I was recently invited to a media tasting of the newly opened Kuishin Bo at Suntec City. Although it was a media invitation, everything you see in this post was what was served to paying customers on the same day. I was there for a Saturday lunch session.
Before we begin, let me tell you something silly. Since this was a media invitation, I thought I better be a bit more pro and brought my camera. But camera I brought… without an SD card! So… I ended up taking pics with my crappy phone camera. You’ve been warned.
I loved the decor of the whole restaurant. The colours, the lighting, the seats, the whole wooden Japanese feel…
And check out the funky barrel-shaped booth seat! I totally regretted not requesting for this booth seat. It was pretty near the kids buffet bar and looked so comfy and cute.
Kids buffet bar? Did I just say that? Yes I did!
Welcome to The Kids Haven
Once we were shown to our tables, the kids made a beeline for this kids buffet table. They have been well-trained during our stay at Renaissance Okinawa Resort 2 months back, which also had a kids buffet bar. (My blog post for that is coming right up on next week’s Travel Tuesday!) So they helped themselves to the plates and started taking food for themselves. OKAY, the 4 year old helped himself. The 2 year old was just there to mess things up while I struggled to snap decent photos with my crappy phone camera while scolding, “DIDI! NO! DIDI! STOP!” #WoesOfAParentingBlogger
There was spaghetti and chicken karaage (which the kids loved. Like which kid doesn’t love fried chicken?) amongst other cooked food that I forgot (and the crappy photos didn’t do much to remind me). And THIS.
Yup, Chirashi soba. I didn’t even bat an eyelid seeing chirashi being served as part of a kids buffet bar. Because when I was in Japan, I did see raw food like ikura don being put under Kids menu. But now on close scrutiny of the photo, I think this was an improvised version, using only cooked ingredients.
By the side, you will find some desserts. That include a popcorn machine. (The kids were VERY pleased.)
An ice shaver machine to make ice kachang. (Which the kids passed, because they gravitated towards the chocolate fondue which you will see later.)
And lots of sprinkles. Just to… decorate their food?
Important Note: If I’m not mistaken, the food at the Kids Haven section is only available on weeknights and weekends.
Other than the Kids Haven, the other feature to look out for at Kuishin Bo Suntec City was the quarterly thematic food fair.
Currently (from 6 July to 27 September 2015), they were having a Kyushu and Okinawa food fair. Did I mention I just came back from Okinawa?? I was pretty done with Okinawan food when I was there, so I gave the above buffet table a miss. But but but.. I must mention something. I spotted THIS at the buffet table:
I saw this everywhere in Okinawa. It’s their special chili sauce. Which I quite like when mixed with noodles. (Warning: It’s very spicy.) There were a few bottles around the buffet table but they were all sealed up. I wondered if they were for decoration or we could use them.
There were also Kyushu & Okinawan food scattered around the various food sections. Like this salad that was with the sashimi.
It was truly Okinawan. Because you see that green stuff that the red arrow is pointing to?That’s called Sea Grapes and you can find them EVERYWHERE in Okinawa. They infuse them into a lot of their local dishes.
Okay, let’s move on. There are LOTS more food to be introduced. The selection they had at Kuishin Bo was quite mind-boggling.
Salad. For starters.
Sashimi. No decent Japanese buffet would be without it. I am one of the few Singaporeans who love ika (squid) sashimi and I was so happy to find decent ones here. Mixed with ebiko for that extra crunch! Yumz.
Sushi and cold noodles. Quite a wide variety they had here!
Seafood. All your shellfishes and prawns.
Paper Hot Pot. Which you MUST NOT forget to take.
When I first arrived at the restaurant, I went around snapping photos and saw this paper hot pot section. But I totally forgot about it later (because there was just so much food). Until hubby went to take one.
The beef one was SO GOOD! Close-up on the meat please!
I hate doing all these food posts in the middle of the night.. They make me hungry and want to eat supper. But suppers are bad for health. Oops, I digressed, as usual.
Noodles and Soups. Seemed like a waste of stomach space so I passed.
Grilled food. I loved the grilled Angus beef, though hubby said it was so-so only, making reference to the beef we had in Japan. OKAY LAH, don’t compare to the wagyu beef we had in Hokkaido, I really thought it was not bad.
I know the photo above is so crappy that you can’t make out what food was on the plates. But my point of the above photo was that the grilled food was prepared and left under the heater, not cooked upon order like what some other Japanese buffet restaurants do. So that was a bit disappointing.
One more crappy photo from the grilled food section, just to remind myself that I loved the chicken wings. Must remember to take it again next time.
Oden. Never been a fan of oden, so passed.
Fried food section. Where you find the usual stuff like tempura, croquette and fried shishamo.
And takoyaki was together with the fried food.
And there were still a few more covered trays of cooked food at the end of the line.
There were free-flow hot and cold drinks available.
The highlight was the cold milo dispenser. Kids love milo. We collectively drank lost-count-of-how-many cups of milo! Shiok to the max.
And oh yeah… It’s time for desserts!
First up, the assorted pralines that chocolate lovers would love.
Mochi. The white mochi here was one of the best mochi I have ever eaten.
Fruits. For a complete meal.
Bread. Huh, bread?? Never mind… Next.
Cakes. Don’t they look so cute and prettyyyy?
Ice-cream, which disappointingly only came in 3 flavours.
And the STAR, chocolate fondue. All those cookies that came with the chocolate fondue was super yummy btw.
As part of the thematic fairs, special events were held every Saturday and Sunday. When I was there on Saturday, they had a cooking demonstration at 1pm. The food they made was Okinawan Chinbin.
And just to prove to you that Chinbin is 100% Okinawan, here’s a photo of my dessert during one of my meals in Okinawa. Can you spot the Chinbin?
MF was super enthusiastic about the cooking demo and squeezed his way to the front!
At the end of the demonstration, we all received a Chinbin to try. The kids went to decorate theirs with loads of sprinkles from the kids buffet bar. (Still remember those??)
They were totally pleased with their personalized chinbin!
I loved the buffet spread at Kuishin Bo Suntec City. Especially the Kids Haven, where kids could just help themselves to the food You know how busy I am when out for buffet with the kids and I have to keep helping them get their food, on top of getting my own food?? Walk to and fro, to and fro, I think I burn more calories than I eat! So yeah, the Kids Haven was a huge plus point for me definitely. (Although it would help, if they shifted MF’s favourite egg sushi there as well.)
As you can see from MF’s expressions, he totally enjoyed himself. Egg sushi, ice milo, chocolate fondue, popcorn… I don’t see why any kid would not like it.
Of course, I would love it more if they add a play area for kids. LOL… Yeah yeah, that’s just me… Give me an inch and I’ll ask for a mile. BUT.. I seriously felt the area they use for the cooking demonstration a bit of a waste of space when the cooking demonstration was not going on. Maybe consider using it as a play area when there is no cooking demonstration going on? Wahaha….
Pricing & Promotions
Pricing wise, I found their dinner pricing a bit steep. I would probably just go for lunch and not dinner. Not sure what additional food items they had during dinner time that would warrant the additional $20++ or so. But really, there was enough food at lunch time. I didn’t need any more food. Unless… there’s chutoro or otoro (premium grade tuna sashimi)? *dream on*
Even their lunch pricing was a bit more expensive than other Japanese buffets I have been to. But the variety here was wider than those. The 60-minute lunch for $24.90++ would be pretty value for money imo. But provided you are not with kids. With kids, 60 minutes is not enough to feed them and feed myself!
Notes on Kids Pricing:
– Child Pricing applies to children below 1.4m in height or 12 years and below.
– Children below 4 years old dine free.
The nearest MRT is Promenade MRT. Follow the direction signs to Suntec City, and take the escalator up to Level 3. You will be at the end of Suntec City where Golden Village is.
Follow the corridor down to the other end. You should pass by some kiddy rides. And the red arrows shows you where Kuishin Bo is.
Walk around the corner and you’ll arrive at the main entrance of the restaurant.
Information on Kuishin Bo Suntec City
Address: Suntec City (North Wing, Tower 2) #03-334, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6341 9220
- Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm (buffet bar closes at 2.30pm)
- Dinner: 5.30pm – 10pm (buffet bar closes at 9.30pm)
- Tea: 3.30pm – 5pm on Sat, Sun & PH only.
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