Worth a try.
Himawari is one of the better quality ala carte Japanese buffets in Singapore. Its menu variety is extensive, but there are little pockets here and there which I thought could have been done better.
Sashimi platter. Large chunks of fish.
Natto Maguro. Remember to season it with lots of soy sauce!
Agedashi Toufu. Very light batter, but the sauce could be more flavourful.
Teriyaki Salmon. This was good! I think they added something to their teriyaki sauce. It’s not the commercial teriyaki that you can find outside.
Chicken Katsu Toji. This was good too.
Mixed Tempura. Lightly battered which made it really crunchy and not jelat at all.
Beef fillet. Skip this. It was too beefy and cold when served.
Sukiyaki. The sweetness was not too overwhelming, which kept us asking for more beef.
Himawari at Alexandra also serves Shabu-Shabu and Teppanyaki but we were too full to try their Shabu-Shabu. As for the Teppanyaki, you have to proceed to an outdoor seating area and dine there. Visiting for lunch, it was scorching hot and not a single soul went outside for the Teppanyaki. Time for Himawari to rethink their Teppanyaki?
For the lunch time price of $57 after taxes and service charge, I felt that Himawari lacked that premium feel to its buffet. Though the variety was arguably excellent, the whole buffet felt very basic. The sashimi variety was very limited, no ikura (salmon roe), no cha soba, no fancy sushi rolls, limited grilled dishes, budget ice cream, and more.
What irked me really was how they would impose a tonne of additional charges on you if you chose different options. For example, if you wanted to change your Shabu-Shabu soup to a better flavoured one – additional 5++. Fresh wasabi – additional 1.50++. Free flow soft drinks and one scoop of premium ice cream – additional 8++. Even wanting a cup of coffee would set you back by another 4++. Any desire to visit Himawari a second time has been killed by this.
991B Alexandra Road, #01-08/09, S(119970)
+65 6272 1110
Daily 1130pm to 230pm, 6pm to 10pm
Website here. You can download their buffet menu from there.
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