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
You 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.
G & 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
Asari Clam Sauteed with Butter & Soya SauceG: 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 rollSatsuma Imo Roll: Sweet Potato RollAge Gyoza: Fried Japanese dumplingBuffet list is non-exhaustive. Comes with free flow soft drinks, green tea and ice cream.
Also for sale:
Umenoyado Minori No Sparkling Yuzu – $22G & 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
You can also find them at their website and on instagram @shinkeibuffet.
* This is an invited tasting by Shinkei Japanese Restaurant.