The initial feedback I got about the Japanese Food buffet at Wasabe is kind of mixed up. Some are happy with it while some end up with disappointment. So I took this chance to get a taste on this very first restaurant in Ipoh who serve Japanese food buffet. After all, I like Japanese foods and so as buffet. This time around, I’d sure going to fill up to the max with Sushi, Sashimi and Teppanyaki.
1 Casuarina Corporate Park is a new place. Located right next to the new Impiana Hotel (formerly known as Casuarina), you can easily locate this Japanese Restaurant by the sign board place at the entrance in front of the business center.
I was among the early bird arrived to the scene. There is only one other table which is occupied and we are all-in to get whatever we want. There are 3 main sections in this buffet restaurant. The free-flow Japanese cuisines where you get a whole variety of Japanese food, the Sushi and Sashimi counter and the Teppanyaki counter.
Yumm, these raw fleshy and juicy Sashimi are mesmerizing. But not everybody is in for the raw meat as the population in this country grow up on cooked food. Though I have no problem with Sashimi but then, I couldn’t tell what is a good Sashimi like. Okay, you have to order the Sashimi from the helpful waiter/waitress there and they will deliver your order in just a few minutes time.
Want more, no problem. Just raise up your hand with a thumb up and their staff will come over to repeat your order. But if you put up a thumb down, maybe the Sashimi chef will come over holding his Sashimi cutting knife and take your order. Okay, joking only la.
Japanese food is artistic. This is a tofu and the other is an egg plant which is served in a small little bowl. They don’t just dump it one lump sum altogether to preserve its individual elegant and taste.
Some fried squid on the left and a juicy cheese baked oyster on the right plus a grilled fish meat at the bottom. The fried squid is crispy and taste great while the cheese baked oyster were juicy.
Crisp looking Tempura. You also got to order this from the staff. Now, the Soft Shell Crab is big but the Tempura prawns were kind of skinny a bit. All of, it looks better than it taste though. It wasn’t so crispy and the soft shell crap was soft all over.
I can’t get miss with the steamed egg every time I visit a Japanese Restaurant. They’re so smooth and soft. But then, it got to be hot to get all the flavors out which in this case, not happening. The steamed egg isn’t so hot and I guess that screw up its taste.
The Teppanyaki counter offer only 3 meat selection which consist of chicken, beef and squid. Vegetable holds a larger varieties which includes bean sprout, ladies finger, cabbage, mushrooms, carrot and onion. You just need to pick up your selection and hand it over to the chef and it will be done in a few minutes time. But this time, you got to pick it up yourself from the counter.
The teppanyaki taste quite decent. Definitely not so salty but in addition, it has a bit of that spicy taste which is quite appetizing. But then again, they are lack of varieties here on their Teppanyaki dishes.
Fresh oyster with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. I would have a few of this. Wifey wanted to try it out but still lack of that courage. Well, the oyster is very big so it would be easy enough for you to just swallow it up straight into your stomach without chewing. For me, I still like to chew up the juice out of the shell fish.
You just can’t miss out that Sushi at a Japanese restaurant. But again, the varieties is kind of lacking still. I was told that they have more types of Sushi and Japanese dishes initially.
Some Sashimi Sushi. There are many more great Sushi which they are not putting up. Also, the famous hand roll sushi is also nowhere to be found.
Fried Yaki Udon noodle. Apart of fried Udon, they also have fried Soba as well as fried rice.
Grilled chicken stick. For this one, juicy ~ no, flavorful ~ no, tender ~ no no.
So, I got nothing much to say.
Well, there are a few desserts available such as cakes, coconut jelly and flavored jelly. Apart of that, you could also max up with their selection of ice cream.
Lastly, some juice fruits for refreshment and of course, to help up with the digestion.
This buffet dinner cost RM58.00 per person and top up with another 10% service charge. Lunch is also available for RM32.00 per person which has some of the food excluded.
If you like Japanese food and is all-out for the quantity and could compromise with the quality, this should be okay for you. But if you love Japanese food and really want to enjoy a decent Japanese taste, with this same amount of money, I assure you that you could get way better satisfaction with ala carte order. In fact, Wasabe also has an Ala Carte section on the first floor of the restaurant.
Note* No Pork
Wasabe Restaurant Sdn. Bhd.
Block A-G-3, A-1-3, A-G-5 & A-G-7
Bangunan Perdagangan Casuarina 1,
Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah,
30250 Ipoh, Perak. Malaysia.
GPS location: 4°35'21"N 101°5'41"E
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