Having read a few negative reviews online, I didn’t go with high expectations. But after the meal, I disagree strongly with those reviews.
Situated in the same building as the 24-hour McDonald’s, the a la carte Japanese buffet has at least 145 items and there are some additional seasonal items such as salmon belly sashimi or grilled salmon (above). Seafood delivery is made throughout the week to ensure freshness of ingredients. The yakimono (grilled) items are prepared freshly on the spot, instead of catering them pre-packed.
Among the items, there were many hits and few misses. The pork salad in creamy sesame dressing, and sashimi seafood salad (above) were super refreshing, a great counterpoint to heavier dishes. Shake wafu teppan was also great, a grilled salmon in a stew-like sauce. Assorted tempura was light, and oil-less. The seasonal dish, grilled salmon, was fresh and well cooked.
The only issue lay in grilled dishes with teriyaki sauce (above). Somehow, the sauce was bitter and burnt. But the majority of items, such as assorted sashimi, was decent.
There are many promotions, such as Ladies’ Nights on Mondays and Wednesdays, Men’s Night on Tuesday, and kids eat for free on Sundays. This is a good value, good quality a la carte Japanese buffet. You sit in a comfortable setting, you get served, and the 3 servers were prompt, hardworking, and attentive. I’d recommend Shinkei for corporate events or large family gatherings as there are private rooms for 10-45 persons with no extra charge. Sake and other alcoholic drinks available at a separate cost.
Shinkei Buffet Price
Lunch: $32+ (adult), $22+ (below 10 years old)
Dinner (Sun-Th): $35+/ $24+
Dinner (F, Sat, PH eve): $38+/$26+
600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-06/07/10 Singapore 319515
T: +65 6255 5598
Shinkei Buffet Menu
Rating: 3.344/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
ps: Thanks Cindy and Anderson for the invite.