Ah the buffet. One that seeks the best steak in Singapore is sure to wander across such “opportunities” to stuff one’s face silly with delicious meat.
An experience that breeds excitement during the days before, then triggers regret and fatigue the moments after. Even as I get older and start looking out for my health, the buffet experience is something that’s hard to keep out of my thoughts. Compared to my earlier years, I go to fewer buffets and the focus is mainly on quality instead of quantity. And a Wagyu Beef Buffet definitely falls into the ‘quality category’.
Now, on to the meat.
There are a few choices for the meats but since we’re talking about the Premium Wagyu Buffet ($104.80++), I’ll only cover the choices in this menu. And in case you’re new, my emphasis will be on beef. Also, there was a 1-for-1 promotion at the time so this buffet was a real steal at around $62 per pax. We added the free-flow drinks so it came up to $68 per pax.
Before moving straight to the grill portion of the menu, I started with a few appetisers, which included the Wagyu Beef Sashimi and Wagyu Tataki (lightly grilled Wagyu beef sashimi). Personally, I always prefer my beef cooked because they’re more satisfying that way. The fat in raw beef isn’t exactly flavourful since it’s not rendered. So these orders held more value as novelty choices than tasty ones. The freshness won’t be disputed though, because there was no odor and they were very tender, pink pieces of beef.
In the grilling section, there are three choices for the Wagyu beef with the first being Wagyu Nakaochi Karubi MBS 7+ (Rib Intercostal). It’s the meatiest in volume and also on the chewy side. Personally, I think it’s mingled with too much of tendon and fat to produce a comfortable meat-to-tendon-to-fat ratio. 6.5/10.
Next item we brought to the grill was the Wagyu Rosu MBS 7+ (Ribeye Cap). This is a surprising option because I’ve never come across a place where they freely provided this cut. The ribeye cap is, in my opinion, the best part of the ribeye steak. It’s that one strip (the spinalis dorsi) that is somewhat separated from the main section (longissimus dorsi). A nickname like butcher’s butter’ gives you an idea as to how tender this piece can be.
The muscle fibres are more pronounced here and the beefy flavour is on the robust side. Grilled with a little pink salt and pepper and you get a satisfying piece of juicy beef. 8.8/10.
But the cut which I found to have brought out the most Wagyu-esque flavour was the Wagyu Karubi MBS 7+ (Short Rib). They looked the most like regular sliced beef, only with intense fat marbling. On a few pieces, I could hardly see the pink flesh. Seasoned lightly and seared for about 5 seconds per side and you get a piece of beef that almost melts in your mouth, while releasing the unique taste of Wagyu. 8.9/10.
Another beef option was the Wagyu Tan (Wagyu Beef Ox Tongue) which I found to be strangely, tender and rubbery at the same time. While Jason was happily wolfing down these circular slices of tongue, I found myself eating them rather sparingly. It’s an interesting experience but not my first choice when it comes to a Wagyu buffet. 7/10.
A non-beef item I couldn’t skip was the Toro Yukke Sashimi (Minced Fatty Tuna) with Egg Yolk. The flesh was smooth and velvety in texture, with what I guess was citrus seasoning. There was quite a bit of fat content and I think it went very well with this salty, probably shoyu-based marinade at the bottom of the bowl. The yolk served as another layer of flavour that added a hint of egginess. A very nice way to start a meaty buffet if you ask me. 8.2/10.
The Shake (Salmon Sashimi) was very decent. Lovely, fresh and refreshing slices of plump salmon went swimmingly with the usual wasabi-shoyu combination. Still my favourite choice when it comes to sashimi. 8.5/10.
As for seafood, we had one serving of the Kaki (Hokkaido Jumbo Oysters) and Hotate (Giant Scallops). The oysters were plump but I’ve always preferred consuming them raw and fresh from their half shells. 7/10.
The scallops were pretty good. Each piece was plump and when we gave them a nice sear on each side, it was like bouncy pillows of seafood delight. 7.7/10.
The service staff was a lovely person. She was patient and cheerfully delivered on our orders every time, which included the occasional changing of grill plate.
Ambience was very comfortable and I liked the spacious seating arrangements. The window seats provided for a well lit setting that definitely contributed to our cheery mood.
Should You Try It
To fellow meaters and carnivores, yes. The quality is well worth the price, especially if you’re still in your prime and can wolf down at least 200 grams of Wagyu beef. And when you throw in the 1-for-1 promotion, it becomes a steal.
Tenkaichi Japanese BBQ Buffet
6 Raffles Bloulevard
#03-129, Marina Square Shopping Mall
Mon – Fri: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (Lunch)
Mon – Fri: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (Dinner)
Sat – Sun: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Tel: +65 6250 8918
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