Happy Saturday, all!
Had a really busy week, what with rehearsals and concerts and work.. And it's not over yet!! :( Last concert for the SYC Ensemble Singers is tomorrow afternoon! Gearing up for what's gonna be an amazing concert, but I can't wait for it to be over at the same time.. I need some rest! #foreverlazy
But anyways, since I'm just sort of lazing around while YZ is watching EPL (Liverpool VS Aston Villa... YZ just can't give up on Liverpool despite how poorly they've been playing lol) so I thought I'd do some blogging as I already had all the pictures edited and ready since ages ago!
This is a pretty back-dated entry, but I think it's still worth putting up, because this must be one of the best Teppanyaki Buffets that I've ever had!
The restaurant that I'm talking about is Shima Japanese Restaurant at Goodwood Park Hotel, and although this was the first time I've visited Shima Japanese Restaurant, this restaurant was first established in 1980, and has been in operation ever since then! It's older than a lot of us here... I think D:
Here's a view of the interior of the restaurant, it looks very quintessentially Japanese, and the dim lights makes it so cosy!
My lunch kakis.. Evonne and Tricia! Love my girlfriends very much, cos they are free for long gossipy lunches on weekday afternoons which is super awesome.
Us all ready to stuff ourselves with yummy Teppanyaki! Woooohoooooo.
Before we began our Teppanyaki Buffet Lunch, we were provided with bibs to protect our clothes from getting dirty. Very very thoughtful, I like!
For the Teppanyaki Buffet Lunch Set, here's what you can expect! Priced at $45.90++ for adults, and $25++ for children.
As this was an invited session, we were also given a chance to savour some items not inclusive in the buffet, such as their freshly air-flown sashimi!
Look at the generously cut slices of sashimi, and they were REALLY good! From what we heard, their sashimi is air-flown from Japan twice a week, and it's as fresh as fresh can get! I love salmon sashimi, and this one practically melted in my mouth, it was soooooo good!
Back to the items that you can ask for during the Teppanyaki Buffet, you really have to try the Salmon! Thick slices of salmon are cooked in Shima's own special marination, and left to simmer gently on the teppan.
The end result is a deliciously soft salmon (no fishy taste at all!) that's just slightly browned on the outsides, and tender on the inside! Too good!!!
You can also ask for the Salmon Skin to be cooked separately! It takes a bit of time, but it's well worth the wait.. You'll see in a bit!
The next main course we tried was Prawn!
Our friendly teppanyaki chef doing an expert job at cooking the food for us. He did it with such smooth and practiced motions that made it look so easy!
There are a few different sauces provided during the lunch, and these sauces all go wonderfully with the freshly-cooked meats and foods! The prawns were really tasty, firm and crunchy!
I LOVE beef, and was practically drooling when this platter of thick slabs of beef steaks was brought out from the kitchen! Not even cooked and they looked so delicious already. You get to choose from your options (I asked for Medium-cooked) and the chef will prepare it to your liking!
Look at those sizzling slabs of beef. ERMAGAAWDD.
Chef cutting up the beef into bite-sized portions for us! Tricia asked for a less "bloody" steak, and our chef specially cut her steak into smaller pieces, so that it would be more evenly cooked and browned.
I don't mind my beef bloody at all :D
SO DELICIOUS! The seasoning was tasty and light, allowing the flavour of the beef to really shine through! And my medium-cooked beef was perfect for me. Just the amount of done-ness I like, and slightly chewy but still soft and juicy! Walaoooo. I am really craving for some steak now (Wagyu beef!!!)
Oyster is a seasonal item on the menu, and if you see it, you have to order at least one portion to try!
Now, I don't like fishy seafood (like raw oysters) or even oyster omelette (orh-lua) but this oyster was so amazingly juicy and fresh! It was just lightly grilled on the outside, and still tasted extremely smooooth and almost silky soft! Didn't have that strong fishy taste/smell I associate with oysters, which I really appreciated.
It took almost twenty minutes for the salmon skin to be pan-fried on low heat, but JANG JAAANG! Totally worth the wait! Sooo crispy, like cuttlefish like that. Evonne loved it!
Next up, we had Chicken! This is one of those universal dishes that I'm sure everyone would like!
Pieces of chicken are stir-fried with a light marination and sesame seeds! Very fragrant, very tasty.
If it's too much meat/seafood overload for you, get the Mixed Vegetables, which is a refreshing change from all the meat!
There's a mix of beansprouts (with the heads and tails removed, for those food fascists who cannot stand that green flavour in beansprout heads), mushrooms, and asparagus! All my favourite greens!
IMO, I thought the Mixed Vegetables were a lil too oily, would have liked them slightly less so. But I still enjoyed them very much!
You also need to try Shima's famed Garlic Rice! There's just something different about Japanese Garlic Rice that sets it apart from our usual fried rice.. It already smelled so good when it was being cooked on the teppan!!
That's the garlic, the rice, and the eggggg!!! Lots and lots of egg. Looks SO yummy!
One delicious bowl of tasty Garlic Rice!
Apart from the appetizers and main courses, you also get fresh fruits and a yummy dessert included in the Teppanyaki Lunch Buffet menu! Though trust me, we were already incredibly stuffed with food at this point of time D: But eating with Evonne and Tricia makes me feel so greedy! Cos I love food so much if it's good, I wont stop eating lol but they were all like *eat half portion* "OK, I'm full!" while I almost wiped out everything on my plate ;__;
No wonder my diet fail ;(
We had a refreshing sobert with konnyaku jelly for dessert! Helped to refresh our palate after all the teppanyaki food too :P
Three very happy and satisfied campers! Evonne's hair looks like a lion mane here lol but still so chio :D
With the team at Shima Japanese Restaurant! Thank you for having us! ^.^
Shima Japanese Restaurant
#01-00, Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Daily: 00:00 - 14:30
Daily: 18:30 - 22:30
Even though the food is on the pricier end, I personally felt that it was extremely worth it for the quality of food and meticulous attention paid to the cooking by the experienced chefs! Plus it's buffet-style!!! I could easily polish off three of those steaks and still have room for two slabs of grilled salmon and some garlic rice :P Of course, it'd be more worth the moolah if you're a big eater!
I also like the cosy ambiance inside the restaurant, though of course you have to be prepared to get a little smelly since there will be smoke from the teppanyaki and all! Location-wise, it is also pretty convenient (Goodwood Park Hotel is just next to Far East Plaza!) Perhaps a place you can keep in mind for a small special occasion? :)
You can even head inside Goodwood Park Hotel for their famed durian cakes/desserts after that, provided you still have space for more food! We actually dabao-ed some durian mousse cake after that, lol.
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And back to me (randomly), I really really really really NEED TO GO ON A DIET. Not funny. I'm getting damn fat :( Have set myself a deadline, and the diet starts September! Sorry guys and girls, that means lesser food posts up here (maybe) ;__; But cannot liao I really need to put a stop to this massive eating of too much good food. And I need to exercise!!!
End of rant.
Wish me all the best for tomorrow's performance! ^.^ And I have like ten thousand things on the blog backlog that I wanna shareeeee. Too many :( Gonna try to update more frequently! (I hope there are actually people still reading.)
Thank you for reading! ❤❤❤ Love you all long time!