Minoriya – No kidding. Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet at $17 Nett
Minoriya means Harvest House, and this will probably give you an indication of the variety of food items in this Japanese ala-carte buffet restaurant. There is a total of 98 choices, ranging from sashimi, sushi, temaki, makimono, ippinmono (appetizer), itamemono (pan-fried), agemono (deep-fried), yakimono (grilled), gohan, noodles and soups.
The best thing about this restaurant is that dishes are served ala-carte – cooked only when ordered, and not even microwaved. Every dish comes in a relatively small portion, ensuring little wastage, and you will have stomach room for more. How pleasant it is for the food, especially tempura to come freshly fried, without having to jostle with others.
The sashimi was freshly cut in a variety of styles, becoming an aesthetically elegant piece with red coloured fish alternating with white with radish strips on side. Owner Stanley Tan revealed that almost everyone would order the sashimi, and there is no limit to how much you can order. He added that some customers could just order 60 pieces sashimi at one go! My recommendation would be to savour a few fresh pieces, and leave space for other worthy items as well.
One of my favourite dish was the gyu yakinu, beef pan-fried with special sauce. The result was tender juicy meat which trickled down the taste buds, though it was slightly on the salty and sweet side.
The shake wafu teppan salmon also stood out among the rest for its special teriyaki-like sauce paired with a touch of runny egg white.
There were some hits and misses for the yakimono. Among which, the tsukune tare chicken meat ball – simply delicious, shiitake shio – evenly grilled, saba shioyaki – slightly dry and oily, chicken wing – nicely fried and not overly-oily, and pork belly – average.
For the most important part, the price. The buffet is $29++ for lunch (both weekday and weekend) and $33++ for dinner. The best news is StreetDeal.sg is offering this all-you-can-eat buffet lunch at only $17 nett, which is 57% the usual price. This is almost an unbelievable deal, and really makes it one of the most value-for-money buffets you can find.
Minoriya, 309-311 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore, Tel: +65 6346 6686
Opening Hours: 11.30am–2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm Daily
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