Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Gaya, Mutu,..... Keunggulan (?)

Last weekend, we decided to venture to Jogoya, a new Japanese buffet restaurant situated in the 3rd floor (aka. the Relish floor) of Star Hill, KL.

The Dinner

Bleergh....
*looks quesy*
... I will never ever ever go for a another buffet again.
(I swear,if I never see another tempura prawn again, it'll still be too soon!)

Erm.
Ok. I suppose the quesiness from the gorging is really, almost totally my fault...
... but seriously, if you paid friggin RM88++ (which comes up to just over 100 bucks FYI), wouldn't you try to get your money's worth too??

*sigh*
(Tis the Penang blood in me stirring again)
Anyway, objectively speaking, the food was good for a buffet.

How does it work?
It is a semi-"a la carte" buffet.
Meaning:
1) There are many items already prepared and served up for your selection in the various buffet lines.
2) There are also many chef stations where you drop in the clip with your table number into a bowl (eg. Bowl labeled "Grilled Salmon Head) - they will then cook what you chose and send it to your table.
Another thing is that they actually have two prices: RM88++ for dinner (5pm to 9.30pm) and RM78++ for supper (9.30am to 1am). Another clause is that you can only stay for a max of 2 hours if they consider it "peak period".

Now, onwards to the food.
First of all, there was excellent variety:

  • Sashimi, sushi, hand rolls, shabu-shabu
  • Grilled chicken, fish, squid, beef, etc
  • Soba, spaghetti, etc.
  • Teppanyaki chicken, beef, etc
  • Various Tempuras - prawns, vegetables, soft shell crab, etc
  • Misc Chinese Food - steamed fish, butter prawns, etc
  • Oysters - fresh, fried or grilled with cheese
  • Desserts - Movenpick ice cream, variety of cakes, cookies
  • Ooh, and the coconut drink was excellent!
Oh btw, this list is in no way, exhaustive.... I might have missed out a few items - there were just soooo many....

The taste of the food was above average for a buffet.... but to me, nothing fantastic (especially if compared to a la carte dining). Generally: The tempura was tasty (but mostly it was just a big ball of batter), the steamed fish was good and the grilled beef+lamb were a bit tough.

I must say tho, the seafood there was very fresh - the oysters were an absolute treat and the sashimi was good too. Oh! And the coconut drink is not to be missed!

Also, the ambience was nice.... rather dark, with very modern lines - hard concrete surfaces matched with warm wooden surfaces used to tone down the harshness.
(One thing tho... although it has a nice effect, the concrete floor is a bit dangerous! Me and Soo Jin almost slipped near the oily tempura section)

Oh, and on account of the insane amount of people there during dinner, the place is very noisy.

So, it's: Excellent variety, above average taste for a buffet, nice ambience but noisy - great value for people who can really pack a lot into their tummies.

Hmmm... I suppose that about sums it up.

Psssst.
Sorry there're no photos this time.
(Long story)

You want photos?
Go HERE or HERE.
:)


Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Jogoya @ Star Hill

Taste: 6
Ambience : 7
Service : 6
Price** : RM 88/++ per person (dinner price)
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2142 1268
Opening Hours: 11am - 2am

HALAL



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6 comments:

J said...

Transfer From Haloscan
Penny For Your Thoughts

i've been dying to go there for quite sometime now. why isn't there any pictures of Jogoya?
ChengSim | Homepage | 05.03.06 - 5:28 pm | #

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*blush*

Erm....
I kinda brought my camera to the dinner... WITHOUT the memory card....

(Smart right?)
J to chengsim | Homepage | 05.03.06 - 6:24 pm | #

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Er, what's with the tagline for the Dunhill ads as a title?

I know how you feel abt Jogoya becoz after eating there, I did not touch seafood for a very long time!
boo_licious | Homepage | 05.03.06 - 9:14 pm | #

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haha.

I dunno.
Was trying to think of a witty title and just ended up with that.
(... bcos to me that tagline sorta sums up my experience at Jogoya)
J to Boo | Homepage | 05.04.06 - 8:55 am | #

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A NYC chocoholic saying hi. I totally love your blog!
Piment et Chocolat | Homepage | 05.05.06 - 12:54 am | #

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If you pay me a 100bucks for a meal, I sever lobster with masages, and foot rubs.
bryon | Homepage | 05.05.06 - 8:55 am | #

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Awwww... thanks.

And I love your blog too!
Although it makes me feel terribly hungry with all those yummy pictures....

*droooooool*
J to Piment | 05.05.06 - 10:53 am | #

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Haha.
That sounds like a good deal.

Food + footrub is a good combi!

J to byron | 05.05.06 - 10:54 am | #

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Alamak! RM88! Mahal tu! Where to go for much cheaper Japanese meal in KL? ie. RM30??
thaaniya | 05.11.06 - 2:13 pm | #

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Well,.... there's quite a few good places for Japanese - depends on what you want.

Jogoya is expensive but good if you can eat a LOT.

Nippon Yatai Mura in PJ is good too
(http://chocoholicmemoirs.blogspot.com/2005/11/ nippon-yatta.html)

Spring Hatsuhana in Bangsar is very casual but good value for money.
(http://chocoholicmemoirs.blogspot.com/2006/02/ everlasting-spring.html)

Another good place (that I go often but didn't review here yet) is Umaiya in Damansara.
(http://www.umai-ya.com/)
J to thaaniya | 05.12.06 - 10:39 am | #

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Thx again for d help. Wherever I eat nanti, I'll be sure to eat A LOT! Heheh!! (So excited!!)
thaaniya to J | 05.14.06 - 7:15 pm | #

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Haha.
No probs.

Have fun!
J to Thaaniya | Homepage | 05.16.06 - 8:43 am | #

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i want to go back there and eat like there's no tomorrow! ;P
bimbobum | Homepage | 05.26.06 - 9:27 pm | #

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hahaha.

Yeah, why not?
Go and make the most of the RM88++ that you have to pay....


J to bimbobum | Homepage | 05.29.06 - 9:34 am | #

Anonymous said...

Update From Dining At Jogoya In October 2006.

Dom: Ambience was above average

Food: Taste was average. Will not return for a 2nd time since it is average tasting food.

J said...

to anonymous:
Thanks for sharing your opinion, O' Mysterious Nameless One.
:)

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