Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pigging out at Tenji Japanese Buffet, Solaris Mont Kiara

It seems that everyone's been either raving or complaining about Tenji's Japanese buffet promotion at Solaris Mont Kiara so here's my two-cents worth about the buffet.

We've been there twice although it isn't easy getting through the phone line to make a reservation. I got lucky only after endless tries that took 2 days!

The restaurant area is quite large with indoor and outdoor seating areas. Apparently large groups are seated indoors and smaller groups outdoors.
The buffet spread areas are large with well-stocked food counters (at least for the first time we were there). At a corner was the drinks counter with free-flow sweet young coconuts which was quite popular with diners. Other fruit juices and herbal/flower teas are also available although I suspect the coconuts are the most popular.

The sashimi and sushi counters were well-stocked the first time we were there. Both sashimi and sushi were fresh but beware, there's always a long queue at these counters. However, I am disappointed to relate that for our second visit, the sashimi & sushi ran out quite fast and the staff were slow in replenishing the items.

Along the same counter as the sushi is the cold dish selection. There's quite a varied selection there on our first visit which included abalone strips, crab claws, poached prawns and lobster salad. Again, unfortunately, on our second visit, all the above were sorely missing.My favourite sections at Tenji remains the teppanyaki and tempura counters. There is a variety of items at the teppanyaki counters which you can order by dropping your table no. tags onto the plate. We ordered the tiger prawns, salmon and mixed mushrooms teppanyaki. The tiger prawns were large and succulent, absolutely delectable. It was so good we had three helpings!
The teppanyaki salmon was good too. The salmon was fresh and was a hit with our daughter. Our only gripe was that the serving was a little too small, even for a child.Unfortunately, the mixed mushroom teppanyaki didn't fare too well in the taste section. It looked good on the plate but we thought it was rather bland. We ended up dousing the mushrooms with soya sauce to give it a little flavour and still, something seems to be missing.The tempura comes in a variety of prawns, soft-shelled crabs and crystal fish. The tempura batter coating the seafood was very light and crispy and was quite good. However, the tempura were fried in small batches so the plates are almost always empty. I've had to resort to waiting for the chefs to fry the tempura to ensure a share.I also liked the noodles section where we could pick the items in a metal basket and hand over to the chef to cook them in either miso or spicy soup. I chose the miso soup which I thought to be a little bland. The soup was sent to our table in a cute little paper bowl. There is also a Chinese counter where dim sum, soups, stir-fried vegetables and steamed fish can be ordered. We tried the stir-fried Hong Kong kai-lan which we thought to be rather good. The kai-lan was crunchy and fresh. I also tried the Chinese herbal soup which was not bad either. The steamed fish was steamed a little too long however.

We also tried the teriyaki section where a selection of grilled items can be ordered. I tried the grilled shitake mushrooms which took almost 20 minutes to arrive. I don't mind the wait, but the 3 mushrooms were so small, they were not worth the long wait.There's also a Western section where soups, grilled lamb/roasted chicken, pasta, fish & chips etc are served. We didn't try those as after almost 2 hours into our meal we're almost filled to the brim.
Finally, to end our meal, we made a bee-line for the desserts section - the Haagen Dazs ice-cream counter to be exact. It's not everyday we come across eat-all-you-can Haagen Dazs ice-cream so this one definitely made our day. The other desserts are worth a mention too although we didn't try the cakes. We did try the sesame, strawberry and melon mochi which were pretty good. We spent a total of 2 hours at Tenji where we ate to our hearts' content. And the price? RM29.90 for the first hour and an additional RM10.00 for the next hour. So all in we paid RM39.90 per person. For all that food, it's well worth the price we paid!
Note : Tenji is running a new promo from 16 Jan where for RM49.90 there is no time limit. If any of you plan on going, I'd say go early. The buffet starts at 11.30am and that's when you get the best stuff before the crowd starts streaming in.


Baby said...

i'm mouth watering liao... yummylicious! but... i don't know the location... :(

Sharon said...

Baby, the buffet was great the first time, but the 2nd time around lots of items were either missing or not replenished, so if I have to pay full price of RM77++ of it, I would think twice.