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Old 18-06-2014, 09:46 AM   #121
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going for marriott buffet on thurs. need to call to reserve?
Best to book bah - how difficult is a simple phone call?
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Old 18-06-2014, 10:00 AM   #122
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Best to book bah - how difficult is a simple phone call?
Obviously more difficult than posting here n waiting for reply
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Old 18-06-2014, 10:09 AM   #123
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Btw, you tried the ala carte buffet dinner at Ju Chun Yuan already? How was it? I remembered you bought 2 vouchers?
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Old 18-06-2014, 10:53 AM   #124
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Btw, you tried the ala carte buffet dinner at Ju Chun Yuan already? How was it? I remembered you bought 2 vouchers?
Food quality wasn't too bad but food sizing was terrible - they never scale down to suit the number of diners (3 of us - 2 on vouchers)

When we were there - there were only 3 tables occupied - think only 1 other was using the vouchers as well
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Old 18-06-2014, 12:48 PM   #125
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rws invites members, kindly note that the members dine free promo is in REBATES form now. not direct discount. maybe some of us can send feedback in to bring back the direct discount.

last time dinner at friday and saturday will be $80/pax. hence after member dine free promo is $40/pax.
now is pay $160 and $80 rebate stuck inside the card..


so now competitive with deal.com.sg deal

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Old 18-06-2014, 12:53 PM   #126
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ANyone tried the mon to fri buffet at hilton? Seafood theme on friday.
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Old 18-06-2014, 01:09 PM   #127
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were u all offered marriott card?

398 bucks..

They give u a voucher of 200bucks, 1 sub card, 1 voucher to bring up to 10pax for 50% off in their restaurant.

looks like a good deal if u share with people.. 100 each effective after vouchers deduction.
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Old 18-06-2014, 04:48 PM   #128
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Classic and Premium feastings at Kushi Japanese Dining Bar

It was purely a coincident that my colleagues and I were talking about going back to Kushi when Bunny informed that Kushi Japanese Dining Bar had shifted from its old haunt at Hotel Windsor in Macpherson Road to a much more accessible location at Hotel Royal along Newton Road. We were supposed to make it a joint outing together but one of my colleague was unable to make it due to his oversea reservist stint, so I ended up going twice for the buffet.

Hotel Royal is a 10-15 minutes walk from the Novena MRT along Newton Road nested among the blocks of condominiums and landed properties. Although I have passed by it countless times on my way to town, it was my first time to actually visit the place though.



Hotel Royal
36 Newton Road
Singapore 307964

A wooden spiral staircase wound around the outer perimeter of the Water Feature cum Koi Pond while a huge chandelier light up the area.



Kushi Japanese Dining Bar is located on the 3rd floor of the hotel. You can take the lift or climb up the stairs like us to work off some calories.



Kushi Japanese Dining Bar
36 Newton Road
#03-01
Hotel Royal
Singapore 307964
Tel: 6285 6526

Business Hours
11.30am - 2.30pm (last order)
5.30pm - 9.30pm (last order)


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Old 18-06-2014, 04:49 PM   #129
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First impression when we walked into the restaurant; the place was dimly lit with a large Japanese paper lantern hanging above the reception/payment counter, lighting along a wall of zinc corrugated roofing sheets and strategically placed lamps. Although the warm lighting makes the place a cozy and intimate dining experience, it was just too dim for photo taking. They later adjusted the light output up to brighten the place.





With a spacious Dining Area, the restaurant can now accommodate more diners than it was at their old location. Also, the gap between the tables are further apart allowing for more space and privacy.




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Old 18-06-2014, 04:50 PM   #130
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The inner Dining Area is where all the happenings were. Here an L shape counter seating area overlooked the kitchen, sashimi and grilling sections where you can see the chefs doing all the dicing and slicing plus the grilling.







If you have have enough diners to warrant the extra privacy of the Tatami Room, by all means take it. But since you will be sitting on the tatami, I doubts most of us can last long enough (without stretching the legs) throughout the meal hours.


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Old 18-06-2014, 04:51 PM   #131
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Table Layout consisted of just a plate, condiment saucer, disposable chopsticks and napkin.



I did mentioned earlier that I went for the buffet twice recently, two Saturdays apart to be exact. First trip was with my makan kakis for the Premium Buffet and later with my colleagues for their Classic Buffet. The Classic menu is a subset of the Premium menu which comes with additional dishes like one serving of the seasonal item and toro (Tuna Belly) plus quite a few more unlimited dishes. Let's check out what treasures the menu had installed for us.



10 Things You MUST know... - Of course we need to know the price we are paying which also included free flow hot and cold drinks plus desserts (not stated in the menu itself).



I have been there 4 times over the pass few years and only on the very first occasion that we ordered from the Shabu Shabu Menu. Just an advise, order this only if you have 3 or more people else you might just find that you have no more tummy space for the other dishes. Us, we just skipped this section of the menu and went for the more value for money items.


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Old 18-06-2014, 04:52 PM   #132
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Appetisers and Starters Menu - This is when the dishes started to get interesting. If you opted for the Premium buffet, you get 4 more items to choose from, of which we tried 3 of the 4 dishes.



The single most frequent ordered page is from this Sashimi Menu since that was what we were there for in the first place. Of the 4 premium items, you only get a serving each of the Toro (Tuna Belly) and Seasonal Item.



The not so hot sections were mainly those dishes with rice. Being a lover of Ikura (Salmon Roe), I just had to order this from the Sushi Menu.



Likewise for the Maki Mono Menu, we also asked for one dish, though of a different item for my two trip there.


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Old 18-06-2014, 04:53 PM   #133
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We did picked a salad from this Handroll and Salad Menu and was done with it. My carbo loving colleague was still thinking of eating the handroll but never got to do it as he was too stuffed by then.



The Tempura Menu was quite good though we were let-down by the Ultra King Prawn. More of that later.



Yakimono Menu featured a few premium items like the Wagyu Beef and Hamachi Kama to name a couple. The Classic section also have some nice dishes to boast.



Agemono Menu has this Farci Crab which Kahlan was asking about, somehow we never got to order it as we were too preoccupied with the other dishes. I looked up on the internet and this is a French appetizer in which the shells are stuffed with a mix of crab meat, breadcrumbs, butter and seasonings (in French, the word farci means “stuffed”). Wondered why is a French appetizer appearing in a Japanese restaurant?


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Old 18-06-2014, 04:54 PM   #134
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Now, this is another yummy page of the book, the Kushiyaki Menu. All the delicious bacon rolls and that smoky flavours of the grilled stuffs are making me drool again.



Cooked Food Menu featured more premium items than the classic menu but unfortunately it wasn't enough to entice us to order except the Lobster Soup which I did not fancy.



Whichever option you picked, it comes with free flow of hot Green Tea, Ice Lemon Tea and Coke.



Chawanmushi is deceptively plain with just a showing of sliced mushroom and part of a prawn but when you dug in deeper, it was choked with pieces of prawn and chicken. Can't remembered what other ingredient(s) was in there as I forgotten to take a picture of it. I like to drizzle some of the soya sauce mixed with the wasabi to go with the egg custard. Oishii desu.


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Old 18-06-2014, 04:55 PM   #135
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Pitan Tofu - This chilled century egg tofu was pretty yummy with the creamy sauce; a concoction of mayonnaise and the egg yolk of the century egg. Topped with a generous amount of century egg white and tobiko (flying fish roe) for the colours and textures. A simple classic dish that taste oh so good though my colleague chipped in to say it was too creamy for him.





This plate of 4 Oysters was solely for the pleasure of Kahlan and Bunny as the few of us do not take the raw bivalve molluscs or at least for my colleague who's stomach cannot take it.



The pretty pink pastel shade of this Hanasaki Ika mixed with tobiko (flying fish roe) was a delight to devour. Fresh tasting squid that offered a lightly chewy texture along with the crunchy salty tobiko. Too bad the second helpings was a tad salty for our liking which we promptly feedback to the wait staff.


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