Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Japanese Weekend Buffet @ Makishima, Sheraton Imperial Hotel

Back to Makishima for its newly launched weekend buffet. Earlier entries on Makishima's a la carte menu: June 1 & July 24.

The buffet is available Saturdays during dinnertime, 6pm-10pm; it's RM85++ per person, with a 50 percent discount for kids.

The selection is commendable for the price, so let's start the ball rolling with salads; no shortage of those here, spanning simmered hijiki seaweed, eggplant, sliced onions, potatoes, edamame & more.

Sashimi isn't an afterthought at Makishima; the buffet showcases not only the relatively ordinary offerings of salmon & tuna ...

... but also plenty of other intriguing options according to availability, prepared in multiple fashions & styles.

Freshness hits the necessary benchmark; we're fans particularly of the aburi-style preparation - partly roasted, partly raw & luscious, both parts complementing each other beautifully.

Surprisingly, the scene-stealing star of this selection is the sushi; it might seem scandalous to get stuffed on rice at a buffet, but Makishima's sushi is bountifully stuffed, beautifully topped & brilliantly tasty.

Again, several of the fish choices transcend the typical, making this ideal for the Japanese food fan who craves variety.

Part of the fun lies in the lack of a crowd for this buffet, since it's not been widely publicised. We were the sole diners for our session; so unlike most other Japanese buffets, there was no lining up whatsoever & battling other customers for choice cuts. But we're not sure how long the serenity will last.

Prefer your seafood cooked? From shishamo to squid to tempura prawns, that's certainly not a problem here.

Want your food cooked to order? Have the okonomiyaki or the teppanyaki beef & salmon.

Noodling around, we were also pleased to discover small, snack-sized bowls of both soba & udon.

And still much more from the Japanese cookbook, from chicken karaage to chawanmushi to clam-filled miso soup.

It all adds up to plate after plate piled up with pleasure, precisely what folks might seek from a Japanese buffet.

 Desserts are the sole section that currently falls short; there are complimentary cotton candy & sliced fruits, but the restaurant is still looking into what else can be served for the sweet tooth.

Makishima Japanese Restaurant
2F Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch & dinner, Monday-Friday. Dinner buffet only, Saturday. Tel: 03-2602-3288

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30 comments:

  1. Seem like quite a good quality Japanese buffet, give me more sashimi please :P

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, the assortment of different kinds of sashimi here is a plus point! :)

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  2. Wow...rm85++ for all tat glorious sashimi, sushi etc...a visit before the crowds get too madcap! =)

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    1. Ulric: not bad at a time when many other hotel japanese buffets would breach the RM100++ mark :)

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    2. Eunice: oi, jangan batuk :)

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  3. Well I'm sure it's gonna get packed now that EATDRINKKL blogged about it! :P

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    1. Rebecca: hopefully the customers will enjoy the buffet :)

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  4. Lovely!!! Wowwwww....so much to choose from. No discount for senior citizens as well? We don't eat so much either - not many teeth left. :D I know one Japanese buffet place at Bukit Bintang where they have a special discount for ladies, none for old folks - they obviously do not know how much the "fairer" sex eat these days. Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Suituapui: heh, you have a good point ... i do think customers above 60 years old (or 65 at least) deserve a discount! :)

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    2. Hear! Hear! 60's good!! I'm not quite 65 yet. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    3. Suituapui: haha, okie, you get my vote for a discount! :)

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  5. Rebecca's right; I think the crowd will start flocking there once they see this post, Sean, hehe.

    RM 85++ is indeed a value for money. The buffets that my parents had to pay for were all RM100++. I don't see any chawan mushi?? However, I do hope that they'll serve green tea ice cream for dessert! ^^ That's like a must in Japanese buffet, personally speaking. =D

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    1. Waverly: ooo, there's chawanmushi here, though i think the one i had was too mushy for my preference ... and i agree with you, green tea ice cream is the perfect ending to a japanese buffet! :D

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  6. I miss japanese buffet and shashimi~!!

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    1. Audrey: hopefully you get to satisfy your sashimi cravings soon! :)

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  7. Not gonna be quiet any longer after ppl has seen it on your blog! It does sound like good value for money... ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: hopefully makishima will retain the price and the quality of the offerings :)

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  8. omfg, rm85++ per person i rather go eat other thing else~

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    1. Happy walker: that's a valid point, there's definitely a lot of meals that can be bought for that total ;)

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  9. Certainly a spread fit for royalty!

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    1. Linda: and for fans of japanese fare! :)

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  10. I think I will keep having sashimi! Hahaha.

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    1. CK: haha, yeah, i ate quite a few plates with sashimi :)

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  11. It won't stay empty for long, I bet! That's good value for a Japanese buffet

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    1. Footfringe: maybe they'll consider offering buffet dinners twice a week if this goes well :D

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  12. Seems a good deal for that price.

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    1. The Yum List: worth it, i think, considering the price we have to pay for a la carte japanese meals elsewhere :)

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  13. that's definitely a darn good deal for all the offerings. must admit that dessert is way off...i think we do a better job at home for dessert!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, luckily we had stuffed ourselves with so much food, we could barely think of dessert in the end, heheh :)

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