Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yama & J Fusion Sushi Buffet @ Jaya One

One of the strangest restaurants to invade Jaya One, run by a Malaysian-born chef who found a fondness for fusion food while cooking for two decades in New York.

This fairly friendly outlet transforms somewhat into a club after 9:30pm, so come here early.

Buffets are ostensibly the main attraction; RM48++ in the afternoon & RM68++ at night for a smorgasbord of sashimi ...

... as well as more makis than most customers might actually stomach.

All manner of unidentifiable rolls flood the counter. Ladies get a 50 percent discount for lunch.

Patrons willing to pay more can order from the a la carte menu, since the food will be more freshly prepared. We tried this maki topped with snow crab, avocado & cream cheese (RM40); the chef's signature mix of yuzu & garlic panko sauces was the overwhelming flavor.

Ditto for this tataki of seared salmon with black pepper, cilantro, parsley, spicy mayo, wasabi, roe & green onions. Tasty, but the fish is essentially drowned in gooey savoriness.

Pastas are available a la carte, like this blue cheese fettuccine (fundamentally carbonara) with baked oysters in Japanese mayo sauce (RM43). It is what it is.

The kitchen loves its sauces; expect extra servings to come with each recipe.

Sake is available for a minimum of RM30. Wine is offered only by the RM99++ bottle.

Yama & J Fusion Sushi Buffet,
Palm Square, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 016-381-8896
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31 comments:

  1. A case of too much sauces drowns the main ingredients?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: definitely too saucy for my liking =)

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    2. Next time can tell the waiter,we can do less rice and we can put the sauce on the side...
      ...^^

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  2. Ladies get 50% for lunch! Interesting!!!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ladies' day, everyday! and ya, i think it's reasonably priced after the discount =)

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    1. Suituapui: a nearly psychedelic riot of colors! :D

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  4. that is good..
    Shall try it for my next happy hour there..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, it could be a nice drinking place at jaya one :D

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  5. good thing they named it "fusion", for that's hell not authentic Jap cuisine.

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    1. TNG: oh yeah, it's cool to have both traditional japanese cuisine as well as fusion japanese options in town :D

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  6. wow nice~ Rm50 can consider for the buffet~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: ya, not bad. it seems like a nice place to hang out with friends :D

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  7. Errrr definitely should go early before the clubbing begins, how to eat with all that noise? LOL.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, ya, they should only turn on the loud music at 1030pm, instead of 930pm :D

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  8. Your opening line was the best!

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    1. Kelly: heheh, this is quite a unique restaurant. Though I'm not sure i mean that as a compliment, heh =)

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  9. Not really my kind.. Too much stuff and the clubbing lights o.0

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    1. Isabel: heh, yeah, the clubbing lights were a surprise. It's ok before 930pm though :D

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  10. Not children friendly ! But food looks good !

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    1. Wong: heheh, I think maybe for lunch, it should be ok for children :D

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  11. a sushi buffet place that turns into a club? wow that's something new. Fusion is always not a good thing cos it mostly mean the chefs can't do a good job in cooking a proper type of cuisine.

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    1. Eiling: heh, yeah, i think they're trying to maximize the use of the space, so that it still will get customers after dinnertime =) ya, the fusion sushi here is not really my kinda sushi, heheh =)

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  12. Went there on labour day for a reunion lunch. Refills are slow to replenish. Tea refill also took ages. Ala carte menu were scarce and some of the order came one hour later. Worst part I got diarrhea and vomited 2 days later. And a check shows about 12 of us out of 20 got food poisoning.

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  13. Went there on labour day for a reunion lunch. Refills are slow to replenish. Tea refill also took ages. Ala carte menu were scarce and some of the order came one hour later. Worst part I got diarrhea and vomited 2 days later. And a check shows about 12 of us out of 20 got food poisoning.

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  14. Went there on 31st May 2013 with my colleagues and 6 out of 8 got food poisioning & fever after 1.5 days. The sashimi at the counter is not fresh.

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  16. Went there last weekend for a family reunion lunch. Having bad experience there.

    - All the food was not fresh! Can taste the refrigerator taste for the sashimi. Besides, the salmon with sauces totally was not fresh. The meat of salmon was hard and dry. I think it has been kept in the refrigerator for few days.
    - The way of cutting salmon was not good. The chief cut in the wrong way, till you can't feel the salmon taste for the salmon sashimi.
    - Too salty for all the food. Too many sauces drowns the main ingredients. Totally cannot taste the food, the only thing can taste was the sauces.
    - All the food was serving with rice. Too much of rice! You will easily get full after taken few pieces of dishes.
    - Alot of limitation of ordering food from the menu. They only allow to order certain food from the menu. Others food need to pay separately. What's called "buffer" ??? Buffer should included all in, why need to pay separately for others food?
    - Environment was so so only. The space was very tight. Not convenience at all.

    I won't recommend to anyone wish love Japanese food.

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  18. I totally agree with Low Summer. It is very BAD experience to dine over there. They shouldn't claim they offer "BUFFET" as I can spell out the dishes which are offered on free flow basis. Only few types of SUSHI (mainly full with rice and cheap stuff, like cucumber ). 1 selection of fried rice, fried udon and a salted fishy "soup". They served sashimi in a stingy way, few slices of salmon/ butter fish/tamago, 2 pcs of oyster and 2 red octopus only. Is this Japanese buffet which worth RM 102? Fine, I thought patrons can offer from ala carte menu. Guess what, the waitress only showed me the 1 page ala carte menu upon I asked for that. On ala carte menu, they only offer ROLL but many are not available. Ironically, when I ask about what else is offered on FREE FLOW since this is a "buffet", the waitress answered me : ice cream and green tea are unlimited, you can take as much as you like!!! I Arghh...... My friend and I were so disappointed with the food and it definitely not worth for money at all. WOULD NOT VISIT AGAIN

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  19. totally dont recommend to come back to this restaurant again...... Had an bad experience..... My first time dining there was like march i bought from groupon after discount is about Rm49.50. It claims that the original price was Rm99.plus. When i reach there with my partner, at first we saw the environment was not bad with the buffet bar for us to grab the food. Then they pass us the menu and when we wanted to order the sashimi from the menu, the waitress keep telling me most of the sashimi no stock... I was like what the Fxxx...... Then it seems they only serve common sashimi like salmon, tuna, etc etc...... FIRST TIME EXPERIECE....And we sign up an so called VIP card to get discount and also better promotion so called.

    THE BEST PART IS YESTERDAY ON THE 22/6/14. Me and my partner wanted to give it a try again on the restaurant so we went there. When we reach there, there was no more buffet bar. All order from the menu and it seems that the sashimi part cannot pick ourselves, they will serves us with a platter. Which is the same like last time from the buffet bar. It seems that the price was rm88++ AND WILL GET A DISCOUNT FOR 30% IF HAVE yama n j VIP CARD. So we was like ok just eat becasue we come all the way here, then half way eating only i heard some walk in customer saying have groupon promotion which selling now at rm36 and original price was rm78plus..... I was like WTF...... Why VIP card eat more expensive, might as well i buy from groupon. So WHAT I TRYING TO SAY IS THIS RESTAURANT IS A FULL TIME NO HONEST PEOPLE. THE PRICE ALWAYS CHANGES........SO WHEN I ASK THE WAITRESS. THEY SAY NORMAL......

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