Tarafuku Japanese Buffet is located at 313 Somerset and is part of the Tampopo Group. If you are thinking Liang Court, Shabu Shabu Black Pig, Tonkatsu Ramen and Matcha Chiffon Cake, you are on the right track!
Visited the restaurant on a Saturday for dinner. So per person it will be $27.80++. They have increased the price as of 18th Feb 2011. Previously, dinner on a Saturday night would have cost $25.80++.
The place was brightly lit decorated with japanese umbrellas hanging on the ceiling.
There is free flow shabu shabu for dinner only.
Hot pot for shabu shabu.
Thinly sliced, this was good! We ordered several helpings of this.
Selection of raw items to accompany the shabu shabu
Selection of vegetables, mushrooms, meat, fishballs and also prawns for the hot pot. Prawns were fresh! Also, there is miso soup at the extreme left of the picture.
Very few selections for their salad section. The other half of the counter was for desserts. A must try item here is the potato salad.
They have Sashimi, Tuna and in the middle I think it is yellow tail.
Oddly and disappointedly, there was no alasakan crab! What happened to it? I have no idea, but earlier reviews clearly showed that there was alasakan crab. Ironically, with a price increase this item is missing..
Chawanmushi was soft and smooth. I would have gone for more helpings of this if not for the fact that it was too salty.
Fried spaghetti and fried rice
Shishamo (middle) was not fresh.
The chicken wings (left) was delicious.
Tasty egg with runny yolk only downside was that it was cold.
Soft Shell Crab
You can order Soft Shell Crab which tastes great when it is hot. Ordered several servings of this.
You can also order tofu too. Taste great, ordered extra helpings of this too.
Ordered a small bowl of ramen. Can’t remember what ramen this was. It was average.
The desserts were average. No Matcha Chiffon Cake, maybe the top right was meant to be a small piece of the matcha chiffon cake. But it pale in comparison to the one I ate at Tampopo.
The green tea ice cream was good. The sesame ice cream (not in picture) was way too strong.
Lots of misses and few hits. The delicious items were the potato salad, chicken wings, shabu shabu and its selection such as prawns. Service wise, the staff were mostly foreigners, it was hard to communicate with them. One of them even took our bill to the next table and despite the person saying that he had a ready paid, the waiter could not understand. Overall, I find it a tad too expensive. Not sure if I will be back. If you do try it, let me know whats nice and also if the alasakan crab are being served.
Tarafuku Japanese Buffet
313 Orchard Road
#B3-31/34, 313 @ Somerset
Tel: 6634 0889
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 10pm