Ultimate Indulgence: A Refreshed All-You-Can-Eat Premium Buffet
Suki-Ya すき屋, the renowned ‘House of Hot Pot,’ brings its popular concept to life with a heartwarming and affordable dining experience. The highlight is the recently launched Suki-Ya Premium Buffet, priced at $34.90++ for lunch and $39.90++ for dinner. The Suki-Ya Premium Buffet offers an indulgent array of free-flow Wagyu Beef, succulent Iberico Pork, Duroc Pork Collar, and a variety of seafood, including Salmon, Half-shell Scallops, Black Mussels, Tiger Prawns, and Seafood Meat Balls, complemented by regular menu items.
I had been eager to try Suki-Ya Premium Buffet and finally seized the opportunity for a weekday lunch at their Plaza Singapura outlet.
For those new to the brand, Suki-Ya is a celebrated Japanese Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu restaurant chain with seven outlets across Singapore. It’s a staple in the local F&B scene, famed for its all-you-can-eat Japanese shabu-shabu hotpot. Various promotions, including Lunch Sets, Student Promotions, Exclusive Treats for Senior Citizens, and Special Birthday Offers, enhance the restaurant’s family-friendly vibe. With conveniently located outlets city-wide, Suki-Ya Singapore is a haven for food enthusiasts and Japanese cuisine lovers.
At Suki-Ya, hungry diners are in for a treat with unlimited servings of delectable sliced beef, pork, and chicken. The experience is rounded off with a salad bar, offering a wide selection of fresh vegetables to balance the meal.
Experiencing the Warmth of Japanese Hospitality at Suki-Ya Singapore
Any Suki-Ya Singapore location I visit always welcomes me with a welcoming atmosphere that perfectly captures the spirit of Japanese hospitality. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are passionate about delivering an exceptional dining experience. They ensure that every customer, including myself, feels completely at home. Whether I pop in for a quick lunch break or settle in for a relaxed dinner with friends and family, the cosy ambience and impeccable service consistently promise a memorable culinary adventure.
Exploring Suki-Ya’s Soup Bases: A Personal Journey Through Classic and New Flavours
The heart of a delightful hotpot meal is undoubtedly its soup bases, where the culinary magic truly unfolds. Suki-Ya Premium Buffet has been recently enhanced with new options, such as the nourishing Chicken Collagen Soup and the exquisite Truffle Mushroom Soup. These flavourful new additions complement the timeless classics like the traditional Shabu-Shabu, the rich pork-based Butaniku, the beloved Japanese Sukiyaki, and the Fresh Soy Miso (with a modest $2 add-on).
Eager to explore a blend of the new and the familiar, I opted for the Truffle Mushroom alongside my all-time favourite – the Sukiyaki soup. This combination, I believed, would not only tantalise my taste buds but also perfectly complement the array of premium ingredients on offer. The aroma emanating from the Truffle Mushroom soup was simply divine, and its flavour harmonised exquisitely with the beef, pork, and more, leaving me yearning for another taste.
Crafting the Perfect Dipping Sauce at Suki-Ya: A Personal Guide to Flavourful Combinations
The variety of dipping sauces available at Suki-Ya is a delightful aspect of the dining experience, especially when paired with the chosen soup base. The selection allows for a wonderful enhancement of flavours. Some standout options include the restaurant’s signature umami-rich Sukiyaki Sauce and the zesty Ponzu Sauce, to which you can add grated radish and chopped spring onions as you like. Another favourite is the creamy and nutty Gomatare Sauce, a Japanese sesame sauce perfect for dipping pork and veggies.
However, the real joy lies in creating your unique dipping sauce. The possibilities are endless, whether combining Mala chilli with chopped spring onions or a simpler raw egg mix with soy sauce and grated garlic.
My go-to concoction involves mixing grated radish, grated garlic, and spring onions with a tablespoon of ponzu, two tablespoons of peanut sauce, and a raw egg yolk. This blend perfectly accompanies beef and pork, elevating the flavours.
- Unlimited Premium Meats: Includes Wagyu Beef, Iberico Pork, and Duroc Pork Collar.
- Fresh Seafood Selection: Offers Salmon, Tiger Prawns, Mussels, and more.
- Variety of Soup Bases: From classic Shabu-Shabu to exotic Truffle Mushroom.
- Japanese-Style Ambiance: Cosy and reminiscent of a traditional guest house.
- Diverse Sushi Range: Catering to sushi lovers with multiple options.
- Healthy Bar: A selection of fresh vegetables and mushrooms.
- Customisable Dipping Sauces: Create your own sauce blends.
- Ready-to-Eat Delicacies: Includes Tempura and unique Maki rolls.
- Dessert Options: Featuring ice cream and other sweet treats.
- Family-Friendly Environment: Suitable for gatherings and celebrations.
What our food editor liked about the Suki-Ya Premium Buffet!
Suki-ya Premium Buffet offers a gastronomic journey that epitomizes the essence of Japanese dining. Nestled in a setting that mirrors the tranquil ambience of a traditional Japanese guest house, this buffet is a haven for lovers of authentic Japanese cuisine. The star of the show is undoubtedly the unlimited array of premium meats, including the exquisitely marbled Wagyu Beef, the robustly flavoured Iberico Pork, and the tender Duroc Pork Collar. Each slice is a testament to quality and craftsmanship. Seafood enthusiasts are equally catered to, with fresh offerings like succulent Salmon, plump Tiger Prawns, and delectable Mussels. The buffet experience is elevated by a diverse selection of soup bases, from the beloved classic Shabu-Shabu to the innovative and rich Truffle Mushroom, each adding a unique depth of flavour to the meal.
The culinary delights extend beyond the hotpot with a variety of sushi options, a testament to the buffet’s commitment to variety and quality. The Healthy Bar, featuring an assortment of fresh vegetables and mushrooms, ensures a well-rounded meal. For those who revel in customization, the array of dipping sauces allows for endless flavour combinations, perfectly complementing the delicate slices of meat and seafood. The dessert section, with its array of sweet treats including ice cream, rounds off the dining experience on a high note. Suki-ya Premium Buffet isn’t just about indulging in food; it’s about immersing oneself in a cultural experience, making it an unmissable destination for anyone seeking to savour the true flavours of Japan.
A Personal Culinary Journey at Suki-Ya: Indulging in Premium Buffet Delights
At Suki-Ya Premium Buffet, a lavish spread of fresh, high-quality ingredients is the norm. The array includes thinly sliced Wagyu beef, Iberico pork, Duroc pork collar, salmon, half-shell scallops, black mussels, tiger prawns, and seafood meatballs that are elegantly presented in boxes right at the table. The freshness of these premium ingredients, kept refrigerated until ordered, was particularly impressive.
The Wagyu beef is a highlight of the Suki-Ya Premium Buffet. It’s sliced so finely that it’s almost see-through, and each portion served in traditional Japanese meat trays, consists of about 5 to 6 delicate slices. The marbling is notably decent. Given its thinness, cooking is a quick, 10-second swish in the hotpot, resulting in tender, melt-in-the-mouth beef with a rich, truffle-infused flavour. The Wagyu with truffle mushroom soup combination is a must-try for any visitor.
The seafood selection, including fresh Tiger Prawns, succulent Scallops, and Black Mussels, adds to the buffet’s allure. The induction cooker heats the soup quickly, so we often kept it on a low setting to prevent over-boiling. Notably, the staff refilled the soup base without diluting it with water, maintaining its rich flavour – a commendable practice not always seen in buffet restaurants.
The regular buffet bar was a treasure trove of choices. The extensive Healthy Bar featured a variety of vegetables and mushrooms. Frozen items like king crab balls, cheese tofu, lobster balls, chicken cheese balls, and cuttlefish balls provide a perfect balance to the meal.
I was particularly impressed with the range of fresh ingredients. Favourites like black fungus, enoki mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, lotus root, and noodles were superb for soaking up the delicious broth. A hotpot tip for those who prefer their radish, potatoes, yam, and corn with a bit of crunch or softness: add them early in the cooking process to allow them to absorb the soup’s flavours.
Additionally, the buffet offered an assortment of ready-to-eat items like chawanmushi, garlic fried rice, takoyaki, and ebi tempura, alongside various desserts and fruits, rounding off the dining experience beautifully.
We also sampled their Premium Ready-to-eat items, including California Maki, Kanpyo Inari Maki, Tempura Maki, and assorted Tempura. While the Maki was moderate, the Shishamo Tempura was my favourite, brimming with roe and served hot and crunchy.
And, of course, no meal is complete without desserts. The soft ice cream (at an extra charge of $1 during the lunch buffet) is a delightful treat. Despite our best efforts, our stomachs had their limits, but our taste buds were left wanting more.
Editor’s Verdict: The Suki-Ya Premium Buffet – A Japanese Culinary Delight Worth Every Penny
Dining at Suki-Ya is an experience I’m eager to share. As you enter the restaurant, a quintessentially Japanese ambience envelops you, reminiscent of a traditional, serene guest house. Its simple yet elegant decor immediately sets the tone for an extraordinary culinary journey.
The experience at Suki-Ya is nothing short of exceptional. It’s an ideal spot for family gatherings or meals with friends, where the unique steamboat dining style naturally fosters conversation and camaraderie. The atmosphere, combined with impeccable service, creates a memorable dining experience.
For those pondering whether the Suki-Ya Premium Buffet is worth a visit, let me assure you it is. The selection of fresh and expertly sliced meats strikes the perfect balance in fat-to-meat ratio. Sushi lovers will be thrilled with the variety on offer, and the buffet also features noodles, plain rice, cheese tofu, soup meatballs, and a delightful array of ice creams for dessert.
While the price of $34.90++ per adult and $24.90++ for children at lunch, and $39.90++ per adult and $29.90++ for children at dinner might seem steep at first glance, the value is undeniable. The Suki-Ya Premium Buffet includes a free flow of premium meats such as Wagyu Beef, Iberico Pork, Duroc Pork Collar, Salmon, Tiger Prawns, and Mussels, making it well worth the expense.
I’m already looking forward to my next visit, especially to indulge in the Wagyu beef again. For anyone who appreciates high-quality Japanese cuisine, Suki-Ya is a must-visit. Here’s a friendly reminder: Be mindful of what you pick to avoid food wastage charges.
Suki-Ya Outlets – Our Guide to all of their outlets in Singapore
The brand is part of Creative Eateries Group and has 7 outlets located across Singapore (as of January 2023):
- Bugis+ – (Bugis) 201 Victoria St, #04-14 to 15, Singapore 188067
- Bukit Panjang Plaza – (Bukit Panjang) 1 Jelebu Rd, Bukit Panjang Rd, #02-16, Singapore 677743
- Heartland Mall – (Kovan) 205 Hougang Street 21, #02-08/09, Singapore 530205
- Kallang Wave Mall – (Stadium) 1 Stadium Place, #01-35, Singapore 397628
- Marina Square – (Esplanade) 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-183B/C, Singapore 039594
- Plaza Singapura – (Dhoby Ghaut) 68 Orchard Rd, #04-62, Singapore 238839
- Vivo City – (Harbourfront) 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-102/103, Singapore 098585