Shinkei Japanese Restaurant • Buffet (Toa Payoh)


If you’re a regular around Toa Payoh hub and its vicinity, you’ll know that a Japanese buffet place has been taking residence at Lorong 4, just five minutes walk from the MRT station. Located right next to the MacDonalds and across the TPY library, Shinkei first opened its doors in September 2013, but they’ve recently launched their new sashimi-on-ice concept – the only Japanese buffet to do that. Simply place your orders on a chit and the delicious array of food will be served to you without you having to leave your comfy seat!

– Gail & Jem

For the upcoming Chinese New Year, Shinkei is offering 1-for-1 yusheng.

Small (2-4 pax): $38.80 nett
* 8 slices of salmon

Medium (5-8 pax): $48.80 nett
* 18 slices of salmon

shinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeYou may top up another 8 slices of salmon/meikaji/hamachi at $8.80 nett.

For their buffet selection:

Sashimi Moriwase – Assorted sashimi platter consisting of salmon, yellow tail, tuna, swordfish, snapper, octopus, squid and roasted salmon.
shinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singapore shinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeG & J: The sashimi is freshly air-flown from Norway and Japan almost daily, and it was evident from its taste. Every slice was quite thick yet tender, and the octopus was not overly rubbery. The only downside? The wasabi failed to deliver the kick because it was almost tasteless. We have informed Shinkei and they will be looking into it so that your dining experience will be even better.

Saba Shioyaki: Grilled Mackarel with salt
Bata Suitokon: Sweet Corn with butter
Zucchini Be-Kon: Zucchini wrapped with bacon
Shishamo: Pregnant Capelin
shinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeAsari Clam Sauteed with Butter & Soya Sauceshinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeG: This is a must-order if you love clams! The combination of butter and a tinge of salt went really well together, helping to bring out the flavour of the clams even more.

California Maki: Crabstick with avocado sushi roll
Shake Abuei Maki: Roasted salmon sushi roll
Spider Maki: Fried soft-shell crab sushi roll
Abuei Chizu Maki: Roasted cheese sushi rollshinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeSatsuma Imo Roll: Sweet Potato Rollshinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeAge Gyoza: Fried Japanese dumplingshinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeBuffet list is non-exhaustive. Comes with free flow soft drinks, green tea and ice cream.

Also for sale:

Umenoyado Minori No Sparkling Yuzu – $22shinkei toa payoh review by projectweekends singaporeG & J: This sake is made up of natural fruits and yuzu citrus, with 5% alcohol level. Very refreshing for hot days!

Shinkei’s concept of sashimi-on-ice is quite novel, and we like that food gets served to you rather than having to squueze with others at the buffet line. Overall quite a decent buffet offering that is worth a try.

Lunch: 11am to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm

Adults at $45++ each
Kids (below 10 years old) at $29++ each


600 Toa Payoh Lorong 4
Singapore (319515)

Tel: 62555598

You can also find them at their website and on instagram @shinkeibuffet.

* This is an invited tasting by Shinkei Japanese Restaurant.

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Gail & Jem are personalities hailing from sunny singapore and are game for all sorts of adventures. Freshly graduated from Nanyang Technological University, they've got real day jobs, but more than often Gail writes, and Jem takes photos. It's their favourite hobby. Whatever you need, they've got it.

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