Having not visited Sakura International Buffet previously, I began to anticipate the kind of service standard I would be receiving, or food quality I would be having for the evening. These thoughts, however, were quickly put aside when my companion and I step foot into lush greenery that surrounds the restaurant. Framed with full length glass panels and furnished with soft, warm yellow lightings, the restaurant is cut off from the rest of the town.
As we approached the narrow entrance, friendly staffs greeted us. We were promptly seated away from the dinner crowd that granted us more space and privacy.
Taking centre stage is an attractive buffet spread of Japanese and local food, sushi, fresh sashimi, seafood and other main items that include soups, appetizers, beverages, fruits and desserts. We started off our Dinner Buffet^ with baked mussels in mentaiko sauce, or marinated cod roe, which was absolutely startling and tasty – given the fact that I enjoy cod roe with tons of mayonnaise smacked on.
Then we had the highlight of the evening, Greenland snow crabs, which were fresh, fleshy, succulent and often completely wiped out from the buffet spread. We glanced over at a customer’s table and noticed a shell of a mess created. Apparently, the restaurant’s staffs would constantly refill the snow crabs so as to ensure that every customers get to enjoy them to the max.
Gulping down that first piece of thick, chilled and freshly cut salmon sashimi was a great joy. The wide selection of sashimi and sushi is generously portioned and simply pleasurable.
We could not help but prey on the huge Norwegian Whole Salmon and had our fair share of it. Poached to perfection, skinned and finished with lime, the salmon was immediately a favourite among my companion.
We also had a serving of spicy crayfish with bun which was made to order and served hot. Sweet at the tip of the tongue, the tasteful dish also sends strong, spicy notes as it gets washed down the palate – highly recommended for chili lovers.
Other cooked food we had included prawns, laksa, sashimo fish, or “pregnant fish”, assorted dim sum, Teppanyaki chicken chop, and pizza – mostly made to order as well. We finally ended the evening’s Dinner Buffet^ with desserts which include flavoured mochi, ice creams, sorbets, chilled puddings and coffee.
Overall, dining at Sakura International Buffet is value for money because you get to indulge in a wide variety of food at a pretty good price. The staffs are also attentive and helpful. If you plan to dine at the restaurant, we highly recommend that you make a reservation and arrive on time – and maybe get a seat nearer to the buffet spread so that you go double the rounds and not get noticed.
Do you prefer a Lunch Buffet? For a limited time only, Sakura International Buffet lets you enjoy at even lower prices. Lunch Buffet from Monday to Friday (45mins $15.90 / 60mins $16.90). Exceeding which, full Lunch Buffet price will be charged. Prices subject to 7% GST.
^Dinner Buffet from Monday to Thursday (Adult $28 / Senior Citizen $20.90 / Kids $13.90); Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Eve of PH and PH (Adult $31 / Senior Citizen $23.90 / Kids $14.90). Prices subject to 7% GST.
Sakura International Buffet
Dhoby Ghaut Green
10 Penang Road #01-02
T: 6334 8197
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm (Lunch),
5.30pm – 10pm (Dinner)