... 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!)
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??
(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.
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!
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.
Sorry there're no photos this time.
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Jogoya @ Star Hill
Ambience : 7
Service : 6
Price** : RM 88/++ per person (dinner price)
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2142 1268
Opening Hours: 11am - 2am
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