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Tarafuku Japanese Buffet (313 Somerset)

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!

Price List

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.

Salad Selections

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.

Sashimi

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..

Sushi

Chawanmushi

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.

Tofu

You can also order tofu too. Taste great, ordered extra helpings of this too.

Ramen

Ordered a small bowl of ramen. Can’t remember what ramen this was. It was average.

Dessert Selections

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.

Ice cream

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
Website: http://www.cfc.com.sg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TARAFUKU/268831277561?sk=info 

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HauZhouDao Food Shop 好粥到火鍋館

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HauZhouDao Food Shop 好粥到火鍋館 is a shop that specialises in steamboat buffet. The shop is located at Ang Mo Kio Central, at the Blk 712 where Sports Link is at. Have been here at least 10 times over the years.  This shop has been around since late 2005. Here’s a post on a recent visit, about 1month back when the weather was cold cooling. Went there on a Friday night, just after it rain earlier in the afternoon.

HauZhouDao Food Shop 好粥到火鍋館

For Adult, the price is $15 Nett from Monday to Friday. During Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holiday, it is $16 Nett. No GST or Service Charge. The choice of soup are porridge, chicken and/or tomyam.

Outdoor

They have only a few tables indoor. Most of their sitting capacity is outdoor. Do not worry that it will be too hot after you start eating. This place is well ventilated and there are many fans at the ceiling and at the side of the wall. The only worry will be if it rains and there is a strong prevailing wind that blows the rain in. Or insects which are attracted to the warmth of the light after a heavy rain.

Chicken & Tomyam

Ordered the Chicken and Tomyam soup. Normally, we would order Chicken and Porridge. But this time decided to eat something spicy due to the cold weather. If you order just porridge, clay pot will be used instead so that the porridge will not be burnt.

Cooked food

Vegetables

Seafood

Meat

Ice Cream

Oh, the drinks are free flow too. Syrup drinks such as orange and lime. There is a wide variety of food available. After eating, you can go ahead and enjoy the ice creams. Everything here is self service and you can have as many servings as you want. But of course, take only if you can finish it.

One concern, I have is that the quality of the ingredients here might have deteriorated  (too strong a word) went down slightly. Particularly the mushroom, crabstick and corn. Other than that, I would say that the reasons why I keep coming back are because it is reasonably priced, good service, cozy environment. [the ingredients, the environment .. makes it feel as if I am eating at home =) ] I rate their service as good mainly because although they do not have service charge, they still provide service that would put outlets that charge service. They will keep refilling you soup base, assist you if you want the fan to be tilted to a certain direction, bring you more utensils when you require it. Basically, I think their mission is to make you feel at home and provide you with a world class service. Kudos for not charging service charge and provide such a good service.

Overall, I still find it value for money (cheap and good) and definitely will be back for more!

HauZhouDao Food Shop 好粥到火鍋館
Blk 712 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
#03-4056
Tel: 64586552, 90020656 (HP)

Opening  Hours: Mon to Fri 230pm to 1030pmSat, Sun and PH  1230pm to 1030pm