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A hot afternoon lunch at Sankai Japanese Restaurant

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  Posted 03 April 2016 - 07:52 PM

Was introduced to the buffet at Sankai Japanese Restaurant (山海)by makan kakis at the start of the year. I am back there again to celebrate my colleague's birthday and to treat him to a meal. The pictures to be posted are a collection from both outings. With the mercury hoovering around 34°C, we made our way to the restaurant from Bugis MRT.

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Sankai Japanese Restaurant
1 Liang Seah Street
#01-03
Singapore 189022
Tel: +65 6336 0384

Business Hours (Last order 1hr before closing time)
Sun – Thu: 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 12am

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A collection of Figurines consisting of mainly Maneki-neko (Fortune Cat) greeted us at the cashier.

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We were lead to the inner Dining Room where I chose to sit next to the window facing the road. The first time I was here, we were given the Tatami Room which is available for a group of 6-8 diners.


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 07:55 PM

While waiting for our birthday boy to arrive; yes, he overslept even though I gave him a wake up reminder message via WhatsApp early in the morning. Scanning through the one page Menu, me and my other colleague wrote down a few items from the Appetizer and Sashimi sections plus ordered our drinks.

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At the time the Chawanmushi was served, birthday boy popped in ready to dig into the egg custard. The steamed egg mixture was smooth and flavourful; just not hot enough.

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A trio of Seasoned Top Shell, Spicy Jelly Fish and Spicy Scallop from the appetizer section. The Seasoned Top Shell was an unexpected treat as it was tender yet had some bites to it and the savoury sauce complemented it wonderfully. The Jelly Fish was a little tough then we had hoped for with little to no heat in there.

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Our Sashimi Platter with Tamagoyaki & Smoked Duck Breast was bidding us to taste it as me and birthday boy took turns to photograph it. A glance to the next table, the two ladies had an even bigger portion of sashimi and were already tucking into it. Yum yum, the sashimi was so good and we finished it in no time. Surprisingly, the octopus wasn't rubbery at all and fared so much better compared to other buffets that served it.

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This plate of Smoked Duck Breast was from my first outing. The meat texture was just nice, not too chewy.


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Posted 03 April 2016 - 09:03 PM

Omg!! Sashimi buffet!! I'm bookmarking this, thanks!
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Posted 03 April 2016 - 09:10 PM

Get your voucher from Qoo10, the price varies from S$26.xx to S$29.xx nett depending on the promotion.
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Posted 03 April 2016 - 11:54 PM

The charred bits of the lightly Seared Salmon imparted a smoky flavour to the plain salmon sashimi, adding an extra layer of texture on the outer surface. Good for those who don't like their fish too raw.

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Unfortunately for the Poached Prawns, they were deemed tasteless by my colleague and I have to side with him. Skip this please. Swordfish Sashimi is of course my favourite of all the raw fishes.

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We ordered more Seasoned Top Shell, Tamagoyaki and Smoked Duck Breast. While next table, the two ladies devoured more plates of sashimi. The Unagi Sushi, warm and caramelized from the blowtorch was melt in the mouth delicious.


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 01:19 AM

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 06:04 PM

Among the Salmon, Swordfish & Hamachi Mentai Aburi Sushi, the salmon and the cod roe mayo offered us the best taste and texture combination, edging out the swordfish and yellowtail which had firmer flesh once cooked. The Yuzu Flavoured Prawn Roe Sushi doesn't seem to blend in well with the salty roes.

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All these Sushi below were from my first outing. The Unagi and Salmon Mentai Aburi Sushi were the only ones I enjoyed. Someone wanted to eat veggies so the Spicy Cucumber Salad was for her. Too bad the dish wasn't well liked due to the spicy sauce.


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 09:25 PM

An assortment of Tempura came next. A crispy batter encased a meaty prawn in the center while the cuttlefish tempura was fried just right so that it doesn't ended up too chewy. Add the grated daikon into the tempura sauce and dunk those crispy seafood and vegetables into it.

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My colleague just had to order that piece of Potato Croquette and boy was it a thick slice too! Pumpkin Tempura just hit the right notes with it sweetness and softness though my colleague said he like the crispy kind. Deep Fried Octopus get the nod from us, the seasoned golden brown crispy batter gave this dish a deeper flavours not to mention the octopus was not overcooked.

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Another dish from my other outing was this Chicken Kara Age which a newbie makan kakis ordered. I think he forgotten to check the fine print that each portion consisted of 3 pieces of chicken and he ordered for everyone!!! Edible but not well marinated in that the flavours did not get drawn into the meat. And you guessed it right, he had to polish them off himself though we did try to help him out a little bit. The moral of the story is to never order for others unless you ask them first. :D/>


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 07:25 PM

Tako Yaki wasn't interesting for my tummy as it was too dry inside and the outer skin tougher than those octopus balls I get elsewhere.

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Shishamo plump with roe was grilled to just right. A single bite coupled with a little tug and the fish cleanly separated from the other half. Those that spent too long over the fire tended to get drier and way tougher to pull apart.

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Saba Fish with Salt came with crispy skin and moist flaky flesh. Not sure why we stopped at just a portion; maybe the hot weather was affecting our appetite. The plate with three slices of fish was from my earlier trip. Normally, I would not eat cooked salmon but the Salmon with Mentai Sauce was quite addictive with the seared cod roe mayonnaise.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 10:55 PM

We had mistaken the Chicken Skewers to be the Yakitori we were more accustomed with. Instead of pieces of chicken meat on skewer, this dish came minced to a point that it almost paste-like. Taste wise, it's sweetish with hints of herbs/spices and more akin to that of a very soft meat ball, albeit grilled meat ball. I can't said I enjoyed eating it but neither do I hate it. Just try it and come to your own conclusion.

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I love chicken wings and this Grilled Chicken Wings satisfied my craving for it. Not the best I have eaten but still a delightful crispy and juicy treat for me and my colleagues. Wrapping bacon around the Cocktail Sausages would have made this dish more fun to eat.

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The chef gave the Cherry Tomato Skewers a little too much sprinkle of salt which we think could be done away with in the first place.

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The sorry looking Vegetable Dumplings came with the contents spilled out. Not sure how it fared as I skipped over it.


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 10:37 AM

After the grilled and deep fried dishes, we refreshed our palate with this simple Vegetable Salad. Basically just shredded cabbage, Japanese cucumber, tomato and tofu in sesame dressing.

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Not a fan of the Agedashi Tofu with its dusting of potato starch or cornstarch. At home, mum will just pan fry the bean curd and we eat it with chilli sauce.

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Sleeping beauty was the one that introduced me to this Curry Udon. I like the fact that the curry sauce wasn't too sweetish which went well with the thick springy noodle as well as the stewed to tender potato and carrot chunks.

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Cold Soba was a little too al dente as mentioned by my colleague.

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Basically the Unagi Rice was the same as the unagi sushi but came in a bowl. I had thought that it was unagi fried rice when ordering it.

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Overall this was an enjoyable lunch buffet for all of us and it cost less than S$30 each using voucher. Get the voucher from Qoo10 now as the price had just dropped to S$26.90 nett (limited time only) and you can also use your points to redeem additional discount too. Do note that a minimum of 2 persons is required to dine and also add $6 (payable to restaurant) if you are going for dinner.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 11:08 AM

After lunch, we took a walk in the shopping mall and ended up at Bugis+ where they were life-size statues of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from the movie Batman v Superman.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 01:21 PM

The price of the voucher has gone back up to S$29.90.
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