timing, pricing and promotions.

This list is not comprehensive, so if I have missed something good, please let me know, and I will include it in this list.



  1. What a bumper list! And a great way to start 2011 - with one of my fave cuisines - JAPANESE! :)

  2. Great list that is going to be in my bookmark now!

    anyway i frequent HIMAWARI, They closed the Safra Mount Faber outlet, U might wanna update that.

  3. Thanks, Kenny! Next time you come to town, perhaps we shall check one of these out?

    TriathlonChef: Oooh no wonder. Thanks! I'll update this!

  4. Happy new year to you :)
    What a great list you have here! This could help me out next time I'm in Singapore when we start running out of ideas :)

  5. Anyone knows if Ikoi sashimi is fresher or Kushi Dining bar's sashimi is fresher?

  6. Thank you very much indeed for such a fantastic list. I am bringing my Australian born family to visit Singapore and Malaysia in late January to celebrate CNY. It cost an arm and a leg to eat at Japanese restaurant in Sydney. Now with our strong Aussie dollars we can enjoy whatever Singapore can offered us including all the hawkers food.

  7. I just had Z'en Japanese Cuisine Buffet. Gotta say, definitely one of the top 3 japanese buffets in Singapore! The clientele is also mainly Japanese.

    The centerpiece is basically the beef shabu shabu (which was awesome), and there are like another 30 - 40 items, but almost everything was excellently prepared. Compared to other jap buffets, where there are 90+ items, i picked Zen anytime of the day.

  8. Thanks for placing all the japanese buffets in Singapore together!

  9. Thanks to Catherine. I'm japanese food lover too. it is so useful and helpful for me. thanks a lot. hoho. from Yi Liang.

  10. Aww man .... Chiharu closed

  11. The last I checked, the sashimi at Kushi is fresher

  12. Thanks Catherine for the extensive list !

  13. I recently went to kushi dining bar for their buffet.
    Sashimi is not fresh tasting, tuna a bit sourish, ebi was slimy
    prawn tempura and Lobster soup was tasteless
    I suspect the proteins are frozen for some time
    i was dissappointed as i read good reviews from several forum last year and before.
    Does anyone else feel the same way?

  14. forgot to add, ikura taste bitter,
    squid slimy and octopus is like rubber
    so sad....

  15. Wow, the way u put it, it seems all their sashimi are not fresh at all.. In order for that to happen, there are only 2 possibilities: 1. Their business is real lousy n thus slow turnover. 2. They put their sashimi in storage for a long time before serving to you. In both cases, it does not seem likely as they are almost always full as I hv been there a couple of times. And I guess it would not make sense for them to order a huge qty given their size or worse , put in extra effort to keep it long enough to be "unfresh". Guess it is easier to serve fast n gd than use up the storage space. The sums doesn't add up , honey. Hmm..

  16. I guess you are defending them because you have eaten well there in the past. I hope you can prove me wrong by going there again :P
    For me -its a never. Not worth the money really. -Shirley

  17. What an impressive list!! Can you recommend a good one for someone who couldn't take raw japanese food? Thanks in advance.

  18. Anonymous just above: Most of these would have a lot of cooked food choices. It's the raw stuff that's expensive and (usually) given sparingly! :)

  19. Thanks for the reply Camemberu. Yeah unfortunately my tummy couldn't take raw food...:)

  20. i think the one at iluma, as well as Gyu Kaku are gone!

  21. H Catherine,

    Which japanese buffet would you recommend if you had only 1 meal in Singapore? Our priority is quality over quantity, and not limited by price.

  22. Hi! I was googling japanese buffet when i found your site. Any recommendations for freshest/widest range of Sashimi and good Cha Soba? Like your top 3 places perhaps? Thanks so much in advance! :)

  23. Hi Catherine,

    Could you please recommend a good Japanese buffet restaurant that provides vegetarian as an option? Thank you very much.


  24. Hi, Gyu Kaku is having another buffet promotion in their newest branch at Anchorpoint. From 21 May to 21 June 2012. As the buffet at HV branch had been discontinued, the Anchorpoint branch is the only outlet offering the promo.

  25. Hi, Gyu Kaku is having another buffet promotion in their newest branch at Anchorpoint. From 21 May to 21 June 2012. As the buffet at HV branch had been discontinued, the Anchorpoint branch is the only outlet offering the promo.

  26. Thank you for sharing! They should more of such sites online that shows a comprehensive list like that!

  27. The Gyu-Kaku buffet is back at its Anchorpoint branch. Mon to Thurs dinner service. Most likely will continue for a longer period this time.

  28. A few months back, my friends and i went for the Gyu-Kaku buffet at Anchorpoint. It was really bad. the meat selection was very limited. there were only 2 or 3 types of beef, which didn't matter ultimately because the quality of the beef was really REALLY LOW. it looked grey and tasted dodgy, on par with or worse than the cheap beef used in some hawker center western food stalls. we've tried other branches of Gyu-Kaku and know that's not the usual standard. so we mentioned this as well as the low quality to the manager, who said smilingly and apologetically that this was the meat used for the buffet as it was free flow. (!!!)

    the beef is really appallingly bad for a restaurant. we ended up eating cheap nonsense stuff like fried chicken and gyozas. pretty expensive, considering it cost about $50+ after service charge and GST.

    1. Hi Kcai, did you create a blogger profile just to give me the comment? Thanks for the feedback. I've not tried the Anchorpoint branch of any of the Gyu-kaku's buffets, but thanks for the tip. I would not be too surprised as lower quality beef for buffets, but what you described sounds pretty bad. Might as well eat less but eat well from their regular menu?


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