ST gave me a surprise dinner at Shogun Japanese buffet located in One Utama's new wing. She had booked us a table early in the week. Which turned out to be a very wise decision otherwise we would have to join a very long queue of hungry masses. It's incredible to see people lining up to fork out RM48.00++ per person for dinner. How long was the queue? Imagine someone setting up a booth and started giving out free bags/t-shirts/etc (which incidentally was a scene I witnessed at the MATTA fair recently. A lady at the Taiwan booth started giving out free cloth bags and two other guys had to keep shouting for people to line up... not that anyone bothered to listen).
Saisaki is a name I often hear associated to all the tales of the great Japanese buffets I mentioned earlier and I hear Shogun operates under the same owner thus I had high expectations for the food here... but then reality kicked in and I remembered why I've been despising buffets for a few years now. Basically it's two things; 1. You never get quality food at buffets, 2. Your kiasu-ness (translation: never wanting to lose out) will always cause you to overeat. Nothing's changed... Shogun is quantity over quality and I ate so much that I felt like throwing up a few times after dinner :)
But but... don't get me wrong I did enjoy my time here. It's just that the food really isn't what most people say it is. Nothing extraordinary at all. There was only one food item that made me go back for a second round and of all things that was the mixed fruit punch! Yes the fruit punch was good... very good because they used lemon (or maybe lime) juice in the punch.
Japanese food as most Malaysians know it; sushi. But wait... did you notice that most of their sushi's are not wrapped with seaweed? They use some kind of crepe to do the wrapping. Taste wise it was fine but the variety isn't that great.
A mixture of soba, udon and a bunch of other stuff. They serve salmon everywhere! There are tonnes of them even in their fried noodles (yakisoba). With the amount of salmon the serve one would think salmon was cheap. There was one standout dish here. The chilli crabs were standout BAD! It was cold and so obviously unfresh as the meat was totally flaky.
Cheese baked oysters and scallops. They serve this to tables individually and is not available at the buffet spread obviously because they are really expensive items :) Not bad.
Maybe not too obvious from the picture but it's beef teppanyaki surrounded by some varieties of Tempura. The way you get your teppanyaki is you go up to the teppanyaki counter, choose from a range of raw meat and vegetables then hand it over to the chef who cooks it for you. Our chef overdid it on the butter department but I liked the strong garlic flavour. Tempura wasn't that great I think because I took some cold ones. They fry the tempura continously at the Tempura counter so make sure you get some fresh ones. Oh and there's Soft Shell Crab Tempura.
Some little crabs... utterly tasteless but oh so cute.
There's also a few varieties of soup. We had both Tom Yam and Shark's Fin (yes, really... though we couldn't find any fin in the soup) which was both lacking in taste. Shogun also offers a lot of other stuff that you can't really call Japanese including sweet and sour fish and some varieties of Korean food (kimchi and bulgolgi). Their dessert selection is merely adequate but then again no one is here for their desserts. I did enjoy their ice cream and they had quite a few choices of drinks (green tea, lemonade, soursop, etc...).
Very full oredi... smile oso difficult.
Well it was exactly like I expected... their food was generally acceptable and it's been many years since I've eaten so much. Enjoyable night but I think I'm going to stay away from buffets for another few years.